The Prosperous Soul

3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

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The apostle John wrote to his local church with the reassurance God wants each one of his children to prosper not only spiritually, but also physically. The challenge though is more people emphasize the physical objectives of life and ignore the spiritual. They want the benefits of a healthy spiritual walk, but don’t want to invest the time and effort.

The prosperous life is so much more than physical comforts. You could gain the whole world, but be vastly poor in spirit. You could have beauty, power, and fame, but be empty, frustrated, and lonely. A disciple’s walk with his Teacher is life enriched with confidence, boldness, and humility. Her life radiates from an inner peace of contentment. The toys and material items that surround her are simply the means to fully experience the vast richness of God’s creation.

To be healthy is a blessing. But to be healthy for self-aggrandizement is pompous and vain. Health is a physical and mental condition. Both though are empowered by the soul. A soul that is rich in love, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, and self-control. The essence of God’s character is displayed through a soul that is in constant contact with Him.

A soul rich in spiritual blessings is the master of the physical comforts around them. The computer, television, smart phones, and automobiles are simply tools being managed by the soul keeper. A rich soul is not addicted to the toys around him. Instead the rich soul effectively manages the comforts of life for a greater purpose.

A rich soul likewise treasures the body as a temple for His divine presence. Therefore, her attitude is to maintain and operate the body’s functions for the long haul. She will not glorify it but discipline it. She will praise its Creator and sustain it for His glory.

Whatever the enriched soul pursues, he does so with the intent to make it better than before. Whether mind, body, or soul, the desire is to magnify the creator. The enriched soul is not self-made. Instead, the prosperous soul knows Her Creator, regularly thanks him in gratitude, and humbly walks with those around him for their benefit and God’s purpose.

So, whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Prosper in your health, in your bank account, and in your relationships. But always remember your priorities and your most important function today. God knows. So do you.

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Dr. Mike

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Gratitude 101

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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Gratitude is an attitude of repentance. Repentance is a mind-set realizing one needs to lock unto the God of the universe and change one’s thinking from a self-centered perspective into a Christ-center worldview.

To acknowledge the self as not the center of the universe and there is Someone greater than self who made everything possible, is a position of humility reflected through one’s attitude.

When one begins this journey, one finds many reasons to be thankful.

Thankful for knowing one’s blessing is not necessarily due to one’s superior talent, above average intelligence, or persuasive demeanor, but being at the right place and the proper time with the ideal people to bring it all about.

Thankful for realizing how blessed one is for being born this time in history.

Thankful for appreciating all the people in your life who contributed toward your success to date.

Thankful for knowing we are all dead trees blowing in the wind apart from God who shares His life and Spirit which enriches us every day.

Thankful for realizing everything was created by Christ for Christ and shared with us through Christ.

Thankful for appreciating our value in Christ.

Thankful for knowing the truth which leads to freedom and contentment.

Thankful for realizing your potential as a person which begins in God and comes from God and revealed through you.

Thankful for appreciating who you are in relationship with others who likewise are included in Christ.

There is much to be thankful for as we travel through the day.  For we eventually come to know and see that whatever good we see and whatever great gifts we experience, comes from the Triune God who brings it about for you and me for the purpose of truly coming to know Him.

Knowing, realizing, and appreciating Him for who He IS makes being grateful for even the everyday mundane routine activities of the day. Why? Because He is involved with you through it all.

Gratitude 101 is the basic fundamental foundation of coming to appreciate God’s involvement in your life.

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Dr. Mike

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One Another

Romans 15:7

Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

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Sometimes when I hear a phrase over and over, I like to search out the Scriptures for clarity and purpose. This past week the phrase “One Another” jumped out at me during a weekly sermon. It had nothing to do with the main message. Just one short phrase in the middle of a story. Rather than personally write on the subject, I just copied the verses for you to read yourself. They are self-explanatory and together showcase how God’s children experience life in community.

 

1 John 3:11

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

1 John 4:12

…no one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 Peter 4:9

Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 5:5

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.

James 5:9

Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 10:24

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:13

Live in peace with one another.

1 Thessalonians 3:12

and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,

Colossians 3:13

…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

Ephesians 4:2

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:21

and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 5:15

But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Romans 13:8

Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Romans 14:13

Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.

Romans 14:19

So, then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

John 13:14

If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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By Love, For Love, To Love

1 John 4:16 NIV
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

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Love created you, sustains you, and motivates you. You were created by Love, for Love, to Love!

God is Love. His divine character exhibits love. His entire nature freely expresses love independent of what you and I do. He loves because He is love.

When you begin to realize the love He has for you, your assurance and trust in Him grows. When your relationship grows with Him, your understanding of love takes you to a whole new level of maturity.

When you come to the place and realize God’s purpose for you is to know Him and experience life with Him, and through Him, the outcome includes immeasurably more love than a person can naturally handle.

Love moves the world. You and I do more in the name of love than we truly admit. Even though we may not truly understand what real love is until we have an encounter with Him, he has revealed love to us through Jesus. Jesus is the expressive embodiment of God in human form.

Throughout Scripture we are introduced to the many ways Jesus expressed His Father’s love. He had an intimate relationship with the Godhead as a Son. His pre-public ministry including serving in Joseph’s family carpentry business. Upon his arrival to be baptized by John, he lived His vicarious life from beginning to end for you, me, and His Father. He healed, taught, and gave himself in service so others may come to know who His Father is truly like.

