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You might have read a blog post that I wrote where I was musing on 3 John 2. It’s a short book in the Bible if you’re not familiar with it, a letter in fact believed to be written by one of Jesus’ original 12 disciples to Gaius, whoever he might have been. He writes: “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” NASB

The inference is that true prosperity in all areas can only come – or perhaps best comes – as your soul prospers. It is inherently an inside job. And, I would suggest has very little to do with outside appearances, even though we want that as well. Who doesn’t want to be healthy, wealthy, and wise, right?!

John goes on to say this: “For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth” v3 NASB. Coming right after the preceding verse, I don’t think that it is too far of a stretch that walking in truth is how your soul prospers, and thus how you can prosper in all ways. So this is where we will begin.

If we are going to walk in the truth, then we must uncover the lies that we are believing. Many of these we may not recognize as lies — especially if they are familial issues. The difficulty with those is that they are so ingrained in us that we often can’t see that there’s another, more positive way of looking at something or behaving. I won’t be focusing on generational issues, as I do that in another class, but be aware that they may come into play for you.

Be brave in facing these issues. No one is here to judge you. We all believe lies, hopefully the more healed we get the less of them we do, but it is a process to transform our minds and souls and to come into alignment with the truth. There is no condemnation here. One of the biggest obstacles we have to freedom of any kind is being willing to face the fact that we’ve been wrong. I’ve been there, and I understand that feeling – but being on this side, I can tell you that great freedom comes in admitting where we’ve been wrong. I can guarantee you that you aren’t the only one.

In my book: A Guide to Freedom, I talk about techniques to gain freedom over various issues that trouble you. We will use several of them in this class. The most important one is to give yourself grace for the process. You will not do this perfectly, and no one (but possibly yourself) expected you to. The difference between winning and losing is getting back up after you tripped. Every time you believe the truth, you are winning. Every time you catch the lie and replace it with the truth, you are winning. Every. Single. Time. Don’t focus on how often you “fail,” instead, I recommend that you track how often you succeed. Success, no matter how small, is far more motivating that failure.

A couple other things we’ll focus on is learning to recognize the lies and stop them in their tracks, stopping negative thoughts, positive affirmations/personalized Scripture, and forgiveness. I’ll be reminding you of all of these as we go through the class. You’ll notice that in all of these, we do not focus on the lie, rather we recognize the lie and then replace it with the truth. There really isn’t a neutral area here. The choice, however, is yours: Will you choose the truth? I do so hope that you will! And that you will find that truth manifesting in your life in many ways.

Speaking of manifestation… You may or may not be familiar with “The Secret” and the Law of Attraction that’s gaining popularity. The extremely abbreviated version states that if you think about something, or ask the Universe for it often enough, then it will manifest in your life. The Biblical version is sowing and reaping although the Christian is not sowing to an impersonal universe, but is or should be sowing in response to a very personal, sentient God. So, while the Law of Attraction and the Biblical principle share the concept of reaping what you’ve sown, there are vast differences in the theology and worldview that each camp has. I am focusing here on their point of commonality.

What the LoA overlooks, setting aside the free will of others and God, is that what you “put out there” comes more from your core identity and soul, than what you say or do. The wise man Solomon says in Proverbs 23:7 that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. In Luke 6:45 Jesus cautions us that it is out of what is in our heart that forms what we speak. Thus, it is what is inside that is shaping what is on the outside. Christians also fall in this trap when they fall into the trap of “doing” all the right things, to get some desired end. God looks at the heart more than the actions.