This can be a bit tricky because of the variety of understandings in regards to “work.”
God’s grace has provided us everything. Including financial riches (Second Corinthians 8:9). It’s a done deal. Jesus took the curses for us and left us with the good words of God. Ephesians 1:3 says that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings. A spiritual blessing is literally the “spiritual good words of God.” Jesus said in John 6:63 that His words are spirit. And “blessings” there is the Greek word “eulogia” (eu = good and logos = words). All the good words of God are yours. Now you can look all through the word of God and find that you are rich. Proverbs 10:22 says that God’s blessing makes you rich. And it doesn’t come by toil.
I guess what we need to ask is, “if we are restored to a perfect and pre-fallen condition with God by Grace (Jesus), then are we exempt from work?” Was Adam exempt from work? Nope.
Work used to mean something entirely different than it does now. The good news is, we don’t have to work like the world does. We don’t have to toil and stress. We don’t have to overextend ourselves and sacrifice our health and our families. That’s fear-based work. The good part is that God has put great wealth in you. I mean something valuable. I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about something that is very valuable.
But how do you translate that into money? After all, you do need money to pay bills and so forth. You take that wealth, those ideas, those unique things about yourself and you mix them with faith based on this knowledge (that God wants you rich and has made you rich). With the persuasion that these gifts, talents and desires are valuable in that God has created a need for them in the earth. Now, you seek him on how to market these things in the earth and get paid for them. You need to generate money in the earth.
First Thessalonians 4:11 – 12 tells us that God wants us all gainfully employed in a high-paying work. He wants us to be completely independent financially. He also wants you to have more than what you need so that you can meet the needs of others and help them get established and become independent and givers. God does not want us creating dependents! He has called us to abound to every good work (second Corinthians 9:8).
Faith is a noun. Believing is a verb. We need to be in a state of faith, but to get the manifestation into the earth we need an action. If you notice, Jesus always had an action for people’s faith. Whether it was “get up and walk” or “go home your child is well” or “stretch out your hand”, He always had an action. Believing is action. It’s the same thing with supernatural, spiritual prosperity. You need to be in faith that God has made you rich, and we need to seek him on how to act that out.
Some people have thought that money is evil, and I guess they can just keep on thinking that, but you have a call and a purpose. If you are serious about doing what God has called you to do, it’s going to take money. I encourage you to look into the Scriptures on this and start persuading yourself of them. God has made you rich. Maybe it’s the idea that you never really thought you could do? Maybe you need supernatural revelation as to what your gifts are? Prosperity is going to come out of a close personal relationship with your Father.
It can be a process. I think it is supposed to be. I’ve learned so much walking this out and studying this with my Father. I’ve learned more about faith, and how to work it. Just remember, Wisdom is the principal thing: Knowing Jesus and His Words (Proverbs 16:16). And in her left hand is riches (Proverbs 3:16). Seek God’s Word – it will make you rich, but understand: you’re going to put action with your faith to see it appear.
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