The Prosperity Of Paul

18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:18-19 (NLT)

The book of Philippians was written when Paul was in a prison. Yet it is one of the most positive books in the Bible. It seems that Paul did not allow the physical environment to rob him of his joy. He stayed in faith and became prosperous despite being in prison.

The above verses tell us that Paul was very generously supplied with the gifts from his church members. If the same situation is to repeat today, religious people would have called Paul a pimp. According to the religious minds, preachers who got rich from the gifts of others are pimps. So, Paul would have fitted into their criteria perfectly. In this article, we shall look at the situation of Paul in the prison based on the above verses and find out how we can benefit from it.

Verse 18 begins with, “At the moment I have all I need—and more!” Paul did not just have enough. He had more than enough. That is prosperity. I remember a religious guy who quoted words from Paul sharing his experience of lack to the Romans and used that to prove that Apostles were supposed to be poor. In his mind, just because someone had gone through a period of poverty, this person must be committed to live poor for the rest of his life. Looks like Paul had broken this sacred rule. While it is true that Paul had experience tough challenges in his life which include poverty, he did not spend his entire life in it. The above verse clearly shows that Paul bacame rich despite being in prison.

Let us move on. How did Paul get rich? The subsequent part of Verse 18 says, “I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus.” His church members gave him gifts that made him rich. One of the most popular condemnations from the religious people on Christian preachers like Kenneth Copeland is he got rich from receiving money from his church members as though it is something illegal or immoral. Yet, what they do not know or pretend not to know is, Apostle Paul did the same thing. Paul got rich in prison from receiving gifts from his church members. This tells us that God has no problem with preachers like Paul who got rich from their church members’ gifts.

Some may ask, why should we give to preachers like Paul? Let us see what God thinks of such giving. The last part of Verse 18 says, “They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” Our giving is a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.

So, what? How does this sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God benefit me? The next verse tells us the answer.

19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

The same God who had taken care of Paul and made him rich, will supply all our needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. In other words, God will make sure we will never be in need. All our needs will be supplied from his glorious riches. How big are God’s glorious riches? That is how rich we are going to be if we give like the Philippians.

The moral of this story: give your way to riches. As for me, I am so blessed now that I am planning to take on another partnership. I am going to be Kenneth Copeland’s partner and be a regular giver to his ministry. I look forward to greater prosperity to come into my life. How about you?

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