The Deceptive Power of Prosperity (Destructive Power)

PASTOR WIL: Y’all gonna help me this morning?  

Let’s look at this, let’s look at this, let’s first look at this first passage we gave you, and talk about this from the first perspective.  It would be the deceptive power of prosperity.  Everybody say, “Destructive.”  The deceptive power of prosperity.   

In our first lesson text, the Bible says, “For money is the root of all evil.”  This first reason prosperity can create an evil nature is when we — everybody check this out — when we choose discontentment.  This is when money and prosperity can take on a evil nature.  As we stated earlier, money itself is amoral; prosperity is amoral.  But it is a choice to love it.  It is a choice to become discontent with what you have.  We become susceptible to its evil nature when we allow ourselves to become discontent with where we are, or our state in life.  Are y’all getting this?  And if power will deceive you, Paul said, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 

I love the New Living translation of that same passage.  It says this: “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation, and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”   

A lot of people have fallen, even in Christendom, even in the church, because of the lure of money; because they were never content with what they had.   

Money can destroy you spiritually, it can destroy you emotionally, and it can destroy you physically.  Everybody say, “Spiritually.”  The Bible says that the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches and the lust of other things enter in, and choke the word, and you become unfruitful.   

Do you understand that there is an assignment — and we’ll get into that a little bit later — a purpose in your life that God has called you?  And if you are not careful, that lure of money will pull you away from what is necessary for you to fulfill your assignment, and will literally choke the word…   

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Somebody was askin’ me, “Should I take this job or should I not take this job?”  And I said, “What is your assignment?”  What is your assignment?  I preach on Sunday, so I don’t care how much money they offer me, I can’t take a job on Sunday.  Oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with me.  I know preachers who got a job on Sunday.  But I can’t do that!  Because that’s my assignment.   

The enemy will literally destroy you spiritually.  He will destroy some of us emotionally.  The New Living translation, in Matthew 6, you can study that later, but the New Living translation says, “Don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What shall we eat?  What shall we drink?  What shall we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of, of, of, of, of unbelievers, so why should we, as believers who believe in God?  If God will take care of the, of the birds, and the flowers, how much more shall your father take care of you?  Why are you stressed out about whether or not you’re gonna have your rent money or your car payment or your that?  God’s gonna take care of me, Hallelujah!  Ain’t no use to me stayin’ up all night worryin’ about something that I cannot change!  But this money will have you so stressed out, so messed up, that you can’t sleep, because it is messing with you emotionally.   

Some people are destroyed physically by money.  Even though the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is” what?  “Death.”  Death, death, death.  It will ultimately lead to our physical destruction.  And therefore, prosperity, in this first point, requires a choice of contentment.  Everybody say, “Contentment.”   

See, in our lesson text, where he says here, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation,” he says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”  If you go back two verses, in verses 6:6 it says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 

I need everybody in here to understand.  I don’t care where you are in life — your assignment as a Christian is to be content with whatever state God has you in, because your God is your shepherd and you shall not want!  The Lord is my shepherd, and He shall supply all my need according to his riches and glory!  For me to be discontent is for me to tell my daddy, “I don’t like what you’re giving me.”  The devil is a liar.  Paul said, “I’ve learned how to be content in whatever state I’m in.  He said, “Let me be real clear: I thank you all for helpin’ a brother out with your little offerings, but, but, but, but, but, I want you to understand something.  I’ve been broke, but I still was good.  I’ve been rich, but I still was good.  My stomach has been full, my stomach has been empty; but I’ve learned how to be content in whatever state I’m in!  Somebody say, “Why?”  Somebody say, “Why?”  ‘Cause my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory.  My God is on the case, even if I lose a job — my God.  So I don’t care if I’m in Section 8, thank God that He supplied Section 8.  I don’t care that I have a one-bedroom apartment, thank God for the one-bedroom apartment.  I don’t care if I lost my car, thank God for the bus pass and the church van!  I don’t care if I ain’t got but two suits, thank God for a washing machine!  Y’all ain’t helpin’ a brother in this place!  Oh, my God shall supply, and so I’m gonna be content.   

Now look at your neighbor and say, “Don’t let them fool you.”  Don’t you let this money fool you.  My God shall supply.  I’m alright, baby.  (Singing.)  Somebody say, “Hallelujah!”  Say it again, “Hallelujah!”  Push your neighbor and say, “I can do all things!”  Come on, say it, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”   

(Speaking.)  Let me tell you how bad my God is.  He can take me through when I’m broke.  Let me tell you how bad my God is.  He’ll make me feel full when I ain’t got nothin’ to eat in the house.  Let me tell you how bad my God is.  He will move mountains, and I don’t even have a reason to tell y’all how the mountain got moved!  I don’t even know how I made it through this year, but look, here it is, it’s the last month of the year, and I’m still here!  Ain’t had nothin’ but a two-bit piece of job, but I’m still here!  (Applause.)  Woo!   

Look at your neighbor and say, “That’s a bad man right there,” say, “Oh, yeah, I can do all things.  Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”  Look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, don’t be deceived by prosperity.  Choose contentment with God, Hallelujah.”  Y’all got that?  Be content, just be content.  I don’t care what it is, just be content.  Be content. 

Let’s go on.  

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