Is Your Soul Prospering?

April 23, 2015

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. – III John 2 (KJV).

Look at this verse carefully.

Today we have people preaching health and wealth.  Both are not wrong.  God does want us healthy and to have enough money in order to do what He has called us to do: to be a blessing to others.

However, there is a hitch here.  God wants us to be prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper.  The key to being healthy, the key to having enough to be a blessing to others, is soul prosperity.

What is the soul?  It is your mind, will and emotions.

We will only be in health and prosper to the extent that we have surrender those things to God and allowed Him to help us in those areas.

God never expects us to get our minds, wills and emotions right on our own.  He is only asking that we surrender them to Him and allow Him to do a work in those areas of our lives.  A lot of times it is a daily, even moment by moment process.  The key is to work with Him and not against Him.

Have you surrendered them to Him today?


What Are You Meditating On?

April 16, 2015

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

What are you meditating on? When storms come in your life, when you feel overwhelmed, when you are depressed, you have to look at what you are meditating on? What are you thinking about? What are you reading? What are you listening to?

I find that the times I get overwhelmed and slip into bad depression are the times when I have taken my eyes off the Cross, off what Jesus has done for me. Those times are when I am meditating on everything that is wrong in my life…and with me.

I purposely reset my thinking, reprogram my mind. I start listening to positive music, sermons and begin declaring the Word over my life again.

It is then, when I start meditating on the good, that I feel “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

I challenge you to meditate on the good and not the bad in life, on how good our God truly is today.


Whose Fighting For You?

April 14, 2015

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” – Exodus 14:13–14

Lately I have had to meditate on this Scripture a lot and read it repeatedly in my devotional time.

Life seemed to be fighting me from all ends, but I have learned a secret to letting God fight my battles.

It may be the secret to the whole Christian life.

The secret is…drum roll please…surrender.

I know such an awful word, but it is a necessary truth.

When we surrender our fears, when we surrender our plans, when we surrender what we expect to happen, and we leave it in God’s Hands, we see God fight our battles.

Most of the time, though, we are fighting God for control. We pray prayers like, “Lord, if You will just work it out like this…”

It is when we surrender that God moves on our behalf to work everything out for our good. It is then that God will bring His Will to pass in our lives. His Will instead of ours. It is when we pray “Not my will but Yours be done” or “Lord, I don’t know what You are doing, but I choose to trust You,” that we see God fight our battles for us.

Whose fighting your battles today? You or God?


Are You Falling For It?

August 27, 2013

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:44 (NIV).

It is amazing that no matter how much we know the Word, how much we rely on God, how many times we can still fall for the lies of the enemy.

Maybe you have been waiting on God to put someone special in your life. Perhaps you think that God must not want that for you, or it would have happened by now.

Maybe you think that you are unloveable because He hasn’t placed someone in your life, and all your past relationships seem to point to that conclusion.

Only that is a lie. You are loveable. Everyone is loveable in their own unique way. If you desire to have someone special in your life, God promises to give you the desires of your heart as you delight in Him.

Whatever the problem is in your life, what do you believe about it? Do you believe God about healing or what man has taught us about healing? Do you believe God about your finances or what you see in your checkbook?

We have to learn to read the Word for ourselves. We have to learn to believe it wholeheartedly. When we focus on what Jesus did for us, that’s when miracles happen for us.


Waiting Forever?

August 26, 2013

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? – Romans 8:32

According to this Scripture, God is not withholding anything good from you. He is not withholding a spouse, children, your destiny. Nothing. I know it seems that way. It seems like God has forgotten you, that maybe, just maybe, God doesn’t want those things for you. It is more likely that God is having you wait because, like Hallmark, He wants to give you His very best. Too many things, we’d like to settle for less than God’s best because we feel like we have been waiting forever. Remember, though, when things look the darkest, when you are about to give up, your breakthrough is right there, on the edge of coming forth. All we have to do is hang on just a little bit longer.


Are You Heard?

August 25, 2013

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV).

Even when it feels like your prayers aren’t hitting the ceiling, be assured that God hears every whisper, every groan, every cry of your heart. God knows what life is like for you. God knows all the good times and the bad. Even when it seems like He has left you, abandoned you, know that God is working behind the scenes to bring you the answers to your prayers, to bring around the miracle, the breakthrough, you need in your life.


Are You Meditating On It?

August 24, 2013

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. – John 10:11 (KJV).

God gave His life for us. God the Son hung on that Cross. As much as we want to separate the Trinity, it was God on that Cross.

He didn’t want to be separated from us by our sins, so He took the punishment for our sins in His human body. He took our sicknesses and pain. And in that time, He literally felt the pain and suffering of the world.

God loves us that much. He suffered for us.

When we think about, meditate on, what He did for us that day, when we think about what He has saved us from, the more we will love Him.


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