Ever wonder what it would be like to have everything you desired? To live in the biggest, grandest house you could imagine? To drive the finest car money could buy? To have enough money in the bank to last you a lifetime?
That’s probably been the dream of most everyone at one point or another. And, in truth, there’s really nothing wrong with having those kinds of dreams. I say that because the idea of having abundance is not something man originated. From the beginning of time, God had in mind that His creation would be abundantly blessed, always have everything he needed and never have to want for anything.
According to Genesis 12:1-2, the Lord said to Abram: “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.”
Then, in Genesis 22:17, New Living Translation, He says, “I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.”
Anything that is “beyond number” can’t be counted. In other words, it’s limitless. And that’s what God is saying here. Abram’s descendants would be so many he would not be able to count them. But God didn’t stop there. He abundantly blessed Abram and his offspring, too.
Clearly, God provided for Abram. And, just as He did it for Abram, God has made provision for all His children, including you and me.
The same blessing God bestowed on Abram was given to his descendants (Genesis 22:17). Galatians 3:29 says, “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
As born-again believers, we have full and complete access to everything God has. In fact, God desires so much for His children to prosper that He took the time to prepare everything for them in advance. The problem is, many Christians don’t really know how to appropriate God’s blessings in their lives because they don’t understand their relationship with Him or who they are in Christ Jesus.
I am convinced that many are not prospering today because they have a misconception of what true prosperity is. They look at prosperity the way the world sees it and they go after it in the same manner as the world.
They want to live in the biggest houses, drive the fanciest cars and have lots of money in the bank. So they stretch themselves thin, even to the point of working two and three jobs just to make ends meet. And, after all that, they’re still no further ahead than they were at the beginning.
That’s because they are violating God’s law of prosperity and, in effect, trying to create wealth their own way. Deuteronomy 8:18, NIV, says, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirm his covenant he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”
God has placed some special gift, talent or skill inside you that He expects you to use to gain wealth. If you apply what God has given you properly, there is no way you can fail. You have to prosper. On the other hand, if you misuse your gift by trying to get wealth by yourself, without the enabling of the Spirit of God, then any wealth or success you achieve is only going to be temporary.
God is the one who gives you the power or the ability to get wealth. It’s not by anything you or anyone else did or will ever do that will cause you to walk in true prosperity. The covenant promise God made to Abraham, that He would “multiply thee exceedingly,” was not just to Abraham. It applied to his children, their children after them and on down the line to include all his descendants. That’s you and me.
If you’ve taken up residence in the Kingdom, then start acting like it. Recognize your authority as His son or daughter and get busy using the ability He’s given you to achieve success and walk in prosperity.
Just as God opened wide the door to the Kingdom and invited Abraham to enter in, He’s done the same for you. He’s given you full access to the Kingdom and all its provisions.
Henry Fernandez is senior pastor of The Faith Center Ministries in Sunrise and is author of the book Faith, Family & Finances: Strong Foundations for a Better Life. For more information, visit henryfernandez.org or call 1-954-742-7832.