The Believer's Success and Prosperity.
Despite the large followings...the waterfront mansions...the mountain villas, the multimillion dollar jets...the fleets of luxury cars...the thousand dollar tailored suits...the charismatic demeanor of the pa-stars and the tel-evangelists...the preachers who claim to hear from God for the pew-warmers...the multimillion dollar income of ministries...the height one may obtain on the hierarchy scale of religious denominations...it is no indication of spiritual prosperity or success. In actual fact is is indicative of spiritual deception, manipulation and control to further man-made kingdoms.
The measurement of a believer's success and prosperity is evidenced by the accomplishment of Christ's work of the cross and resurrection working in the believer's daily life as they share the gospel of Christ's mercy, love and grace in living. When we are totally submitted to God and the work of the cross, we are released from the religious system because it is based on the world's system way of doing things. To be submitted to God we cannot be under religious domination or control. When we are under the influence of the religious worldly system we accept the deception it spawns as truth.
Because the religious system is based on the world's system of doing things it obscures the work of the cross and the Gospel of Jesus...the Gospel of Grace...the free work of the cross. Through the work of the cross you can be free from the bondage of religion.
When God's people are free from the religious system they will be free from its manipulation, control, judgement, condemnation and its selfishness. We will be strengthened by grace not to bow down to the religious idols of worldly success, popularity, wealth, power, control, pleasure and comfort. But...we will be successful by God's definition of success...which is the application and manifestation of what Christ finished work accomplished in our lives as He works through our lives as the Community of the Redeemed for the salvation of the Community of Humanity.