The prosperity Gospel Study guide
The Real Prosperity Gospel
A STUDY GUIDE
This is a study guide so we encourage you to underline circle take notes
2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
I Believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ Causes men to prosper so we titled this study Guide the Real Prosperity Gospel
Take the Gospel to a lost and dying world
And Watch as person after person becomes alive in Jesus Christ
Talk to missionary AFTER MISSIONARY who brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Nations and see the cause and effect of the gospel in country after country that is prospering due to the fact the Gospel is now being preached taught and followed around the world
In Christianity, the Gospel (Greek: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion; Old English: gospel), or the Good News, is the news of the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15), and of Jesus's death on the cross and resurrection to restore people's relationship with God. It may also include the descent of the Holy Spirit upon believers and the second coming of Jesus.
The message of good news is described as a narrative in the four canonical gospels. The message of good news is described as theology in many of the New Testament letters. It relates to the saving acts of God due to the work of Jesus on the cross and Jesus' resurrection from the dead which bring reconciliation ("atonement") between people and God.
Christian theology describes the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ not as a new concept, but one that has been foretold throughout the Old Testament and was prophetically preached even at the time of the Fall of Man as contained in Genesis [3:14-15]. It is called Proto-Evangelion or Proto-Gospel.
There are many who will see the title of this book and choose not to pick it up they have formed their opinion already of What the Prosperity Gospel is or isn’t in their minds.
Prosperity Comes As A Result Of Meditating And Obeying On The Word
Meditating on and acting upon the word of God being a doer of the word and not just a hearer only
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
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.
1 Chronicles 22:13
Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe the statutes and the ordinances which the LORD commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed.
Prosperity Comes From Seeking God
2 Chronicles 26:5
He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him.
2 Chronicles 31:21
Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.
– side note, I think it is really interesting that this verse specifically mentions that he also did it with, “all of his heart.” There are quite a few proverbs that talk about the importance and necessity of working hard at everything you do.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
When we meditate on God and his word , When we walk in obedience according to the word of God we are blessed we prosper Spiritually mentally emotionally physically and financially
GOD will truly prosper you when you walk in obedience
Lets look at the verse saying your body is a temple
When we see a person 100lbs over weight
When we hear of a person dyeing of aids who had many sexually partners
When we think of that person with liver disease who has been an alcoholic all their life
When we hear of a lifetime smoker dying of cancer
We see they did not take care of their temple
So why is it so hard to believe that GOD will bless you when you take care of your temple
WHEN GOD promises to bless you for obedience read Deuteronomy chapter 28 all the blessing for obedience
The Will of God about Prosperity
Our God is a good God. You know, there is no bad in God, and there is no good in the devil. Jesus said, "The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).
Proverbs 15;6 Proverbs 15:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
God's will for your life, for my life, and for all the people( followers of Christ ) in the world is that we may all have an abundant level of life. Note not all people but for all the followers of Jesus Christ
So Why Aren’t we having abundant life are we ignoring scriptures about being blessed or prosperous so in some religious way show humility that is not true humility at all that’s just living poor
The word for 'life' used in this passage is 'zoe', which refers to divine life. God wants you firstly to have an abundance of divine life. That's one reason why He so much desires that you be "full of the Holy Spirit"
(1), "praying always" (2), with "the Word of Christ dwelling richly in you" (3). He just wants you to enjoy Him. Not only that, He wants all people everywhere to enjoy Him. That's His will, and He has a plan to accomplish that will and purpose. One of the keys to prosperity is to link up your will, your desires, and your plans with God's! But for now, remember, that the level of God's provision in divine life is abundant.
Its so enjoyable to be full of God's Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Paul the apostle wrote so much about the "joy" of the Lord! Joy is a form of spiritual prosperity, and you can have it directly from God whether you have material abundance or great hardship. God wants us to have this joy, but remember, he wants that joy to go "to the world" through the gospel. Acts chapter 8 records that when Philip preached Christ in Samaria many signs and wonders were done, and there was great joy in the city.
The question at issue in the minds of many is whether God wants us to enjoy material prosperity. I will seek to answer this question in terms of what the Word of God teaches.
God Wants Us to Prosper to the Extent that Our Souls Prosper
The apostle John, known for his closeness to the heart of God, wrote, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prosper" (3 John 2). He then want on to describe some of the good works Gaius was doing for the Lord's evangelists and fellow workers. Gaius could not have done much here had he been homeless, or poverty stricken.
Now this verse shows that God wants us to prosper in all things. John would not pray for something that was not the will of God. He prayed for Gaius because it was God's will that he prosper. And not Gaius only, for it is a general truth that "the Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant" (Psalm 35:27).
The key to prosperity is the state of the soul. God wants us to renew our minds (Romans 12:2). If our minds are carnal, our desires wicked then its true that prosperity would not do us much good. "The wages of the wicked are spent on sin", the Book of Proverbs says, but the labor of the righteous leads to life.
