Why does it seem that people who do wrong prosper and those who try to do good never seem to receive as many blessings (financial)?
SCRIPTURE BASIS FOR THE QUESTION:
Financial prosperity often comes at a cost of a man’s soul. It is difficult to accumulate wealth and follow God at the same time. There have been, and still are, wealthy people who are living for God and use their wealth for the good of others. Such men are very rare because the effect of wealth is usually to corrupt the owner of it. Greed and self indulgence are frequent outcomes. That is why Jesus said that we could not serve two masters. We can either serve God, or we can serve mammon (material wealth), but not both.
Matthew 6:24-AV No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Mark 8:36-AV For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
It is not impossible for a rich man to enter heaven but it is extremely difficult. Mainly because being rich brings many more temptations than being poor.
Matthew 19:24-AV And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
The ‘eye of a needle’ in this context means the little access door beside the main gates to the city. At night the main gates were shut against invaders etc. Anyone arriving from a journey late and wanting access to the city would be admitted through this little side door. It was big enough to admit a man, but anyone trying to get a camel through it was faced with a feat of camel engineering beyond the ability of most. The rich getting into heaven was likened by Jesus to getting a camel through this small door. Something His audience were all familiar with.
Many who are poor yearn to be rich for the ability it would give them to yield to desires to drive a flash car, live in a mansion, not worry about bills, not have to work, indulge themselves with drink, women (or men) and song. This desire is known as ‘covetousness’, against which is one of the ten commandments.
Exodus 20:17-AV Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's.
1Timothy 6:10-AV For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Psalms 10:3-AV For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth.
Proverbs 21:26-AV He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
Luke 12:15-AV And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
There we have it. Thou shalt not covet. The love of money is covetousness and is the root of all evil. That is a damning statement, no wonder this human condition is abhorred by God. The last verse reminds us that a man’s life consists not in the abundance of material possessions.
Dear reader. Please understand that the Kingdom of God is not of this world, neither is the reward of the Christian in this world, but the next. In this world we can not expect to fare any better than Jesus, our Master, did. He said as much:
Matthew 10:24-AV The disciple is not above [his] master, nor the servant above his lord.
We have not been promised a smooth ride, just a safe arrival if we endure to the end. In this world we will know tribulation, not comfort and the life of luxury.
Acts 14:22-AV Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Romans 5:3-AV And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Romans 8:35-AV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 12:12-AV Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
1Thessalonians 3:4-AV For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
We must through much tribulation enter the Kingdom of God, however, that tribulation tests and proves us, teaches us patience and to wait upon the Lord, teaches us dependence upon the Lord through trust and prayer. It is a refining process.
This ministry receives on a daily basis prayer requests from people suffering tribulation of one sort or another. Many think because things are not going smoothly for them that they are being punished by God or alternatively, attacked by the devil. Whilst both of these things are possible, there is only cause to rejoice in either case. If God is chastising you, He is doing it because He loves you and wants to bring you into the Kingdom. (And you will have deserved it) If the devil is attacking, it means you have come to his attention as someone who can damage his cause. Pray for more of it. You are greatly blessed, your wealth in heaven is increasing.
In most cases I suspect another factor is involved. People have been given a devil inspired false hope of prosperity and abundance for following Christ. When things go wrong they don’t understand and think God has abandoned them or something. The rewards and riches we store up for service for Christ, will be paid in the next world, not this one. If you have riches and prosperity in this world there is a 99.99% chance you are a faithful servant of the devil, even if you think otherwise. I would also direct this accusation to prosperous churches of which we are not short of these days. If you have your reward in this world, it will end when you die.
People who follow Jesus the way they should will not know prosperity. Instead, they will know poverty and hardship. Their lives will be spent in service to others rather than building personal wealth. They will know ridicule and will suffer persecution. They will have an aura of peace and contentment not consistent with this kind of lifestyle. They will in all probability meet with a sticky end. They will live forever as a co - ruler with Jesus.
If you want something changed around in your life, or an illness cured, ask yourself will this improve your Christian walk and add to your salvation? Will it go towards the saving of others? Will the earthly benefit be to others? If you can honestly answer yes to these questions then there is a likelihood your prayers will be in accordance with God’s will and will be answered. If the outcome only has benefit to yourself, will make you feel better, will allow you to indulge yourself a little, then you may be out of luck. Jesus has undertaken to provide us with our ‘needs’, not our ‘wants’.
