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How Does a Believer Really Prosper (1 of 2)
Do we have anybody in this room who would like to be prosperous? Would enjoy prosperity- that's not a trick question? To prosper means to achieve economic success; to flourish; to thrive; to be successful. Is it not true that we all want that. Don't so spiritual. We all want that even though at times, our motives might not be pure and our definition of success may be flawed. But here's the good news that may surprise you this morning. God says that he wants His people to have prosperity. Now let me read Psalm 35:27.
Ps 35:27 Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; and let them say continually, ''The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.'' [NASB]
That's actually in the Bible that God delights when His people are prosperous. Now most of you have never, ever said AMEN in this room in your life but right now for the first time you want to say AMEN! See there, I knew it. It was in you. AMEN! YES! God wants me to have prosperity but let's don't go too fast. Biblical prosperity is different from worldly or secular prosperity. There are two things I need to say to you.
One is (#1) you may have more money right now than you can handle spiritually. ) You may have more money right now than God can trust you with so if you understand; if God can't trust you why would God give you more? If He can't trust you with what you have why would God give you more?
The second (#2) thing I need to say to you is getting more money may hurt you more than it would help you and the stories would be thousands. I mean, I've read so many stories about people who won the lottery and you have too, most of those people who win the lottery, it's the worst thing that ever happened to them. It destroys their life. I know you want to sit there and say, ''But I'd just like to try it myself.'' But God doesn't want to hurt you. Why would God want to give ...
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