If our minds are sufficiently renewed then it is definitely in God's interest to prosper us in all things, including material things. There is a purpose! However, many times we flatter ourselves that we have God's perspective on things when we really lack it. We need to go after God's wisdom if we are to prosper – that includes the gaining of both spiritual and natural knowledge and applying ourselves diligently to our work, whatever God has given us to do. We need to learn to obey the Holy Spirit concerning our money – what to do with it. I don't believe that tithing in itself, for example, is a guarantee that God will pour money on us. It certainly provides a necessary measure of proetction. However, it is to the extent that we seek God for wisdom, and live righteously according to His kingdom principles that God will cause material prosperity to come upon us, and "all these things will be added unto us" (Matthew 6:33). Concerning "wisdom", let us not forget that "he who is wise wins souls" (Proverbs 11:30). May God give us all more of that wisdom. This is the one thing I would urge every Christian to participate in, in as many ways as possible.
We may have to get rid of traditional religious thinking that would say that poverty is a blessing, in order for God to fully renew our minds in the area of divine abundance. God's level of provision is abundance, so that we can be generous on every occasion (see 2 Corinthians 9:8). May God deliver us from hypocritical teachings on the blessing of poverty and such. Poverty in the Old Testament was considered part of the curse of the law (Deuteronomy 28:15ff) and as long as we are generous towards God (VERY IMPORTANT), God is pleased to entrust us with the resources necessary not only for our own lives, but also to be involved in the spread of His Kingdom in the world. The Bible says that in Christ we have been redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13,14). Its God's will for us to enjoy freedom from the curse. Sometimes we have to fight to be strong in faith in these areas, because establishing the Kingdom involves a spiritual struggle. But let us not give in from the start by accepting unbiblical but pious sounding notions concerning poverty and riches.
In questions about prosperity, it is really important for us in all this to keep in mind who God is, His nature, and his purpose.
The Nature of God
Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father". As Christians, we have a good Father, who loves us. Let's always remember that. In the natural, you may have had a father who was not so good to you, but what counts for you as a believer is that first and foremost God is your father. Thank God for all the good earthly fathers that exist too! But, even if you could imagine the most wonderful earthly father, who was so interested and desirous that their child would be loved, do well, develop and achieve wonderful things – and was also capable of helping that child significantly – that father would not compare to Our Heavenly Father, if only you knew it. God causes all things to work together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Does that include you? Well it can be you, if you respond to God's love and call. I'm sure most of my readers would want to do that.
God is generous. There's more than enough resources on this planet for everyone. Its the evil systems of men that mean that so many live in poverty. Note the connection between those words – "evil" and "poverty". When God made the world, Adam and Eve had an abundance to enjoy. The new earth similarly, will be an abundant source of blessing for its inhabitants. In the time in between, there is a battle for the rule of God's Kingdom. This is where we live, and if we harmonise with God's purposes and seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, we are going to find that material abundance starts to come after us in ever increasing measure.
Consider how rich God made some of His servants. The Bible said of Abram that he was "very rich". King David gave tens of millions of dollars worth of gold out of his personal fortune to the construction of the temple. Most people know that Solomon was even more wealthy than David. Joseph, Job, Esther, Hezekiah and many more were all remarkably wealthy people. The Bible says that. How can we reconcile these Bible facts with a view of God which sees Him as stingy and mean. It can't be done.
The Purpose of God
What is the purpose of God? The Bible says that "for whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren". God's purpose is to have many sons like Jesus! We all have our unique personalities and differences, and that is a blessing of God. God does not intend to obliterate our personalities or differences. Yet God wants all to have the nature, purpose and character of Jesus. Its even plainly declared that God wants believers to do the works of Jesus, and greater, but that is another subject! (see John 14:12).
God wanted so much to rescue people from the dominion of Satan that He gave the best He had – His only begotten Son. He did not send an angel or just another prophet, but His dear Son – part of Himself really. God gave His best. If we are to imitate God, as Ephesians 5:1 instructs us to do, we also ought to give our best. But what should we give to? We should give to God's purposes. And what is God's purpose? God's purpose is "that none should perish, but all should come to a knowledge of the truth". God's purpose is that His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth, as it is in heaven! God wants people to be saved. Jesus gave His blood for that! God poured out the Holy Spirit for that. The church exists on earth today, for that. If all God wanted was a few chosen ones to talk with all day, He would take all His children to heaven now and damn the world. But He's not like that. Aren't you glad that God waited long enough for you to get saved?
Lets look at it this way
Genesis 8:22 King James Bible
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cea
Galatians 6:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
So Where Does Material Prosperity Fit into This?
I don't fully know why, but God has limited His own operations on earth according to the measure of co-operation He willingly receives from people on earth. Nothing good happens without prayer, without asking God to get involved with things on the earth, and nothing good happens without obedience – without people doing what God is telling them to do. God could only establish a plan of redemption because He found a man, Abram, who was willing to hear Him and do what He said – even to the point of offering up his own Son as an offering. And because of the blood covenant God made with Abraham, anything Abraham was willing to do for God, like that, God had to be willing to do for Abraham's descendants too. That is one reason why God did give His Son to die as an offering for us. You see, even in that, God had a man who by his faith and obedience opened the door for God to move.
