As Believers, we should always desire to live a life that is pleasing to our Savior. I mean, it’s the only natural response to Love that would look past who we are or what we’ve done and give of itself, to the point of death the way that Christ has, just so He could have a relationship with us and provide us with all that we need! That kind of love is just unexplainable! We should want to look like Him, talk like Him, and love like Him. However, while maturing spiritually through the disciplined lifestyle of study, prayer, and worship is important, the mastery of one’s soul…mind, will, and emotions…is also critical to successful living as a Believer.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at a scripture that I stand on often when I pray for myself, family, and friends.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. -3 John 1:2 AMP
Even though I’ve seen it and know it’s there, for years I neglected to give the last phrase of that verse much play. While it is God’s will for us to prosper in all things and be in good health, there is a connection between the manifestation of His will in our lives and the condition of our soul…our mind, will, and emotions! As a matter of fact, this is the battlefield where the enemy frequently tries to steal what’s already ours!
Here’s an example: My son is a great student but has trouble in a particular subject. He’s upped his game and is committed to getting better grades. He studied hard for his last test but didn’t do as well as he wanted to. He was naturally very disappointed, but where things started getting dangerous was when he decided to reside in the emotion of disappointment. Right then, the enemy had a door to steal what was already his…his joy, his focus, the progress he was already making, and his future progress. If he didn’t correct his emotions and his thinking, the victory already promised him would be lost. Right motive (will) results in right emotions, right emotions result in right thinking, right thinking results in right speaking, and right speaking results in right doing.
So, if you’re not prospering in various areas of your life, don’t get discouraged. It happens to all Believers. Maybe it’s time for a soul-check and adjustment, a routine checkup. Check your…
Will– What is your motive, what are you resolved to in your situation, and how are you committed to walking it out despite what you see or feel? For example,
“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:15 AMP
Mind– What are your real thoughts on the situation. Are you sober-minded (not flip-flopping or wishy-washy) in your thinking? Are you praying one thing and speaking another? Are your thoughts lined up with what God says about it? For example,
“…whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” -Philippians 4:8 AMP
Emotions– Have you allowed past hurts or failures to dictate how you feel about your situation? Is fear a dominant factor in the matter? Have you allowed your feelings to override what God says about your situation? For example,
“Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.” -Psalm 42:11 AMP
Begin to plant and water seeds like these in your will, mind and emotions, and as your soul begins to prosper, you will see the manifestation of His prosperity springing up in the various dry places in your life. If you need further examination and deliverance, ask God to lead you to a ministry leader for assistance.