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Prosperity in the Bible gets such as bad reputation but God has plans for you to prosper and there are God’s promises for prosperity. But so many Christians think that to say this is some prosperity teaching and that it is teaching you to covet money. That is so far from the truth and in this post, I am going to explain why. But before we get into the post be sure to check out my video below on how God wants you to prosper. Also, click here to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
Prosperity In The Bible What Does God Say About Money? ~ #1 You Can Have Money But Not Love It
Let’s go to the famous prosperity in the Bible verse.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10
God’s promises for prosperity are true and God is not against money. He is not against people being rich. What He is against is the love of money and when people make money their God.
It does not say that money itself is the root of all evil but the LOVE of money. There is a difference. If you want money so bad that you are willing to lie, cheat, and do anything and everything under the sun for it then know that you COVET money.
That means you love money more than you love God and NO God is not going to prosper you under those circumstances. Now you may be asking how I know that there is a difference between the LOVE of money and God giving you money. I am SOOOO glad you asked that. Let’s turn to the Bible, shall we?
Prosperity In The Bible What Does God Say About Money? #2 The Story Of Solomon
When you read the story of Solomon, God told Solomon to ask for anything that he wanted and God would give it to him. Solomon asked God for wisdom.
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for” both wealth and honor” so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 1 Kings 3:1
You can read about exactly how rich Solomon was here. But let’s just say that he was very rich. But it is not good enough for me to say that Solomon was rich BUT you need to understand EXACTLY why Solomon was rich and why God made Solomon rich.
When thinking about God’s promises for prosperity. Remember point number #1. Solomon could have asked God for anything he wanted. Including a lot of money. But he did not ask for money. He asked for wisdom and not just for himself but the wisdom was to help other people and to help him be a better king.
And so since Solomon did not COVET money. God gave Solomon both wisdom and wealth. This means for you, you need to not covet money. Seek something useful and use your gifts to help other people and God will prosper you in that area. Check out my video below for more on this.
Prosperity In The Bible What Does God Say About Money? #3 Please God First
The second prosperity in the Bible verse that I want to point outcomes from the following:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to Matthew 6:33
What does it mean when the Bible verses say ALL things. That means money too right? I want to tell you a story about myself about how I had to learn this lesson the hard way. I remember when I was working a job and I was making not enough money.
I prayed and prayed for God to give me another job for years. And finally, he did making $20,000 more a year. As soon as he gave me the job I was working, making over time, making more money AND I was forgetting about God. Instead of remembering who got me the job, I starting working on my own hands. Slowly but surely things at the job started to get worse and I was laid off. Soon after I got a job making $20,000 less a year than I had been making. I was right where I started.
What Is My Point
My point is that I prayed for God to give me a better job and He did. As long as I was putting God first then God has no problem getting more money. BUT as soon as I got more money I start to only focus on money and the Lord giveth and taketh away, and so He took.
If you want to prosper always remember to put God first and then the money will be added to you. The moment that you take your eyes off God and start coveting the prosperity God has given you then that is when the prosperity is taken away. God will even take the things out of your life that is taking you away from Him. If you are in a job that you know for a fact that takes you away from God and your purpose then God is going to take it away.
If you have material things that you worship more than God, then God is going to take it away. The reason being is because God wants you to depend on Him and seek Him first and not the material things of the world as a way to validate you. Also, watch my video on why isn’t God giving me what I want below.
Prosperity In The Bible What Does God Say About Money? #4 Thou Shalt Not Covet
In case you are not getting the whole point of how God wants you to prosper it has a lot to do with learning not to covet and learning that God comes before anything and everything else. Now you may be wondering how do you know if you covet money are prosperity? And the answer to your question can be summed up by you answer this question.
If you knew that God would never give you what you wanted, would you still love Him?
If you knew that you would always be poor would you still love God? If you knew that your business would not take off and make you rich would you still love God or would you become resentful?
If your answer is that you still would NOT love God or become resentful then you have the answer to your question. You are in love with money more than you are in love with God and therefore you are coveting it. We should not worship God so that He will give us the life that we imagine in our heads. And we should not stop worshiping God because He does not give us the material things of this world that we want. We worship God because He is our creator and He loves us. We worship God because he is our father.
Just like your Earthly parents, you love them because you love them. You do not love them because of what they can do for you. It should be the same way with God.
If you have children imagine how you would feel if every time your child came to you with their hand out wanting something. How annoyed would you be? It is like that with God. Of course, he wants to give you things but God does not want your relationship JUST to be about Him giving you things. And the only way you come to Him is based on what material things he can get you.
It is not that God does not want you to prosper. In fact, He does. But to whom much is given much is required (see my blog here). He will never prosper you knowing that it will ruin you or take you away from Him. He will only give you as much as you can handle. He will prosper you as long you are not coveting the prosperity. And if you want God to prosper you then you need to love Him no matter what He can or cannot do for you.
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Hi, Sophia! This is my first time on your blog – thank you for linking up with us at Grace & Truth! I was a little bit leery of your title, as I don’t believe it’s biblical to teach that God wants us to “prosper” materially or financially. But if I’m understanding your point correctly, you’re encouraging us to cultivate a longing for God, so that HE becomes what we want. And when He is what we want, then He is more than pleased to give Himself to us. What a gracious God He is!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. Yes, I think God wants us to prosper as our soul proper. The key world is our soul needs to prosper with God and he will prosper us in the way that he sees fit. And once our goals aligns with God’s goals, then we will be satisfied in the way that he prospers us, however he chooses to do it weather it be a job, children, a husband, or house. God is our father, I do think that he wants us to be blessed and wants to give us things, but does not want us to worship those things or care for them more than we care for God.