God prepared a luxurious garden and fully equipped it, and then He put man in it. Man was born into a prosperous environment; he could have whatever he wanted with the seed God gave him. However, when man chose to hear and obey another voice, man was evicted from what God wanted him to have forever. Now man is living in a world that is governed by the curse, by the sweat of his brow. He must contend with weeds, seedeaters, drought and the seasons. All of Adams descendants are born under the curse and that is all they know!
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray above all things that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.
Prosperity is having enough to meet all your needs and some left over to help meet the needs of others. Prosperity covers the soul, the spirit, and the body, it’s not confined to just wealth. All prosperity begins in the soul, or the mind. Our mind must be renewed or we will not believe it’s God’s will to have increase. You will not have what you speak against. You must speak in line with God’s will. God promises to restore all things to man that Adam lost to the devil. Confession brings possession and the proper confession must come out of a mind that believes God’s will.
Psalm 1:3 Empowered to prosper is the man who delights in God’s Word. He shall be like a tree planted by the river bearing much fruit. And whatsoever he does shall prosper.
If you love the Word of God you will study it and embrace it, you will readily discover all the hidden promises. God says whatever you do will prosper. If you believe this your attitude will change. You will begin to expect the blessings of God to come and seek you out. You will come to realize that you no longer have any portion of the curse. You will expect to see favor in the city and the country. You will see God make good come out of ugly situations. Why are some folks blessed and others are not?! Some believe and expect and others merely hope but they are not convinced of God’s will. They have not planted themselves by the river. They live in ground that is arid and void of the nutrients of God’s Word.
Psalm 5:12 The Lord will bless the righteous, He will compass him with favor as like a shield.
Anyone can read this Scripture for themselves, but how many stop and meditate on it long enough to believe it? I had to keep reading it along with all the other references until I began to believe the promise is mine. This Scripture changed my thinking, now I expect to have favor (prosperity) wherever I go. Everything the world owns are stolen goods, it was stolen from Adam. The world owes God for all it has taken, so the wealth of the world is laid up for the just. I don’t feel remorse when the world restores to me what belongs to me! Brother Jerry, how can you think this way? The Word of God has renewed my mind. I know the truth and the truth has made me free. If we don’t think in line with God’s Word we will not have what God’s Word says we can have. Prosperity is God’s idea and I think it is a good one.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.