The False Teachings of Prosperity Preachers!!!
I woke up this morning to a video on my YouTube timeline that stated all Christians should be rich. What the Holy Spirit imparted to me was the story of Joseph. You can read this story from Genesis, chapters 37-50.
While Joseph was in prison, Pharaoh dreamed of seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh was without understanding then, and Joseph interpreted the dream for him.
“Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, ‘The [two] dreams are one [and the same and have one interpretation]; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. The seven cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the [two] dreams are one [and the same].
” The seven thin ugly cows that came up after them are seven years; and also the seven thin ears, dried up and scorched by the east wind, they are seven years of famine and hunger'” (Genesis 41: 25-27, AMP).
Everyone Won’t Receive God’s Direction
I want you to pay attention to a couple of things. The ghastliness of the dream. Pharaoh saw the seven thin, ugly, emaciated cows eating the well-favored cows. Meditate on that for a moment. This in itself shows how dire this drought would become.
Secondly, God wanted to make sure that Pharaoh was bothered by this. So that he would not underestimate the magnitude of what He was about to do.
“So when the morning came his spirit was troubled and disturbed and he sent and called for all the magicians and all the wise men of Egypt. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them to him” (Genesis 41: 8, AMP).
Most Won’t See “The Bigger Picture”
Because of Joseph’s godly wisdom, he was able to tell Pharaoh how to prepare for the dearth. Joseph reiterated to him that because he had the same dream twice, that it was of God and would surely come to pass.
So, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge. And he was only subject to Pharaoh. In Pharaoh’s eyes.
Now pay attention to what Joseph did. As a shrewd businessman, he appointed officers over the land. Collecting a fifth part of this food as a tax.
But what I want you to take heed of is that only Joseph and Pharaoh and their houses benefited financially. The people gave everything they had so they would not starve to death.
Now you may start to perceive Joseph differently. Remember, God was preparing Joseph to be able to uproot his entire family and their descendants. But I want you to see God’s grace and mercy for the entire world. “And [the people of] all countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the [known] earth” (Genesis 41: 57, AMP).
Many Won’t Receive the Magnitude of God’s Protection
This is going to be a harsh truth for many. But I need you to pay attention.
Do you remember when God commissioned Noah to build the ark? More people could have survived, but their lack of faith and belief in God caused many to perish. Every man, beast, and insect in the entire earth except those who were in the ark. You see many of us are irresponsible, which is why prosperity preachers are not only false but dangerous.
Let me confirm this. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]” (Matthew 24: 38-39, AMP).
Because men are unfaithful and caught up in the world, we are unable and unwilling to see the destruction that is unfolding right before our eyes. The enemy makes sure to keep us distracted in foolishness. As even Israel and his sons were not prepared.
God Is Righteous in His Judgments
What we must understand is that God is righteous in His judgment. But please know this. No judgment is given from the LORD without a way of preparation.
“No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word -He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]” (1 Corinthians 10: 13, AMP).
How many of you would have been able to receive this from God and act on it? Truthfully? Reality is very harsh. This is why many allow themselves to be deceived. And why it is so important to have discernment on who you allow to speak into your lives and to make decisions on your behalf.
This scripture remains relevant. “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11: 12, KJV). Again, I will ask you to read the amplified version of this scripture for a clearer understanding.
We Wrest His Words to Our Own Peril
The word of the LORD states. “For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor in your land’ (Deuteronomy 15: 11, AMP). The confirmation. “For you will always have the poor with you; but you will not always have Me” (Matthew 26: 11, AMP).
God is an advocate for the poor and the warning has been given. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16: 26, AMP).
Finally, know that God is for the poor and needy and the rich will have to answer to Him in their greed. This illustration is most precedent.
The Beggar and The Rich Man
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
“And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
“But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou tormented” (Luke 16: 19-25, KJV).
God is giving me utterance. This is the revelation of why many preach prosperity for everyone. So that they won’t feel guilty for not being good stewards of the manifold blessings. They can shrug their shoulders and say, “If I did it so can you”. As they ignore the poor and needy. Violating God’s commandment. As egregiously shown in those last scriptures that I am imparting to you.
Always coming from a place of love and truth!!!
Originally written on June 19, 2023.
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