BIBLE TEXT : 3 JOHN 2*
*Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth*.
Poverty is not God’s will for his children. God’s kingdom will never expand to fullness without an abundance supply of financial blessings. Since money will not fall from heaven, God needs us to give for the propagation of the Gospel and if we don’t, then, the gospel will be greatly affected. No growing Church is not a giving church. When people give, the work expands. However, you can live all your life in poverty if you are ignorant of God’s plan and principal for financial freedom.
In Zechariah 1:17, the Bible says:
Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; MY CITIES THROUGH PROSPERITY SHALL YET BE SPREAD ABROAD;……
Without prosperity, God’s cities and kingdom cannot have branches in all nations of the world. It takes money to send missionaries, build churches, pay for landed properties, and necessary documentation. Even Apostle Paul seek for material support to further enhance his ministerial assignment in Corinth ( 2 Cor. 11:8-9).
Beloved, Judas was the treasurer of Jesus. Jesus had a bank in the form of a bag where the money is kept for spending. Jesus and his disciples were not poor. They needed the bag of money to fulfill the ministry. When Jesus was asked his tax, he sent Peter to go get it from the fish’s mouth. He however had savings because he had an abundance to the extent that Judas was stealing money from the bag and nobody felt it. You can’s steal insufficient money without people noticing quickly. He was a thief.
In John 12:6, the Bible says:
This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because HE WAS A THIEF, and had the money box; and HE USED TO TAKE WHAT WAS PUT IN IT.
Beloved, Jesus never portrays poverty as God’s will. Did Jesus had to live on borrowing. The first step out of poverty is to believe that it is God’s will to prosper you financially. This is further established in 3 John 2.
However, you will not enjoy divine supply without putting into practice the principles of the Kingdom of God.
Finally, brethren, I would want you to answer this question.
Is it God’s will for us to prosper financially?
Does the Bible say anything about financial prosperity?
Did Jesus teach us how to be rich?
Did Jesus encourage us to be rich?
Can everyone be financially free?
We shall discuss it tomorrow
Thanks for reading
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla