Generosity and Prosperity

by | Oct 4, 2021 | Business & Marketplace, Finances & Career

Everyone has heard someone speak on prosperity one time or another. It may have been from your pastor or an evangelist. Millions attend conferences to hear presentations on prosperity. Those who speak or write about prosperity always get the attention of individuals who want to be blessed financially. In the church, the prosperity message is correctly presented when the basis of the teaching is found in 3 John 2 (NKJV): “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers.”

In my opinion, there are far too many individuals preaching a message of giving money to get money. They may call it their prosperity message but it is a message of what is in it for me. One of the first things we need to understand about prosperity is that the Lord desires prosperity for His followers. The book of John speaks of prosperity in all things: that includes our finances, possessions and, most importantly, our souls. John does not stop there. The words from John refer to prosperity in our health, relationships, marriages, careers and everything we experience in life. When John speaks of our souls prospering, he is referring to all believers having healthy and prosperous bodies, souls and spirits. That Scripture has always been one of my favorites, primarily because it covers the sum total of who we are in our relationship with the Lord.

Allow me to remind you that all believers must understand that God is not opposed to prosperity. Throughout His Word, we read of His plans to prosper those who trust, obey and follow Him. Here are just a few examples I have found for you: Proverbs 28:25 (NLT) — “Trusting the Lord leads to prosperity”; Proverbs 21:5 — “Hard work leads to prosperity”; 1 Samuel 25:6 — “Peace and prosperity to you, your family and everything you own”; Deuteronomy 28:11 — “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.”

Jesus told us He wants us to have life and live it abundantly; that is another way to say prosper. All of these promises in God’s Word revealed how much He desires to prosper His followers. If the Lord wants us to prosper, and we want to prosper, then why do some feel that they will never have the opportunity to flourish financially? In my opinion, the answer to that question is found in how we look at generosity. The Bible tells us that to much is given, much is required. Because we have been given so much from the Lord, we have an obligation to give generously. Whatever we have, be it money, talent or time, we must give it generously. Generosity is not about equal amounts of giving from what we have; it’s about giving equal amounts of sacrifice. We are to be generous with everything.

Desiring some type of prosperity is a goal of every person we know. The amount of prosperity we desire is in direct relationship to where we focus our thoughts and interests. If our focus is on making more money, we will probably put our efforts in that direction. If we focus on building great relationships, then we will probably prosper with many friends. Wherever our focus flows is where our desire to prosper goes. If all this is true, then what restricts us from prosperity?

May you be blessed as you listen to this series on financial prosperity. Next month, I will be introducing a new series on building our faith. Those podcasts will be based on my book, “Receive Everything From What We Call Nothing.” It is based on God’s promise to Abraham to be the father of many nations. Abraham told God he was not able to produce a child but God brought something from nothing.

Please join me on my podcast, Quality Christian Living, at {eoa}

David C. Friend was the founder and pastor of North Scottsdale Christian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has served as the president of the Paradise Valley Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of the Grand Canyon University Foundation Board. Before answering God’s call and accepting the full-time position as pastor of North Scottsdale Christian, David spent 14 years in banking and owned a real estate development company for 20 years. He taught banking operations at Arizona community colleges. David resides in North Scottsdale with his wife, Sharon, and together they have two married children and six grandchildren. David is an award-winning author, veteran, entrepreneur, pastor, banker and teacher.

Read articles like this one and other Spirit-led content in our new platform, CHARISMA PLUS.


Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

Practical Tips to Maximize Your Time

We all have the same amount of time—four hours a day, seven days a week. And the longer I live, the more I discover that time is too valuable for us to waste any of it. That’s why it is so important that we learn to live on purpose, for a purpose. The truth is if you...

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

Enter the Courts of Heaven with Rabbi Curt Landry

This article was first released by Curt Landry Ministries. Note: This is the first of a two-part series of articles. When you enter heaven's courtroom to do spiritual warfare, you are asking that the will of God, what is written in His books, be released from heaven...

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

The Spiritual Awakening of Buffalo, New York

Monday night, Jan. 2, 2023, God drew our nation to prayer as Bills player Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on live tv. Could this have been the largest spontaneous prayer meeting in the history of our nation—beginning with players on the field, spreading to...


Prophecy: The Lord Says, ‘New Righteous Leaders Shall Be Put in Place’

Read Time: 4 Minutes 14 Seconds On Jan. 3, 2023, Father spoke a very encouraging word to me about 2023: “Many difficult days have My children seen; these are truly behind you. I am showing up on the...
Messianic Rabbi: The Problem with Paul

Messianic Rabbi: The Problem with Paul

Read Time: 3 Minutes 36 Seconds I cannot tell you the number of conversations that I have participated in, or the number of sermons or Bible studies I have heard, where someone made the statement, “The problem with Paul is…” and then the person made a definitive...

Deliver Us from the Spirit of Lawlessness

Deliver Us from the Spirit of Lawlessness

Read Time: 4 minutes 36 seconds If you type in the words “Walmart brawl” or “Waffle House fight” on YouTube, you’ll find hundreds of videos of bizarre altercations between angry customers. They are throwing punches, hurling expletives, kicking each other, pulling hair...

Pin It on Pinterest