Scripture Text: Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Memory Verse: “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
Lesson Aim: To provide an understanding of God’s divine provision.
Poverty is unnecessary! It does not help anyone and it is not a gift from God. As believers, our God has promised to be our Provider. He is more than enough (El Shaddai) and able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think. God is our Source and our God will supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Jesus the Messiah (Philippians 4:19).
The world economic situation is bad. Countries are overloaded with debt. The situation for many families is not much better. Economic turbulence, recession, loss of employment, the impossibility of saving, and the weight of debt have many living from paycheck to paycheck with no hope in sight. Despite your specific circumstances, there is hope. Why? “Because in times of financial uncertainty, those who follow biblical principles of money management will not only survive, but even prosper.”1
But what is financial prosperity? Mike Murdock puts it this way, “Prosperity is having enough of Divine Provision to complete a Divine Assignment.”2
God wants you to prosper financially! He wants you to have sufficient finances to provide for the necessities of life, to provide for your loved ones, to help the poor, to support the Gospel and send ministers all over the globe to preach the gospel, and to complete your Divine Assignment (whatever it may be).
Prosperity is a gracious move of God. The price Jesus paid on Calvary covered our sins, our health, and our provision. It’s part of the covenant blessings, but you must co-labor with God in order to receive.
Faith is the key to everything in the Kingdom. In the same way that we receive salvation from sin— “We are saved by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8)—we receive divine provision—by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Without the knowledge of the Word, we are hopeless, but hearing and doing the Word gets results.
The adversary wants to keep you ignorant of God’s Word. He knows that if he can keep you ignorant of the Word of God, he can defeat you in every area of life. His number one weapon against us is lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). If he can keep you from the Word, he can keep you bound. Your power and victory are in the Word.
Due to ignorance of the Word, many do not believe it’s God’s will for them to prosper. Millions refuse to obey the very basic and simple laws of God concerning tithing and giving. Others refuse to sow consistently or be thankful and wait patiently for their harvest.
It is through God’s Word that we receive God’s wisdom and knowledge. We must seek Him for what He gives, not what we want! His knowledge and ideas lead to prosperity. Our part is to seek Him and do the Word.
You must know and believe that it’s God’s will for you to prosper. Jesus came that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Psalm 35:27). He has given us power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Divine provision is a covenant blessing and a gracious move of God (that means we have to co-labor with Him). We are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Know the Word, believe the Word, do the Word, and prosper!
Interact with God’s Word:
- Given that the adversary’s primary weapon against us is ignorance of the Word, how can we counteract or disarm that weapon? Hosea 4:6; Joshua 1:8 Discuss and give examples.
- List three Scriptures that confirm God’s promise of divine provision.
- Financial blessings are conditional. Read Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Identify the various blessings God promised then identify the conditions for receiving the promises.
- How does our enemy try to keep us from the Word? Why? Mark 4:1-20
- What is the connection between faith and financial provision? Where does obedience fit in? 1 Kings 17:8-16
- Consider Mike Murdock’s definition of prosperity. How does that impact/compare with your previous thoughts or definition of prosperity?