What does the Bible really teach about prosperity? This is a controversial topic that often divides Christians.

Video by Joseph Prince

Some prosperity gospel preachers portray God as a heavenly ATM who dispenses wealth on demand. Others react by dismissing biblical prosperity altogether. They claim that godliness only leads to suffering in this life.

But what does Scripture actually say? The Bible presents a balanced perspective that challenges these extremes. Let’s dig into the key principles of biblical prosperity.

Our Heavenly Father Wants to Prosper You

First, recognize that God Himself desires to prosper you. True prosperity originates from His loving hand. As James 1:17 (ESV) states:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”


Financial blessings are among the “good gifts” our unchanging Father bestows from above. God’s nature is to prosper His children. He delights in it! As Psalm 35:27 (NKJV) declares:

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause;
And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.””


These verses reveal a powerful insight. God actually takes pleasure in prospering His people! When we prosper, the Lord rejoices.

And 3 John 2 (AMP) says;

“Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”


So banish any thought that God wants you poor. Poverty does not please Him. Your Heavenly Father desires you to flourish and succeed in every area of life. That includes your finances.

Jesus Became Poor to Make You Rich

Not only does God desire to prosper you, He provided the way through Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV) says:

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”


This verse states that Jesus willingly became poor at the cross so you could become rich! Christ’s sacrifice makes you an heir to all His riches. And these riches are not just spiritual. They also include physical and financial prosperity.

Through faith in Christ, you gain access to every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). You also partake of His material riches. Jesus bore the curse of poverty so you could be blessed!

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”

Galatians 3:13-14 (ESV)


Tithing Releases Financial Prosperity

So how do you unlock God’s prosperity in your life? Tithing is a primary biblical key.

As Malachi 3:10 (ESV) declares:

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”


Tithing releases God’s financial blessings because it’s an act of honor and faith. When you tithe, you declare God as your source and provider. You’re expressing trust in Him to care for you.

And as Malachi says, tithing literally opens the windows of heaven over your life! As you faithfully give God the first 10%, He promises to pour out blessings until all your needs are supplied.

So if you want to prosper, commit to tithing consistently. Watch what happens when you honor God with your finances!

Prosperity Enables Generosity

As God blesses you financially, He expects generosity in return. Deuteronomy 28:12 (ESV) states:

“The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”


Prosperity provides the means to be a blessing. As God prospered the nation of Israel, He intended them to lend to other nations.

Likewise, God wants you to use your finances to generously assist others. As 2 Corinthians 9:6 (ESV) expresses:

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”


Sowing financially into God’s kingdom causes you to reap generously in return. The more generous you are, the more you position yourself to receive a supernatural increase.

So prosperity is not just about getting. It’s about giving even more back to God’s work and to the poor.

Stewardship Counters Greed

With these blessings comes a warning. Prosperity must be accompanied by good stewardship to avoid greed. As 1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV) cautions:

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”


Money itself is not evil. But the love of money leads to all kinds of evils.

That’s why we must view prosperity as God’s provision entrusted into our hands. We’re called to manage it as wise stewards, not greedy hoarders. As Jesus said in Luke 16:11 (ESV):

“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”


Mishandling money proves you unworthy of greater trust and responsibility from God. But faithfully stewarded prosperity demonstrates maturity to handle more.

Walking in True Prosperity in Every Part of Your Life

To wrap up, what are the key markers of true, biblical prosperity? How do you walk in God’s abundant provision?

  • Recognize prosperity comes from God. Every good gift, including finances, originates from the Father’s hand. Give Him thanks!
  • Commit to tithing. Tithing releases the windows of heaven over your life. It positions you to receive.
  • Sow generously. Be a conduit, not a container. Generosity causes supernatural increase.
  • Avoid greed. Handle prosperity as a steward, not an owner. Use wealth for God’s purposes.

God wants you blessed! But true prosperity must align with His Word and His ways. As you apply these biblical principles, you’ll walk in blessing and succeed in every area of life.

So embrace the prosperity Jesus purchased for you. But stay grounded in the Giver, not the gifts. Then you’ll flourish in the fullness of God’s amazing provision and favor!

Key Takeaways

  • God delights in prospering His children and providing for their needs. True prosperity comes from His hand.
  • Jesus became poor at the cross so that we could become rich by faith in Him. He redeemed us from the curse of poverty.
  • Tithing positions us to receive supernatural financial increase. It releases God’s blessings and provision.
  • We are blessed to be a blessing to others. Prosperity enables generosity.
  • Good stewardship keeps us free from the love of money. We manage God’s provision with wisdom and integrity.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What is the prosperity gospel and how is it different from biblical prosperity?

A. The prosperity gospel sees God as a means to acquire wealth and treats faith as a force to manipulate Him. However Biblical prosperity recognizes God as the giver of every blessing and submits to His Lordship in how provision is stewarded.

Q. Does God promise financial prosperity to every believer in Christ?

A. God does promise to provide for the needs of every believer who seeks His kingdom (Philippians 4:19). But the Bible does not guarantee that all Christians will become rich. God promises to care for our needs, though He may define “needs” differently than we expect. Our focus should be the Giver, not the gift.

Q. How should generosity and stewardship accompany prosperity?

A. As God blesses us financially, we should use those resources generously for kingdom purposes by giving to our local church, ministries, the poor, orphans, and widows, and spreading the gospel. We are called to be wise stewards who handle money in a godly manner, avoiding waste and greed. Generosity and stewardship prevent us from loving money.

Q. Is it wrong for Christians to be rich?

A. No, the Bible does not prohibit Christians from having riches. But it does warn against loving money, greed, and trusting in wealth rather than God. Many faithful believers in the Bible were prosperous, like Abraham, David, and Job. The issue is stewardship – whether money possesses us or we possess it for God’s glory.

Q. If I’m struggling financially, does that mean I lack faith or am disobeying God?

A. Not necessarily. There are many reasons Christians go through financial difficulty, and we can’t oversimplify things. God may use times of lack to test our faith and dependence on Him. The key is drawing close to God and trusting Him regardless of circumstances. He promises to provide for our needs as we seek Him first (Mathew 6:25-33).

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