True prosperity verses false prosperity and understanding what it really is.
When you’re talking about prosperity, or when most people hear the word prosperity they immediately think money. They are not incorrect but they are incomplete because money by itself can not define prosperity. When you talk about TRUE PROSPERITY you must first of all understand that True Prosperity can only come from God and His Word. Then you understand that True Prosperity deals with every arena of life, your spirit, your soul and your body.
To prosper in your spirit means you’re Born Again. To prosper in your Soul means having a sound mind. To prosper in your Body means you’re healthy and prosper in your relationships.
What we really want to do is to get people to change their thinking and come into a Bible definition concerning prosperity. Being successful in every arena of life,
Consider a PIE divided into slices. You have a family relationship slice, a Healing slice, a Faith slice, Salvation, Financial prosperity and more. If you take two slices out of the pie you don’t have a whole pie. Something is missing. To prosper means that every slice is a part of that pie. It is wholeness, complete, total, well being in every area.
As fathers we are not satisfied if our children are just financially prosperous, but they are sick or they are healed but have terrible relationships. As fathers we want our kids to have a complete, well-being in every arena of their lives. God is our Father and He is concerned about us having total success in every area.
To truly be rich cannot be defined by how much money you have in the bank. To truly be rich is defined by the wholeness of your life. If a man has a million dollars in the bank but dying of cancer, he’s just a poor man with a million dollars in the bank, healed but no money in the bank. He’s still a poor man with a healed body….
So let’s redefine how you look at prosperity. Prosperity does not just deal with money. Money is a part of the pie. We are talking about an ABUNDANT LIFE! in every area. Excelling to the point desired. God is interested in our living this prosperous abundant life.
We must learn how to operate in the Kingdom of God. For example, how do we get from point A to point B?
First you have to know about it. But just knowing about it is not going to feed your family, or heal your body, or fix your financial situation. There is something that has to happen while you are at A to get over to where the goal is, B. God started it with the Garden of Eden and Eden was God’s own handiwork. He planted that Garden. He grew it before He ever created the man (Adam) and put him in there. So here he is in this place that we are talking about.
He started out a success. Then he lost it and he went about as far down as any man can go. In the Garden he experienced THE BLESSING that is so powerful. He had the power in him and on him to take the Garden to the whole earth, to bless the whole earth. Everything in it: Everything that walked. Everything that breathed. He had the power to bless it. When he fell he was removed from that Garden out into a place that was violently against him instead of for him. Once he got out from under THE BLESSING, he never was able to prosper enough to get out of sight of the Garden.
So we can use the Garden now as the place we are trying to get to. Notice in the Garden there was seed. He planted seed in the ground. There was prosperity in that Garden, healing in that Garden, health, joy, successful relationships. What we want to know is how do I get my life back to the place of where it can operate as if I’m in the Garden of Eden again. And learn how to operate in the Kingdom of God, (God’s way of doing things.) But not only God’s way of doing things, but WHAT IS HIS WAY of doing things.
If this is the Garden of Eden over here and I’m somewhere over here, everything in my life should be looking toward this. Not necessarily toward heaven but here on earth. God designed it to be here on the earth. That’s been His Will all the time (Revelation 27).
Somehow, in Jesus this is still available. He is the last Adam. Since it’s still available, how then do I take the next step toward that, knowing that it is available to me now in Christ Jesus. The key to that is in the first step, understanding God’s way to doing what He does. I’ve got to get hold of how does God think? How does He govern things? How does God bring about healing and deliverance? His ways of operating can be located. We can locate all those keys right there in the Garden.
What we want to do is to break this down and to walk people from where they are in life right now back into the Garden of Eden. Eden means “voluptuous” supply, unending supply. What did Jesus say? “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” Let’s interpose those two. He could very easily have said, I have come that you might get the Garden of Eden back in your life like God planned it in the first place. That’s why I’m here.
In Genesis it very plainly states that thorns and thistles were not there until that curse struck the land and the land began to produce thorns and thistles which were in direct opposition to Adam and THE BLESSING that was originally there (Genesis 3:17-18).