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1 Unthinkable Path to Biblical Prosperity

    Biblical Prosperity

    Differing Views of Biblical Prosperity

    Last week we created a prayer for prosperity that was inspired from Psalm 1. As I was reading that psalm to prepare the article, my eye caught another passage that I thought would look at this topic from a different angle.

    Prosperity is a heated topic within Christianity, even with the cliche name calling terms: the frozen chosen and the name it, claim it. The former term refers to those that we should live in scarcity, content with nothing; the later term refers to those that feel God wants us to live in wealth and abundance. Neither term is fair, accurate, or honoring to God. Neither view taken alone fully grasps God’s heart toward prosperity.

    Wherever we fall this spectrum, most of us feel that God’s prosperity has overlooked us. As we journey towards all He has to offer us, that prayer last week is a good place to start. If you are ready to go to the next level, let’s check out that passage that jumped out to me.

    God Was Angry With Job’s Friends

    The passage comes from the book of Job. As we remember this story, Job is the tragic story of a man that God was so pleased with, He allows satan to take all he has and strike him with a painful sickness. In the midst of his torment, he has friends come minister to him. They accuse Job of hidden sin and tell him he has brought the trouble on himself.

    God later shows Job that this wasn’t the case and that his friends hadn’t spoken the truth about Him. God later asked Job to pray over them so God would forgive them.

    Here’s the key verse that stood out to me: after Job had prayed, God restored his fortunes and gave him twice what he had before (Job 42:10).

    Even after all he had been through, Job’s prosperity waited behind his prayers for those that hurt him.

    The Unthinkable Path to Biblical Prosperity

    God’s heart is so toward reconciliation and forgiveness that He desires we pursue reconciliation and forgiveness towards those that have hurt and offended us. Matthew 18 shows us God’s heart in the parable of the unmerciful servant. The master cancels the debt of one of his servants but has him beaten and thrown in jail when he would not do the same for someone who was indebted to him.

    It’s rough to think God will punish us if we can’t forgive someone, but it is not unreasonable to say He might withhold His hand of blessing for unforgiveness. This is example given to us by Jesus. Hanging on the cross, He looks at those that beat him, scourged him, hung him on that cross, and He asks God to forgive them

    It was through that path of giving all to make those that were once enemies to God, sons and daughters, that Jesus was exalted above everything else. He humbled Himself and was lifted up.

    My Disclaimer

    I don’t want to make anything with God formulaic, but this could very well be the missing link to the prosperity God wants to give you. Pray about it. See if there are those that you are holding grudges and refusing to desire good things for them. If so, ask God to so fill you with His love that you cannot help but let it flow to everyone around you. Whether or not you receive an awareness of more prosperity, you will notice a greater freedom in spirit and flow of His love.

    2 thoughts on “1 Unthinkable Path to Biblical Prosperity”

    1. This is a very good & true article… But it HAS got me thinking, & wondering, about the “differences” (& the wisdom pertaining to their differences) between “forgiveness” and “enabling” (& I’ve been puzzling over those two things for many years).
      Here are some of the things &/or reasons I’ve puzzled over this: It WAS TO “Eliphaz the Temanitr” that God spoke (& WAS “heard” by) that God spoke, & told that he (Eliphaz), and his two friends, had not spoken rightly about God the way Job had. God also TOLD Eliphaz that he was to take sacrifices (7 bullocks & 7 rams FOR YOURSELVES a burnt offering” (meaning him, & Bildad, & Zophar), & THEN “My servant Job shall pray for you”. And it was AFTER those three men “did according as the Lord commanded them” it says, “The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends”.
      It’s ALSO true that when Jesus prayed God for the forgiveness for His persecutors & killers from on the cross… & ALSO when Stephen prayed for God’s forgiveness for the people stoning him (Stephen) to death, the people they were praying God’s forgiveness upon had NOT (yet) done any hearing from God, & repenting from their wrongs, nevertheless, they WERE prayed forgiveness for, for the wrongs they were doing in ignorance.
      And then, there was the woman Jesus had pointed out (in the synagogue) to His disciples, who Jesus said “hath cast in all the living that she hath” (Luke 21:4), but (in Matthew 25), when the (wise) virgins were asked by the (foolish) virgins to “Give us of YOUR oil, for OUR lamps have GONE OUT), that “the wise (virgins) answered, saying, NOT so; LEST there be NOT ENOUGH for us AND you; but go ye rather to them that sell, & buy for yourselves.”
      Anyhow, like I said, I’m just (& I’m sure many others are, too) so seeking to grasp & understand the differences between being a wisely Helpful) “forgiver”, & being foolishly an (unhelpful) “enabler”. I’ll pray more about it!

      1. Cynthia, this is a good contrast to ponder. My initial thoughts are that forgiveness is always freely given, but in personal relationships it doesn’t mean that relationship has been restored. You are removing your offense, but that person may still need to be kept at a distance. If they are still doing hurtful/harmful things, you can forgive them, but you don’t have to let them in to hurt you again.

        For instance, if a spouse is having an on-going affair. You may forgive that person and not continue to hold it over them. But, it doesn’t mean the marriage is still intact. They need to stop the affair and make actions of restoration. Even then the damage may have been done. The walking out the forgiveness is under the leading of the Holy Spirit.

        Anyways, I agree this is deeper issue which is well worth pondering. Thanks for sharing.
        Kevin

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