Can God trust you with money? He can't trust all that many people. The reason is, many Christians, whether they are rich or poor, trust in the money they have now more than in God's ability to provide for them and the ministry they have to do for Him in the future. We are told NOT to trust in riches. Paul told Timothy, "Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy." (1 Timothy 6:17). Its easy when you get some money to think, "Right, how can I hold onto this money for the future? This money will protect me and my family in days to come. I can trust that it will. Money will not fail me. I must hold onto it." That is trusting in riches, and you and I don't know if our money will stay with us or leave us. We don't know if it will lose its value or not. The same is true for property, gold, shares or any other assets we may have. They are "uncertain riches". God would like us to invest in something certain, something eternal. Does that sound like a good investment plan or not?
"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." I'm convinced that when we don't tithe, the devil takes what we failed to pay to God's house. We can't keep the tithe. Not only that, ultimately, we can't keep any material wealth. When we die, it has no power to help us any more. In one sense, we only keep what we give in obedience to God.
A lot of people don't receive prosperity because God cannot trust them with money and resources. He who is faithful in a small thing will be faithful in much. Did God ever give His people "much" over which to rule? You had better believe it. Read your Bible.
Dangers of Prosperity
There is danger for us when "we are full and need nothing", or so we think. The Laodicean church described in Revelation 3 was like that. They were viewed as pitiful, naked, wretched and blind by the Lord. One wise man prayed, "Give me neither poverty nor riches – feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, and say, 'Who is the Lord?' or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God." (Proverbs 30:8,9).
The danger of prosperity is that it is very easy to trust in riches, and think you don't need the Lord's guidance as much if you have plenty of money in the bank. A serious mistake, and one that often brings on the discipline of the Lord. The more we have, the more we need God's guidance. There is a huge responsibility in administrating much wealth. Its great when God tells you to give some away to his work, because then it is safe with God. You then have "eternal treasure in heaven" and you don't carry the responsibility for it any more. You also open yourself up for future financial blessings simply because that is a law of the Kingdom.
Plenty of times in the Bible, however, we see how prosperity can lead a person to a place where they are ready to fall. Solomon for example, having become fantastically wealthy, did not continue to seek the Lord with all his heart. Instead he went after foreign women and then their false idols. Hezekiah became proud of his wealth and showed it off to leading men from Babylon – also he failed to give adequate thanks to God for his healing, which eventually brought wrath upon Israel. This is yet another reason why "thankfulness" is such a key to preparing one's heart for material prosperity from the hand of the Lord. And as for un thankfulness, do you think God enjoys further blessing ungrateful people who are focused on what they don't have, rather than what God has already done for them? God was really angry about the grumbling attitude of the Israelites in the wilderness. So when we go through our wilderness experiences, and we will, it is best to be thankful. The land of milk and honey lies ahead. But we need to stay on track with God, and keep our faith in the midst of trials.
Don't allow fear of temptation to control you on the issue of prosperity, but neither be unaware of the need to draw closer to God when you are prospered. The Lord is able to keep you from falling. Do you really want to be a person that God cannot trust?
Does God want you to prosper?
If you are God's servant, God takes delight in the prosperity of His servant. (Psalm 35:27). We should choose this day whom we will serve. Will it be God, or will it be mammon? Are we interested in Kingdom purposes, or in our own purposes?
Some Christians say, "I am content to just have little, as long as I have enough to get by. I don't believe in prosperity". That, my friend, can be an incredibly selfish point of view. You see, Jesus did not teach us to pray, "Give me this day my daily bread", but rather "Give us this day our daily bread". And while ever there are church planters anywhere in the world who lack daily bread, God wants you to pray that they might get it (maybe you can be part of the answer, too). They, the third world church planters, are included in the "us". Not only that, what shall we say of the billions who get no spiritual daily bread, because we who have the capacity to do something about it do so little. Is it right if we neither pray nor care enough to act in going or sending so that the living bread of God gets to these people? How can we even to pretend that we are serious about "loving our neighbour as ourself" when we refuse to give ourselves and our resources to enable "our neighbours" in this global village to have access to the gospel? I submit to you that it is impossible, once we are informed on the matter.
So don't be content to have just a little, and be unable to bless God's big Kingdom work. That could be laziness, or selfishness. Listen, you and I may be called upon to deny ourselves many comforts and luxuries to give more to what is truly important, but only do it if you can stay grateful. I say it is better to give generously and abundantly, even if one "enjoys all things which God richly gives us to enjoy" than it is to be poverty-stricken or even mediocre in both our personal quality of life and our level of Kingdom involvement.
There is such a thing as "false economy" in life. For example, you can refuse to catch a cab, taking public transport instead, and lose time in your day which could have generated far more income than the difference between the cab and the bus fare. Also, what is the use of having a car which is always breaking down? I have a very cheap car, worth about US$1500, but it is blessed by God. It cost me about $70 in repairs in the last year. If my car started playing up, I would spend to get one that did not waste my time. I would not buy some cheap hunk of junk that I would constantly be needing to repair. So let's spend money wisely according to the measure that God has already blessed us with.
