CHRISTIAN PROSPERITYThe weekend has been awesome!
I call it the Double Hit Combo - Good Friday and Easter! *BANG BANG*
And I was truly truly truly blessed by the drama and the preaching of the Word which actually shed some revelation. When we are saved by the blood of Christ, 4 things have taken, is taking and will be taking place. Of which, I'm going to talk about money!
- We can receive eternal life as our sins are forgiven
- We can be free from the bondages of the world (eg demonic obsession, carnal compulsion, psychological complexity)
- We can be healed of physical sickness
- We can be prosperous as we break away from the curse of insufficiency
This is the tricky part.
Most people associate holy people to modest living people whom perhaps survive on the bare minimum. But sadly, that is of a paganistic mindset. I've an ex-girlfriend who held on (or is possibly still holding on) to the perception of that. That explains the ex-girlfriend part. As far as finance is concerned, we believe that God is a giver, has been a giver and will always be a giver (due to His character) just as He had given the entire earth and placed it under Adam's charge. And he told Adam to tend and to eat of anything he desired.
The bible has time and time again reveals God to be a generous God. He is not a billionaire Donald Trump who invests around the world and splurge on every material blink blink He craves. Philippians 4:19 tells us that God shall supply all our need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 3 John 2 says "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers". 1 Timothy 4:8 reads, "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come".
Now, I'm not preaching a prosperity gospel as you may argue.
The fact is that God loves and wants to give. Remember God is a giver and our provider. And the word give is the 2nd most frequent word used in the New Testament. Love is the first. Having acknowledged the fact that we can be rich in spirit, health and finance as heirs of His kingdom, that does not necessarily reflect that we serve money to win God over. Or vice versa.
The fact is, God doesn't drop money from the sky! And the sad truth is that we do not become rich monetarily the moment we believe in Jesus! Hah.
Now, the bible tells us that godly principles is profitable for all things. And when we are faithful to apply them in our lives (not primarily to seek fortune in exchange), God's blessings will pour over us like an endless river stream. Look, godly principles are called godly principle for a reason. Nobody needs to tell you that doing the wrong things are far easier than choosing the right. And when we are faithful to keeping His word which often requires mountain-sized faith and sacrifices, He will be faithful in His promise. Simple as that!
The moment of truth *drum rolls* ...
Let's look back at this once powerful and influential man called King David of the old testament. David grew up as a modest shepard boy and possibly the first person in the Guinness book of record to ever slay a giant some three times his own size. God called him a man after his own heart. Now that title is some big deal! Shall we now flippantly discredit him because he probably moved about the city in his Mercedes Benz alike chariot? Or scorn him for his Versace silk robes? Or accuse him for living in a mansionate-like palace that was filled with gold and precious metal?
I believe that if our hearts are willing, God would want to raise up the many Davids of the old testament in this generation.
Hah. Something for you to think about this week!