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People all around the world are knit together in a common bond. Certain issues of life affect each and every one of us. The need to live life to the full is common to all and this is the desire of God for every human being. John stated very clearly what God’s will is in regard such matters-

Dear friend, I know that you are spiritually well. I pray that you're doing well in every other way and that you're healthy. I was very happy when some believers came and told us that you are living according to the truth. Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my children are living according to the truth. 3 John 1:2-4.

Jesus said that He came for a specific purpose.
I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:9-10.

A door can grant or deny access to what is beyond. with regard to what Jesus said about salvation, or gaining freedom of entry into the things of God, we can enter by only one way. He is the door. There is no salvation by any means whatsoever, other than the cross of Christ, his broken body and his shed blood (see Acts 4:12) but Jesus did much more than give us an escape from the fires of Hell—He came to give us a rich and full life in the here and now that is so full, it overflows! God obviously hates poverty! It never existed in the Garden and came as a result of the fall which produced the curse on mankind. Jesus set us free from the curse. Paul elaborates in Galatians 3:13, saying-
Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified).

The commonality that exists with all men now is the need for the outworking of the provisions God made for us by Jesus Christ. It is not an automatic action because you and I need to firstly know what God has done and then act on that knowledge by faith. Without such we are all under the sway or control of the wicked that the bible calls the god of this world (system) whose sole purpose is to steal from you, make life a misery for you and kill you. If Jesus tarries, death is inevitable. A Christian has the blessed hope and assurance of eternal life in Him, because the fear of death is gone. Paul said-
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58. 

The other aspects that held people in bondage were the fear of sickness and fear of lack or poverty. All of these things weigh on every human being’s mind in one way or another. We have dealt with sickness and eternal life elsewhere, so I will concentrate on finances.
The global financial crisis seems to be worsening. People are stressing out more than ever as the fabric of society as they know it is unravelling. Fear of poverty is holding people in bondage as much as being bound with chains, but did not Jesus set us free? If He did, then what is the problem?
Look at my opening statements. Jesus is the door—the way or the access to what is beyond.
If I asked you what you thought Heaven was like, you would most likely describe a veritable paradise and I guess you would be correct. Heaven is paradise indeed. Sickness, pain, suffering and poverty does not exist there. No lack of any sort is evident. There is no pollution, smog, famines, droughts, tsunamis—anything.
The weather is always perfect and food is in abundance all the time. There are no seasonal shortages, no contamination, food going rotten. Everything is always just right.
On one of my visits to heaven, I saw a fruit tree and ate a piece. It was like nothing I have ever seen before and was absolutely delicious. The instant I touched one, it came away in my hand to be immediately replaced by a fully mature fruit. You may see an account of my visits to
Heaven here.
What I am saying is that we can be free in every respect from poverty, not just in Heaven but here and now on the earth. Poverty of course means much more than wealth or money, but I am concentrating on the financial aspects her because it is evident that without money, we cannot function. Someone has to pay the bills. Someone has to provide the commodities and necessities of life and in most societies the trading of goods and services takes place with the exchange of money.

True prosperity:

This topic deals with breaking the curse of poverty.

Poverty is a result of the curse and Jesus redeemed us from that curse!

Do not think for a moment as many believers think that we have a mandate for prosperity and by that I mean money alone! A multi-millionaire may be prosperous as regards finances, but still be a pauper. The prosperity doctrine that is often preached is both true, yet misleading.
I firmly believe in materialistic prosperity that is often termed a wealth transfer. Scriptures like Proverbs 13:22 that says-
 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just are definitely real and God's intention for us. I recommend that you read the whole proverb and similar passages completely and carefully.

The problem I have seen is that we often stop at the parts of scripture that best suit us and not read the whole account. Sometimes we take something completely out of context, or do not realize who God is speaking to or about. He deals with three differing groups of people- The Jew, who has a covenant with Him, the Church, which has another covenant and the Gentil, who in essence has no covenant at all.

People see dollar signs only when they hear the prosperity doctrine. When no money comes to them, they can get very hurt and disillusioned and blame God for their greed. Without the scriptural balance we can get off onto false doctrines or cause hurt to some people who are seeking a man with a big bucket of money to dump in his lap.

