In recent years, the church has received a lot of revelations about how God wants to bless His people. Yet there’s another issue just as important: How you can bless God.
“Bless God? How do I do that?”
So many Christians say, “Bless the Lord” in praise, and in most cases, have had incomplete understanding about what it means. Well, through the Apostle John, God reveals very clearly how He wants to bless us and how we can bless Him.
3 John 1-4 (NKJV) says, “The Elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
Chick out the phrase “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things …” Here we have an elder in the Church — a man who walked with Jesus, an experienced pray-er who had lived a lifetime walking by faith – telling one who had come up under his ministry what he prayed for most. “I pray that you may proper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
What John prays for Gaius by the Holy Spirit is a direct revelation of what our Heavenly Father desires for us. So, before we go any further, let’s make sure we understand what that word prosper means.
The word prosper means “to excel in something desirable.” We get additional understanding from the Hebrew word shalom, which we translate “prosperity.” It is also translated as ‘peace” and as “wholeness.” Its literal meaning is “nothing missing, nothing broken.”
The blood covenant God made with man and sealed with us in the blood of His Son, Jesus, was a covenant of prosperity. A covenant that assured we would not have anything missing or broken in our lives.
Understanding, then, what God considers desirable for us, let’s go back to our definition: “to excel at something desirable.” Excel brings the word “high” into the definition. Excellence means “the highest quality available.” To prosper financially would be to go to the highest place available, or desired. To prosper in your body, in your health, would be to go to the highest level of health available.
Only by understanding the word prosperity can we understand the word bless, which means “to empower to prosper.” To bless the Lord is to empower Him to do what He has said is His greatest desire – to see that there is nothing missing, nothing broken in our lives. We don’t bless God by just knowing what He wants to do for us. God is not going to be satisfied until we let His prosperity manifest itself in our lives. We bless Him by stepping out and trusting Him so that we can receive it.
Let’s look again at the last two verses of what we just read. And, since John makes it clear that truth is the Word of God, let’s substitute that phrase as we read it this time: For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and testified of the Word of God in you, just as you walk in the Word of God. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the Word of God.
It’s God’s greatest joy for all His children to walk in His Word. What does it mean to walk in the Word of God? It means to think, believe, speak and act knowing that every promise of the Word of God is true. It means to make every decision of life based on the system of God’s way of doing things instead of the world’s way. To walk in the Word is to make demands on His covenant promises according to James 1:25. Being a doer of the Word (work) until the Word becomes the perfect law of liberty in our lives.
Next time – Just Jump! PART 2: Trust Goes Where Faith Alone Cannot