Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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In the meeting that day, I said in my sermon, "You can live so that you can give." I did not mean that you can live so that you can give to God; I meant that you can live so that you can give to those in need.
If you have enough money to pay your bills and then be able to give to someone in need, you are rich. In my lifetime, I have seen people who earned high incomes who were, in reality, the poorest among God's people. They were always struggling financially and could never help those in need. They were always pushing their lifestyles to the limits of their income and seemed always to be coming just short of their goal. Then again, I have seen elderly saints who lived on a fixed income be very generous and be a refuge for the needy. You see, true prosperity is a matter of the heart.
Prosperity is never determined by how much money you earn, but by how much you have to give to others after meeting your financial obligations to God and to man. There is a life that we can live that is well within the bounds of the money God is giving to us. It is the life of true holiness, characterized by moderation in all things. Jesus wants us to know that kind of life exists and that it is there just waiting for us to live it.
You can live so that you can give.