The Glory of Prosperity

by: Keith Moore

 

T he blessings you receive-----both material and otherwise----give God Glory!


That’s right! I still remember vividly when my wife Phyllis and I heard this for the first time. It seemed too good to be true. We’d always heard that “truly holy people” were poor because poverty and holiness go hand in hand. We’d been taught that being fully consecrated to God meant being poor-----I mean, completely poor. We weren’t alone in this belief. Millions of people believe this way even though it’s not biblical. Just look at what Ecclesiastes 5:19 says in regard to riches and wealth, “Every man also to whom God bath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” Having riches and wealth is not contradictory to living for God. It isn’t against His will for our lives. In fact, this scripture shows us that He has given us wealth----and when the Lord gives us wealth, we can enjoy it. It glorifies Him!


Jesus was dedicated to glorifying God. John 17:4 says, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gayest me to do.” Bringing glory to God is what we are called to do. Jesus was also dedicated to destroying the devil’s works. First John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus came to glorify God and destroy the devil’s works.


One way to destroy the devil’s works is to refuse to focus on them—refuse to “advertise” for him. Instead, talk about all the good things that God has done. If people see how God has blessed us, they’ll begin to understand that He will do it for them too. It’ll open their spirits to the truth off us goodness and they’ll be drawn to Him. God is good, and He is not stingy. When blessing us, He operates in abundance. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The word abundance means “more than enough.”



God is the One who blesses us abundantly. He is the One “that giveth the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). It’s time that we, as His people, truly understand He is the neck-breaking, ship-sinking, twelve—baskets-left-over, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, cup-running—over, too much God! He’s the God of increase and abundance.


And guess what?


Abundance glorifies Him!


Questionable Means
Keep in mind, the way you acquire something is much more important than what you acquire. The Bible mentions unrighteous mammon and filthy lucre. which some translations of the Bible refer to as riches or wealth

received by questionable means.


For instance, what would you think if a preacher took up an offering for an orphanage but spent it on a sports car instead? You would rightly think that was wrong!


On the other hand, if a preacher sowed seed and believed God for a sports car and the Lord provided the money in an honest way, or someone gave him a sports car–that car would he a gift from the Lord. Right? There was nothing underhanded. There was only a man standing in faith and believing for God to provide a sports car. God would get the glory for blessing that preacher. What you have isn’t the issue, it’s how you get it and who is glorified.


Abraham understood that. In Genesis 14 when God delivered Abraham’s family, the king of Sodom wanted to give Abraham some resources. But in verse 23 Abraham said, “That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich.”


Abraham knew he had a covenant with God and understood he was supposed to be rich. However, he knew the king’s way wasn’t the right way. Had he accepted the king’s offer, the king would have received the glory for making him wealthy. That wouldn’t have been right. Abraham knew the riches he received needed to glorify God.


Jesus Is the Good Shepherd
God receives glory when He prospers us. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. Our condition is a reflection of our Shepherd.


To get a picture of how important it is to God that we prosper, I want you to imagine that you live in a part of the world where shepherds care for their sheep like they did in biblical times. Imagine that you grew up hearing many wonderful stories about a “good shepherd.” One day you find out this good shepherd is going to visit your village. You run to get a glimpse of him coming down the path. There he is. Wow—how noble he looks, you think. His garments are beautiful. Look at that ornamental staff and how regally he walks!


Then you notice his flock following close behind. They’re a very pitiful sight... their ribs are sticking out and their wool is all matted. Toward the back of the herd you see one sheep dragging its leg. It looks as if it’s been broken for some time and has never been treated. The entire flock is in a sorry, miserable, terrible shape.


Would you still consider this man to be a good shepherd? No. You’d say, “I don’t care what anybody says—he can’t he a good shepherd. Just look at his flock!”


The devil, in all his craftiness, has endeavored to convince people that God is like this bad shepherd—that following Him means living like this flock. Sadly, he’s been very successful. For centuries now, because of unbelief, God’s flock has been in a miserable condition. The Church doesn’t understand why many people aren’t interested in Christianity. But it’s no mystery when God’s people believe that Jesus, their Shepherd, is trying to teach them something through their poverty, or by their houses being blown down by tornadoes, or the cancer in their bodies. Why would anyone want to follow a shepherd who allows his flock to live like that? Stealing, killing and destroying in no way gives glory to our Lord Jesus.   But when the flock is blessed, the Good Shepherd is glorified.


When other businesses are failing but yours is increasing—God is glorified. When your children are healthy while others struggle with sickness all winter—God is glorified. When you live with this kind of abundance, people will ask, “Man, how do you do it?” That’s when you can say, “If you think I’m something, you ought to meet my Master . I’ve got a Good Shepherd who takes good care of me. He keeps my family from sickness. He keeps us from economic problems. He just keeps increasing us and by the way, He’s still taking applications for His flock.”


People want to serve a God like that! The goodness of God is what leads people to repent and come to Him. It’s the goodness of God that brings change.


Lord, Be Glorified
His goodness certainly includes material wealth. Haggai 2:7 says, “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” When this scripture says “fill this house with glory,” it includes material wealth. Don’t limit your financial prosperity to only what you earn at your job. God has so many avenues, so many ways to get wealth and riches to you if you’ll only believe in Him to do it.

He so wants to bless us. Romans 9:23 says, “And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had aforc prepared unto glory.” “Vessels of mercy”who have been “prepared unto glory that’s us! We are those who are destined to know “the riches of His glory.”


Begin to get this truth into your spirit. Acknowledge that God is the God of increase. Understand that He wants to bring abundance to your family, your home and your business. Believe that the Lord will be glorified through your finances. Then stand in faith for those around you, believing that they will see God’s goodness in your life and he drawn to Him because of it. As you do, God will he glorified. If you want to glorify the Lord in your finances and other material areas then pray this prayer with me right now:

                    Lord, I pray that You will he glorified in my finances.

                    In fact, Lord, I pray that You will be glorified in every

                    material area of my life. Bring me into Your abundance

                    in such a way that when people see or hear it, they’ll give

                    glory to You. I stand in faith for this to be manifest in my

                    life and thank You for it now. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Remember—when the flock is blessed, the Good Shepherd is glorified!





                           Keith Moore is founder and president of

                              Moore Life Ministries and Faith Life Church of Branson, Mo.

For more information or ministry materials:

                                         Write to Moore L:ife Ministries, P0. Box 1010, Branson,                                                       Mo 65615, or call (417) .334-9233 or visit:

                                                              www.moorelife.org



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