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Does Prosperity Mean Future Needs Are Met Today?

Author: UEC Team
Date: September 7, 2017


[ecko_quote source=" Matthew 6:25, 31–33"]But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well[/ecko_quote]


Some people have the idea that prosperity means all our needs should be provided for well ahead of time. Jesus addressed this misconception when He told His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?...So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25, 31–33)

Do people worry about something they already have? No. Worry isn’t related to our present supply. It is related to a perceived or potential lack in the future. Jesus concluded His statements on the provision by saying, “Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (v. 34). Prosperity doesn’t mean that tomorrow’s need is met today; it means that today’s need is met today.

We find the same concept in the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow because it has its own supply (see verse 34), and tomorrow we may need even more than we do today. When we get to tomorrow, the supply will be there. We must understand what prosperity really is in order to grasp the foundational principle of how God provides for our visions.



What's next?

Prayer: Father, Jesus ‘words from the Sermon on the Mount bring me such freedom from worry. As I seek Your kingdom and Your vision for my life, may I trust You more each day for provision in every way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thought: Prosperity means that today’s need is met today


References: Myles Munroe


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