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The Promise of Material Blessings
God never looked down on material prosperity. In fact you will see in a serious study of scripture that many of the people that walked with Him were abundantly blessed materially. In Proverbs there are two verses back to back that portray a parallel of wealth and righteousness; poverty and sin.
Proverbs 10:15 & 16
"The rich mans wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty. The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin."
Even in the New Testament material prosperity was not taught against but rather "the love of money"(materialism). Some of Jesus' friends such as Lazarus, Joseph of Arimathea , Nicodemus, were wealthy people.
Money or prosperity were always one of the signs of God's blessing. God wants to bless His people with abundance. His promise to the Children of Israel on entering the promised land is that it would be a land that would flow with material blessings (milk and honey).
Look at the promised blessings of God upon the Children of Israel if they would obey him when they enter into the promised land.
1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock-- the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 The LORD will ...
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