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BIBLICAL PROSPERITY THEOLOGY
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Here are seven scripture passages that teach prosperity theology in a biblical and balanced way. Does God want all of his believers to prosper financially and accumulate wealth, as you hear some television preachers say? Whether He does or doesn't is not the issue here. The point of this article is to show that Christians will experience the blessing of God upon their lives if they do the things mentioned in these verses, which are representative of other passages throughout the Bible, and the success and prosperity spoken of here includes protection, deliverance, physical restoration, and grace and abundance for every good deed. Now, when you take all of this together, that is true prosperity doctrine not determined solely by how much money a person gives to some church or ministry. In fact, in these passages it is not clear that money and material wealth is even part of the equation.
JOSHUA 1:8 and PSALM 1:2-3
These two passages emphasize meditation upon God's Word as a cause for blessing, success, and prosperity. Notice what kind of success Psalm 1 speaks of. A person will be like a tree firmly planted by the waters, bearing fruit in its season and with leaves that do not wither. There is an incredible promise given here. We are told that meditation will result in God going with us wherever we go, and that we will experience success in whatever we do. Now that is real prosperity! However, keep in mind the context of the Joshua passage. These were instructions given by God to Joshua after the death of Moses, to continue to lead the children of Israel. So, the main point of this passage is to do what GOD wants us to do. This, along with meditation and obedience, will result in tremendous blessing.
Verse 1 says "blessed is he who considers the helpless." Among other things listed, the blessing of this is deliverance, protection, and physical restoration.
This is very much like Psalm 1. The picture here is of a healthy tree by the water in times of heat and drought that continues to yield fruit. I believe that there is a spiritual application here. We can continue to bear spiritual fruit in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
This verse is in the context of the parable of seed falling upon good and bad soil. It says that understanding the Word of God will lead to bearing fruit.
II CORINTHIANS 9:6-11
In this passage generous giving is emphasized, resulting in abounding grace, all sufficiency and abundance for every good deed, seed that will be multiplied, an increase in the harvest of righteousness, and being enriched in everything for all liberality.
In this Old Testament passage mention is made of giving to the poor, and not hardening your heart nor closing your hand to him because "for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings." (verse 10)
I hope this brief study has helped balance out the teaching that we often hear that prosperity has to do with how much money a person gives, the result of which is material wealth. Of course, God blesses the giving of one's money, but as these verses have shown, He also blesses in ways other than money, and by ways not determined by it. This kind of prosperity is so much better, as expressed in Psalm 25:12-13. '"Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity..."
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