Proverbs 13:21 Misfortune pursues the sinner, but PROSPERITY IS THE REWARD of the RIGHTEOUS.
Oh…I have touched on a topic which many have come to loathe….Or I might be wrong? What is your view on prosperity? Do you think Kingdom prosperity is an ASSET or a REWARD? First let us define these two words:
AN ASSET is: the entire property owned by a person; valuable item that is OWNED; useful or valuable quality, person or thing; an ADVANTAGE OR RESOURCE.
A REWARD is: taking reward of thine own value; the fruit of one’s labor or works; that which is given in return for good or evil done; receive for some services or attainment as for excellence in studies; recompense, requital.
While the discussion has become heated about whether it is right to preach or teach about prosperity in the Kingdom, I believe with all my heart that God was and is still the AUTHOR of the word PROSPERITY! If it weren’t the case, He wouldn’t care to repeat the same to the children of Israel as they prepared themselves to enter into the Promised land. But remember….PROSPERITY is not an ASSET; it is A REWARD.
When Moses died, God spoke this words to Joshua:
Be strong and courageous. Be CAREFUL to obey the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be SUCCESSFUL wherever you go. Do not let this BOOK OF THE LAW depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be CAREFUL to do everything written in it. Then you will be PROSPEROUS AND SUCCESSFUL. Joshua 1:7-8
So by virtue of reading those words from God to Joshua…I know and understand that Kingdom prosperity comes to those who are CAREFUL TO SPEAK the Word; those who are CAREFUL TO OBEY the Word; to those who MEDITATE upon it day and night; And to those who are CAREFUL TO DO everything written in it.
Do you qualify for the reward? Yes…because YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST. Please do not let anyone talk you out of your RIGHTEOUS REWARD! YES, GOD WANTS YOU TO PROSPER…but He desires that you seek His Kingdom…that is HIS ASSET before the REWARD.
Matthew 6:33 BUT SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things will be given to you as well.
What will you be? A Kingdom seeker? Or Kingdom prosperity seeker? You have a choice.
Yes Prosperity is a reward. We just need to be good stewards of what belongs to Him. Bisi
I heard a preacher recently say, ‘ If God can get it through you He will bring it to You’. As long as we are good stewards, He will bring it to us, knowing that when
My definition of prosperity is having enough of whatever to fulfill the destiny and calling the Lord has placed on your life. Some need more and some need less and yet, the Lord gets the glory in all cases.
For me, Kingdom Prosperity is the overflow of God’s abundance to us, His children and yes, He expects us to excel in good works all for HIS GREATER GLORY!
Hi Gladwell! Indeed it is an excellent message’ especially in it’s presentation. Serving God is my passion and I know it is yours and your readers…and though prosperity is not where my anointing lies; I respect it because God said: “Beloved, I wish ABOVE ALL THINGS THAT THOU MAYEST PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERS! (2 John 2)
God wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t so…I seek to be filled to the brim: SPIRITUALLY, ACADEMICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, FISCALLY, MENTALLY and any other “”LY” that I may have left out. The kingdom of GOd must be funded in order for the Gospel to reach the uttermost parts of the earth. I believe this! Thanks so much….Love Lanie
This is one area of our faith walk that troubled me. Friends in the faith have gone astray seeking prosperity and healing and using them as yardsticks for their spiritual walk. Thank you for reminding us to be careful in our walk and to seek God in the earnestness we had the moment we were transformed by His love for us. A kingdom seeker is what I hope to be to the end of my days.
Dear Vineet. You said it right, they Seek prosperity rather than His kingdom. A kingdom seeker is what we need to aspire to. A big amen to ya
I think a lot of the confusion comes from our definition of prosper sometimes. We tend to equate it with a monetary reward, and that is not always the case.
Thanks for stopping by today. I woke up to freezing temps. and a little snow flurry! That’s spring for ya in Georgia!!
Thank you, Mary. Oh…it will pass…your flowers have a story of their own!
I have to remember that you are not across the road, but across the ocean. 🙂 God bless you and your family. Peace~
That’s okay! Thank you.
Oh..Gladwell, beautiful thought once again…He wants us to prosper…but at the same time expect us not to depart from His law..His word..I pray that I will always be a Kingdom Seeker…
His Word is and should be our first and only BEST COUNSEL. My heart’s desire is to seek after HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS…as long as I live.
Blessings you my dear sister,
Good morning. This is similar to my topic, “The Good Fight.” First, we must seek Him with all our hearts. He knows our desires and needs, but we must truly concentrate on knowing Him. The prosperity and rewards will come. Thank you for this, Gladwell. God bless.
Hi Stephen. Good morning…although it evening in this part of the world. I will check it out.
Thanks for dropping by and blessings your way!
Very deep and articulate Gladwell, again your wisdom shows. One thing that jumps out at me is that we need to be “careful”. This blessing will not come to us if we are “careless”. We need to be good stewards of the living Word. God Bless
Hi Jim. So very true. God really emphasized on the CAREFUL part for us to understand that it is not as simple yet not as complicated as we imagine. In fact God has just quicken in my spirit this word from Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us BE CAREFUL that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
BEING CAREFUL…is of paramount important for every child of God.
Well spoken Gladwell. Sometimes we forget that God’s prosperity doesn’t always match up with ours. Thanks for the words. God Bless!
Thank you, Mike. Yes…as ever His ways are higher than ours.
Blessings to you too!