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Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)
TITLE: Christian Greenies
By Helen Murray
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I wonder how Father defines prosperity.
For the most part He has given us the ability to prosper, in other words lots of talents, some more than others, which we are expected to use, not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of others and also so that we can account to the Father for their development (Matt 25).
Spiritually we are given weapons of warfare (Ephesians 6) which, similarly , we are expected to use and become proficient with.
Not only that, but the Word of God, the blood of Christ, the Name of Jesus (for authority over all things natural and spiritual) and the power of testimony are ours.
I believe that Father has invested so much in us of talent and ability, and that we are responsible for its use. This is the meaning of prosperity. It’s up to us to set about our Father’s business, just like Jesus did. We need to develop again the entrepreneurial spirit which can prosper even when times do not provide neat little weekly paid jobs. Those days are much in question. We do need to make the adaptation,
I’m thinking of a man I know who has indeed been a faithful Christian all his life. It has not been an easy life, involving career changes and study while supporting a young family. The new career was the right one for him and he became greatly prosperous as an optometrist. For many years his lunch hours were spent annotating second hand prescription glasses to be sent to underdeveloped countries for distribution to those in need. Something like 30,000 glasses have been provided, and there are stories of people who would otherwise have been blind beggars who have studied and become doctors, preachers etc because of this gift. In his retirement he still carries on this tedious and boring work because of the benefits to others. His beautiful home has an apartment that is offered to missionaries on furlough free of charge. His heart is for the mission field and he and his wife support it with finance, visits and personal involvement..
This man is often concerned that people are commenting that he has done well and is wealthy. The comments have a very green tinge. It is a sick, sick thing that Christians expect to have prosperity for nothing. God has given us the ability to prosper. That is the last word on the subject! We owe it to Him and to the world to prosper and to give into the kingdom of God, not only the tithe, but also offerings of many, many kinds, secretly without trumpets! We owe it to Him to see that pastors and especially missionaries (modern day levites?) are well provided for,
The joy of the Lord is our strength. Strength includes prosperity, health, wellbeing, shalom etc. It doesn’t say even that the blessings of the Lord are our strength. It’s the joy of knowing Him in all His magnificence, righteousness and Truth.
Prosperity is our obligation as Christians, together with the support of those unable (through personal disaster) to help themselves. Father tends to pour blessings on our giving and adds to our prosperity.
LET THE CHURCHES BLACKLIST THE GREENIES AND GET ON WITH THE JOB!
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