I am asking you a simple question: Are you prepared to prosper? The funny thing is that no matter how clearly, I condemn the materialist gospel…just using the word prosperity lumps me in with those vulgar preachers living in obscene luxury while begging for the widow’s mite.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO PROSPER?
By Mario Murillo
Are you prepared to prosper?
It is 200 times stronger than steel and six times lighter. It can carry 1,000 times more electricity than copper. It conducts electricity 250 times faster than silicon. It bends light so that it can create invisibility in camouflage.
Its applications seem endless. Astounding electric batteries, computers hundreds of times faster, many times lighter, and can bend. Imagine a child carrying a 50-inch flat screen television because it only weighs 4 pounds. Imagine a powder that absorbs radioactive waste. It is called graphene, and only God knows how it will change the world.
This blog is not about graphene. It is about you! It asks you a simple question: Are you prepared to prosper? The funny thing is, no matter how clearly I condemn the materialist gospel, just using the word “prosperity” lumps me in with those vulgar preachers living in obscene luxury while begging for the widow’s mite.
This is a message about being prepared. Listen to Paul the Apostle: “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need”- Philippians 4:12 NASB. Paul knew how to seize whatever opportunity the future held. Look at those words again: “I know how to live in prosperity.”
Meet the leading American scientist handling graphene: Professor James Tour, raised in a secular Jewish home in White Plains, became a born-again Christian as a freshman at Syracuse University. Married, with four grown children, he rises at three forty every morning for an hour and a half of prayer and Bible study, followed several times a week with workouts at the gym, and arrives at the office at six fifteen.
Why do I mention him? I mention him because his faith is driving his quest for scientific breakthroughs.
However, his belief that he can change the world runs counter to the bunker mentality of the American church. We are prepared for disaster. We are prepared for terror. We are prepared to leave the scene. We are prepared for conspiracy theories. But we are not prepared for prosperity. We are blind to any opportunity that contradicts our pessimism about the future.
Obama taught Americans to feel sorry for themselves. He canonized the victim mentality. He blamed Christianity for everything and Islam for nothing. He convinced a lot of believers that the great tribulation was 8 years long and not 7. No wonder the church went on the defensive. No wonder we are continually lowering our expectations of how much we can accomplish in this life.
Yes, I believe the anti-Christ is coming. I believe in the coming of world-wide convulsions that are clearly laid out in the Bible. I have warned the church about sin, hypocrisy and corruption as much as any preacher in America. I have raised some disturbing questions for our leaders. Now, in that same tradition, I raise more disturbing questions:
What if you can accomplish more for the glory of God than you first believed?
What if the best books are yet to be written?
What if the most powerful missionaries are yet to appear?
What if God wants to give you authority and provision to drive back evil and you have mentally disqualified yourself?
What if you are going to live longer than you think, with a sharper mind, a greater discipline and a stronger body than you imagined?
Don’t get me wrong, prosperity is not a life of ease. Professor James Tour trains like a Navy Seal! Success is not about money, especially not for the righteous!
Godly prosperity is embodied in Daniel. He handled great temptation. He decided—from the jump—to remain pure. Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank…”
Anyone can remain holy while holed up in a survival cabin hiding. It takes Holy Ghost gumption to invade Wall Street, the halls of power, and sit with World Leaders carrying the counsel of God.
It takes special grace being the Christian singer who crosses over and carries the Cross over.
Anybody can be that comatose, Christian complainer who sits in the bleachers and criticizes vision and greatness.
The most dangerous thing about today is the fact that a miraculous life can be right in front of you and you can miss it. Graphene was discovered in one of the most common elements.
As Professor Tour said, “Imagine if one were God. Here, He’s given us pencils, and all these years scientists are trying to figure out some great thing, and you’re just stripping off sheets of graphene as you use your pencil. It has been before our eyes all this time!”