May readers be blessed with understanding of the will of God in their lives,
My answer to that question is POSSIBLY YOU'RE NOT MEASURING "PROSPERITY" PROPERLY.
Because the road to hell is wide, but the road to heaven is narrow. The Lord never said it would be easy. It's easy to be a thief, a crook, and take advantage of others to get personal gain, but it isn't as easy to do right, just, and good and get it. It's tougher, but worth it, because we get much more. We get spiritual gain. We are right with the Lord, and in the end will profit more than anyone ever could that has done wrong to prosper materialistically. Matthew 6:19-24 says: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light, But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or
he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God
and Money. May You Be Blessed!
Because they are prospering in what they believe in ,(this world) and they are taking the bait completely , their eyes are closed to Heaven or anything spiritual , they now thrive on and for the world. If I sit down at a poker table with the idea of cheating ,I will come out ahead , at least until I am caught, then I must pay the consequences , usually death, I was at one time bound in
gambling but now I am free, thank you Jesus.
I have several replies to this question, then I will tie it all together to it will make some type of sense.
How many of these sinners do you see as being totally happy with all that money?? The ones that are totally happy are the ones that give away their riches to enter into the kingdom of God, that money isn't going to buy you a place in the Kingdom of God, it can do nothing to insure eternal life, why are you now worrying about what someone else has. Why do you compare yourself to this world? Are we not supposed to be Christ like? The Lord gives us each a blessing everyday this blessing is called Life, now we can choose to live this life God's way or the sinners way, that is a choice that he gives freely. I choose to be with God for I know that he is making a mansion that is far greater than we have ever seen in this entire world.
Your blessings from the Lord is life, love, joy, peace, and how you bless the Lord is by sharing those things with those who walk in darkness. If you take the blessings he gives you and share with others, then you will get double of what he gave you the first time. I don't want a fancy car-not going to heaven in it; I don't want a new house-wont take me to heaven, I don't want to look like the neighbors down the street, I am my own person, and this person loves the Lord. Sometimes, when we see someone getting something that we don't have we are envious and we are upset and feel cheated out, but that's a sin and I do honestly feel that this is the way Satan (rebuke in Jesus name) tries to turn us away from the Lord, by tempting us as such: See tom he has a fancy car, new house, money rolling out the door, you can have all this too.
Once, you open up your heart to hear Satan say this, You need to rebuke him right away, for walking with God is much greater than having all the money in the world. You need to ask yourself am I looking for God to only bless me financially or am I asking Jesus to show me where I am supposed to be in my walk with him. Read your word and you will see the way the Lord wants you to be, to be Christ like, and to serve the Lord, we have to forego the earthly things.
I want to serve the Lord, for he is the only one who showed me he loved me, and for 45 years of rejection even from Christians it almost killed me, but God reached out and blessed me with his love. Don't compare yourself to this world, why you ask why, because the world is living in darkness. You cannot walk with the Lord and be in darkness too, you must either serve the Lord or serve Satan, you cannot do both. You cannot be a fence walker, its all or nothing. Stop now and ask Jesus to forgive you and thank him for blessing you with the True rewards that only our most precious savior can give us... I extend God's peace and love to you and this biggest reward of all, Knowing that his son Jesus died on the cross to forgive us our sins. May God show you the right way through truth each day.
That has been in the Bible for a long time now. Psalms "How long will the unjust go around ,their bodies sleek and ruddy, while the innocent are being oppressed? Further it says, "when I entered the House Of the Lord I saw their end in minutes.
The just and the unjust prosper because the bible says it rains on the just and the unjust and also the bible says beloved i wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers so He does want His people to prosper and also the bible says it is impossible for God to lie. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth and we have the Spirit of God in us and so we share the Life of God with others our Spirit will live with Him forever and if they (the unjust) don't get it right they will have labored in vain all through life maybe it may take us a little while but we will get our reward here on earth and in Heaven. This is what I believe.
I have answered this one before. The devil lifts these people up under a false premise and then slowly destroys them with death being the final blow. He is doing it with Tiger Woods now. He took him to number one in the world with fame and riches and last week in the U.S. Open was the beginning of his demise when he embarrassed himself with his play. Pay careful attention to his career and personal life in the next while and watch how it begins a downward spiral.
