Spiritual Message: The Willingness of The God For Prosperity
Spiritual Message: The Willingness of The God For Prosperity. God’s Willingness on Your Behalf. Second Peter 1:1 gives us an important key to God’s willingness toward us. It says: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Notice who Peter is writing to:
To those that have obtained precious faith with them. He is talking to us because we have obtained the same faith.
- Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (v. 2). There is a knowledge of God that will enable God’s grace to be multiplied to you. Grace has been defined as unmerited favour, but grace is much more than that. Not only is it unmerited favour, it is God’s willingness to use His power and ability on your behalf.
- It was because God was willing to get personally involved to provide salvation that I was saved.
- God’s willingness to use His power and ability on our behalf, and His peace is multiplied to us through the knowledge of God. The word peace literally means prosperity. It means “to be joined together as one.” If we are joined with Jesus, that’s prosperity any way you look at it!
God is not just willing. His willingness is multiplied to us. Some say, “I know God is able, but I don’t know whether or not He’s willing.” He won’t until you find out He will.
- You must have the knowledge of God’s willingness to prosper you. In the first chapter of Mark, a leper came to Jesus and said, If thou wilt, thou can’t make me clean. Jesus then stretched forth His hand and laid it on the leper. No healing power flowed until Jesus said, I will; be thou clean. As soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed, and he was cleansed (vv. 4042).
- The leper knew Jesus could heal him; but he didn’t know whether or not He would heal him. Jesus, anointed with the Holy Spirit, laid His hand on the leper, but no healing came until He answered the man’s question.
No prosperity will come until you answer the poverty question: Does God want me poor?
- When you know God will, then He is willing. If you are in doubt about His willingness, He won’t. God’s willingness and prosperity is multiplied to you through the knowledge of God. As you gain the knowledge of God, you will have faith in that knowledge, and it will multiply God’s willingness toward you.
Prosperity in All Areas
- It is possible for prosperity to be limited to only one area of your life. People who are diligent in certain areas will prosper in those areas.
- Some denominations are diligent in presenting salvation; they are successful in that area. Others, who are successful in the area of healing and walking in divine health, fail when it comes to finances.
- Many don’t understand why this happens. In trying to answer these questions, some have said, “Well, it must not be God’s will for me to be prosperous or healed.”
- We could spend all our time dealing with divine healing and get people healed; but if we did, not many would prosper financially. We must find a balance.
Romans 4:3 says,
- Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. The word righteousness is an Old English word that means “right standing with God.” Abraham was in right standing with God.
- It is possible for an individual to be in right standing with God in the area of salvation, but not be in right standing on healing or finances. He may be thinking and believing wrong. His preconceived ideas may be contrary to Scripture.
- A person who is in right standing with the Scriptures on healing will usually get healed, but that same person may be out of right standing concerning finances. He might believe that it’s a sin to have money or drive a new car. He could be right in his heart, but wrong in his head.
- In the soulish area he can be wrong. If his soul is not prosperous in that particular area, then usually he will not prosper in that area. A person in this condition will not give much into the ministry because he doesn’t believe God wants him to have anything. Therefore, he never believes in a return and, if it comes, he misses it. It takes a prosperous attitude to reap a financial harvest.
God’s Word says, Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Ps. 1:3).
- You can apply this verse to supply even small needs. For instance, I have used it even on fishing trips. A few years ago I was fishing with two fellows. One kept saying, “There aren’t any fish left here. We caught them all out of here two years ago!”
- Having had enough of that negative talk, I grabbed my rod and reel, jumped out of the boat, and waded away from the unbelief.
- I started saying, “Whatever I do will prosper, in the name of Jesus! No weapon formed against me will prosper!” (I knew that supper would be slim if we didn’t catch some fish!)
- Before long, I had caught a five-pound bass. One of the fellows asked, “What did you catch him on?” I yelled back, “Psalm 1:3!” I have filled a stringer many times with that verse.
- It’s time for Christians to get a healthy attitude toward prosperity in every area! God even wants you to prosper in the little things.
