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My super key for prosperity (I) :: God’s Character – Riches and Abundance

on February 10, 2008

By Rev. Dr. Ulf Ekman

Your stand on the subject of finances affects not just you and your family, but thousands of others who need to hear the gospel

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

Financial prosperity is not just another subject—it is an integral part of the character of God. His character determines the quality of spiritual life you and I enjoy. Therefore, the more you know God, the fewer problems you will have with areas like healing, the authority of the believer, demons, speaking with other tongues, and so on. These will all fall into their rightful place when you see who God actually is. Therefore, we must always return to the foundation—God’s character.

The Bible speaks clearly about the nature of our God. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul speaks about how the believers in Philippi have blessed him with their money and other gifts. He thanks them for the gifts he has received and tells them that God is going to meet their needs. "My God is rich" he says. "My God will meet every one of your needs."

Notice that the scripture does not say that God will give you just enough to break even. It does not even say that He carefully evaluates and measures out according to your needs. It says that He sees your needs, and meets them according to His riches—not just according to the amount of your need.

God does not measure His giving as we do. Ephesians 3:20 says He gives exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. He gives much more than you think He should give. He gives according to His riches because He is a rich God. He gives in full measure, just as it says in Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you: good measure’, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put info your bosom.

To give in good measure means to give abundantly. It means using a larger measure than is really necessary—the largest measure one has. "Pressed down" means packing the measure as full as possible, then shaking it together to add a little more. Finally, when the measure is completely full, even more is added until it ends up running over.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

God enjoys giving. Just as you enjoy giving gifts to others, He enjoys giving to you. God is a cheerful giver.

Many people believe that they have to nag and beg God to give them something, until He finally says, "OK, here, take this and be quiet" just to get rid of them. Some even make the mistake of raising their children in this way.

However, God is not like that. He is eager to give things to you and He does it cheerfully. He loves to give, both because He is rich and because, according to John 3:16, He is a giver by nature.

For God so loved the world, the Bible tells us, that He gave His only begotten Son … This verse is important in showing us the character of God. You need to see His character with regard to giving so that you will no longer have a bad conscience in this area.

GOD IS A GIVER

God has two primary characteristics in the area of giving: First, He is a rich God, and second, He is a glad and cheerful giver. God loves to give. He gave the best and most precious thing He had to give, and He was deeply involved in His giving. We know that Jesus said, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

We see from this scripture that God is involved in giving and the devil is involved in stealing.

There is a religious way of thinking which says that God does not give everything He has, because we are unable to manage it properly. Instead, we are told, He saves His blessings until we are old or until we get to heaven. This is wrong.

If I am unable to manage finances, it may be because not everything in my life is pleasing to God. If this is so, God wants to help me put my life in order so that I can use His blessings correctly. But He is not withholding them because He is afraid I cannot handle them.

The Bible reveals to us that God is wealthy; there are streets of gold and gates made of pearls in heaven. There is no deficiency there because God is in heaven, and heaven is a perfect and complete reflection of His character. You can read a description of heaven in the Book of Revelation. There is gold and crystal, and diamonds and pearls without end.

If being rich is a sin, then God is the greatest of all sinners. So if we extend our thinking to its ultimate conclusion, then we discover how absurd it is! God is rich. He lives in abundance in every area. His life is an abundant one and it is this life He has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

GET USED TO THE WORD OF GOD

There are people who are afraid to use the word "money" and others who feel the same about the word "rich." However, the word "rich" is often used in the Bible. Often, though not always, it is used to refer directly to money. You should get used to using the Word of God without being ashamed. You need to be balanced and to avoid either extreme, but you should not be ashamed of the scriptures.

You need to be able to use words found in the Bible without feeling embarrassed. You will gain nothing by diluting God’s Word, so do not waste your time trying to please those who will end up not believing what you say anyway. Say what God says, no more and no less. It is the truth that sets people free.

God revealed Himself to Abraham in Genesis 17:1, 2 by saying, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."

The word translated "Almighty" in this verse is the Hebrew word El Shaddai. This word may give us the impression that God is great, almighty and far away. But "El Shaddai" does not only mean almighty and great, it also means "the God of abundance"

Abundance is the state of having more than enough. When you are in abundance you have enough leftovers to give to others. God is almighty and omnipotent and has more than enough for all of us.

"El Shaddai" actually means "the many breasted One." Strange though it may sound, this is its literal meaning. God gives life in the same way that a mother’s breasts give life and nourishment to a newly born child. The word, therefore, has this combined meaning, that God gives more than enough. He is more than enough. He is the God who gives life and abundance. This is our God.


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