No matter how we look at it, prosperity is a God thing. If we don’t prosper, we can’t help others. Many of the first disciples learned that lesson well. However, prosperity for them meant the wealth of what Jesus taught us. They were content in any situation.
When the disciples first began ministry Jesus told them to leave their worldly possessions behind and take only what they needed. In that case, they were not going forward to financially help the people they ministered to. They were going out to teach the good news, heal the sick, cast out demons, and share the riches of life everlasting. Any worldly possessions with them would have distracted from their message.
In missionary work we are taught to tend to the needs of the people first. Then the gospel comes later. But that wasn’t the case when Jesus sent out his disciples. They could only take the clothes they wore. Jesus was concerned that some people followed him so they could eat
The parameters of the ministry of Jesus Christ were narrow. According to Jewish tradition, a Rabbi is not authorized to speak publicly until He turns 30 and a sacrificial lamb could not be more than three years old before it was slaughtered for sin recompense. So theoretically there were only three years to the official ministry of Jesus Christ. There was no time to build up an audience, build a village, scrape up after a natural disaster, learn a new language. and so forth.
The message was the wealth of what Jesus brought. The Word was vital and valuable to the people he taught. Today we are given that same message. But until or unless we suffer financial loss we sometimes don’t see the true value in what God has given us. When the wealth of the world crumbles, we can be sure that as followers of Jesus Christ, we will never be poor, forsaken, or in want. In other words, we will always be prosperous no matter what demonic stronghold tries to interfere.
1. Never give up on God. No matter what you see in the natural, God is still with you supernaturally and doing things you may never see to bring your faith to completion.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the Lord your God is the one who makes you wealthy. He’s confirming the promise which he swore to your ancestors. It’s still in effect today.
Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
2. Have faith. God knows more about you than you can imagine. He knows what it will take for you to have true riches.
Luke 16:11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?
1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first [day] of each week, let each one of you [personally] put aside something and save it up as he has prospered [in proportion to what he is given], so that no collections will need to be taken after I come.
3. Don’t depend on the world, your family, your work, the government, or anything except God.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 It is a gift from God when God gives some people wealth and possessions, the power to enjoy them, the ability to accept their lot in life, and the ability to rejoice in their own hard work.
4. Look around for the riches in what you already have. If you have no contentment in what you have, what makes you think you will find contentment in what you don’t have?
Ecclesiastes 7:14 When times are good, be happy. But when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one time as well as the other so that mortals cannot predict their future.
Matthew 19:23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.
5. Keep your focus on eternity. The world and all its riches will fade. God’s love for you, his promises, and his sacrifice for you will never fade.
2 Peter 1:11 Then you will also be given the wealth of entering into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 5:4 Then, when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka
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