Prosperity is a tricky word in Christian culture today. It almost seems like a bad word, but our Place in God is to Prosper — growing, not decreasing. The question is that if we are not prospering in our resources, finances, relationships, spirituality, knowledge, character, love, faith, health, etc., how will we be a mighty force for the Kingdom of God and gain ground for His will to reach people with His love? Prosperity is simply not financial. The Bible makes it clear that we can Prosper in EVERY WAY!
“Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]” (3 John 1.2 AMP).
I’ve read books where the writer cites the Bible story of the Rich Young Ruler’s interaction with Jesus as a reason to be poor. However, this is taking a single Bible verse out of context without comparing it to other verses. The reason Jesus told this particular young man to sell all He had and to follow Him was because money was a stronghold in his life.
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me'” (Matthew 19.21 NKJV).
The young man walked away sad because he was extremely wealthy (v. 22). He wouldn’t give the money up, and it became an idol in his life, causing him to miss the wonderful things of God. But what if the young man did obey? God could have easily blessed the young man with double his wealth because now he could be trusted to be a good steward of the money.
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