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30 Sept – Show Me How To Love

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Most people want to be successful and prosperous in life which is a valid goal and something God actually desires for us. He wants us to prosper and to be successful at whatever we put our hand to, so much so that Proverbs 13:22 says that it is a, “good person that leaves an inheritance for their children.” 

Jesus said that He came that we might have a long abundant life. (John 10:10; Psalm 91) But there is also something that He instructs us clearly to do and be above all else, and that is to learn to love and to live our lives in and through that context.

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. “(Luke 10:27)

Even if we were to give everything up for the poor or understood all mysteries and had great knowledge and faith that could move mountains but had not love then it would profit us nothing.

What truly matters in the end is whether we learn and live as someone who loves. There is faith, hope and love but the greatest is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Today ask yourself how are you going in the love area? Are you seeking to love God more and to also love others? Is love your motivation in the way you live your life; in your choices, behaviours, relationships and conduct?

If not, God says we can come to Him and He will fill our hearts so that we can love like He loves. His love poured out in our hearts will move us with compassion, grace and patience just like He is.

Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

Prayer: Lord please fill my heart with love so that I can really love like you love. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

29 Sept – Get Off My Boat!

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I often have to be reminded to take my eyes off the problems and drama’s happening around me and instead determine to look firmly ahead to what God’s purposes and plans are for my life.

When we do that we begin to concentrate on what we are meant to be focusing on, rather than being distracted by the “noise” around us. Knowing what our purpose, passion and God given gifts are helps us to do this as it keeps us motivated and empowered to move forward, rather than looking behind or to the left or the right at what everyone else is saying or doing.

The “force” of our purpose and knowing what we are made to do and be also protects us from the things or people who may drag us back or down. We’ll leave them in our wake; like a speedboat in motion leaves a wake in the water. A speed boat’s “wake” causes turbulence that is difficult to get over or through. The more momentum we have the bigger our wake and the less “stuff” is able to attach itself or get on board the boat.

We are like that speedboat when we have momentum and life’s drama’s, negativity and the cares and concerns of the world are much less likely to drag us down as we are being focused, are being mindful to deal with any fears and worries and recognise what really matters in life.

However if we are constantly listening and looking at all the problems, other people’s issues or just the noise around us these become like weights climbing aboard our vessel. They serve as distractions and we can easily start entertaining these “weights” if we start listening and looking at them.

The bible talks about the importance of keeping momentum in what God has called us to do and be. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,”

“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13)

Today make a decision to focus on your God given purpose and what you are motivated and passionate about. Focus on those things that bring joy, fulfilment and are God’s plan for you. Think on, “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” And then leave the rest in your wake. (Philippians 4:8),

Prayer: Lord please help me to remain focused and free from the things that try to entangle and drag me down. Give me strength and endurance to gain the momentum I need and then wisdom to keep moving forward. In Jesus Name Amen.

28th Sept – You Inspire Me

 

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It’s taken me a long time to realise that I am not responsible for everyone’s happiness and contentment. None of us can be that for another. All we can do is love people with open arms and help them where we are able. We set ourselves up for failure, disappointment and heartache if we try to do anything else, for in the process we can lose who and what God has called us to be. The fact is that no one can make a person happy except that person and their own decisions, beliefs and individual relationship with their Creator.

Everyone has to figure out their own happy space and not put it on anyone else to fill it. So many husbands and wives, partners, parents, children, pastors, leaders and friends make this mistake. They try so hard to make those they love happy, while all the while neglecting the freedom there is to be found in being complete and joyful in themselves and who God has made them to be.

There is real energising power in keeping our focus, energy and perspective on who God has called each one of us.  For when we get comfortable in who we are and don’t lose  hold of what God has spoken and deposited within us it liberates and motivates others to find that space too. It’s in our happiness and fulfilment that we then become an inspiration and motivation to others; in that it is possible to live a peaceful, joy-filled and purposeful life, and that even when hard things happen we can overcome them and be okay.

Today don’t fall into the trap of being responsible for another’s happiness and sense of fulfilment. We are to encourage, pray for and believe the best for others, but we can’t compensate for what they haven’t yet hungered after and discovered for themselves. All God asks us to do is to let our lives shine and in doing so our lives will inspire and motivate others to believe for their best life too. 

