Day 20 – Don’t Be So Overcome with Wealth that You Lose Sight of the Kingdom

Many times, when people talk or think about prosperity, all they think about is money or wealth.  Luke 18:24-30 says, “’How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ And those who heard it said, ‘Who then can be saved?’ But He said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’ Then Peter said, ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’ So He said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.’”  

I think, so many times, we get so immersed in questions like, “How are we going to pay our bills?”, “How can I make more money this year?”, and “Why isn’t God blessing me like He says He promises to?” that we tend to completely miss what God even means when He is talking about prosperity.  During one of the weekly prayer times we have been having, Justin Rana gave some great perspective into how the Lord views prosperity.  He said, “There’s a point that God wants us to get to.  We take all these steps in our lives and there’s a point of fullness that He wants us to get to.  Close your eyes for a second and just visualize the word fullness and what that means to you.  It may be a different picture for everybody.  If you can consider the most beautiful picture of creation — whether it’s a mountain scape or something like that — if you can look at that, and everything that God created, there’s a sense of fullness that comes over you because you can hardly contain what you are seeing. God desires for us to get that way. He wants us to be full of Him and His Spirit, and full in every way.  That’s really what a picture of prosperity looks like.”

I love what he said during that prayer meeting and I love how it can be applied to this passage in Luke.  We are a part of ALL the prosperity that God created and we are part of the covenant of prosperity that He established with Abraham.  That’s thousands of years of prosperity that God is trying to bring us into!  The prosperity He wants us to come into is one of the FULLNESS of His promise.  He doesn’t want to only give us a portion.  He doesn’t want us to only think prosperity is linked with wealth or money.  The fullness of His prosperity is the fullness of His creation and the desire He had when He created man.  Ask the Lord to clear your mind of all the distractions of this world and bring you into the fullness of prosperity that He desires for all of us to walk in!

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