“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. John 15:4-8
Jesus Christ who doesn’t lie clearly taught that there were real benefits to abiding in Him and His words abiding in His disciples. Those who abide in Him could ask whatever they desire and it shall be done for them! But Jesus Christ also taught that there were serious negative consequences for those who did not abide in him. They would be cast out as a branch that is withered which men gather and throw into the fire to be burned. So those who have made the Lord to be their Source of total supply and allow His words to abide in them, can prosper, bear much fruit and see their prayers answered. While the others for whom Jesus Christ is not Lord and their Source of total supply must examine and change their ways or they will not prosper, nor bear fruit nor see their prayers answered. For God’s word is unchanging:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, “leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. “Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. “Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny. Matthew 5:21-26
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19
Not agreeing with God or others could have serious negative consequences. Agreeing with God and others could have very positive blessings. Great peace and great good come to those who are in full agreement and submission to God in every area of their life, including the financial area. Agreeing with God is simply agreeing with His Word made real by His Spirit. But true prosperity comes from agreeing with all parts of the Word and not just some particular passages of the word. Yet God’s word is unchanging:
No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me? Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine. Job 41:10-11
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. Luke 15:31
Everything under heaven including silver, gold, glory, victory and honor belongs to God and all that belongs to Him belongs to His sons and daughters. But in the kingdom of God, unlike in the world, to receive one must believe and one must give. For God’s word is true:
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 1:17-20
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Those who are willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land. While those who refuse and rebel shall be devoured by the sword. The measure that men measure to God will be the measure measured back to them. Yet God’s word is unchanging:
“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, And to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased him.” For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:1-3
God who blessed and made Abraham rich and great is able to do the same for each one of His children. But it’s God’s people not God who determine whether they will be blessed or not by abiding in Christ and allowing all of His words to abide in them. For God’s word is unchanging:
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. Deuteronomy 28:1-6
God wants His people to be victorious, rich and wealth. He wants them to be the head, not tail. He wants them to be above only, not beneath in everything. He wants them to have the faith to cast out demons, heal the sick, and be a blessing to others. He wants them to live and walk in love. For God is love! Jesus is love. And He is the Author and Developer of their faith. Love is the Author and Developer of their faith! Love is the dominating force behind all aspects and operations of faith. Love develops faith and makes it work at its highest level. Love, as well as faith, is of the heart, not of the head. For God’s word is true:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:10
God is a limitless God, and His provision is limitless. His grace and mercy are limitless for those who will receive of them. But it’s God power that works in His people and His word that abides in them that determines the abundance of God’s prosperity and goodness that will be manifested in their lives in the current time of life. Each person by his or her reactions to God’s power and word determines whether he or she will live in the abundance that God is able to provide. For God’s word is unchanging:
“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23
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