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” (Proverbs 4:25)

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:23 NLT)

As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before usWe look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!” (Hebrews 12:1-2 TPT)

Prayer: Lord help me not to feel like I have to accommodate and be responsible for everyone else at the expense of losing who I am. I just need to concentrate on living in that space of joy and intimacy with you so that my life overflows, and in being so I will automatically inspire and encourage all those around me.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

27 Sept – When You Are Tired

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While on my run this morning I started to feeling tired about a kilometre from our home. I’ve learnt that when I begin to feel like this and my legs are protesting the best thing I can do is focus on having a stronger arm action as I run.  You’d think it would be your legs that need to be focused on, but when I concentrate on having good strong arms as I run, my legs follow suit and I start running stronger and get to where I am going quicker.

This got me thinking that life is much the same. We can all get tired and lose our resolve, drive and confidence to stay the course. Which is perhaps why God says to, “strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12-13 NLT)

Moses in the bible demonstrated how this strengthening of our hands and arms helps us to win. In Moses continually lifting up his hands to heaven the battle that was being fought was turned in the Israelites favour. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand the enemy gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur stood on either side of Moses and held his hands steady and they won the battle. (Exodus 17:11)

One of the ways we can strengthen our hands and be made strong in our weakness is by lifting up our hands in prayer and worship. As we lift up our hands it becomes an act of worship and acknowledging of God and our need of Him.  Just as on my run today, if we choose to focus on keeping our arms and hands uplifted like Moses did to heaven, and our heart positioned towards prayer and worship, our weaknesses will soon be replaced by strength and an ability to keep going in what we know to do.

Today if you are feeling weak, uncertain or just plain tired I encourage you to take a look at your hands. Are you sitting on them or are they clenched in a fist of anger or rebellion?  Are they being used for good or evil, for blessing or cursing? What are you doing with your hands and with what God has put in them? Because just as Moses held up the staff in his hand and the battle was turned, as we hold our hands and hearts up to God and determine to draw close and become strong in Him, He will turn things in our favour too.

Plus if you need some help or encouragement, which we all do from time to time, do as Moses wisely did and look toward those people that God has positioned in your life. To those who will stand with you, encourage you to draw closer to Jesus and to trust Him more, and will be there to steady your hands and heart so that you will stay the course and see the victory.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees, mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.”(Hebrews 12:12-13 TPT)

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”(Psalm 141:2 ESV)

Lift up your hand in the holy place and bless the Lord.” (Psalm 134:2 CSB)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you strengthen and enable me to keep going whenever I grow tired. Please help me to lift up my hands and heart in prayer and worship, and that as I do I will become strong today. In Jesus name Amen.

26 Sept – All Is Not As It Appears

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We have an ongoing search in our house…a search for tadpoles! Isaac our youngest son has taken a liking to these wiggly little critters and has been eagerly awaiting tadpole breeding season. Over the months we have investigated every pond, creek, stream and trickle of water, and recently we thought we had been successful in our search. There was much jubilation and excitement at our find, until we realised the wiggly brown creatures we had collected and were now breeding, were not tadpoles at all, but funny looking fish.

“All was not as it appeared”.

How often in life do we discover that “all is not as it appears”, and people, places and situations are not in fact what they look like?
Sometimes we are deceived and fooled into believing things that are not true, because of  what is presented to us. People appear one way, but they are not being who they really are, others say things, but their words are full of deception, businesses, holiday destinations, and those selling their wares, post pictures but what you find when you arrive or buy their goods is that they look nothing like what was presented to you.

The reason for all not being as it appears is that before there was the TV and Hollywood illusionists and magic artists, there was a master of both illusion and deception – the devil. Illusionists major in the art of optical illusion. They divert your attention away from what’s really happening, getting you distracted, so that they can implement their tricks, and make something that is not real appear real.

The devil first appeared to mankind as a serpent -an illusion; when he deceived and tricked both Adam and Eve into believing he was merely looking out for their best interests, and as a result this caused them to question whether God had their best interests on His heart. (Genesis 3:3-5)

He hasn’t changed much, and Jesus nailed it himself when he called him the Father of lies, with no good in him. (John 8:44) Sadly he has trapped, enslaved and influenced people into his way of life, which is why there are so many who operate, live and gain favour and success through their lies and deception. But the devil and those trapped into playing by his rules, have no real power over those who love and follow Jesus. They are only able to gain influence over us by the power of illusion, and their ability to deceive us through intimidation techniques. The devil deals in fear, and his main weapon is deception. Someone has said that fear is an acronym for: False Evidence Appearing Real, and that sums it up fairly well.

