We live in a day where "rich Christians" are judged highly. Look at the latest uproar about John Gray for example. (We'll talk about that more later.) It's as if people find offense to preachers and doers of the Word having money. Now, there is a balance and of course I stand for integrity of usage but I question those that say that they are believers but don't support compensating ministry or ministry works. I think the answer lies in this: We as believers do not ultimately believe the Word as it concerns our finances. Given the latest in the government shutdown, I believe this will test many people of faith. We have become so work driven that we believe that anything that has Christ on it or deals with the Bible should be "given" away. Most people don't see ministry as work but boy oh boy...that's a lie and another story for another day! Many support that as a believer you shouldn't "pay" people for their "works in the Kingdom." I don't understand that when scripture plainly says the opposite. But maybe, maybe the true problem lies in, we don't believe that God wants to see us successful and because of this - our hearts become jealous at the success of others that are full time ministers in the Kingdom. So first, let's start with the principle that our Father indeed does want us to have a prosperous life!
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that though mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.
This is a scripture I meditate on quite often but as I was questioning the Father about a few things in my own life, He took me right back to this Word and I saw it a little clearer than before. It was as if He broke it down in "abc" format. Let's dissect this:
1. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth. You need to be speaking it, not just reading it.
2. Meditate (which means to mutter, speak, study, talk, utter, ponder) in it day and night.
3. Then you will observe to do all that is written in it. You can't live a Word you don't know.
4. THEN you shall make your way prosperous.
5. THEN you shall have good success (which means to be wise, able to instruct, prosperous, teach).
The problem with prosperity and success for Christians is when it is not gained through biblical foundations. See, if your heart is constantly on the Word, when the riches and overflow comes, you have the Father's heart to take care of the the things that concern the Father. Is that not what the Word says? Meditate on it and you will observe what's in it - THEN the prosperity and success comes. Also, might I add - we are supposed to be "blessed", essentially highly favored. If my life doesn't look like I'm "highly favored", why would anyone believe in the God that I serve to be my provider? And that is the ongoing cycle. We call debt blessings. We call all types of things blessings that don't look anything like a blessing from the Bible. When I say favor, I'm speaking debt cancellation. When I say blessed, I'm testifying to people looking to hire me and getting hired on the spot - without even applying for the job! When I say favor, I'm talking about people being commanded to bless me. We, for some reason, can't fathom this type of supernatural blessings and favor over our lives. The Word says that the blessings of the Lord make one RICH and add NO SORROW to it! I am not convinced that my Father wants me to live barely making ends meet!
Let's look at Psalm 1:1-3