So often christians debate on whether we are to live in prosperity or not… they often quote the parable of the rich young ruler where Jesus told him to sell all his possessions, give to the poor and follow HIm. Or the passage where Levi sells all his possessions and repays what he’s taken from people 10 times over… Or they assert that Jesus and His disciples were homeless because they wandered around Jewish and Gentile territory for about 3 years… Well here is my opinion (backed up by scripture of course…)

First I’d like to define prosperity because I’m all about definitions and such… Prosperity is a state of material or spiritual bountifulness

We are made in God’s image… Gen. 1, How can we who are supposedly the likeness of the Creator of the Universe and not be prosperous???? Back in the day when Israel was in God’s good favor Ezekiel spoke God’s words saying

Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful and succeeded to royalty. Your fame went out among all the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My spendor which I had bestowed on you says the Lord God
~16:13-14

Israel was rich! I mean that today would be equivilent if not worth more to what Bill Gates has… And these are possessions and wealth… its not all spiritual… They had stuff… What David wrote in one of the Psalms is what really just takes the whole cake for me…

Let them shout for job and be glad,
Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
~ Psalm 35:27

Hello… Psalm 1:1-3 and Joshua 1:7-8 all promise us prosperity through seeking God and living out His will. There are also references that explain why we aren’t prosperous… and the main reason (which applies to every single one of us) is SIN… 2 Chronicles 24:20 says “Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people and said to them, “Thus says God: Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, He has forsaken you.”” 

In thinking about all the mountains of debt that I have (it makes my head hurt and I know it’s not the will of God) and I know it’s not what God desires for me. I just look to the day where I am overflowing with prosperity and I can be a blessing to others… Cause that’s what it’s all about! Glorifying God with what He’s bestowed upon us!