The 7 Principles of Prosperity -101
Updated: Aug 4
Every financial situation differs one from another. Each circumstance is unique so a one-size-fits-all formula doesn't exist.
However, there are key elements contained in scripture that build financial wisdom. These key elements are what I consider to be the foundational steps to money management.
Many people think that prosperity isn't biblical. These people are deceived as there are roughly 2350 scriptures that speak about prosperity.
God's commands are clear that we should multiply and increase (Genesis 9:7) and give to our neighbor (Matthew 5:42). How are you supposed to give to people if you're broke or live in deep poverty?
The enemy's number one pursuit is to twist scripture to make it seem one way when God's commands are really another way. This was proven in the Garden of Eden when Satan was talking to Eve. He deceived her using God's own Words.
If your religion tells you it is holy to be poor, you have been lied to and need to find another path to truth.
The Bible teaches that Jesus came to redeem us to God; spirit, soul, and body. He also redeemed our finances.
God doesn't bless us so that we can use it to live in comfort, away from the needs of others. He blesses us so that when we come across someone in need, we can help them.
Biblical prosperity isn't evil, it is God's will.
It is His will because He has a mission for us to accomplish and He knows that this world operates on the basis of money.
Money isn't evil. The root of evil is selfishness. The love of money is the root of all evil. Read 1 Timothy chapter 6 and you will see where God stands on the subject of money.
If you use what God blesses you with to help others, you will be blessed with more according to Proverbs 28:20.
What Does the Bible Say About Prosperity?
The word bless, blessed, or blessing, is contained in the bible over 400 times in the KJV. There are at least 219 scriptures that guide us to prosperity and about 121 stories & instances that talk about it.
If you've never read the bible, please allow me to humbly sum it up for you.
The Bible begins with a story about how Adam and Eve lost their prosperity and provision through disobedience to God's commands.
Before they sinned, God's provision reigned in their life.
Their choice to choose sin over a relationship with God brought bad consequences. The Old Testament is full of how this curse of sin (poverty, pain, sickness, disease, hard labor, and separation from God) was passed down to us.
The book of Deuteronomy says over and over that blessing and cursing are a choice.
We can choose a positive life and blessing over negativity. We can choose to make better choices, choices that bring blessings instead of curses.
How do we do that? Simply by making positive choices, instead of negative ones. By heading God's commands and living a life of integrity, we invoke His blessings on our lives.
The Principles of Prosperity Explained
In the New Testament, God sent Jesus to redeem us from Adam's (the first man's) sin. Jesus also called the second Adam, was without sin.
Jesus gave His pure & holy life in exchange for ours, thereby removing the curse of Adam's sin (Revelation 1:5). The curse still has an effect on us unless we, through faith and good works together, receive and activate God's Word & His promises.
We now have an advocate, the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), Who acts as a type of attorney on our behalf when pleading with the Father for our case.
Jesus' life was given in exchange for our sins, thereby making us holy in God's sight.
His riches were given in exchange for our poverty, thereby making us rich whether we partake of it or not.
His health was given in exchange for our disease, thereby making us healed, whether we partake of His healing grace or not.
Jesus took all of the negative consequences of sin upon Himself, leaving us with the option of being whole. We can be blessed if we choose to be. It is a gift that will never be taken away.
Have you ever heard someone say they've been saved? This is what they mean. Jesus saved us from sin and the curse of death, poverty, & sickness. This is how we know that negative things do not come from God. God sent Jesus to save us from negative consequences.
In order to receive this promise of redemption, we must believe wholeheartedly that Jesus died on the cross and gave His life for ours, and accept Him as our Savior.
Through faith in His sacrifice, sin's effects will not have dominion over our lives. We can learn to sow positive actions instead of sin, thereby removing the bad consequences of sin.
Important Note: 👉🏻 God's will is blessing not cursing.
I said all of that, to say this, we do not have to live in poverty. Poverty is a result of the curse of sin which Jesus redeemed us from.
Salvation removes us from poverty, sickness, & sin-ridden status and places peace in our hearts.
Faith & good works then cause that peace to be planted in every area of our lives. Once those seeds grow, we begin to reap the spiritually blessed life God intended for us.
What this means for our finances is that we can now come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for what we need. As we learn to be good stewards of what God entrusts to us, He can bless us with more.
The key is to keep learning and growing through a humble and repentant spirit, realizing that God's blessings come through Jesus' sacrifice. Our efforts can be blessed as well which is why the Bible repeats over and over for us to do God's will. His will is that we sow positive actions so we can get positive results.
The Gift of the Family
The gift of the family comes with many responsibilities. Our homes, material possessions, and finances all have to be maintained & well-managed in order to reap more blessings.
I try to maintain a high level of integrity when it comes to how I care for the gifts that God has blessed me with because I know that when I manage well what He's given me, He blesses me with more.
We must be good stewards to receive God's blessings.
If you're lacking in the area of finances, you might need to do a check-up on your management skills.
Being a good steward/manager of what God blesses us with is a big part of whether or not we get blessed with more. If you can't handle a little, you will not be entrusted with more.
Being a bad manager will hinder blessings in your life.
Manage Well, Cultivate Your Garden
Let's go over what it means to be a good manager. A good manager oversees, organizes, and maintains.
A good manager keeps things in good working order. For this reason, we should try hard to keep our house, yard, and car clean and well-maintained. People used to say cleanliness is next to Godliness because God does bless those who manage well.
Your house or car may not be new, but it can be clean and well-organized. We should try to keep whatever God has given us in tip-top condition.
Oversee & Organize-
We should keep our bank accounts balanced and our bills and spending within budget. We should know where our money is going and use it wisely. Bad managers do not get financial blessings so be sure you understand how to handle your finances.
God blesses diligence, hard work, sacrifice, & giving. Don't forget to give! Giving should be at the top of our priority list.
A good manager is someone who takes care of neighbors, friends, and relatives. A good manager is a giver and understands that everything he has comes from God. Everything in the earth belongs to God. He is the Creator of it all.
It's a Godly financial principle you can't ignore. If you're not a giver, you will not be as blessed. No matter what our budgets look like, giving and tithing is imperative.
Give, and whatever measure you give with, that same measure will be used when it is given back to you (Luke 6:38).
If you can get a grip on this basic financial principle, you can move forward to the next lesson, The 7 Principles of Prosperity-102.
“I, the Lord do not change.
So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them.
Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.
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. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.
Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty."