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3 John 2 #2
5~/24 and 5~/25~/2003
3 John 2 NKJV
*/2/**/ Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers./*
Last week we talked about: HEADED FOR HOME.
Our points were 1-Set Your Heart on Pilgrimage 2-Keep the Right Perspective and 3-Having all you need for the journey.
I challenged you to approach this scripture in a new way and redefine what is meant by prospering, being in health and having a prosperous soul.
We defined your soul as the inner man.
Genesis 2 says; */7/**/ And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
-This inner part is the essence of who you are as a human being, your personality, your emotions, your brain, and I’m going to include the spirit part of you that contacts God.
-The spirit and soul are indistinguishable for all practical purposes except for the Word being able to divide them.
-The word for prosperity carries the image of a successful journey.
-We should have that come to pass in our health our spiritual life and our dealings with the world.
Our businesses and jobs should be successful.
I want to focus today on:
*A PROSPEROUS SOUL*
*/ /**/A heart at peace gives life to the body,/*
*/but envy rots the bones./*
-There is an absolute relationship between what is going on inside you and the rest of you.
-In other words, if is difficult to define someone as prosperous and successful who is rich, healthy yet miserable on the inside.
-If you were to pick one to stand alone, this is the only one that will.
*/What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Message Matthew 16
*/Then Jesus went to work on his disciples.
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.
You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.
Don’t run from suffering; embrace it.
Follow me and I’ll show you how.
Self-help is no help at all.
Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.
What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself?
What could you ever trade your soul for?/*
A PROSPEROUS SOUL HAS THE RIGHT FOCUS
Romans 11 TLB
*/33 Oh, what a wonderful God we have!
How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge!
How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!
34 For who can know what the Lord is thinking?
Who knows enough to be his counselor?~*
35 And who could ever give him so much that he would have to pay it back?
36 For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory.
To him be glory evermore.
-Everything God created was to give Him glory.
My purpose and your purpose is to give God glory.
-The greatest temptation is to bring glory to yourself.
-Satan got it wrong when he started desiring the glory that was to be intended for God.
-Whenever anything fulfills its purpose it brings glory to God.
-We should worship God.
-What does that mean?
-When we think of worship we often mean singing.
-We say “wasn’t worship good today”?
-We think praise is the fast songs and worship is the slow set.
-The truth is: singing is an expression of your worship but you worship God with your life.
Different people have different styles.
If your background was denominational you think it is hymns.
Calvin put music to modern tunes and it was called “Geneva jigs”.
Charles Wesley took modern tunes from the pub and put Christian words and they were frowned on.
One of his famous hymns started “There once was a girl whose name was Matilda”.
He fixed it.
Some people think the angels brought that tune from heaven.
There is no such thing as Christian music, only Christian words-Rick Warren
Whatever touches your emotions is the style that relates to you.
People will say, I got so much out of worship today…it was supposed to be an expression of your love for God.
God invented all music and He likes slow fast loud and the whole spectrum.
None of us really want to go on.
To most people an oldy is Elvis.
We grew with the music we started with and it touched us and changed us.
As Bob Dylan said, “the times they are a changing”.
Can you worship God even if they aren’t playing your song?
If not-you have never understood or grasped true worship.
*/20 /**/Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
*/21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
-She was trying to figure out the logistics and Jesus was saying, YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT.
-You worship from a heart living in the truth.
· *YOU WORSHIP WITH AN OBEDIENT LIFE*
-Every part of the service here is worship.
Praying for others.
Listening to His Word and honoring it.
-If only singing is worship, I’m ill-equipped!
-You physical expression to God is wonderful.
But it never rises above a life submitted to Him.
-If I jump and sing and do a special and play a concert of hymns and them go out and cuss the guy who cuts me off….am
I worshipping God with my life?
*/Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual a act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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