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Money always has the potential to capture our attention for its own sake. Financial prosperity is no doubt appealing to many of us, but few people realize the true biblical implications of what it means to prosper. When we think of prosperity, we tend to think in terms of money and financial wealth; however, God’s perspective is much broader. Financial advisors and wealth managers can offer us their advice on how to get rich according to the world’s ever-changing standards, but God’s guidelines on how to succeed on every level are eternal.
Contrary to what religion says, God wants believers to be wealthy and prosperous. Money is just a tool to help us do what’s really important, which is sharing His love with others. Acknowledging Him and asking Him to bless our finances allows Him to do so. When we begin seeing what we prayed for, we must keep those abundant blessings in perspective. “If you start thinking to yourselves, ‘I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!’—well, think again. Remember that GOD, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:17, 18, MSG).
Some people think that money itself is evil, and it’s wrong to have it. It’s not, and there’s no reason to feel guilty when God causes it to come into our lives. It’s okay to have material possessions, as long as they don’t have us. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). “The love of money” is having a wrong relationship with it and putting it before God.
Prosperity isn’t just physical wealth, but also good health, joy, and long life. God promises these to us. Applying His Word to our lives opens up the door to those promises. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest 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” (Joshua 1:8).
God’s definition of prosperity is seen in people who are healthy, happy, and physically active. In His eyes, success is seen in joyful parents with well-adjusted, godly children. His blessings are reflected in peaceful, loving families who put Him first. These are all rooted in His Word, and they affect our spirits and souls. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2).
It’s no sin to prosper, as long as we have the right spirit about it. Jesus died and was resurrected to make prosperity available to us. Remembering His finished works helps us to keep the correct mindset. “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. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 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” (Psalm 1:1-3). Prosperity is ours by faith.
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