prosperity

A word on your future success

As I prepare to sell my house and move on with my life, I’ve been making plans. Plans for life, business, and ministry have all been on my mind, and the Lord had me thinking of the details necessary to achieve my mission.

As I pondered all of this, another thought crossed my mind: many of us want to prosper financially but have no real vision for what we’d do if we did.

Yes, God blessed Israel when He brought them into what preachers like to call the land of more than enough, but did you notice that what He blessed them with was production capacity? That’s right, they still had to put that land to work. They still had to decide what they were going to do with all that capacity.

Before God brought them there, He walked them through a long season of preparation for it, and when they got there, they had to fight for it. We are walking through a very difficult time.

  • What are you doing with it to ensure you are surrendering to God’s process?
  • What are you doing with what God has already given you?
  • What are your plans for when He does give you what you’re asking for, and are those plans right in His sight?

The answers to those questions will reveal a great deal.

Why God REFUSES to bless you


Sometimes people aren’t as blessed as they want to be because it’s just not their season, but sometimes there are other reasons, including God’s refusal to bless us because we won’t steward his blessing well.

Let’s talk.

The Real Power of Circumstance

And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
John 19:19-22

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Treasures in the Earthen Vessels around you.

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.”
Isaiah 45:3

You won’t find treasures in secret places while living and operating in a superficial way. While most of us are just hoping this means money, it also applies to the more valuable assets of business, ministry and everyday life: people. There are resources, rare and precious, which God has placed in people who are sometimes hiding in plain sight, but which go unnoticed because our interaction with and ministry to them has been superficial at best.

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A word on Thrift…

Go to the ant, sluggard; consider her ways and be wise; who having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Financial tip of the day:

It’s good to remember that ants don’t just plan for their provision, but they are also not wasteful or irresponsible with their resources.

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Household Finance – Saving on Car Maintenance

In today’s western world, it’s usually pretty hard to get around if you don’t have your own vehicle. When you do, maintenance for your vehicle is an expense you have to plan for if you’re going to get your house in financial order. If you’re on a tight budget, or trying to economize so that you can start a business, take a vacation, or just build up your savings, then there’s a number of things you can do to reduce the cost of your car’s upkeep. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should prove helpful.

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The new depravity…

“And constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”
-1 Timothy 6:5-8

God can and does bless people, but we are not to see a relationship with him as a means of acquiring wealth. In this passage we are told that those who do so are _depraved_ and deprived of truth. Once our perspective is skewed to believe that the gospel is about ‘prosperity’ or ‘power to get wealth,’ we have twisted our very perception of God. Our thoughts determine who we are (Proverbs 23:7), and so, a corrupted perception of God will inevitably contaminate everything that we do. Consider that much of church leadership today preaches endlessly about prosperity but remains entirely silent on some of the glaring signs of the times. The pursuit of financial status has become the main focus of the gospel, with some self-help philosophy thrown in, making for a gospel which is self-serving and self-centered, one that does not resemble the gospel of self-denial that Christ Himself preached…

This in turn has led to an exodus of the truth from the ministry of the Word. It is now standard practice in mainstream ministry to avoid expository preaching and teaching in favor of topical preaching, so that subjects which may offend people can be sidestepped. Sin, morality, a deeper work of the cross in the life of the believer, holiness, consecration, and the relational protocols of scripture which require us to never condone or tolerate habitual sin among the saints are truths of which congregations are now largely deprived. thus sin rus rampant in the churches, and the emerging generations are rising without an absolute sense of ethics, morality, or of separation from the world and its carnality.

Even on the subject of prosperity very little is said that is not entirely defined and pursued in the world’s terms and exclusively within its system. God’s people are told to go after wealth and buy the poorly-built stick frame houses that have a useful lifespan of 40 years and will require extensive maintenance, instead of seeking out, or even creating alternative housing which is much more durable, sustainable, and affordable. Alternatives is exist in abundance, and in many cases these alternative are so much more affordable that families could own their home outright with no debt within a few years, or even build them with no debt at all. Consider this, and then take some time to think of every mode of ‘prosperity’ of which we commonly speak, and examine these ‘blessings’ in terms of whether they are conducive to a dependency on the world system. If there is a good deal of that dependency, then we must consider the possibility that these may not be the avenues we are to pursue if we are to be as free from the world’s systems as much as is possible.

The challenge: recommit to Biblical perspectives, pursue godliness, and think outside the box of how the world defines prosperity and how we ought to embrace it.

God doesn’t want us to be rich…

God doesn’t want us to be rich, He wants us to be wealthy.

Wealth is more than money and property; it is the abundance of resources, and it includes knowledge, expertise, gifting, relationships, and more.

This is a season of both release and acquisition, and the degree to which you release what God has placed in you for his people will determine your degree of acquisition.

The key target for acquisition in this season is relationships which will be conducive to the sharpening and completeness of your function in the kingdom. This in turn will position you to be able to release into the lives of others; you will not only be able to put your gifts to use, but you will be able to set the gifts of others in motion, which furthers the potential for your gift to make room for you.

The provision and increase will be a result of this process.

So get moving, already.

God doesn’t want us to be rich…

God doesn’t want us to be rich, He wants us to be wealthy.

Wealth is more than money and property; it is the abundance of resources, and it includes knowledge, expertise, gifting, relationships, and more.

This is a season of both release and acquisition, and the degree to which you release what God has placed in you for his people will determine your degree of acquisition.

The key target for acquisition in this season is relationships which will be conducive to the sharpening and completeness of your function in the kingdom. This in turn will position you to be able to release into the lives of others; you will not only be able to put your gifts to use, but you will be able to set the gifts of others in motion, which furthers the potential for your gift to make room for you.

The provision and increase will be a result of this process.

So get moving, already.