To truly understand prosperity, you have to realize that there are two different types of prosperity. There is the kind that springs from the Word and there is the kind people from the world.
Psalms 73:12 speaks of the type. It says, “Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.”
Unfortunately, that’s the kind of “prosperity” most of us are familiar with. All our lives we’ve seen people lie, cheat, and steal their way to wealth. So much so, in fact, that many people have the mistaken idea that riches themselves belong to the devil. Money is viewed as contaminated, as part of Satan’s domain. So, we’ve just backed off and let him have it.
How wrong we’ve been! According to the Bible, the silver and gold of this Earth belong to the to the Lord (Haggai 2:8), not to the devil. And the Lord wants it in the hands of His children.
Proverbs 13:22 says, “The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” The problem is, we’ve let the sinners have it for so long that we’ve forgotten who it really belongs to! What’s more, as we’ve seen how many problems that kind of wealth carries with it, we’ve begun to wonder if we really want it at all.