Summary: • Over the next few weeks, I want to build a strong foundation as it relates to true prosperity. • There has been many definitions of prosperity, however, over the next few weeks we will step though the Word and define it as God has intended it to be def
• Over the next few weeks, I want to build a strong foundation as it relates to true prosperity.
• There has been many definitions of prosperity, however, over the next few weeks we will step though the Word and define it as God has intended it to be defined.
• True prosperity is for every Believer.
• We must first understand how the kingdom of God operates.
• Let us look to the scriptures this morning and see what God has to say about prosperity.
A. True prosperity is the ability to meet the needs of others at any given time.
1. Our minds must be renewed with the Word of God and His will.
(NKJV) Romans 12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2. John talks about of soul prospering and to be in good health.
3. Prosperity leads us to excel, to make progress in our pursuit for the things of God.
4. Prosperity leads us to extend or help others in an unselfish manner. It is an inward mind-set, not just an outward gathering of possessions or things.
5. True prosperity deals with every aspect of life—spirit, soul and body.
B. The word prosperity has evolved over time.
1. The original Hebrew meaning for prosperity was used as a parting utterance.
2. The original definition meant to be on the right path, to have a successful journey in life.
a. God desires for Believers to have a prosperous journey in life, it starts with salvation in Jesus (John 3:16)
3. Over time, the usage of the word prosperity had changed to mean success in profitability and material gain.
4. Believers’ today use the word prosperity to mean wholeness and continued well-being in every area of life.
5. God wants Christians to be successful in every area of life—health, relationships, careers, finances, etc.
(NKJV) Psalm 35 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
C. We can be successful in every aspect of life.
1. Money (finances) is a result of prospering in God.
a. Money is spoken of very often in the Word. Money is a tool that enables a person to get things accomplished in the kingdom of God.
b. Money in itself does not define prosperity. You can be rich and be poor in other areas of life.
(NKJV) Revelation 3 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.