But Jesus said, “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you ”. (Luke 10:19)

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectaclevof them, triumphing over them by the cross”. (Colossians 2:15)

That masquerading serpent has no power over a child of God, other than what we surrender to him. He has no way to hurt, or destroy us, except what we give him permission to. He sadly uses people’s weaknesses and own fears to cause them seek to deceive and lead astray others for their own gain. A business deal which is shady; a man or woman who pretends they are something they are not, so as to gain their way into a persons heart and life, only to leave in their wake shattered dreams and broken hearts.

The devil takes something that may look like facts, but is not truth, and attempts to get us to believe it. A Doctors report, our family history, the bad news press, people’s negative words; they may contain facts, but the orchestrator behind their illusion and “bad news” knows that facts must give way to the truth.

His goal is to cause us to believe his lies; to take that which is not real, and convince us it is real so that we will act upon it. If he can get us to believe his illusions, his intimidation, his lies, we essentially will destroy ourselves. How? Because we will be intimidated and deceived into giving up on our hopes, dreams, our vision, and the promises of God. Instead we will walk away grieving at what was lost, settle for far less than God ever planned for us, and be fooled and deceived by something or someone who is not what they appear.

Today, I encourage you to seek wisdom and God who does not change like shifting shadows. What he says, He will do. He will reveal the truth and change the facts to line up with what He says. If you ask, He will give you eyes and ears to see and hear the truth and who and what is real, and what is deception.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”. (James 1:5)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows ”(James 1:7)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever ”. (Hebrews 13:8)

Prayer: Lord I ask that you give me wisdom and discernment so that I will no longer be “taken in”, and deceived by situations or people who are not what they appear. Help me Lord to seek and know the truth, so that I can be secure in the knowledge that all is in fact what it looks like. In Jesus name Amen.

25 Sept – Turn A Life Around Today!

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There are some people in the world who make you feel and believe that you can do anything. I happened to be married to such a man. He is an encourager and consistently encourages me “to be everything I was made to be”.

The definition of an encourager is someone “who gives support, confidence and hope to others. They spur on, stir up and embolden those around them”.

I have never heard my husband say, “it’s not possible to do that”, or it’s too hard. Instead when people are around him he draws out their dreams, aspirations and the plan of God on their lives. Then he simply encourages. Sometimes that might mean he challenges people where they are at as he encourages them to not settle or remain living in fear. But he always has the purpose of inspiring and firing up people’s buried dreams and vision. That’s what encouragers do! As C.S Lewis so aptly put it, “You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

In life we can often only see the reasons why we can’t, or shouldn’t attempt to do something and it’s at these times that we especially need encouragement. For to really live, and not just exist takes a lot of courage, and “to live in courage requires encouragement.” (Bill Johnson)

The power of encouragement is astounding in the effect it can have. Do you ever think of the positive power of your words and actions and how they can effect others? What would happen to the world around us (our family, friends, and work colleagues) if they could always feel encouraged?

Imagine what a difference it would make if we created a culture of encouragement and empowerment in our community and learnt how to harness the potential and power of encouragement in our daily interactions?

We have the ability to empower and encourage others just by a kind word, a reached out helping hand or a smile that can literally transform someone’s life.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” (Leo Buscaglia)

Here are a few thoughts on how we can practically encourage those around us and a reminder of how powerful encouragement is:

1.Words of encouragement: The bible says, in Proverbs 16:24, “pleasant words bring healing to the bones”. God knows the significance of our words, and how powerful they are. We can literally bring healing, hope and life to someone’s life by the words we speak,or a simple written note, text or message of encouragement.

2. Our presence: Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” But He also often sends someone on His behalf and it’s the presence of simply having someone there to offer a hug or a steadying hand that encourages people when they really need it. Jesus constantly reached out and touched people, including the “untouchables”, like lepers. Medical studies have documented the positive effects of touch; anything from a light touch on the shoulder, to a big “bear hug” can communicate that we care and will give encouragement.

3. Practical Help: Helpers use ordinary skills to encourage others. They fix things that are broken, sew or mend, do odd jobs, arrive with a home cooked meal, rock a baby for a tired mum, drive people to the doctor, or show up with their ute and trailer when somebody needs to move or needs a “tip run” done.

4. Giving: Proverbs 21:26 says, “the righteous person gives without sparing.” When we give we take the opportunity to encourage in situations where money, food, clothing, or the loan of equipment will better lift people out of their discouragement. It can also be simply giving a bunch of flowers, or producing a regular supply of lemons from the garden.

5. Open up our homes: When we are hospitable and open our homes to others it changes from just “entertaining”, to loving people by providing a meal or bed. People’s lives often cause them to need a place to come to. People need encouragement when they are hurting from marriage breakups, financial problems, family difficulties, or physical challenges. When we “open the door” of our homes it brings the gift of encouragement to those in most need of it.