Jesus Became Poor that You Might Be Rich
- For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Cor. 8:9). Jesus suffered the curse of the Law: poverty, sickness, and spiritual death. When He was here on earth, He was poverty-stricken according to the world’s system. He didn’t have a house or a place to lay His head. Yet all His needs were met because He operated according to spiritual law.
- He became poor . . . that ye through his poverty might be rich. Someone has suggested that this was talking about Jesus being poor spiritually. How poor was Christ spiritually? He raised the dead, cast out demons, healed the sick. No, He was not poverty-stricken spiritually in His ministry.
- Jesus became poor so that you might be rich—but He’s not poor anymore! Everything He did was for us. His poverty brought us access to prosperity.
Joint-heirs with the King
- Romans 8:17 tells us we are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. That means whatever He has, we have access to through the Word of God. Jesus said, When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth… All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:13,15).
- We must realise that God is not poor and that we are redeemed from the curse of poverty. God wants us to walk in victory spiritually, physically, financially, and socially.
Ask According to God’s Will
- Jesus made the following statement several times in His ministry: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matt. 7:7).
- Someone may say, “That can’t be true, because I asked and didn’t receive.” Statements like Matthew 7:7 must be qualified. You must ask in faith. If you apply the principles of God’s Word, then you will know the will and purpose of God. As a result, faith will come; then when you ask, you will receive. Jesus said in John 15:7, If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
- Someone may say, “If this statement was true, everyone would be a millionaire.” No, there is more to it than that. Jesus didn’t just say, “If ye abide in Me, ask what you will,” He included a qualification: “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask what ye will.” God’s Word is His will, and God’s will is His Word. When His Word abides in you, then His will abides in you.
God sent his word, and healed them (Ps. 107:20). They (God’s words) are life unto those that find them, and health (medicine) to all their flesh (Prov. 4:22).
- It is God’s will to heal you in every way you can believe—spiritually, physically, and financially. God’s Word will work to that end, if you will learn to apply it wisely.
Saying and Believing
- The Word of God tells us to speak what we desire. In Mark 11:23,24 Jesus gives the foundation principles for the God kind of faith: Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
- Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
- In this passage of Scripture, the word therefore connects the two verses. Jesus is saying, “When a man believes and doubts not in his heart, he will have what he is saying; therefore, he will receive what he desires when he prays.”
When you pray, believe you receive what you desire! In other words, pray for the desire, not the problem!
- When I first read this verse, I thought it worked for whosoever; but Jesus didn’t say that. He said it would work for whosoever shall say. Saying that the principle works for whosoever is like saying, “Farming will work for anybody.” Farming works only for those who plant seed.
- To operate the principle of Mark 11:23, you must plant the seed; and to do this, you must get your mouth in motion! You won’t receive your desire just because you say it. You will receive it because of the way the Kingdom of God operates. Saying it is involved in working the principle.
Believe and Don’t Doubt
- Besides saying, this principle says the whosoever must believe and doubt not in his heart.
- Speak your desire, then meditate on it. Keep it in your mouth. This will put it in your heart; then faith will come and what you desire will eventually come to you.
- Whosoever believes those things which he saith shall come to pass. Notice he believes everything he says will come to pass; and because of that, he shall have whatsoever he saith. If you say the wrong things—words of doubt and unbelief—you are on your way to trouble because you are sowing the wrong seed.
- Wrong seed will bring a wrong harvest. These are Kingdom principles; and to operate in the principles of the Kingdom, we must have the wisdom of God. The Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6).
Things To Remember
- God is willing to use His power and ability on your behalf.
- Know that God wants you to prosper in all areas.
- Prosperity requires diligence.
- It takes a prosperous attitude to reap a financial harvest.
- Jesus became poor so that you might be rich.
- His poverty brings you access to prosperity.
- God wants you to walk in victory spiritually, physically, financially, and socially.
- Pray for your desires, not your problems. Meditate on and speak your desire.
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