Prosperous or Poor


God never meant for His people to be poor. However, not all were diligent in business, as well as consulting Him in their spiritual and material life. Therefore He made a way for others who are poor to receive blessings as well as though who are prosperous. He tells us that there will always be poor people in the land. As long as there are poor people in our land we are to open our hearts and hands wide to those people and give them what will meet their needs and want. We are not to grieve in our heart when we give, but we are to give cheerfully and not as in seeking a reward from God. The Bible tells us, to deny helping a poor person in need would result in receiving the curse of God and all of thy blessings of material prosperity to be cut off. We are not to fret over what we give away to others, because God will bless what we do in our works and what we put our hands unto.

God did not mean for us to be poor, He did not mean for us to borrow, and He did not mean for other nations to reign over us. For God meant for us to be prosperous, lenders and not borrowers, to reign over nations and not to be reigned over by other nations.

What kind of change would occur in our lives if we hearkened unto all that God instructs us to do, while first consulting Him on all matters no matter how great or small? What if we were bold enough in our faith to step out towards each business opportunity He sends our way? What if we helped one poor person a day? Would we be the prosperous people who God meant us to be? Are we holding God back from all that He has for us by our own actions, choices, and paths which we take?

It looks as though the choice to be prosperous or poor is up to how we form our relationship with God and others. Do we consult God in all of our matters and do what He directs us to do? Do we help all who are poor with whatever they may need, cheerfully?

“Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it:
Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command thee this day.
For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye  be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
For thy poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.” (Deuteronomy 15:4-11 [KJV])


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