“True Prosperity” belongs to the person who has unlimited multi-dimensional resources that cannot be drained or destroyed … and in God’s eyes … that belongs to the person who is not afraid to find themselves alone in a desert ... hundreds of miles from everything except for sand and a blazing sun … and in their relationship with God, they are watered, fed, healed, protected, guided, and full of wisdom and ingenuity.
“True Prosperity” is a connection to the “unseen wells” of God.
This is what Jesus did … He found Himself alone in the desert and God took care of Him … and when He returned … He used His experience and relationship with God, to show the world how we too can be connected to an eternal supply of healing and resources.
“True Prosperity” in the desert is essential to understand, because in a land of plenty it is all too easy to lose sight of where wealth really comes from.
Do not confuse what God provides, with what we build. Our ability to grow food and create communities and commerce is a good thing, but only as long as it is infused with God ... because if we do not honour God, then we will teach the next generation to depend upon something that can disappear in a moment.
15 And when it was evening, His disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to Me.
19 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He Blessed, and Brake, and Gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Humans have become increasingly aware of the “probability” that things “will” go wrong, so much so, that the earth has become a casino. Our daily routine has become a lottery, in which the dice is rolled by someone else, and the outcome seems out of our control.
Though humans have had many successes, the overall record is not a great one. We live with one foot in heaven and one foot in hell, until the chasm becomes so wide that we are forced to make a choice …some choose God, some choose the devil, and some get lost in between. Even those who say that they believe in God, instead of saying “We’ve lost another battle!”, they say “It was meant to be!”, as if God had no more control than they did, or worse, had a hand in the woe.
In contrast, Jesus Christ talks about a realm that supersedes anything that darkness has to say about it, because Jesus lives in a realm of pure “certainty”. There are no odds of failure in heaven because there is no gambling in heaven. The concept of “gambling” is so full of darkness, that the word “gamble” does NOT exist in the Presence of God, because it implies a sense of risk or sleight of hand.
The concept of statistical “odds” can only exist where there is an inherent inequality or a wager against failure. It is a human-made concept that flies in the face of an infinite universe and the love that governs it. In the greatest of ironies, humans believe it is “risky” to trust in God, when God gave us JESUS so that we can live above THE ODDS.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Psalm 112:7 KJV
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Most humans only experience “post-giveness”. It is a form of forgiveness that takes place “after” a perceived wrong has taken place. The person who has been wronged, weighs and measures the offence, and then meters out a response that may or may not absolve the offender.
In contrast, Jesus enacted “pre-giveness”. Jesus went down through time ahead of us, and paid for every possible offence to holiness, before it was ever committed. Can you imagine standing before your fiancé on your wedding day, and proclaiming that you “pre-give” them every possible offence that they will do to you over the course of your marriage? Can you imagine forming a business, in which you announce to your partners, that you “pre-give” them every possible malicious thing that they will ever do to you in that corporation, as well as pay for all the damages? Well that is exactly what Jesus did!
Jesus loves us so much, that before this world and its universe was formed, Jesus committed to paying in full, for every wrong ever committed, by every human ever created. Therefore all we have to do is accept God’s free gift of pre-giveness.