You said that God wants us to really show the value of His blood by being prosperous and by being in good health. I’m all for that, but I ran into somebody the other day who told me that God wants us to be average. So I was wondering if you could point me to some Scriptures that show God wants us to be prosperous.
The blood of Jesus is very powerful. It paid the price for our sins, for our
sickness, for our disease, for our defeat so that we can have not only salvation
but so we can have victory in every area of our life. It honors God when we
honor the blood in a way where we receive all that He provided for us. Romans 8
says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how
shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” God wants to freely give
us all things and not hold anything back from us. He desires for us to succeed
because His blood paid for us to be saved and to succeed.
Here are some Scriptures that you can share with these people. One of the things
that you can say to them is, “Look, here are some Scriptures. You may want to
look at them; you may not. It’s totally up to you, but this is what I base my
belief on regarding money and prosperity.” And really, it’s not just about
money; it’s about success and prosperity in every area of your life. 3 John 2
says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just
as your soul prospers.” God wants your soul to prosper, and when it does – when
your soul, emotions, mind, and intellect are flourishing in the Word of God –
it’s going to affect every area of your life. Genesis 39 says that even when
Joseph was thrown into the pit, he prospered and that his master saw that he
prospered in everything he did. Deuteronomy 7 and 8 are all about God blessing
His people and causing His people to succeed. God is a successful God; He
doesn’t fail at anything, so why would He want his children to fail at anything?
Psalm 35:27 says, “God delights in the prosperity of his servants.” Go with
those verses. Study them. Review the cross-references in your Bible, and you’ll
find other Scriptures as well.
My question is, I feel like there is a tension between what God says in the Word about prosperity, of how He wants to prosper us, and then Jesus comes and says something like lay your treasures in heaven, not on earth. How do I not feel guilty if I’m doing really well, you know what I mean? How do I do both of them—how do I become prosperous and not lay up treasures on the Earth?
What a great question. Well, first of all, you have to remember that the
Bible says in 1 Timothy 6 that God created all things richly for us to enjoy. So
he wants you to enjoy life. He wants you to be prosperous. But where does
prosperity begin? It begins in your soul. It begins in your emotions. It begins
in your mind. As you get your thinking in line with God’s Word, you get your
thinking—if there’s thoughts and attitudes in your life that are contrary to
God’s Word, you make the adjustments there and as you prosper in your soul, it
is an overflow for you to prosper in every other area of your life. So there’s
no reason to be guilty when you realize that the good is in your life comes from
Here’s how you balance that. If you’re jealously pursuing wealth, if you’re
selfishly pursuing prosperity, and you’re doing it because you’re driven to have
more so you can feel safe or secure or confident, then you know that you’re
doing it for the wrong reason. But when you seek the Kingdom of God, the Bible
says, and His righteousness, then the Bible says in Matthew 6:33, all these
things will be added to you. All these things will be added to you. So, how do
you balance prosperity with what Jesus said about laying up for yourselves
treasures in heaven? By giving away what God gives you? Not all of it, but by
being generous with what God gives you. You start by giving God the first fruit.
The first tenth of everything you receive, you give it to God. That’s what
delivers us from greed. Lack and poverty never delivers somebody from greed and
selfishness. Because there are a lot of people that don’t have anything, but
they’re still greedy and they’re still selfish.
And so what delivers us from selfishness is generosity. What delivers us from
greed is giving. So way you balance prosperity is you understand the purpose for
which God gives it to you. God gives you prosperity. He blesses you so you can
be a blessing. Genesis 12 tells us and Psalm 67 tells us, so look up those
verses and that will help establish a foundation in your life. He blesses you so
you can be a blessing. So if you’re just receiving the blessing of God, but
you’re not being a blessing with it, then you are out of balance. Okay, that’s
where you’re going to get into greed and selfishness. So I trust that that helps
you to understand that and I believe that that will really be a blessing for you
if you take that to heart. Listen, it’s purpose that is the balance to
prosperity. When you know the purpose of something, that’s when you use it for
the right reason. When you don’t know the purpose of something, that’s when
you’re going to abuse it.
I recently heard you mention briefly what the New Testament refers to when it talks about prospering. I just wanted to ask you more.
There’s a lot of misinformation about the subject about “prosperity.” There’s
a lot of wrong information about the subject and there’s a limited information.
Some information is wrong. Like, for example, somebody might say that “God
doesn’t mean to prosper everybody.” Well, that’s wrong information. And then,
there’s a limited information where somebody says, “Well, God wants to prosper
me, which means God wants me to be rich financially.” Well, that’s very limited
because prosperity does not limit itself. It does not lower itself to mere
financial terms. And so, we need to have the right information and not wrong
information and not limited information.
So what does the Bible mean when it says that God wants to prosper us? 3 John 2
says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health,
even as you soul prospers.” So, the number one aspect of prosperity starts in
our soul. God wants our soul to prosper. He wants our mind, our will, our
emotions to be healthy, to be sound, to be successful. The word “prosper” itself
means to do well; it means to arrive at the destination. And so, God wants us to
arrive at His destination for our life, to arrive at His purpose for our lives
in our soul and in our emotions. And as we arrive at His purpose and destination
in our soul and in our emotions, we will arrive at His purpose and destination
in every other area of life as well. So, the clearest definition of prospering
means to achieve, to arrive at the destination that God has for you.
If I just become a millionaire, but I have not arrived at God’s destination for
my life, then I am not prospering. There are a lot of people that have a lot of
money that are not prospering. There’s a lot of people that have their health,
but they’re not prospering. In other words, are we arriving at God’s destination
for our lives? “To do well on our journey” is what the word literally means.
