Monday, January 06, 2014

Does Your Soul Prosper?

3 John 1:2 (NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

With the help of computers we can find many interesting patterns in Scripture. Sometimes a pattern can reveal a hidden message or, sometimes God can use them just for one-on-one communication with us.

The other day I was thinking about our verse at the top. It seems to indicate that a prosperous soul should be an automatic benefit of being a child of God. I can tell you in my own experience it did not. My soul is very prosperous now, but it did not come automatically with my salvation. So how do we obtain a prosperous soul? I prayed for an answer and learned one way that is sure to get you there.

Back on November 25, 2013, I posted a message titled "Remember My ..." The message was about a specific Greek spelling of the word "My". The Bible quotes Jesus using this particular word eight times in Scripture. He used it three times in Communion (Lu. 22:19, 1Cor. 11:23 & 24). The other five times we find in the Gospel of John.

In John 8:43, Jesus said "My speech". In John 8:56, "My day", 14:27, "My peace", 17:13, "My Joy", and 17:24, "My glory". The Apostle John gave us five elements of a prosperous soul.

1) His speech. Jesus said many encouraging things. One of my favorite things He said was, "All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (Jo. 16:15). To know the words He spoke is to know what He provided for you.

2) His day. This is the time of the New Covenant. The cross brought about a new day. I find it interesting that it is the break of day in the last chapter of each of the four Gospels. The cross marked a new day for mankind.

3) His peace. In John 14:27 Jesus said, "My peace I leave with you". The verse before (v. 26) says the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of the things Jesus said. Whatever your challenge might be, Jesus said something to bring you encouragement and peace. The Holy Spirit will teach you and remind you.

4) His joy. The Bible says, the Joy of the Lord is your strength" (Ne. 8:10 & Ps. 21:1) His joy is powerful!

5) His glory. The glory of God is the most beautiful presence in existence. This is a place where only the sanctified and holy can exist. When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, mankind became tarnished with sin. After the fall of Adam, mankind could no longer survive in this place. The Bible says no man could see the face of God in His glory, and live (Ex. 33:20-23).

So where do we collect these elements? The other three times Jesus is quoted using this word, He is referring to communion. Communion is the most intimate place we can be. It is in the presence of God's glory. We can enter this holy place by receiving true righteousness from the only source possible---a gift from God (2 Cor. 5:21).

Commune with God and let Him fill you with the knowledge of His speech, covenant, peace, joy, and glory. You will begin to enjoy that prosperous soul available to every child of God. (1)

Be blessed!
(1) For More on Communion see my post "Let's Celebrate Communion" December 26, 2011

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