Summary: You may know that God wants to save you. You may know that God wants to heal you. But do you also know that God wants to prosper you?
I’m Gone Get To My Better
In order to give you a taste of the hard life, God test’s you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you. Deuteronomy 8:16b The Message Bible
That He might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Deuteronomy 8:16b The Amplified Bible
Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; Deuteronomy 8:16b KJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
And beware lest you say in your [mind and] heart, My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:17,18
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:19
If you have ever heard a self-made person talk about his/her life, they would say something like, "When I was 21 years old, I did this...and when I was 26 years old, I did that...and when I was 30 years old, I was at the top of my game....and look at me now. I am a self-made man/woman. I did it my way. I listened to Frank Sinatra every day and did it my way."
The Scripture, however, says,
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. (Ps. 20:7)
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Tim. 6:17)
The Bible says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1 Tim. 6:10). Money is not the root of evil—the love of money is. The Bible also says that "God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth..."(Deut. 8:18).
This statement seems to be contrary to what many churches preach. Why? Because God wants to anoint you to acquire wealth in order to establish His covenant. If you have read these principles in the Bible, you need to live them and put them into practice.
Hearers and Doers of the Word
You may know that God wants to save you. You may know that God wants to heal you. But do you also know that God wants to prosper you? A lot of people today are not living in this knowledge?
Just knowing the Word isn’t going to cause it to work in your life. It’s acting upon the Word of God and appropriating His promises in your life on a daily basis that does.
Remember the devil also knows the Word. Remember when he came to Eve, he said, "Did God say?" When he came to Jesus, he said, "If thou be the Son of God...for it is written."
The devil likes to put people in bondage with Scripture that is quoted out of context. He even quoted Scripture against Jesus. But Jesus came right back with a Scripture, quoted correctly, which cancelled out his attack. There is a difference between knowing the truth and acting on it.
I believe with all my heart that today God wants to break this spirit of poverty that hangs over the people of God. When we talk about Poverty it is not the state of being poor or needy, it is the state of wanting, it’s the torment of never having enough. It’s a spirit of fear. I have never in my life seen such a hoarding spirit when it comes to giving to God. It’s as if some of the people live in fear that God is going to take something from them. They say, If I give this I won’t have enough for that...If I give this I won’t be able to do what I wanted to do this weekend. Can I give you some words of advice? Never make any plans without including God! (I’m trying to short phrase this message and be direct and to the point)
You justify your lack and make excuses.
You are afraid to give under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
You govern your finances with a lack of trust and don’t believe God is your source
Your are suspicious that those around you may take your money.
When things are being handed out for free you grab as much as possible, even if you do not need the things at all.