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The world is filled with people looking for prosperity. The problem is they do not know what prosperity really is. They think prosperity is money, clothes, cars, and possessions.

We only have to look at the Bible account of Joseph as Potiphar's slave to see that isn't true. In the world's eyes, Potiphar, because of his clothes, horses, slaves, and property, would be considered prosperous. But Scripture says,
The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he as in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
(Gen. 39:2-3)
To put it another way, Joseph was a money magnet! Even while imprisoned due to the lies of Potiphar's wife, Joseph was entrusted with responsibilities because the prison keeper saw "That which he did, the Lord made prosper" (Gen. 39:23).

Pharaoh later promoted Joseph to the second highest position in the land, saying to his servants,
Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is?" Then Pharaoh "took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck.
(Gen. 41:38,42)
Joseph was not only a money magnet. He was a jewelry magnet, a clothing magnet, and a house magnet. He attracted wealth to himself. Child of God, prosperity is not a man with money. It's a man with God. Like Joseph, you too can be a money magnet.

In Mark 4:1-32, Jesus taught us to expect the 30-fold, 60-fold, and 100-fold return on the spiritual seed we sow in faith, just as the farmer expects that rate of return on natural seed.

Correcting Our Vision
The reason the church hasn't believed for this rate of return on its giving is because we haven't seen it.

We missed the fact that in Mark 4:20-21, just after Jesus described the hundred fold return, He gave us the key to how to make it happen: "And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred. And he said unto them, 'Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? And not to be set on a candlestick?'"

The candle refers to is the one mentioned in Proverbs 20:27, "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord." True prosperity begins on the inside of a man. Mega-harvest will be available only to the person who will let his spirit control his life.

The spirit of man should not be hidden. It must be in the position of leadership over the man, because nothing is hidden that will not be manifest (Luke 8:17). Only the spiritually attuned ear will receive the wise counsel of God in manifesting abundance.

The more we understand about the spirit walk, the more we will know where to put finances and where not to—when it's time to give and when its' time to give more. And when it's not the time of giving, but the time of harvest.

When God reveals what you are to do, the seed you drop in the offering plate will operate exactly like the seed that the farmer drops in the ground. You'll be surprised at the ways in which wealth will come to you.

So many Christians are sitting there waiting for a good idea, but good ideas only come to the soul. What we need are God ideas. God ideas come in the spirit. To operate in the harvest principles of God you have to walk in the Spirit.

Most of what we have seen of God's abundance manifested in the church today is all believers who have been able to raise up out of their own reasoning and soulish efforts. Most corporations could do better.

But a new generation of believers, walking in revelation knowledge of God, will exceed that. This generation understands that god's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. When God says sow, they sow. When God says give, they give. Because they follow after God, and not after riches, they walk in His abundance and attract prosperity to themselves, just like Joseph.

I am convinced we have only begun to see the kind of abundance God has prepared for the church. If Joseph, a man who was not yet born again by God's spirit, prospered by being faithful to one word God showed him in a dream, what about you who are born of His Spirit and have His written Word to guide you? What will happen as you fill your heart with His Word and keep the spirit man on the throne of your life?

As you obey your spirit, and not your human reasoning, you will walk in the abundance of God. And the things you need to accomplish God's will in your life will come to you. You, like Joseph, will be a money magnet!

John Avanzini Ministries
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Author Biography

John Avanzini
Web site: John Avanzini Ministries
John Avanzini was born in Surinam, South America in 1936. He preaches the message of financial prosperity and teaches that God wants believers to be wealthy. He speaks in conferences and seminars worldwide about biblical economics.

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