Sunday, September 18, 2005

More from The Treasure Principle

Excerpts from The Treasure Principle

by Randy Alcorn


Health and wealth gospel dishonors Christ, since any gospel that is more true in America than China is not the true gospel. Prosperity theology is built on a half truth. God often does prosper givers materially. But He won't let us treat Him like a no-lose slot machine or a cosmic genie who does our bidding. Giving is a sacrifice, and sometimes we will feel that sacrifice. God's payoff is very real, but it comes at the "proper time," which may not be today or tomorrow but in eternity (Galatians 6:9).

God has given you considerable material blessings. Have you ever asked yourself, Why has He provided so much? You don't need to wonder. Paul tells us..."You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion" (2 Cor 9:11).

(p.72,73)

Treasure Principle Key #6

God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

Just because God puts His money in our hands doesn't mean He intends for it to stay there! (p. 74)

Why does God give some of his children more than they need and others less than they need? So that He may use His children to help one another...

...Abundance isn't God's provision for me to live in luxury. It's His provision for me to help others live. (p. 75)

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