Prosper In Your Soul
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Is your soul prospering? We have seen from scripture that when we are born again, we receive a new and perfect spirit and the Holy Spirit comes and dwells with our new spirit (see section We Are Born Again). Thereafter, it is up to us to be transformed in our soul (mind, will, emotions) by renewing our mind to the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is the mind of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us (see section Renewing Your Mind). Until our mind is truly renewed to the Word of God in a particular area, we do not have dominion in that area. Additionally, it compromises us in other areas.
For example, our ability to rule over our health is directly proportional to our soul prospering. To be victorious in any area of life, our soul has to prosper in the midst of the challenges:
3 JOHN 1:2 Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to be in good health just as [in proportion to, to the degree that, according to the manner in which] your soul prospers.
If a believer’s soul is not renewed to the Word of God in a specific area, that weakness allows doubt (wavering) to come in. If he doubts, it nullifies his faith because he cannot lay hold of what God has provided. Note that God has already given, but the doubter does not lay hold of it. He has mixed two mindsets and is unable to rule and take dominion:
JAMES 1:8 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting [wavering, discerning, judging, distinguishing various options, entertaining, contemplating, pondering], for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive [to lay hold of] anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded [two-souled] man, unstable [not able to rule and take charge] in all his ways.
Therefore, people will weaken and deteriorate from a mind that is not renewed to the Word of God and that expresses itself through carnal emotions. To have a victorious life, our soul must be prospering and our faith must be without wavering.
The following sections are written to show how to overcome emotional issues so that, when we are tested, we can prove our faith in the Word of God. It comes down to believing without doubting in order to emerge triumphant, and much of this has to do with not allowing emotions and the old nature to rule over us. As you read through the next sections, remember the importance of being in constant fellowship with God. Also, set you heart to know and expect victory in any and all situations, which we will discuss in the last section.