The Real Prosperity Message (3 of 23) by Jim Perdue

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The Real Prosperity Message (3 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Jim Perdue
Psalm 119:9-16

I'm preaching through Psalm 119 on Sunday evenings in a series entitled Life By The Book. The focus of Psalm 119 is the Word of God. That's right, this is a chapter in the Bible that is all about the Bible. And so, this sermon series focuses on how the Word of God directs our lives. It shows us how to live Life By The Book.

This evening, we come to the second stanza in Psalm 119, represented by the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet beth. Once again, the focus on this section is the precious, sacred, perfect Word of God. And from this text, we see what it really means to prosper as believers. The subject for the sermon this evening is, The Real Prosperity Message. READ TEXT - PRAY

*If you spend any time watching some of the TV preachers, you will discover a reoccurring theme. Many of them, not all but definitely many, preach and teach that God wants you to prosper. And what they mean by that is, God wants you to be blessed physically, financially, and materially. In fact, some of them go so far as to say, if you're not wealthy it's because you haven't trusted God enough for what He wants to give you. They say that God wants you to live in a mansion, to drive a Rolls Royce, to have a fat bank account, and to be rich. There's only one problem with this prosperity theology. You don't find it anywhere in the Bible. In fact, most TV preachers use this message to make themselves rich and prey on the poverty of their hearers. They promise material and monetary blessings if you just send them a bit of your money. Don't get caught up in the lie, don't buy into the sham. This is a perversion of the truth and it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus says you might have to forsake everything to follow Him. And indeed, the Son of Man didn't even have a place to lay his head.*

But believe it or not, there is a prosperity message in the Bible. It doesn't have an ...


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