Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers – 3 John 1:2
My assignment as a child of God is to walk in the Word thus prospering in all things because the Word cannot fail. That’s it, if I can endeavor just to do what the Word of God says I should do I’d be winning and guaranteed to stay winning.
So if I find myself feeling like a loser sometimes there’s a quick and simple way for me to check myself, that being, have I walked in the Word concerning the area in question?
So if I am an employee, for instance, who is disgruntled about my job and wanting to change jobs, before praying about a new job first I have to check, have I been diligent at my work place? Am I the star performer bringing glory to the God I proclaim? Does my employer have confidence in me and my work? Am I blameless in that walk?
If I am a spouse wanting to walk away from my marriage I have to do a check before getting excited, have I devoted myself to this spouse? Have I dissolved the record of wrongs against myself by my partner including the reasons I am citing for leaving? Have I forgiven all, 70X7? Have I obeyed God’s instructions for married people? Am I blameless in that walk?
When I feel like giving up on myself I need to find out, has Holy Spirit confirmed through the Word that I can quit at this point? Have I consistently taken everything to God in prayer and waited for His response? Have I been watchful to diligently do all that God has told me in His Word to do? Am I blameless in that walk?
If most of my answers to these questions are in the negative I shouldn’t be moping around, because there’s work to do. It’s not about how many times we have gotten it wrong, it is about working out our salvation with fear and trembling. 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified!”