God is not against us having some reserves, or living in a better place or whatever. It all depends on what God has called you to do. Personally, those material things don't excite me, but if God calls me to live in a wealthy neighborhood for a while, I'll do it with joy. He would have to send me, because I don't want to go to a place where only few are going to turn to God. On the issue of false economies again, I don't want to wear out my body eating bad quality food because God has enabled me to enjoy healthy and good food when it is time to eat. I thank God for His good gifts to me. I don't want to draw attention to myself either by wearing poor clothes or excessively fancy clothes. However, if I had to choose, I think God would want me to dress better, because that reflects better on Him. Heaven is not cheap, nor is it "poor".
All that aside, what I really want is to get the gospel out to people in the power of the Holy Spirit. And if you are led to help me to do that, by investing in God's work through me, I'll be very happy to receive that blessing as from the Lord. Gifts of finance enable me not only give my time to getting God's anointed words, but also to broadcast them to as many people as possible through the internet, radio, TV, print media or whatever. I'm also able to invest time in teaching God's word to people, and making disciples, so that God can use the Christians so touched more for His Kingdom purposes. So far the Lord has enabled me to touch hundreds of thousands of lives through the internet, and probably millions through cable television in Asia. Glory be to His name.
I used to think the internet gives the best value for money right now in reaching people, and I will continue to use it. But actually, even better is cable TV. US$20,000 or less can estabish a 24 hour Christian channel in a city of a million people. So if you want to sow a seed into the work I am doing for the Lord, I encourage you to do so generously. Expect that God will "supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness" (2 Corinthians 9:10). "Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account." It is to those who invested in missions, the Philippians, that Paul wrote, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). Read it in context, and you'll see it. Jesus said in Luke 6:38, "Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
Most of us in the west are living better than kings did 100 years ago. We may enjoy air conditioning in summer and we have heaters in the winter. We can communicate instantly with anyone around the world, and we can enjoy hot showers. God has given us many good things to enjoy. This is biblical. But what we need to do is remember "WHY" God prospers us. The reason is clear to me. "And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is to this day." (Deuteronomy 8:18
Why is tithing important to understanding Biblical prosperity
Biblical prosperity starts with the tithe
Malachi 3:10King James Version (KJV)
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
The Tithe is 10%
King James Bible
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
When God says tithe He is talking about everything WHAT DOES ALL THE INCREASE mean to you ALL MEANS ALL
Real Prosperity is Spiritual mental emotional physical and financial its not just a money thing we will share more on this later now back to the tithe
Malachi 3:8-18King James Version (KJV)
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
We see here in this passage of scripture it says we rob GOD in Tithes and offerings
I was watching a minister on T V the other day and he told the story of one of his staff members in the church who approached him with a question saying we keep getting these envelopes with a check and two $1 bills and another member gave a check and two $1 bills and we can’t figure it out why someone and the pastor said stop this is what is going on they do not want to rob God in tithes or offerings the check is their tithe and the two $1 bills is their offering
God prospers the work of our hands
King James Bible
Deuteronomy 30 :9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
For many Christians in America might say I work 40 hours a week and am paid so much per hour or they have a salary
We believe in working and we believe in getting paid for our work thus prosperity Biblically has occurred
Let me explain further
God placed Adam there to work
God placed Adam there to work
New International Version
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
a. Put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it: God put Adam into the most spectacular paradise the world has seen, but God put Adam there to do work (to tend and keep it). Work is something good for man and was part of Adam’s perfect existence before the fall.
In America we are taught to get a good education even get into college to further the education
Then we Need to get a Good Job a steady paycheck
Save a Little invest a little and hopefully retire with enough to get by
When we lose a Job were told to go to the unemployment office and sign up for free stuff
Then were told to go to the Food Stamp office and get more free stuff
We Find people and places where we can Get our electric bills paid and even our rent
We spend hours a week working on acquiring free stuff instead of working
Yet Time and Time again we hear of success stories about Entrepreneurs achieving greatness and instead of taking action putting feet on our faith and saying I always wanted to start that business but could never find the time and now unemployed with lots of time on our hands we do what WE run around looking for free stuff trying decide how long we will stay on the free stuff or we could
Just jump into action and get started with that new Entrepreneurial endeavor
God Placed Adam in the Garden to work it
God did not Feed Adam WE can see Adam had to work the Garden to learn how to feed himself
We can see work is a good thing
NOW whether you believe in the prosperity gospel or better said Biblical prosperity we all believe GOD Prospers the work of our Hands
If we didn’t we wouldn’t work
2 THESSALONIANS 3:10
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat
We all NEED to eat some of us LOVE to eat at for that alone many will say will work for food
Even a homeless person understands this as they stand on the street corners holding the signs will work for food
In the following Chapters we will discover the reasons why some people prosper
And why only a few seem to have prospered in all areas of life
We will look at the misconception that MONEY MONEY MONEY is the only way to see if someone is truly blessed of GOD
Mark 8:36King James Version (KJV)
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
You may Have Fortune and fame live a life of luxury and at the end DIE without knowing JESUS …….GOD says there is no profit in that
"The Real Prosperity Gospel"
"The Real Prosperity Gospel"
How do you start a conversation on this topic without people immediately taking sides based on their past experiences? I heard this, I saw that so my belief system brings me to one conclusion and in one sentence people tell you their view and that is the final word.
