Prosper and Be in Health
That's a Promise - yes, with a capital P. Why? Because it's in
the bible; God said it. In fact, He said it this way: "Beloved,
I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health,
even as your soul prospers." That can be found in the third book
of John near the back of the bible, which may account for the
reason why it seems to have been hidden from so many.
Now, you may be thinking right now: if that's so, then why are
we constantly admonished about money being the root of all evil?
Would you like to know what the verse really says? It can be
found in 1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is the root of
all evil." That puts a whole different slant on it, doesn't it?
It refers to coveting money to the point of doing anything to
get it for purposes that may be detrimental to yourself and
Let's have a look at how our thoughts hold us captive:
1. If this is a total revelation to you, then look back and see
where the thoughts originated. Were they implanted by family
members, teachers, church leaders, or fear?
* Repetition of thoughts can translate into infallible truths in
your belief system, whether true or false and regardless of the
honesty and well-meaning of the "thought planters."
2. Were these individuals financially blessed? Could they have
been the products of wrong teaching and/or fear themselves?
* "Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat.." Lu.
12:22. The Lord is our Provider. He does not want us to worry
3. Whenever an opportunity came your way to invest into
something good or upgrade into a better financial position, did
you listen to the negative voices in your head - thoughts of
fear of losing?
* It is good to take time to be quiet and hear the still voice
that says: You can do it; you're capable; you are worthy to want
to aspire to much more in your life. Also, there are wise
financial and legal resources available with solid advice. Don't
be afraid to heed wise counsel.
Do you see the pattern? Can you do something about changing your
belief system and results? Absolutely!
1. Analyze your thoughts regarding spending and investing, for
instance. If you dwell on the negatives unnecessarily long or
often, check your emotional reaction. Do you feel anxious,
fearful or guilty?
God loves you; His thoughts towards you are for good, not evil.
He says you're worthy He is Peace; He is your Provider and He
withholds no good thing from you.
- Practice to listen to the peaceful thoughts, study His Word,
believe it, and ask His guidance in everything you do.
2. Check how you express yourself. For instance, do you say
things like "I'd die for it," or "these shoes are killing me?"
- Words are powerful! Consider this: God spoke the universe into
being! His Word is all powerful. It is the implementation of His
thoughts. We speak substance to our thoughts! When we speak
negatively, whether in jest or a common expression, we give
power to those words as we declare them as truth. Conversely, as
we learn to declare our wishes and needs out loud, they will
manifest themselves! The more we speak good things over our
lives, the more we believe them and reach out for them in
3. All the above apply to our health as well. We may hear a bad
report on the news that "everyone who does not get the 'flu shot
will be seriously ill and chances are..blah, blah, blah" or the
doctor's prognosis of a serious illness. Those are all spoken
- Choose not to entertain all the negative news coming your way!
Yes, you can choose to replace it with positive thoughts and
words. You can direct your destiny with how you think and what
So, in summary, let's do a couple of short exercises.
1. You've just had your 15-minute coffee break with all the
office personnel complaining about their salaries and working
conditions. How does that make you feel?
2. You poured your cup of coffee, assessed the negative
atmosphere, said a cheery hello, and exited. On your way back to
the office you say to yourself: "I love my cheery office with
the sun streaming in and my colleagues are a great gang. My
salary is commensurate with the type of work I'm doing, even
though I need and would love to make more. How do you feel?
In the first scenario everyone present tends to enter into a
mental and/or spoken agreement culminating in frustration and
dissatisfaction. This can affect them for hours or days and
usually include feelings of blame towards their employer.
People who think negatively tend to blame their problems on
others and feel victimized - even if they were. They tend to
live in the past.
In the second case you took control of a situation, chose to
keep a happy and peaceful disposition, and probably ended up
with thoughts like: "What can I do to improve my income?" And,
you know, in that frame of mind you might even come up with some
great ideas, such as networking and starting your own niche
Those who make a conscious choice to be happy and look at the
positive, look inward first, see what they can do to improve
their situation, and look for solutions. They live in the now.
That's where the power is; and they speak their future into
Remember, Prosper and Be in Health. It's a Promise!