The True Source of Prosperity

Posted in: Hope, 0688, Prosperity
By Dr. Larry Ollison

Throughout my life, there have been times when I've been "broke," but I've never been poor. Broke represents a lack of money, but poor is a condition that is internal. Broke represents what I don't have on the outside that can be seen. Poor represents what's on the inside. While there have been times when I didn't have enough money, I did not have a poverty mentality.

You may ask, "How can you be broke, without money, and not be poor? Not having money is the outward manifestation of poor people." The answer is quite simple. I believe what God says about me, instead of believing what appears to be my condition.

God's Word says that He supplies all my need according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). That means my prosperity is linked to His riches and not to mine. How could I be poor when the Creator of the entire universe is the supplier of all my need? What appears to be a state of being poor is really only a temporary journey through the storm, because His prosperity is waiting for me when the storm clouds disappear.

If we see our prosperity as being connected to God's promise that He will be our supply (2 Corinthians 9:10), then our focus will be on Him rather than on our lack or abundance. And when we seek first His righteousness and His kingdom, then all the things we need will be provided.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

Do not allow the fear of money to develop within you. Many fear riches because they have been taught that riches affect your character. Your character is a result of the seeds you have sown in your heart and the proper focus of what you love. To have a true understanding of the peace and hope that God has for us, we must love what He loves and hate what He hates.

To believe that money can change your heart is to place money as an idol and something you worship. If money becomes your number one goal in life, then it becomes your god. When you place another god before the true God, you eliminate your source of true hope.

Devotion 0688