Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2:1 (NKJV)
When you develop a symptom in your body, do you get bombarded with fear that it might be cancer or some other disease?
We’ve been on a series covering six deadly fears, and the fear of sickness is a serious one. Many of us have lost loved ones to some form of disease, and since some disease is thought to be genetic, this can cause fear to run through entire families.
We’ve got to understand that fear has torment. Depression is one of those torments, and while depression isn’t always caused by fear, fear certainly does depress us. As I’ve mentioned previously, depression can have many causes that need to be addressed, but the purpose of this series is only to address a biblical response.
It’s important to deal with fear on a heart level, because then we can begin to rise up in faith and get victory over that fear. Today’s verse says that prospering and being in health is related to our souls prospering. For our souls to prosper, we need to renew our minds with the Word of God, planting new seeds of truth deep into our hearts to choke out misbeliefs. The result is a beautiful crop of joy and peace.
God wants you to be healthy and to recover from any sickness—mental, emotional and physical. Your part is to be wise in looking after your body, and part of that care is claiming and speaking life and healing to it (Romans 8:1-2).
Let His principles invade your thinking by studying, reading, and claiming God’s thoughts on health and healing, and you will replace fear with a confidence in God.