One of the best definitions I have heard of God’s idea of prosperity is PEACE plus INCREASE. Let us look at some foundational principles of Biblical Prosperity and what it is and what it is not. God wants you walking in His abundance and prosperity for your life!
Our Foundation of Prosperity Is God’s Promise of Provision
My God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4;19.
God has made a foundational commitment to supply all that we always need Jesus used the birds of the air and flowers of the field to teach this principle.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matt. 6:25-26
Before we even start to grow in faith for increase, our beginning and resting place is God’s most basic promise that if we have a need, He will meet it. As a young adult, living on my own in a town I did not know anyone, no college degree. Years before I heard the Word taught on our covenant of Prosperity found in Deuteronomy 28. God provided a job supernaturally, an apartment supernaturally, favor where I needed it, friends, and mentors. He met my needs where I was at, despite a slim bank account. Simple heart trust in the Lord for our daily needs is something we never outgrow as believers.
Prosperity is not fancy or complicated. We can all rest in Phil. 4:19, no matter what our starting point. We never outgrow our need for simple heart faith.
Prosperity is Peace plus Increase not just a matter of ‘Cash’
The world can amass cash and assets. However, cash only is not equivalent to the Prosperity God provides. I know plenty people with large houses and fancy cars who cannot sleep at night without drugs or alcohol. Who have a line of burnt bridges and broken hearts behind them? This is not God’s idea of prosperity for anyone.
In fact, the starting point for God’s prosperity is peace. Peace with God first. Then in turn peace with ourselves and others.
Fundamentally, we live at peace with God by maintaining a humble and grateful heart toward Him. And, by keeping ourselves sensitive to the correction of the Holy Spirit. In addition, the Bible says in 1 John 1:9 that when we sin, and ask the Lord for forgiveness, He is faithful and just to not just forgive, but to cleanse us of the desire to sin, or make the same mistake again. This lifestyle, of keeping right with the Lord, allows our hearts to stay in peace whether our bank account is slim or fat.
We walk in peace daily also by keeping our focus on God Himself and His Word.
I will keep at perfect peace the person whose mind is focused on me. Isaiah 26:3
God has designed us to live in daily fellowship with Him. He makes us whole and complete. Our daily relationship with Him provides a daily, lifelong, eternal experience of deep peace no matter what the circumstances are around us.
Prosperity comes from living at peace with others as much as it depends on us. Romans 12:18
Strife, arguing, contention, division, anger, temper, jealousy, and criticism are the opposite of how God calls us to live with others. God calls us to trust Him and live with others to the degree we can without arguing with them or getting into strife.
When people fail, personalities collide, disappointment or mistakes threaten to undo your peace, step BACK. Take as much time as you need to resist the temptation to respond/react and keep steady in the peace of God.
Learn to not answer a critique. Keep your peace instead. God’s prosperity is peace first, and then increase.
Learn to not have a strong opinion about anything outside of God’s Word. And even then, live with understanding. Not everyone is born again. Not everyone has your understanding of the Word. Not everyone is having a good day. Stay as far as possible from stirring the pot, egging on opposition, pointing out other people’s errors or mistakes. If they are born again, the Holy Spirit will correct them. If they are not born again, they need Jesus.
In addition, if you are in a legitimate position to correct, like a parent or pastor, do so in humility and meekness. We get much further by praying and interceding for others, and finding common ground with others, especially the lost, then living in strife and contention.
Lastly, be for God. Be for others. The Bible says our warfare is not against others. Find the positive in others, keep your joy and peace and stay focused on what God is calling YOU to do.
Add increase to your peace by Increasing the Word on Prosperity
Galatians 3:13-14 that says that Jesus became a curse for us so that the Blessing that was on Abraham could flow freely into our lives as well. The blessing of Abraham, and our covenant for prosperity is in Deuteronomy 28. It is an impressive covenant! It states that as we harken diligently to what God is saying, His written and prophetic word, that we will be blessed, coming in and going on.
Deuteronomy 28 continues to promise that Jesus broke the power of debt over our lives so that we are lenders into the nations and borrowers of no one. God states that we are always the head, never the tail and if something comes at us in one direction, it must leave in seven!
These are incredible promises from a faithful God who watches over His Word to perform it in our lives. Jeremiah 1:12
Other verses to begin to plant, confess and meditate are:
Psalm 25:27 God delights in the prosperity and well-being of His servants.
Deut. 8:18 God has given each of us an empowerment to obtain and create wealth to establish His Kingdom on this earth.
Malachi 3:11 That when we tithe, God rebukes the devourer on our behalf, and opens the window of heaven over us so that we do not have room enough to contain it.
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Above all things, God wants you blessed and prospering
3 John 1:2 Above all thing, my beloved, I wish that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
Our soul is our mind, will and emotions.
First, the prosperous soul is a mind that we renew daily by the Word.
Second, the prosperous soul learns how to make decisions to stay in peace and increase, by learning to spend time wisely, use your words wisely, work diligently, solve problems, resist conflict but instead focused on the solution.
Third, the prosperous soul are emotions that we submit to the Word, faith and the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit.
In conclusion, living in God’s prosperity does not happen automatically just because we are born again but it is available. Prosperity takes building our faith, renewing our mind and setting healthy lifestyle habits. To increase, prosperity takes knowledge of money management, business sense and good upright moral living. Living with honor toward others and doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.
But if we are committed to living in peace, and growing in His Word, the nature of the Word is that it MULTIPLIES. It is a seed that will bear good fruit that will grow and increase into eternity. God’s prosperity is peace and then increase.
Godliness with contentment is great gain 1 Timothy 6:6
Webster’s defines contentment to be free from care, satisfied and pleased. It is how God wants us living from the inside out.
Therefore, we cannot walk in God’s prosperity if we are striving to make money. God designed us be diligent workers, to work unto the Lord, live wisely, and keep Him as our priority. He also wants us to leave room every day for family, rest, and exercise. God does not want His people frantically chasing business, ministry. Chasing and striving are the opposite of being free from care and being satisfied.
When we pursue Jesus, our peace increases because He is the Prince of Peace. Feeding on His Word, being grateful, thankful, praise and worship and prayer help all of us to live with contentment on a daily basis.
Find time to laugh every day! Be thankful for all that you have! Saturate your mind with God’s Word on provision and learn to meditate and confess it daily. Give to others for the pleasure of giving. You will soon find yourself living in the peace and prosperity that God has always meant for you to have. Peace plus increase! It is your personal gift from a good God!
If you have questions about Biblical prosperity and increase, comment below! We have a series on prosperity including tithing, and the law of seed, time and harvest on Life Network for Women, you can watch at http://watch.lifenetworkforwomen.tv/Sara-Shallenberger