6. Prayer: Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:1, “You help us by your prayers.” We can hugely encourage others by our prayers as we show we care and take the time to pray. God hears our prayers and wants us to pray for each other.

We far too often surmise that the need is too great and think, “what can I do anyway?” But, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” (Thomas Edison).

Encourage someone and reap the benefit of knowing you are inspiring and bringing a little bit of sunshine and courage to someone who needs it today.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” (William James)

Prayer: Lord please help me to receive encouragement when I need it, and also help me to use what I have to encourage and bring courage and hope to others today. In Jesus Name Amen

 

24 Sept – 20 Seconds Of Courage

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There are plenty of activities and pursuits in which we can easily spend the majority of our time. We are an interesting lot and most of us don’t really number our days, in the sense of living each moment with a sense of purpose and fulfilment very often. We are usually content to meander our way through our days with no great sense of urgency, purpose or understanding of the season and times we are in.

For the most part we know what urgency is, but we don’t consider many things of an urgent nature. Maybe it comes with the wide array of choices we have and the “no worries, she’ll be right mate”, “I’ll get around to it.” attitude many of us have. Patience has its place and it’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God, but if we are honest the “she’ll be right mate” attitude usually doesn’t have much faith attached to it.

Too often I think we let things slide. We don’t make a stand when we could have. We perhaps have grown timid with our friends and family, not making the most of every opportunity to connect, to share our faith and to tell them how much they mean to us.

Rather than speak up, or do what we feel compelled to do, we stay silent and do nothing because we don’t want to offend, are afraid of making a mistake or risking too much. We distract ourselves or resolve to pray some more yet always stop short of saying or doing what we may once have felt compelled to do. However if there is one thing I have learnt it’s that the longer we wait to act upon a revelation or conviction, the weaker and less urgent that conviction becomes.

The bible says to, “pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil”. (Ephesians 5:16)

We seem to have been overcome by the idea that there is an excessive amount of time to accomplish all things, or even do what we are convicted to do. That there is no need to get too excited about changing, stepping out or acting on anything too quickly. Why? Because we aren’t measuring our days and understanding the importance of the very moment in front of us. But God says the exact opposite. He tells us there is a time for things, and often even a sense of urgency to make decisions. We are exhorted to  “number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. (Psalm 90:12)

I love the line by Matt Damon in “We bought a zoo” when the father tells his children of the moment he met their mother. He said, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.

I don’t believe things just happen by coincidence, but that life is full of divinely orchestrated moments. But we can miss things because we don’t act, we don’t speak, we don’t move or we are walking in disobedience to God’s directives.  We don’t take those twenty seconds of insane courage and bravery when God is speaking and directing and angels are setting things up to assist us.

But if we are intent on doing our own thing, or lack the wisdom and sometimes just straight out bravery to see who or what is right in front of us we can miss opportunities. People we are meant to meet, those we are meant to be in relationship with, opportunities that were ours, conversations we were meant to have and lives that we could have blessed.

God says something about our time. He says “There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every  purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) 

A man’s heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps“. (Proverbs 16:9)

Don’t waste anymore time not acting, speaking or being where you should be, with whom you are meant to be with. All it takes is to listen to God guiding and directing your steps, and literally at times having twenty seconds of insane courage. Don’t put it off. Listen up to God, and then “take your twenty seconds?”  Something great might just come of it!

Prayer: Lord help me to measure my days wisely. Help me to be courageous, and not keep putting off those things which you have been trying to guide and direct me in, even if it means some insane courage to act upon them. I want to be with who you have planned me to be with, being and doing what you made me to be. I don’t want to waste anymore time.  In Jesus Name Amen.

 

23 Sept – Rest, But Don’t Quit

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Many people know what it is to be tired and fatigued at some point in their lives. To feel weary; which by definition is an extreme fatigue and reluctance to see or experience any more of anything!

The truth however is that most things that are worth doing are going to push and stretch us out of our comfort zones. They are things which at some stage will probably make us feel incredibly weary and will even tempt us to quit.

This weariness and the desire to quit is especially prevalent when it looks like we might or have failed because failure is what many people are afraid of. But perhaps as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” Which is what I try to teach our kids and anyone else that’s listening in that it’s better to at least try something, than never try at all. Failure is not the end of the world, and any mistakes we make are proof that we are trying and hopefully learning along the way.

