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God has promised to meet all of our needs, but provision is just the beginning.
He wants to lead us into a life of prosperity.
But unfortunately the message of prosperity has been so misused in the church that leaders shy away from talking about finances at all. Here’s the deal… prosperity is not for you. It’s not meant that you would prosper so that you can have bigger cars and nicer houses. Not that there is anything wrong with those things, but it’s not the purpose.
The purpose of prosperity is to advance the kingdom of God.
Take the Israelites for example. God miraculously met all of their needs in the wildnerness. Their clothes never wore out, they got water from a rock when they needed it, they ate manna that appeared on the ground every morning. But all of those miracles were only for basic provision. God met their needs… but God never intended for the Israelites to remain in the wilderness. He wanted to lead them into the promised land.
In the promised land, we never really hear about God meeting the Israelites needs any more. Instead, all of the miracles in the promised land were directly related to advancing the Kingdom. God moved the Israelites into a place where they no longer needed to think about provision, but could focus on taking more land and advancing in the land God had promised them.
So often we stay in a place where we depend on God to meet our needs. We live from paycheck to paycheck and rely on the odd miracle to get us through tight times. This is miraculous… and God will meet our needs. That’s a promise from scriptures. But I firmly believe those times of meeting our needs is just so we learn to trust God.
I truly believe God wants to trust us with so much more, but we need to be found faithful first.
Tithing is one of the ways we can be found faithful with our finances. Throughout new and old testaments we see that the tithe (which is 10% of our income) belongs to God. This is the baseline for giving. On top of the tithe we can give offerings based on the kingdom purposes that are placed in front of us. Once God moves us into a place of prosperity, we can use our resources to advance the kingdom, blessing our churches, fellow followers and our communities with the excess of what God has entrusted to us.. This is prosperity with a purpose.
In this message I share some stories from my own life of how God moved me from a mindset of scarcity and lack to provision and eventually into prosperity. I hope it encourages you to begin to believe God for more abundance in your life so you can have a greater impact in your lifetime for the Kingdom of God.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passoinate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.