The Father’s Will for Us, His Children

“Every father knows that he only wants what is best for his own children.  We fathers say be good to our children, and really that is all we want and expect from them, and if we get it most of the time, then we fathers are quite content.  We want them to be good in whatever endeavors they pursue in life, and we want them to be happy.  This is also the Father’s will for us, His children, to be good, happy, and, hopefully, out of trouble as well.  If we can control our money, appetites, and sexual desires, and wear comfortable shoes, sleep in a comfortable bed, and feel comfortable in our clothes, then we will have every reason to be good, happy, and out of trouble. God does not demand that we, against our will, obey Him and be good, but He wants us to.  This is why in Ephesians 2:10 the Word of God says that we should walk in His good works, works He made available for us.  We definitely should, but still it is not a commandment or demand but a loving request.  It is only when we try them that we realize those good works are made especially for our own good.  We can build the desire to want to do them as well, for only then does the Word of God come to life and nourish our souls as we prosper in the abundance of His Word.” ~LMJ~

God’s Wish

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

III John 2:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

III John 2 is God’s wish; His wish above anything else is that we may prosper and be in health. The word “wish” literally means prayer. Noting that God actually prays for our well-being is interesting because usually we think of prayer as a one-way street, from man to God. However, III John 2 sheds light that God actually prays for us, and His prayer is His own believing. God not only prays but He also shows us in His Word many wonderful details on how to raise our believing so that He may fulfil His prayer.

Deuteronomy 8:18a:
But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth. . .

Not only does God give us power to get wealth but He also gives us “power” to enjoy wealth when we receive it. Often people with wealth are so busy acquiring and stockpiling it that they never seem to enjoy it; however, God’s will for us is to enjoy our lives with all that He gives.

Ecclesiastes 5:19:
Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but that He wants you to have enough to enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10a). In III John 2 the word “prosper” means to have a prosperous journey (Romans 1:10). In this journey that we are on in this life (on our way to heaven), God is willing and able to supply our every need (Romans 4:21; Philippians 4:19). In Psalms 103:3 we read, “. . . who {God} healeth all thy diseases”; we have the God-given right to believe in and claim our health “in the name of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 8:17; John 14:13-14), and there is nothing more valuable or enriching in this life than mental, physical, and spiritual health. Jesus Christ actually gave his own life to help raise our believing for health.

I Peter 2:24:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

In III John 2 the words “even as thy soul prospereth” represents your actual life (your soul), and soul means, “breath life,” that which makes you – you. The soul is the inner consciousness where one reasons and processes information. “Prospereth,” means the journey you are on, and when God’s Word begins to have place in your thinking and reasoning, then you will become ever more in tune to God’s prayer.

The Word of God effectually works (I Thessalonians 2:13) as you continue believing with God from your heart to receive His bountiful goodness and blessings upon your life.