2 Corinthians 8: 9
As we begin this new series, let us start with a very important question. Is God interested in financial provision for a Christian? Many have begun to ask this question recently. Some say churches have been teaching prosperity for decades but there is no change. Some say it is not the business of the church to teach prosperity but morality. Looking at the Old Testament, we see Godly people that prospered and clearly their prosperity was attributed to their relationship with God. From Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon etc
In the gospels, we may not be able to say Christ made anyone stupendous wealthy but we know that He never allowed anyone to go without the basic; food. To the extent some of the miracles He performed were miracles that have to do with multiplication of food. We know also that He attended to peoples’ health situations. He healed many people.
Coming to our current day, after the resurrection of Christ, what has been the structure? In addressing our present structure, 2 Corinthians 9: 8 9(NLT) states clearly that God will always provide all you need. It assures us that every need will be supplied. God is interested in our provisions. Your provision has been provided on the platform of grace. Whatever God has provided for your wellbeing, it was provided on the platform of grace. Freedom from sin came on the platform of grace. Freedom from the consequences of sin, including poverty comes on the platform of grace.
Ephesians 2: 8 &9 (NIV) Freedom from sin and its consequences came purely by grace not of works. You can never work hard enough to receive freedom from the sin nature. Humanly speaking, there is nothing you can do to be justified before God. This is why God sent His only son to die on our behalf. So freedom from sin has to be received as a gift from God. Your being financially blessed comes on the platform of grace. What God has provided can only come on the platform of grace.
2 Corinthians 8: 9 (NLT) for us as Christians, the structure is clear. Jesus went to the cross and took our place. 2 Corinthians 5: 21 Christ did the replacement for us on the cross. He took our sinful nature so we can be freed. This is a gift of God. This is exactly how it works for our financial provisions. If you are a Christian and you label yourself poor, you lie. In God’s record, there is no poverty you can lay claim to. For Christians, life happens in two folds; spiritual and physical. We must get the spiritual right always. Your prosperity is provided for on the platform of Grace.
How does grace work? Romans 4: 1- 4. If God has provided some things for you on the platform of grace and you begin to work for it, you are on a different channel. You never get as a struggling what God has provided as a gift. You can only activate this grace by faith. Believing God even when your situation shown the contrary. It is your faith that activates the grace.
Romans 4: 16 – 17 if you are to operate at the level of grace you have to know the God you believe. He can make the impossible possible. He calls what is not into existence. If His promise to doesn’t exist, He will create it.