Money without a mission is both a waste and a trap to those who do not know how to handle God's resources.
Money in the wrong hands more often than not leads to unbridled shopping sprees, wasteful squandering or throwing precious seed anywhere. I've seen it often. People came to us expecting the ministry to provide them a home with a car in the garage, but never sowed seed for it. They did not have a clue when it came to knowing how to handle money.
The children of Israel came out of Egypt after 430 years of slavery, carrying immense wealth with them that was intended to build a sanctuary for God, but within a very short time, they made a golden calf out of it!

God's blessings could actually destroy the people who are not yet capable of handling them!
It is like giving a gun with some bullets to a child and letting them play unsupervised! It is like giving a few thousand dollars to a brand new baby christian who was an alcoholic and has not yet matured in the Lord. Yes, he will be delivered and yes he will hopefully grow and mature, but until then, as with many others, the temptation may be too great and they will revert to their old habits.

I preach prosperity, but I do not suggest for one moment that all believers will receive the riches they claim. They could in fact harm them as I have just said, but true prosperity is liberty in every area of life.
The wealth transfer is real but it is not coming to everyone! It is coming to those who have a mission for it and it is only coming to those who have sowed seed where God told them to sow.
Never fall for the ministry that cries about needing money and beg for your support. A common ploy is to say that they cannot continue if you don't help them. Listen carefully to what I say. Do not send them one cent if they beg like that. They have a problem with money.
If God wants it... He will pay for it! When I built my last home, I never asked the building contractor to pay for the materials... I paid for them! I paid him a handsome sum of money for his work that included his experience and expertise.
The labourer is worthy of his hire you know. See Luke 10:7 and 1 Timothy 5:18.
Preachers need financial aid. I sure do! I am planning major meetings in countries around the world. I am not interested so much in merely conducting miracle crusade meetings and return home, but in also conducting on-going training, provide facilities and resources and teach the people how to live.

Jesus told us to do two things... (a) evangelise and (b) make disciples when He said "Go ye" He spoke about going into all the world.
This costs big money. I might need a ministry aircraft sometime in the future. It is merely a tool to enable me to get the job done and is not a status symbol, but it will cost an enormous amount of money. There will be the purchase or leasing price, then there are the various fees involved just in having it (insurances, hangar fees, licencing fees and the like) and then there is the employment of the crew. Those things cost big bucks and I am not in any hurry to force issues.

You will never see people like me beg. We do not ask for money and have made it a policy to never give money to those who ask for it. If the Lord speaks and tells us to do so, that is another matter.

We do however invite you to share with us and partner with us which is biblical, but I will never cry poor whilst we are about the Lord's business. I said... the Lord's business! Think about that for a moment.

God is my source. He uses people, but always remember that God is the one who supplies your every need.
If you watch a Christian program on television, it costs a lot of money just to be on the air. Someone has to pay for the electricity that provides the power, lighting and airconditioning in a church. Prosperity in the bible is very real and necessary!
1 Chronicles 22 describes the preparations King David made to build the Temple. He appointed masons to prepare stonework. He supplied a super-abundance of iron nails.He provided so much bronze that it could not be counted. He supplied an abundance of cedar. 
From verse 14 onwards, you can see a detailed list of his provisions.

  • 100000 talents of gold
  • 1000000 talents of silver
  • Too much bronze to weigh
  • Too much iron to weigh
  • Too much timber to measure
  • To much stone to list

I conducted some research in 2007 and the following is therefore not up to date, but it will show you what God thinks of real prosperity.
David's combined offering of gold and silver came to a staggering $120 Billion. That is an amazing 120 thousand million dollars! Wow!
According to scripture that was only his Tithe! In other words that amount was only 10% of what he possessed and if I can count right, the remainder came to around $10,800 Billion.
His son Solomon had more! The Queen of Sheba visited him to see if the stories about Solomon were true and she fainted when she saw what he had!
Solomon's servants lived better than she! See 1 Kings 10:1-7; 2 Chronicles 9:1-6.
God is not broke and He is not against wealth. He dislikes wealth that is accumulated in the wrong hands and used for the wrong purposes.

