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Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance and the overflow of His goodness, His mercy, and His provision? King David declared that God takes pleasure in you prospering. God is not magnified when you are broke, busted or disgusted. God is not glorified when you have a dream but no resources to fulfill the dream and the desire of your heart.

It is God’s desire that you prosper, but realize that prosperity is not just about finances. It is taken from the Hebrew word shalom, which means to have wholeness and completeness in life. I define prosperity as “nothing missing and nothing broken in your life.” It refers to your welfare, safety, protection, provision, mental state, emotional state, physical state, and spiritual state.

We also find this same principle when the apostle John prayed, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper” (3 John 2). The Greek word for prosper comes from the prefix eu, which means “to be happy,” and from the root word odos, “a way or path, also a journey.” It literally means to find happiness in your journey. It can also mean to succeed in reaching. It appears that John is saying that God desires for every area of your life to prosper.

God desires that you prosper in your soul. When your soul prospers, then your mind is being transformed. You should see a reflection of prosperity transforming all the affairs of your life, making you whole. Being prosperous includes everything you do, think, and believe. It means you should be making progress in reaching toward the prize of your high calling in Christ Jesus. Your health, finances, marriage, business, and ministry should prosper. Your whole life should reflect the prosperity of your soul. If your soul is depleted, your life is going to be depleted.

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