Nov 1, 2016 00:00
So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Mark 11:22-23 (NKJV)
Now the law of faith states whosoever says unto this mountain to be removed and to be cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things which he says will come to pass he has what he says. This mountain can be anything in your life that is in rebellion to the will of God for you. That said, then it means you need to know what God’s will for you is. You need to know the kind of life that God desires you to have. For example, God desires that you walk in victory over the devil, sin, sickness, premature death and anything else that is devilish. Some people still have a problem believing that it’s God’s will for them to be healed. In John 10:10 Jesus said that the thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy, but He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
Anything that comes to steal something from you cannot be from God for He is not a thief. Now sickness steals a lot from you. It steals your joy, peace, friends and even money. You are much better without sickness, aren’t you? Or are you better off sick than healed? So if sickness steals from you it cannot be God’s will for you for He sent Jesus that you may have life and have it more abundantly. Sickness kills and has even destroyed many people. Sickness does not bring happiness. It does not make you better, it kills. It’s not good to be sick. Luke 9:56 says that the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. So sickness cannot be God’s will for you for it kills and destroys.
There are other people who have a problem believing that it’s not God’s will for them to be broke. They equate poverty to humility. It’s not uncommon to hear people refer to a poor man as humble. Humility and poverty are not synonymous terms. I’ve seen poor proud people and I have also seen rich but humble people. James 4:6 says that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Yes, the Lord gives grace to the humble, and according to 2 Corinthians 9:8 when God makes all grace abound toward you it makes you to always have sufficiency in all things so that you can have an abundance for every good work. The grace of God makes one rich. You see the grace of God is part of the blessing of God that makes one rich (Proverbs 10:22).
God has no problem with you having things, He has a problem with you being covetous. He does not want you to live your life running after things, He wants you to seek Him. The Apostle Paul in 1 Tim. 6:10 says that “the love of money is a root for all kinds of evil.” Money in itself is not the root of all kinds of evil, the love for it is. People fight and kill one another to get it because they love it. The Lord does not want anyone to stray from the faith through the love of money, He wants us to control it. We should be the ones controlling money, not money controlling us.
Paul also said that those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. (1 Tim 6:9). In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible says that God is a rewarder of them that seek Him diligently. Notice that God rewards those who seek Him, not those who seek after things. The Lord Jesus, in Matthew 6:33 told us to seek first the kingdom of God first and His righteousness and all things will be added to us. The Lord does not say that He will take away from us the things we have when we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, He says He will add them as a bonus.
Psalm 35:27 says that the Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Now if the Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant, do you think He has displeasure with the prosperity of His child? 1 John 3:2 says that we are children of God. So does the Lord have displeasure in our prosperity? John the Apostle prayed that his friend Gaius would prosper in all things and be in health just as his soul prospered. (3 John 2). If it was God’s will for Gaius to prosper in all things and be in health then it is His will for you too since God is not a respecter of persons and He shows no partiality. (Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, 1 Peter 1:17, Acts 10:34).
In Joshua chapter one, when the Lord spoke to Joshua after the death of Moses, He told him that if he would meditate upon His word day and night and observe to do it he would make his way prosperous and have good success. Why would the Lord show Joshua how to proper if He didn’t want him to prosper? And if He shows no partiality, why would He only want Joshua to prosper and no one else? Now the Lord wants us to prosper in all things, just as He wanted it for Joshua. Psalm 1:2-3 says that he who meditates upon the law of the Lord, day and night, shall prosper in whatever he does. So the question is: are you meditating on how to get rich or how to please God?
Galatians 3:13-14 tells us that Christ Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. In order to understand this we need to know what kind of blessing Abraham had. Now Abraham’s blessing was both spiritual and material. Spiritual because the Lord accounted his faith for righteousness (Gen 15:6). Now when we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ it was also accounted to us for righteousness. Christ Jesus is our righteousness, we are the righteousness of God in Him.
The blessing of the Abraham was also material. The Bible says that Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. (Gen 13:2). If then we are heirs of the blessing of Abraham since we have been granted righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus, then we are heirs of everything that Abraham had. We must also want to know why the Lord blessed Abraham. According to Genesis 22:18, the Lord blessed Abraham that he might be a blessing to the nations of the earth. The Lord blesses us so that we can be a channel of His blessing to other people. That’s why He gives us an abundance. 2 Cor. 9:8. Are you born again? If yes, then you need to tell others about it if at all you consider salvation a blessing.
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