“Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:4, 6-7 NIV

A recent bible study with my mom and my sister reminded us and reinforced the practical application of Philippians 4:4, 6-9 that can lead to experiencing the type of prosperity God reveals in His word for those who seek to be a living sacrifice for Jesus. Verse 4 of Philippians 4 begins with an exclamation from the Apostle Paul admonishing his readers to rejoice always. The ability to rejoice always, or in all circumstances, comes from the ability to consistently allow our inner man to be refreshed and renewed by the person, presence and power of God’s Spirit within us and His word. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your heart to God.” – Colossians 3:16 NIV

Rejoicing comes from a place within that does not become dissuaded by what is, but is deliberate in hoping in what can and will be according to what God promises and proclaims in His word! The ability to rejoice is motivated by the posture of a sincere believer whose contentment for the things of this world is overshadowed by their delight in God, His word and hope’s expectancy that God will continue to bring enrichment, fulfillment and satisfaction. Rejoicing affects my spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being and can greatly affect the atmosphere of my relationships, professional life and personal well-being. Even during difficult economic times, I can rejoice, because my joy, contentment and desires for fulfillment exceed the limitations caused by my financial circumstances. Money cannot help me rejoice in every circumstance. The lack of money does not have to prohibit me from experiencing a fulfilling and rewarding life.

Along with rejoicing, the Apostle Paul encouraged his readers to not be anxious by praying and turning to God for whatever was needed (petition). Rejoicing, contentment and prayer leads to peace, if you read carefully the way Paul leads his readers to apply practical principles of living a spiritual life. The person who prays about everything, with thanksgiving, will experience peace in their hearts and minds and they will experience a greater sense of God’s presence (peace of God). Too often, we limit God in His desire to bring us prosperity, because our understanding of prosperity is limited to the external blessings of the world around us. There is a greater prosperity (soul), that without it, we would not be able to sufficiently enjoy life and the external things we receive as God’s blessings, because we do not have the greater sufficiency of soul prosperity that brings with it the peace of God.

May God bless you and help you to rejoice, be content and pray to experience the soul prosperity He desires for you and the extraordinary encounter of the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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