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The Bible leaves no question about it. God’s people are supposed to be rich. Not just rich in spirit. Not just rich in righteousness, love, joy, peace and the fellowship of God. Not even rich only in relationships and spiritual rewards. God’s people are to be rich—financially wealthy and prosperous in every possible way with plenty of money.
Scripture after scripture confirms it: “THE BLESSING of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22); “Riches and honour are with [the wisdom of God]; yea, durable riches and righteousness” (Proverbs 8:18); “Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever” (Psalm 112:1, 3); “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
Some people insist those verses can’t possibly apply to everyone. “What about Christians who live in third-world countries?” they ask. “What about those who don’t have the training or opportunities to earn even a minimal income. How are they ever supposed to get rich?” Look again at the first scripture I quoted and you’ll see the answer to those questions: THE BLESSING of the Lord, it maketh rich.
Notice, that verse doesn’t say a good job maketh rich. It doesn’t say a strong economy maketh rich. It doesn’t say expensive degrees from exclusive universities and a résumé full of worldly credentials maketh rich. The Bible says THE BLESSING does it.
To understand how that can be true, you have to realize what THE BLESSING of the Lord actually is and the kind of power it contains. We get a glimpse of that power in Genesis 1 when, after He created mankind in His image and gave them dominion, “God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…” (verse 28).
When God spoke that BLESSING, He endued mankind with enough of His own creative glory and power to sustain, uphold and prosper all creation forever. He released all the divine resources man would ever need to expand the Garden of Eden until it filled the whole earth. Through THE BLESSING, God equipped mankind so completely that on the seventh day of Creation, He didn’t even show up for work.
Instead, “he rested” (Genesis 2:2). God rested not because He was tired but because He was finished. He’d done all He needed to do. He didn’t have to stay on the job, blessing His new family’s every endeavor. He could just sit back, enjoy their fellowship, watch them exercise their dominion, and let THE BLESSING do what it was designed to do.
God didn’t get to rest for long, of course, because Adam messed up the plan. He bowed his knee to the devil and turned THE BLESSING into the curse. When he did, God got up and went back to work on the plan of redemption. He took on the task of getting THE BLESSING back on all mankind, which is where it has always belonged.
Two Different Economies
All His children BLESSED. That was God’s will from the beginning and His will never changes. So after the Flood, when mankind got a fresh start through the family of Noah, we find God once again releasing THE BLESSING upon them by saying the same thing He said in the Garden of Eden, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
At that time, Noah’s sons—Shem, Ham and Japheth—represented all the races and nations that would ever inhabit this planet. All of us are descendents of those three men. So, for a moment anyway, all mankind was once again BLESSED.
The situation, however, didn’t last long. Ham and Japheth soon followed in Adam’s footsteps and departed from God’s way of doing things. Instead of obeying Him and trusting THE BLESSING to prosper them, they invented their own system of commerce. They came up with the fend-for-yourself, dog-eat-dog, lie-cheat-and-steal economy we see in the world today.
In that system,people attempt to meet their own needs without God. They try to satisfy spiritual needs with material things (that’s what materialism is) and call it prosperity. They believe that to be blessed they must be rich, so they spend their lives struggling to make money. According to Psalm 73:12, “these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.”
Notice, that verse says “they increase in riches.” Instead of trusting God to do it, in Ham and Japheth’s system of and, according to Jewish history, became the king (or lord mayor) of Jerusalem, the man the Bible calls Melchizedek. In Genesis 14:18, we find him serving as priest of the Most High God, ministering the covenant elements to the patriarch Abraham, and transferring THE BLESSING to him.
The reason for the transfer was simple. God was still working to get THE BLESSING back on all mankind and He had declared that through Abraham, the man of faith, “all families of the earth” would again be blessed (Genesis 12:3).
Good News for the Poor
“But Brother Copeland,” you might say, “what does that have to do with all Christians being rich?”
Read Galatians 3:13-14 and you’ll see. It says: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
Do you realize what those verses are saying? They’re telling us that because of what Jesus did on the cross, the same BLESSING that was on Adam and Noah and Melchizedek and Abraham has come upon every Christian in every nation! No matter what our economic situation, level of education or employment opportunities, THE BLESSING has come upon us all. And it is THE BLESSING that makes rich and adds no sorrow with it!
Because of THE BLESSING, we’re no longer bound to the worldly system of commerce that Ham and Japheth originated. We don’t have to come up with ways to generate our own financial increase anymore. We’ve been born again into a new kingdom and a new economy. We’ve received the promise of the Holy Spirit and been made apartaker of the very nature and abilities of God. We don’t have to sweat out a living like men who are suffering under the curse, we can spend our lives loving, believing and
serving God, and let THE BLESSING increase us.
THE BLESSING can get the job done in any economy.It can prosper us anytime, anywhere. If we’ll cooperate with it by walking in faith and love, it won’t matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, it will bring us true, New Testament prosperity. It will “make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).If you doubt it, read what THE BLESSING did for Abraham. It prospered him in a foreign land where he had no family, no established business connections, nothing to depend on but THE BLESSING itself, until he was “very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold” (Genesis 13:2).
It worked the same way in the life of his son, Isaac. After God appeared to him and released THE BLESSING, Isaac harvested a bumper crop right in the middle of a famine and then “continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (Genesis 26:13, New King James Version). Despite natural disasters and the opposition of wicked men, Isaac eventually got so wealthy the king asked him to leave the country. “Go away from us,” he said, “for you are much mightier than we” (verse 16, NKJV).