I’ve had my share of failures and weariness; from feeling like I could have done better with our kids, other relationships, leadership and just life in general. But I’ve also learnt some keys on how to keep going and not to quit!

1. Learn to rest, not to quit. Seek balance – work hard, but remember to have fun; to rest, recharge, and prosper your soul; which means discovering what brings us joy, rest and refreshing. Downtime is vital so we must make ourselves take some. Jesus set this example for us when He encourages His disciples to come away from the needy crowds so they could all rest awhile. (Mark 6:31)

2. Stop looking at the problems. Jesus said there would be problems, but He also said He has overcome them. Don’t keep looking at the problem, or what everyone else is doing or saying – look at Jesus and believe Him! “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

3. Stand firm –be resolute, stubborn, tenacious, and choose to act and think upon who God says you are, and what you are capable of in Him. Sometimes we just have to dig deep into who we are, and God’s strength in us, and stand firm!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” ((Philippians 4:13),

If God is for us who can be against us.”(Romans 8:31)

Put on the full armour of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

4. Choose your words – Having six babies I know what it is to be so tired I felt physically ill. I’d say, “I’m so tired” all the time. But then God started to tell me to stop saying I’m tired all the time, and to instead speak positive, energising words. It worked! I’ve learnt to speak only what He said about my body, my situation, my future, family, nation, and His plan for my life. “He says, “Let the weak say they are strong” (Joel 3:10).Our bodies listen to what we say, and all of creation responds to faith filled words. Learn to speak the promises in God’s word because “He is watching over his word to perform it!(Jeremiah 1:12)

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” (Proverbs 13:3)

Choose friends well – when fighting weariness we need to have friends who will be there alongside us; who will listen, be willing to reach out to help, will pray with faith, encourage, inspire and spur us on so that we will not give up! “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour, for if they fall, one will lift up his companion.”(Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

(See also blog https://daylekinney.com/2017/09/08/8-sept-you-may-be-weary-but-dont-you-quit-pt-1/

God is faithful and promises to give strength to the weary and to help us keep going so that we will in due time reap a harvest.

“He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”(Isaiah 40:20-30)

Feeling weary or a failure today? Then look up, take a rest, prosper your soul, turn to Jesus for strength and help and learn from your mistakes and determine to just keep going and don’t you quit!

“Let’s do it – full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. God always keeps His Word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshipping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 The Message Bible)

22 Sept – Prosper Your Soul

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When we are feeling anxious, stressed or just downright blah about life one of the best things we can do is to proper our soul.

We are made up of three parts. We have a spirit; a soul and we live in a body, so it’s important when we think of prospering our soul to understand exactly WHAT the soul is, and to understand how God has made us. Plus if we get into the habit of keeping our souls prospered then our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health will benefit.

The Vine’s Dictionary defines the soul as “the seat of intellect”: the seat of the sentient element in man, that by which he perceives reflects, feels, and desires. Basically, the soul is the place that houses our will, our emotions and our intellect (the thinking, reasoning part of us).

The bible also talks about the importance of prospering our souls and according to 3 John 1:2, the level or degree to which we prosper and are in health is directly related to the degree to which our soul – the thinking, reasoning part of us is prospering?

John one of Jesus disciple who was known to have gone through both amazing and very stretching times said, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” [3 John 1: 2] John obviously knew the importance of looking after every part of us so as to do well in life. 

To begin to prosper our soul is to, “be careful how we think; for our life is shaped by our thoughts”. We usually act and subsequently feel emotions upon our thoughts. (Proverbs 4:23)

Which is why God wants us to do and be around those things that lift us up, that fill our thoughts with positivity and make us feel alive, at peace and full of joy. Our spirits are transformed and renewed when we invite Jesus into our lives, but our minds – our thoughts and reasoning and subsequently our emotions must be renewed by what God says and by things he has designed to bring us joy. If we don’t prosper our souls then even though our spirits are alive and soaring, our souls will always be pulling us back down. However as we prosper our soul; our mind, will and emotions begin to rise up and to create prosperity in every area of our lives, which is what true prosperity is – “everything being well with us”.

Today choose to focus and think upon positive, life giving things; on good and not evil. Choose life and hope and the truth of what God says about your life so that it benefits your soul. Everyday determine to build into your schedule those things that lift you up and bring you joy – that prosper your very soul so that you will be in good health and have everything going well with you.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8)

“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” (Proverbs 13:6)

Prayer: Lord I’m lining up my thoughts with your thoughts today and choosing to think and do those things that are good and true so that my soul – my mind, will and emotions will prosper and be in good health. In Jesus name Amen.

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