The Journey of Godly Prosperity

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bring forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3

The above scripture paints an amazing picture of the kind of life God intends for us to live: a life filled with Godly prosperity. The idea of prosperity is not just here and there in scripture; it’s all throughout the Word. God wants His people to prosper! James, chapter one, teaches us that the doer of the Word will be blessed. This is the prosperity or blessing of God that is intended to affect every area of our life, including our finances.

In some circles, prosperity teaching is in error with preachers teaching people that they can “name it and claim it” and God will do it. They paint a picture of a health and wealth gospel. In other words, in order for you to have evidence of the blessings of God, you must be rich. Additionally, this message sometimes carries with it a “get rich quick” mentality.

Then, in a completely opposite direction, you have preachers teaching people that God wants you humble and poor and that He uses sickness to teach you something. They proclaim that prosperity is a bad word. This message carries with it a poverty mindset, which conveys that in order to have the blessings of God, you must be poor and suffering.

Both of these ideas are the extremes. The Bible is clear about the blessing of God coming upon His people and yet from time to time seasons of suffering or testing will present themselves in our lives.

So what is the right or healthy mindset to have about prosperity?

Prosperity is not a get-rich-quick thing. It’s a journey out of poverty; a journey to maturity and prosperity in many areas of our lives, including our finances. God wants to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others!

Think of this: Who of you has ever had the privilege of meeting a financial need in someone’s life? Wasn’t it a wonderful feeling to be able to be a blessing? Didn’t you feel your faith level surge and your love toward God increase because of your ability to bless someone for Jesus’ name sake?

In Psalm, chapter one (above), King David uses words like “walks” and “path” to describe the process of a man who is going after God in the right way. He describes a believer who follows (and meditates on) God’s Word “day and night.” That’s a lot of time with God and His Word!

The end result is that he becomes like a healthy tree planted by an endless supply of living water. A tree that brings forth fruit “in its season” and “whatever he does shall prosper.” So we see here that David is speaking to the process of prosperity, which involves being rooted and grounded in God for a long enough time that we mature as believers and joyfully do things His way.

In these same verses, David suggests that anyone who does not follow God’s ways is sure to receive counsel from the ungodly, will end up walking in sinful ways, and spending time with those who have no regard for God. They are clearly on a journey to destruction in their life — also a process, not a “destroy-your-life-quick” plan. We must choose wisely which way we will go.

Right now in your life you are walking a path. The question is if you’re on a path that produces a tree that is living and growing or dying and decaying. Are you walking a path that is following God’s instruction or fleeing from it? It’s up to you which path you will walk. I humbly suggest the pathway of prosperity.

Pastor John

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