A lot of people have come against prosperity teachers of the gospel; some of their rants might be justified in front of the outrageous behavior of some gospel teachers who are using people in order to increase their own fortune and seem to forget about their role of spiritual guidance.
I would merely agree that using the Word of God as a monetary tool and forgetting about His commandments is a sinful behavior.
However, I am deeply convinced that our Creator doesn t want us to live a life of misery. On the contrary, He wants us to prosper, and also in our material condition.
There is a prerequisite to the material prosperity that He promises us. It is described in Deuteronomy 28:
“Now if you listen obediently to the voice of Adonai your God, taking care to do all His mitzvot that I am commanding you today, Adonai your God will set you on high—above all the nations of the earth.
Then all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you listen to the voice of Adonai your God: “Blessed will you be in the city, and blessed will you be in the field. “Blessed will be the fruit of your womb, the produce of your soil, and the offspring of your livestock—the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed will be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed will you be when you come in, and blessed will you be when you go out.
Adonai will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck down before you. They will come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. Adonai will command the blessing on you in your barns and in every undertaking of your hand, and He will bless you in the land Adonai your God is giving you.”
What God wants us is to listen to His voice and to obey His commandments. He wants single-hearted people. This is a detail He clearly showed me in my personal life. Do not expect blessings if you haven’t given Him your heart FIRST.
Yeshua asks us to seek the Kingdom of Heaven first and all things will be added to us. We must have set the Kingdom of Heaven as our main life priority.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
We must be detached from all material things, and be able to live in richness and in poverty with a grateful heart. God knows our needs and He will fill them. He will give us our daily portion of bread.
In John 10.10, Yeshua states:
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
Also we must acknowledge that wealth is not only a material thing. Abundance is much more a feeling. One can feel abundant by being content with what he has (accommodation, food, friends etc.)
When you have a grateful heart, you are automatically abundant.
The Creator of all life is also the great multiplier. He wants you to be abundant and healthy.
He gives us many hints about being abundant. Psalm 23 is a pretty good example of God providing His abundant blessing in the presence of our enemies.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Yeshua blessed huge crowds by multiplying fishes and bread. But before seeing the material blessing in it, He wanted us to work for the food that does not perish.
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.”
One must just trust that our Lord will always provide:
“The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.”
When we read the story of Jacob, we notice that the Eternal made him prosperous:
The man Jacob became very, very rich: he owned large flocks, female and male servants, camels, and donkeys.
It is quite clear that God wants His children to prosper:
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Do not misunderstand me. It doesn’t mean you will never be tested. Some of you might lose everything like Job. But always remember that Job remained faithful to the Lord in his immense sorrow and the Lord restored his wealth in the end.
Have your hearts attached to Him, have your eyes on Him, listen to His voice and He will bless you abundantly.
I claim it boldly: I AM prosperous. Yeshua is my greatest wealth. I will never let Him go from my heart.
Copyright© by Isabelle Esling