|FINANCIAL PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANCE IN LIFE
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Children of God, the Lord says "I have come that you may have life and life in abundance". God is a God of abundance. When he created man and woman; Adam and Eve to start with beforehand, he had provided for them in abundance. Children of God, they had everything in plenty. So God manifested and displayed his real desire for them. Before he formed Adam and Eve, he had made the whole earth, he refurbished earth which was spoiled and disturbed, polluted by the defeated enemy Satan. God intervened and cleaned up the whole place. He created all the things that are told in Genesis chapter 1 and then he created man, and woman from man.
God is telling us from the first day onwards, that He is a God of abundance. God did not pre-determine some to be rich and some to be poor on this earth. That is not the plan of God. You can't call it lack of faith or luck. These terms you and I would use to call them. God is no respecter of persons (Acts of the Apostles 10:34). He did not choose certain race or certain color, certain nationality or certain language or certain country or certain culture to be rich and abundant in everything and others to be poor and always wanting in their life. God is not that kind. That's why the Bible says he is not a respecter of persons. But God created all things and He established certain laws, which man must obey and live with. These laws lead us to prosperity, or they could leave us behind into poverty.
God's laws lead us only to prosperity. God has no choice. But if you and I disobey those laws that God has created, then you and I are left behind to go into the laws of poverty. So, it is a moral choice that you and I have to make. Whether it is applicable in every area in our life, we have been given always a choice. But I am sure each one of us with a sound mind wouldn't ever want to be poor. Maybe the devil has tricked some of us, to believe that to be poor is taking the cross and following Jesus. To be poor is taking the favor and having the mercy of God. When I'm talking poor, it is in material positions. And today I am talking about money. I am talking about riches. I am talking about land. I am talking about property. I am talking about clothes. I am talking about jewels. I am talking about reality because our God is a real God. That's why you can't assure that this is supernatural or spiritual.
I am talking about what Jesus spoke and lived. Therefore my child of God, if you are willing and obedient, you will eat the fruit of the land (Isaiah 1:19). There are spiritual laws that lead us to prosperity. Again the great Holy Spirit said if you and I are ignorant of this truth or are drawn by the wrong preaching then there is no way that we could walk into the laws of prosperity. And there the architect of the laws of prosperity is certain who is defeated but yet very much around. Therefore the first thing that you should know is God wants you to be rich.
Secondly, He desires that we should prosper and be well as our souls prosper. This is to tell you the very desire of God, the very Father heart of God who does not desire to see His children begging on the roads, which of you parents, would ever wish or desire to see their children tomorrow to be begging on the roads and borrowing. It would never give any pleasure to anyone of us to say that their son or daughter is living a simple life?
My child, if wicked fellows like me and you have this much of love in our hearts for our own children, how much more the Father in heaven? My beloved we from the Asian continents, the West was always blessed beloved, have been programmed all the time to think that it is good to be simple and humble or to have nothing and that I live in faith. Everyone lives by faith. The rich live by faith. The poor live by faith. We are made to think that if we have nothing, God will love us more. But God will say you have missed your opportunities. When I gave you everything, when I showed you my heart, when I manifested my plans, my desire and my ways, you discarded them and did not believe me. My child, in heaven, everything is there for us. God wants us on this earth to live a life of abundance and be a blessing to others to glorify His name. In John 3:2, he desires you to prosper and be well in everything materially, physically and spiritually. He loves to see His children prosper.
Thirdly, God gives power to get well. In Deuteronomy 8:18, God says follow my commandments and follow my ways and I will give you power to get wealth. He will give us the power to lure business. The Bible says, He will give you intelligence, power and skill to work in your office. He will train your hands to give you good health and wisdom. He will give you the power to out ran your enemy. You and I have the right to receive power from God, not only for a spiritual healing or a miracle, but to out run every work of the devil in your office and in your business.
My beloved child, God wants us to be prosperous. God wants us to be in abundance so that we will give to others. My child, so these three points to start with tells us that it is the plan of God, it is the will of God, and it is the desire of God that you should be abundant. You should prosper spiritually, that's first and why not every area God says. And today we are going to study every area. And again I am talking about richness and material things and the third side of God's words that you shall prosper and be well as your soul prospers.
Now you know the Father heart of God in heaven. Now we are going into the laws of God. It is good to know because every one of us wants to be rich. Is there anyone who says that he doesn't want to have plenty? I am not preaching against contentment but contentment is different. Now the Lord is teaching you and me so that we could prosper. He wants us to be a blessing to others.
