The general misconception when it comes to being rich or having wealth when being a born again believer, is that the two cannot be one. This is biblically incorrect. Many have the idea that as Christians we have to be the lowest of the lowest, lead boring empty lives and walk around in ripped up clothes, when in fact the will of God states the opposite. God’s word makes it very clear that he came to give us life and give it to us in abundance (John 10:10 KJV). The new living translation says that we may have ‘a rich and satisfying life’. Why would God, send his only son down off of the throne, down to earth to suffer at the hands of man which he created, to then go on to win us the victory, for us to then be broke, struggle and unhappy ? God forbid! Jesus suffered that we may have the best, when he hung his head on the cross he did it envisioning the most fulfilling purpose filled life, one where suffering and struggle would be no more, because of the victory he won for us. Material and financial struggle as well as spiritual.
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day (Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV). Every millionaire, successful and established man and woman received power to acquire wealth from God. How? Because all wisdom comes from God. Every business idea, every successful venture, every talent are all orchestrated by God, because as humans we have no power of our own. Why would God place business ideas, visions and ambition in us, if not desired for it to be used to enhance the life we live here on earth? A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men (Proverbs 18:16 KJV). We represent the most high. The God who created the heavens and the earth just by the creative power of his words, who uses the earth as his footstool, what is there that he cannot give us or provide for us, not for our sake but because his reputation is on the line. What power is there in a God who lets his people suffer and can’t provide for them? He is the great ‘I am that I am’ (Exodus 3:14 KJV), everything we need and more. When unbelievers look at us and the lives we live, that should be evident to them. Just the same manner an earthly parent rewards their child for good work or good behaviour, is the same manner our heavenly father rewards his children for their efforts and faithfulness.
Prosperity is not just financial wealth as some may think, but the whole well-being of a person. Mental, emotional, social and physical. God cares about all aspects our lives and desires to make us whole lacking no good thing, as long as we continue to walk uprightly before him. It is a privilege to know and serve this great God because we know he will never put us to shame, he always has our best interests at heart and is faithful to every promise he has spoken concerning our lives. I challenge you today to challenge any misconceptions you may have concerning wealth or prosperity, and to truly dig into the word of God and read what God says concerning his will for your life, and make it your mission not to settle for a life less than the standard of which Jesus paid the price for.