Regarding the poor, Moses writes, “thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother.” -Deut15:7
David declares, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor…” -Ps41:1
Again David said, “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor…”
Jesus said, “…the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” -Matt11:5
Again, Jesus declared, “…One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven...” -Mk 10:21
Paul writes, “Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do”. -Gal2:10
Over 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared: “War on Poverty” In 2007, regarding the U.S. Census Bureau report, Robert Rector wrote, “The report will show, as it has in recent years that around 37 million people live in official poverty.”
From the Old Testament, to the New Testament, to the nation—helping the poor is not a suggestion, but a sovereign commandment of God! It is a universal mandate, written on the heart of mankind by the finger of God!
Yet, without doubt, for the anti-prosperity advocates…'helping the poor’… is the place of their greatest hypocrisy!
There are at least two ways to help the poor:
1.To assist with survival
2.To teach and/or train them to produce
First, to assist the poor with their survival is ‘not’ controversial. Of course, for the Christian, to experience one who is desolate, and close your heart and hand is unGodly (Deut15:7). What is controversial however, is ‘how’ to assist the poor in their survival. Some people believe in limited help for a limited period of time; while others believe in full support over an unlimited time; while still others are somewhere in between. But I repeat, helping the poor is not an option—but a commandment of God Himself!
Because the Bible says, if you don’t work, you don’t eat(2Thes3:10), to offer the poor full support over an unlimited period is unbiblical. Therefore, the poor should be helped, but it must be limited, over a limited time. The question that remains is to define “limited help”. At minimum, helping the poor requires three areas:
1.Survival needs. Food, water, clothing, shelter, etc.
2.Stewardship. Diagnosing problems and recommending
3.Training/teaching. Building or developing a skill(s).
The first place of irrefutable and undeniable hypocrisy of ALL anti-prosperity people is although there are at minimum three ways to extend help to the poor, all help must pass through one door: Prosperity!!
For example, if a poor person is destitute, i.e.without food, or shelter, or clothing; he/she is helped when another gives what is necessary for survival. In other words, if the poor has no food, and someone helps him with food, he/she has prospered! Or, if the poor has no shelter, and someone helps him/her with shelter, he/she has prospered. This is called increase, growth, i.e.prosperity. When a poor person is helped through desolation, or out of desolation, that poor person has prospered…no exceptions to this truth!
The second way the anti-prosperity crowd is hypocritical regarding the poor is that those who help the poor must have ‘more than enough’! In order to help the poor to survive, the helper cannot require help to survive! In other words, the poor do not help the poor; only the non-poor help the poor! The poor require help, they do not give help…which is the reason the Bible instructs us to help the poor…and not vice versa! For example, Psalms 112:9 declares: “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor…”
This passage identifies two separate groups:
1.He who disperses; or he who gives to the poor
First, the word “He” in Psalms 112:9, identifies as the person/group to whom the instruction is addressed! The second group is ‘the poor’, to whom “He” gives. In other words, “He” is the non-poor, who disperses, and gives to the poor.
If you read earlier in Psalms 112, you will find this non-poor person/group is called either:
1.The man who delights greatly in his commandments
3.A good man
Psalms 112:3 specifically says, this ‘non-poor’ person has wealth and riches in his house.
I am happy to report, God wills his people to help the poor! Yet,
1.to help the poor, you cannot be the poor
2.to help the poor, you must be prosperous
3.to help the poor, is to prosper them
Rejoice and be glad, our God is a ‘rewarder’ of those who diligently seek Him (Heb11:6). There are many poor who need help…become one whom God uses to help others!
