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There is a huge difference between prosperity and materialism. Buying a car will not give you significance. That is why some people pray that God do not let my colleague leave me behind. Such a person is materialistic. He will try to feel important with a promotion. That is why Nigerians carry titles like: Alhaji, chief, Dr., Rev. Professor etc. You cannot meet the need for significance with things. If your jacket is removed, what remains? True wealth is what remains after you remove cash from your life. Wealth is what remains after you separate cash from your equation. 

So you can ask yourself, “Am I really wealthy?” When your bank account gives you confidence, it shows that you are materialistic. You will be married to that bank account and find it difficult to give even to your wife as a married man. Your wife asks for money and you say, “Do you want the money to finish?” He is a multimillionaire, yet his children are suffering. This happens because he is attempting to use that money to meet a spiritual need. Hence, it is very important for us to understand the meaning of materialism and understand why God put the spirit of prosperity in our lives.

Joseph entered Egypt with the spirit of prosperity. He was a wealthy man as a slave.

Gen.39:2 ‘and Joseph was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian’. 


No time before and after Joseph left Potiphar’s house did the bible refer to Potiphar as a prosperous man, yet he owned Joseph by paper. One should have been describing Potiphar as a prosperous man but God did not call him so. So, prosperity does not have to do with your position or possession but with your other things like your priorities in life. Those are the things that command position and possessions. When that spirit begins to move in your life, He is will change your position, condition and possession. A man that does not have the spirit of prosperity and acquires things will be acquired by those things. But the person that has the spirit of prosperity has a divinely granted impersonal relationship with things. Once your relationship with material things is not impersonal, you become a prisoner of things and God does not want you to become a prisoner of things. God wants you to use things to accomplish purposes.

Prayer: Lord, I decide today that I will not be imprisoned by materials but use it to accomplish divine purpose in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible in a year: Ezekiel 14:12-16:41, Hebrews 7:18-28, Psalm 106:1-12, Proverbs 27:4-6