Biblical Prosperity in Perspective 1

Basic Elements of Biblical Prosperity, Part One

by Pastor John Hamel


Some years back as I sat at my desk preparing to preach a message on Biblical prosperity, I bowed my head and asked the Lord this question.  “Lord, why do so many people reject the prosperity principles of Your Word?”  Before I could even finish that question, the Lord’s answer shot immediately up out of my spirit.  “Ignorance.”


I immediately reached for my favorite New England Lexicographer, Noah Webster.  He defined ignorance as “Lacking knowledge.  To be unaware.”  


I remembered immediately that the Bible says, “My people perish for a lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)


Ignorance does not mean that someone is stupid.  Ignorance means that someone is lacking knowledge.  The cure for ignorance is knowledge.  People make false, religious and traditional assumptions about God’s will concerning prosperity because they lack knowledge of his Word.  


This is why we will focus today’s study on the four basic elements of true Biblical prosperity.  Through this simple study you will receive the basic knowledge that you need to begin eradicating any ignorance concerning Biblical prosperity.


Basic Element One ... God


Is God able to prosper you financially and materially?  Does He possess what it takes to prosper all of His children financially and materially?  The Bible says He does.  


The Bible says that He is able to bring prosperity to us in ways that exceed our highest hopes and desires. (Ephesians 3:20)  This is true even if you live in the most impoverished areas of the world.  


The Bible also says that above all things, our Father God desires that we prosper financially and materially even as we prosper in our spirits and in our bodies. (3John 2)  You can look at these verses yourself and the Holy Spirit will open them up to you.  One verse that we will look at together is found in Psalm 35.


“Let them shout for joy and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalm 35:27)


Here the Bible reveals that the Lord has pleasure when His children prosper.  However, we also see here that prosperity is conditional.  The Lord’s children must favor His righteous cause in order to qualify for His supernatural prosperity.  The way to favor His righteous cause is to keep the preaching and teaching of God’s Word worldwide your priority, even as it is His priority.  Get that straight and God will know that He can trust you with the type of prosperity we’re going to talk about in this series.  So, yes, God is able and God is willing to prosper His obedient children.


Basic Element Two ... You


God is only allowed to prosper you to the extent that you allow Him to do so.  Yes.  It is all up to you.  If you do not believe in prosperity, you will not receive prosperity.  If you doubt it, you will simply have to do without it.  You must be willing to believe that it is God’s will to prosper you simply because the Bible says it is God’s will to prosper you.  Only those who are willing to believe will receive supernatural prosperity. (Isaiah 1:19) 


People who say, “Well, if it’s His Holy will for me to have money I will have it.  If it’s not, I won’t.” are speaking in ignorance of His Word.  It is God’s will to prosper you.  We must never say or pray, “If it be Thy will…” when it comes to things that the Bible reveals are indeed the will of God.  The Bible says if we will keep our priorities straight and seek first the advancement of His Kingdom, in our personal lives and in the Earth, everything we have need of will literally chase us down.   


“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)


If you were to go back and read Matthew 6:24-33 in context, you would discover that Jesus is talking to His Covenant Disciples.  He was telling them, even as He is telling you today, that if you are seeking prosperity in order to be able to do your own thing, you may as well quit right now.  He is not going to help you.  However, if you keep the Kingdom, and the lost and bound people of the world first, then you better start making plans to prosper.  Prosperity is full force on its way to you.


Basic Element Three ... God's Word 


So we see that God is willing and able to prosper us.  We see that we must be willing for God to prosper us for the express purpose of expanding His Kingdom throughout the world.  Yes, He wants us to have comfortable homes, reliable transportation, every bill paid in full and enough left over to give the way the Bible instructs to give.  The more we invest into the preaching of the Gospel, the more we will have to live comfortably during our probationary period here on Earth.  


But we must answer the question, “How will God prosper me?”  That is a good question.  The answer is simple.  God prospers His children through His Word.


We must make the decision from this point on to listen only to what God’s Word says about prosperity.  It is time to shut out all negative voices that speak against Divine Prosperity.  We must listen only to the proper preaching and teaching of God’s Word.  That is how faith for prosperity comes, by hearing the Word of prosperity preached and taught. (Romans 10:17)  When we sit under proper prosperity teaching, it gives birth to faith for prosperity.  As that faith is released through our mouths, prosperity begins to come. 


As we begin to say, “Thank You, Father, for taking pleasure in my prosperity because my priorities are straight, in Jesus’ Name.”  Prosperity begins to come.  It begins as a trickle of prosperity.  It turns into a brook of prosperity.  The brook turns into a stream of prosperity.  The stream turns into a mighty forceful river flowing into your life.  


Suddenly all of your needs are being met in ways you never even considered.  


Suddenly God is using you to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the suffering people of the world in a bigger way than you had ever imagined.


We will continue with Basic Elements of Biblical Prosperity in part two of this study. 


If you arrived at this lesson through a link, you will find the remainder of these lessons at our JHM Online Bible Training Centre.  Just click on "Supernatural Provision" when you arrive.


Be blessed … John and Barbara Hamel 



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