Joshua 1:8 tells us, “The Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
The Bible is the greatest book in the world concerning money management that leads to staggering prosperity. God’s children have been historically prosperous. Consider Abraham. The book of Genesis tells us that he was rich in cattle, silver and gold. Solomon was the richest man in the world. By today’s standards he would have been a trillionaire. His horse stables were made of gold. That is prosperity!
3 John 2 says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Jesus gave us 38 parables; 16 deal with how to manage your possessions. There are 500 verses in the New Testament dealing with prayer, and less than 500 discussing faith. There are more than 2,000 verses telling us how to manage our possessions in order to produce prosperity in our lives.
Let me be very clear. You will either master your money, or your money will master you! The choice is yours.
So, let me ask you…would you like for God’s prosperity to explode in your life? Would you like for the windows of heaven to bless you with blessings that you cannot contain?
I’m going to give you some very basic Bible concepts about prosperity today, and I want you to listen to the sermon series, “God’s Plan for Your Prosperity.” It goes into detail on how you can prosper through God’s promises; but today I’m going to give you a brief outline to follow. Dig deeper into God’s Word. He delights in your prosperity! His promises ring true…every time.
You will never prosper until you believe that it’s God’s will for you to prosper. Deuteronomy 8:18 tells us, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
The difference between living a life of prosperity and a life of want is choice. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Your financial success tomorrow will be determined by your obedience to God’s Word today. If you plant a seed at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, it will not be a stalk of corn by daylight tomorrow. Today you make the choice to honor God with your living and your giving so that He can open the windows of heaven and bless you.
Every time God gives you the opportunity to give, He is also giving you the opportunity to increase your income. Let go of what is in your hand, so that God can bless you with what He holds in His. What He has in store for you is far greater than what you could ever do on your own. He owns all the wealth in the world; and your income is determined by your obedience to His Word.
I want you to understand the principle of seed time and harvest. Everything God does on earth comes from this basic principle. Genesis 8:22 tells us, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”
Consider the spiritual realm. How did Jesus come to earth? The answer is, seed time and harvest. The seed of the woman (Mary) shall crush the head of the serpent (Satan). The Holy Ghost planted the seed in Mary’s womb and the kingdom of Satan was defeated.
Consider the physical realm. How did you get here? Seed time and harvest. These two events were separated by nine months.
Consider the financial realm. When you plant your seed (tithe and offering), God not only meets your need, but rains down His blessing on every area of your life. He is the God of more than enough!
Give and it shall be given unto you. If something within you resents giving…it’s not of God. Giving is the only proof you have that the cancer of greed has not consumed you. The day is going to come when all you will have is what you have given to God.
Everything that God controls…GIVES!
The sun gives light. Clouds give rain. God gave his only Son that we might be redeemed. What are YOU giving HIM?
If you think that you are so far behind financially that you will never catch up…give. God is able to make it up to you by giving you more than enough! He can give back to you what the enemy has stolen. What you lost in your business failure, He can restore. Your only hope of catching up is planting your seed in the Kingdom of God, the only sure fire investment you will ever have.
Givers gain! When you give to God, the only thing that can happen is for you to gain on every level. Beloved, He wants to prosper you in all things. Are you willing to trust Him with the little that is in your hand, for the untold blessings in His?