Walk In Prosperity

33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
Deuteronomy 5:33 (NIV)

One of the common advice I received by many self-righteous people is, it is wrong to worship, obey or follow God for the sake of his blessings, especially the blessings of health and wealth. I am sure you will get the same advice if you dare to express your desire for things that can be proven like health and wealth. As long as Christians choose to believe God for things that cannot be proven like peace, joy or treasures in heaven, they are considered righteous by the theologians. However, if we ever dare to touch on things that can be proven like health, wealth and long life, we will face persecution from them. We will be slandered with names like “Prosperity Gospel” as though we no longer believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Therefore all Christians must be certain on which path they want to take in their spiritual life, the truth of the Bible or the lie of theology.

Let us get back to the above verse. It is common for theologians to tell us that we should not obey God for personal gain like health, wealth and long life. However, if you read the above verse, it is God himself who commanded us to walk with him and obey him for the sake of our wealth and long life. The above verse does not mention health but it is easy to deduce that you must have good health in order to live long life.

There are many other verses in the Bible that says the same thing: God wants us to obey him for the sake of our benefits like health, wealth and long life. If the desire for health, wealth and long life means the person is being “deluded by the Prosperity Gospel” then God himself must be guilty of being “deluded by the Prosperity Gospel”.

The truth is God wants us to have health, wealth and long life. He made all of us with this desire. So, it has never been a sin to desire for good health, more money and long life. Anyone who denied these things are effectively denying God’s programming in their lives. These people are the real sinners. It is a sin to reject God’s implanted desire for prosperity and replace it with heresies like the vow of poverty. You can never find anywhere in the Bible where believers rejected prosperity and took on the vow of poverty. The apostles like Paul and Peter went through periods of poverty in their lives but they had never rejected God’s prosperity plan in their lives. They still believed that Jesus died poor for them to live rich.

Having said all these, I have a disclaimer here. The truth is God wants all of us to have a lot of money but he does not want our money to control us. We are the masters and our money is our servant. Money is a good servant but a bad master. Incidentally, so are doctrines. God gave us doctrines to help us to understand and subsequently use biblical truths for our prosperity and success. Doctrines are our servants and tools. They are not our masters. We must not worship doctrines like the theologians.

Right now we have 2 important questions:
1. How to have clear blessings like great wealth, good health and long life?
2. How not to allow them to control us?

The answer is in the above verse. We need to walk with God and obey him. Please note that obeying God is not the same as obeying theologians. Theologians are the servants of Satan, not God. Jesus himself called them brood of vipers, white washed tombs and hypocrites. Ironically many people still choose to obey theologians and called themselves Christians.

What are obeying God and walking with him in the first place? It simply means we have to convince ourselves that God is always on our side. He wants us to be rich, have good health, long lives and be successful in everything we do. Once, we are convinced of the above truth, obey God and walking with him becomes a breeze. We do not obey God out of blackmails. We obey God because we are convinced that he wants us to have the best in our lives.

In conclusion, God wants us to obey him and walk with him for the blessings he has for us.

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Where Do You Find The Power To Get Wealth?

16 He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 8:16-18(NIV)

The above passage is a part of the message given by Moses to the Israelites before they entered the land promised to them. Moses was reminding his people that God has provided for all their needs throughout the journey to a land that will make them very rich.

He also cautioned that after they settled at the land, they would become so rich that they will say that they got rich by their own efforts. In Verse 18, Moses reminded them in advance that the Lord is the one who gave them the ability to produce wealth in fulfillment of his promise to their ancestor.

This is the foundation text for this article. God is the one who gives us the power to create wealth. If you want to be rich, go to God for this power. The above passage reminds us that our God wants all his people to be rich. He also wants us to always remember that the power to create wealth comes from him.

How do we benefit from this?

First, we know where to go to if we want to get rich. God has all the power that can create as much wealth as we desire. So, there is no better place to go to other than God. I am sure the theologians and doctrine worshippers will say that it is not right to seek God to be rich. However, the truth is God himself told us that he wants us rich and he has the power to do so. Why would God want to say that if he does not want us to go to him to acquire this power?

Therefore, as Christians we should not be ashamed with our God. We worship the God of heaven and earth stated in the Bible, not doctrines nor theology. We are called to be rich. Our destiny is riches in every area of our lives.

Secondly, the power to create wealth implies our roles in putting this power into action. This means work. We still have to work to get rich. The prosperity from the Bible does not mean that we can just sit down there believing we will be rich and money will start dropping from the sky. We must still continue to do our routine jobs.

