PROSPERITY OF YOUR SOUL
…Mordecai and Catherine Uka Dike…
NTRODUCTION: The days that we are in is not the day that one should be playing religion; it is time of whole hearted devotion to Christ and the kingdom of God, a time of prayer focusing on the heavenly realities, the world is sinking and will continue falling until the final day of judgment and destruction of the wicked souls! It apparent that every Child of God should be looking up ward; being kingdom mind and not earth conscious, for our citizenship is in heaven where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we should be eagerly waiting for him to return. He will take our weak mortal bodies and transform them into glorious immortal (celestial) bodies like His own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.(Philipians3;20-21)It is so important that our total focus should be on total conformity to the image of Christ, Oh! That you should be our ultimate vision; as we are aiming and working hard to become like Christ in our nature and Character; repenting confessing, and cleansing ourselves daily from sin, God will be doing His part in our live making sure that we lack noting so that we can fully and advance His righteous kingdom earth!
FINANCIAL PROSPERITY GOSPEL: One of the thing that the spirit of the Antichrist is using to make Christians deviate from the eternal path to sinless perfection and immortalization of the total man is the perverted prosperity gospel; due to the false financial breakthrough teachings that has circulated in the structural churches, most christians have totally forgotten about the coming of the Lord or the end of the age. People are no longer making any effort to enter the new world which is to come; some Christians even now believe that your own end of the world comes on the day you die. Brother and sisters let us be more conscious of eternal life than just fixing our eyes on the material pleasures of this temporary life..Let us not assume that we have assurance of salvation simply because we confess Jesus Christ, remember that there is a big different between “confession” and “submission” for it is written; you believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and tremble. (James1:19) We must believe and submit totally to the will of God, especially in this critical hour darkness; when rebellion and wickedness is dominating every human endeavor…As the Lord says, we must Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many will try to enter and will not be able to.(Luke13:23)….
TRUE PROSPERITY OF THE SOUL: Now, one the scripture that the human agents of darkness have used so far to deceive canal minds, is “3John1:2” that reads…. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. It is important for us to consider what the writer is telling us spiritually…Please take note of this; the Greek word that translate the English word “prosper” is “euodousthai” which mean to have a good and save Journey throughout one’s life. This indicates that we are on constant migration; there is a spiritual Journey or a race set before us. That is why Peter refers us Christians as strangers and pilgrims,(1Peter2:11)The scripture teaches that we should lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us..(Hebrews12:2) The spiritual race that we are running have the nature of marathon not sprint; we our gradually moving out the sin nature to achieve complete sinless nature of God, which should be taking place on daily basis till our mortal body will be completely transform and cloth on with the immortal body. The internal or inward journey of perfection started the very first day that we give our life to Christ, what took place on that blessed day is that the Spirit of God came into our own spirit (Please take note; when the bible refers to the Spirit of God it will use Capital letter “S” but to spirit to our spirit it uses small latter “s” see Romans8:16, 1Cor, 2:11)our own spirit man which is the inner most court, representing Holy of holies was dead to sin until God’s Spirit came into it to give us life again, and when the sin nature in our spirit man was destroyed and our spirit achieved purification(Romans6:6)the second court which is our soul, representing the Holy place must also be renewed…the scripture teaches that we should not 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.(Romans12:2) Our soul called the Outward man is the place that contains our intellect, emotions, and will. Just as we are dressed in clothes, so our inward man “The spirit” wears an outward man “the soul”. Our soul definitely needed to be renewed and purified by receiving the word of the Lord so that we can say like Jesus Christ “Not as I will, but Lord! Let your will be done!” We must learn to deny our natural mind, desires and sentiments for our soul to reflect Jesus Christ the son of God and that is what prosperity entails.
