Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.(3 John 1:2)
Last time we saw what prosperity truly is, and now we are moving forward to look at what is spiritual prosperity.
We have to look at spiritual prosperity because according to 3 John 1:2 our physical state of wellbeing must reflect our spiritual stance. As children of God we must excell in all spiritual things and that excellence must reflect in our physical lives, meaning that a Christian who is a billioner must have a good fasting life. I won’t go into what is spirituality because I have already shared it with you in previous teachings, I’ll just share the link to the teaching here.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?(1 Corinthians 3:2-4)
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.(Hebrews 5:13-14)
I’m the book of 1 Corinthians Paul says that he purposefully withheld some of the principles and truth of the Gospel from the belivers in Corinth, the reason he gave for his actions is that they were still too carnal because they were devided and envious. Meaning the spiritual level of a Christian or church(denomination) is seen by how united they are or how they promote unity wherever they are. Playing politics in church or seeking a position at all costs is a sign of spiritual immaturity. If your carnal nature is still alive and well then you are spiritually poor.
The prosperity of your spirit is seen by how easy it is for your spirit to dominate your physical nature. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.( 1 Corinthians 9:27). The more control you have over your body the more prosperous your spirit is, the only way this can be achieved is by having the Word of God grow in you. Those who listen to sermons and read the Bible and biblical books are the one’s whose souls are prospering.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.(Matthew 13:3-9)
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.(Matthew 13:18:23)
How you receive the word of God determines what it will achieve in you. Don’t neat pick the bible, everything God put in there is for your own good. Receive the Word of God in it’s totality and it will transform your life. Your soul needs the Word of God in order to be prosperous. The more you know the Word the more prosperous your soul will be.