Jesus Is The Source Of Our Prosperity

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
John 15:5-8 (NLT)

This is another article on the subject of prosperity, which should not be a surprise to the frequent visitors to this blog. After all, what is the Bible for? Some say that it is for our salvation but I am already saved and so are all other Christians. Once we are saved, we are saved. We don’t have to read the Bible to be saved repeatedly. We read the Bible to use it to get what we want. It is important for us to continuously remind ourselves that God did not create Man for the Bible. God created the Bible for Man. The Bible is our servant and tool. It is up to us to use it for our prosperity. So, don’t worship the Bible. Use it.

In this article, we shall look into the relationship between remaining with Jesus and prosperity. Jesus used an analogy of vine and branches. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. This means we are connected to him. Branches of a tree are not fully independent. They may have leaves that can absorb the energy from the sun and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make food but they do not have the ability to obtain water and minerals from the soil. Branches need to connect to the trunk (vine) in order to get their supply of water and minerals.

Likewise, our connection with Jesus is necessary for us to get the water and minerals we need. In our case, we get to utilize Jesus’ powers for our prosperity. So, if you want to bear much fruit like exceeding and abundant prosperity, don’t lose touch with Jesus. Without him, we can do nothing.

This also implies that God has blessed us equally. The amount of blessings God has given to rich Christians and poor Christians are the same. Think about this. The vine does not have any control in deciding how much water and minerals each branch can have. It is up to the branches to take the supplies. God is no respecter of person. He will not choose only some of us to be rich while the rest are meant to be poor. It is never the will of God for believers to live poor. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the spiritual realms. It is up to us to take up the personal responsibility to convert our spiritual blessings into their physical equivalent.

Therefore, we Christians need to take active steps to remain with Jesus in order to be rich. He is the source of our prosperity.

Verse 6 speaks of those who do not remain with Jesus. I am sure many religious preachers would have loved to use this verse to blackmail their church members into obedience. They will tell you that anyone who disobeyed the church leadership is guilty of refusing to remain with Jesus. You will be gathered into a pile to be burned. In other words you will go to hell. This “fact” has been conveniently left out in their “evangelistic” messages.

The above is nothing more than theology, which is a lie from the pit of hell. God will never send Christians to hell no matter what they have done or God would have broken his promise and lost his integrity. God is not a theologian. He is not a liar.

How about Verse 6? This verse has nothing to do with going to heaven or hell. It speaks only on the results on earth. It simply says if you choose to stay away from Jesus and rely on your own limited strength, you will be very limited. You will be so limited that you will not be able to overcome the natural limitations in life. As a result, you will grow old and wither like a branch that has been chopped off from the vine. This branch may look good for a while but it is only a matter of time that it will dry up. At that time, it can only be used as firewood. So, this is not a blackmail.
In Verse 7, Jesus tells us the reward for remaining with him. We will get what we want. Let us go through the verse again.

7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
John 15:7 (NLT)

Do you see what I see? Jesus promised that we can ask for anything we want and he will grant everything we ask for. What do you want? Do you want good health, a perfect partner, lots of money, a huge palace, private plane, private island and anything you desire? Ask Jesus for them. As long as Jesus is a person of integrity, you will get what you ask for. There is no limitation in this verse. Jesus never say you can ask for anything other than health and wealth. Health and wealth may be dirty words to the worshipper of doctrines but not to God. Ask God to give you a lot of money if that is what you want.

This verse comes with a condition. The condition is we are to remain with Jesus and his words remain in us. Remaining with Jesus means getting his words into us. His words are in the Bible. This means the first step must be to read the Bible. However, that is not enough. The theologians and the worshippers of doctrines read the Bible too but they are no pleasing to God. Jesus called them hypocrites, white washed tombs and brood of vipers.

We must read the Bible with the right attitude. Read with the spirit of faith. When God promised to make you rich, you must believe you are rich even if you are physically poor right now. When God promised to make you healthy, you must believe you are healthy even if you are physically sick right now. Do not come up with silly excuses like if God promise riches to all believers then why are there still poor believers? This is stupidity. It is like asking if the sun gives light and heat why are there dark and cold places on earth? Do not fall into such traps. Believe what God says is true even if you see some imperfections in this world. This is faith.

In addition, we need Jesus’ words in us. How do we do that? We need to meditate, confess and keep God’s words running in our thoughts as often as we can. This calls for discipline. We must keep our minds focused on the words of God especially when the situation says the opposite. For example, we must believe that God wants us to be rich even if we are in the middle of a recession right now. Our God is greater than the recession.

Verse 8 tells us what happens when we make Verse 7 works for us. When we have succeeded in staying in faith and getting all the prosperity we desire from God, we produce fruits. We will be showing the world that we are the true disciples of Jesus. This brings great glory to his Father.

God’s glory comes from our prosperity. When we get everything we ask Jesus for, we bring glory to God. Please note that, the glory of God has nothing to do with making people poor, sick or in killing people in disasters. I repeat, the glory of God comes from giving us exceedingly and abundantly above all that we dare to ask and hope.

If you want to glorify God, ask and hope for big things. Remain with Jesus and let his words run through you. Your prosperity will be great.

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One Response to “Jesus Is The Source Of Our Prosperity”

  1. Stephen Says:

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