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
-Samuel Johnson [1709-1784] Lexicographer and writer
…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish… -Gen1:28
…and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. -Gen8:17
…Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. -Gen9:1
…be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth
…I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply
him exceedingly; -Gen17:20
… bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee -Gen28:3
…be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall
be of thee -Gen35:11
...and blessed me, … I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and
I will make of thee a multitude of people -Gen48:3,4
…and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant
with you. -Lev26:9
…they shall be fruitful and increase. -Jer23:3
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit… -Jn15:8
God’s mandate to ‘produce’ includes individuals, people groups, and nations. In other words, it is God’s will for every human to produce! This means productivity is the ‘method’ God has chosen for mankind to prosper, i.e. to possess money.
This is important because productivity functions according to:
7.the law of sowing and reaping
(Not necessarily in order of importance)
God created mankind with unlimited potential (Eccl3:11); giving him/her a unique purpose(2Tim1:9) to actualize that potential. Furthermore, He made mankind with gifts and talents(1Pet4:10), which He never takes back (Rom11:29). The gifts and talents are designed to be developed, through preparation, into skills to produce. Preparation includes every manner and type of learning. In His provision, and according to our desires, God releases ideas to us through the wonderful gift of creativity. As hard work begins, focus and excellence develop the God-given idea into a product or service which is attractive to the world. As the multiplication of the law of sowing and reaping is applied, financial abundance is created for all involved!!
From the beginning, God created productivity to be the foundation for mankind’s financial prosperity!
Of course, this tidbit is intentionally philosophical. My point through this series is to reveal God’s will and purpose, along with man’s need, for financial prosperity---not the ‘how to’! Because of creativity, the ‘how to financially prosper’ is as unique as a man’s DNA!
On the contrary, it is God Who gives ideas to “get wealth”: pray this now, and expect a miracle:
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that
giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his
To attract attractive people, you must be attractive. To attract powerful people, you must be powerful. To attract committed people, you must be committed. Instead of going to work on them, you go to work on yourself. If you become, you can attract. –Jim Rohn
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD… -Ps33:12
Righteousness exalts a nation… -Pro14:34
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted…” -Pro11:11
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the top 7 nations:
1.United States -20.4 trillion
2.China -14.1 trillion
3.Japan -5.2 trillion
4.Germany -4.2 trillion
5.United Kingdom -2.9 trillion
6.France -2.9 trillion
7.India -2.8 trillion
The GDP of the top 7 states in America:
1.California -2.7 trillion
2.Texas -1.69 trillion
3.New York -1.5 trillion
4.Florida -967 billion
5.Illinois -820 billion
6.Pennsylvania -752 billion
7. Ohio -649 billion
California’s GDP alone makes it the 8th largest nation in the world. The top three states in America combined make them the 3rd largest nation in the world.
This means the United States is not only the wealthiest nation on earth…but the wealthiest nation in the history of the world!!!
In 1787, after much debate, and little success, Benjamin Franklin arose at the Constitutional Convention and said, "I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
-No nation can exist without God!
-No nation can rise without God’s help!
-No nation can prosper without God’s direct intervention!
Dr Franklin’s words align with the Biblical text in Deuteronomy 8:18: “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
While it is true that the context of Deuteronomy 8 refers to the nation of Israel, is it possible that this passage restricts prosperity to Israel? If that is true, then America stands at the top of the contemporary nations of the world:
2.by Satan’s power
If America’s prosperity and position is an accident, then God is not sovereign, and not in control. If America is an accident, then something exists outside of God, that controls the rise and fall of nations!
If America’s wealth is Satanic, why do YOU (anti-prosperity Christian) have any of it? Can you theologically justify taking money or making money through a Satanic economic system?
On the contrary, if America’s prosperity and position are from God, then God prospers humans…for nations are comprised of humans! I repeat, no nation can prosper without the people of that nation prospering!
Let’s be brutally honest! God is sovereign…and America’s rise to the top of the nations’ GDP is not an accident, but the blessing of the Lord!
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad!!! It is God’s will for ‘YOU’ to financially prosper, because it makes God happy!!
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” -Ps35:27
Don't set your goals too low. If you don't need much, you won't become much. -Jim Rohn