Christian Prosperity Secrets
May I die to self and come alive to you. Give me the courage and determination to pay whatever price it takes to know you and delight you as fully as any human can. Help me break through fears, biases and preconceptions to truly hear from you. It seems mundane and yet the Bible emphasizes it because the all-knowing Lord sees it as significant: Psalm You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Did you catch it or did it sneak past you? Proverbs The sluggard [the lazy person] craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent [the person who works hard and consistently] are fully satisfied. Proverbs Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor. Proverbs A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. Proverbs for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. God provides but it still takes effort. The principle applies even to the miraculous provision of manna: Exodus ,22,26 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much much did not have too much, and he who gathered much little did not have too little.
Each one gathered as much as he needed. On the sixth day, they gathered much twice as much. Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.
The Prosperity Bible Quotes
Each Sabbath, no gathering of the manna was permitted because gathering was work. Read this carefully: 2 Thessalonians In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.
They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. Colossians Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart , as working for the Lord, not for men As we will soon see, these Scriptures are but a tiny fraction of the New Testament emphasis on physical work.
Faith is not a way of avoiding hard work. You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. Psalm , You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.
What you brought home, I blew away. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains. You wicked, lazy servant! Titus Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons. Hard work is an important aspect of godliness: Ephesians He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Acts You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. She is worth far more than rubies. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark ; she provides food for her family. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She makes coverings for her bed. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.
So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. In contrast to hardworking wives, Paul writes: 1 Timothy But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Get rich quick dreams and schemes lead not to wealth but to poverty; not to contentment but to an endless craving. They are a curse that promises blessings but ends in regret: Proverbs An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
Proverbs He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor. Proverbs ,22 He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. Proverbs Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
- Prosperity Books.
- The Secret of Growing Prosperity.
- I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids;
- Join Kobo & start eReading today;
- Ideas for Your Goat Farm: Marketing Hobby Farm Goats;
- Kushiels Dart (Kushiels Legacy Book 1)!
- Secrets of Prosperity | Dr. Sumrall's Legacy Collection of Works.
No matter how much he earns, anyone is headed for poverty who fails to show restraint but squanders his money on self-indulgence. There are much deeper truths than this, however, associated with being content with less. The great apostle of faith writes: Philippians I know what it is to be in need , and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Actually, Paul refers to going hungry several times in his writings: 1 Corinthians To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.
He also says of himself and his companions: 2 Corinthians Not only were slaves poor, they often became slaves as a result of extreme poverty. In fact, to be poor was normal in the early church: 2 Corinthians Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. Because they were giving to Christians who were even poorer: Romans For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Note that it was not some backwater church that had impoverished members.
This was the mighty Jerusalem church of the book of Acts; the church born out of the original Pentecostal outpouring, complete with tongues of fire and astounding miracles. Paul did not regard these Christians in Jerusalem as spiritually inferior because they were deeply impoverished.
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. The inspired apostle considered this so important that in 2 Corinthians he devoted two entire chapters eight and nine to urging his readers to give sacrificially to the poor in Jerusalem.
Titus and another respected leader were equally enthusiastic about this project: 2 Corinthians For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel.
What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help. We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. You no doubt know that the whole saga of Paul being arrested, imprisoned for years and finally sent to Rome, began as a result of him insisting on going to Jerusalem Acts Did you realize, however, that a key reason why he was in Jerusalem was to deliver the money he had raised for the impoverished Christians there?
Romans Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. Acts After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings. And it was not just the Macedonian and the Jerusalem Christians who were poor.
Of the church in Smyrna, the risen Lord said: Revelation I know your afflictions and your poverty. Most of the people James wrote to were clearly poor: James Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in.
If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith. By the way, how many of us are so poor that we regard wearing a gold ring a wedding ring, for example as a sign of wealth? We noted Paul seeing the impoverished Christians in Jerusalem as needing practical help, not faith teaching, to counter their poverty. Now we see from the above quote that James likewise saw the poor among the Christians as not needing preaching or spiritual words to escape their poverty but material help.
Our Lord can send us soaring on spiritual highs and thrilling faith adventures but he is also disturbingly practical: James Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. If our religion moves us merely to climb on our soapboxes, we are nothing but clanging cymbals 1 Corinthians Paul bursts false spirituality with the ease of a pin through a balloon.
The following could hardly be worded any stronger: 1 Timothy If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Of course, Jesus was the master at shattering the hypocrisy that religion inevitably attracts.
Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. And do not forget to do good and to share with others , for with such sacrifices God is pleased. God sees the highest spiritual worship and the most practical physical help as belonging together.
Forgotten Christian Secrets of Prosperity. Prosperity Doctrine
We love to rip the following out of context: 2 Corinthians And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need , you will abound in every good work. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. To the church in Smyrna, Jesus said that although they were materially poor, they were rich Revelation The Bible sometimes applies this Greek word materially and other times spiritually.
