Trusting in God to Live Prosperously

Trusting in God to Live ProsperouslyAuthor’s Note: All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Have you ever noticed how television, radio, and newspapers operate primarily from a fear based perspective? We are constantly bombarded with negative headlines about our finances. Will I have enough money to retire and live comfortably? Will I run out of money and outlive my pension? Will social security be around by the time I am ready to retire? Can I count on the fluctuating stock market to preserve my retirement fund? Do I need to continue working for the rest of my life to sustain a comfortable lifestyle? Will I ever get out of debt? Will the economy ever turn around so that I can acquire a well paying job to feed my family?

The way you think about money will determine how successful you are in receiving, utilizing, and stewarding what is readily available to anyone who chooses to believe God’s Word.

Glass Half Empty or Half Full

Do you see the glass half empty or half full? As believers, we should see the glass as not only more than half full but overflowing with God’s blessings and abundance. 1 Timothy 6:17 says,

“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”

The first key to living prosperously is to trust in God as your sufficiency. It is God who richly gives us all things to enjoy. Prior to learning the Word of God, I saw money as a finite object, greatly to be desired, and sometimes fought over. Growing up, money was a source of conflict between my parents. My mother was a stay-at-home mom and my father was the breadwinner in the family. As a physician and surgeon, there were times when my father wouldn’t charge his patient’s for his services and that financial pressure put a strain on their marriage. He was also a “soft touch” when it came to people who needed money and my father would help them out. Conflicts arose between my parents as my mother was trying to raise a family and manage a household.

In addition to viewing money as a finite object, I had the mistaken notion that being wealthy was a sin and that I didn’t deserve to be prosperous.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after,
they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many
sorrows.

The “love of money” refers to making money your god. In fact, anything that is put above God is a form of idolatry. Mathew 6:33 states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we put God first, He is in the business of adding to and blessing our lives rather than taking things away.

God’s Abundance

It wasn’t until I enrolled in a Biblical research class and read Christians Should be Prosperous by Victor Paul Wierwille, that my perspective about money changed. The third epistle of John verse 2 states, “Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Wow! What an eye opener. God’s will was for me to prosper and be healthy as well! If God’s will was for me to prosper and be in health, how would I accomplish this? The answer is in the Bible.

The Tithe

Throughout the Bible, material prosperity is dependent upon tithing. Tithing is first referenced in Genesis 14:19-20 when Abram, later known as Abraham, gave Melchizedek one-tenth of all that Abraham possessed. Due to God’s immutable law of prosperity, God blessed Abraham and continues to bless individuals today who abide by this law of prosperity. Wierwille writes in Christians Should be Prosperous: “For a Christian the tithe is a minimum external manifestation of an internal spiritual recognition that God is our basic source of supply and prosperity. When we recognize God with our ‘firstfruits,’ and by the love in our hearts and with the proper devotion in our souls give heed to Him, then we open the way for God’s financial and material prosperity to flow to us.”

As we give of our “first fruits,” trusting in God as the source of our sufficiency becomes easier to do. We don’t put our faith in our jobs, in our paycheck, in our boss, or even the economy. We put our faith in God and His Word because God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

When we tithe, or give a minimum of ten percent of our net income, we acknowledge our trust in God as our sufficiency, regardless of the circumstances or the economic environment we are living in. Malachi 3:10-11 tells us to prove God by tithing and He will open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing that there isn’t enough room to receive it. Trusting in God to live prosperously is to believe that God’s Word is true, to confess God’s Word in spite of negative circumstances, and finally, to do God’s Word. And what is the end result of this? “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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