To proper in other words mean “to advance’ God wants us to advance “prosper” daily towards sinless perfection and immortality in Christ, in this course achieving the prosperity of the soul no sacrifice is too much. We must continue moving forward spiritual and physically defeating every sin until our spirit, soul and Body which now represents the outer court, holy place and holy of holies become totally cleansed and remain blameless… Paul the apostle prayed for us and says, that the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.(1Thessalonian5:23). It is important for us to know that our soul never prosper until we completely cease to fulfill our own desires and live only to do the will of God, Jesus says the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (John5:19). The mind of Jesus Christ was absolutely conformed to the mind of God, but as for us, most of the time we will find out that there is a war still going on within us. When God speaks in our spirit man and tells us what He wants us to accomplish in His kingdom and gives us direction, our soul will object and want us to do it our own way, achieving perfect oneness with the Father is the true prosperity of the soul.(John17:20-23)
DIVINE HEALTH IS OBTAINABLE: Divine health can be achieve through internal cleansing and knowing what to eat and not what to eat, if you are truly spiritual, when see a holy child of God you will know, because you must see that divine shekinah glory of God even in the flesh of that person, which is totally different from having ordinary smooth or fresh skin. To attain inward and outward purity you must set the vision, I mean you must perceive spiritually that our salvation or what we call to be born again is progressive; we are gradually growing out of immoral system of life to attain complete the life of sinlessness in Christ. Jesus first said to Nicodemus; Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John3:3)Again He said him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.(John3:5) First is to see, while the second is to enter, and that is where the journey comes in, there is a great distance in-between seeing and entering, for instance, Moses saw the promised land but he couldn’t enter it.(Deut,32:48-52)the first experience in born again is the see clearly the heavenly kingdom life, and after that they Journey begins; you must begin to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling in the effort to attain sinlessness and remain blameless before the Lord. (Philipians2:12) working out your salvation or purifying yourself involves being mindful of the kind of friends you keep, because bad company corrupts good character.(1Corinthians1:33) You must be careful of what you watch and the kind of music you listen to; you can’t be watching Pornography and listening to filthy Hip hop and R & B music and achieve internal purity. King David says, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms119:11) if you allow the word of God “God’s holy thought” to occupy the state of your mind instead of filthy images and dirty thoughts you will hardly fall into sin, because any time temptation comes, God’s word which is a Spirit that is residing in your heart will resurrect and over power the wicked thoughts of your fleshy mind. One thing people should know is that images and words are powerful spirits; any word hears or image that you see will go in straight into your heart and form stronghold to keep you under captivity… What corrupts the inward man most is what you see and what you hear! To achieve internal purity filter what you watch and what you listen to! Remember that what you see and what you hear lives forever in your mind and will keep on resurrecting to disturb your inner perception and focus.
EFFECTIVE PRAYER IS NEEDED: Active Prayer, fasting, studies and life of holy meditation is needed in Christian perfection, the prayer I mean is not shouting of Holy Ghost fire, Holy Ghost fireeee! But mind you, I am not judging or condemning those who shout in prayer, that is not my concern. I talking about speaking to God and God talking back to you clearly, oftentimes effective prayer in done within us; a true person of prayer or someone who understands prayer prays twenty four hours internally and daily lives a fasting lifestyle…we really just have to proper starting from the spirit man, passing the soul to our external body..According to my own understanding the final day that our being born becomes a reality will be that day when our mortal body also experienced born again; when we all will be translated to immortality. Paul said that this will happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, and then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (1Corinthians 15:50-56)
GROWING OUT OF CHILDHOOD INTO SON-SHIP WITH GOD: There is a tendency for us to advance, to move forward, we have spend so many years rising and falling, let us go unto perfection even as Paul advices us…. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. (Hebrews6:1-2) always bear in mind that the day you give your life to Christ was just the begin of your prosperity towards God…Paul helps us to understand that that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed..(Romans 13:11)As mentioned before salvation is progressive, our spirit soul and body must prosper (advance) and remain in good health in Him, we cannot achieve all just in one day, Prophet Isaiah says, for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..(Isaiah9:6) This prophecy applied to Christ as well as to you and me . A baby has to grow out of childhood and enter into son-ship with his father so that he will be able to handle his father’s business. It took Jesus thirty years to exit from childhood into a matured Son of God (Luke 2:41,52). The word of God helps us to understand that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that Jesus Christ might be the firstborn among many brethren (Romans8:29), this shows us that God has prophetically declared us His sons. By the grace given to us, it is our responsibility to bring this prophecy into physical reality; we must make every effort to discontinue thinking and behaving like children and begin to conduct ourselves as adults.