So, we search the scriptures. What is the Gospel and what is prosperity? Maybe if we read these passages over and over we will begin to prosper. We have attended churches that preach on prosperity. We went to conferences, bought the books, tapes and even the t Shirt that says, "I am Prosperous in Christ" Let’s make it sound good. We have books and tapes from countless authors but our bank account is the same. But 6 months later, one to two years of focusing on my finances on Jesus is where my prosperity began.
What is the Real Prosperity Gospel:
--Prosperity of the mind
--Prosperity in your emotions
--Prosperity in your health
--Prosperity in your finances
STORIES from a CHRISTIAN FINANCIAL CONSALTANTttttt
A man walks into a Christian Financial consultant’s office. He says, "Hello I am retired and I want to know how you can help me manage my money in retirement". And so, the conversation begins:
Consultant: You are retired?
Consultant: How old are you?
Consultant: And your retired?
Consultant: Do you own your own home?
Consultant: And you are retired?
Then the Christian Financial consultant ask HOW DID YOU DO THAT? He answers, "All my life I have served One God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I have worked at one job. I have lived in one house. I have been married to one woman. I started working right after college. Once I had the job I got married and we bought a house. The Bible says establish your work in the field and then build your house. Proverbs 24:27. We simply followed the rule book known as the Bible. The Consultant states, "As much as I would love to help you discuss your financial future. It appears to me, it is I that is in need of your guidance"!
Another analogy would be:
Hello my name is Mark. I’m here to discuss my financial future. My mom’s been nagging me to go talk to someone about my money problems since I don’t seem to take her advice. You know how moms can be? The consultant replies, "Well Mark just what problems are you having? We will lay out the best plan to solve the issues at hand. "How does that sound to you"?
Well actually better then when you going to grow up and learned to handle money properly that would be my mom that voice that won’t shut up inside my head you know
Ok Let’s Talk basics for a moment
How Much Money do you earn each Year
And What are your expenses
Are you single married Children that sort of stuff
Well I’m not Married However I do live with this woman but I don’t want to marry her because I have this other woman on the side
And then there’s my secretary
As for children I have two from my first wife and one from my second
And do you pay alimony or Child support
Well that would be a Yes and a Yes
Now you haven’t even answered my first question of How much money do you make but I can tell you already where most of its going
Another question I have for you do you have any hobbies or habits’?
Well I Golf on the weekends not sure what you mean by habits is that good or bad
Well that depends on your moral compass
This is a Christian Financial center you just walked into
And the Word of almighty God is our Financial Guide book
I smell alcohol on your breathe and that’s a pack of cigarettes in your shirt pocket and its 10 o’clock in the morning
Well yes that’s a pack of cigarettes in my pocket and the alcohol is because I did not have any milk in the house so I poured a beer in my cereal this morning nothing worse than dry cereal right
Why are You asking all these questions?
Most people don’t understand how
How their Spiritual Life
Their mental life
Their emotional life
And their physical life
Effects their Financial Life
Obviously you fall into that category
To Start with Here is a Bible and now let’s Pray
For God So loved the World He Gave
Father God Gave His Son Jesus who died on the cross for your sins and Mine He died for the Sins of the world
If you believe in your Heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord you can be saved
Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord can be saved You Have to believe
The Bible says for all have sinned and the wages of sin is death
But Jesus Died so you could live if you will believe on him
Ya See True prosperity is not just MONEY
Jesus said I came that you Might Have life and Have it more abundantly
There are many who are rich but they don’t have true prosperity
The Real Prosperity Gospel is just that it’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ overflowing in every area of your life
"66 BOOKS THE CHALLENGE"
"66 BOOKS THE CHALLENGE"
Do you believe God is a good God and He loves you? Do you believe God wants to bless you? Yet, we act on what we see and believe. It says in scripture I would have fainted unless I believed to see the Goodness of the Lord in the Land of the living Psalm 27:13
We must Believe, We Must Believe, we must Believe. Have you read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? We act on what we believe. If we haven’t read the whole bible what are we acting on? Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled.
ASK SEEK KNOCK
Do we ask questions that we don’t want the answer to? Do we seek and search for something we think we can't find? Do we knock on a door we know will not open? It has been said that 98% of believers have never read the BIBLE from Genesis to Revelation. How can you say what you believe as a Christian if you have not read the BIBLE? We often refer to the bible as our basic instruction here on earth before joining the Lord in heaven, so it would seem important to read God's Word for His instruction and direction in our life. It Has Been said 94% of Pastors have never read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. What if you actually believed what you said you believed. We need to be washed with the water of the WORD!
