Is true prosperity really material??

good samaritanThere’s a scripture that I would like to read today.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

There are actually three kinds of prosperity listed here:

  1. Financial prosperity,
  2. Physically prosperity, and
  3. Spiritual  prosperity.

See if you can find the spiritual prosperity in this verse:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”.

Now, I bet you can find the part about physical prosperity

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Well, that was easy; Here we read that we are to be as healthy as we are spiritual. This is “physical prosperity”.

But we won’t stop there. It’s also easy to see the financial prosperity that God is talking about in this verse

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Do you see the three kinds of prosperity here? Most people do see it, unless they have been pre-conditioned to reject financial prosperity.
Though well-versed they may be in scripture, they fail to recall the tremendous financial blessings of Job, Abraham, and Joseph. Or how God specifically decided to make Solomon the richest man who ever would be, when he asked God for the spiritual prosperity of wisdom.

Yes, it is true that many “prosperity” preachers have perverted the purpose of prosperity to mean something that is consumed upon one’s lust, as James condemns.
They missed the point…the purpose of prosperity is to be blessed and to bless others.

How could the good Samaritan pour oil and wine on the injured man, if he himself had no oil and wine to give? How could he have put him on his own beast, if he was too poor to afford transportation? How could he then have afforded to lose three days wages tending the mans wounds? And how in the world could a poor Samaritan have afforded three nights stay at an inn. It sounds to me like he was a prosperous Samaritan.

And if that’s not enough, he writes a blank check to the inn keeper by saying, “Take care of him, and when I return this way,I’ll pay you back”.

Does that sound to you like the kind of prosperity that could get things done?
Does that sound to you like the kind of prosperity that could bless God’s kingdom?

What would you do if you had a million dollars, those of you who so despise the idea of God dumping money on His people? Would you bless others? Would you backslide?

The good Samaritan is a beautiful passage, but do you think the Samaritan was a backslider? Was he so financially blessed that he couldn’t live for God?
That’s not what we see. We see a man who was so blessed by God that he himself was a blessing.

Doesn’t that sound like the way prosperity is supposed to be?

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