Discipleship – Level 2 Lesson 14

Level 2 Lesson 14

FINANCES (Part 1)
By Andrew Wommack

Today I want to share with you how Jesus wants you to prosper financially. This
is something that is important to everyone. It takes money to live, to get your needs met,
and to be a blessing to others. God didn’t leave us alone in this area and say, “I’m
concerned about your spiritual part, but I don’t care about your financial part…you’re on
your own.” No, He loves you in every way—spirit, soul, and body—and He’s made
provision for you. Most people recognize that some degree of financial prosperity is
necessary, but religion basically has taken a stand against having an abundance.

The Word of God teaches against greed in many different ways but also makes it
very clear that finances are a blessing. In 3 John 2, the Apostle John said, “Beloved, I
wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul
prospereth.” What a strong statement. John says, “Above all things!” It’s talking about
healing, emotions, relationships, and finances. The Lord wants you to prosper and be in
health above everything else. He wants you to prosper in spirit, soul, and body. That’s
His will for you.

Many religious people actually say that God wants you to be poor, that being poor
is a godly thing, and the poorer you are, the more godly you are. I was raised under that
kind of thinking, that preachers shouldn’t have very much, that a Christian is a person
who should do without. This certainly cannot be substantiated by Scripture. Abraham was
the richest man of his time, so much so that kings asked him to depart because his
possessions were affecting the wealth of their countries. The same was true of Isaac and
Jacob. Joseph was a man who prospered and had super abundance. David gave to the
Lord out of his own personal treasury over 2.5 billion dollars worth of gold and silver to
build the temple. Solomon, David’s son, was the richest man that ever lived on the face
of the earth. When you look at it scripturally, people who have really served God were
blessed financially.

There are examples of people who struggled and did without. Paul said in
Philippians 4:13 that he could do all things through Christ and had learned to be content
in whatever situation he was in. He said he knew how to be abased and how to abound.
There were times when God’s servants went through poverty and difficulty, but you
cannot find in Scripture that the poorer you are, the more godly you are. That is not true,
and you can go out on the streets and see it disproved. So, yes, there’s a truth here that
greed is wrong. In 1 Timothy 6:10 it says, “For the love of money is the root of all
evil…” Some people take that and say money is the root of all evil, but it says the love of
money is the root of all evil. There are people who love money and don’t have a dime;
others have great wealth but don’t love it. They just use it.

Deuteronomy 8:18 shows the real purpose of financial prosperity. The Lord was
talking to the Israelites, who were about to enter into the Promised Land and were going
133to experience wealth and prosperity in a way they never had before. He told them, “But
thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth,
that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
According to this passage of Scripture, the purpose of prosperity is not to have an
abundance of things for your own selfish purposes, but so you can establish God’s
covenant here on earth. In other words, God will bless you so that you can in turn be a
blessing. In Genesis 12:2 the Lord told Abraham, “I will bless thee, and make thy name
great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” Before you can be a blessing to anybody else, you
have to be blessed yourself.

You need certain things and have certain needs that God wants to meet, but it
goes beyond a selfish thing. He wants to prosper you so He can get His money through
you and so you can be a blessing. In 2 Corinthians 9:8 it says, “And God is able to make
all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may
abound to every good work.” This tells why God is going to prosper you—so you can
abound to every good work. It’s actually like a scriptural definition of prosperity. What is
prosperity? Is it having a nice home, a nice car, good clothes, and food on your table?
According to this verse, it is having enough to meet all of your needs and abound unto
every good work. If you are unable to give to things you feel God has touched your heart
about, if you would like to be a blessing to someone but are unable, then you aren’t
prospering financially according to what the Scripture says. God says He will bless you
to the degree that all of your needs will be met, and you’ll be able to abound unto every
good work.

True biblical prosperity is not just to get your needs met, but so you can be a
blessing to other people. The person who thinks only of themselves is actually selfish. If
someone says “I’m believing God for more,” others may think them greedy or selfish, but
it depends on the motive. If you ask God for more so you can get a bigger house or a
better car, that’s not the right scriptural attitude. But if you are believing God for more
because you have gone beyond seeing your own needs met and want to be a blessing to
others, that is the attitude He wants you to have. He wants you to prosper. It’s His will for
you to prosper.

Matthew 6 talks about the things we need and then says if we will seek first the
kingdom of God and His righteousness, all of these things will be added to us. As you
begin to put God first, He will supply all of these other things. All of your needs will be
met, and you will be a blessing to other people. God does want you to prosper, but it
really is dependent on your motive and your actions in this area.

I pray that this has challenged you and that today you’re going to start believing
God for His very best, which is for you to prosper.

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read 2 Corinthians 8:7-8 (New Living Translation). When you give to others in need,
this is one way that you can prove? ___________________________________________
1342.  Read 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 (New Living Translation). When all of us join together to
give, God wants there to be some kind of what?
________________________________________________________________________

3.  Read 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 (New Living Translation). How will everyone’s needs be
met? ___________________________________________________________________

4.  Read Ephesians 4:28. The person that has been a thief should steal no more, but rather
should begin to work and make their own living. What does Ephesians 4:28 also say they
should do? ______________________________________________________________

5.  Read Genesis 13:2 and 12:2. God could trust Abraham with riches because Abraham
was not just thinking about himself but was a ___________________________ to others.

6.  Read 1 Timothy 6:17-18 (New Living Translation). What three things is the rich to do
with their money?
________________________________________________________________________

7.  Can God trust you with finances? __________________________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

2 Corinthians 8:7-8 (New Living Translation) – “[7] Since you excel in so many ways—
you have so much faith, such gifted speakers, such knowledge, such enthusiasm, and such
love for us—now I want you to excel also in this gracious ministry of giving. [8] I am not
saying you must do it, even though the other churches are eager to do it. This is one way
to prove your love is real.”

2 Corinthians 8:13-14 (New Living Translation) – “[13] Of course, I don’t mean you
should give so much that you suffer from having too little. I only mean that there should
be some equality. [14] Right now you have plenty and can help them. Then at some other
time they can share with you when you need it. In this way, everyone’s needs will be
met.”

Ephesians 4:28 – “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working
with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

Genesis 13:2 – “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.”

Genesis 12:2 – “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make
thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.”

1 Timothy 6:17-18 (New Living Translation) – “[17] Tell those who are rich in this
world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their
trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. [18]
Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should
135give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God
has given them.”

Answer Key

1.  Read 2 Corinthians 8:7-8 (New Living Translation). When you give to others in need,
this is one way that you can prove? That your love is real.

2.  Read 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 (New Living Translation). When all of us join together to
give, God wants there to be some kind of what? Equality, everyone should give what
they can.

3.  Read 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 (New Living Translation). How will everyone’s needs be
met? By giving what you can, when you can.

4.  Read Ephesians 4:28. The person that has been a thief should steal no more, but rather
should begin to work and make their own living. What does Ephesians 4:28 also say they
should do? Give to the poor, those that are in need.

5.  Read Genesis 13:2 and 12:2. God could trust Abraham with riches because Abraham
was not just thinking about himself but was a blessing to others.

6.  Read 1 Timothy 6:17-18 (New Living Translation). What three things is the rich to do
with their money? Do good, give generously to those in need, share with others
whatever God has given them.

7.  Can God trust you with finances?

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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