Dispelling the Myth: Prosperity and Finances

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 NKJV)

The enemy attacks in order to accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Steal

Greek word: kleptó

Meaning: to take or to steal secretively (by stealth)

  • Kill

Greek word: thuó

Meaning: to kill as a sacrifice and offer on an altar; to offer; to sacrifice; to sacrifice by fire

  • Destroy

Greek word: apollumi

Meaning: fully destroy; cutting off entirely; violently/completely perish (implies permanent destruction); to cause to be lost (utterly perish) by experiencing a miserable end

You must understand that Satan wants you to live according to the ways of the world (Ephesians 2:2; Romans 12:2). His goal is to keep you in ignorance of what you do not know, kill what you do know and get you to serve him (knowingly or unknowingly), with hopes that he will utterly destroy you.

One way that he achieves this is by getting you to believe that God’s word is not true, that His principles do not work, and that the ways of the world are better/more comfortable.

He has successfully convinced many believers that they are to live in lack in many areas of their lives including, but not limited to, finances.

How has he convinced the Believer that God does not supply in abundance when there are many examples proving that the opposite is true?

The scripture quoted above states that Jesus came so that we may not only have life, but have it more abundantly. Before the enemy even tries to take your mind there, some of you are beginning to think “well He is referring to a spiritual life”. No, tell the enemy “get ye behind me“. The Greek word used for life in this particular scripture is zóé. Zóé means life, both of a physical (present) and of a spiritual (future) existence. Jesus, therefore, is speaking of your physical and your spiritual life. The Greek word for abundantly is perissos and it is derived from peri, which means excess. Perissos means more than, beyond what is anticipated, exceeding expectation. With these definitions in mind, Jesus is telling us that the enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy so that we may be lacking both physically and spiritually; but He has come so that not only will we have life, but we will experience abundance, overflow in our physical and spiritual lives.

You should take a second to give God some praise on that note alone

Now does this apply to our finances?

Don’t think too hard on the question, the answer is yes.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7 NKJV)

For the sake of length, let’s focus on verse 7. It says “that He might show the exceeding riches of His grace”. Satan’s trying to move on you again. You are thinking “the word riches is not necessarily monetary”. Once again say “get ye behind me Satan” because the Greek word for riches is ploutos. Ploutos is from the Greek word polys which means much in number/quantity. Ploutos means abundance, possessions of many kinds, riches. It means wealth (literally) money, possessions and (figuratively) abundance, richness.

We see then that Ephesians 2:7 is telling us that physical possessions are included in a life of abundance. It is stressed even more by the use of the word ages (Greek word aion, related word aionis). This word does not stress the duration of a time period, but rather an age characterized by a specific quality.

We see the same Greek word translated again related to physical riches in the following verse:

Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV)

What the enemy has tried to do, and succeeded with some, is convince Believers that only worldly people have money. That is not scriptural. Worldly people worship their money, they love it above God; in fact, they are slaves to it.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 NKJV)

Know the following:

  • The Believer can and should have something (such as money) without it controlling them or without them placing it ahead of God.
  • We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Galatians 4:7); therefore, we have access to what belongs to God:

‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:8 NKJV)

  • Wealth belongs to the Believer:

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22 NKJV)

Though he heaps up silver like dust, and piles up clothing like clay—he may pile it up, but the just will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver. (Job 27:16, 17 NKJV)

One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion gathers it for him who will pity the poor. (Proverbs 28:8 NKJV)

For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. (Ecclesiastes 2:26 NKJV)

This topic is controversial; but it does not have to be. The word of God is clear. Now, your job is to get in God’s will, utilize your faith, and act in obedience to get whatever the Lord is promising you. Don’t take it to an extreme and say that those that are in lack are “sinners”. It’s not about saved or not saved, it is about experiencing the fullness of a life in Christ.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Raymon Nelson MD says:

    Amen on that!

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  2. Henry says:

    The question I would like to ask if I may is what did the church of Smyrna lack? Christ found no fault with them spiritually yet they were physically poor?

