Many sincere believers have this doubt when they read their Bibles,
Is financial prosperity word based?
Their doubt concerning financial prosperity arises because of certain verses in the Bible. In this series, I would be explaining those verses so you can see clearly what God desires. Study your Bible and know for yourself what the Bible truly says! Let’s look at the following verse
“Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!””Mark 10:23
Some may look at this verse and may think, rich people will never make it to the kingdom of God. Therefore they assume, the kingdom of God is only for the poor or for those who have nothing. Let’s look at the entire context and see what Jesus is saying!
“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.””Mark 10:17-27
A young man who was rich and had great possessions refused to give away His riches to the poor when Jesus asked him to do it. In fact, the rich young man became sad and went away sorrowful. Therefore what Jesus said in Mark 10.23 is directed to a person who refuses to give. The statement of Jesus is not directed towards all the rich people rather it was directed towards those who have resources but are not willing to give on the instructions of Jesus Christ.
To say that rich people will not enter the kingdom of God is to misunderstand what Jesus said. Abraham being a rich man made it to Paradise. In the proper context, Jesus is talking about those who trust riches. One who sees riches and properties as his or her security. One who derives his value and measures the worth of his life by the amount of riches and properties he has. Therefore he refuses to give away his security. Riches have become his god. Therefore the Lord asked him to dethrone his money god and to place Jesus as the only Lord God of His life. This he was unwilling to do because he worshipped his riches.
Listen, Jesus was not asking him to give away everything and live like a beggar all his life. No! A million times No! He was asking him to switch the systems of operation. The earthly system – where he runs after money, and riches have become his god and security. This system is loaded with sorrow, toil and all kinds of evil. The kingdom system – where your focus is Jesus, and his principles are your life. As you apply those principles, you receive hundred fold more than what you have placed in the hands of Jesus Christ.
The Lord was asking the young man to change His Source, His life, His focus and His pursuits. Living the kingdom way is way better than living according to the earthly way. Look at what the Lord said,
“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.”Mark 10:29-30
Living the kingdom way by keeping your eyes on Jesus as your one and only Source and following the kingdom principles will result in a hundredfold in this time and in the age to come. Hallelujah
Therefore to conclude, let me say
It is not the rich who are not permitted to enter the kingdom of God. It is those who trust their riches and worship it, these are the ones who won’t be able to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus said, it is easier for a camel to through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved. It is impossible for them to saved. Jesus also said, with men it is impossible but not with God, for with God all things are possible. Jesus is the only entrance door to the kingdom of God. Anyone who places His trust in Jesus becomes a new creature and a citizen of the kingdom of God. Walking with Jesus is walking in divine prosperity! This shall be without sweat, without struggle, without toil and without any trace of evil. This shall be with joy unspeakable and all surpassing peace. Glory to God!
You are victorious in Christ!
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