It will shock many Christians when they get to heaven because they will see the riches that God wanted to pour out on them when they were here on earth.
All That I Have Is Yours
Christians are going to realize they were cheated out of the supernatural abundance that belonged to them in Christ Jesus, because they let people talk them into thinking about prosperity like the world does instead of thinking like God's word says in the Bible.
I'm telling you, when it comes to financial abundance, God thinks BIG! His thoughts about our prosperity and His ways of getting it to us are as far above the world's thoughts and ways “as the heavens are higher than the earth” (Isaiah 55:9).
Even under the Old Covenant, God could prosper the people of Israel beyond what they could ask or think. He was able to deliver them from poverty and slavery in Egypt and bring them out with an abundance of silver and gold (Psalm 105:37). He was able to provide for them a Promised Land with no scarcity, where they lacked nothing, and bless them there with the “power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18).
If God could do that under the Old Covenant, think what He can do for us, as believers, under the New Covenant! Unlike the Old Testament Israel, who are referred to in the Bible as God's Servants, we are His born again sons and daughters. We're joint heirs together with Christ of everything He has!
As God's obedient children, we're in the same position financially that the elder brother was in the parable Jesus told in Luke 15. You remember the story. It's about a rich father, his two sons and their inheritance.
In the beginning of the parable, the younger one asks the father to give him his inheritance early and then leaves home and squanders it on riotous living. After he goes broke and winds up living in a literal pigpen, he returns, repentant and his father receives him with open arms, kills a fatted calf in his honor and throws a party to celebrate.
When the elder son comes in from working in his father's field and finds out about the party, he gets mad and says to his father: “You never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have”.
And the father said to him, "Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours”.
It's clear that the older son didn't understand his rights and privileges as his father's son. He didn't understand that as his father's son; he was already entitled to everything his father owned. All the cattle belonged to him just as much as they belonged to his father.
The same is true for us, as God's obedient children. Because we're in Christ,“everything our Father owns is ours. And that's saying a lot, because He owns it all.
Talk about a real estate magnate! God owns the entire earth and everything in it. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). He owns the silver and the gold (Haggai 2:8) and all the rest of the wealth that's here. And He has made it all available to us, as His sons and daughters. And because in Heaven there is no gender, I will use the word us.
Our wealth wasn't put here on earth for the devil and his crew. God created the wealth of this planet for His family, and He wants us to have it in abundance. He wants you as His child, to have “richly all things to enjoy”(1 Timothy 6:17).
God wants you to have so much more that you can do things anytime you please. He doesn't want you to have to stay home because you can't pay for the gas to go somewhere. He wants you to buy airplane tickets for your entire family and stay in a pleasant hotel. Better yet, He wants you to be so prosperous you can pay for another family or two to go anywhere with you!
God, Isn't Broke
“Well,” you might say, “that sounds like a pretty expensive lifestyle.”
That's OK, God can afford it. He's nowhere near broke. He can come up with any amount of money with no problem. His only problem has been getting His people to believe Him for it, to act like He meant it when He said in Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it”.
“For...our Lord Jesus Christ... though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich,” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
“The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just (Proverbs 13:22).
“To the sinner [God] giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God,” (Ecclesiastes 2:26).
“And God can make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]” (2 Corintians 9:8, AMPC)
All too often, instead of simply believing those verses with our hearts, we, as God's people, try to figure them out with our heads. We resort to limited human reasoning, look at our natural circumstances, our job, our bank accounts, the economy, or whatever, and think, How could I ever be rich? How could I possibly get the money to pay off my house or pay cash for a new car? How could I ever afford to finance someone's travel?
That kind of thinking undermines our faith because it's all about me...me...me. It assumes we're our own source and that it's up to us to bring in the money. But that's not the case.
God is our Source!
All we have to do is put our faith in Him, put our lives and resources in His hands, and let Him do for us what He did in Matthew 14 for the little boy who gave Jesus his lunch. Have you ever read about that? God multiplied that little boy's two piece fish dinner so unreasonably that it not only fed thousands of people, there were 12 baskets full of leftovers for the little boy to take home.
Would God really do that kind of thing for us, as believers, today? Certainly He would! He's our heavenly Father. He wants to prosper us beyond what, in the natural, is even possible. He's just waiting for us to release our faith and give Him the opportunity. Sadly, however, a lot of believers never do that.
