“Perhaps the most remarkable example of this principle, that the provision of God does not depend on our circumstances, is God’s care for Israel in the wilderness. For forty years, God fed, clothed and guided something like three million people—men, women, old people, infants, plus their cattle, everything. This was in a totally barren desert where there was no water, no food—nothing, in fact, except sand and sun. God went out of His way to assert, “Let Me show you what I can do.” He made it difficult. He was the one who arranged the situation.” – Pg. 73, The Promise of Provision by Derek Prince; Bethany House Publishers.
It’s billed as “the secret to receiving God’s supernatural abundance.” The book speaks about how to “break free from a poverty spirit,” and talks about the, “five principles for receiving God’s abundance,” “how you can bless others with His overflow,” and reads like an in-depth bible study guaranteed to challenge your notions of the word, “Abundance.” It’s most definitely not a book that teaches Prosperity Theology.
That was my first thought when I chose this book to review. I was looking for something to encourage my husband and I through these difficult economic times. I had never heard of Derek Prince. Apparently, he passed away in 2003. His ministry is still alive here. It was my hope that this book wouldn’t teach Prosperity Theology as I believe that is damaging and not biblical. Prince does not teach this theology. In fact, his idea of abundance does not match most people’s.
Abundance does not mean wealth. Prince talks about Abundance as the fulfillment of God’s promises. He speaks about stepping into those promises, owning them, and the conditions of those promises. I have often overlooked the conditions of the promises. God is not simply going to give His abundance to a man intentionally sinning. There are consequences.
“It is here that we turn to the administrator of our inheritance for guidance. As with many aspects of God’s promises, it is incumbent upon the believer to be sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit in appropriating what God has made abundantly available. Sometimes there is a timing issue. Sometimes there is a character issue God wants to deal with. So while we can move confidently into the provision God has promised in a general sense, that does not remove our obligation to hear from God in a specific sense in each situation we encounter. It is so important to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit, avoiding presumption and any hint of a sense of entitlement.” (Pg. 79)
Prince backs his words with scripture. Poverty, he says, is a curse. This book could really educate some Christian occupy people (Is there such a thing?) who view wealth as bad and poverty as holy. Prince rails against this viewpoint and does not hold to class warfare. Jesus, he says, took the curse of poverty on himself on the cross so that we, as His children, can have abundance. I loved how Prince spoke about the promises of provision in the earlier chapters.
I had never thought about how God had provided ahead of time everything His people needed from Genesis to the New Testament. Food and shelter were provided at the place He told them to go, and that includes the Apostles when Jesus sent them without provision to unknown towns and lands. Everywhere they went they had abundance. God knew ahead of time where His people were going and as long as they followed His direction, they had provision. The conditions of God’s promises were enlightening. How could I ever worry again about the bills or where we are going when all we have to worry about is loving Jesus so completely that we honor Him with our choices, following His edicts as He directs in the Bible. Abundance does not mean wealth. This book is amazing in how it talks about tithing and offering. It talks about fiscal responsibility, not entitlement.
Entitlement is not biblical. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling economically. If you are having trouble tithing, let me know in the comment section of this post before January 31 for a chance to win a copy of this book. It will change your mind about money, reveal God’s promises, and stun you in the revelations that were there in the Bible this whole time.
*Publisher gave a free copy to me to review.
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