Without love there is no hope, no future, nor joy. With love, everything is more colorful, adventurous, and meaningful. Your passion for whatever is a byproduct of channeled love. Your hobbies, your work, and the mate you choose all are avenues to express your love.

Love is not just about you. Love includes God, family, friends, associates, neighbors, countrymen and women, and every person who arrives on planet earth.

Real love is sacrificial and up-building. The Triune God birth humanity from the central core of love. The entire universe is built upon the natural laws govern by love. Love rules the galaxies. This is why love is the most important attribute of life.

Always remember: You were created by Love, for Love, to Love!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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You Are Holy

1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. NASB.

 

You are holy! Set apart by God for His purpose.

Being holy, you are sacred – specially endowed – uniquely gifted by God Himself. You are not an accident in God’s eyes, but a specially designed person waiting to be released in full glory at the resurrection party.

Holiness is an attitude of godliness. It is knowing who you are in Christ. It is understanding we are living stones, built together into the household of God.

You are His workmanship. You are constantly being molded and shaped for Kingdom work. You are being prepared to do good work.

Kingdom work involves every area of your life. From your personal hobbies, to your service in the community. From your house chores, to your employer’s office, your gifts of service add value to the family and business associates is fulfilling God’s purpose for your life.

You are God’s answer for someone’s prayer. When you ask God for your daily bread, how does he send it to you? The person gifted and skilled as a baker prepares it for you.

When you ask God for a house for your family to live in, how does he delivery it to you? The people who construct, sell, and finance the house all come together to answer your prayer.

You say you didn’t ask God but everyone still came together to serve your needs? Isn’t God a God of graceful love who answers our prayers and needs even before we acknowledge His authority in our life?  Why? Because you are holy to him.

He wants what is best for you. He designed and gifted you. He has set you apart to participate with Him in His work. And His work is more than serving a local faith community. His work involves the entire universe.

You are Holy because He is holy and He set you apart as holy.

So, stop trying to conform with how the culture defines you. Instead, seek the God who made everything and gives you your uniqueness. Ask Him to show you how to best express yourself through serving others.

You may be pleasantly surprised with the end results. Being holy is not a religious experience but the fulfillment of your potential as God designed you to be.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
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Re-Do

Romans 5:20 (NASB)

…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…

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There is more grace than sin available for your life (Romans 5 & 6). Just as God is greater than any sin, His grace is also always more than whatever sin enslaves you.  Not that you deliberately choose to sin and abuse His grace, but when we disappointedly fail for the umpteen time, his grace is more than enough for you to try again.

For God’s grace corners the market on do overs, second chances, and the opportunity to try again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, etc.

When you realize life is a learning process preparing you and I for eternity, do overs are a part of the process of growth. Like any professional endeavor which requires time and diligent effort to master, so does discipleship.

For example, Peter denied Jesus three times. But after Jesus poured out his grace upon him on the beach after His resurrection, Peter boldly spoke His name wherever he went.

When Saul the Jewish persecutor of Christians was knocked off his high horse when confronted by Jesus, he redirected his life mission to serving Christ rather than fighting him.

During our life journey, we will likewise be knocked down, rugs pulled from under us, lied too, gossiped about, reputation driven through the mud, fired, beaten, misunderstood, put our foot in our mouth, kicked from behind, succumb to our addictions, introduced to new vices, and this is only the start of the list. Through all of this, you can be assured that our heavenly Father still loves you and will continue to pour out His grace upon you.

He has promised He will complete the work He has started in you.

You only have to keep trying again, and again, and again…He will do the rest.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Be a Blessing

Genesis 12:2

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. NIV.

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You were created to be a blessing for God and others! Just like Abraham was blessed by God as His chosen vessel to fulfill His plans for humanity, God has chosen and blessed you to be a blessing for others.

Many of us spend most of our lives seeking to be blessed. We want God’s favor. We want riches, relationships, and respect. We want. We want. We want. Yet somewhere in our journey we will meet up with our true self and come to realize what a blind, ignorant, self-centered creature we have been.

We will eventually repent of our attitude and behavior. We will then begin to better hear God’s truth as He unfolds our story with His and begins to renovate our heart. The end result is a new creation patterned after Jesus Christ.

So why fight it any longer?

The sooner we come to realize we are all walking down a path which will eventually end in death makes us all realize what Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 15:26. The #1 enemy of all humanity is death.

However, the #1 solution has already arrived. His name is Jesus. He resolved our dilemma by living a perfect life and offering His life in exchange for ours. In the process He opened the door for us to begin exploring eternity.

When the realization hits you that God has a universal eternal plan that already includes you, me, and our neighbors, our typical response is “how do I join?”

When you join Him in His walk, He rubs off on you. His Character, Attitude, and Values become yours. You begin to see life through His eyes. You heart opens up for the success of others. You find ways to contribute your talents, gifts, and treasures for the betterment of others.

You come to realize you were created to be a blessing for God and others. Wherever you walk with God, you seek ways to uplift others, restore those who have been broken, and introduce everyone to the One who is the Center of Life. He is the source of everything good, the truth, and the way.

In other words, since you were created to be a blessing, who will you bless today?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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