I have seen a lot of sanctimonious statements before but this one is right up there with the most sanctimonious.
When God says he wants you to prosper, why does it have to be about finances? God rewards his children in more ways than just finances, by growing closer to Him and loving with the heart of God. Did Jesus not say it would be easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than a rich man go to heaven.
God may bless you with greater finances if that is His plan for your life, or he may bless you in other ways.God is sovereign and he blesses in the way that will most Glorify Him.
Language context, usage and dictionaries have no influence with you?
prosperity . . . prosperity . . .
oh, dear, what could it possibly mean?
. . . what first 3 things come to mind . . .
oh, yeah, . . .
more contrition, more humility, more servant-heartedness.
wrong . . . THAT’S part of AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS!
“Did Jesus not say it would be easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than a rich man go to heaven.”
I’m glad you mentioned this verse.
Have you looked at it in context? The disciples were obviously distressed at what he said (”who then can be saved?”). Sounds like some of them might have been wealthy, too, because they took Jesus’ words very personally. If they had been poor they would not have had that reaction. Jesus replied that, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
And how about the next couple of verses? The disciples said that they had left everything to follow Jesus. He replied, “So He said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.’”
“God may bless you with greater finances if that is His plan for your life, or he may bless you in other ways.God is sovereign and he blesses in the way that will most Glorify Him.”
That’s not what the Bible says. There are clear instructions about how to live in blessing or curse — God left that up to us. The OT and NT are both about how to live a blessed life in all areas of life. For example, see 3 John 1, Deut. 28.
And .. what is your definition of prosper ..?? Does that feed your family - pay the rent - make the car payment ..??
You can’t separate prosperity from finances. The key is - what you do with the finances you’re given ..??
Read Deuteronomy 30:9 - “And the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in every work of your hand, in the fruit of your body (your children), of your cattle, of your land (your business), for your good: for the Lord will again delight in prospering you ...”.
Geeeeeee ... that doesn’t sound like God likes you very much. And .. if you believe that .. I got this bridge in Arizoni I’d like to sell you.
I don’t understand why people are against prospering. It just baffles me.