Last few weeks we have been looking at Divine Alignment with respect to the issue of how we perceive our self-worth. The reason that this is so important is that human beings are created with a self-worth hunger, a vacuum in our souls that needs to be filled.
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2 NASB)
We have been sharing about the connection between self-worth and walking in our destiny as recreated children of God. We see from 3John 1:2 that we prosper and are in health as our soul prospers. Our soul was created for Shalom or Peace. It is no accident that the word for sickness, dis-ease is a picture of a loss of ease or Shalom. Sickness is the opposite of prosperity of soul.
Listen to Self Worth. The New Man, Part 3
Financially or in a more holistic sense, being productive and fulfilled, in that productivity of expressing the unique gifts and talents that God has deposited in us, is a condition of soul prosperity.
Last week we discovered that the word for prosperity means to be “well along our path” in life. This is a picture of the joy that results when we know we are in God’s will for our lives and manifesting that will. This is true prosperity. It is beyond natural riches.
The Hebrew word is Tzalah. It is the word picture of a bowl of soup that is full and the soup goes up the side of the bowl. It is the propserity that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Look with me at Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)
The Apostle Paul spoke it this way:
"I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Php 4:12-13 (NASB)
The strengthening that Paul is speaking of is out a relationship with God that fills the worth vacuum that God designed into our hearts that can only be filled in Him and not in external conditions no matter how good or bad. You see the key isn’t to learn from the conditions but to receive from God. What do I mean by that?
Religion teaches us to focus on the conditions and allow them to toughen us. This is like trying to endure temptation by looking at it and then resisting it. The problem with this is the root condition is pride. If I succeed then I am proud, if I fail then I am a failure. Paul is telling that there is a higher way, the way of self-worth derived from Him who then through His grace empowers us to live beyond the realm of circumstances. Then we are in the world BUT NOT OF THE WORLD!! Make sense?
OK so we looked at the baptism of Yeshua and the affirmation of the Father of His Worth. We ALL need that affirmation. Then we looked at the fact that we are created to need each other, so the voices of others are key to our growth and development towards who we are called to be. Third we looked at the baptism itself as a picture of death of the old man and the resurrection and anointing that comes through the new creation. We are NOT better caterpillars but transformed into a new creation, like a butterfly. We can stop identifying ourselves with our old lives, but allow the death of the old man on the cross be our own liberation into who the Word says we are. We can “put on” the new man and “put off the old man”. The old manor life based in works and trying to change through circumstances is called the “flesh”.
"But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts." Rom 13:14 (NASB)
Last week we began with the 7th day reality of using the anointing of the 7th day and the 7th month to declare the new man, the reality of soul at rest.
Today I want to activate another of the Feasts, the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Now this is one of those things that religion has truly hidden from us very well, even though the reality is so clear once we grasp it.