In part 1 of this article, we explored some of the major elements behind having a “prosperity consciousness.” If you have not read part 1 as yet, please take the time to do so before going on. Here are some specifics on how to work with love, fear, patience, faith and the ethics of giving even when we’re in debt:
Love – a great start is recognizing that God is not just the source of our prosperity, God is the First Cause of everything in existence. God loves us unconditionally and it is God’s great pleasure to give each of us the “keys to His kingdom.” Once we accept that we are all God’s children and that there is nothing God would deny us that will truly and eternally increase our happiness, then we open our hearts and minds to the abundance God desires for everyone. Each of us is already worthy; we just need to align our thoughts and desires with the prosperous flow of life. We do that by accepting His loving ways for our own.
Fear – is perhaps the greatest and most common block to being prosperous. Fear stands in the way of our giving. It hinders our acceptance of God’s abundance. Fear makes us feel unworthy of ever being prosperous. Learning how to give without fear often requires “baby steps” to accomplish the goal of giving 10% or more of our income to where we’re spiritually fed. So start by giving as much as you can without fear and work up from there.
Patience – is another way of saying God is always on time with exactly what we need. It has also been my experience that God is rarely early with what we need (smiles), but having faith that God has things well-in-hand helps us to be patient as well. If prosperity does not result from our efforts, then through patience we need to analyze where we could improve and begin anew to claim the prosperous life God wants for us all.
Faith – is how we can give without making “payback” a condition of our giving. If we give with conditions, then we don’t yet have a prosperity consciousness. When we are as sure of our God-given right to be prosperous as we are of the consistency of the law of gravity, then our giving is not made with conditions but rather from knowledge, wisdom and faith in God’s abundant universe.
Ethics of Giving – is a rarely spoken of block to achieving prosperity for many people. Here is a way of helping to overcome the thought that “giving to where we are spiritually fed” is a lower priority than paying our debts. If God is the source of all we have, then where could we give that God wouldn’t still be the recipient? Our task is not to make sure God is paid back, but to give 10% of what we receive in support of those activities that spiritually support us. We need to give without fear, without conditions, and with the expectation that God’s will is done with all we offer. So there isn’t a check we can write that isn’t somehow touched by God, but if we don’t see the God in everything around us, we’ve missed the point of a prosperity consciousness.
Those are the “basics” behind having a prosperity consciousness and living an abundant life. If you truly want to understand the kind of prosperity that God desires for us all, then this will not be the last thing you read or study in changing your life for the better. “Seek and you will find” the next steps to claim the abundant life you were created to have.
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