On a forum I used to post on, a very good friend of mine posted this:
Ps 35V27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
This scripture tells us God has pleasure in the prosperity (well being) of the servant that favours his righteous cause.
Notice though what it doesn’t say, it doesn’t say that God takes pleasure in the poverty of his servant because he doesn’t… God takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant…
Reading this has blessed me no end. It is such a powerful thought: God is happy when you prosper financially.
So many Christians still don’t or can’t believe this. They have imbibed the nonsense of religion that God wants you poor, that poverty is next to godliness, that poverty is a blessing.
They don’t realize that God placed Adam in a garden paradise full of fruitfulness, abundance and even gold and precious stones (read Genesis 1 and 2 if you don’t believe that), that Jesus lived on this earth as a wealthy man until he became poor on the cross, and that Jesus became poor so we could be rich.
This Scripture tells us clearly: God has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant. Put this in modern language: God loves it when you succeed financially. Every pay rise, every deal that favours you, every gift you receive, every stock you invest in that goes up, every debt you pay off, every time money comes to you – God is happy. God loves it when you prosper.
James 1.5 says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways and cannot receive from God. That does not mean an indecisive person because an indecisive person can receive from God. I can walk into the pulpit thinking should I preach sermon A or sermon B and be in two minds about what to do, and when I preach even if I make my mind up at the last minute, people will still be blessed – I will still have received from God!
A double minded person is someone who is trying to stand in faith in the Word but another part of their mind holds a thought that works against what they are believing for. I had this myself years ago while trying to stand for my healing: part of my mind was believing that by His stripes I was healed whereas another part of my mind was going “you don’t deserve to be healed because of all you have done wrong.”
No matter how many healing Scriptures I quoted or meditated on, no matter how many healing messages I heard, I could not be healed because of my double mindedness. Praise the Lord, He showed me from His Word that He loved me and that we don’t receive from God based on merit. I didn’t need a healing revelation to be healed, I needed a grace revelation. Recently I went to pray for a person suffering from the symptoms of cancer and as I was teaching him the Word I realize that he needed not a healing revelation, but a grace revelation.
When it comes to prosperity, we preach a lot on the functionality of prosperity: sow a seed, reap a harvest; give and it shall be given to you; cast your bread on the waters and it will return to you. Now that is all true, very very true. But if you give let’s say £100 to a ministry following the leading of the Lord and your mind is stuffed full of how prosperity works that is not enough to prosper. You are claiming a return on your gift, standing in faith but if another part of your mind is yelling at you: “God doesn’t want you rich, God loves the poor, you don’t deserve to be out of debt, you are not good enough, you are not on of the lucky few” then your double mindedness will stunt your prosperity. So because it doesn’t work you listen to some more teaching tapes on the functionality of prosperity, but it doesn’t work because you haven’t dealt with the other part of your mind.
You need to realize and meditate on the relational aspect of prosperity. You need to say out loud and think about this: It makes God happy when you succeed financially, God loves it when I have money, the Lord is delighted with my prosperity.
Start to imagine you succeeding financially, and start to imagine God’s pleasure as you succeed.