This past Sunday we continued our series, Polyester Jesus, distinguishing the difference between artificial religion and authentic faith.
Each weekend we’ve been talking about one of the benefits that real Jesus offers. We’ve been talking about things like assurance, contentment, peace, and this week we focused on prosperity. One of the most difficult things, it seems, for Christians to understand is that God intends for there to be a harmony between our spiritual and our physical well-being.
Being raised in a conservative, protestant church, I never heard 3 John where John says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
I’ve heard about prosperity. I’ve heard preachers on TV talk about it. I’ve even heard about a thing called prosperity gospel which means if you do enough things, you can obligate God to be really, really, really good to you. As a matter of fact, whatever you’re experiencing right now is in direct correlation to how well you’re doing spiritually. But is that really what the Scriptures teach?
In this talk we talk about life math: the difference between addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in the real world. We also talk about the three ingredients of prosperity. Actually there are 4, but we only had time to talk about 3. And then we give a practical four-step process on how you actually go about doing this and realizing true prosperity in your everyday life.
If prosperity isn’t just more, or more than you; if prosperity isn’t power and the ability to control and manipulate, then what is it? It was Victor Hugo who said, “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” How is it that we can prosper in all the dimensions of our lives, and that be a good thing and a God thing? You’ll find out in this talk.