Demonstrating God’s goodness
Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly! He wants us to have the God-kind of life, that zoe life which can only be found in Him. Notice that the enemy also has a job description here; he comes to steal, kill and destroy but Christ came to give us life. So next time something bad happens to you or you lose some money, perhaps you lose some joy or you get your heart broken; notice that it is not the Lord making you lose stuff! God will not make you sick just to show off that He is the Daddy, He is a good father.
3 John 2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.
How is it that some Christians never change and do not increase in any way, shape or form? What’s the difference between the world and us? Why is it that you are what you are today? The worst thing you can do is deceive yourself. We will talk about how you are made – your anatomy. Who and what are you really made of?
The bible tells you to prosper and be in good health. It doesn’t matter what anybody told you because if it is not in the word, then it is not true! The word says you are loaded, healed, well, joyful, above only and not beneath … “It is the will of God for me to prosper, and be in good health.”
Prosperity here denotes your complete wellbeing and wholeness and not just but including financially and materially. It means to literally have nothing missing and nothing broken.
Please understand God’s will for you because faith begins at the point of the known will of God. You must believe beyond any doubt that it is the Lord’s will for you to prosper and be in good health. It is his will that a thousand may fall on your left and ten thousand at your right hand without any harm coming near you.
We have the blessing of Abraham because Christ has redeemed us from the curse.
The prosperity of your soul determines how prosperous you get on the outside.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things including your prosperity shall be added unto you – Matthew 6:33.
I expect to be blessed. The world teaches you not to expect anything so that you do not get disappointed. Christ has already redeemed me from poverty and lack. I am way too blessed to be cursed for I walk in the about of God… God is a good God. What would it look like if I went about broke, down and disgusted when my Daddy owns the whole earth?
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
When you renew your mind, then you can prove that good and acceptable will of God. Change is not change until you change! Is your thinking in line with the word of God? The word should be your final authority. Stay on the Lord’s side.
At university they tell you that everything is relative and everybody’s opinion is true if it is to them. The world believes wrong is right and right is wrong; even homosexuality is simply an alternative lifestyle these days! What happened to it being a perversion? Oranges should produce oranges, how come you give out grapes Christian? Change your thinking and change your life forever.
Notice that the bible says that this is your reasonable service so it is certainly not unusual to think and live right. You are expected to be of good character always. You want to preach and sing etc but you have no character, all you have is a form of godliness! If you don’t change your thinking, you will always be average!
What have you been watching, what are you listening to? It’s time to live right just because it is right. Time to be men and women of character. Notice here that the Lord wants a living sacrifice and not a dead one! Time to come alive again. I want my stuff, my healing, my money, my health, my anointing, my deliverance, my peace, my open doors etc, I want my stuff! If you don’t change your thinking, there will be no prosperity.
It is the will of God that I may have dominion in all spheres of my life! My faith is not just for survival but to rule and dominate in this life! I was born to be the head and not the tail, the first and not the last, above only and not beneath. My Daddy and heavenly father owns the whole world and everything in it, I am a King’s kid!
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
Out of the good treasure of the heart, a good man brings forth good things. We can’t see what’s on your inside until it comes out. Renewing your mind involves your conscious thinking. Real change takes place in your spirit and not just your conscious.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The word of God is quick and powerful, it is active, operative, energising and effective. It penetrates and divides the line between the soul and the spirit… Don’t spend your time changing your fruit but do nothing about the root! Instead of dealing with a weight problem, deal with why you eat the way you do instead. Only the word of God can affect your innermost parts and provide real change because that’s where the roots are. When you got saved, you got changed to the core, created afresh, a new creation completely! Only the word can produce this change.
Your mind controls your decisions and your choices. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. How deep does the word affect your mind? When you change your mind, you change your family, your finances, your health, your life etc. Your focus should not be only on the outside, those are simply the symptoms but not the core or root problem. Most of us only deal with the symptoms of life and never deal with the root and that’s why we keep falling back into the same things over and over again!
Your will is your faculty of consciousness, it is the power to control your actions and desires. Intent is the destination while your will is the driver that propels you to reach your intended destination. Nothing just happens in this life! Mediocrity is being the best of the worst and the worst of the best! Change isn’t change because you are tired of it, or you are frustrated, or you are crying about it! Change is only change when you actually change.
For where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Your entire treasurer is in your heart and your heart is the place where your soul and spirit meet. We cannot even begin to talk about your treasures without talking about your heart! Where you spend your finances show us exactly where your heart is. The symptoms we see on the outside are a reflection of the real treasure in your heart. We can see what is on your inside by just looking at your symptoms. We always live out our thinking and the truth always comes out.