PASSING THROUGH GOD’S PROCESS: Prosperity of the soul of has nothing to do with money or accumulation physical wealth; in the sight of God you can own the entire world and everything in it and still be counted as the most wretched person…Remember the church of the Laodiceans, Jesus says to them; You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy of me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see… (Revelation3:14-18)The church Laodiceans had so much money and properties in the absent of true holiness; they people were conscious material blessings of refused to pass through God process in order to attain sinlessness in Christ which is the call of us believer (1Thess, 4:7). Just like most of our structural churches today own solid Italian cathedrals with plasma television on the walls, well organized mass choir, church buses, trucks etc, but lack the character of Christ which is the beauty of the church. On the contrary, in the sight of God, someone can be considered a very rich person simply because that person is upright… I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan..(Revelation2:9) It is a pity most thinks that simply because they a child of God they can pass through had time, but that is a lie from hell, read what Paul says… You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.(2Timothy 2:3-4) It is was a joyful thing for a Christians to suffer shame, difficulties, persecution etc for the sake of Christ…
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. (Act5:41)
These days if a Christian is facing some little challenges or passing through God process others will begin to pray blindly, to break financial curses and to destroy the spirit of poverty, as if God can no longer let His children pass through wilderness to mature them spiritually. Just Consider the following scripture…
And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to suffer hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.(Deutronomy8:2-3)
God can let you pass through anything to build you up, so that you may be able to conform totally to his nature and his Charater, honestly, if you allow God to train you noting can again take your mind out off the will of God, look at what Paul the apostle says, I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength (Phil4:11-13).this is confession of someone who had crucify his flesh for Christ to be reveal in his mortal body..It is a pity most think that prosperity of the soul is all about getting money or becoming financial rich, if your soul is not advancing towards sinless perfection and immortality in Christ your are so far from being rich in God..What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? There is more to this life than getting money and fame, stay focus in the pursuit of Holiness and never allow all these spiritual vultures that goes around giving people false financial hope, If you are Christian and you really want to touch God’s heart avoid people who does not make righteousness and holiness their first priority in life; if you are a man and you want marry look for a woman who love Christ indeed; whose heart has centered in the things of the kingdom, don’t be deceived by the outward appearance or educational level. If your fiancée leaves because you never make money or have college degree let her go and ask to God to give you the right person. The right person will endure with you until God finish processing and establishes you. Establish of God does not necessarily mean God to give billion dollar; it can mean to spiritually mature you and send to the Middle East to reach the Muslims with the gospel etc. in this case it takes only the woman that God gives to you to stand with you till the end. Also you girls that want to please God make sure that man love the Lord; a person who can spearhead to move and lead you into a deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ, money and facial beauty is not everything! We need to understand that God has called us unto holiness. (1Thess4:7)
RECEIVING MATERIAL BLESSINGS FROM GOD: When it comes to receiving material items, scripture teaches that God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph1:3), this means that we’re already blessed, right from eternity beginning even before the creation of the world! All that’s needed to bring these spiritual blessings into physical manifestation is OBEDIENCE; we must live our daily lives following God’s divine principles accurately. If you’re willing and obedient, you’ll eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you’ll be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken (Isaiah1:19). Based on this scripture, it’s apparent that it’s not a matter of “blind confessions” and giving your money to the “men of God” to claim your financial breakthroughs, but acting according to the general and specific revelation of God’s word. There are DIVINE PRINCIPLES attached to the commanded blessings of God, just like mathematics, if you don’t apply the right principle you can’t get the correct answer. For instance, Isaiah says…
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, & their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (Isaiah54:14-17).
