Monday, April 7, 2008

Prosperity Defined

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
That's a good definition of prosperity: Always having all sufficiency in all things PLUS abundance (that is, more than enough) for every good work.

I like how Oral Roberts put it:
Prosperity is the possession of everything you need for yourself and loved ones with enough surplus to give to those who need help. If you have only the bare necessities, you are not prosperous. And if you have all the sufficiencies of life but no more, that is not prosperity. But, if you have everything you need with something left over for the poor, that is prosperity.
~ from My Favorite Bible Scriptures
(Tulsa: Oral Roberts Evangelist Association, 1963)
The plan of God’s grace for you is prosperity — always having all sufficiency in all things, with abundance for every good work.