Prosperity

Does God want us to prosper? If we believe the Bible, He does. Yet, when we look around the world, there are multitudes of Christians who not only are not prospering; they are actually living in poverty. How can I believe what the Bible says?

The truth is that what God wants and what is actually happening in the world can be two different things. Remember, this is not heaven. Sin is rampant in the world and where sin prospers, God’s will cannot. However, if we really understand what God is saying, we know that His Word is true.

God Wants His People To Be Prosperous

There are many verses that show that God wants those who serve Him to be prosperous and wealthy. Look just a few.

Job 36:11 (NIV): “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.”

Psalm 1:3 (NIV): “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

Psalm 112:3 (NIV): “Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.”

What is Being Prosperous?

We here inAmericahave our ideas of what is prosperous. Our standard of living is very high compared to the rest of the world. So we put a high value on things: one or more cars, a large house, a large income, etc.

Yet, in many other parts of the world, being prosperous is simply having enough to have a safe home and enough food to stay alive. They feel prosperous if they are able to have a safe and comfortable life.

Real Prosperity Is Spiritual

Yes, God does want us to be materially prosperous. He wants us to have a comfortable life. He wants the best for us. However, material prosperity lasts only until we leave this earth. Spiritual prosperity lasts for eternity.

This is why Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:20 (NIV): “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” He could have added “and where you lose it when you leave this earth.”

We all too often get caught up in being materially prosperous and forget about what is really important in life. This is why Jesus continues on in Matthew 6:21 (NIV): “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We need to remember what is really important in life. What we accumulate here on the earth will only last us as long as we are here on the earth. We can not take it with us when we die and leave the earth.

How Can We Be Prosperous?

However, as we saw earlier in this article, God does want His people to be prosperous while we are here on this earth.

Since most of you who are reading this article live inAmericaor another country where you can actually prosper materially, let’s try to answer this question.

God has established a law that, if followed, prosperity will follow. It is as simple as this. Give and you will get. Yes, this is true. And even non-Christians who have discovered this law and implemented it have prospered.

This simply means that we put the welfare and the wellbeing of others ahead of our own. And this has to do with more than just money. Yes, giving our money to others pleases God and He blesses those who do this. I will talk about tithing later.

However, this also has to do with how we treat other people. If you want to prosper in your business, be sure make your employees the most important people in the world to you. Make sure that they are treated right. Make sure that they know that you value their work, their input into the business and most of all, that they are important to you.

When you put your employees ahead of making a profit, a good profit will be your reward. This is God’s law.

How Long Will It Take?

Too often we expect instant results for anything that we do. Sometimes this happens, but most of the time any results come way too slowly for us.

To determine how long it will take for us to prosper involves many things. Is the product we are selling really needed by others? Do we live in a society that will actually allow us to accumulate wealth? Are we actually doing what we need to be doing?

If we are depending on God to bring us prosperity, remember that His timetable is not always our own timetable. God does want you to prosper, but we must be ready to accept that prosperity. Only God knows what is best for us. Have faith in Him.

Tithing Is Important

Do you expect God to prosper you? Do you expect God to bless you? Do you tithe? Remember what God said in Malachi 3:8 (NIV): “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings.”

Do you want God to bless you in all that you do? Then don’t rob Him. Don’t take what belongs to Him. In our modern world, too many people have forgotten this law that God established a long time ago.

It is true that if you do not tithe, and yet have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will still go to heaven. Entrance into heaven does not depend on tithing. But what is yours in heaven does depend on whether you tithe or not.

Listen to what Matthew 5:18-19 (NIV) says: “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

In addition, how God can and will bless you while you are here on the earth does depend on tithing. You cannot expect God to bless you when you withhold from Him that which belongs to Him.

Who Do You Live For?

This is the ultimate question. Are you living to bring blessings to yourself? Or are you living to bring blessings to God? How you answer this will determine what you will receive.

If you are living to bring blessings to yourself, you will have a long and hard road ahead of you. If you are living to bring blessings to God, you will have help is all that you do.

This does not mean that you will automatically prosper if you are living to bless God. God will not make a robot out of you. He will not make you do what you do not want to do. And if you do not do what you need to do to prosper, you will not. But which is better: working on your own or listening to God and receiving his help in what you do?

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