Series: The New Wine of Prosperity
The New Wine of Prosperity (Part 3)
February 21, 2021 | Ricky Temple
Passage: Proverbs 13:4
Once upon a time, in my life, I struggled with prosperity. I named these feelings “prosperity guilt.” Preaching and prospering seemed to be in many people’s minds a contradiction. In response to this, I found ways to give away my advantage. It took me years to settle in and embrace my own success differently. The Bible is right, there should be no condemnation to those who are in Christ. The Bible promises in Proverbs that diligence would lead to blessings.
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. (The New King James)
I was diligent but emotionally unprepared for the advantages and opportunities prosperity would bring into my life. This sermon is about the importance of becoming comfortable with the decision to be diligent and prosperous. In order to excel in life, we must be intentional.
Four Questions to Think About
1. What are your intentional plans to improve your financial life?
2. Have you ever felt uncomfortable because of your success?
3. What standards have you lowered to get along with those around you who have less ambition?
4. Do you still have a cartoonish view of building wealth? Are you standing in a field declaring you will grow apples with no seeds in your hands like a cartoon character with magical powers?
Living in this new world, good home training always includes a mature attitude towards your financial resources. Let us explore three areas of our finances that may need our attention.