All of God’s children are designed to be great men and women. They are wired to enjoy all-round prosperity. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, had all their needs supplied in the Garden of Eden and had a very comfortable life. They enjoyed warm fellowship with God. That was the situation in the beginning.
Their circumstances only changed when Satan came into the scene and tempted them to disobey God. From that moment, the suffering of man started. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden and thrown outside to suffer the consequences of their disobedience. In this way, Satan temporarily disrupted God’s programme for man.
After some generations, God used Abraham to remedy the situation. Through Abraham and Sarah, the Kingdom of God, lost through Adam and Eve, was to be restored. In Genesis 22:17, God said to Abraham, “In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”
The seed of Abraham is a reference to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16). God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins on the Cross of Calvary and restored the Kingdom of God to us. He did this, not because we did anything to merit the Kingdom. We never repented but were saved because of God’s love for the world. His death and resurrection brought us salvation by faith. By His grace, we are saved, not by our works (Ephesians 2; 8, 9).
The Kingdom of God is for the seed of Abraham. Today the covenant of blessing God had with Abraham has come to us through faith. Galatians 3:26 says, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized unto Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Christians are today not servants, but sons of the Most High. We have free access to our Father and have all the rights and privileges of His children. Having received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and rely on Him alone for justification and salvation, they are admitted into the family of God.
It is the heritage of the redeemed to enjoy prosperity, fruitfulness, and a healthy long life because Jesus has come that we might have abundant life. Unfortunately, many believers are not enjoying these benefits. Many are poor, sick and die prematurely. Many are miserable and are afflicted in various ways.
God has made wonderful promises for His children and these promises are covenants. They are vows that cannot be broken once the required conditions are fulfilled. They are yea and amen. God is committed to His covenant. Psalm 89:34 says, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” However, man breaks his own side of the covenant and thereby suffers.
The Bible contains many promises from God to make us enjoy the divine blessings but there are conditions to be fulfilled in our lives. When these conditions are met, God is committed to fulfilling His own part. It is foolishness claiming God’s promises without satisfying the specified conditions. Many believers sing “Abraham’s blessing are mine” when no atom of blessing is reflected on their lives. They want to claim Abraham’s blessings without doing what Abraham did to enjoy his own blessings.
God’s promises are not available to many people because of their ignorance of the conditions. He is the owner of the earth and all that is in it. He owns all the gold and silver and they are meant for His people. The basic requirement to access God’s promises is the new birth. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
Being born again qualifies you to be a member of God’s family and then enjoy the privileges of family members. You do not have the right to the family to which you do not belong. In John 3:3, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”