What does God really say about how He prospers His people?
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How do believers find a vehicle that God can use to bring them that 30-60-hundredfold increase? How can believers walk in the Full F.O.G. and not just in the M.I.S.T. ? (Favor Of God – Minor Improvement of Substance Troubles)
God’s plan to prosper you always involves hard work and time. Working SMART however will diminish some of the hard work and, or, some of the time. God’s way is NOT a get rich quick scheme nor is it a get rich slow one. God will only prosper you as He feels you are ready for it.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Giving is part of God’s plan to prosper you, but not the only part. Most Churches ONLY teach prosperity through TITHING and giving money to their ministry and that is NOT what God’s word teaches. They either do not know the WORD or they are trying to manipulate people to benefit themselves. They do NOT believe the Word when it says in: Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
So they take it into their own hands and pressure, scold and bring their people into condemnation and bondage. They try to extort their way to meeting their needs, (Malachi 3:8). God is not a victim that can be robbed. The LAW was just a shadow of what now is, Grace.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. “NO RULES, JUST RIGHT”
If a Church or ministry isn’t being a blessing and meeting the needs of the people then it should fail and close. Putting a cross up on a building is not a license to steal. If a ministry is doing the right things, God will send them the people and resources they need to prosper, givers and servants God has appointed for them.
Prosperity Rule number 1 – Not everyone wants to prosper. They see themselves as VICTIMS. They enjoy the rewards of victim hood. Matthew 6:5
Prosperity Rule number 2 – God’s heart is that everyone should prosper that see life and themselves as part of His plan for believers.
Prosperity Rule number 3 – Poverty is not equal to Godliness. It was one of the curses for not being obedient to God.
Prosperity Rule number 4 – You can be prospered indirectly through other people. It is conditional though, and God’s hand is hindered. Luke 6:38
Prosperity Rule number 5 – You can be prospered by God directly. God’s hand is less-hindered. If you only have 1 acre, your harvest is still limited.
It could be an acre of Diamonds however, and it would be “more than enough”. Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 28:19
Prosperity Rule number 6 – Giving cheerfully to your brother releases a blessing on whatever you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10, 2Co 9:7
Prosperity Rule number 7 – The good news is you control your prosperity. The bad news is you control your prosperity.
If the vehicle you have to provide income is limited by its nature and you are not the owner and controller of it, then you need to find something that is yours, even if it is part time. Many wealthy people became free from the bondage of a job by building a business of their own on the side and it is Biblical.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (11) And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; (12) That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
Proverbs 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
Proverbs 28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
The key in these 2 verses is “his land”. Again if you don’t own the land the harvest is not yours.
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 ye mete withal* it shall be measured to you again.
*(giving to whom? – MEN)
Read this in context and you will see it has nothing to do with Church giving. Now it could apply to some ministry work but Jesus was speaking of person to person giving.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.(7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Again, this is the church giving to people in need who are starving. What is left over is kept for that ministry to continue. Again “giving” is essential because it returns to the giver real blessings and prosperity in everyday life, your children, your health and your business.
Deuteronomy 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
If you don’t have cattle or land (your own business) God can’t bless it.
Deuteronomy 15:10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. (Don’t be afraid to invest in your business, there is a return.)
Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. (Stop watching the news, it makes people afraid to pursue their dreams. Stop listening to the nay sayers that don’t share your hopes. It never seems like a good time to pursue your real dreams so don’t wait just go for it)
Ecclesiastes 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. (Work your day job but don't come home and do nothing. Work your evening business too, because you don't know which one is going to be the most productive. They both might turn out good but at least you are not relying on just one.)
Ecclesiastes 9:13-17 This wisdom I saw also under the sun, and it is great to me: (14) There was a little city, and few men in it. And a great king came against it, and besieged it, and built huge siege works against it. (15) And there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom saved the city. Yet no man remembered that poor man! (16) And I said, Wisdom is better than strength; but the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. (17) The words of wise men are heard in quiet, more than the cry of one who rules among fools.
Solomon writes from his perspective, the wisest and richest man on Earth. People traveled thousands of miles just for a few minutes of his advice and direction. Everyone knew that he attributed his success to his relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For those who are called to spread the gospel, it is imperative that they walk in prosperity or their words, no matter how good, will not be remembered. Like that evangelist in the old beat up station wagon with the cross on the roof. What kind of advertising for God do our lives do?
Genesis 26:12-15 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. (13) And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: (14) For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. (15) For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
Once Abimelech, king of the Philistines, gave Isaac his own land and warned his subjects not to hurt Isaac or they would pay with their life, Isaac prospered greatly. Unbelievers will always envy the success of God’s people and will always try to encourage their failure, even assisting it. They filled in Abraham’s wells and did the same to Isaac. Sometimes the enemy fills our well with dirt hoping we will quit. If we don’t quit we will overcome these obstacles.
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;