The first law of prosperity is very simple- hard work. A laborer is worthy of his wages (Luke 10:7). You and I must not be lazy (Proverbs 24:30-31). My beloved, laziness and procrastination always lead to poverty. Therefore, when God says I will give you power to get wealth, it means physical and mental.
He will give you wisdom even to utter the words in your office. Therefore, hard work also means to take on an honest work (Luke 10:7, Proverbs 28:19). II Thessalonians 3:10 says, if a fellow doesn't work he is not eligible to eat. No food should be given to him, God says. That is the discipline of God. God says you work hard, and I will bless the labor of your hands. He said He will give you strength, power and wisdom to work. If anyone lacks wisdom, God says, ask Him for it and He will give it you. My beloved we always ask for promotion and salary increase. It's good to ask for it. But if you and I walk in the laws of prosperity, we shall be automatically promoted because God's words must come to pass.
The second law is the law of releasing. If you want to increase, you must release. God's ways are totally opposite. It maybe uncomfortable, unbelievable or may not even make sense to some of us but I can't help it because the Holy Spirit asks me to tell you. If you want to increase in your finances, or lands, if you have one house and you want two houses, give that house and you will get two houses somewhere. I tell you this is the way God works. You have to release to increase. If you retain, you will decrease. That's why you need the Holy Spirit to grasp these truths, to cling on to the truths because some of them you wouldn't have done it before. God will not condemn you but he wants you and I to know the truth, to stand up and take the truth even though it makes no sense to you. When it makes no sense to you and me, it will bring miracles in our life. That is faith. Faith is something that you are asked to believe which makes no sense to you and to me because we only know little beloved. He is a great God. That's why you should be willing to release if you want to increase (Proverbs 11:24-25).
The next one is the law to receive. You must be programmed to receive. Some people have an inherent pride inside that to receive something is wrong. I'm not talking about borrowing. I'm not talking about stealing. I'm not talking about things that are not yours. I'm not talking about forcing something into your hand. I am talking about receiving. Jesus was a lovely receiver. In Luke's gospel 8:3, there were women; there were sisters and people who are giving him gifts, who are maintaining him, sustaining him, supporting him. Jesus never said I am the son of God, I am full righteousness, I am the holy man of Israel, I have the power of the Holy Spirit, therefore if I want I can get clothes like this, if I want I can get chapels like this, if I want I can get the best robe like this, if I have to maintain my father's dignity, therefore I won't receive anything from you. Did he ever say that beloved? Turn to the Bible. We must not have this ego and subtle pride, purposely or ignorantly because we have not known the truth. I tell you, when they were giving gifts to Jesus, they were receiving blessings from God. This is something we should know because God wants to flow his prosperity into you. God wants your ego and your pride dead today so that your heart will be programmed to receive. And say, God I will receive it because it's from you. My beloved you must come to thinking that it is accepting the blessings.
So we come to the next law, the law of sowing and reaping. Giving, releasing, receiving and increasing are in the II Corinthians, 9th chapter. There are certain things that you and I must come out of because in these last days, church has to be sufficient and God is going to make the church bless many nations. The church is the heartbeat of God beloved. But as God says, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully, will also reap bountifully. So let each one give in the purposes of his heart and not grudging of necessity because the Lord loves a cheerful giver. God is able to make all the grace abound to all of you that you will have sufficiency in all things and may have abundance for every good work. Now will He not supply seeds to the sower?
My beloved, I am talking about money. I am talking about reality. Jesus says, for you and me to come in abundance, we should give. God gives seeds not to the believer, not to the Christians but to the sower. If you are a giver, God will give you dirhams to give. God will not make a giver unable to give. I tell you if I am unable to give, I am walking in the road of poverty because I have disobeyed the word of God. That's why I have nothing to give. That's why my mind doesn't want to give. God sees your heart, your attitude. He loves a cheerful giver. If you are a sower, He will give you seeds. If you are a giver He will give the money. Don't have any fear or doubt. Lord I have this much so I will give this much. What you have to give to God, give it first and see what God does for you beloved. Do not hide it because God's laws are only to prosper you and make you and I well. That's what God wants us to be. And if you give, don't let your circumstances rule you because what you put first takes control of all those that come behind.
