#018: God Created You To Prosper [Podcast]

On this week's episode I yield to your requests for an all-spiritual episode, tackling the question: has God created you to prosper?

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Feature Story: God Created You To Prosper

Does God want you to be rich? Or is money the root of all evil? Should we beware the “prosperity gospel”? Should we fear preachers who teach “health & wealth”?

7 Biblical Truths That Prove God Wants Us To Prosper – And Why!

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2

  1. You are a creator (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:27)
  2. Wealth is creation (Deuteronomy 8:18, Romans 4:17)
  3. The world is in darkness (Isaiah 60:1-5, Matthew 5:14-16)
  4. You are called to be a king (1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:5-6)
  5. To break bondage (Proverbs 22:7)
  6. “M&M Evangelism” (James 2:15-17)
  7. You are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2-3, Genesis 13:2, Galatians 3:16, Galatians 3:27-29)
The nobility and service of the king/entrepreneur:The people will curse him who withholds grain,
But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
Proverbs 11:26
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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • RickButts

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    •  @RickButts High praise indeed, coming from you, Rick! Thanks for the encouragement. And… you’re welcome!

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  • Hi Ray,
    Lots of good stuff in this podcast which I appreciate. 
    I would just add a few thoughts.
    I think that the issue that many people of faith have with prosperity can be traced back to the scripture. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” -1 Tim. 6:10 NIV.   To me this is an issue of idolatry. If money or any material thing takes on God like values in ones life that is idolatry and that is sinful and a powerful force of evil which must be overcome for the person of faith.
    The love of money would be worship of money which would be incongruous for faithful living.  However, a prosperous life is promised over and over again for the person of faith when they put God first and possessions after that.
    Two scriptures come to mind which you did not mention in your post.  Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”   This scripture is the direct admonition to tithe to God first and then abundant blessings will come.  The second is one of my life verses:  John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  This scripture connects evil with lack and prosperity with the Godly life.
    In short a Godly (faithful) life is a life of prosperity and abundance and I for one see no restrictions to the life of abundance.  The abundant life with God can and should mean a prosperous life in health, welfare, vital relationships and with money and possessions.
    That’s my take. I’m sticking with it.
    I’m starting a business to change the world!
    Be God’s
    Robert Miller

    •  @bestprac Good points and well made!

  • fischerls

    Hello Ray,
    I agree with much of what you say in your podcast. I do think there is a difference between the concept of God’s will for us to be prosperous and that God’ wills for everyone to be prosperous. I have trouble with the preaching that says we deserve to be prosperous and that God’s plan for all of us to be prosperous.  The scripture is full of characters that were willed by God to be not prosperous.  I really enjoyed your scriptural proofs etc. Like I said I pretty much agree with all that you said. It is easy for me to sometimes believe the lie that God does not want us to prosper. Thank you for helping my belief system with biblical roots.

    •  @fischerls  A couple of thoughts, Larry. 1st of all, I just want to be clear that I never said we “deserve to prosper”. I don’t think any of us really want what we “deserve”. The whole point of the cross was that Jesus got what we deserve, in order for us to get what he deserves. He was rich, and became poor so that we might prosper (and that is about so much more than mere money).
      And while it  may be true that Scripture contains examples of people who were not willed by God to prosper, I am pretty sure that all the examples fall under the old covenant. And even in the old covenant examples, I wonder about what God’s will really was-because it is clearly stated elsewhere in Scripture that is not his will that any should perish. Perishing is the opposite of prospering. Something to chew on.