Understanding Prosperity (Kenneth Copeland)

Understanding Prosperity

Throughout the Word, God plainly shows that His will is for His covenant people to have a surplus of prosperity. He promised to make Abraham rich, and the promise of Abraham is ours today (Galatians 3:13-14; Genesis 17:6). God’s will is prosperity for you—spirit, soul and body.

We want to share with you what true Bible prosperity is and how to apply it to your own life. We encourage you to look up each of the following scriptures as a basis for your own study.

What Is Prosperity?
Matthew 6:33; James 2:14-17; John 14:21; 2 Corinthians 9:9

True prosperity is the ability to use God’s ability and power to meet the needs of mankind—regardless of what those needs may be.

Spiritual Prosperity
Romans 8:2; Luke 4:18, 6:27-38

Spiritual prosperity is freedom from the law of sin and death. To be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit puts you in the position to receive from God all the things promised in His word.

Mental Prosperity
2 Corinthians 10:5; 3 John 2-4; Philippians 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:14

To prosper mentally (in your soul), you must be able to control your mind, your will and your emotions. Prosperity of the mind comes when you use the knowledge you have accumulated from the Word of God—when you are controlling your mind, instead of allowing your mind to control you.

Physical Prosperity
1 Peter 2:24; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:8

Physical prosperity is twofold—health and wealth. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law—sickness, poverty and death (Deuteronomy 28:15-61). Health and wealth belong to the believer. Meditation on the Word and acting on the Word will bring results (Joshua 1:8). When you act on the Word, mix your faith with it and do not doubt in your heart, the Word will work for you.

What produces spiritual, mental and physical prosperity? What brings all these areas together? The Word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 says the Word is alive, powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. It divides the soul and the spirit, the joints and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. When you are walking in the Word of God, you will prosper and be in health.

We cannot settle for prosperity in the physical or mental realm only, just as we cannot settle for spiritual prosperity alone. We can’t afford to be lazy and to discount physical and mental prosperity simply because we are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. It is God’s will for us to be made whole—spirit, soul and body—and to be kept that way until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

As you walk in the light of God’s Word, you will become prosperous in every area of your life.

Published by Tree of Life Church

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2 thoughts on “Understanding Prosperity (Kenneth Copeland)

  1. I liked your article. Please allow me to leave one of mine.
    In Luke 24:47 Jesus said that “repentance and remission of sins would be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”. Verse 49 states that his witnesses or disciples, were to wait there at Jerusalem until they were “endued from power on high”. Remission is defined as: 1) release from bondage or imprisonment 2) forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty. We read in Acts chapter 2. Being assembled in one accord at Jerusalem were the 120 believers in Jesus Christ. They all received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of unknown tongues. Jewish people from every nation were there as well. These all heard the wonderful works of God in their own language. Some had doubts and others mocked the disciples. Peter stood up as spokesman for the others, and preached unto them Jesus. They were moved as God knocked or pricked on their hearts. Then they asked, “what shall we do”? Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”. Then with many other words did he testify and exhort, Saying save yourselves from this untoward generation. And they that gladly received his word were baptized. That same day three thousand souls were added unto the ranks of the redeemed as they were baptized in Jesus name. Now I have heard some say it is impossible for 120 to perform baptism on 3,000 people in a day. Well, if it was between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning; which all evidence suggests it was, certainly it was enough time with plenty to spare. Typically it takes two minutes to baptize someone in immersion. The word Baptizo is Greek term for baptism and means to dip, immerse, or overwhelm in a liquid; here specifically water. At that rate it takes about an hour. If each of the 120 disciples baptized 26 per person. At the rate of one baptism in two minutes time, (The standard time is 30-45 seconds.) one could perform 52 easily within an hour’s time of 60 minutes. Therefore, with that formula 120 could all easily baptize 3,000 with ease. They were all with one accord and one thought. Why would they not of divided the work equally? Also, some say that in order to be saved one must speak in other or unkown tongues. That is when they receive they spirit of God and only then. King David had the Holy Ghost/Spirit. Though, he never spoke in tongues! Mark 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. Now Mary had the Holy Ghost without ever speaking in an unknown tongue! Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Elisabeth was to bear a son (John the baptiser) who would be filled with the Holy Ghost/Spirit from his mother’s womb, in Luke 1:13-15. John never spoke in other tongues. We are saved by active faith. If Jesus Christ our Lord and Great High Priest, (Hebrews 4:14-15 who was tempted in all manner like us.) who suffered John to baptize him in water; to fulfill all righteousness. (Matthew 3:12-17/Mark 1:9-11 and the Holy Spirit in dove form descended upon him.) He (who was sinless but leads by example) was baptized yet he never spoke in tongues! The Holy Spirit enters in after our baptism says Roman 6:1-6, Colossians 2:12, and Galatians 3:27. It is by his grace and our faith are we saved says Ephesians 2:8-10. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. So, we are created in Christ Jesus (And not father, son, and Holy Spirit; which all came in Jesus name anyhow says John 5:43/14:26, Mathhew 1:21, and Ephesians 3:15!) and his name alone saves us. See Matthew 28:18, Acts 4:12, and Colossians 3:17! There is only one baptism seen as valid in the word of God as per Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Acts 10:36 plainly says Jesus is Lord of all. Mark 16:16 He that believeth (The word preached to him as in Romans 10:17; and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus in baptism, even as Paul did in Acts 22:16!) and is baptized shall be saved: (Faith without works is dead, says James 2:15-26 and Hebrews 11:1-40) but he believeth not, shall be damned. All unbelief is sin. And God has concluded all in unbelief until the act upon their faith. Nobody by their own works or ways can enter in to heaven. John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
    Rather by Jesus can we enter in, as he is the door! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. If Jesus did not die for us all at Golgotha or Calvary, we could would all be eternally lost. Hebrews 9:15-18,22 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. We are saved by our faith in the operation of God as already shown in Colossians 2:12. This is the victory that overcomes the world! 1 John 5:3-5 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (Baptism in Jesus name was commanded for all to obey starting at Jerusalem in Acts 2:38. Paul obeyed this in Acts 9:18 and 22:16. And he performed the same in Acts 16:15/33, 18:8, and 19:1-6.) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (And not our speaking in tongues. But real faith shown with fruits or works. Again, nobody by their own means or methods can work themselves into heaven! Rather it is our faith manifested through our obedience which now saves us as 1 Peter 3:21 and 2 King 5:1-14 state.) 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. If you obeyed Acts 2:38 by faith then you have the witness or Holy Spirit in you. And if not, then you are still cut off from God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me; Galatians 2:20. Finally these verses. Galatians 3:26-28 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. So, we are the chidren of God by faith and baptism in Christ Jesus. Mental acceptance is not enough! Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? From James 2:19-20. Today, if you believe scripturally, you will be saved.

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