People would say, “May you prosper on your journey. It was a definition
concerning traveling; “may you reach your destination.” Well, so how does that
translate to us spiritually? If we reach the destination, the purpose, the
calling of God for our lives, then we are truly prospering. And if we reach
that, it will affect every other area of our life. When we do what we were
created to do, we will succeed in every other area of our life and that’s the
clearest definition of prosperity that I can give you today.
Now, that’s not the only definition of prosperity, but that’s the fundamental
foundation of prosperity. The Bible says that God will give us the power to
prosper, the power to succeed, the power to achieve God’s destiny for our lives,
God’s purpose for our lives. Of course, God wants us to have enough money. God
wants us to have enough of anything. And you could say that prosperity means
having more than enough of whatever you need: more than enough health, more than
enough time, more than enough joy, more than enough peace, more than enough
money, more than enough of everything. God wants you to have more than enough.
Why? Because He wants you to have enough for you and more than enough so that
you can share it with others as well.
I just wanted to find out if Jesus wants believers to be wealthy financially? I just wanted your take on that.
Excellent question. My take on that is, according to John 10:10, “The thief
comes to steal, kill and destroy,” Jesus said, “but I have come that they would
have life and have it in abundance.” God wants us to experience abundant life.
Now abundant life doesn’t mean that we should be seeking and pursuing wealth.
But rather it means that we should be seeking the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, according to Matthew 6:33. And he says, “and all these things
shall be added to you.”
You see the problem is not being wealthy. Being wealthy is not the problem. But
pursuing wealth, as an ambition, is where we run into problems. And where we’ll
run into a lot of temptation that we don’t need to be putting ourselves in. But
rather what we should be doing is seeking God, worshiping Him, sitting at His
feet, doing things His way. Handling our business and handling our money the way
He tells us to. And then the result will be He’ll bless us, He’ll increase us
and we’ll reap what we sow. So if that means that we’re going to end up wealthy,
if I can be wealthy in love and wealthy in generosity and I have enough to give
to others to minister to them, then I believe that that is a godly thing that
every believer should want in their lives.
I was wondering about prosperity. I’ve looked up the word “prosperity” and it’s in there 8-12 times depending on the translation. And it’s not even in the New Testament. And I’m concerned about people preaching prosperity all the time. I understand that people need to have a hope, but telling people that God’s just going to open up the heavens and pour out financial blessings and stuff on you. Like, in the Old Testament, the blessings that they received from God were external: gold, silver, sheep, cattle because that’s how their atonement was made, by the lamb. Now, we’re under a new covenant, the New Testament, everything is spiritual, the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the spirit. And we’re supposed to really be focused on God. What do you think about the preaching of prosperity?
Matthew 6:33 is the greatest Scripture on the subject. It says, “Seek first
the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added
unto you.” So, yes. We should be pursuing God. We should be seeking God and
seeking His kingdom and seeking His way of doing things and seeking His love and
things that are much more valuable and much more important that just getting our
needs met. But He says when we do that, that all these things will be added to
us. He’ll bring to us the things that we need in our life, what we shall eat,
what we shall drink, what we shall wear. God wants to meet our needs, but He
doesn’t want us to pursue them ourselves. He wants us to pursue Him and then
those things will end up pursuing us. 1 Timothy chapter 6.
And again, you talk about Old Testament – New Testament. Let’s talk about New
Testament. Matthew 6:33, but also 1 Timothy chapter 6 says, “God created all
things richly for us to enjoy.” He created life for us to enjoy. John 10:10 say,
“the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But.” Jesus said, “I have come that
you would have life and that you would have it in abundance, to the full, til it
Now, what does it mean to have an overflowing prosperous life? It starts in our
soul. It starts in our physical life, in our spiritual life. That’s where
prosperity comes from, that’s where prosperity is. And if your soul is
prospering, if your soul is healthy, if you are full of peace and full of joy
and full of love and full of grace and full of mercy, then that’s going to spill
over into some other areas of your life, it’s going to spill over into all the
other areas of your life. Because the Word of God contains within itself the
power to bring itself to pass. So when you hear a Scripture about peace, that
Word will bring peace. When you hear a Scripture about God providing for you,
that Word will bring provision. As long as we’re focused on the Word of God, the
Word of God will bring the provisions that we need, whether it’s money or
whether it’s time or whether it’s wisdom or whether it’s favor or whether it’s
peace or joy or forgiveness. All of that is a part of what Jesus did for us, not
just part of it. But it’s all a part of it.
So, I don’t think that we can say that God just in the New Testament deals with
spiritual things, because He doesn’t. He told Peter how to get his taxes paid.
He fed the multitude fish and loaves so that everybody had enough to eat. God
wants to meet all our needs but it starts with our spiritual needs and then it
spills over into other areas of our life. Also, there’s a Scripture in Galatians
chapter 3 where it says that the promise to Abraham or to his seed that he would
heir of the world was to us as well. “If we belong to Christ, we’re Abraham’s
seed and we’re heirs according to the promises of God.” God wants us focused on
Him, but He wants us to know that when we’re focused on Him, He will be focused
on us. And when we’re focused on seeking what He wants, He will take care of
what we want. The Bible says that as we seek his kingdom, all these things will
be added unto us and they are natural, physical, material things that God wants
to add to us as long as we’re not pursuing them, that they’re pursuing us when
we’re pursuing God.