Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, JUST AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS ( 3 John 2 NKJV).
Beloved, amongst other things, our feature text talks about Soul Prosperity and the first thing we ought to understand is that this is a prayer of a condition John desired for his friend.
The KJV puts it this way… I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper… and when you wish for something, it means it’s something you desire to happen.
For John, this was that Gaius prospers and be in good health. However, there’s either an assumption that his soul is already prospering, or it could mean that everything depends on how well his soul prospers.
This suggests that we need to pay attention to the condition of our souls because it determines how well we prosper in other areas of our lives.
Over the past few years, the world has experienced the death of some very well-known celebrities’ who were very wealthy but suffered from ailments like insomnia and eventually died from drug abuse; both hard and prescription drugs and I remember coming across a diagram that said hurt in your BODY is experienced in sickness, weakness, decease, pain.
Hurt in your SOUL is experienced in mental anguish, emotional instability, paralysis of will. Hurt in your SPIRIT is experienced in emptiness, hopelessness, futility, loneliness etc.
I believe this sums up John’s prayer. The Amplified Bible says… I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].
Beloved, your soul is made up of your will, desires, emotions etc. and a healthy soul is free from offence, anger, bitterness, jealousy, insecurity, low self-esteem, brokenness, anxiety, fear etc. A healthy soul doesn’t have trust issues. It isn’t abusive or controlling. It isn’t competitive because it doesn’t feel the need to prove itself. As a result, your relationship with your spouse, children, friends, colleagues, parents, leaders prosper, which also affects other areas of your life. And then, when your will is also fully surrendered to God, you experience true prosperity (Proverbs 10:22).
Beloved, Hannah was one that had to empty her soul. She told Eli… I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I… have poured out my soul before the Lord… Then Eli answered and said, “Go in PEACE, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”… So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was NO LONGER SAD (1 Samuel 1:15-18 NKJV).
Hannah conceived after getting rid of everything negative in her soul and then Eli said… GO IN PEACE… which is SHALOM in Hebrew and according to Strong’s Concordance, SHALOM refers to completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord”.
Beloved, the Lord desires that your soul prospers because everything else falls into place. So, in this season, be attentive as He reveals things that reveal the condition of your soul and be intentional about addressing them. Don’t be too proud to seek counsel if you need to.
God bless you in Jesus Christ name.