And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defiles a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defiles a man. 12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knows thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man.
It is not what goes inside a man that defiles a man but that which comes out of the mouth… Whatever you eat goes in the stomach and gets eliminated but what your mouth brings out of your treasurer, which is your heart is what defiles. Jesus goes on to show what comes out of the heart: evil thoughts, adultery, murders etc. Wrong thinking is any thinking that goes against the word of God. Change what you are giving your attention to and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
You can’t go around saying, ‘but I can’t control how I feel!’ every action begins with a thought. When your mind is negative, you will bring forth anger, bitterness, worry etc. But they don’t just get in there by themselves; you can change your treasure as it is a way of thinking. When your thinking changes, how you live also changes. You choose what goes on in your life by choosing the treasures in your heart. Life is a choice! It’s not because the Lord wanted you to go through that, no no no, you chose your life!
The Lord has already set before us His judgments and they are just waiting for our choices. He has set before you life and death, blessing and cursing and YOU control what you choose but after you make the choice, what you have chosen now controls you! Thy rode and thy stuff, they comfort me… Psalm 23:4b
1 Thessalonians 5:23
You are a spirit, who possesses a soul and dwells in a physical body! Get your mind renewed as nothing good dwells in your flesh. The word of God will change your thinking about society, university, education, politics, children, church, food, family, marriage, sport, science etc… Do not get your data from the world media! Where you are today is because of your thinking and not where you came from. If your thinking was right, it would have got you to your destiny by now, so change it. The beauty about the mind is that you can change it!
The shame of the church stops here and now! If you want to stay average, then this is not the right church for you. This is a church of eagles! You are a blessing going somewhere to happen glory to God. Every man’s mountain is his own ignorance! Change your thinking and prosper. It is time to live right just because it is right, now that’s character right there.
Now notice that John points out the SOUL out of the three. Why? Because your decisions are ordered by your soul. The soul constitutes your mind, your will, your emotions, your imagination and your intellect.
When was the last time you read anything? Get some education, get some wisdom, and get some understanding. Time will still pass whether you study something or not. You are broke because you are lazy! You are always fighting in your marriage because either both of you or one of you is still a child. Time to grow up! Prosper your soul.
Do you ever use your imagination? Take time to just imagine and see yourself where you want to be. Switch off everything and just dream, and while you are at it, dream big! Has the word of God had any impact on your life at all or are you still the same; still mean, still angry, still broke, still unfaithful etc. Time to change! Ignorance is expensive!
The hardware, which is my body, still looks the same but the software, which is the mind in me, has definitely changed so I now produce different results! Character anchors prosperity and wealth will simply amplify your foolishness!
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he! Whatever you are today is a result of what you think. You are a product of your thoughts for you are what you think! “The quality of s man’s life is perceived by his thoughts, it is composed of his choices, it is confirmed by his words and contracted by his actions.” – Dr Ramson Mumba
2 Corinthians 4:3
The word of God is foolishness to the world for the devil has blinded their eyes so that they may not see. So the mind has eyes! The blind mind refuses to accept the word of God. The blind mind thinks all is well when it is not – Proverbs 30:11.
Don’t walk like the world in the foolishness of their mind, get your thinking straight! The natural man does not receive the things of the Lord for they are spiritually discerned and the world things differently – 1 Corinthians 2:14.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.
We were once alienated and enemies of God in the mind. Our enmity with God was in the mind, in the soul. And as long as my thinking is not in line with the word of God, I remain an enemy of the Lord and that is not a place I want to be ever! For the Lord is awesome and higher than any other; there is nothing higher than the most high and nothing can get me higher. Who is this King of glory? Who is this King of glory? The Lord God almighty, He is the King of glory, the Lord strong and mighty, mighty in battle; He is the King of glory.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – 18
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; But now we are a new creation in Christ Jesus, out with the old man and in with the new man. Since the body never changed, which part of you changed? Your soul is what changes.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Put off the old man and put on the new! The evidence of a renewed mind is change! No change – no renewed mind, period! And change is not change until you change! So it is time to get rid of the old man. Three steps need to be taken:
1. Put off the old man. (Old dirty smelly nappy on)
2. Be renewed in your mind. (A wash and a clean)
3. Put on the new man? (New clean nappy on)
Don’t put clean nappies on top of old smelly nappies! It’s no wonder you lick everywhere and you smell. People a telling you that your attitude smells and you are arguing but they can smell the leakage! You are leaking and it smells bad. It’s time for a change!