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PROSPERING IN ALL THINGS
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 3 John 1:2-3
There is so much that we take for granted in life. Prosperity comes in so many different forms. Many of us get so bogged down with life that we fail to appreciate how truly blessed we are. The media has so filled us with the desire for materialism that we are never satisfied with what we have. We always want more and we always want better. Paul had it so right when he said he had learned to be content whatever the circumstance, whether abased or whether abounding with wealth.
It is important that we acknowledge that we are prosperous when we are healthy, we are prosperous when our family is healthy, we are prosperous when we are in our right mind, we are prosperous when we have peace despite life‘s difficulties, we are prosperous when we have the love of family and friends, we are prosperous when we have joy, and we are prosperous when we awake daily in the comfort of our own home or with the comforts of a home, whoever owns it.
John was inspired to pray this brief but powerful prayer because his student was real and had learned to walk in truth. Jesus told us “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Jesus also said “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17. John knew that Gaius’ soul was prosperous because of how he expressed love amongst strangers and friends alike. That was how he lived, he walked in truth and love. We worship God in spirit and in truth when we imitate Christ in our lives.
I believe that the most important aspect of our spiritual journey is learning to walk in truth. When we walk in truth, we walk in love, we walk in power, we walk in victory, we walk in forgiveness, we walk in peace and we walk in joy. This is prosperity of the soul. This is the greatest gift of God. Once we achieve this, we are able to put all other aspects of our prosperity into context. What good is it to have an ocean view estate and be depressed, or worse, to not be healthy? Yet, if our soul is as it should be, we can better handle prosperity in all things. Remember that you are blessed not just for the sake of being, but you are blessed to be a blessing. This is the calling and purpose of God’s people.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Written by Lecia Shorter
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