My child if you give to God first, God takes control of all the rest i.e., telephone bill, house rents, school fees etc. This is, anyone with a sound mind will understand. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says that he that looks at the wind shall not sow and he that regarded the clouds will not reap that I'll never ever get the money back. There are no signs of any returns. I'm not talking about salvation, filling in the Holy Spirit, praying or preaching now. I am talking in the power of the Holy Man of Israel; I am talking about having M-O-N-E-Y and becoming R-I-C-H. I'm practical and down to earth my beloved. There are thousands depending on you beloved to be a blessing for them. That's what God is talking about. Don't look at your circumstances, put God first on everything. Therefore let's get out of this Asian sub-continent thinking and get into the word of God. Sow regularly. When you get your salary or don't get your salary you must sow. GOD WILL GIVE THE SEED TO THE SOWER. Sow regularly: not when you are rich, not when you have bonuses, not when you have regular salary, it is a covenant. Sow regularly then expect God to give you the miracles.
God promised a son to Abraham, at the time there was a famine. When recessions and unemployment and wagelessness come, don't let these circumstances ruin your good Christian habits, remain the same. I have made a pledge to God. He has saved me and I will give to Him what's His. If you allow the circumstances to rule you will go into poverty; because you've just ignored the word of God. In the famine, God told Isaac, do not move. Everyone was going to Egypt because it looked nice and wonderful. There was no famine there. All the people migrated. I'll catch these migration agents. I tell you we don't want to pay tithes and offerings; we wish to go to Canada, New Zealand. How lovely my beloved. God can bless you in the city; He can bless you in the field. He can bless you in Canada; He can bless you in Dubai. Who is this God we are preaching? He doesn't change according to the market strategy and the economic collapses. He doesn't work according to the stocks and inflation and regression my child of God. God is above all these. Unless God tells you to go, that's a different subject all together. Don't follow the world's philosophy. Stay faithful to God's commandments. God can bless you anywhere. Deuteronomy 28:3 God told Isaac, you be here son. Everyone is jumping and going, you be here and I will bless you here. In those times of famine, God says sow generously. If you are a sower definitely you will have the seeds. Give to God what you have to give even when it is famine for you God says, then Genesis 26:12 will come to pass.
First, there is a thing called tithes (Malachi 3:8-10). We are going to see where we should sow. it starts, will a man rob God yet you have robbed me. But you say, in what way have I robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed for you have robbed me, even this nation. Bring all the tithes in the storehouse that there may be food in my house and prove me now in this says the Lord. If I will not open for you the windows of heaven, pour out for you such blessings that there is no room enough to receive it. My beloved, God is not giving you words of encouragement. God is not interested of such things. He is a God of truth my beloved. It's a non-negotiable operation. You can't bargain that with God because it is God's, one tenth of your income. That's your first fruit. One tenth belongs to God. You and I can't touch that beloved.
Then, come the offerings. It is in our discretion. You can't be satisfied that you have given your tithes. God is going to bless you on your offerings. Offerings open the blessings of finances to you my beloved.
Thirdly, you must give to God's servants. Evangelists, world missions and outreaches, which preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Fourth is you must give to the poor.
And the fifth is, Galatians 6:6-7, Deuteronomy 25:4, Philippians 4:15-17 says you must bless your Pastor, your teacher, who takes care of you spiritually. My beloved this is the word of God.
We church, are the cause for the countries to be in poverty today. Therefore the church has to shoulder this burden. We are the children of the King of kings. We are not a poor man's children. We are the children of the king of kings who owns heaven and earth. Today our countries are begging because we Christians have let down my beloved. We have not taken care of our Pastors, and priests and church people. If you want to prosper, if you want to increase, the God's five methods are given to you. That's all my children. Then all these five must be directed into the good ground. The good ground is the one that preaches the fullness of the word of God. We direct the five methods to the ground because souls must not be lost. And people must not loose their blessings because of ignorance. We had perished but because of his grace we are living today. So let us not walk in ignorance here and after. Let us learn how and where to sow now. Therefore if you are tithing, offering, sending towards missions or evangelists, helping poor people, and blessing your pastor, you must discern the right place where the fullness of the gospel. Always preach. Christ alone takes the best place. So that's the good ground always beloved.Finally, Ephesians 3:20-21, now to him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us. That is the ultimate summary that God is bringing us now. To him, the glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end amen. When we do all these things, he can give us exceedingly and abundantly above all that you asks. If you are worried about your children's education, God will supply all your needs. You are worried about your house rent? God will meet every need in his richness and glory more than what you think he can give you. My beloved, the Holy Spirit is the one we need to obey all these things. He will give the faith to believe every word that you've read today beloved. He loves my beloved.