There are 66 books of the Bible What if you read one book each and every Day in 66 DAYS you would read the BIBLE from GENESIS to REVELATION
The 66 Books of the Bible • Genesis • Exodus • Leviticus • Numbers • Deuteronomy • Joshua • Judges • Ruth • 1 Samuel • 2 Samuel • 1 Kings • 2 Kings • 1 Chronicles • 2 Chronicles • Ezra • Nehemiah • Esther • Job • Psalms • Proverbs • Ecclesiastes • Song of Solomon • Isaiah • Jeremiah • Lamentations • Ezekiel • Daniel • Hosea • Joel • Amos • Obadiah • Jonah • Micah • Nahum • Habakkuk • Zephaniah • Haggai • Zechariah • Malachi • Matthew • Mark • Luke • John • Acts • Romans • 1 Corinthians • 2 Corinthians • Galatians • Ephesians • Philippians • Colossians • 1 Thessalonians • 2 Thessalonians • 1 Timothy • 2 Timothy • Titus • Philemon • Hebrews • James • 1 Peter • 2 Peter • 1 John • 2 John • 3 John • Jude • Revelation
Now you’re thinking what does a 66-book challenge have to do with Real Prosperity
ACT ON WHAT YOU BELIVE
Again we act on what we believe we say we believe the Bible yet we haven’t read it all
I recently had this conversation with a friend of mine who is in BIBLE COLLEGE
He told me he did not believe it was true that 90 some percent of Christians and especially pastors have not read the bible in its entirety
So, I asked HIM in all the courses your taking have any of your professors told you to read the entire BIBLE or are they just covering certain subjects
NOT ONE Professor and some who were pastors ever asked the class to read the entire bible
In many of our BIBLE colleges a course on just reading the entire bible is not taught
Imagine going to school and your teacher was to teach you the A B Cs and they chose to teach everything except A E I O U and sometimes Y They taught you all the consonants but know vowels WHAT WOULD YOUR UNDERSTANDING of the English language be like
When in comes to the Real Prosperity gospel I believe sometimes we don’t have all the information and so we without a complete understanding we choose to cut off that part of the body of CHRIST
Hosea 4:6King James Version (KJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
How can this be are we just destroyed for lack of knowledge
I HAVE LEARNED
THE WORDS YOU SPEAK ARE POWERFUL USE THEM WISELY
The bible says it this way
Proverbs 18:21King James Version (KJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Psalm 45King James Version (KJV)
45 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
We can see that with our words we choose to speak life or death
If you don’t agree with another member of the body of Christ and you use your words to speak against them it’s like taking a sword and cutting that member
1 Corinthians 12:12-27King James Version (KJV)
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
What are qualifications of being a follower of JESUS
Understanding the real prosperity gospel begins and ends by one having a relationship with JESEUS
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." When one is "saved," he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is what it means to be "born again" spiritually. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 ).
If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Will you pray the prayer of repentance and become a new creation in Christ today? "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God" (John 1:12-13 ).
If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and be born again, here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation. "God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness—the gift of eternal life!
In Jesus Name Amen!
• Eternity in heaven - This destination is reserved for those who receive Jesus Christ's gift of eternal salvation. Contrary to popular belief, heaven is not for the church-goers, the devout, or the "good people." The only stipulation is receiving God's gift of salvation.
• Eternity in hell is reserved for those who reject Jesus Christ and His Gospel. The Bible sums up the Gospel like this: : "...That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Hell is described in the Bible as a fiery lake of burning sulfur.
Have you felt the tug of God on your heart? Becoming a Christian is one of the most important steps you will take in your life. Part of becoming a Christian means understanding that everyone sins and the wage for sin is death. Read on to discover some of what the Bible teaches about becoming a Christian and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
SALVATION BEGINS WITH GOD
The call to salvation begins with God.
He initiates it by wooing or drawing us to come to him.
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. ..."
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. ..."
HUMAN EFFORTS ARE FUTILE
God desires an intimate relationship with us, but we cannot obtain it through our own efforts.
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. ..."
"... There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
SEPARATED BY SIN
We have a problem. Our sin separates us from God, leaving us spiritually empty.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
It is impossible for us to find peace with God through our own efforts.
Anything we try to do to obtain God's favor or gain salvation is worthless and futile.
A GIFT FROM GOD
Salvation, then, is a gift from God. He offers the gift through Jesus, his Son. By laying down his life on the cross, Christ took our place and paid the ultimate price, the penalty for our sin: death.
Jesus is our only way to God.
"Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.'"
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
RESPOND TO GOD'S CALL
The only thing we must do to become a Christian is respond to God's call.
STILL WONDERING HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
Receiving God's gift of salvation is not complicated. The response to God's call is explained in these simple steps found in God's Word:
1) Admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin.
Acts 3:19 says: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord."
Repent literally means "a change of mind that results in a change of action." To repent, then, means to admit you are a sinner. You change your mind to agree with God that you are a sinner. The resulting "change in action" is, of course, the turning away from sin.
2) Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins and give you eternal life.
John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."
Believing in Jesus is also a part of repenting. You change your mind from unbelief to belief, which results in a change of action.
3) Come to him by faith.
In John 14:6, Jesus says: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
Faith in Jesus Christ is a change of mind that results in a change of action--coming to him.
4) You may pray a simple prayer to God.
You may want to make your response to God a prayer. Prayer is simply communicating with God. Pray using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and believe that he has saved you. If you feel lost and just don’t know what to pray, here’s a prayer of salvation.
