As I mused on those of you who have had a CHALLENGING year (including me frankly), and who feel you have nothing to be thankful for, this post came to mind. In adversity, afflictions, and stress, Christians can often find a hidden ‘blessing’ or benefit that at first eludes them. If you’ve had a very Prosperous and Stress-free year, God bless you! If not, please trust God hasn’t forgotten you! Greg
In everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
- While prosperity is generally seen to be advantageous, an Indiana Professor offers interesting insights into situations where prosperity is spiritually “dangerous”. While stress isn’t something that you usually see as beneficial, an Oregon Ministry leader eloquently offers several scenarios where ‘God uses stress for our good’.
Put another way:
All that glitters isn’t gold.
Setbacks may be setting you up for greater things later.
God’s hand may make a situation’s true impact for you quite different than it initially seems.
Can Prosperity be ‘Dangerous’?
Dr. Matthew S. Harmon has, since 2006, served as Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. In “The Dangers of Prosperity”, he sets forth four ways that a Christian enjoying a prosperous outcome may be in spiritual ‘danger’, namely:
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