Allan Mann (James 1:12)
The Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust. Being saved doesn't mean that we'll never have anymore troubles, it just means that now we have someone to guide us through them and deliver us out of them. How could we ever know the power of God if we did not go through some horrible trial and see his hand move. How would we know that he can be trusted if we've never had to trust him. Job was a righteous man, God found no impurity about him, but he was one of the greatest if not the greatest tested men in the Bible.
How true are we? Will we serve him only in good times. I have found God to be faithful in hard times and in good times. I have failed him before but he has never failed me. As far as financial, the rich man faired sumptuously ever day, but he also spent eternity in hell. Heaven is the important thing. I think to much importance is placed on financial prosperity in the Christian walk today. I know we need money to live, but God did not promise us riches. Heaven is our Goal. There are some things we have to suffer, but to rein with Christ we must suffer with him also. In short if you don't bear the cross then you can't wear the crown.
Napier, April D LRN
If God is a good God, and if God is real, then why does God allow bad things to happen to good people. Why doesn't He stop war, feed the hungry children we see on T.V. or stop earthquakes from destroying cities?
"Yea, but can't God intervene?" Sure, and often He does. But if God intervened to reverse the law of gravity every time I was clumsy, I would be even more clumsy plus everyone else would be floating. The natural law of drought has left many countries in short supply of food and resources and people are starving. After Noah's flood, the earth became plagued with natural disasters such as these. Before Adam and Eve sinned, God created the perfect place for us to live. Now, sin has taken its toll and our world is in sinful chaos. Why doesn't God intervene? HE HAS. HE SENT HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.
Satan doesn't have to torment the ones he already has. So just count it all joy because he cannot touch the treasure that is laid up in the kingdom of God. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Jesus said Jn:16:33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
About habits....1 Tim , the Apostle Paul is talking to the church, because they have given themselves to deceiving doctrines and learned or started practicing things (actions) that made them act like every other church in the area. In other words they let themselves become waxed, and left the first faith....He was addressing the church because they had become so defiled and full of witchcraft, that they no longer practiced what they originally were taught of the Apostles. They were no longer interested in the Word or Why Jesus died on the Cross. They were not lead by the Holy Spirit, but by deceiving lying spirits. The Apostle Paul was letting them know, he knew what they were doing, and how much the church morals had decade. They were not fooling anyone but themselves. King James version says they learned.....something you learn had to have been taught by someone, the things the church did, was not a habit....it was a choice..
I do not really believe we have a habit of doing some of the things Paul was addressing the church about...it became a habit of choice not to turn away from such things, and return to the Love of Christ. I don't know if it a good word habit, or if we should use the word choice...free will....a habit is an action done often without even thinking, like changing gears on the car,,, when you already did, and didn't even realize you have already changed the gear. choices or habits, can always be changed or modified at any time with practice....from good to bad or bad to good...depending on choice...and how much you want a habit or choice to change. Paul said they learned to be idle....they were more interested in other people and things then the teaching the Love of Christ.
Yes, this is true! They due prosper but in the end, When Jesus come for his people they will be left behind.
The reason people prosper even though they do bad is they have made a pact
with the devil, they get their earthly rewards, but will loose in the end.
The answer to the question about why nonbelievers have financially richer lives that the believers do is simple to me. If you are not a believer, you are working with Satan. If you work with Satan, he will see that you are rewarded. If you work for God, this makes Satan angry and Satan will try anything he can to get things to go wrong. He wants everyone working for him. And do we get rewarded by God? Yes, we do, but it won't necessarily be in wealth, fame, or fortune. What His reward to us will be is greater love, greater trust from Him. How can money beat that?
You see, material blessing under the new covenant is not in anyway dependent upon how good we are or what good we do to others. In fact all throughout the scripture we are reminded to do good, not so that we can be outwardly rewarded. The rewards of those who truly serve God is not temporal it is eternal. It is not something that can be quantify or measured in terms of wealth or good health or accomplishments. Though God who is Most Knowing and Loving may choose also to bless us with material wealth, but if chooses not to, He remains God still and He remains God for evermore. So beloved our giving and worships are really so that God will be exalted and be glorified through our deeds and living. So it is very wrong for a believer to measure God's grace in his/her life by what is going on around him especial by what is going on in the life of the unbelievers. Thank you for the opportunity.
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