The gospel of American culture vs. the Gospel of the KingdomBy Derek Ott

When Jesus began His ministry He had something to say... "and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."" Mark 1:14, NKJV

My question to you is what gospel do you believe?

Do you believe the Gospel of the Kingdom or the Gospel of American culture? Let's find out.

Philippians 4:19 NKJV "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

American culture says, "This verse is speaking to me as an individual. If I give tithes and offerings, confess and believe this verse, and give when I feel led to then God will provide all my needs, (even if I am unfaithful with my money and wasteful in my spending, it'll be OK because I tithe). God wants to prosper me and my family and it will drop out of Heaven even if I don't change my lifestyle of self-indulgence".

The Gospel of the Kingdom says, "Paul was speaking to the entire church and therefore this is a promise to the whole church. God prospered the Philippians because they were involved with what God was doing through Paul's apostolic ministry. He was healing the sick, casting out devils, taking territory for God. They gave financial gifts to Paul so he could advance the Kingdom (not buy a new suit or live high on the hog). Nice things are not wrong in themselves. They can be a blessing, but they are not the goal. God prospers His people that add to God's Kingdom by blessing and enabling the local church to do the will of God (not build a ten million dollar building you do not need while orphans around you starve). God wants to prosper all of His people so they can be a blessing, not just me and my family".

Understanding the law of sowing and reaping is the first step in prospering. The second step is being faithful in the little you have. Then as you pass the test you will be made ruler over much. The hand of the diligent will prosper. Wisdom gets wealth.

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