Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

God wants us to possess prosperity, wealth and money, but He doesn’t want it to possess us.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

MAT 27:57 And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.

LUK 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

God wants us to possess prosperity, wealth and money, but He does not want them to possess us.

2PE 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature,

GEN 1:26 Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;

Even in the creation of the earth, we see manifestation of the abundance that God planned for us by looking inside certain kinds of fruits and vegetables, GEN 1:11.

GEN 1:11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with seed in them, on the earth”; and it was so.

MAT 13:23 – seeds represent Bible doctrine which produces fruit for the believer –
“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

GEN 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Through the fall in the Garden, Adam surrendered his riches and his dominion over all the earth to Satan.

Satan is called a thief,
JOH 10:1-10, because through his lies and his promotion of human viewpoint, he robs blessings and prosperity from mankind.

1JO 3:8 The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

MAT 28:18 “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

2Co 8 and 9 – deal primarily with the subject of finances.

Some Christians also believe that our Lord was poor during His earthly ministry.

MAT 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard,”

He knew God’s guidelines and instructions for prosperity.

MAR 15:24 And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.

His earthly ministry – the approximate three year period between the time He was baptized and filled with God’s Holy Spirit in the Jordan River until the time He was crucified on the cross.

LUK 9:58 “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

He could have stayed in the home of the wealthy Joseph of Arimathea or in other nice homes where He was welcomed.

JOH 13:29 “Judas had the money box”,

JOH 6:70 Jesus answered them, “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and {yet} one of you is a devil?”

JOH 12:6 he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to steal what was put into it.

TLJC had the most genuine faith that has ever been seen on this earth. As a result, He was able to turn little into plenty.

When you are doing the will of God, there is always more than enough provided by God.

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