Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT)
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Who doesn’t want to be rich? I mean to be completely honest who would bypass a million dollars if it was given as a gift or the check actually did arrive in the mail? No one would pass it up as it is what drives the economy in which we live. It is the driving force of supply and demand. Money is not bad. It only magnifies the condition of the human heart. Money does not change a person it reveals the substance they are made of. For a long time, I have struggled with the prosperity message taught in the church. I don’t believe that God makes every person financially prosperous for a reason. He doesn’t meet every need of every person the same. There is a strong current in religion that entices us to give to the Lord to get from His Kingdom. Tithing is viewed as an investment just as seed is to the sower. I do not entirely disagree with this either as a long-time tither. I believe that obedience is part of our covenant agreement with the Lord and any way that we can honor that agreement is a good thing. Is it okay to desire riches from God? Of course it is. But there is a requirement that comes with such a request. Jesus Christ is not interested in monetary means or material comfort for His People. This is just not true. Jesus Christ came so that we could be satisfied. Ah, blessed satisfaction, it seems so elusive. You may be surprised to discover that you have everything you need to be completely prosperous but a lack of wisdom is keeping you from having it. You are blessed but just don’t know how to access it. You have abundance but don’t know how to contain it. You have everything you need to live a prosperous life but have no clue how to find it. The message of Jesus Christ is all about prosperity. Prosperity begins in our soul. As our soul prospers, so will we. (3 John 1:2) What a blessing that we could prosper as our soul does!
Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
God chose us to be the holy people who He loves. God is love. We must learn the motivating factors of His Kingdom and apply them to our life to access the blessings of His Kingdom. What does this mean? We must work on our spiritual desire to feed our natural appetite. A year ago, I made the decision that I would take the necessary steps to live a healthy lifestyle. This would mean making some changes in the way I eat and how I live. It would require leaving behind laziness to pursue exercise. I did this because in the midst of the hardship of facing the trial of our son’s battle with cancer, I was abusing my body. I neglected it of sleep by worrying all the time. I allowed stress to dictate what I was eating. I let the disease that attacked our son to attack me as well. So I had to makes some one-eighty turns. First, I began with a juice fast which to some may seem a bit radical but it works. I had to completely deny my body to beat it back into submission. The first three days were brutal. But as I moved past the initial discomfort, I began to feel better and better. As time went on, I began to make proper choices to aid in the effort of reclaiming my health. Weight began to fall off, yet I still was battling with my mind. That’s when I discovered the endorphins released in exercise. I plugged up my ears piping in praise and worship determined to run the course of thirty minutes and set out to create a routine of exercise. All these changes had a positive effect on my body, but also began to detoxify my soul. How you ask? My flesh became subject to my spirit once again. It was a hard fought battle, but I won. I tell my body who’s in charge and it listens to its owner now. It is the same with every other desire that we have. Desire is not bad. But unfulfilled desire leads to dissatisfaction. Compromise produces discontentment. To get rich quick is not necessary a windfall to our account, but a change in our pattern of thinking and way of living that leads to productivity. Monetary increase magnifies our heart condition so it would seem that it is in our best interest to gain wisdom that leads to godliness so when God does send natural increase into our life it only brings honor and glory to Him!
Deuteronomy 28:11-14 (NLT)
“The LORD will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them.”
It is God’s Intention to bless you in the life that He has given you. Yes, this one. The very existence that you are living no matter how heartbreaking and hopeless it may seem. You have faith in your heart which has the power to make the impossible happen. You have been given Eternity so that you will find your way home. Calling on the Name of Jesus Christ causes the Living and Breathing Spirit of God to take up holy inhabitation of your life bringing forth the Glory of God which is prosperity. You have everything that you need to be successful in everything that you do but just don’t know what to do with it. God takes care of you as His Child from His Riches in Heaven. (Philippians 4:19) Need I remind you that the streets are paved with gold? God wants you to know His Riches and His Glory. (Colossians 1:27) This is not a play on words. God will make you rich beginning with your soul. He will pour His Glory in you, through you and right back out of you. This is not a maybe but a yes for those who are willing to reprioritize their life, take control of their flesh and live a life of complete integrity with God. Let’s talk about Job for a moment. The first thing that God tells us about Job is that he was blameless. He sinned but was sorrowful repenting and striving to do what was right. He lived a life of “complete integrity” before the Lord which I think might be best described as humility and submission to the Lord. He tried to live a life pleasing to God, but was truly sorry when he failed as every man does. He feared (respected) God in the way that He lived and stayed away from evil. If money were evil than it would not say that Job was the richest person in his area. (Job 1:1-2) When Job was tested he was stripped of everything materially, physically and bared to his soul before the Lord. Job faced the test of true prosperity. Is the wisdom and knowledge of God enough to love and trust Him when He is all that you have? Is faith a strong enough substance to base your entire existence on? (Job 1:7-11) Job proved that God was enough for him even though it was not a pretty account and grew ugly as it went on, in the end Job remained faithful to the Lord. (Job 42:1-6) When all is stripped away, what is the substance of your faith? When confident hope is all that you have will it keep that faith firmly placed in the Lord? This is the true test of prosperity. Job passed the test and God responded by given him double what the Lord had given him before. (Job 42:10-17) Would you pass the test?
