Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth – 3 John 1:2
Many have only thought of prosperity in terms of money or the multiplication of material possessions, but prosperity is first an ability. Material possessions or finances are often the most common symbols or indications of prosperity, which is why many equate prosperity with money; but it’s beyond money.
Let’s review the example of Joseph in Genesis 39:2; the Bible describes him as a prosperous man: “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” We’re told that he (Joseph) made his master, Potiphar, to prosper, to the extent that Potiphar made Joseph overseer of all that he had: “…the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand…” (Genesis 39:5-6).
Even after he was falsely accused and sent to prison, the Bible says that Joseph was still prosperous. He was put in charge of the prisoners and the Lord made him successful in all that he did (Genesis 39:22- 23). You can be “in prison,” and be prosperous. You can be working for somebody or an organization, and be the reason for their prosperity. Consider Jacob: the Bible says he made Laban to prosper. In Genesis 30:27, Laban testified of this to Jacob and said, “…I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.”
Much more than the acquisition of material possessions, prosperity is the ability to help others prosper! It’s the ability to do what you want to do, go where you want to go, and be whatever you want to be to the glory of Christ! It’s the ability to please God, and walk with the Spirit, and have His glory manifested in your life! It’s the Spirit of dominion at work in your life as a child of God.
You’ve been empowered by God, not just to prosper spiritually, mentally, physically and materially, but also to make others prosperous.
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I’m growing in grace and increasing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Word is prevailing in my life, causing me to prosper in my body, finances and in every area of my life! I’ve been empowered to bring prosperity to others, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Deuteronomy 8:18; 2 Corinthians 8:9