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The Power of Prosperity

PASTOR WIL: Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 6:9, 1 Timothy 6:9.  If you all… I want to bless somebody with this entire series as well, if you all want to give me that at the end of the service.  This is the final message on this series called “The Power of…”  We initially talked about regeneration by the Holy Ghost.  Now we’re talking, or concluding, a teaching on the power of the Holy Ghost. 

I want to look at three passages: 1 Timothy 6:9, Deuteronomy 8:18, and Matthew 19:29.  We’re gonna bring it all together in this final sermon in the series.  

1 Timothy 6:9 says, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harm— hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  

Deuteronomy 8:18, in the Old Testament, and getting back to the New Testament with Matthew 19:29.   

Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power” — everybody say, “Power” — power “to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto your father, as it is this day.”  

Then finally, Matthew 19:29, it says, “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold” — one hundred times — “and shall inherit everlasting life.”   

So far in this series, as we give you the final message today, we’ve looked at the power of the Holy Spirit from six perspectives.  We’ve talked about the power of fasting to give you power over lust; the power of prayer to give you power over your troubles; the power of faith to increase your hope; the power of praise, two messages: one, to shift your atmosphere, another one to shift your soul.  

Last Sunday, we gave you a powerful message entitled “The Power of Your Witness – Don’t Let Them Take Your Testimony”: don’t impugn your testimony, don’t sabotage your testimony, and don’t destroy your testimony.   Today, in this final message — I didn’t know if I was gonna give this message, but the Lord gave it to me, and I was just debating on it, whether I was gonna give it — but it deals with your money.  It deals with prosperity.  It deals with finances.  

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There are a lot of people who don’t go to church today, and their number one complaint is, they take up too much money, they give too much.  Somebody told me today, “You raise too many offerings, Pastor.”  Well, they didn’t tell me, they told me somebody told them, yeah.   

And the truth of the matter is, is that the Bible is replete with Scriptures on money and finances, both giving and receiving, both spending and losing.  As a matter of fact, it’s mentioned some 800 times or more in Scripture?  “Why do you always talk about money?”  Well, the Bible always talks about money.   

As a matter of fact, God never thought Satan was his biggest challenge.  He never even put Satan at his level.   

Let me take a little side-track.  See, some of y’all dealing with peons, and you bringin’ ‘em up to a level, or you’re goin’ down to their level.  People that ain’t at your level, you need to just push that to the side.  I, I ignore folk who be nippin’ at my heels, you know, folks wanna, wanna, wanna troll on my Facebook page and say somethin’, I’m just like, delete.  I ain’t got time to deal with you.  God ain’t got time to deal with the devil.   

You know what He said?  God said, “You cannot serve two masters.”  The other one wasn’t the devil.  Y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  It was (indiscernible), it was money, it was finances.  He said you will love one and hate the other.  Either you’re gonna love God, or you’re gonna love your money.  Oo, I’m gettin’ ready to preach right now.  Either you’re gonna hate God, or you’re gonna hate your money; but you can’t do both.  And so, God told me to go ahead and talk about this money, this prosperity.   

Now, let me be real clear: God does want us to prosper.  John said to Gaius, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”  But John didn’t just say this in Scripture to Gaius; this is a thing that God says to His people.  We see that in the 35th Psalm; the 27th verse is “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”   

A proverb in Ecclesiastes 10 says, “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”  

“Will it make me happy, Pastor?”  No.  It won’t.  It just gets you really, really, really, really, really close.  Okay, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  You just feel a little different when your bills is paid and you still got some change in your pocket.  The boy don’t look so bad when the bills are paid.  Okay, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.   

Money answers all things, speaks not only to desires of one’s heart, cares of this world, but it also speaks to purpose, and destiny.  It speaks to both good and evil; is needed for survival; is needed for reward.  The Bible says if a man don’t work, should he?  Is needed for destiny, purpose.  

Prosperity, however, is neither good nor evil.  It is what we call “amoral.”  But depending on how you use it, how you feel about it, how you think about it, it can take on a particular nature — a nature that builds up in your heart. 

In our first lesson text, Paul is speaking to his son Timothy, and he speaks to the deceptive nature of money; namely, that if you love it, it will become the root of your evil.  The root of all evil.   

But in our second lesson text, God speaks to His divine nature — specifically, His purpose for your life — and says, “Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God, for He is He that giveth thee the power to obtain,” what?  That He made!  There’s purpose there.  It’s not just money for money’s sake, there is a covenant, a purpose behind it.  There’s a divine purpose for why I’m giving you what I’m giving you. 

And in our final lesson text, Jesus speaks to the incentive nature of prosperity — that there is a reward for one’s work.  Prosperity, therefore, carries with it power.   

Everybody say, “Power.”   

But we must choose how we use that power.  Power in the wrong hands can become destructive, if used improperly, if used by the wrong person with the wrong motive.   

Deuteronomy 30:15 says, “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, death and evil.”  “I have set before thee this day life and good, death and evil.”  

If we choose evil, we walk in deception, temptation, sorrow, and ultimately, death, when it comes to our money.  If we choose good, we walk in divine purpose and we receive our savior’s reward, and so, my final message in this series is entitled, “The Power of Prosperity: A Choice of Good or Evil.”  “The Power of Prosperity: A Choice of Good or Evil.”  

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