As we begin this study of prosperity and how it functions according to the Word of God, let’s read the basic scriptures on which our whole study is founded. Let me mention here that we are putting the Word of God first and foremost throughout this study, not what we think it says, but what it actually says! When we see it in the Word, believe it, and begin to act on it, faith is created. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
As you read our basic scripture text, remember Jesus said in John 17:17, “Thy word is truth.” For a clearer meaning substitute the Word for truth as follows: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth [the Word] that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth [the Word]. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth [the Word]” (3 John 2-4). It would be good to point out that when the Apostle John wrote this Epistle, he was an old man and had been in the Christian walk for a long, long time—in fact, from the time of his youth. He had walked with Jesus and watched Him closely throughout His earthly ministry. John was a wise old man, strong in the Lord, and he said, “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health.” Through our traditional ideas, we have been lead to believe that prosperity is bad or ungodly. However, John writes that we should prosper and be healthy and then it says in verse 11, 9 “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”
If prosperity is evil, why would He want us to prosper? You see, there is nothing wrong with prosperity in itself. Money is not the root of all evil.
The love of money is the root of all evil (see 1 Timothy 6:10), and there are people committing this sin who don’t have a dime! I want you to realize, however, that prosperity covers much more than finances. When John said we should prosper and be in health, he added the phrase, “Even as thy soul prospereth.” Man is a spirit; he has a soul consisting of the mind, the will and the emotions; and he lives in a body. Thus, there is spiritual prosperity; there is mental prosperity; and there is physical prosperity.
To prosper spiritually, you must be born again.
When you accept Jesus as your Savior and make Him the Lord of your life, your spirit is reborn and brought into fellowship with the Father, the Almighty God. This then puts you in a position to receive from Him all the things promised in His Word.