What is prosperity?
To the western mind, prosperity usually means material wealth, but there are many who have material wealth and are desperately poor in their lives and relationships. In the church, many are offended by the topic of prosperity because it comes across as spiritualized greed.
Is there more to this subject and a balanced approach true prosperity?
Money is just one extension of the heart. To focus on money apart from the other aspects of prosperity is wrong. Prosperity is spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, relational and material.
My material prosperity is an extension of my prosperity in every other area of my life. Others may have more material wealth than I do, but my prosperity reaches into every part of my life. If I am walking in prosperity in my spirit, my mind, my body, my relationships and my emotions, then my resources are blessed by God and can be multiplied in the work of God.
If I reduce prosperity to the subject of money while not being prosperous in my spirit, mind, emotions, etc., then there will not be the same blessing on my finances.
Jesus gave us the keys of the kingdom. Those keys include His promises by which we are made partakers of His nature and escape the corruption that is in the world. Corruption includes sickness and lack.
It would be foolish to throw away the keys of giving and receiving, sowing and reaping and the promises of faith that are manifestations of a prosperous soul. It would also be foolish to use giving as a method to get rich while not experiencing prosperity in the other areas of your life.
Giving is not formula.
Prosperity is not a number in a bank account. The more we prosper in our spirits, minds, emotions, relationships and in our bodies, the more that prosperity will release grace on our resources.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” —2 Corinthians 9:8