Wellness of Soul for Leaders
Leaders may have an image of prosperity but a soul of poverty. They can present themselves and their ministry persona as an image of success based upon world standards. However, their soul is in chaos and they know not true prosperity. 3 John 2 says "Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." (NAS) I like the NIV translation which says "that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."
Many people in leadership strive for outward success and prosperity, but ignore inner success and prosperity. Their soul is not getting along well!! They are born-again, spirit-filled and preach a good message, but they are a mess inside. They do not know prosperity in the context of this scripture. They have refused the refining fire that brings prosperity of soul.
A marketing plan for your business or ministry will not bring wellness of soul. A better sound system will not bring wellness of soul. A more obedient, talented leadership team to support you will not bring you wellness of soul.
Wellness of soul comes as you let the wellness of your spirit-man take control. You let the fire of God burn away the walls of your heart that separate your soul from the intimacy you so greatly desire in your spirit. You put your image and your ministry on the alter to be burned away leaving only the pure, the holy, the good works that HE prepared for you to do. It’s not easy but it is necessary. It brings true prosperity of soul! This concludes a short series on the refining fire of grace--God’s awesome consuming fire!