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God’s will concerning financial prosperity and abundance is clearly revealed in the Scriptures.
From the beginning of time, He had provided financial prosperity for His people through obedience to his Word.
It all started with Adam. In the beginning, God placed everything that man could use and enjoy in the Garden. God saw that Adam lacked no good thing. He was created in the image of God, Himself, leaving nothing to be desired.
God furnished Adam with companionship, ability, abundance and a kingdom. He blessed Adam with the power to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, and have dominion over every living creature (Read Genesis 1:28).
Adam was the master of the Garden, and God was the master of Adam. God’s man was free in every way! He knew no bondage until that fatal day when he committed high treason against the Lord God.
Poverty and lack came only after Adam changed gods and began to operate under Satan’s dominion. Satan is the author of poverty. God is the author of abundance. When Adam served God, all he knew was abundance. He had the best of everything, the crown of life. God’s will for Adam was abundance. Since His will does not change, God’s will for His people today is still abundance (Read James 1:17 KJV).
Once sin entered the picture and robbed man of God’s blessing and the abundance it brings, God made a way to get that blessing back into the earth by establishing a covenant with Abraham (Read Genesis 17:1-9).
It was an unbreakable covenant that could not be altered, and through it, Abraham was blessed physically and materially and given the promise of spiritual redemption.
God’s covenant with Abraham revealed His will concerning prosperity because it made Abraham extremely rich. Abraham’s servant said “The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys,” (Genesis 24:35 The Amplified Bible). At the end of Abraham’s life, Genesis 24:1 says of him, “and Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.” No enemy could successfully stand before him because he had a Covenant with God.
God established the covenant in Abraham’s generation, and nothing could alter the promise of God because Abraham kept the covenant and walked uprightly before God.
God promised Abraham that He would also establish His covenant blessings with his seed: “But my covenant will I establish Isaac,” (Genesis 17:21a KJV). And that’s exactly what He did!
And the Lord appeared to (Isaac) the same night and said, I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will favor you with blessings and multiply your descendants for the sake of my servants Abraham (Genesis 26:3 NIV).
The Bible tells us that Isaac, “became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished…and the Philistines envied him,” (Read Genesis 26:13-14 KJV). Next, God established the blessing in Jacob’s life. “So Jacob became exceedingly prosperous and had large flocks (of sheep and goats), and female and male servants, and camels, and donkeys.” (Genesis 30:43 Amplified Bible)
Sound familiar? It’s the results of the same covenant. Jacob’s father-in-law deceived and cheated him for years, but that could not alter the covenant (Read Genesis 31:7-12 NIV).
Joseph, Jacob’s son, was sold into slavery by his brothers, but that did not stop God from establishing his covenant of blessing with Joseph in his generation. “But the Lord was with Joseph, and he (though a slave) was a successful and prosperous man: and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
“And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did.” (Genesis 39:3 NIV).
In short, the Lord made a slave so prosperous that his owner wanted to partake of his success! What a covenant! It works even under the most adverse circumstances.
The blessing of the covenant cannot be stopped in the life of an heir of Abraham as long as he keeps the covenant—obeys God and believes that He is able to perform the covenant in his life.
Later, the blessings prospered Joseph, even in prison. God gave him favor, and the warden put him in charge of prison. The Lord made whatever Joseph did to prosper (Read Genesis 39:21-23).
Eventually, Joseph was promoted from prison to the office of governor and given full charge of the country.
“And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt,” (Genesis 41:42-43 KJV).
Many years later, after Joseph died, the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. But because of the blessing of Abraham, they were delivered. “God heard their groaning and remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Exodus 2:24 NIV).
God told Moses, “And I have come down to deliver them out of the hand and power of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a land good and large, a land flowing with milk and honey (a land of plenty),” (Exodus 3:8 NIV).
God, Himself, came down to see Abraham’s descendants because of His covenant with him.
God’s dealings with Isaac, Joseph, and Moses were the results of the promise He made to establish the covenant of blessing with Abraham’s seed in their generations.
That blessing included everything that had to do with their physical, material and financial needs. Healing was included in the blessing. Success and prosperity was included in the blessing—and exceeding financial blessing.
If Abraham’s seed in their generations were obedient to the covenant, they walked in the blessing of Abraham. If they were disobedient, they walked in the curse of the law.
The Lord warned them:
“Beware lest you say in your (mind and) heart, my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth. But you shall (earnestly) remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18 ESV)
This Scripture reveals some important facts:
1. God has given Covenant men the power to get wealth.
2. Prosperity, even wealth, is necessary to establish the covenant.
3. In order for God to fulfill what he promised Abraham, he must be allowed to prosper Abraham’s descendants as it is this day, as though today were the day he made the promise.
In the next partner letter, we’re going to see, how in Christ, we too, are the covenant descendants of Abraham. (Galatians 3:29)
Marcia and I are believing for you success and prosperity.