“The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
God’s will for your life, for my life, and for all the people in the world is that we may all have abundance in every realm of our existence. The word for ‘life’ used in this passage is ‘zoe’, which refers to divine life.
God wants you firstly to have an abundance of divine life. That’s one reason why He desires that you be “full of the Holy Spirit, praying always with “the Word of Christ dwelling richly in you”. He wants you to enjoy Him. Not only that, He wants all people everywhere to enjoy Him. That’s His will, and He has a plan to accomplish that purpose.
Its so enjoyable to be full of God’s Holy Spirit. Paul the apostle wrote much about the “joy” of the Lord! Joy is a form of spiritual prosperity, and you can have it directly from God whether you have material abundance or great hardship. God wants us to have this joy, but remember, he wants that joy to go “to the world” through the gospel. Acts chapter 8 records that when Philip preached Christ in Samaria many signs and wonders were done, and there was great joy in the city.
The question at issue in the minds of many is whether God wants us to enjoy material prosperity.
God Wants Us to Prosper to the Extent that Our Souls Prosper.
The apostle wrote, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). He then want on to describe some of the good works Gaius was doing for the Lord’s evangelists and fellow workers. Gaius could not have ministered so effectively if he had been homeless, or poverty stricken.
This verse shows that God wants us to prosper in all things. John would not pray for something that was not the will of God. He prayed for Gaius because it was God’s will that he prosper. And not Gaius only, but for all of us also. God’s covenant word states that “the Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant” (Psalm 35:27).
The key to prosperity is the state of our souls. If we are going to walk in true prosperity, as the word teaches, then we have to renew our mind to the truth of God’s Word. Religion has taught us that poverty is an exercise in humility. Nothing could be further from the truth. Poverty is a curse of the law (see Deuteronomy 28;15-23). Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)
In questions about prosperity, it is really important for us also to understand God’s nature.
The Nature of God
Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father”. As Christians, we have a good Father, who loves us. Even if you could imagine the most wonderful earthly father, who was desirous that their child would do well, develop and achieve wonderful things; and was also capable of helping that child significantly that father would not compare to Our Heavenly Father.
God is generous to His children in the same way you would love and take care of your loved ones. Consider how rich God made some of His servants. The Bible said of Abram that he was “very rich”. King David gave tens of millions of dollars worth of gold out of his personal fortune to the construction of the temple. Most people know that Solomon was even more wealthy than David. Joseph, Job, Esther, Hezekiah and many more were all remarkably wealthy people.
Some Christians say, “I am content to just have little, as long as I have enough to get by. I don’t believe in prosperity”. That, my friend, can be an incredibly selfish point of view.
You see, Jesus did not teach us to pray, “Give me this day my daily bread”, but rather “Give us this day our daily bread”. The seed in your hand is the bread that another eats. If you withhold bread from another by not giving or not praying, not only you limit your own capacity to reap a harvest, but more importantly you limit another‘s opportunity for provision.