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   [04 Jul 2011 | Monday]

Is the prosperity gospel dangerous?

 

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!! As I prepare to send this blog out, my wife and I are soon to head in to the first service at the Southwest Believer’s Convention with Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. When we were preparing for our move back in March to Texas, and knowing we would be close to Ft. Worth and Dallas, I told my wife this is one convention I want to attend. So as soon as I press the send button we will be heading with thousands of other’s to hear some great teaching from God’s word.

 

I was raised in a major Pentecostal denomination that did not believe in the “prosperity gospel”. Being in that group for so long we almost prided ourselves that we weren’t prosperous. Educated yes, but when it came to believing that if I practice seed sowing into the Kingdom of God, and gave into good soil that then I could expect a harvest, we did not. We were taught to simply give, never expecting anything in return. That God would just somehow meet our needs. How amazing that the New Testament carries a message from Jesus Himself when He said emphatically “Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom…” (Luke 6:38 KJV)  Pardon me, but that verse is ripe with expectation.

 

I have always been a tither. I believe in the principle. Abraham practiced it way before the law. I have always tithed on the gross, never the net. Why?  Because I want a “gross” blessing. The Apostle Paul writing to the church in Corinth simply instructed the believers to make up their own mind how they would give. They were never to be pressured one way or another. Here is how he penned his message to their heart. “Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving].” (2 Corinthians 9:7 Amplified Version)  So, when I stated out from my very first paycheck as a teenage boy, I made up my mind to give off the gross, never from the net and God has been faithful to me all these years.  But, seed-sowing” into the Kingdom of God has come to me over the past several years. No one I ever set under taught me those principles from God’s word. Perhaps it was due to the fact that money was evil. Oh, now honestly, for you that have been around for any length of time that is honestly how it was presented. But, once again that is not what God’s word teaches. “For the love of money is the root of all evil…”(1 Timothy 6:10 KJV) So, when God got ready to bring me to an entire new level of thinking and giving He brought into my life my precious wife who had been practicing seed sowing for some time. I honestly argued with her about this principle. Blinders were on my eyes. Similar to scales that were on the eyes of Saul of Tarsus before God filled him with the power of the Holy Spirit. So, knowing I would never win the argument with my companion I started seed-sowing in to ministries that I had seen to be good soil. The result? Honestly I have witnessed God do exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could ask or think. God has proved Himself. God has caused men to give into our bosom. Windows of heaven have opened. Favor has come. And from my heart I shout “Glory to God”!

 

Now listen, perhaps you have dropped your token offering into an offering plate as it passed by, tipping God as you would a waiter or waitress at a restaurant and have never seen your needs met or supply come your direction. Or, you may have sent a few dollars to a worthy ministry and have not seen any return to your giving. Read Genesis chapter 8 and the 22nd verse. The answer is there. Seed-time-harvest. That is the progression. A farmer does not simply plant seed one afternoon and go out the next expecting to see sprouting up what he planted the day before. He knows there is time between the planting and the harvest. Yet, he is faithful to work the soil, water it faithfully, watch for enemies that would steal his harvest, pull the weeds or whatever else is necessary to gather in his crop when the time is right. When you plant your seed into Kingdom work faithful like a dirt farmer so you and I must be. We must water our soil with the confession of our mouth calling in the harvest. We must pray over our seed. We must constantly be alert to enemy forces that would love to come and steal our expectation out of our heart. But, I assure you that if God can take someone like me and cause me to see that seed-sowing works then he can take anyone who is open to His Spirit and teach them as well.

 

We are off to the meeting. I’ll share with you tomorrow what God’s is teaching me still. And, no I have not fallen and hit my head, I am standing in the blessings of God, taking His word at face value, and seeing it work as I work it!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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