“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in Good Health.”

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3 John 2:2 New King James Version

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3 John New King James Version

Greeting to Gaius

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 that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in [a]truth.

Gaius Commended for Generosity

Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren [b]and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive[c] such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.

Diotrephes and Demetrius

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating[d] against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.

11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, [e]but he who does evil has not seen God.

12 Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also [f]bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.

Farewell Greeting

13 I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.

Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

Footnotes

  1. 3 John 1:4 NU the truth
  2. 3 John 1:5 NU and especially for
  3. 3 John 1:8 NU support
  4. 3 John 1:10 talking nonsense
  5. 3 John 1:11 NU, M omit but
  6. 3 J

God has a secret. It’s a secret written into the core of our beings from the moment we are conceived. It’s a secret meant to draw us into the very heart of our maker. It’s a secret that cries out about who we are and what we were made for.

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Reminder that David prayed God Grant his seed the DESIRES of their hearts

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The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, Lord : let the king hear us when we call.
Psalms 20:1-9 KJV
http://bible.com/1/psa.20.1-9.KJV

Get Your Mind in Check: Try Joy!!

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I was wondering: how do I deal with all that is flying around in my thoughts? How do I stop myself from overanalyzing and speculating? How do I get my self-critique to shut up? How can I enjoy the rest of my day after something bothers me? 

Suddenly, the answer spoke. What does the Bible say about the mind? How do we seek mental peace? 

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ 

“…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV  Funny, before when I walked in darkness, I surrounded myself with positive reinforcement: always reading about the power of our good thoughts, the beauty of life, the mental effects of a smile, and the imperativeness of thinking you are a one-of-a-kind type of INCREDIBLE! You couldn’t find me without an encouraging word or bright spirit about myself, honey! I was forever reading an article about joy, or partaking in self-indulgence to distract myself, or playing an internal game of “I Spy” and pointing out beautiful things, ideas, places, and people to appreciate. 

David speaks about the beauty of the Lord (let’s not forget that he made EVERYTHING, including your favorite people, places, and things).

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭KJV

We are experiencing (and often desirouly yearning for) material things, like Jaguar XJs, Caribbean vacations, money, and immaterial things, like love, that He created and that HE gives.

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3

He has the keys…(and you can’t get in, as the joke goes, lol) without accepting His Son, His baptism, His directives and His help.

Like Paul says,  “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice!”

Joyfulness! Gladness! Thanksgiving! Peace! Harmony! Love! Hope! Charity! Forgiveness! 

Demonstrate your love for God by seeing with eyes of admiration and gratitude. 

Take Him your worries. Pray to Him. Talk to Him. 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Do you know that every Single time that you are worrying you are saying, “God ain’t got this. I gotta figure it out on my own. He wouldn’t be interested in my issue. He doesn’t know how to sort out this situation at work, this relationship, this bill, this headache, this hurt.”  Don’t you dare deny God the opportunity to work on your behalf. Don’t ignore His omnipotence, His omnipresence, His omniscience.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:7-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

You better be smiling!

You are blessed.
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