October 13, 2019

Prosper and Be in Health - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus  Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given for you today  is  from the book of  3 John 1:2 “Beloved I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”

My dear Brothers and Sisters, from the above context we understand that it is the prayer of St John for the Elder, Gaius and it includes three particulars, namely  health of body, health of soul, and prosperity in secular affairs. These three things are necessary to the comfort of life. God expects that we prosper or succeed in all temporal affairs. In the business, in our career, in our marital relationship, whatever it may be, success of this sort depends upon the blessing of God, which makes one rich, it is to be wished and prayed for all such blessings.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, God wants to bless us with good health that is of body. One has to be physically fit. For above all things, above all outward mercies, the most desirable is our good health, for without this the richest of dainties, the largest possessions, or the best of friends mean nothing to us or will be of no greater significance. Hence God prefers that we live with a healthy body free from sickness or diseases.

My dear Brothers and Sisters,   To enjoy all the above goodness of God in the land of the living, One has to seek God with all of his mind soul, and spirit. For the soul is diseased with sin, and needs to be in good health. When all the sins and iniquities of a person is forgiven then he is said, to prosper. One must have a spiritual thirst for the gospel, the sincere milk of the word. He should feed upon it, and be nourished by it. He grows thereby and when it is in the lively exercise of faith, hope, and love, and when spiritual knowledge is increased or it grows in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus,  and when the inward man is renewed day by day, with fresh strength, and when it enjoys communion with God, it becomes fruitful in every good work.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, just as St John prayed for the Elder Gaius, to be blessed with good health, sound spiritual life, I too sincerely desire that God bless everyone who reads this message,  with good health, sound spiritual life and secular prosperity. May God bless you to draw closer to Him, and thus inherit, the blessings of God, for the blessings of the Lord  makes one rich and does not cause sorrow. The Lord will not allow the soul of the righteous to famish. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you. Worship the Lord your God, and His blessing will be upon you and your descendants.

Prayer:  Our   loving  heavenly  Father,   we thank You for this blessed day. We thank You Lord,  for Your good thought towards us. You want us to be blessed physically, spiritually, and with all secular blessing. Lord help us to worship you and obtain all the blessings from you.  Teach us to pray for other fellowmen to receive all the blessings you have prepared for them. 

In Jesus name we pray.                              


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