Money And Prosperity

It is important for Christians to receive the revelation of true biblical prosperity.
Although we see in the scriptures more evidence in the Old Testament of God materially
and financially blessing His people, the New Testament is also very clear in com-
municating God’s will to abundantly supply all the needs of His sons and daughters. In
truth, God has set laws in motion from the very begining of creation, that when obeyed,
will bring prosperity into the lives of all those that adhere to those laws. To limit
prosperity to money only is to limit God. It is essential at this time that we let God’s
word define for us prosperity.
I) Prosperity Defined
Psalm 35:27
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let
say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which has pleasure in the
prosperity of his servants.
OT Hebrew: Strong’s 7965-shalom, shaw-lome; from 7999; safe. well. happy,
friendly; also welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace:
It carries the implication of total soundness and wholeness. The word shalom
carries the equivalence of the New Testament word salvation, or in the Greek,
“soteria”, which is all inclusive. Thus, when the bible, both Old and New
Testaments use the word prosperity, it carries the implication of total
prosperity. Spiritual – (John 3:3, 11; 2Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 10:9-10) -Mental -
(2 Tim. 1:7; Rom.12:1-2; Isa. 26:3) – Physical (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet.
2:24) – Financial 3Jn2; Mal. 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2Cor. 6-10; Deut.28:1-14) -
Social (Prov. 3:4).
Joshua 1:7
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not
from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever
thou goest.
OT Hebrew: Strong’s 7919 – sakal, saw-lal. To have success by making wise
decisions.
Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate
therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all that is
written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou
shalt have good success.
OT Hebrew: Strong’s 6743 – tsaleach- tsaw-lakh- to push forward or break-
through.
Eccl. 11:6
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for
thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they
both shall be alike good.
OT Hebrew: Strong’s 3787 – kasher – kaw-share. To be straight or right, to
succeed, to be acceptable.
3Jn.2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
NT Greek: Strong’s 2137 – euodoo – yoo-od-o-o. To help on the road, to
succeed in reaching, to succeed in business affairs.
II) Poverty Versus Abundance
John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
It is clear, from an overall examination of the entire word of God that He is
a God of abundance in every area of every aspect, spiritual, mental,
emotional, physical, financial and social, in the lives of His people. If God
delights in the prosperity of His servants (Ps. 35:27) and He is no respecter
of persons (Acts 10:34), then it is His will to abundantly supply in all areas of
life for all people at all times.
Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want (be in lack).
The Hebrew names of God, El Shaddai, (the busty one, the God that’s more
than enough) and Jehovah Jireh, (the Lord that provides) tell of His nature as
much as Jehovah Rapha (the Lord our healer).
Examining the lives of Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David,
Solomon, Jesus, to name a few, demonstrates God’s willingness to bless His
people in all areas of their lives.
From John 10:10 it is clear that anything short of abundance, in any area of our
lives is not the will of God. So anything that is stealing from our lives or our
loved one’s lives or anyone’s life spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically,
financially or socially is not God, but identified as the enemy, the devil.
III) The New Testament Provision of Abundance
2Cor. 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet
for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
NT Greek: Strong’s 4145, 4147 – plousious, plouteo. Wealthy, abounding with,
increased with goods, (be made, wax) rich.
The provision for abundance in every area of our lives, in this case financially,
was accomplished by Jesus at the cross.
Hebrews 10:14
For by one offering he hath perfected forever, them that are sanctified.
Jesus is the one perfect sacrifice for all time and eternity. The provision of
the all-inclusive salvation is by God’s grace which we receive by faith in
Jesus Christ.
1) Jesus was punished so we could be forgiven.
2) Jesus was wounded so we could be healed.
3) Jesus was mades sin with our sinfulness so we could be made righteous with
His righteousness.
4) Jesus died our death so we could share His life.
5) Jesus was cursed so we could inherit the blessing.
6) Jesus was made poor with our poverty so we could share His riches or
be in abundance.
Galtians 3:13-14
v13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:
for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:
v14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus
Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Gen. 24:1
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord blessed
Abraham in all things.
It is clear from 2Cor. 8:9 and Gal. 3:13-14 that poverty is a curse. The alternative
provided by Jesus’ finished work on the cross is abundance.
Let us define abundance: It is having enough for your own needs and more
left over to bless someone else. True biblical prosperity has two main
functions. The first is found in Deut. 8:18.
Deut. 8:18
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth the power
to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware
unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
God intends for us to use the wealth He gives us to establish His covenant on
the earth or another way of saying that is to advance the kingdom of God on
this earth. The second function of God’s intent to prosper is found in Eph. 4:5.
Eph. 4:5
Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands
the thing which is good, that he may give to him that needeth.
Giving to those in need is the second purpose for financial prosperity. So,
according to Paul, Jesus on the cross took our poverty that we may have His
abundance as stated in 2Cor.8:9.
Deut 28:47-48
v47 Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with
gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things:
v48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send
against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness,
and in want of all things:
We can define poverty, the curse we have been redeemed from, from these verses
of scripture as hunger, thirst, nakedness, and in need of all things. That is
poverty. However, this curse of poverty was perfectly removed in Jesus at the
cross:
1) He was hungry – He hadn’t eaten for over 24 hours.
