“But seek first the KINGDOM of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” – Matthew 6:33
The world’s understanding of prosperity varies from the Christian KINGDOM PROSPERITY UNDERSTANDING: “But seek first the KINGDOM of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mt.6:33). The world’s people desire fleeting wealth with all of their heart and soul, yet prosperity is a Covenant right and blessing from our loving Father-God for genuine believers. Furthermore, the world defines success as financial “things” such as money, opulence, riches, wealth, social standing, titles, fame, or political power in a very narrow sense. This, on the other hand, contradicts Jesus’ and God’s teaching: “For what would it profit a man if he gets the entire world and loses his soul?” Or how about this:
Money and material belongings are part of the God-kind of Prosperity, but it is much more. God desires for us to be wealthy in all areas of our lives. Spiritual, mental, physical, relational, and financial success may all be added to the list. This suggests that material achievement or financial prosperity is merely a part of God’s overall prosperity plan for humanity.
“And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent,” says Jesus, “and this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (Jh.17:3). “Be filled with the Spirit,” we are told (Eph.5:18). This is what it means for a soul to live happily ever after (3Jh.2). More specifically, having your mind regenerated to God’s Word, your will conformed to God’s will, your emotions regulated and stabilized, and your thinking abilities selective of what you think about is what prosperity of the soul entails (Phil.4:8).
Addictions, worry, sadness, fear, lusty impulses, oppression, and other bad attitudes, feelings, and thinking patterns are all examples of mental prosperity. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” it says, describing a sound mind filled with God’s peace (2Tim.1:7). “You will maintain him in complete peace, whose mind is kept on You, because he trusts in You,” says Isaiah 26:3. This is the biblical picture of mental health.
Physical prosperity is having your body healed, healthy, and strong, free of sickness, suffering, and disease, thanks to God’s might. These are important characteristics of our salvation in Christ: “Who, in His own body on the cross, bore our sins”
Relational prosperity means to have the blessing of God in your relationships, especially in your marriage and family. It means that you’re growing in love according to 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8, and you’re living free from strife, resentment, and un-forgiveness. This ensures that you have God’s divine order and blessing operating in your home life.
Financial or material prosperity means to live by God’s provision, and be able to meet your financial commitments to God, His work, your career or business, family, friends, and society, without stress. You’re able to give your tithe and offerings, bless the poor and needy, have your bills paid as and when due, and be debt-free. God is not opposed to us having money or materials but He is against money and things having us: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2Cor.8:9). Jesus Christ went to the cross to redeem us from the curse of poverty so that we could be blessed with His riches (Gal.3:13a).
God’s Word is the source of all facets of prosperity. When you understand the Bible perspective to Prosperity and walk in the Word, you will prosper wholly. As you walk in the light of His Word, you will become prosperous in every area of your life.
Adetokunbo O. Ilesanmi (Meditations)