Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)
God wants each of His children to be materially prosperous. Notice in the scripture above the writer wants his beloved to prosper and be in health, even as his soul prospers. Some believers want to interpret this as spiritual prosperity, but you will realize that the verse already says ‘even as thy soul prospereth’. The spiritual prosperity is a given, and he says that even as you prosper in the given, he wants you to prosper materially, and to be in health, both of which depend on you.
The problem with many children of God in this day is that they have heard so much of the prosperity message in all the wrong ways until they are almost offended by it. Now it is clearly wrong to commercialize the gospel in the name of prosperity, but that is no excuse for the child of God to not believe in prosperity. God wants you to be prosperous, but you must believe in prosperity before you can have it. I know Christians who for long said ‘I don’t believe in speaking in tongues’ and for sure for years they never spoke in tongues. Some may still be in that position todate. And yet those who later dropped their skepticism and believed in speaking in tongues now know that it is among the most glorious experiences for the believer. It is the same with prosperity. If you are skeptical and are saying ‘I don’t believe in prosperity gospel’ well that’s too bad for you, because you are denying yourself a blessing that is yours if only you would believe.
Deuteronomy 8: 18 says ‘But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. When God said to Abraham ‘with blessing I will bless thee’ he blest him and all his descendants, including you and I. Abraham’s blessings are yours, and they include material prosperity. But you must believe in it before you can benefit from it.
It pleases God to make you materially prosperous. Indeed as your soul prospers, so should you prosper in material things. When Solomon asked God for wisdom in 1 Kings chapter 3, God said to him in verse 13 ‘Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. He had made a right spiritual decision, so God gave him material prosperity. As you learn the word of God and practice it and become more intimate with the Holy Ghost, one manifestation ought to be that you will prosper materially. Now I know Jesus said ‘the poor you will always have with you’ (Mathew 26: 11), but he wasn’t saying that you will be the poor; no, he was saying that you, (the spiritually and materially rich), will always have the poor with you.
God wants you to be rich. He wants you to be well supplied for all your needs, and ready to give towards every good work and charitable donation (2 Cor. 9: 8). How can you do that if you are not materially prosperous? It is to your advantage to believe in prosperity. God has prospered you spiritually, He has healed you of your sicknesses by the stripes of Jesus so your body can be healthy, and now he wants you to believe in prosperity so you can become materially prosperous. Believe in prosperity.