I recently read an article that discussed the topic concerning the prosperity message in the church and was taken back by the perspective given to the reading audience. Before I began my dialogue on this topic, I would first like to say that I understand there are pros and cons, good and evil, as well as, highs and lows in everything…. and the Church is no different. However, we must realize that in order for us to be great representations of Christ, we need the proper resources to show this dying world that we serve a Big God who has Big Plans for all of us. Can I just say that He can’t work through us to fulfill those Big Plans if we are broke, busted, and disgusted! You have probably figured out that I disagree with the majority of the things discussed in that article. The prosperity gospel is subjective and depends on the perspective of the person and their interpretation of how God wants us to live on the earth. There are several scriptures in the bible that speak on us living in abundance. I do agree that we should not be consumed with LOVING money to the point we neglect the calling of God on our lives (Matt. 6:33), nevertheless, I also believe that it is God’s will that we PROSPER and be in health, even as our soul PROSPERS (3 John 1:2). After all, how are we suppose to be blessed to be a blessing and dispense good to others (Gen. 12:2) if we are poor and living in lack (Psalms 23). Like I said, God is a Big God and He will supply all of our needs according to HIS RICHES in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 in the Message translation talks about how God is generous to us, in extravagant ways. He does this so that we can give it away to others, creating more full-formed lives that are robust in God, wealthy in every way producing great praise to His name. It’s all about bringing Glory to His name and if that means I live large and lavish, then so be it unto me. Jesus said that when He is lifted up from the earth, He will draw all men unto Him John 12:32.
Many people have a problem with the prosperity message because they think the preachers are the ones who are benefiting from it the most; and in some cases, they may have a point. There are some preachers who are taking advantage of the flock and living the luxurious life with no intentions of preaching the uncompromising Word of God that will set people free and pull them out of bondage. They’re not our problem to worry about; God will handle them. On the other hand, there are men and women who are called of God that preach, teach, and live a prosperous life based on the Word. It’s is all about taking the seed of the Word, receiving it, and believing God for whatever you want to see God do in YOUR LIFE. Of course, there are prerequisites that God explains in His word that we must do, like trusting Him with our finances through Tithing; Malachi 3:5. With that alone, the floodgates of Heaven are open to us. The Bible talks about how lavish Heaven is with streets made of PURE GOLD; Revelation 21:1. I don’t believe God wants me to wait until I get there to experience that. God was the one who said He will give us the desires of hearts if we delight ourselves in Him; Psalms 37; so, if you align yourself with God and His Will, regardless of your calling, you will be blessed. God is the one who said that He will give you cities you didn’t build, houses filled with all good things you didn’t fill, wells, vineyards, and olive groves you didn’t dig or plant; and I am sure in this day and time money is in there somewhere. I can go on and on pointing our scripture that supports God wants us to live the good life. However, you must also remember God has given us fair warning that when He does bless us, We should not forget Him, because there are consequences to that Gen. 28:15-68. So, we must be intentional about staying connected with God no matter what our social and economical status is.
One last thing, there was also a discussion about whether pastors should have their own airplanes buzzing on the internet. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it, if they are using it to preach the gospel. When you are called by God and have an earthly assignment to take the gospel to all the nations, you should not be subjected to the commercial airlines and their schedules. God is a big enough God to provide you with all the provision you need to successfully complete your assignment, and if that means you have your own airplane, then so be it unto you. The world does not have a problem with their people having access to private jets to travel to the nations to do whatever it is that they do for the kingdom of darkness. But church folk come a loose when a preacher buys a jet to preach the gospel. I guess if they were living in Solomon’s day they would have said something about the materials he used to build the Temple of the Lord. Even then, people gave of their resources to make sure the temple was built to perfection 1Chronicles 29:6. They used all types of gold, silver, bronze, and various stones to build that temple. God gave the mandate to build it, and the instructions on how to do it, so perhaps, that same God is instructing his men and women to purchase their own jets so that they are not hindered in fulfilling their calling in any way. All I am saying is that we don’t know how God is leading His people, so all we can do is stay connected with Him and trust that He will lead us in all of our ways. This was just a little nugget for your souls. Be Blessed!
The King’s Daughter,