Matthew 19:16-22 (NLT)
Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments. “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
When faced with losing all of his possessions to gain eternal life, the rich man mourned his loss. I would like to think this is not the case but it is. It is because human confidence is in the world and not salvation. Prosperity of the soul requires that our value system identify the priceless inheritance and endless worth of our salvation through Jesus Christ. Religion tells us to do this and that so we can live how we want. This is not salvation. Salvation is not based on what we do but who we know. To know Christ changes our attitude and actions but to do so in reverse order is religiosity. When we feel the same way about Jesus with or without, we have begun to discover the wealth of wisdom. Godly wisdom is to know the Lord and live according to such knowledge. The greatest reward of riches should be complete and total satisfaction. (Psalm 63:1-5) Wisdom is priceless and precious when it is the Knowledge of Jesus Christ and His Spirit working in our life. (Proverbs 3:15-17) The life of hard knocks teaches us valuable lessons according to this world. But Kingdom thinking is entirely different. What we know should not only satisfy us today but bring us contentment tomorrow. In whatsoever state I am in, I should be content. Are you content? Peter revealed his lack of knowledge and dissatisfaction in his response to Jesus when he reminded Jesus Christ that he had given up everything for Him…for what? (Matthew 19:23-27) Little did the disciple know or understand that he would soon feast on his words at the foot of the Cross! Peter knew the truth and the identity of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:15-19) It became wisdom when the Holy Spirit brought understanding of just how powerful such a revelation could be and changed his life forever. When Jesus saw the widow giving her “last two cents” in faithfulness, He tried to encourage and exhort the believers around Him to do the same. (Mark 12:41-44) Give your all for My Everything. This is the beginning of true prosperity. Will give up what you have to experience satisfaction? Will you give your all to be content? This is what He is asking but it will take every ounce of your faith to find it. Why give your all for today, when you have been promised prosperity forever!
Proverbs 10:22 (NLT)
The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich and he adds no sorrow with it.
If you want to get rich quick, you must change the way that you think so it will change the way that you act. To hold fast to money and things is an act of desperation not representative of the Kingdom that you belong to. The Lord will allow all this to be removed so that you will prosper. The blessing of the Lord makes you rich. You are supposed to be blessed but without any sorrow added to it including debt and endless hours at work. The blessing of the Lord is what His Spirit produces in us. The fruit (prosperity) of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23) The only thing that God wants us to be desperate for is a closer relationship with Him. If we have discovered the complete satisfaction found by living in covenant agreement with the Lord, things take their proper place in our life. We will be blessed in every possible way when nothing compares to knowing Jesus Christ and keeping Him at the center of it all. Money cannot buy love. It cannot buy healing. In fact, it has been our recent experience that even human life has a price as our health insurance and care came to abrupt halt when the price became too high. When you have nothing left but faith will it be enough to satisfy your heart, mind, soul and body. (Proverbs 24:3-4) Why is this so important? Because there is coming a day when you will breathe your last breath, on that day your faith in Jesus Christ is the only thing that will bring you back to life to live forever in His Kingdom. The Lord will not let things keep you from experiencing His Glory. He will not allow money to keep those who are His bound to this world.
I Timothy 6:7-10 (NLT)
After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
True faith is the “Get Rich” Plan of God for your life. Yes, He wants to bless you. Yes, He wants to prosper you. Yes, He wants to satisfy you with every good thing. He will not do it at risk of losing that little bit of faith that you have. If you want more out of this life, you must invest all of your faith in the One True God by asking Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord. You must mean it and believe it enough to invest your entire life into knowing Him more. This will produce the prosperity that you long for. You will be satisfied with little or much. The prosperity of your heart will remain uncompromised and completely invested by faith that has become confident hope keeping you anchored in the Presence of God. People, money or any other thing this world has to offer will never compare to such a wealth when you gain revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ and get to know Him more. Spiritual wisdom is all the insight we need to get rich quick! (Ephesians 1:17-21) We already have all that we need, faith is the access point of receivership. The incredible wealth of His Loving Kindness produces more than we could even think to ask for which comes when we know Him more. (Ephesians 2:3-7) With such knowledge comes the safety and security of satisfaction which all we ever longed for and everything we need. The Lord is always perpetuating productivity in our life as He works to prosper His People. (Psalm 65:9-10) Faith is our yielding to the cultivation process of God inside of us. Do you want to get rich quick? Get to know Him more!
I Timothy 6:17-19 (NLT)
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.