Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Prosperity Theology

As we go on this journey, together, I just want to make it clear that I am not teaching prosperity theology. God has a specific plan for all of us, and he uses wealth and also the lack of it to teach us lessons and shape our character.

For example, look at the life of Joseph. He was born into great wealth as a son of Jacob. His brothers sold him into slavery and poverty. Then, he was put in charge of Potipher's household, where he experienced some wealth. After the incident with Potipher's wife, he was thrown into jail, experiencing poverty once again. Then, after Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dreams, he was elevated to great wealth and power. The Lord used these experiences in Joseph's life to shape and mold him for this ultimate leadership position for the remainder of his life.

Also, look at the life of Job. The majority of his life, he had been one of the wealthiest men of his day. Then, God allowed Satan to test Job, taking him down to almost nothing. After Job passed his "test," the Lord once again elevated Job to even greater wealth than before.

God owns everything, and our test is to prove if we deserve the opportunity to manage more for the Kingdom.

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