Firstly, let's all stop and realize a few facts that have somehow crept into many of our belief systems. Much stemming from religious (not grace based) beliefs that we must live is poverty in order to be humble. That's not true. Some of the most arrogant people are totally ignorant to the facets of how life elements are paid for. They are often lazy, hateful, and jealous. All of that negative thinking often manifests itself in stubborn arrogance. Then that way of thinking becomes viral, why because it is easy to hate. Its all over the media, all over social media :: long lists of victim stories. Yet somehow all this bad stuff is always someone else's fault, the governments fault, wealthy peoples fault, your boss, the neighbor with the awesome car or gorgeous wife... the list goes on. Reality slips away, worse as people wallow in that way of thinking they become vulnerable to manipulation, and simply turn into game pieces for agendas that go unnoticed. Being loving, forgiving, nurturing is much more difficult. However, MUCH more rewarding. Think about it - which would you want write on your epitaph.
The focus used to be "the man" meaning big government, or more appropriately corrupt happenings that come out of big government. Now there is the full shift to corporate or the 1%. I will not argue the wrong doings, or perhaps more appropriately outlined what corporate America or otherwise can do for others and or have failed to do. Some of the bad decisions, minimizing the value of its corporate citizens for example, has done the most damage. Providing a narrative that many spin this terrible lie from. A great and recent example that frames this error in thinking, is a book written by John Mackey founder of Whole foods, called "Conscious Capitalism". Please read this book and consider its arguments. They are solid. Simply put we need to all work, make money, it is a good thing not a bad thing. If we don't there are no funds to actually help those in need. Not to mention buy your own food. This thinking that somehow we are all entitled to hand outs, or a perfect life without the cost of hard work - is simply illogical.
Now, stay with me, this isn't a political statement. It doesn't matter to God what party you see yourself attached to, what matters are that policy, governance, and life choices are in alignment with the Word. You can make those decisions yourselves. Individually we can have an effect, be thankful for your job, your calling or not, it is a means to a way. Be happy validate others, through that you too will be validated. That emotion is incredibly powerful!
So back to it, what happens when we are prosperous; well for starters we can give and tithe great amounts, we can add considerable value to the world. This is why the Lord wants His people prosperous. That means YOU. There are two nations to have ever started, in all of time, that were founded on God :: yep, Israel and the United States of America. Again, that doesn't mean we are the only ones to be prosperous, It is a fact to consider for accountability. Why we all need to be much more careful with loyalty, respect, rightfulness, and what is in alignment with Gods Word verses worrying about what other people think. For heavens sake, why would you make an impactful decision based on what you 'think' someone 'might think' about what you do. Do we really want to give that level of control to an imaginary matrix, or to an ever fickle media?!?!?!? No - oh No You Don't!!
So back to this concept of prosperity, is it wrong to seek it? No. Is it wrong to have goals and aspirations, grand or otherwise one step at a time? No. Is it wrong to want to provide for your family, want a good job, to further your career? No. Now, could it be wrong to expect any government should take from everyone it can, so you can be lazy and get everything handed to you? Granted that was a loaded question, but the answer is still Yes. It simply strips people of our rights, our freedoms, our creativity.
The Law of Moses clearly demonstrates it was God's own wish to bless His beloved nation above all nations upon the Earth. (Be mindful, this is post Christ era so we all have grace upon us and therefore are all His beloved nation - if we choose to be). Even during these early times His people initially didn't have the skills they would need to be financially successful. God declared He would give it to them, give them the power to obtain wealth. (Deut. 8:18). That is to say, He Himself would teach them how to prosper materially.
This was not a scheme that resulted from a human request for prosperity; rather, it was entirely God's idea! The notion that prosperity is evil and poverty is good cannot be found in scripture!
Think about this. Can man be evil, yes we know that is true. Have we had a myriad of evil people irrespective of their wealth. Well that is a solid yes. In fact most evil actions come out of disparate times, not from glorious times. Of course there have been some seriously powerful and evil people. Those are easier to remember. However, they do not dominate the numbers. So be careful not to identify prosperity, or even the ability to obtain prosperity with evil.
Go forth be prosperous, give, tithe, contribute and be blessed!
Samantha Living Live
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