Chapter 8:

Divine Prosperity

     Anything that qualifies as being divine is something that has been set forth in motion by God. It has been ordained by God and God only.  Prosperity is divine; it has been set forth in motion by God; it is ordained of God.  It is supernatural.  It has been issued from the very being of God.  It is in operation in my life and in your life. It flows from God. Once again, I emphasize that financial prosperity is not the only form of prosperity that God wills for us.  He wants us to enjoy solid, loving relationships, He wants our children to prosper and He wants us to be healthy.  If things are going well on your job, you are prosperous.  If your ideas and ventures are materializing, then you are prosperous.  You can prosper in everything that you do, touch and speak.

     There is a spiritual prosperity that God wishes to manifest in our lives.  He wants us to be enriched bountifully with the wisdom of God. His wish is that we are filled with the knowledge of His will. He wants us to have wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9-10). When you are facing a dilemma that requires a wise decision, you do not need prosperity in the form of money, you need wisdom from God. You need a Word of knowledge.  As we strive to reach a point where we are increasing materially, we need to strive to increase in the knowledge of God.  If we are filled with the knowledge of His will, then we know that He wants us to prosper in whatsoever we undertake.

What Is Your Motive?

     One element that truly makes prosperity divine is your motive.  Donít ask just to be blessed for your own personal gain.  Ask to be blessed so that you may bring in souls to the church and, ultimately, into Godís Kingdom.  Ask to be blessed so that all you do is help mankind.  Tell God you want to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and educate the illiterate. Make God aware that you want to bless His Kingdom with your giving.  When you sincerely do all that you can to become an avenue for Godís prosperity, He can then entrust you with the true riches of His Kingdom.

     Although you will be rewarded for the seeds that you sow, be sure to operate with a true and sincere heart, not out of a spirit of greed, but motivated by a spirit of relationship.  Our belief in God and our relationship with God should reach a point where we declare, ďFather, whether I have everything or whether I have nothing, I will still serve you.  Whether Iím blessed from tithing or Iím not blessed, I will still tithe. I will still give whether or not I receive something in return.Ē

     This is the type of relationship you should pursue with God.  When your priorities and your relationship with God are in order, God will bless you even when you donít ask Him to bless you. God gives us power and He will do more than we could ever ask for or think about (Ephesians 3:20).

     All the riches in the world belong to God. Your job can determine your salary, but it has no determination on your income.  God will add to your salary and prosper you in ways that you never imagined. You may look to your boss for your salary, but you must look to God for your income.  You may be making minimum wage but God will bless you on all avenues, coming in and going out. Your income from God will far exceed your salary.

     True prosperity is simply having your needs met. Paul said he knew how to abase and how to abound; he knew how to be content when he was hungry, and how to be content when he was full.  He learned how to be prosperous in all that he undertook. He knew how to get along when things were scarce and when things were plenteous.  When you are experiencing true prosperity circumstances donít matter.

Be Grateful

     Paul suffered many different states of need and prosperity, but he was prosperous and happy in all them. He understood divine prosperity. He understood that there would be times when he would suffer need but knew it would only be temporary. He knew his season would change.

     You need to learn how to abase and how to abound.  When you are in need, cut back on spending.  When you are abounding, put some money in savings, donít spend every dollar that touches your hand. God wants to see if you will give and save when you have a little paycheck before entrusting you with much.  He wants to make sure your priorities are in order before you will ever be a recipient of divine prosperity.

     Paul taught the church at Philippi that divine prosperity begins to operate when you have given something of yourself and of your finances.  Donít pray to God for a blessing, just step out on faith and begin to give and pray and study and act on His Word and the blessing will automatically come.  Paul also told us that we should give with joy, not with a grimace or a frown on our face (II Corinthians 9:6-7).  We definitely should not complain or mumble under our breaths as we give out tithes to his storehouse.  When you are giving in accordance with divine prosperity, give with a cheerful and merry heart. Go with laughter and thank God for bestowing enough on you to give. If you give grudgingly you might as well keep it.  God does not need it, and on top of that, He will not bless you.

Rise Up and Walk

     I am sure that most of you will agree that a healthy body is worth more than silver and gold.  Acts 3:1- 8 shows us how the Apostles Peter and John operated in Divine Prosperity. A lame man was carried to the gate called Beautiful. He expected John and Peter to give him money. Peter told him that he could not offer silver or gold, but he could give him the ability to walk! I would definitely rather have healing than all the silver and gold that this world has to offer me. In this instance we see that divine prosperity is not always financial.  Peter told the lame man that he did not have any money.  Ironically, most people would not brag about that fact.  Peter did not have any money, but he spoke as a man who had something! He said ďsilver and gold have I noneĒ, but he said it with such excitement and anticipation because he knew what would happen next.

     Think of all the people you have seen on the street with bowed heads and humble hearts asking for money.  They donít boldly declare that they have no money.  But we see here that Peter did so because he possessed another element of prosperity ó the Holy Spirit.  How many of you know that the Holy Spirit is far more valuable and worth far more than any amount of riches or wealth?  Peter was so rich and abundant in the Holy Spirit that he did not worry about not having any money.

How Much Is This Holy Ghost?

     The value of the Holy Spirit far exceeds money.  Peter rendered a service to this man that money could not buy. He was lame from his motherís womb, but when the Holy Spirit finished with him, he ran and leaped with great joy without ever receiving one dime from Peter.  That is true divine prosperity. 

     A man accosted Peter at another time and wanted to know the asking price of the Holy Ghost.  This man literally wanted to buy the Holy Ghost. Imagine how much you could charge if the Holy Spirit gives you the power to cure AIDS.  If Peter had charged for every healing the Holy Ghost performed through him, he would have made a great amount of money. The Holy Ghost is more valuable than riches.  Peter said he had freely received the Holy Ghost, therefore, he would freely give of the Holy Ghost.  He let that man know that he could not buy the Holy Ghost, just as you cannot buy Godís favor and Godís grace.

     These are all components of a relationship with Him. You must get to know God first.  Once you get to know God then there will come a transference of His blessings and His wealth and you will walk in divine prosperity.  Once you get to know God, then there will come knowledge of Him and His will, peace, restoration, the power of the Holy Spirit and an abundance of blessings from God.

Vanity of Vanities

     At the end of Solomonís life, in the book of Ecclesiastes, he made one repetitive declaration: ďvanity.Ē  He declared that all of life is vanity. Despite his many wives, his servants, his gold, his notoriety, he knew there was only so much he could do with his material wealth. Solomon had already received the true riches of this life ó Godís wisdom ó  and all of his material gain was no longer important to him.  Toward the end of an older personís life, material things are not as important to him or her. Older people do not buy new cars and houses or invest money. 

     They begin to pay more attention to the spiritual things.  They begin to think more about the hereafter.  They examine their lives, they want to know what God is saying now; they want to be sure they have been good parents and have set Godly examples for their children. They begin to concentrate on heavenly riches ó those riches that are our true, divine prosperity.

Summary ó Divine Prosperity

1. Divine prosperity is set in motion by God.

2. God wants to manifest  spiritual prosperity in our lives.  He wants us to have wisdom and spiritual understanding.
 
3. Your motives, your priorities, and your relationship must be right with God in order for Him to prosper you. 

4. Give with a cheerful and merry heart, thanking God for the opportunity to give.

5. The value of the Holy Spirit exceeds money, riches
and fame.