Biblical Prosperity in Perspective 12

Developing the Capacity to Prosper, Part Five

by Pastor John Hamel

We are studying the subject of Biblical prosperity in perspective for the express purpose of getting free from poverty in order to save billions of lost souls. 

Too many Believers rail on the idea of Biblical prosperity because they are ignorant of what the Bible teaches in this area.  They have no idea that to rail on the Doctrine is to rail on the Doctrine’s Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Too many Believers hear Biblical prosperity being mentioned and automatically think that those of us who believe in it are covetous, greedy and hoarding.  That is because some of Jesus’ Disciples are indeed covetous, greedy and hoarding.  They want prosperity so they can go out and buy every contemporary Christian CD or MP3 that hits the marketplace.  This is not what we are talking about in these studies. 

We are not talking about prospering for the sake of self.  We are talking about prospering for God’s sake.  We are talking about prospering in order to seek and save the lost, to destroy the works of Satan in the Earth and, finally, about having our needs met.  I cannot possibly emphasize this enough. 

Without shame I tell you right up front, I am “a name it and a claim it.” When the Lord puts a project on my heart for reaching the lost or teaching the saved, I “name” what I need to do it, and I “claim” it by faith in Jesus’ Name.


As a matter of fact, I “demand” what I need to accomplish His will to come to me, according to John 14:13-14.  Get your Greek Lexicon out and study those verses and you will discover that this is what Jesus demands all Disciples to do when He gives them an assignment.  


Check out the word “ask” in those verses in your Lexicon and you will discover that the proper translation is “demand.”  Of course, I demand nothing of God.  I demand that Satan back away from my provision.  I place a demand on what God has promised me in the Bible using the words of my mouth as Jesus instructed. (Mark 11:23)


I then also commission the Angels of God to cause whatever I need, in Jesus’ Name. (Psalm 103:20)  They do it, too.  


So, yes, I am indeed a Biblical “name it and claim it.”  I learned how to be one from my big Brother, Jesus.  The principles that He taught me through His Word and through His Ministry Offices, I am now sharing with you.  This is so you, too, will have enough money to do whatever the Father tells you to do, whenever He tells you to do it, plus enough left over to keep you out of debt, stress and anger.


Addition First, Multiplication Second


I told you we were going to study ingredients that need to be added to “the” measure of faith in order for your faith to be sharp and effective.  We will do this by going through some verses in Second Peter, chapter one.  


We will dissect the verses as we go, separating and focusing on the individual ingredients that must be “added” to your faith in order for God to “multiply” your wealth.


“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:” (Vs 1)


Did you notice that?  Peter just said that you have the same faith that he had!  Keep that in mind as we go.  Peter was not special.  As a matter of fact, the Bible says Peter was unlearned and ignorant. (Acts 4:13)  


What made Peter different was the time he spent with Jesus developing “the” measure of faith.


“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue.” (Vss 2-3)


Is money relevant to life?  Certainly it is.  It is the coin of the realm.  You just are not going to make it if you don’t have any.  God wants us to have all things that pertain unto life and that includes wealth for the spreading of the Gospel.


“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (Vs 4)


One of the great and precious promises God offers is the wealth of the wicked being handed over to obedient Believers.  Another precious promise is that we can partake of His Divine nature.  We have been created in His image and in His likeness. (Genesis 1:26)  


One way we are to be like Him is to be vessels of wealth even as He is a vessel of wealth.  All the gold and silver in the world belongs to Him. (Haggai 2:8)  He desires to share it with us but only once He comes to know experientially that we will use it to perform His will and not our own.  


He will begin to trust us only once we add the following to our faith.


Added Ingredient Number One


“And beside this, giving all diligence, ADD TO YOUR FAITH VIRTUE; …” (Vs 5)


The original word for “virtue” being used here means, “Excellence. Moral uprightness.  Decency.”


It is talking about developing character and integrity.  A conning, cunning, dishonest individual, who is always looking to reap all of the benefits with none of the accountability, is going to come up barren and unfruitful.  


The Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Peter, is saying, “Honesty is the Rule of the House.  Add it to your faith and multiply financially.”


Added Ingredient Number Two 

“… and to virtue [ADD] KNOWLEDGE …” (Vs 5)

Knowledge of God’s Word in any particular area will make your faith strong in that particular area.  You simply cannot know how or why God wants you to prosper if you do not study His Word concerning prosperity.  We are studying the subject of Biblical prosperity to get free from poverty.  We are Disciples of Jesus.  We are studying under Him, our Shepherd.  We are learning His will so we can act on it in order to reach the more than 3 billion people who are waiting to hear about Jesus.  


Jesus said the only way to get free in an area is to study His Word in that area. (John 8:32; 15:7)  By the time you finish this series, you will be a whole lot further down the road to tremendous wealth than you were when you started.


Added Ingredient Number Three

“And to knowledge [ADD] TEMPERANCE …” (Vs 6) 

The word “temperance” simply means, “To be masterful and self-controlled.”


It is important to notice that Peter mentioned temperance after knowledge.  This is because he is saying that we must take the knowledge that we acquire of God’s Word and masterfully put it into practice through discipline and self-control.  When God shows us something in His Word, we must grab hold of ourselves and just do it.  We are to be doers of the Word always and never forgetful hearers. (James 1:22)


Sometimes God will show us a principle in His Word and then show us something we can do to apply it to our lives.  Sometimes it takes so much faith to obey Him, it makes the head spin.  Peter said, “Grab hold of yourself.  Exercise mastery over your will.  Control yourself.  Calm down.  Don’t flip out.  Put what He is showing you into practice.  Just do it, He’s wanting to bless you real big.” 


