In today’s lesson, I am taking my text from the third Epistle of John Chapter 1:2 and it reads as follows:
Beloved, I pray that you may
Prosper in all things and be in health,
Just as your soul prospers
(3 John 1:2)
I would like you to notice the phrase in the apostle’s prayer:
“… I pray that you may prosper in all things…”
It is God’s will for his children to prosper in every area of their existence.
If you are not well-off in your own life, it is your responsibility.
God is not to be held responsible.
Prosperity simply means to move forward and progress until you become very great.
The second reflection I would like to pass on to you is that it is God’s will for you to be healthy!
Being healthy is God’s idea and not man’s idea.
To be healthy means to be free from every trace of sickness and disease.
You can live above sickness and disease by God’s power.
Notice again the phrase “… just as your soul prospers” in 3 John: 2.
Your financial, material, and physical prosperity and well being is proportionate to the prosperity of your soul.
Your soul is comprised of your mind, emotion, and will.
In review Apostle John’s prayer can be rephrased in this way: “…I pray that you may be wealthy in every area of life and stay healthy in your body even as you are healthy in your mind”
Joshua 1:8 reads “… this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth; you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe to do according to all that it is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.
God gave Joshua the recipe for success. The key to Joshua’s prosperity was tied to God’s word. Joshua was told to speak the word of God to himself day and night; and be alert to apply its wisdom to his daily life. In this manner he will become prosperous and achieve good success in life.
Many people refuse to acknowledge God’s word as an exceptional part of man’s success story on earth. Take out God’s word and all you will have is bad success. Satan will get at you through his deceptive methods and wreck your life.
The success that God gives to you has His word as the foundation. That success is guaranteed and will always stand the test of every satanic onslaught against your life. Glory to God!
The book of psalms chapter 1 from verse 1-3 reads as follows:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.
Who is a blessed man?
A blessed man is anyone who will not:
i) Act on the advice of the ungodly.
ii) Backslide from his faith and live like sinners
iii) Scorn at godly things.
Additionally a blessed man is anyone who will:
i) Delight himself on the word of God
ii) Meditate on God’s word day and night.
This person will in due course be fruitful in all his accomplishments and will never be unproductive.
He will always move forward and make progress until he is distinguished in life. Glory to God forevermore!
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