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The 7 Principles of Prosperity -101

7, the number of completion. These seven principles of prosperity were derived from what God's Word says about wisdom, prosperity, and personal finance. They were also derived from my own experience with debt and from what I've seen other people go through.


Every financial situation differs one from another. Each circumstance is unique so a one-size-fits-all formula doesn't exist.


However, there are key elements contained in scripture that build wisdom toward how to build financial wealth. These key elements are what I consider to be the foundational steps to building a solid financial profile.


Many people think that prosperity isn't scriptural. These people are deceived.


God's commands are clear that we should love and help one another. How are you supposed to help people if you're broke?!


If your religion tells you it is holy to be poor, you need to get away from religion. The bible teaches that Jesus came to redeem us to God; spirit, soul, and body. He also redeemed our wealth.


However, God doesn't bless us so that we can use it to live in comfort, away from the needs of others. He blesses us so that when we come across someone in need, we can help them.


Biblical prosperity isn't evil, it is God's will. It is His will because He has a mission for us to accomplish and He knows that this world operates on the basis of money. If you use what He blesses you with for His mission, you will be blessed with more (Proverbs 28:20).


The word bless, blessed, or blessing, is contained in the bible over 400 times. There are at least 219 scriptures that guide us to prosperity and about 121 stories & instances that talk about it.


If you've never read the bible, please allow me to humbly sum it up for you.


The bible begins with a story about how Adam and Eve lost their prosperity and provision through disobedience to God's commands. Before they sinned, God's provision reigned in their life.


Their choice to choose sin over a relationship with God, brought bad consequences. The Old Testament is full of how this curse of sin (poverty, pain, sickness, disease, hard labor, and separation from God) was passed down to us.


The book of Deuteronomy says over and over that blessing and cursing are a choice. We can choose life. We can choose to make better choices, choices that bring blessing instead of cursing. We can choose to be blessed.


In the New Testament, God sent Jesus to redeem us from Adam's sin. Jesus was without sin. He gave His life in exchange for ours. thereby removing the curse. The curse still has an effect on us unless we, through faith and good works together, receive and activate God's word & His promises.


Jesus' life was given in exchange for our sin. His riches were given in exchange for our poverty. His health was given in exchange for our disease. He took all of the negative consequences of sin upon Himself. Have you ever heard someone say they've been saved? This is what they mean. He saved us from sin and the curse of death!


In order to receive this promise of redemption, we must believe wholeheartedly that Jesus died on the cross and gave His life for ours, and accept Him as our Savior. Through faith in His sacrifice, sin's effects will not have dominion in our lives. We can learn to live in holiness instead of sin, thereby removing the bad consequences of sin.


I said all of that, to say this, we do not have to live in poverty.


Salvation removes us from a poverty, sickness, & sin-ridden status and places peace in our hearts. Faith & good works then cause that peace to be planted in every area of our lives. Once those seeds grow, we begin to reap the spiritually blessed life God intended for us.


What this means for our finances is that we can now come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for what we need. As we learn to be good stewards of what God entrusts to us, He can bless us with more and more.


The key is to keep learning and growing through a humble and contrite heart, realizing that God's blessings come through Jesus' sacrifice. They also come through tithing & giving.


The gift of family comes with many responsibilities. Our homes, material possessions, and finances all have to be maintained & well managed in order to reap more blessings.


If you're lacking in the area of finances, you might need to do a check-up on your management skills. Being a good steward, or, manager of what God blesses us with is a big part of whether or not we get blessed with more. If you can't handle a little, you will not be entrusted with more. Being a bad manager will hinder blessings in your life.


Let's go over what it means to be a good manager. A good manager oversees, organizes, and maintains.


Maintenance-

A good manager keeps things in good working order. For this reason, we should try hard to keep our house, yard, and car clean and well maintained.


Your house or car may not be new, but it can be clean and well organized. We should try to keep whatever God has given us in in tip top condition.


Oversee & Organize-

We should keep our bank accounts balanced and our bills and spending budgeted. We should know where every penny is going and use our money wisely. Bad managers do not get financial blessings so be sure you understand how to handle your finances.


God blesses diligence, hard work, sacrifice, & giving. Don't forget to give!


A good manager is someone who takes care of neighbors, friends, and relatives. A good manager is a giver. Giving should be at the top of our priority list. It's a Godly financial principle you can't ignore. If you're not a giver, you will not be as blessed financially. No matter what our budgets look like, putting others first is imperative.


Give, and whatever measure you give with, that same measure will be used when it is given back to you (Luke 6:38). This is part of building a good financial foundation. If you can get a grip on this basic financial principle, you can move forward in understanding The 7 Principles of Prosperity-102.


“I, the Lord do not change.

So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them.

Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.

“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’

“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.

Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty."

Malachi 3:6-12


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