I always say, “If what’s working in you isn’t going to take faith for you to do it, it probably isn’t God to begin with.”  Whatever God tells us to do is going to take faith. (Hebrews 11:6)  If we will control ourselves and obey Him, we will see the miraculous.


Added Ingredient Number Four

“… and to temperance [ADD] PATIENCE;” (Vs 6)

Patience means, “Constancy.  To be the same way all of the time.” 

The world’s idea of being patient is to let folks walk all over you without complaint.  That is NOT what Peter is saying.  Peter is saying, “When you see something in the Word, hold on to it no matter how your circumstances or other people try to tell you otherwise.  It will come to pass.”  To be patient, in God’s economy, is to speak and to act like God’s Word is true even when everything and everyone else says, “It isn’t true.” 

When my wife and I do not know what to do, we say, “We hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, in Jesus’ Name.”  When there does not seem to be enough to do what He is telling us to do, we say, “Our God meets all of our need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”  

We do this because we are constant.  We are the same way all the time, in spite of our sometimes contrary circumstances.  We are adding patience to our faith by doing this.

Added Ingredient Number Five

“… and to patience [ADD] GODLINESS;” (Vs 6)

Godliness means, “To do that which is pleasing to God.” 

This is where the Prodigal Son missed it big time.  He was all about doing that which was pleasing to “self.”  That is one of the quickest ways I know to go broke. 

When it comes to the tremendous wealth that is being poured out upon the Body of Christ, there is only one way to be pleasing to God.  Pursue it for the express purpose of seeking and saving the lost and destroying the works of Satan in the Earth, first and foremost.  Pursue it for your own needs and comfort, last but not least.  

Allow Him to test you and prove you in this area.  Let Him put you through boot camp.  Show Him that you mean business about being faithful in all the little ways and He will promote you in ways you have not even thought of.  He will do exceedingly, abundantly above your highest hopes and dreams. (Ephesians 3:20) 

Added Ingredient Number Six

“… and to godliness [ADD] BROTHERLY KINDNESS …” (Vs 7)

“Brotherly kindness” is actually one word in the original language.  The word is “Philadelphia” and it means, “Love of the brethren.” 

Some people get involved in the Word of Faith movement and the message of Biblical prosperity thinking they can tithe and still be moody and nasty.  That is the second quickest way I can think of to go broke.  The Apostle Paul said, “Faith works by love.” (Galatians 5:6)  Love is the fuel that will keep your faith engine purring like a kitten.  

Forget to add love to your faith fuel tank and you are going to end up stranded on the side of the road some dark night.  There is no telling how long you will have to sit there until help comes along, either.  It is just best to keep your faith tank topped off with love as you are traveling the road to tremendous wealth and prosperity. 

A word of Ministerial counsel here, if I may.  Be very, very loving and respectful to your Pastor, in particular.  Your Pastor is an under-Shepherd under Jesus, the Chief Shepherd.  

Do your Pastor right and God will do you right.

Added Ingredient Number Seven     

“… and to brotherly kindness [ADD] CHARITY…” (Vs 7)

The word “charity” here is “Agape.”  It means, “Unconditional benevolence.” 

There are only three powers in the Universe.  There is the power of God.  He is the power of benevolence or goodness.  There is the power of Satan.  He is the power of malevolence or evil.  There is the power of man.  Man is a neutral power yielding to benevolence or malevolence.  There is no neutrality.  Anyone who is not submitting entirely to the written Will of God is submitting to Satan.  Anyone who is not investing their lives into gathering souls into the Kingdom is opposing Jesus.

Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.” (Matthew 12:30)

Now, I didn’t write this.  I just preach it and teach it.  Are you gathering souls in love or are you causing them to be scattered through your compromise and love of self?  Are you yielding to God or to Satan?  Are you observing what God does in His Word and doing it like children who learn proper behavior from their parents? (Ephesians 5:1) 

We have now seen in synopsized form, all of the ingredients that must be added to “the” measure of faith in order to experience true Biblical prosperity.  Virtue, Knowledge, Temperance, Patience, Godliness, Brotherly Kindness and Charity must be added to “the” measure of faith in order for “the” measure of faith to be effective.

My wife, Barbara, says it like this.  “Faith is like yeast.  Yeast alone has no purpose.  You have to add eggs, salt, flour, baking soda, water and effort to cause the yeast to work.  Yeast has no purpose on its own other than to smell sour.”  

If all you have is faith and are lacking virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, kindness and charity, you smell sour to God and to everyone around you.  All you are doing is stinking up the place, respectfully.  

However, when you ADD these ingredients to your faith, your faith rises like bread in the oven.  You’re a comfort to others, a beautiful fragrance and God is able to use you to satisfy the spiritual and physical hunger of the world.

“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that YE SHALL NEITHER BE BARREN NOR UNFRUITFUL in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off [can’t see that trouble is coming], and have forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, YE SHALL NEVER FAIL:” (Verses 8-10)

Be blessed … John and Barbara Hamel



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