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Prosperity in the Eyes of God

By Laura Quirino Castro

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The author expands the view of prosperity to issues of health and spiritual life in addition to the usual focus on material blessings alone.

Synopsis

A Christian guide on prosperity that is based on the word of God and my experience with God blessing my life. In this book, I teach that prosperity is not only in the financial sense but also, in family and in health. I show how to achieve all three of these prosperities based on events that have happened in my life and scripture lifted directly from the bible.

By and large, the prosperity gospel is one that is popular in many segments of mainstream Christianity and is something that is viewed by a large population of believers with unmitigated horror for its materialistic focus and its reduction of the providence of God. Yet this book provides a perspective on prosperity that reminds the fair-minded reader that there is a great deal more to the conception within the Bible of prosperity than is often understood by either those who promote a prosperity gospel, or those who condemn it on the basis of its name alone without bothering to understand any of the nuance and details. In this particular case, the author does a good job at looking at the way in which obedience to God, as well as the development of a loving relationship with God and an attitude of forgiveness and graciousness towards others, allows believers to prosper in a variety of ways that will be obvious to those around as a matter of course.


This particular book is a short one at around 80 pages, and is divided into seven relatively short chapters. After a short introduction the author discusses full prosperity as being something that goes far beyond the traditional focus on material prosperity, to include prosperity in health, one's relationships, and one's spiritual life with God (1). After that the author talks about having a heart that is pleasing to God, which requires us to wrestle with pride, resentment, and selfishness (2). This leads the author to discuss such issues as having a relationship with God (3) and the prayer and Bible study life of the believer (4). A short chapter on prosperity in health (5) follows before the author concludes the book with lengthier chapters on prosperity in the family – which includes a discussion of marriage, the single life, as well as the importance of family members being forgiving and gracious towards each other (6) – and financial prosperity (7) – which includes thorny issues of tithing, and the questions of whether or not we can induce God to bless us through our self-talk and our obedience to Him.


Even though this particular book offers a much broader perspective of prosperity than is often viewed to be the case by either proponents or critics of the prosperity gospel, this particular book still does have some problems. Central to these problems is the fact that the author's level of writing English is very rudimentary and overly simplistic. Many of the sentences in this book consist only of a single phrase and avoid nuance and complexity by making continual assertions that "such and such is true" or that "such and such will happen" if one does such and such. A great deal of the problems that a reader would have in understanding this book, and the author's own interest in admitting to the nuance and complexity of how God's will is made, would be mitigated had this book received some polish and some editing that would phrase such things in a more nuanced and less dogmatic style. And such editing may yet happen, as this is a book that does have much to offer in reminding those who are attracted by the prosperity gospel that the true prosperity we look for is the prosperity of our soul through our intimacy with God – out of which pours fourth the manifestation of changes in our obedience and attitude that allow others to recognize the blessings going on in our lives through God's presence and approval.

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Synopsis

A Christian guide on prosperity that is based on the word of God and my experience with God blessing my life. In this book, I teach that prosperity is not only in the financial sense but also, in family and in health. I show how to achieve all three of these prosperities based on events that have happened in my life and scripture lifted directly from the bible.

Chapter 1: Full Prosperity

What does the word prosperity mean? What about prosperity in the eyes of God? Dictionaries define prosperity as the state of being prosperous, profitability, success, good life, good fortune. 

To God, this success, good life, good fortune is in all areas of our lives. Prosperity in the eyes of God encompasses salvation and good health, a blessed family life, material prosperity, and happiness. On our own, we cannot achieve all these things, but for God, everything is possible. However, we need to follow the path that the Word of God lays out for us and obey the biblical principles that it teaches us. It might be that you are neglecting these principles, and that could be one of the reasons you are not living the best of God here on earth. 

Full prosperity aims to meet all the needs of the individual, in all aspects of his life, but it is necessary that we follow the guidelines established by God in His word to achieve it. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." 

We sin due to lack of knowledge. I was born in a Christian home, and I went to church often. In my adult life, I often tried to get to the cults daily. I was most faithful on Sundays, missing the cult only when I was traveling, and only if there weren’t any churches nearby. I gave birth to my son on a Wednesday. I was discharged from the hospital on Friday, and on Sunday, I went to church. Although I was trying to honor God by going to His house frequently, I did not truly know his word, simply because I'd never read it. And because I'd never read it, I was a spiritually weak Christian. 

I was living in Brazil, and was a faithful Christian for 18 years old, when during a pastoral counseling, my pastor asked me if I read the Bible, and I told her I didn’t feel 

the need, since I knew the main passages by listening to the sermons. She then advised me to read the Bible every day. This was the best advice I was ever given in my life. My life changed when I opened my heart to God and started reading the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. I learned daily from its principles and advice. Ever since then, God has worked miracles in my heart and in every area of my life. 

About the author

Laura Quirino Castro is a wife, mother, lawyer, cattle rancher and former University professor. Nowadays, she divides her time between Goiânia where she loves doing volunteer work at a local church, and her ranch where she works with her husband. view profile

Published on December 21, 2018

30000 words

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Genre: Christian

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