The shocking truth about prosperity is that it is shockingly right instead of shockingly wrong for you to be prosperous!
... There is no reason for you to think of prosperity as something separate from your spiritual life or “beyond the pale” of religion. ...
The very first chapter [of the Bible] describes the rich universe created for man; the last book of the Bible symbolically describes heaven in rich terms. Most of the great men of the Bible were either born prosperous, became prosperous or had access to riches whenever the need arose. Among them were Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Elijah and Elisha of the Old Testament; and Jesus and Paul of the New Testament.
Jesus' life and teachings bear clear evidence of His understanding of prosperity laws.
As a baby, He was presented with rich gifts by the Wise Men. Although Jesus has been described as being poor, with no place to lay His head, He had a home with His parents in Nazareth, and was gladly welcomed into the homes of both rich and poor all over Palestine. His first miracle produced a rich gift of the finest wine for His host at a wedding feast.
He unhesitatingly used the laws of prosperity to feed thousands in a desert place. His parable of the Prodigal Son contains a fine prosperity lesson. When Jesus declared, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom." (Matthew 5:3) He was not referring to those living in poverty. "Poor in spirit" means those who are humble and receptive, not prideful and self-important. When the rich man came toil Jesus to inquire about eternal life, it is recorded that "Jesus, looking upon him, loved him." (Mark 10:21)
Jesus told him to sell what he had to inherit eternal life for He saw that the man was possessed by his possessions, rather than being in control of them. Later Jesus commented compassionately, "How hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter the kingdom.” (Mark 10:24)
His interest in and contact with the financial world included calling a tax collector to be one of His apostles, appointing a treasurer among the apostles to handle their finances, and His paying taxes to the Roman government. Even his seamless robe was considered so valuable that Roman soldiers cast lots for it at the cross. It was a man of wealth, Joseph of Arimathea, who begged for Jesus' body from Pilate and who buried it in his own tomb. Even after the Resurrection, Jesus showed an interest in the prosperity of His followers, instructing the fishermen where to fish successfully, after they had previously failed to catch anything. ...
God's rich supply is all around you universally, as well as innately within you, as talents and abilities and ideas longing for expression.
But that rich supply and substance must be contacted and used. Your mind is your connecting link with it. Your attitudes, your mental concepts, beliefs, and outlook are your connecting links with God's rich substance and your access to it. God can only do for you what He can do through you, by means of your thoughts and ideas which lead to your reactions. Thus, prosperous thinking opens the way to prosperous results.
Now launch forth happily and expectantly into the dynamic laws of prosperity—the spiritual and mental laws which can and will transform your life.
Solomon realized the need for exploring them when he explained, "Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction." (Proverbs 13:18)