2) He was thirsty. John 19:28 – “I thirst.”
3) He hung naked on the cross.
4) He was in need of everything. He had absolutely nothing when He died.
5) He was buried in a borrowed tomb in a borrowed robe.
At this point, we want to emphasize that according to 2Cor. 8:9, Jesus be-
came poor with our poverty at the cross at Calvary. Jesus was not poor prior
to the cross. To suggest that Jesus was poor prior to the cross is misleading.
Jesus could go anywhere and demonstrate the provision of His Father in
every aspect of need, and the Father honored His actions. An example was the
feeding of the five thousand. (John 6: 1-6). So on the cross, Jesus became
the poverty curse so we may have abundance.
2Cor. 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having
all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
The grace abounded toward us is on the basis of Jesus’ finished work on the
cross. In 2Cor. 9:8, in the Greek language, the word all is used five times and
the word abound is used twice. Any time you see grace in the bible, it cannot
be merited. Grace is a gift based on Jesus’ finished work on the cross. It
cannot be earned, only received by faith.
People live at one of three levels in their lives.
1) Insufficiency – less than what one needs.
2) Sufficiency – just enough.
3) Abundance – more than enough.
Why does God want all His children to have abundance?
Acts 20:35
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak,
and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed
to give than to receive.
There is a greater blessing. God has provided abundance, not that we may only re-
ceive, but give so that we may give and obtain the greater blessing.
IV) Giving is Worshipping God
Ex. 34:20
But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem him not, then thou shalt break his
neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear
before me empty.
Ps. 96:8
Give unto the Lord the glory due his name: bring an offering, and come into
his courts.
Prov. 3:9-10
v9 Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine in-
crease.
v10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out
with new wine.
2Cor. 9:10-12
v10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your
food, and multiply your seed sown,and increase the fruits of your righteousness;
v11 Being enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which causeth
through us thanksgiving to God.
v12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the
saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
V) The Law Sowing and Reaping
Gen. 1:11-12, 24-25
v11 And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the
fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth:
and it was so.
v12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and
the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that
it was good.
v24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,
cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
v25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their
kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw
that it was good.
These scriptures refer to what is called the “law of seed time and harvest”, or
the” law of increase.” It is important to note that every kind reproduces after
it’s own kind. Apples produce apples not oranges. Dogs produce dogs not cats.
Humans produce humans not anything else except after its own kind. When
applying this to the law of sowing and reaping pertaining to finances, when
you sow finances (money) you get finances (money). We are adamantly
opposed to sowing finances for anything other than finances. In other words,
one doesn’t sow finances in order to reap healing, or deliverance or any
other blessings except for what they sowed, in this case finances.
Luke 6:38
Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
This again is the principal of increase. The term “running over” refers to
God’s abundance or increase. The term “same measure” refers not to
quantity but the kind of seed sown. Again, every kind reproducing after its
own kind.
Gal. 6:7-8
v7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap.
v8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that
soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Again, flesh reproduces flesh and spirit reproduces spirit, every kind after its own
kind.
2Cor. 9:6-10
v6 But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he
that sows bountifully shall reap bountifully.
We maintain that the terms sparingly and bountifully refer more to frequency
rather than quantity. The following verses will show this to be true.
v7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
v8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always
having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Please note that chapters 8 and 9 of 2Corinthians is dealing exclusively
with financial giving which Paul expresses as an act of grace. 2Cor. 8:7
v9 (As it is written, he hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor:
his righteousness remaineth forever.
v10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your
food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your
righteousness.
This provision of the spiritual law of seedtime and harvest or sowing and reaping or
increase or action and reaction (these are all synonymous terms for the
same spiritual law) was instituted by God Almighty Himself for all that will
apply this principle to their life in whatever area it is applied. It is an added
benefit apart from God’s provision by grace.
Phil. 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by
Christ Jesus.
Salvation is by grace. Inclusive of salvation is healing, protection, wholeness,
soundness and yes prosperity.
Romans 8:31-32
v31 What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against
us?
v32 He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall
he not with him also freely give us all things?
Salvation is a free gift. Healing is a free gift. Prosperity is a free gift. We don’t
pay for the gift of salvation, healing or prosperity. It’s all by God’s grace. To
say that God will heal me by faith, save me by faith, but I have to give to get is
inaccurate. This final scripture will clarify this point once and for all.
Matt. 6:25-34
v25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat,
or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life
more than meat, and the body than raiment?
v26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much
better than they?
v27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
v28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
v29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed
like one of these.
v30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to
morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little
faith?
v31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we
drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
v32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
v33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you.
v34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
What did the fowls of the air, the lilies of the field or the grass of the field do?
What did they sow in order for God to so abundantly supply and cause increase?
How much more will our heavenly Father so abundantly supply for His own by
grace through faith? This is Divine Providence. This is God’s abundance. This
is God’s prosperity. Even the law of sowing and reaping, which is an added
benefit, a spiritual law set in motion by God for all people before God’s provision
of grace through Jesus Christ is a provision of God’s grace.