CAN CHRISTIANS PROSPER?

Walking in the Will of God, Living in Prosperity

The subject of Christians and prosperity has been debated for years. For years there has been a grave misunderstanding that all Christians should be “poor”, and that if you became a Christian you would have to give up all that you had in order to “fit in” to the Christian “role”.

This is simply is not true!

If no one has ever told you differently, let me be the first- God wants you rich! Not only does God want you rich in money, He wants you complete! As a believer in Him through Christ Jesus, you have been stamped with His official stamp of approval on your heart- and have now received the right to all that Christ can bring; money, health, happiness, joy.

God gave the Jewish people a covenant full of blessings through their Father Abraham, God gives the Gentiles a New Covenant through their belief in Jesus Christ.

Once you commit your life to Christ and His ways, being filled with The Holy Spirit- you have been given a new desire for God and all therein, His way of living. Through our Fathers supreme generosity, He has left us a divine manual of instruction- His Word of God, The Bible. When you read it and study it, you can find within it countless scriptures on prosperity and wholeness.

Together in Christ, we are invited through the gate named “Beautiful”.

For years I have read the passage in Acts about the lame man seated at the gate name “Beautiful”, it wasn’t until I had spent time in prayer and fasting that the Lord showed me the similarities between this lame man, and our unsaved selves- and the salvation that only Christ can bring.

Acts 3:1-10

“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.

And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said,”Look at us.”

So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them-walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” (NKJV)

All who wander are, L O S T .

So imagine if you will, every person that has not given their lives to Christ. This man represents those that are lost. From his very birth he had been disfigured, crippled, left immobile. If it wasn’t for those that carried him- he wouldn’t even be alive at all.

As lost people “Gentiles”, living without a covenant from God- we stumble through life, going through countless trials and tribulations- poor, broken spirited, and physically drained of all life. Existing only to be carried by other nonbelievers to our very next embarrassing appointment, our life full of merely begging for survival.

The lame man heard, looked up and expected to receive.

This man who was lame from birth turned his attention from his sufferings toward the voice of the man of God that was asking for his attention. This lame man expected to receive something, anything. If it was money- he expected to receive it, if it was justice- he expected to receive it, if it was criticism- he expected to receive it.

What he didn’t expect to receive was a healing, but through his obedience to the spoken words of Paul- he received the greatest gift of all, the gift of wholeness- his physical healing.

When someone gets saved, and receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior- they typically aren’t looking to be saved. They are looking for something to rid them of their problems in life- they end up in the presence of another believer that asks them to “Look up, and receive.” Just like this lame man.

I believe this “Beautiful” gate, is symbolic to the entrance into the Kingdom.

But what about prosperity, you ask? Didn’t Paul say that he had no money, “Silver and gold I do not have.” How can Paul be financially rich, and have no money? In the early church, as issued by The Holy Spirit- the believers came together as one people. They sold all that they had and pooled together their resources dividing the funds upon those who had need. Paul didn’t have any money on him- because he didn’t have anything that belonged to him alone. It all belonged to the church and to The Holy Spirit. Every one of the believers in the early church had their needs met, and they lived in prosperity as a people- because no one had need of anything.

Acts 2:43-47

“Everyone around was in awe-all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources that each person’s need was met.

They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.”

True prosperity is completeness- nothing missing nothing broken.

Paul had no money to give to the man, because he needed to carry nothing on him. He was going to pray at the Temple before his evening meal celebration went underway- and came to the lame man with an invitation, an invitation to join those who believe- those people that had everything they needed- the body of Christ. He was invited into true prosperity.

Putting his hand in Paul’s, he submitted to him his will (his will was to merely sit), he now attempted to stand on his own two feet- and a miracle happened! He was not restored (he had never been able to walk), the lame man was recreated! Glory to God! When we receive God the Father through his son Jesus Christ, we become just like this lame man, we become recreated in Christ’s image! We become whole! Like this lame man, we begin to walk as new Christians- praising God the entire time- running and leaping in faith!

As a new creation in Christ we are promised a New Covenant.

God wants us to be truly rich, he wants us to be whole. Rich can mean so many different things. Money rich is just one meaning- and if it is money that you need- give your life over to Christ submit to his will, and scripture says that your thoughts will become like his, and you will prosper in all that you do. If it is healing in your body that you need- give your life over to Christ submit to his will, and scripture says that by “His stripes ye were healed.” Giving our lives over to Christ will ensure our prosperity. We will begin to walk on our own two feet- having Him as our guide- and we will enter into His gate called, “Beautiful.”

The Prayer of Salvation:

If you want to enter into the Kingdom of God, as a believer in Christ- you must first become saved. You must acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God. That He came to earth as a man, in order to live the sinless life we can not live; that He died in our place, so that we would not have to pay the penalty we deserve. You must confess your past life of sin- having lived for yourself, and not in obedience to God. You must admit that you are ready to trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and then you must ask him to come into your heart and take residence there- and begin living through you.

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

If you have just prayed this prayer of salvation with true conviction and heart, you are now a follower of Jesus, If you have prayed the prayer of salvation and meant it, you are now a believer! The Bible tells us that your eternal salvation is secure! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Praise God! Welcome to the family!

 

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