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Soul Prosperity

Soul Prosperity

If you have been seeking Jesus for any length of time in your life, I am sure that you have heard this verse preached;

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

As I fast and pray, seeking the Lord for His clear direction for our family and ministry, I feel impressed to share these thoughts.

 

I believe in the trinity of man, that we are a spirit, that has a soul, that lives in a body. I get that belief from 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We see in this verse Gods concern and distinction between our spirit, soul and body, and also we read:

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.[1]

I also believe that there can be a battle between our soul and spirit, as the natural effects of our earthly existence conflict with the clear commands of the Word of God.

 

Truthfully, we have all met people of God who move powerfully in the Holy Spirit, yet as we get to know them better over years, we find their emotions to be the equivalent of a bag of cats.

 

Ever wondered why this is?

 

Again, we discover answers in the Word of God;

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

 

Let’s make this very simple: When we grow up in a dysfunctional, non-Christian environment, our soul does not develop in a healthy way. Parents are supposed to;

 

Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

AMP

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

Seems that as fathers we are to emulate our Heavenly Father, and that when we fall short, only the blood of Jesus and grace of God are sufficient to help our children find Jesus and walk with Him.

 

The obvious dilemma is this: What happens to children who do or did not have godly fathers. How do they recover from the abuse and hardship they underwent? This is the heart of Biblical redemption, that is purchasing something back for its ransomed price, brought back to its original intent and purpose.

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

 

My thought when reading this precious passage given to us in 1 Corinthians is this: Even as Adam walked with God in the garden without sin, shame or defilement, so in Jesus, we can live like Adam, walking with God, with boldness, authority and confidence, stemming from the deep understanding that we are loved and precious, and that He is with us.

What if we grew up in a dysfunctional home and we have huge emotional unmet needs, and we not raised in the training, nurture and admonition of the Lord. What do we do? Sure our spirit is born-again, but our soul is a mess, how do we heal?

 

The short answer is, only through Jesus.

Eph 1:7  In <1722> whom <3739> we have <2192> (5719) redemption <629> through <1223> his <846> blood <129>, the forgiveness <859> of sins <3900>, according <2596> to the riches <4149> of his <846> grace <5485>

 

Strongs Concordance #629 ἀπολύτρωσις apolutrosis ap-ol-oo’-tro-sis

 

from a compound of 575 and 3083; n f; TDNT-4:351,543; { See TDNT 456 }

 

AV-redemption 9, deliverance 1; 10

 

1) a releasing effected by payment of ransom

1a) redemption, deliverance

1b) liberation procured by the payment of a ransom

 

John 8:30-32 KJV30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Jesus did  His part to reconcile us to our heavenly Father, now we are no longer orphans, scoundrels, or neglected children, are Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. We are deeply loved children of the most High God, called into purpose and destiny in Him.

 

My father was a military officer in the Canadian navy, and though he wasn’t particularly abusive, he was also not there, often gone for long periods at sea.

 

This resulted in my having to learn how to receive from God (as an adult) my Father’s love, and to process the good the bad and the ugly in my own soul, and receive the years of love that I did not receive as a child. Please read: https://www.chrisaomministries.com/2013/09/jesus-came-to-reveal-our-heavenly-father

 

Yet, God is no respecter of persons. For those of us who have received Jesus, we are equally loved and have equal access to His throne of grace.

 

I think of some of the heavenly encounters I have experienced like I wrote about in: https://www.chrisaomministries.com/2017/03/casulties-of-war-3

Here is the bottom line. We are all damaged goods in our soul realm, yet complete in Christ after we receive Him and become born again. As we hunger and thirst for righteousness, He restores our soul.

 

Read with me: Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

So you didn’t grow up in a prosperous Christian home, and your soul is underdeveloped? Jesus can change that! Let’s pray;

‘Father, restore to me the years that have been stolen from me, and pour into me miraculously the training, nurture and admonition of the Lord, I do not even know how to ask for. Speak to me the words of affirmation, acceptance and approval that I never received from my parents, and restore my soul according to your promise. I believe I receive this Father, for I know I am heard and answered for I ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen’

[1] https://activechristianity.org/soul-vs-spirit-what-is-the-difference

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