Blessed in Your Soul
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 2
To what extent are you meditating on the Word of God? In what ways are you engaged in renewing your mind with the Word of Truth? Long ago I learned the importance and blessings of going to the filling station on a daily basis. Each morning when toweling down following a shower I look to a scripture framed on the wall. It reads, “Blessed is the man who delights in the Word of God. He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in its season. Whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1: 1-3). Jeremiah writes, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be my people” (31:33). Talk about going deep! The Lord desires to plant His law deep within our minds and write it on our hearts. Why? So, we shall know Him and He will forgive our iniquity and remember our sin no more.
What does it mean to prosper? Following a Bible study several years ago I began to think about ‘soulical prosperity.’ In Romans 12 we read, “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (12:2).
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 2). I learned that scripture this way. Beloved, I pray that you would prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. When we read the Bible through, pray the Bible in, write the Bible down, work the Bible out, and pass the Bible on we are renewing the mind and growing toward spiritual maturity in our soul. Through this process of spiritual growth, God will make our heart a place of peace led by the Holy Spirit.
Friends, we are learning to prosper by knowing, believing, and doing what is right and good. The result is we will be blessed and more likely to become a greater blessing to others as the grace, love, truth, mercy, justice, and holiness flow out of the hidden source and wellspring of our born-again spirit.