Many today question – Is it Gods will for us as believers to prosper not only spiritually but physically and materially? The word `prosper` means `well-being,success,thrive and fulness.` The Greek word – Euodoo means `to help on ones way.(eu:well ;hodes:a way or journey).Is it Gods will for us to have well-being,succeed and have help on ones way through life? YES.
1.God blessed Abraham GEN.24:35 and Isaac who became very prosperous. GEN.26:12-14.
2.The Lord made all he (Joseph) did to prosper in his hand. GEN.39:3
3.It was God who gave Israel power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant .DEUT.8:18. God promised His people under the Old Covenant that if they obeyed His voice blessings would overtake them-these included physical and material things.DEUT.28:1-14.
4.The blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow.PROV.10:22.Many ungodly prosper and gain wealth but have sorrow,discontentment,unsatisfied,emptiness or never have enough.Those who enjoy prosperity as a fruit of the blessing of the Lord are content and joyful.Some try to spiritualize this verse claiming `rich` refers to `spiritual riches`.However when you look at how God blessed Abraham,Isaac,Joseph and Israel as examples note they prospered physically and materially too.
5.When one meditates on Gods law they will be like a tree which brings forth fruit,whose leaf doesn`t wither and whatever he does prospers. PSA.1:2-3.
6.John writes…I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers. 3JN2.With all your heart,mind and soul love God. DEUT.6:24,25.Seek and set your heart on God,captivating your thoughts.Prosperity is the reward of the righteous.He who pursues righteousness and love finds life,prosperity and honour. PROV.21:21.Whoever takes heed to instruction prospers.PROV.16:20 Wisdom-cause those who love me to inherit wealth.PROV.8:21.When one meditates/delights on Gods Word allowing it to govern how they run their finances,acting on it and confessing it prosperity follows. The world says GET God says GIVE.It was said of King Hezekiah-in everything that he undertook in Gods service and in obedience to the Law and the commands,he sought his God and worked wholeheartly.And so he prospered. 2CHRON.31:21.
7.Do not worry about food and clothes.Seek first the Kingdom of God and ALL these things will be added unto you. LUKE12:22-31.God will give you all you need to be victorious to prosper,help on your way…He did not spare His own Son shall He not with Him freely give us all things? ROM.8:31-32,37.
8.Gods desire is that all His people have their needs met and not in poverty-with lack,weak and insufficient.The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want (lack). PSA.23:1 The Lord is a sun and shield.The Lord will give grace and glory.No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. PSA.84:11. …I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging for bread. PSA.37:25.It is good and fitting for a man to eat and drink,and enjoy all the good of his labour….as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth and given the power to eat of it….this is the gift of God. ECCLES.5:18,19.
Is prosperity your God?
There is a danger when you prosper and live well that possessions become your god.The `Blesser` is exchanged for the `Blessings`.Prosperous living should not become our god.When God promised blessings to Israel as they obeyed Him He laid the foundation of their relationship-love.They were to love God with all their heart,mind and soul.Have no other gods.The same applies to us today .DEUT.6:5 ;MATT.22:37,38 ; EX.20:2,3. When things are going well don`t forget God. DEUT.8:10,11. God will meet our needs therefore don`t worry BUT seek First the Kingdom of God. MATT.6:33.Money itself is not evil but the love of money is the root of all evil. 1TIM.6:10. You cannot serve God and money. LUKE16:13. A persons attitude to riches can hinder them entering Gods Kingdom .Eg. The rich young ruler was unwilling to sell all for Christ and to give to the poor. LK18:18-30.Beware of covetousness for life doesn`t consist in the abundance of things. LK12:15 .Do not weary yourself to gain wealth. Cease from your consideration of it-wealth makes itself like an eagle with wings flies towards heaven. PROV.23:4,5.Often the more you have the more you want-you never seem to have enough .Israel having been blessed by God and restored to their own land ignored the House of God.Instead they were busy building their own homes.The prophet Haggai pointed out that they earned wages to put into a bag of holes-they never had enough.HAG.1:3-11.Always put God first and continue to even when you are prospering.
GIVE ME NEITHER POVERTY OR RICHES-FEED ME WITH THE FOOD ALLOTTED TO ME;LEST I BE FULL AND DENY YOU,AND SAY,`WHO IS THE LORD?`OR LEST I BE POOR AND STEAL,AND PROFANE THE NAME OF MY GOD. PROV.30:8,9.