Isaac’s son, Jacob, had the same experience. He left home as a young man with nothing but a stick and the clothes on his back. He worked 14 years for a man who cheated him financially at every turn. Yet he continued to increase until he became “exceedingly prosperous” (Genesis 30:43, NKJV).
Everything You Need to Know
If that’s not enough to convince you THE BLESSING maketh rich, look at Jacob’s son, Joseph. He was the only one of Jacob’s boys who received THE BLESSING by faith and walked in it just like his father did. He was the only one who believed it could triumph over any situation and fulfill his God-given dreams.
It made his brothers so mad they plotted to kill him. In fact, they went so far as to throw him into a pit to leave him there to die. But something made them change their minds. Something sent a caravan of traders their way at just the right time, and when they saw it they said, “Hey! Instead of killing the kid, let’s sell him and make some money. That’s a better idea!” Where do you think they got that better idea?
THE BLESSING was operating in the life of Joseph.THE BLESSING was working on his behalf.
As a result, Joseph wound up as a slave in the house of an Egyptian named Potiphar who saw right away that THE BLESSING of the Lord was on him. Because whatever Joseph did prospered, Potiphar put him in charge of his entire estate.
Suddenly Joseph was doing things he’d never done before. He was running this man’s business. He was doing the accounting, buying and selling livestock, and managing everything in sight. He hadn’t been trained to do any of those things. But THE BLESSING taught him how to do them so well Potiphar didn’t even supervise his work. As far as he was concerned, the fact that Joseph was making him wealthy was all he needed to know.
When Potiphar’s wife fouled up the deal by making a pass at Joseph,he refused to cooperate with her because he was determined not to violate his dreams, dishonor God and mess up THE BLESSING. He rejected her advances, so she lied about him and landed him in prison.
In prison, Joseph once again faced challenges he hadn’t been trained to handle. He’d never been in prison before and he’d certainly never run one. But because THE BLESSING was on him, the Holy Spirit trained him and gave him insights. THE BLESSING did its job and showed Joseph how to create the conditions of the Garden of Eden even behind prison walls.
Before long, the keeper of the prison turned the whole place over to Joseph, “and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper” (Genesis 39:23, NKJV).
Enter the Rest
A few years later, when Pharaoh had a dream,THE BLESSING reminded his cupbearer (a former prison inmate) that Joseph had a gift for interpreting dreams. You know the rest of the story: Joseph told Pharaoh what he needed to know, gave him a plan for the future and became the most powerful man in the nation next to Pharaoh himself. Joseph wound up with the world’s greatest storehouse of wealth under his command.
And it all happened because of THE BLESSING.
Now that same BLESSING has come upon you! It’s come upon me! It has come upon every person in the world who has made Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives!
That’s why we can say without apology that every Christian is supposed to be rich—because every Christian is BLESSED and THE BLESSING, it maketh rich! Can you see how different that is from the world’s way of thinking? The world says we’re blessed because we’re rich. But God says we’re rich because we’re BLESSED!
What’s more, we receive those riches not by seeking after them like the world does, but by following the example God set for us on the seventh day of Creation. We enter “the rest” of faith and let THE BLESSING go to work!
Hebrews 4 says it this way: “For we which have believed do enter into rest…. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest” (verses 3, 9-11).
As believers, it’s not our job to labor and toil trying to get ahead financially. God never intended us to spend our time and efforts gathering up riches for ourselves. He intended us to labor in the Word and develop our faith to the point where we can enter His rest and let THE BLESSING increase us.
“Does that mean I don’t have to work?”
Certainly you have to work. But instead of working “for a living,” you work on assignment for God. You do whatever He tells you to do. If He sends you down to the corner hamburger stand to flip burgers, don’t stand around whining about it. Don’t say, “I just don’t understand why God sent me here. They just pay me minimum wage and the place is a mess.”
Wake up and realize that’s why God sent you there! You’re to bring THE BLESSING on that place. The people there need a manifestation of His love and glory. It doesn’t matter what they pay you, if you’ll obey God and fulfill your assignment, THE BLESSING will see to it that you prosper. If you stay there long enough, you’ll end up owning the place. So stop complaining and start thanking God that He trusts you enough to send you there.
This isn’t just theory to me. I’ve seen it work. When I first started learning about the power of THE BLESSING, Gloria and I were so broke we couldn’t pay attention. I had only one suit and, because I was losing weight, it had been altered so many times the tailor finally told me he couldn’t alter it anymore. When I asked him why, he said, “Mr. Copeland, if I take that suit up one more time, you’re going to have one big pocket in the back!”
I just laughed because I knew the situation was temporary.I knew THE BLESSING of Abraham had come on me through Christ Jesus, and I knew what THE BLESSING did for everyone who ever received it—from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph and right on down the line: It made them all rich. I had sense enough to realize if I’d just live by faith and walk in love, THE BLESSING would do the same thing for me.
Sure enough, it has. It has been increasing me for more than 40 years now and it’s not finished yet. It’s still on the job. It’s still making me wealthy in every conceivable way while I enjoy the rest of faith and have the time of my life serving God!
My testimony shouldn’t be unusual. That’s the way God desires every believer to live. So put your faith in THE BLESSING and let it go to work for you. Stand up right now and shout, “I’m BLESSED! I’m blessed coming in and I’m blessed going out. THE BLESSING of the Lord makes me rich! I’m not blessed because I’m rich, I’m rich because I’m blessed!"