From Wanda’s pen:
3 February 2019
Due to the major impact this subject have on each of us, I thought to summarise what our teaching today at our home-church/group was: Prosperity; the difference between Kingdom Prosperity and fleshly-world prosperity.
The word “prosper” does not translate to material possessions. In some instances in Hebrew the word means to get things accomplished, not for gain.
“God is not a slot machine, nor are His blessings just about money.” John Eckhardt, Charisma News.
In Hebrew, to prosper also translates to “shalom” meaning completeness, soundness, welfare and peace. It represents completeness in number and safety/soundness in your physical body. Shalom also covers relationships with people.
2 Corinthians 9:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 “And God is able to make all grace [every favour and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”
3 John 2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
2 “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”
Kingdom Prosperity therefore means to have all the physical, emotional, spiritual, financial blessings available to us to have our souls prosper in such a way that we are able to meet the needs of others in every way, always through His grace because we already have an abundance of that same thing! Always.
The Lord’s favour, grace and protections means ‘that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, goodwill, benefit, bounty and reward.’
What does Heaven see when looking at you?
So how do we get to prosper the Kingdom way? By following some Kingdom Principles. One of which is sowing and reaping. Trading into those things that the Kingdom recognises and acknowledges as being important: HEART MOTIVE is the number one thing here.
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
Matthew 6:19-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
To find out where your treasure is; ask yourself this:
- What do I spend my money on?
- What do I spend my time on?
- What is my passion?
- What will I fight for to defend the right to keep doing it?
It may be a hobby, a sport, something to wear or something to watch. Whatever it is, as long as you don’t spend more time on that thing than you do worshiping God. Why? That identifies an IDOL or a ‘golden calf’ in your life. Yahweh makes it clear that He is a jealous God and will have no other gods being worshiped by the ones He loves and paid a very high price for to obtain as His (Exodus 20:3, 4 & 5).
We need to find out what we sow our time and money into; is it into fleshly things or spiritual things. Why?
Romans 8:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 “for if you are living according to the [impulses of the] flesh, you are going to die. But if [you are living] by the [power of the Holy] Spirit you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, you will [really] live forever.”
Interestingly enough, the Jews understood the storing up of treasure as ‘deed of mercy & deed of kindness to people in distress’. So what makes this different to how we will be storing up treasures by doing the same thing? Our HEART MOTIVES!
If we do something for someone just so we can say we did, then our heart motive is wrong and we lose all rewards or blessings associated. However, whenever we do something for someone to help them, bless them with an encouraging word, show mercy or kindness or do any other kind of act of goodwill, then Heaven notices and it gets recorded. This is how we store up treasures in heaven: we start seeing people through God’s eyes and start showing them His love.
Sowing and reaping further explained:
2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows [a]generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap [b]generously [and be blessed]. 7 Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].
10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].”
Practical ideas of sowing:
- Do something good for someone; be a blessing
- Speak good things over your spouse and others
- Pray for those who come against you and do not speak bad of them
- Trade/sow financially as much and as often as you can (WE CANNOT OUT-GIVE GOD!)
- Control your thoughts by quote scripture as this interrupts the negative with power-filled words that builds faith and new neurological pathways (refer Dr Caroline Leaf’s teachings)
- Spend quality time with the Lord alone
- Spend time with your spouse and your children (or other loved ones)
- Bless them, bless your work colleagues on purpose
- Cultivate a habit of staying in peace; this is a verb; pursue it actively
- Pray about everything; don’t worry about anything as this robs your joy and is actually a sin
- Trust God for a harvest; name your seed when you trade for it financially (do you need healing, financial breakthrough, a job etc. etc.)
- Learn to be humble, live in humility as much as is possible; this cultivates peace
- Quote scriptures over your day and your life; learn new ones often
- Thank God continuously during the day; make praise and worship a habit; acknowledge Him as He is always listening
- Forgive quickly! Keep short accounts! Check your heart during the day and ensure you don’t hold on to bitterness, un-forgiveness or offense. These rob you of your joy and your blessings.
- Take communion daily and even as often as is needed in a day; apply it like medication for whatever the need is. Communion is ‘HIGH WORSHIP’; we are partaking of His body and His blood and is a very powerful tool in our tool-belts. It does a lot more than that and is an excellent spiritual habit to form…
True prosperity for a believing Christian/disciple is a WAY OF LIFE, it is the prosperous soul reflecting Yahweh, Yeshua and Ruach Ha Koddesh. Always.
Kingdom Prosperity is God’s joy on earth; His glory is man fully alive.