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Prosperity begins here – A Biblical Perspective
We are told to make a choice:
Choose Life and Prosperity or Death and Adversity.
What is true Biblical Prosperity?
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This is a Prophetic Word
It seems that we, Christians, pastors, teachers, evangelists and followers alike, have forgotten the clear message of God regarding Prosperity and Adversity.
I have been in churches and I hear preachers warning Christians against believing these clear words of the Bible. So, Christians will suffer from want and lack, poverty and disease, fear and loneliness, adversity and meaningless death without the Hope of His Promises.
It is His Promises which both bless us and strengthen us to endure the difficult times. When we obey God and observe all His commandments which are command this day, the LORD our God will prosper us abundantly. (Deuteronomy 30:8, 9)
Prosperity and Adversity are inextricably linked.
We have seen that the Bible says we must choose between ‘;Life and Prosperity, or Death and Adversity’. We cannot escape this Word.
Again, Deuteronomy 30:8 prophetically states “And you shall again obey the LORD, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.
Verse 9. “Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers;
Verse 10. “if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul.
Verse 11. “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.
Verse 12. “It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’
Verse 13. “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’
Verse 14. “But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.
Verse 15. “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity;
Verse 16. “in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.”
Deuteronomy 28:15 “But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
Chapter 28 is a lengthy section of scripture, so I have linked it on Biblehub.com to save space (Click here for the remaining verses of Chapter 28)
Conclusion: I pray that we can see that Biblical Prosperity is NOT just about having money or things. It is not a spiritual ‘grab bag’ just for our indulgence.
Biblical Prosperity, is both a Prophetic Promise and a Prophetic Warning.
Let’s conclude with these verses:
Deuteronomy 29:1, “These are the words of the covenant which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the sons of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which He had made with them at Horeb.
Verse 2. “And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh and all his servants and all his land;
Verse 3. “the great trials which your eyes have seen, those great signs and wonders.
Verse 4. “Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.
Verse 5. “I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.
Verse 6. “You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or strong drink, in order that you might know that I am the LORD your God.
Verse 7. “When you reached this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out to meet us for battle, but we defeated them;
Verse 8. “and we took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites.
Verse 9. “So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.”
It is my sincere prayer that this has been helpful and that I have not distorted or misused these Chapters and verses from God’s Word.
I also pray that we will get on with the call of God on our lives, and He will permit and lead all of us to into His fields which are ripe for harvest to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Your Brother and Friend,
“And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22
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