Contributor: Alex Alajiki
INTRODUCTION: We deeply thank God for guiding us through the studies of 1 and 2 books of Corinthians last year.
I believe we personally got many life applicable lessons from our studies. I trust the Lord that these valuable lessons will continue to impact our Christian lives in Jesus’ name. Amen.
This year, we are looking into the area of Kingdom prosperity. There are lots of strange teachings going on all over the world, especially, over the social media that is bringing a lot of confusion to the body of Christ. We trust the Holy Spirit, as we go through these studies, to open the eyes of our understanding so as to know and follow the will of God about Kingdom Prosperity.
1. God Wants You To Prosper: Due.8:18
“And you shall 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
There are four things every believer must understand from the above scripture about the will of God to prosper us.
A, Remember the Lord your God; we can’t produce kingdom wealth without God’s involvement (Prov.10:22)
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
You can be wealthy with self-effort by working hard and following principles of prosperity, but kingdom wealth is a derivative of God’s blessing without sorrow. We must partner with heaven to release what was prepared for us.
B, Power to produce kingdom wealth is a gift from God. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corn.2:16)
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The mind of Christ working on our natural gifts and skills can produce wealth for every believer.
C, Kingdom wealth is for a purpose; God want to use us to fund His kingdom interest on earth. (Prov.3:9)
Honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; To honour God is to follow His instruction in distributing or giving our substance or wealth according to His instructions.
* We must understand His instruction on Tithing and offering to keep his Church funded (Mala.3:10-12)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
* We must understand His instruction on giving to the poor and widows (Prov.19:17; James 1:27)
He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
* We must understand His instruction on giving to God’s servants (Matt.10:40-42; Phil.4:16-19)
For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
D, Kingdom wealth is part of our covenant benefits. Jesus was made poor for our prosperity (2 Corinthians 8:9)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich (plousios = wealthy, abounding in material resources), yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (plouteô = “to be rich, to have abundance; of outward possessions; to be richly supplied; is affluent in resources so that he can give blessings of salvation to all).
The wealth covenant was originally established in Abraham and came to us through his seed; Jesus Christ. (Gal.3:16)
Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
CONCLUSION: There are two extremes in the gospel of prosperity; Many believe that poverty and lack is a sigh of spirituality while at the other end, others believe that prosperity is a sign of God’s approval. We must use scriptures to maintain balance if we don’t want to fall into satanic deception in this end times.