5) Don’t doubt.
Salvation is by grace, through faith. There’s nothing you did or ever can do to deserve it.
It’s a free gift from God. All you have to do is receive it!
Ephesians 2:8 says: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God."
6) Tell someone about your decision.
Romans 10:9-10 says: "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
How can you have true Biblical prosperity if you don’t know the GOD of the BIBLE
The apostle Paul says it this way
Romans 1:16King James Version (KJV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …
Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …
Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, …
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come …
John 1:14,34,49 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …
John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Romans 8:3,32 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …
Hebrews 1:1,2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past
As we have just read verse after verse tells us the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ
So to speak on biblical prosperity or the prosperity gospel as many have come to know it one can’t talk about real prosperity outside a relationship with JESUS CHRIST
JUST because a person has money it does not mean GOD prospered them think of people who you may know of celebrities’ sports athlete’s and the list goes on of those who can be found on list of the fifthly stinckiiiing rich famous people who openly deny JESUS CHRIST or publicly mock the Christian faith but since they understand seed time and harvest they are filthy stinking rich but have no relationship with Jesus Christ
Seed time and Harvest is a biblical principle that many worldly people operate in
Bible Verses About Seed Time And Harvest
Bible verses related to Seed Time And Harvest from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance
- Sort By Book Order
Genesis 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Mark 4:26-29 - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; (Read More...)
Galatians 6:7 - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Psalms 65:11 - Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
Matthew 13:12 - For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
2 Corinthians 9:10 - Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Matthew 13:38 - The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];
Matthew 13:1-58 - The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. (Read More...)
Luke 8:1-56 - And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve [were] with him, (Read More...)
Matthew 6:1-34 - Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Now we just saw in Genesis lets read it again
Genesis 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
So we see now how an unbeliever is able to prosper financially
Simply while the earth remaineth seed time and harvest
They are practicing seedtime and harvest
Think of a business owner who advertises
The advertising is a seed the results from advertising is a harvest put plain and simple
Every business large or small started with one location and grew using the laws of seedtime and harvest
I have a Martial Arts Background and I feel I need to share this story with you to further explain Biblical prosperity
Martial arts and the entrepreneurial mindset
Martial arts and the entrepreneurial mindset
Growing up in the church we learn to follow Jesus
We Go to church read the bible we pray Give to the poor and needy serve God by helping others If Our Pastor is teaching the Word of God and are Parents are living it in front of us we have real life examples and not just Bible stories for a guideline
Many of us find others outside the family a football or baseball coach or as in my case Martial Arts Instructors
In The Martial arts we also find order and structure as we follow traditions but the Entrepreneurial Mind is always challenging us to think outside the box
As a Martial arts Master I have had the privilege of being trained by many Martial arts Masters in a variety of styles you can read about that on my website www.kempoman.com but let’s stick to the Entrepreneurial mindset for now
We find many students join a karate School looking for something and if they find that something at the school they stay
All schools have order and structure and belt ranks to let you know where you are in the process while every system is different I will tell you the order of rank in the systems I train in
All students start out as a white belt then the ranks are as follows
Yellow Orange Purple Blue then Blue with Green Stripe Green then Green with Brown stripe Brown then Brown with 2 Stripes and then Brown with 3 stripes then the coveted BLACK BELT
In My Early years of training as a teenager many of the conversations revolved around our future While some friends talked of College after Graduation I had a Mindset of Operating a Martial arts School being a Martial arts Entrepreneur
Some of my friends talked about after there 4 years of college they would get a job making $50,000 a Year
This was of course the 1980s I Graduated High school in 1985
My Mind was still focused on being a Martial arts Entrepreneur
I knew from talking with my instructor who own a Fred Villari Studios of self Defense a Franchised Martial arts school that there were certain monthly Goals for operating the School.
