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"Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered." Proverbs 11:25 (ESV)
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#346, 19th June 2018
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Welcome you to your copy of the newsletter. As you've probably already guessed, we've fashioned a theme in this issue: giving and prosperity, and we'd like to know if you've enjoyed it. So, when you've finished listening and reading, please tap or click on the blue icon at the end and enter your comments.

In this issue, we've included an audio teaching as well as an article in a question and answer format -- a full plate of teaching and God's Word that we hope you'll enjoy. 


An Audio Teaching by Peter Wade
Have you heard that living is giving? Well, if you haven't, you will. Here's an Audio Teaching by Peter Wade entitled, Cast Your Bread. Peter serves up a delicious meal of God's Word in this teaching, to help believers taste the sweetness of prosperity in Christ Jesus.

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Dear Peter Wade,

 
Dear Peter Wade,
"Someone recently told me that I should not seek the help of doctors because that shows a lack of faith in God to heal me. Is that true?"


Let me refer you to an incident in II Chronicles 16:12-13. “And in the thirty ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign." Now people see that verse and they say, well there you are, Christians shouldn’t go to the doctor. That’s not what the verse is saying at all. The problem with this king was that he didn’t seek the Lord.

{The Egyptian physicians of 911 – 870 BC believed that evil spirits entered your body or sent poisons to your body to make you sick. For the cure, they made you eat or drink something very nasty-smelling and hoped the evil spirit wouldn’t like the smell and leave your body. Or doctors tried to clean your insides out to get rid of the poison, by giving you laxatives or bleeding you. They also prayed to Sekhmet, their goddess of healing.}

Now Asa's problem becomes clearer. He sought the devil and not the Lord. It wasn’t a case of physicians versus God, it was a case of the devil versus God. Asa sought the wrong side. He went the devil’s road instead of seeking God. Earlier in his life he had been worshiping God, but when the rubber met the road, he decided to try these new boys down the street to see if they could help him, and he died anyway.

Dear Peter Wade,
"I know that God wants me to be in good health and to prosper because I've read that in the Bible. But why doesn't it always work out that way? What am I missing?"


Let’s just read verses two to four of the third Epistle of John. “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (ESV).

So often we quote verse two, but we don’t read on to verses three and four. Verse two is a tremendous verse, a powerful verse. God wants you to prosper and God wants you to be well. Those two matters are very specifically the will of God for His people today and of that I have absolutely no doubt.

But how do we make it work in our lives? We make it work because of verses three and four. We make it work when the truth is in us and we believe it in the same way we believe that two plus two equals four! Not merely a head knowledge of the truth, but when we have become so convinced about the truth that is really a part of our lives.

The truth that God wants you to prosper and the truth that God wants you to be well has to be in you. If it’s in you then, as it goes on to say at the end of verse three, "you are walking in the truth." If you’re not demonstrating the prosperity that you think is God’s will for you, and if you’re not demonstrating the health that is God’s will for you, then perhaps you should look at how you are walking in the truth, because that is a very necessary part of it.

Dear Peter Wade,
"I've read many of the articles on your website about giving and receiving, and I would like to understand the difference between 'prosperous' and 'rich'. I've always used these words interchangeably. What's the difference?"

A prosperous person is always a person who gives, not one who holds back. He is a person who looks for ways to keep that flow going. Many times I have taught on this. You know I prefer the word “affluence” to “prosperity” because of the derivation of the word. The word “affluence” comes from the verb “to flow”. Prosperity is a flow. Riches are what you see when money is flat to stack. Prosperity is when you see money is made round to go round.

They are two different concepts. In fact, there are three financial areas: there is poverty on the left, there is prosperity in the middle, and there are riches on the right. God never puts the emphasis on riches. God said, “That you may prosper” (III John 2). He wants us to be in the flow. To be prosperous means you have what you need for whatever you have to do, plus you have a little bit left over to help somebody else.

There is a difference between the three areas. No one wants to be poor. In fact, there is a beautiful verse in Proverbs, where the writer is praying, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9). Let me have just what I need. That’s prosperity, in the middle.

Prosperous people are people who stay in the flow and they stay there by giving.
                               
The answers to the above questions were taken from "When Prosperity and Health Seem Hard" by Peter Wade. If you'd like to continue reading, here is the  that will take you there. 

    
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