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    1. ReignofFaith says:

      Of course you may! I welcome discussion. But first I would like to thank you for this question because it caused me to have to do a good amount of studying! Hopefully this isn’t too long it almost should be a post by itself. I may turn it into one and elaborate more because it’s quite interesting.

      The Greek words used are the following:

      poverty–ptocheia (n)
      Meaning: destitution
      Uses: (3) 2 Corinthians 8:2, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Revelations 2:9

      Comes from: ptócheuó (v)
      Meaning: to become poor, to become extremely vulnerable (helpless), only used to describe the physical humiliations Christ voluntarily experienced in His mission here on earth
      Use: only used in 2 Corinthians 8:9

      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. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV)

      …that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep *poverty* abounded in the riches of their liberality. (2 Corinthians 8:2 NKJV)

      “I know your works, tribulation, and *poverty* (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. (Revelation 2:9 NKJV)

      The first thing I would point out is that both in 2 Corinthians and Revelations it is discussing poverty but still stating richness. You would not say “you are destitute in your finances, but you have a lot of money”. I would also point out this word, in it’s noun and verb form are only used 4 times in the Bible and one of those times is referring to Jesus. There must be a connection between the poverty that Jesus submitted Himself to and the poverty that is discussed in revelations and 2 Corinthians.

      Jesus was not poor in finances. I know people don’t like to hear that but it is just fact. When He was born, magi (the Bible never specifies three but that’s a random sidebar) showered Him with very lavish gifts (and this occurred as a toddler/young child [not a baby]) (Matthew 2:11). It is clear in 2 Corinthians 8:9 then, that the poverty is not that of a financial sense. The poverty had to do with the honor He forfeited (being Son of God 1 John 5:12; John 1:34; 1 John 4:15; 1 John 5:10; Acts 9:20) and the humiliation He endured to conquer sin (Galations 3:13) so that we could be rich (plouteó: word defined in my post; this is it’s verb form).

      All of these scriptures also refer to trial, affliction, persecution and tribulation, which I think further supports what I am saying.

      I’m not one to try to discount that an English word does not encompass certain things but looking at the Greek word, it’s definition, and the context it is used in each case, we see that it truly is not focusing on finances.

      I will also add that I never stated nor do I believe that Christians may not endure hardships, trials, tribulation that are related to finances. However, living a life outside of God’s shalom (peace, wholeness, completeness) in a state of lack, is outside of the will of God.

      Please continue to ask more questions or bring up any other points you may have! I tried to keep this as short as possible. I hope you read some of my other posts and feel free to comment on those too.

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  3. Kelly says:

    I think maybe you are missing the context in some of these verses. Or at least the sentence structure.

    In particular Ephesians 2:7 is referring to the riches of HIS GRACE. In other words how abundantly lavish His grace is. It has nothing to do with finances in particular. It is a “monetary” word used to descibe grace. It is an adjective in the sentence not a noun. Neither possesing or not possesing material goods has anything to do with living contently within the awesome provision of God.

    As for the passages about us being rich due to His poverty, it is, again, a monetary term used to describe how being a recipient of His grace makes us rich. Not rich in monetary gain, but rich in the abundance of His grace. It is descriptive in terms we understand, not necessarily material goods. I am rich as His heir no matter the status of my bank account. Full account or empty account my provision is in Him.

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    1. ReignofFaith says:

      Last thing sorry…riches is a noun. Rich, richer, richest would be the adjective. Thanks again for comnenting!

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  4. ReignofFaith says:

    I just noticed a double negative in my reply lol but hopefully it makes sense. I am not denying the fact the we are heirs of God, that is scriptural. Im not suggesting that what we have (physically) defines us. If you read some of my other posts you will see that. I am pointing out what is accessible to you. Whether you choose to access it through faith is a decision only you can make. We have freedom to choosebut i choose Gods good, acceptable and perfect will.

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  5. R. Renee says:

    Greetings!

    The nature of God is abundance. And, yes, there is nothing wrong with believers experiencing or having financial abundance, prosperity and wealth.

    No issue there.

    Peace & Blessings!

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    1. ReignofFaith says:

      You read both. I appreciate that!

      Thank you so much for reading and even taking the time out for thoughtful reflections.

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