So here Paul is talking about abounding or being rich in faith, love, generosity and so on. It is vital that we crave a spiritual, not a material, abundance. It is this that must captivate our imagination and fill our waking moments. In the same letter in which Paul lists all the torture he had suffered, he writes: 2 Corinthians He knew the truth of this Scripture: Psalms You [God] have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
Psalms ,8 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I think of you through the watches of the night. My soul clings to you. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. This contentment, says Paul, is something he had to learn. It did not magically fall into his lap. Like learning to walk, we can expect reaching this degree of contentment to take deliberate, prolonged effort. I have learned the secret of being content.
This contentment is something that one has to work at. One has to deliberately stir oneself up to delight in God. Habakkuk Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Psalm I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
Philippians Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! The fulfillment that comes from rejoicing in God empowers us to put into practice such Scriptures as: Romans And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings. James Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds 1 Peter But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. An important aspect of finding contentment is to foster a spirit of thankfulness.
Colossians Colossians So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. A thankful person is a happy person. An envious person torments himself with needless misery. To rise above this degradation is a continual challenge. The more we praise God, however, the more he will praise us.
Will we choose to delight in what God has given us or grizzle about what he has not given us? This is a far more serious matter than many of us realize: Numbers ,10,, But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna! Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry. All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the LORD burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.
Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food. Those back in Egypt might not have had the miracle, but they had a greater variety. Sometimes you have to wait decades or even until after death before it becomes obvious, but in this case they did not have to wait long to discover that being granted their wish was a curse. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of this incident for us living under the covenant of grace: 1 Corinthians ,, For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.
Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert. Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. For the biblical balance we need look no further than this: Philippians Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving , present your requests to God. Here is one of the great killers of the joy that thankfulness brings: it is hard to be thankful for things we think we deserve.
What I am about to expound is not intended to depress but to open our eyes to spiritual reality and release us into the joy that springs from gratefulness. If you were healed of an illness, your degree of gratefulness would depend on your understanding of the seriousness of the illness. Likewise, our appreciation of what Christ did for us by his death hinges on how much we understand the horror that his sacrifice has saved us from. Never in my life have I got what I deserved. If people knew every detail of my life, I think most would say I have lived a very moral life.
Like you, I have confirmed over and over again that I deserve nothing less than an eternity in hell. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. The millions who have so much more might be no better than me but I am no better than the billions of people who have much less than me. The resulting indoor pollution kills 4, people a day.
For more, see World Poverty Statistics A pirate is said to have felt so bad about having killed a man that he could not sleep properly for days. Nevertheless, he kept killing and reached the point where he could murder someone, use the corpse as a pillow and sleep soundly all night. We have been surrounded by wrongdoing and personally engaged in it so much that we have become as hardened to our own forms of evil as that pirate and we have a grossly inflated view of ourselves.
The perfection of his holiness renders him terrifyingly righteous in his judgments. Heaven would end up corrupted like earth. We so much recoil from the truth of our depravity that we rarely contemplate the implications of the reality that we were born the product of a long line of evildoers, all of whom, except for the mercy of God, should have been annihilated long before having the chance to reproduce. The wages of just one sin is death and yet we have sinned far too many times for us to even count.
Given our defiled nature, we should have been wiped out like vermin the instant we were conceived but, instead of giving us what we deserve, God in Christ endured the torment of the cross so that he could shower us with his love. We must resist the tendency to let the intoxicating foolishness of pride delude us as to who we are, without the utterly undeserved mercy of God. Each of us has more for which to be thankful than our finite minds can conceive.
How could they do that? The answer is in the rest of the verse: Hebrews They achieved this by putting into practice this important spiritual principle: 2 Corinthians So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Rather than distract us from our earthly mission, fixing our sights on heaven empowers us to make the necessary sacrifices to successfully complete our earthly mission.
It makes us like top athletes who sacrifice so much because they are focused on the honor of winning: 1 Corinthians Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Put another way: 2 Timothy Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs. Frontline soldiers sleep rough, eat rations and face constant hardship without expecting to be thanked for it. They do not wear fashionable clothes or engage in their own pursuits. The only ones living a soft life are shame-faced deserters.
- HORAE PAULINAE; Or The Truth of the Scripture History of St. Paul;
- Enhancing Your Image: How to Create a Positive, Lasting Impression.
- Reclaim Your Spiritual Power.
- Primary Sidebar.
- The Secret of Prosperity.
- May You Prosper!?
- A Path to Utopia (The Last Mile Book 1).
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and so that your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. Give abundantly, give wisely, and give with a cheerful heart. Growing Prosperity : Keep in mind, God set it all up. He is not only the God of the universe — He is the God that created the universe. What more can be said? His creation, His plan — what a beautiful thing! May you always abundantly give with a cheerful heart and live a life of growing prosperity!
Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home Prayer Requests About. Search for: Search. May 28, Biblical Prosperity 2 Comments.
God set it all up. Created the whole universe. Freely gave. Freely gave abundantly. Freely gave abundantly, exceedingly — a never-ending, ever-flowing, overflowing supply. God set the example of giving. We should be following His example. But do we? Give money — receive money. Give love — receive love. Give compassion — receive compassion. Give encouragement — receive encouragement.