Now, based on this scripture, the key to obtain God’s divine protection is to establish yourself in righteousness! You must genuinely repent and forsake your sins, accept Jesus Christ into your life, then continue to abide in his word and to allow his word to abide in you. (John15:7)… We can only move the hand of God seven times faster when we are living holy and righteous lifestyle. Peter says; For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (1Peter 3:10-14). A scripture like this is self-explanatory, it does not need any other interpretations; true Joy, Happiness, peace, safety etc, lies in active practicing of God’s word! It is a pity that most people think that they can bribe God or create short cut, instead of them to repent from their evil ways and pursue holiness they will continue in their wicked ways, and will be sowing monetary seed to blind religious leaders who will be interceding for them. Who will believe that so many pastors and bishops s pray for fraudsters, drug smugglers, robbers etc and accepted their monetary offering s without telling them to repent from their wicked acts! God will never compromise His standard for any one; His words will work for us only when we walk faithfully in His word. It is not just matter of giving money to a priest and claiming your financial prosperity! God says, Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. (Deut11:26-27) when we put God first in everything that we do, which mean to seek His face first before doing anything and to do all things according to His will, God blessings will follow us without us pursuing after His blessings just as the scripture says…
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (Deut, 28:1-13)
STEWARDSHIP: Another thing is to be a faithful steward; the scripture teach, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.(Luke16:10) God will never give us something that we cannot take care of, just think of it, if you have a bicycle and fail to take good care of it, why asking God to give you a Private jet? It is one-step after another. We must learn to take care of what we have, and when do that God will commit greater responsibilities into what our hands. If you have a little Job be grateful to God, do it with all happiness, and believe God for a better one, the scripture teach that we should not despise the days of small beginnings. (Job8:7) Even though you are serving other people you must serve them faithfully with all you heart, when you take good care of other people’s things just like you will care of your own thing, God will give you your own, and other people will also serve you. The scripture teach that, “And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? (Luke16:12)
AVOID ALL MANNER OF DEPT: It’s important for us to start with what we have and AVOID borrowing money from other’s. Scripture teaches that, a borrower is a slave to the lender. (Prov22:7) Satan has used debt to destroy many people, especially “men of God”. Some ministers used to teach undiluted messages of salvation and to strictly adhere to God’s kingdom principles, but when they borrowed extreme amounts of money from financial institutions to build their cathedrals and embark upon television ministries, their message and character changed completely! Instead of humility pride took over their lives and money became the focal point of their sermons in efforts to raise money to pay their debts so that the bank won’t reposes their properties; they began tasking church members, prophesying lies & giving their victims false hope of financial prosperity. False ministers! before they’ll honor your invitation to encourage young Christians in your area, you have to book a room for them in a five star hotel, & they’ll also advise you of the amount of money they’ll collect from you as an honorarium after their ministration. God will judge every minister of the gospel who is using innocent church members for personal financial gain! In 2007 a particular well known preacher in Nigeria desired to hold a crusade in Port Harcourt, so he came to Johannesburg South Africa to raise money for his great evangelical gospel campaign, I was shocked when I heard this highly respected “man of God” discussing secretly with a friend of mine, asking him to invest R250,000 in the crusade, that my friend would gain twice the amount he invested because he (the preacher) & his organizing committee had ready calculated and mapped out a strategy of how they would recover all the funds borrowed plus interest, according to this acclaimed “great man of God” him and his team had estimated that at least 500,000 will attend the crusade, then from the crowd that came their raise the money. Now, is that how Jesus Christ and early apostle preached the gospel? In many occasions Jesus was invited to come and heal sick people, Christ Jesus did not demand for five star hotel accommodations first before living Galilee his home town or calculated how much money he will make.
During Paul the apostle time, the Church members houses were just enough for him to lodge and preach Christ to the people, but today if you don’t have money to pay for good hotel accommodation you can’t invite ministers to come and save souls in your community, most of them are just too big to lodge in church members houses. Oh! Some these crooks have even gone to the point of giving their fellow pastors bills before they will agree to come and preach their church. It is very common these days; most self acclaimed “Men of God” does not like travelling to preach in small congregation. If your struggling and you are are inviting them to come and labor with you in maturing young believer in Christ in your area, the first thing they will like to know from you is how many members you have in your church, just to access your financial capacity, if they discovered that they can’t raise enough money in your church they wouldn’t come. But if your congregation is big enough for them, they will seat down with you with their pen and paper and discus how much money they will raise in your church and how much their share will be. Moreover, when they come, sometimes after preaching good sermon they will spoil everything again through fund raising. It is a pity that some of the “big” pastors most consider as their fathers in faith are also in these dubious system; young ministers are now using them to raise money, for instance, when the younger ministers want to raise building funds to expand their own business empires they will invite the so call great men of God in quote, knowing that people will respond when these respected old men ask for donation, and most of this people that we are seeing as father are just living in their past glories; they are not seeing or achieving any new divine realities, all that they saying now is when “I was” what of now? Has God finish working? Is Jesus Christ no longer the same yesterday, today and forever? It is important to realize that the prosperity of our soul is beyond getting physical rich but totally transformation of our soul; let us focus on becoming like Christ.