Net worth is a concept most people understand solely in terms of finance—it refers to the numerical figure remaining after your debts have been subtracted from your assets. Ideally, the amount is a positive number, not a negative one. The larger the number, the richer you’re thought to be from a human perspective. But from God’s perspective, net worth is quite different. He sees the whole of your life when He views your prosperity. He doesn’t divide your life into segments and evaluate you according to some kind of average of strengths and weaknesses.
God looks instead at His immeasurable love for you and the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross. In that light, you’re beyond any measurement that might be associated with value (John 3:16). Once you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior and have received God’s forgiveness for your sins, you’re fully vested in God’s total prosperity plan. You qualify fully for His promises related to prosperity and blessing. That isn’t the case for non-believers. People who’ve not accepted Christ simply cannot experience full blessing—according to God’s definition of blessing—primarily because being prosperous includes prosperity in the spiritual life.
Moving forward, there are two key concepts we must understand: 1. Prosperity relates to your entire life. A person can be rich and still not be prosperous. When you think of blessing and prosperity, you must think in terms of life’s whole—a harmony that has spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, financial, and relational dimensions. 2. Prosperity is God’s plan for every believer. God’s greatest desire is that you be a whole person. He desires to bless you and cause you to grow in every area of your life in a balanced and fruitful way as you fulfill His destiny on earth. God wants you to prosper … and His plan for you goes far beyond mere financial security because He inhabits your entire life. He wants you to flourish in all areas, not just monetary ones.
We have all been wronged, betrayed, or taken advantage of at least a time or two. We may have memories of a painful experience or event with another person that still bother us today. Whether you’ve been hurt by a family member, friend, coworker, boss or a spouse, it’s time to forgive and let it go. Unforgiveness has the power to keep us from moving forward while the person we are angry with has moved on with his or her life. While they are free, we are held captive by memories and emotions that continue to drain us of energy and ambition.
The story of Joseph is compiled with betrayal, forgiveness, and resilience. He was a young man that had a great dream from God that had him headed towards a great destiny. When he told his dreams to his brothers, they became very jealous of him and his dreams. They soon devised a plan to get rid of Joseph that began with them throwing him into a pit and then selling him into slavery. This started a snowball effect of things definitely going in a polar opposite direction of what Joseph’s dreams reflected.
But God used this unfortunate journey to promote Joseph to the position of leadership that He intended all along. Joseph went from being in a pit, to slavery, to prison and then ended up in a palace and second in command to Pharaoh. At the end of the story it’s very evident that Joseph had forgiven his brothers and was now in a position of leadership in which he could provide for them and his household. It was his willingness to reach a place of forgiveness that allowed him to keep dreaming of a better day and reach his destiny.
You’re Not Stuck—You’re Going Through! We will all go through situations in life—some bad, some good. Many times, we think the phrase “I’m going through something” is bad news, but if we view it properly, we realize “going through” is good; it means we’re not stuck! We may be facing difficulties, but at least we are moving forward. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you” (emphasis added).
God’s Word here is clear: we will go through things. We will face adversity in our lives. That’s not bad news; that’s reality. Let me repeat: we will go through things in life, but the things we go through are the very circumstances, challenges, and situations that make us people who know how to overcome adversity. We do not grow or become strong during life’s good times; we grow when we press through difficulties without giving up. Growth is not an automatic result of difficulty. Hardships do not necessarily produce growth or strength in us; it’s not that simple.
We must choose the right attitude toward our challenges and refuse to quit or give up. We may have to do what is right for a long time before we feel it is “paying off,” but if we stay faithful and refuse to give up, good results will come. Once we get through the adversity and challenges we face, we emerge as better people than we were when we went into them. Trust in Him Determine that you will go all the way through every difficulty you face in life. Make a decision now to keep going forward, trusting God no matter how difficult it is because you know He will be with you and you will grow in faith as a result.
- Choose the right attitude
- Know how to overcome adversity
- Make a decision to keep moving forward
- Trust God no matter the circumstance or situation
- Remain faithful