This means if you are working in a job, continue to work. If you are running a business, keep running it. If you are a student, study. The difference here is, when you are working or studying, work or study with the assurance that God is now working behind the scenes to bring prosperity in what you do. Our role is to keep doing our jobs in alignment with God’s prosperity plan. God cannot bring prosperity to your job if you quit your job and stay at home.

When we work and see prosperity coming into our lives, we may be misled into thinking that it is our efforts alone that has created our wealth. This is the warning given by Moses in the above passage. So, we should regularly remind ourselves that God is the source of our prosperity. You may be the one who ploughed the fields and sowed the seeds but God causes them to grow into a bountiful harvest. Without God’s intervention, you may still have a harvest but it may not be that bountiful.

In conclusion, it is crucial for our prosperity that we must always remember God as the true source of our prosperity. The power to create wealth comes from God.

Giving Is The Doorway To Success And Prosperity

10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:10-11 (NIV)

Recently, somebody has advised me that we should not expect anything back when we give to God. Such advice may sound very politically correct but it is certainly not biblical. There are many verses in the Bible telling us to expect huge returns from giving to God. The above verse is one of them. The Bible has been very clear in its stand that when we give to God we must always expect him to give us more in return. In other words, we must always expect harvest from the seeds we sow. Those who believe otherwise are either do not truly read the Bible or allow themselves to be blinded by the lies of theology.

However, I have a disclaimer here. This principle of giving and expecting huge returns applies only to our giving to God. It is not applicable to our giving to other people. When we to other people who are in need, we give willingly without expecting them to pay us back. We expect God to be the one who will pay us back, not the people we give to. After all, the Bible does say that those who are kind to the poor lend to the Lord. When you show kindness to the poor, the poor are not obligated to pay you back. God is.

I remember a doctrine worshipper took issue to an article I wrote and gave me many reasons why God cannot be our debtor. My reply is simple. God himself said he is my debtor when I am kind to the poor. I choose to believe God is not a liar. Period.

Let us get back to the main topic. Deuteronomy 15:10 speaks of giving. When we give, we must fulfil two conditions. They are:
1. give generously
2. give without a grudging heart

In other words, we give because we want to and not because we are forced to. We are not giving because somebody is pointing a gun to our heads. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to give, my advice to you is don’t give. If you do, you will not be giving generously and without a grudging heart. As a result, you will not be rewarded. As mentioned above, the Bible has made it very clear that we must always expect rewards from God when we give to him.

What can we expect from God when we give to him? The answer is in the second part of Deuteronomy 15:10.

“the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

The Lord will bless all our works and everything we do. In other words, we will be successful in everything we do. What are you doing right now?
 If you are working in a job, the Lord will bless your job so that you will get good promotions, receive high salary and bonuses.
 If you are hunting for a job, the Lord will bless your hunt so that you will find a job that will lead you to a future of better prospects, higher salary and more benefits.
 If you are looking for a life partner, the Lord will bless you with someone who will bring you joy and fulfillment for life.
 If you are building a business, the Lord will bless your work so that your business will make a lot of profits and make you very rich.

The above is not exhaustive. In short the Lord will bless you in everything you do. This may sound offensive to the theologians and doctrine worshippers but I think it is important for me to include this: The blessing of God also includes giving us a lot of money. Money will always go to the people whom God has blessed. This the truth from the Bible which terrifies all the theologians and doctrine worshippers but gives joy and hope to all the true Christians.

Here is something I want you to take note of. The above blessing is on our works and everything we put our hands to. This means we have to do something. If we don’t do anything at all, the blessing will not be activated. Mathematically, we can call this the multiplication effect. Any number mutiplied by a big factor will become a bigger number. The disclaimer here is the original number must be a positive number. This law will not work if the original number is negative or zero.

Likewise, the works that we do must have some positive value. For example, you can do a job that brings you $1 an hour. This is good enough for God because he can bless your $1 an hour into $100 an hour. The bottom line is, our role in this blessing is to provide something for God to multiply. God cannot multiply zero.

This is an important thing for those of us who are jobless for some time and are trying to look for a job. Take any legitimate job that is available even if that job has no visible prospect, has low salary or beneath your qualification. The priority here is to create some positive value for God to multiply. After that, your job is to keep believing that God will know what to do. He will surely make you rich as he has promised.

In the subsequent verse, God gives us one of the reasons why we believers must be rich. There are always poor people around us. God wants us to help them and the only way we can obey him is to be rich ourselves. This is something we must always remember. If we are only limited to our own needs and comfort, our riches will always be limited. However, if we choose to obey God and have the desire to help the poor, there is no limit on how rich we can be.

So, if you want to be extremely rich, learn to obey God. Start giving and doing the best you can in whatever you do. Success and prosperity are at your disposal. God has promised this and he will keep his promises.