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Apr102017

Blessed to Be a Blessing 

Chances are, at some point or another, you’ve heard the question: “If there’s a God, why is there so much evil and injustice in the world?” I found myself in such a conversation with someone not long ago. As is common, the person I was speaking to pointed to world poverty and asked why God doesn’t do something to help the poor.

Although I didn’t say it aloud, I wondered, What does this person expect God to do—rain money down from the clouds? God is a good, loving God. It’s certainly not His will for people to live in poverty and go without having their basic needs met. And, because He’s God and has thought of everything, He already has a plan for meeting the world’s needs. It’s found in Deuteronomy 8:18: “It is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant” (New King James Version). 

The covenant that God extended to the world isn’t only spiritual; it also includes material wealth, health, peace, and everything else He has to give. Of all the ways God could “establish His covenant” on the earth, He opted to use us—the body of Christ! What a privilege—and responsibility—we have to partner with Him in ministering to the world’s spiritual and material needs.

In Financial Stewardship, Andrew explains that “prosperity really isn’t for us. It’s so that we can be a blessing. It enables us to bless others.” The problem is that religion has taught the church that prosperity is evil and selfish and that we should avoid it at all costs if we want to be godly. This mindset accepts that poverty equals humility and godliness.

Those who believe this only want enough of God’s blessings to get by. They’re fine with just a little because they don’t want to be selfish. But 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” God wants us to abound to every good work. We can’t abound in helping others if we’re broke ourselves!

Viewing prosperity from a true biblical perspective, we’re selfish if we’re not abounding, because that means we aren’t able to give to others. According to Andrew’s teaching in Financial Stewardship, we need to start prospering so we can abound to every good work. This is why God wants us to prosper. He wants to bless us so that He can make us a blessing. We can’t bless others if we aren’t blessed.

If every Christian had the right attitude toward prosperity—understanding that prosperity isn’t selfish, but a blessing that God wants to get to us—I believe we could eradicate world hunger and poverty and send the Gospel around the globe. God’s not going to rain money down on people. He’s waiting for us to believe Him for prosperity so we, “having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

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Reader Comments (7)

Nice. Please continue to write more of these.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAarif Ali

Lovely write up. Thanks for blessing me.

April 11, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterzukky

What a word of truth! Much needed in the body of Christ to know that we are not blessed just for ourselves. Thank you for,the word!

April 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBukola

How do I activate my faith for finances? I've been healed and I can stand on that, but finances is so hard for me. I trust God, but I think that I have to give him money first or into his kingdom, but I have no faith for knowing that money is flowing my way. Also I know that Jesus became poor so that I might become rich. What is the truth that will set me free?

April 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Anonymous
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April 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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@Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Major theologians that i (dawnroyalty@yahoo.com)

Thank you for contacting the ministry! Please email your doctrinal questions to questions@awmi.net. We will respond to you as soon as possible. God bless!

May 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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