Understanding Kingdom Prosperity Part 2- Apostle Dr. Stephen Holford

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NKJV)

In the kingdom, what we give is not measured by how much we can give but by our heart and attitude. God uses giving to bless His people. He gives seed to the sower and also fruit. What He gives to us, does not only benefit us but others. Prosperity is built upon God’s design for nature. Giving should become a part of our lifestyle. It is must be a part of our daily activities. Giving is really preparation for our harvest. It is not done in greed but out of love. When we give, we bless it and worship. What should our attitude be towards prosperity? Many think that prosperity is of the devil. However, if this was true then God would be poor. This is not the case. God has everything. He owns the entire universe. Therefore, prosperity is for us. God wants to bless us so that we would not have endured the hardships of trying to find finances for our needs. If the church was prosperous, there would be no need for fundraisers and loans.

We do not measure the quality of our lives based on what we possess and our wealthy (Luke 12:15). Our lives are based on God. He is our first priority. He is our focus (1 Timothy 6:17-18). God has given us all things. This does not only include spiritual things. These things should be used for good and not bad. Everything that we receive comes from God. He is our source. Wealth is not to master us. No one can serve two masters (Luke 16:13). Our attitude towards prosperity must be that we are not driven by the desire for wealth. If wealth is our desire, then we have failed. Our focus should be on heaven and God, not on wealth. Where our treasure is, there will our heart be also (Matthew 6:9-21). It is not wrong to have things but it is the attitude of holding on to things and letting them rule you. We then become materialistic and lose our focus on God.

Giving opens the door for miracles in our lives. Give and it shall be given to you (Luke 6:38). When we give, it is returned to us in abundance. There is an overflow that comes. God is about to do something great in your life. He is about to bring overflow. When we give, many will be blessed. People who don’t even know you, will bless you. When we sow into the earth, the earth gives back. Our giving will not be wasted. God is about to blow our mind with the blessings that will come.

The giving of the centurion created a miracle for his servant (Luke 7:1-10). Giving opens the door for miracles. Cornelius did not only pray to God but gave generously to the people (Acts 10:1-6). He was the first gentile to be saved. God did not forget the giving of Cornelius.  God will not forget our giving. He will remember us.

The widow woman had to give sacrificially first and then the heavens were opened (1 Kings 17:7-16). When God tells us to give sacrificially, there is a big harvest coming. When He does this, don’t think that it is the devil. The devil will never tell us to give. We just need to trust God and we will see miracles.

The Philippians gave generously even though they were in need (Philippians 4:10-19). When we are blessed, it is to bless others. It is important for us to be content in any situation. When we give, it credits our account in heaven. When we give out of need, it goes up to God as a sweet smelling savour, as worship.

Sowing and reaping can become successful if our heart is in the right place. Money should serve us not the other way. We should use money not money use us. Money should love us and not we love money. We need to pray over our wallets and our purses. Money is not coming to pass but coming to stay. We must refuse to be stingy. God wants to take us to the next level so that we can give it to the kingdom, save, invest and spend.

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