Jesus spoke a lot about money and He was not poor, not as people depict. What happened to Joseph's house and carpentry business? We incorrectly assume that there were 3 wise men who came to the baby Jesus with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but the bible does not say there were three men! It only states that there were wise men from the east, who presented their gifts to an infant who at that time could have been two years of age! Religious tradition has led us astray. Historians like Josephus say that there could have been up to 200 men in that group. Check it out! This applies to finances also.

Jesus was the first son, so he was the heir of everything Joseph had. At the very least it was a carpenter shop, but what happened to those precious gifts he received as an infant?
Peter was a businessman with partners and they had a fishing fleet. They were still able to go fishing after Jesus' resurrection! We see this in John chapter 21. Peter was married and owned a home. See Matthew 8:14.

Judas was the treasurer of the Jesus of Nazareth Evangelistic Organisation and he disbursed funds to the poor. If they had no money, they could not have done that!
Jesus spoke about talents in Matthew 25:27 and Luke 19:23 and told the wicked and lazy servant that he should at least had invested the money given him to get some interest!

True prosperity gives one the ability to be and do whatever God asks of him. True prosperity releases one from guilt, shame, fear, phobias and bad habits. Our wealthy place in God is positional. Sometimes it is a kind word, or a prayer, visiting someone, mowing widow Jones' lawn, going to some distant place for an assignment and it sometimes involves money.
It is the freedom to be yourself. It is the freedom to live life to the full in any situation, with or without money.

Terminology The rich ruler Seek ye first The original pattern The curse Redeemed from the curse

Additional references:

Never make worthless idols or set up a carved statue or a sacred stone for yourselves. Never cut figures in stone to worship them in your country, because I am the LORD your God. 
Observe my days of worship and respect my holy tent. I am the LORD. 
This is what I will do if you will live by my laws and carefully obey my commands: 
I will give you rain at the right time. The land will produce its crops, and the trees in the field will produce their fruit. 
Threshing time will last until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until planting. You will eat all you want and live securely in your land. 
I will bring peace to your land. You will lie down with no one to scare you. I will remove dangerous animals, and there will be no war in your land. 
You will chase your enemies, and you will defeat them. 
Five of you will chase a hundred of them, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand of them. You will defeat your enemies, 
and I will be pleased with you. Your families will be large, and I will keep my promise to you. 
You will clear out old food supplies to make room for new ones. 
I will put my tent among you, and I will never look at you with disgust. 
So I will live among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 
I am the LORD your God. I brought you out of Egypt so that you are no longer slaves of the Egyptians. I have broken their power over you and made you live as a free people. Leviticus 26:1-13.
All these blessings and curses I have spoken about will happen to you. Take them to heart when you are among all the nations where the LORD your God will scatter you. 
If you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul, doing everything I command you today, 
he will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you from all the nations of the world where he will scatter you. 
Even if you are scattered to the most distant country in the world, the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back from there. 
The LORD your God will bring you to the land your ancestors owned. You will take possession of it, and the LORD will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors were. 
The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants. You will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and you will live. 
Then the LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies, those who hate you and persecute you. 
You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands that I'm giving you today. 
The LORD your God will give you many blessings in everything you do: You will have many children. Your animals will have many offspring. Your soil will produce many crops. The LORD will again delight in making you as prosperous as he made your ancestors. 
He will do this if you obey him and follow his commands and laws that are written in this Book of Teachings and return to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 
This command I'm giving you today isn't too hard for you or beyond your reach. 
It's not in heaven. You don't have to ask, “Who will go to heaven to get this command for us so that we can hear it and obey it?” 
This command isn't on the other side of the sea. You don't have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it for us so that we can hear it and obey it?” 
No, these words are very near you. They're in your mouth and in your heart so that you will obey them. Deuteronomy 30:1-14.
How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. 
They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. 
For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. Psalm 36:7-9.
The Lord swore to David in truth; He will not turn back from it: One of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. 
If your children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children also shall sit upon your throne forever. 
For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His habitation: 
This is My resting-place forever [says the Lord]; here will I dwell, for I have desired it. 
I will surely and abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. Psalm 132:11-15.

Then will He give you rain for the seed with which you sow the soil, and bread grain from the produce of the ground, and it will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures. Isaiah 30:23.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. 
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 
And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. Amos 9:13-15.

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