Prosperity simply means “Having enough to do the will of God” and that’s how much God wants you to have, no more and no less.
Because we lack a divine Center our need for security has led us into an insane attachment to things. We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy…We are made to feel ashamed to wear clothes or drive cars until they are worn out. The mass media have convinced us that to be out of step with fashion is to be out of step with reality. It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.
Never try to save out of God’s cause; such money will canker the rest. Giving to God is no loss; it is putting your substance in the best bank. Giving is true having.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I remember a friend of mine telling a story about one of his first paying jobs. When he was in seminary, he and his wife pastored a small church in a rough part of Houston. They lived in the parsonage and received a salary of one hundred dollars a week. One day a college friend of his passed through town and stopped by for a visit. The friend’s career was in sales, and at the time, 1972, he was doing quite well, with a six-figure salary. He said to the young pastor, “You were pretty sharp in school. You know, you could be doing a lot better financially if you had chosen a different profession. For instance, if you were with my company, you could be making a hundred thousand dollars a year.” My friend eyed his buddy and said, “ Well, I don’t know if I could live on that.” “What do you mean, you don’t know if you could live on that? You don’t look like you’re making half that much now.” My friend said, “Well, I don’t right now, but I work for someone who promised to pay me whatever I need. This last year I didn’t need much, but what if next year I needed more? I sure would be in a mess if all I had was a hundred thousand dollars.”
God comes right out and tells us why He gives us more money than we need. It’s not so we can find more ways to spend it. It’s not so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children. It’s not so we can insulate ourselves from needing God’s provision. It’s so we can give and give generously.
Live simply that others may simply live.
Laughter is an instant vacation. Giving is a two-week cruise- with pay.
When you serve God, you are using God’s money to accomplish His wishes. But when you serve money, you are using God’s money to accomplish your wishes.
Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is “finding his place in it,” while really it is finding its place in him.
C. S. Lewis
There is absolutely no evidence that complexity and materialism lead to happiness. On the contrary, there is plenty of evidence that simplicity and spirituality lead to joy, a blessedness that is better than happiness.
My children, the three acts of faith, hope, and charity contain all the happiness of man upon the earth.
No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher
The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you will go right past Jesus, for he’s coming down.
Who is a wise man? -He who studies all the time.
Who is strong? -He who can limit himself.
Who is rich? -He who is happy with what he has.
Have you noticed, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to save money when your neighbors keep buying things you can’t afford?
One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.
C. S. Lewis
Hold everything you own with an open hand.
Save some before you spend, spend less than you earn, and honor the Lord by your tithing.
R. R. Ball
In the name of God, stop a moment, close your work, and look around you.
The bread that you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies on your chest belongs to the naked; and the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.
Basil of Caesarea
Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal.
A. Maude Royden
We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.
D. L. Moody
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.
A lad who heard his father pray for missions, and especially for the needs of missionaries, that they might be supplied, and that their institutions might be amply sustained, said to him, “Father, I wish I had your money.” “Why, my son, what would you do with it?” asked the father. “I would answer your prayers,” was the reply.
Contentment is natural wealth; luxury, artificial poverty.
In Tolstoy’s “Man and Dame Fortune,” the hero is told he can have the right to all the land around which he can plow a furrow in a single day. The man started off with great vigor, and was going to encompass only that which he could easily care for. But as the day progressed, he desired more and more rights. He plowed and plowed, until at the end of the day he could in no possible way return to his original point of departure, but struggling to do so, he fell, the victim of a heart attack. The only right he secured was the right to 18 square feet of land in which to be buried.
Russell T. Loesch
If all the gold in the world were melted down into a solid cube it would be about the size of an eight-room house. If a man got possession of all that gold- billions of dollars’ worth- he could not buy a friend, character, peace of mind, clear conscience, or a sense of eternity.
Charles F. Banning
Ironically, many people can’t afford to give precisely because they’re not giving. If we pay our debt to God first, then we will incur His blessing to help us pay our debts to men. But when we rob God to pay men, we rob ourselves of God’s blessing.
We must teach our children that the real measure of their success in life is how much they’d be worth if they had absolutely nothing.