To sum it up from my point of view, God can and does bless those who follow after him. The problem with many followers of the prosperity message is, they’re following after the not-so-almighty dollar. . . not God. Having been through quite a few hardships (including financial) in my life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’ve seen God prosper me, and work financial miracles for me (which I will detail soon) that were beyond the scope of natural occurence, or me getting a just reward for hard work. As Dan eloquently points out…that’s scriptural. However, those victories came after I submitted myself to serving God in the midst of terribly trying times, and I was joyful, no matter my situation. Once I had stopped begging God for more money, and quit trying to make things happen for myself, like stressing out all day trying to find a better job, and more ways to provide for my family, and I started submitting my life to prayer, witnessing, and living to serve God, his purposes, and his kingdom, I saw an equally dramatic shift in my financial situation.
Am I rich? Far from it…but my situation today is drastically different than it was even 1 year ago. And as I learn to submit to God in other areas of my life . . . I see God continuing to bless me financially. Perhaps, as I’ve heard a preacher put it, God is seeing that he can “trust” me with his money. Meaning that I don’t hold any back from Him during offerings, or from people in need. Why wouldn’t God prosper you if you were sharing that prosperity with the rest of his people?