Greed Vs Prosperity

25 Greed causes fighting; trusting the LORD leads to prosperity.
Proverbs 28:25 (NLT)

One of the misconceptions in the minds of most people including carnal minded Christian is they equate the desire for more prosperity as greed. So, when carnal Christians see the word “greed” in the Bible (which had always been presented negatively) they think God is against them desiring more prosperity in their lives. They have even sunk to the level of persecuting Christians who obey God and desire for prosperity.

Why do you think they invented terms like “Prosperity Gospel”? They were trying to create the impression that we Christians believe in a separate gospel. In the mind of these carnal Christians, anyone who desires more prosperity is greedy and trusting in the Lord can never lead to prosperity. Yet, the above verse tells us otherwise.

According to the above verse, greed causes fighting, but trusting the LORD leads to prosperity. Thus, it is clear to us that it is God’s intention to give us prosperity. He wants us to receive our prosperity by trusting him, not through greed.

Let us explore greed. What is greed? In my past articles on this topic, I defined greed as a combination of the desire for riches plus the mentality of scarcity. The mind of a greedy man is filled with thoughts like, “I want to get rich but there are so little riches in this world for me. So, I have no choice but to be ruthless and single minded to get what I want. I have to fight for my riches and I have to sacrifice everything else in order to attain my goals.” This is why, Proverbs 28:25 tells us greed causes fighting. The lives of greedy people are full of fights. They are never at peace. What a terrible way to live.

If you choose to be greedy, you can still be financially rich but you will never be happy. The mentality of scarcity in you will cause you to live in fear and insecurity. It does not matter how much money you have right now, fear and insecurity will dominate your mind until those who are poorer than you ended up having better quality of life than you. You may end up asking what is the use of having so much money when money doesn’t really bring happiness. The truth is, your problem is not cause by money. It comes from the mentality of greed in you. Once you remove the greed, you will find your life changing for the good.

The Bible has made it clear to us that God’s greatest wish for every Christian is for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. In other words, God wants us to be rich with the mentality of abundance. He wants us to be rich without being greedy. This is God’s way of getting rich. The only way we can achieve this is by trusting in him. Trusting God will always lead to prosperity. Do you know why?

24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 (NLT)

When we place our trust in God, we will be able to believe what we ask for in prayer. As a result, we will be able to get everything we ask for in prayer. This is God’s way for us to get rich.

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