Summary: • Last week we discussed some of the first steps that are necessary to obtain true prosperity. o True prosperity is the ability to meet the needs of others at any given time. o The Bible teaches us that we can be successful in every aspect of life. o M
a. The wrong relationship with money is the root of evil.
(NKJV) 1 Timothy 6 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
b. If your relationship is right with God, money will come.
C. You must love God with all your strength in order to walk in true prosperity.
(NKJV) Luke 10 27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
1. Loving God with all your strength, is loving God with your possessions, abilities, anointing, influence, power and money—whatever you have that can make a difference in another person’s life.
(AMP) Proverbs 18 11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high protecting wall in his own imagination and conceit.;
2. The rich young ruler did not love God with all his strength and, as a result, missed an opportunity to prosper.
(NKJV) Mark 10 17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” 20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
a. Jesus asked the rich young ruler to sell what he loved in order to prove his love for God. He had to make a choice to serve God or money!
b. The rich young ruler lack of love for God led him to choose his possessions over God’s love- eternal life.
3. When you love God with your possessions you put yourself in position to prosper like never before.
4. A man that fails to make God his strength will satisfy his own selfishness through his possessions.
(NKJV) Psalm 52 7 “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
D. Precious seed and a pure heart will enable the Believer to live in great wealth.
1. (Old Testament) Abraham sowed Isaac as a precious seed and the harvest of that seed allowed the children of Israel to leave Egypt wealthy.
a. Egypt was only a reservoir for Israel's wealth as they learned to love God even in oppression.
2. God gave Israel great wealth to see if they would love Him with all their substance.