2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2(KJV)
What do you think God’s greatest wish for you? If you are in a religious environment as I used to be the answer to this question will inevitably be in the form of doing things like going for mission, serving in the church or giving money to the church. However the above verse says otherwise.
God’s wish above all things to his people is not for his people to do things or give stuff to him. His greatest wish for his people are prosperity and health. This prosperity includes the prosperity of the soul. religious groups will definitely dispute this and use the term “Health And Wealth Gospel” to label Bible believers but the truth is clear – the God of the Bible wants his people to live in prosperity and good health.
“How do you explain christians who are poor and sick?”
Since prosperity and good health are guaranteed by God, there is no reason for christians for not living in it. The only conclusion is we have been robbed. Please refer to my earlier articles on this issue.
“What is soul prosperity?”
The soul refers to the mind. It is the part of us that defines who we are and how we behave. A person may be confident, shy, ruthless, merciful, kind or greedy. It comes from the mind. Therefore, soul prosperity is the prosperity of your mind, your thoughts. What are the thoughts that you are entertaining in your mind?
7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
In other words, if you think you are poor, you are poor. If you think you are rich, you will be rich even if your circumstances say the opposite. Positive thinking is invented by God, not human beings. Many people (including non christians) have successfully achieve financial prosperity through the principle in Proverbs 23:7. You can never find a successful person who thinks negative. They are practising Proverbs 23:7 even if they do not realise it. There are many books and websites out there that tell you the benefit of positive thinking and stories of how people overcame the odds by first thinking the right things.
Unfortunately many christians had been deceived by the religious groups into filling their minds with religious doctrines that promote poverty instead of the Word Of God that brings prosperity. If you are one of them, remember what the Bible says on what to think:
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Phillippians 4:8 (NLT)
The above verse tells us God wants us to think positive. Only then can our soul be prosperous. A prosperous soul is necessary for outward prosperity and health. God wants our souls to be prosperous because he wished above all things for us to prosper and be in health.