(2 Corinthians 9:10-11 NIV) (10) Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
(2 Corinthians 9:11 ERV) (11) God will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will make people give thanks to God.
(2 Corinthians 9:11 BBE) (11) Your wealth being increased in everything, with a simple mind, causing praise to God through us.
Notice this verse says that God wants you to be enriched in every area of your life – not just money.
Money is such an important topic in the Bible that it is the main subject of nearly half of the parables Jesus told. In addition, one in every seven verses in the New Testament deals with this topic. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, and more than 2,000 verses on money. Ok, so the Bible is full of verses about money. This begs the question “why?” The answer:
Why teach a series on Biblical Prosperity?
(Philippians 4:17 AMPC) Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].
(Philippians 4:17 CEV) I am not trying to get something from you, but I want you to receive the blessings that come from giving.
(Philippians 4:17 GNB) It is not that I just want to receive gifts; rather, I want to see profit added to your account.
(Philippians 4:17 TPT) I mention this not because I’m requesting a gift, but so that the fruit of your generosity may bring you an abundant reward.
- There is a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle money.
(Matthew 6:21 NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:21 TPT) For your heart will always pursue what you value as your treasure.
- Prosperity – is the ability to use the power and ability of God to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life: spirit, soul, body, financially, and socially.
Say this: My motivation for accumulation is distribution. I am a source of THE BLESSING to others, and I love to give.
(Psalms 25:12-13 TPT) Who are they that live in the holy fear of God? You will show them the right path to take. (13) Then prosperity and favor will be their portion, and their descendants will inherit all that is good.
(Psalms 35:27 NKJV) 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.”
(Psalms 35:27 CEV) Let all who want me to win be happy and joyful. From now on let them say, “The LORD is wonderful! God is glad when all goes well for his servant.”
(Psalms 35:27 GNB) May those who want to see me acquitted shout for joy and say again and again, “How great is the LORD! He is pleased with the success of his servant.”
(3 John 1:2 NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
(2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Poor – (Greek) – to be poor and helpless and therefore to beg
Rich – (Greek) – to be (or become) wealthy (literally or figuratively): – be increased with goods, (be made) rich.
- Poverty – the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount. (a lack of the common needs of life)
(Proverbs 6:10-11 NKJV) A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep– (11) So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.
- Whatever you tolerate, God cannot set you free from it!
(Proverbs 13:18 NKJV) Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.
- Materialism – Trying to solve spiritual needs or problems with material things.
God has no problem with us having things. He just doesn’t want things having us!
Things I want you to know about Biblical Prosperity:
- Prosperity is not a bad word!
- Poverty is not a blessing!
- To choose poverty is actually selfish.
- Your level of prosperity has more to do with purpose than anything else.
- Prosperity in the Kingdom of God works God’s way and not the world’s way.
- Heaven has never had a down day or been affected by worldly economics.
- These principles will work everywhere and for anyone who will believe God and stand on His Word.
- Prosperity is more about minimizing you and making God bigger!
(2 Corinthians 9:10-11 MSG) (10) This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, (11) wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.