I frequently have a conversation with people about the importance of prospering their souls. It’s really important to understand how our soul, body and spirit operate together.
The bible says we are a living soul, however we must be careful not to confuse that which is spiritual and that which is only soulish or physical. Our spirit is the central place of activity where God operates in restoring and renewing. This then flows over into our souls and bodies.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).
However we often don’t understand that what we allow into our lives will actually affect every part of our being – our soul, physical body and our spirit. We can be physically fit, eat healthy, do fun things and yet be spiritually lacking and dead. Or we can be spiritually fit and healthy and be lacking emotionally or be physically unwell.
The bible says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)
Our spirit’s are regenerated and renewed by God’s presence and life in us; our bodies by eating and exercising well and putting in the truth of God’s word which it responds to. But what about our souls?
But I’ve discovered that we often don’t really know what makes our soul happy, often because we allow ourselves to get too busy. And if we do know, we don’t do those things enough.
A relationship with God will prosper your soul, but He will also lead and remind us of the people and pursuits that make our souls sing too. He actually wants us to then go out and enjoy our life with Him.
Today make a list of those things that prosper your soul. If you can’t think of anything, why not try something new. It doesn’t have to be big things; it could be simple like a cup of coffee at your favourite cafe, enjoying some great scenery, good food and company, a sport, hobby, music, art, shopping, etc. The key is to explore, discover and surround yourself with all the goodness, beauty and things that trigger joy in your life.
Prayer: Lord please help me to understand myself better and how to prosper my soul. Reveal to me anything that is not right in my heart, and help me to deal with it so that I can enjoy my life more. In Jesus name Amen.