They might release their faith for something small, something they can reasonably expect to happen. They might believe God to help them make their house payment. But they never go out beyond what they consider “reasonable.” They don't go on and believe, for instance, for the money to pay off their entire 30-year mortgage.
I understand, of course, everyone has to start where they are. I had to do that myself. When I first started walking with God, I just believed Him for the money to make payments, because at the time, given the mountain of debt I owed. After I got into the Word, I began believing God to get me out of debt completely. I began tithing faithfully and giving offerings. Months later, even though in the natural I hadn't been able to figure out how it could happen, I was completely debt free.
I've been able to pay off a lot of things for other people. God has multiplied my resources so much that I'm able to sow more now than I once could have imagined having. I'm truly unreasonably blessed!
Let God's Word Pull You Up To His Level
I can confirm from experience that moving out into the blessing requires you to get out beyond what you can think or see. You can't do it by basing your praying and your faith on just what you can see in this natural realm, or what you think logically might happen. Base your faith on the ability of God. Focus on what His Word says and let it pull you up to His level.
One thing that helps me to do that is reading and meditating on true events in the Bible when God supernaturally prospered His people. Times when faced with impossible circumstances, He provided them with more than they could ask or think.
I especially like to read about how God miraculously provided for Israel. He did all kinds of amazing things for them! When they were in the wilderness where there was nothing to eat, He fed them supernaturally by pouring out manna from heaven every day. When they tired of manna, and cried out for meat, He supplied that for them too.
Even though they were being rebellious at the time and complaining, He spoke to them through Moses and said He'd give them meat to eat, “not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month” (Numbers 11:19-20) Moses, although he was a faith man, he couldn't figure out how God was going to do that. It sounded impossible to him!
“Just the men of Israel number 600,000!” he said, “not to mention women and children. Even if we slaughtered all the livestock we have and caught all the fish in the sea, it wouldn't be enough to feed this bunch of people for a month.”
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord's hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not" (verse 23).
The Bible says in verses 31-32, “Now a wind went out from the Lord, and it brought quail from the sea and left them fluttering near the camp, about a day's journey on this side and about a day's journey on the other side, all around the camp and about two cubits (about 2 X18 inches) above the surface of the ground. And the people stayed up all day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail. (he who gathered the least gathered ten homers*); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.”
God provided so much meat for Israel, the scripture says, that eventually it became loathsome, or repulsive to them (verse 20).
God kept His Word. He proved that His arm wasn't too short to miraculously provide. He proved that repeatedly to Israel sometimes taking them from poverty to prosperity literally overnight!
Take what He did for them in 2 Kings 6-7, for instance. It tells about a time when the Israelite city of Samaria had been surrounded by the Syrian army for so long that their food supply had completely run out. Because they weren't seeking God for help, the situation had gotten so bad Israel had been reduced to eating dove droppings and paying two ounces of silver per dropping for the privilege! Can you imagine?
Then one day, right during that impossible mess, the prophet Elisha declared a word from the Lord. He said to the Israelite king, "By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, five quarts of fine flour will cost only half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain will cost only half an ounce of silver."
An officer of the king heard the prophecy and scoffed: “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”
“In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it,” Elisha answered.
Sure enough, overnight the Lord caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and horses and “they panicked and fled into the night, abandoning their tents, horses, donkeys, and everything else and they fled for their lives.” Shortly thereafter, four Israelite lepers ventured into the camp to beg for something to eat and realized the Syrian army was gone.
The lepers helped themselves to some of the Syrian's abandoned food, supplies, silver and gold. Then, realizing they should share the good news, they went back and told the people of Samaria what had happened, and they all rushed out and plundered the Syrian's camp.
“So, five quarts of fine flour was sold that day for half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain were sold for half an ounce of silver, just as the Lord had promised. The king appointed his officer to control the traffic at the gate, but he was knocked down and trampled to death as the people rushed out. So everything happened exactly as the man of God had predicted.”
This story reminds me that God can provide miraculously for His people in any situation.
Let's believe Him to do it! Instead of being like the king's officer who doubted what God said, just because it didn't seem reasonable, let's put our faith in God's Word and be expectant. Let's become miracle minded, blessing minded, and supernatural increase minded, and dare to believe, that as Ephesians 3:20 says: “[God] is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!”
*homer is equal to 10 bushels.