Biblical prosperity is not only limited to finances.
The title of this post is a quote from Nehemiah 2:20. Do you notice what Nehemiah is doing in this verse? Nehemiah is making a confession of faith that God will prosper his compatriots and himself. Now I’m sure that there are some who will say, “Oh well yes, but Nehemiah was talking about the prospering of the building work“. Yes maybe, but it was still a statement of faith. If Nehemiah could make a statement of faith like that, there is no reason that when faced with opposition, discouragement, lack, or whatever it is; we cannot make the same statement of faith. Sure, Nehemiah was referring to the prospering of building work, but that was the area that they needed to prosper in at the time. You see Biblical prosperity is not only limited to finances. Very often people hear teaching on prosperity and think its all about greed, but that is a huge misunderstanding.
You cannot walk in prosperity until you destroy the image of lack. You destroy the image of lack with the Word of God.
— Bill Winston (@DrBillWinston) 24 July 2017
That is the key, the fail-safe if you will.
Let me tall you what true Biblical prosperity is. True Biblical prosperity is the ability to use the power of God to meet the needs of Mankind in any area of life, whether it be spiritual, physical, social, mental, or financial. Indeed, 3 John 2 in the Complete Jewish Bible makes it clear that if you want to prosper God’s way, then everything else is linked to the prospering of your spirit, “Dear friend, I am praying that everything prosper with you and that you be in good health, as I know you are prospering spiritually“. You cannot prosper financially (or any other way) unless you are also prospering spiritually. That is the key, the fail-safe if you will. If you get into an area of greed, you are no longer prospering spiritually and God’s provision will be cut off.
It is a path you would want to get off of pretty quickly!
You may ask what I mean by “prospering God’s way”. Well there are many people in the world who are prospering, but they are not prospering God’s way. David talks of these people in Psalm 73. In this Psalm David is confused as to why these ungodly people appear to be doing so well. But then in verses 16-20 he begins to see things from God’s perspective. Look at these verses from The Message:
“When I tried to figure it out, all I got was a splitting headache . . .Until I entered the sanctuary of God. Then I saw the whole picture: The slippery road you’ve put them on, with a final crash in a ditch of delusions. In the blink of an eye, disaster! A blind curve in the dark, and—nightmare! We wake up and rub our eyes. . . . Nothing.There’s nothing to them. And there never was.“
That is the path that anyone who is prospering without God is on, and it is a path you would want to get off of pretty quickly!
It is extremely important that you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in knowing what is kosher and what isn’t.
If you’re asking, “Well how do I prosper spiritually?“, the process is actually very simple. However, it does take a great deal of perseverance and diligence. It involves spending time with God on a daily basis (preferably in the morning, at the beginning of the day – “O God, you are my God. At dawn I search for you“, Psalm 63:1 – God’s Word Translation). This time should include praying – with the understanding & in tongues – and also reading and meditating on the Bible. Along with regularly attending a good Bible believing church that God has called you to, spending daily time with God is absolutely the most vital thing that you can do to prosper spiritually. But there are also plenty of other things that you can do if you are serious about becoming as spiritually prosperous as you possibly can be – and frankly, why wouldn’t you want that? For example, you can find faith building books, CDs and DVDs and there is a wealth of faith building material available for free on the internet and on Christian television stations such as TBN. Now I will caution that there is also a lot of stuff available that will not build your faith at all, in fact quite the opposite. For this reason it is extremely important that you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in knowing what is kosher and what isn’t. Just because something is labelled ‘Christian’ does not mean that it will prosper you spiritually.
Take the time to find out what the Bible really says.
So if you have previously looked down your nose at prosperity teaching. I encourage you to stop and allow God to minister to you in this area. Take the time to find out what the Bible really says. Obviously I cannot say that every single person who teaches on prosperity is doing it for the right reasons, but neither can I judge someone’s motives. As a final point, let me ask this question: If God is as against abundance as some people seem to think He is, isn’t it strange that He surrounds Himself with streets made of gold, with huge precious stones, etc?
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