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Before God ever created the earth for His family, He set in motion certain laws and principles by which heaven and earth have to abide:
The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old. I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed.
(Prov. 8:22-23 AMP)
God has always wanted to bless His people. And when we build our lives on His principles of wisdom that He has set into motion, we will prosper in every area of our lives.

When God speaks, His power is in His words to bring them to pass. So when we latch onto His words, depositing them in our hearts and mouths and acting on them in faith, we are building a foundation of prosperity to help us live successfully on this earth.

So Much To Learn
When Ken and I were first born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, we didn't really know anything about God's principles of spiritual prosperity.

For instance, we didn't know that healing belonged to us, so we just let sickness stay when it came to our home.

But later we found out that Jesus bore our sicknesses and carried our disease (Isa. 53:4). We learned how to resist sickness and disease.

When sickness came, we began to stand against it, in the name of Jesus, saying, "No, you aren't the will of God, and you aren't staying in my body!" or "You aren't staying in my child!"

We told sickness that it had to go in Jesus' Name!

However, we didn't know to handle poverty and lack the same way. Our financial situation was still the major problem in our lives.

We had learned that financial prosperity was the will of God, but I didn't have the revelation yet to resist poverty as I would sickness.

I remember right where I was the day I realized that. We were living in Fort Worth, Texas, and I was looking out the window toward downtown when the Lord spoke to my heart.

He revealed to me that we were to talk to lack in the same way we had learned to talk to sickness and disease. I said, "Lack, I rebuke you, in Jesus' Name. Get out of my life! You are not the will of God for me. I resist you, in Jesus' Name."

God Wants Us to Prosper
I'm telling you, poverty is not the will of God. It's a curse, and so is lack! (Deut. 28). God doesn't want you laboring under poverty and lack.

He doesn't want your time spent worrying, "How am I going to pay my light bill?" That's not the will of God for you.

It's always been God's desire for His family to prosper. That's why He instructs us in the way of wisdom:
That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.
(Prov. 8:21 AMP)
Wisdom brings us both spiritual and earthly blessings. But we don't apply God's principles just to acquire material wealth.

We apply them because He is our God and we want to honor and obey Him in every area. You can't just say, "Well, I want to prosper, so I'm going to look up all the scriptures on prosperity and ignore everything else in the Word."

No, that won't work. Prospering in God is a lifestyle of doing the Word - all of it! The more we know about God and His wisdom, the easier it is to prosper in Him.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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