Lets Take a look at the Math
Ages 5 to 17 $48 per month
Adults $60 per month
And Private lesson student $80 per month
So the Goal was get 100 students on the Private lesson program
100 students $80 per month for 12 months = $96,000
Then there were Sundries selling Gis or uniforms as the public may know them better School T Shirts Patches Martial Arts shoes
A Gi cost $40 back then a School T Shirt $20 Shoes $39.95 = $99.95
That’s $100 more per year per student
Then there were Test Fees Starting at $30 and the test fees went up for each rank if the average Student took 2 Test per year that’s at least another $60 per student per year
Lets do the Math we are over $100,000 per year income for a Martial Arts Entrepreneur
Now with that in mind I ask myself Why spend 4 more years in higher education and try to land a $50,000 a year job
When I could start making money sooner doing what I love teaching Martial arts
Lets fast forward a bit I graduated High school 1985 and that same year July 12th I tested for my Black Belt
I continued training with My First instructor and also started teaching for a friend in his school one town over I was asked to fill in for an instructor who went on vacation at his school in yet another town then I was asked too take over yet another school that was in transition for the summer and by September 1986 I was ask if I would like to take over and be the Chief instructor at yet another school
So to some it up just one short year and a roller coaster ride of helping others with their dream I was Handed my own school to run
Now yes I was the manager and not the owner but this was my first real start
Think for a minute the owner who lived in another state was developing his martial arts Entrepreneurial Empire helping others get their start just a side note
Tradition Says I would like to Start My own Business in the Martial arts field so how much start up do I need and how much capitol too keep it running and how long before I break even or even better MAKE A PROFIT
However as you read I never spent one Dollar but I Did invest my time and efforts
Let Me Share a story of a Friend who also Had the Martial arts Entrepreneurial Mind set He Approached a Fitness center and ask if they taught Karate at this location when they said no he ask would you like to offer Karate to your cliental and in short they agreed The Martial Arts instructor taught the classes went out and advertise /marketed his services to the community they would give him floor space
The Fitness center provided a space as well as insurance coverage all he had to do was Promote himself and teach the classes
The First agreement was 60/40 The Martial arts instructor taught two classes a day 6 days a week that’s 12 hours of his time per week teaching for 60% of the income brought in for the Karate program
Let Me share another story of a Martial arts Entrepreneur
He Approached the local Parks and recreation He offered Classes twice a week at each location in the county
Monday and Wednesday he Had classes at 4 o’clock at one park then 6 o’clock at another park all in the south part of the county and on Tuesdays and Thursdays he offered classes at 4 o’clock at one park and 6 o’clock at another park
That’s right 8 hours a week teaching Karate
I share these stories as real practical application
In The church we hear a lot about Prosperity gospel Give and receive
And while many Give they feel they don’t receive I recently had a conversation with a Family member about this topic I asked them do you Give and they said yes I said to where and to who do you give
Well My Church and to a TV Ministry
I said you give them money she said yes then I asked do they give you money she replied of course not So I asked being funny how can you say your receiving from them
Well I am being fed But what about the prosperity Gospel we hear all the time Give and receive We Give Pastors and churches receive a lot of money and were still looking for a blessing
Maybe We don’t know how to receive
Let’s look at Scripture
Bring in your tithe and I will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing
Windows My Pastor teaches are for seeing through God Gives you a vision a dream
aS we Faithfully Give of our tithes and offering God speaks to us to Start that business or invent that product and yet we are still working the same job just hope we will be blessed by a tremendous raise from our boss at work
Question how much of a tremendous Raise would you need to do what you know God is telling you to do could it be what you’re in need of Finically won’t come from your Job
When we read about the tithe it talks about God opening the windows of Heaven and pouring out a blessing and many feel like God should just pour money out of the sky when I tithe but that’s not biblical
Doors are for walking through opening and closing but windows are for looking through when we look we see revelation insight wisdom God reveals to us many time with ideas concepts strategies
In Proverbs it says
Proverbs 8:12King James Version (KJV)
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
I wrote a book called Kempoman a self-defense study Guide based on my martial arts experience I produced a DVD called the same Kempoman a self-defense study guide
My wife and I invented a board game called Journey through the Galaxy an outer space board game
We also invented a board game called Entrepreneurs Challenge a business based strategy board game
When you become a tither God opens the windows of Heaven and you begin to see things you never saw before
We still need to work to get a financial gain from the books we are writing the DVDS were producing and the board games were inventing but it’s much more then financial the lives I have been able to reach with my martial arts books and videos I don’t know of any actual number as many teachers can tell you only time will tell of the impact made from their teaching
When we speak of seedtime and harvest
Seed can be that of one’s time, talent or resources
Let’s look at this a little closer
My wife and I are working on a second book for Health and Fitness martial arts related it ties in with my first book that was written in 2009 This is now 2017 a few years later
Let’s look at Abraham and Sarah as their story relates to seedtime and Harvest
King James Bible
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
We can see from scripture that God changed His name to Abraham meaning father of many nations yet at the point he was childless
King James Bible
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.
Name Meaning of Abraham
MEANING: Father of a multitude or many nations, Father of a multitud
Hebrew Name Meaning -Princess. In the Bible, Sarah was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. Her name was originally Sarai (quarrelsome), but God commanded that her name be changed to Sarah before the birth of her son.
God changed their names and in doing so changed the course of their lives
King James Bible
And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
Now we can see that Abraham waited 25 years for the fulfillment of God promise of the birth of Issac TWENTY FIVE YEARS
Side note How many of us give up after 25 days on a promise from God and we change are theology to accommodate the circumstances around us Maybe I did not hear from who am I to think God would talk to me anyway this name it and claim it stuff does not work and the list goes on of negative talk until we QUIT which is what the enemy wanted anyway
This is where name it and claim prosperity gospel leaves a bad taste in your mouth
But the truth is you can only name and claim the promises God has already given you
Think this through now track with me on this
For 25 Years they spoke the promise every time they spoke their names
Sarah would say Abraham lunch is ready every time she said ABRAHAM she was calling him the father of many nations and this went on for 25 years they were calling into existence that promise which was given to them by GOD you shall be the Father of MANY NATIONS
Where we get into trouble is when we stand out in our driveway and try to call into existence
A brand-new Ferrari or Porsche Mercedes or whatever expensive car we so desire even though at our present income level
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