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19 July 19.

Abraham was very rich, but so have many men been. He is not remembered for his wealth: he is remembered for his faith. His descendants did not remain rich: the Egyptians enslaved them. They left Egypt with that they acquired as a punishment against the Pharaoh and their masters, true.

But it is not their wealth that led them through the wilderness. It was the hand of God. Wealth is nothing beside righteousness, and righteousness is not a thing we deserve. We only have it by the grace of God.

13 So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.
Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord. And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together, and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.[a] Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northwards and southwards and eastwards and westwards, 15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring for ever. 16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” 18 So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

Genesis 13, ESV

This was in the email this morning.

The good fight of faith is about pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness. It is about manifesting and producing the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately, some false teachers have twisted the Bible to give Scriptures, meanings that are different from the original meaning.
God hears the righteous, so if your walk is right with God and you are bearing fruits for Him, all other things will be added to you. If you seek and pursue the right things like righteousness, love, gentleness, faith and patience you will not have to seek and pursue a perverted version of faith that teaches you how to worship, mammon, money, pleasure and prosperity.
Worship of God is completely different from worship of prosperity. God wants you to be prosperous but not at the expense of the health of your soul and being filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We were commanded to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness but we were not commanded to seek prosperity and all other things. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him not those who diligently seek prosperity but do not seek God. God is faithful and He answers prayers but we should not act like pagans.
May we seek righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness. May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.

Laura Bon.

Paul was not that well off. He spent much of his missionary life working his trade. His prayers were not around prosperity. They were around us being rooted in faith. For trials do come, and our foundations have to be sure.

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21, ESV