Faith and Patience, Part 9
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Delivered By
Pastor Julie Petersen and Marilyn Moore
Delivered On
September 23, 2015
Faith and Patience Series


September 23, 2015



3 John 2 NKJV:  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things

 and be in health, just as your soul prospers.


I. What is a prosperous soul?

    A. We are body, soul, and spirit.

    B. Our soul consists of our mind, will, and emotions.

    C. To prosper in your soul, you must be able to control your mind, your will, and your emotions.  How do we do this?

            1. To prosper in our minds requires that we go through the renovating of our minds to transformation or change:

Romans 12:2 NKJV:  And do not be conformed to this world, but be

 transformed (changed) by the renewing of your mind, that you may

 prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

               2. Accumulating knowledge does not insure a prosperous mind.

                a. Prosperity of the mind comes when you use the knowledge that has been accumulated, when you obey what you                 know.

                b. We prosper in our minds when we are controlling our minds against deteriorative thoughts, rather than allowing     deteriorative thinking to control us.

                        1. My mind “naturally” wants to sink, which brings me under the circumstances.  Lower thoughts bring

                                    about lower ways, positioning me for defeat—not able to see or hear the solutions that the Holy Spirit has for                 every situation.

                        2. My Father is at work right in the middle of my circumstances.  When I put my trust in Him and force my                     mind to view everything from His perspective, I am choosing higher thoughts which bring higher ways.                               Now I am positioned to believe God for provision and prosperity, to hear His instructions and see His Word                    manifested.

                        3. It takes effort and consistency to renew your mind to the Word of God to transformation.  It takes work to                       control your mind from deteriorative thoughts:

2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV:  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that

exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity

every thought to the obedience of Christ;

II. A woman’s base need is security and protection.

     A. Do we trust the Father and His authority structure to keep us secure?

Ephesians 5:23 KJV:  For the husband is the head of the wife,

even as Christ is the head of the church

     B. How was Jesus able to follow the Father’s plan even when there was suffering involved?

1 Peter 2:23-24 NASB:  but (Jesus) kept entrusting Himself

to Him who judges righteously;

     C. The Father tells wives to do likewise:

1 Peter 3:1-2 NKJV:  Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands,

 that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word,

may be won by the conduct of their wives,

            1. He gives us the example to follow not only of Jesus but of Sarah obeying and following Abraham, even when    Abraham didn’t do things right. 

            2. Twice Abraham lied about Sarah and told Pharaoh (Genesis 12:10-20) and Abimelech (Genesis 20:1-20), telling          them that Sarah was his sister, causing them to take her into their harems.  God protected her during both of these            times, gave them wealth, and blessed Sarah’s faith with the promised child, Isaac, in their old age.

            3. As Jesus kept entrusting Himself to the Father’s plan, so Sarah’s trust was not in her husband, but in God and His     authority structure, and His good plan for her life.

1 Peter 3:6 AMP:  6 It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham [following his guidance

 and acknowledging his headship over her by] calling him lord (master, leader, authority)

 And you are now her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you

 [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve you].

III. Thankfulness in the middle of every circumstance whether seemingly good or bad will keep our focus on God. Our  perspective will be His perspective. 

       A. Giving thanks has nothing to do with our feelings or emotions.  Giving thanks is the will of God. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV:  In every thing give thanks: for this is the

 will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

       B. Do a Word study on giving thanks and thanksgiving.  It will cause our souls, our mind, will, and emotions to prosper

       as never before.  Our brains are wired for love and for being thankful.

IV. We are commanded all through the Word of God to rejoice.  Paul was rejoicing in the midst of trials, persecutions, beatings, stonings, imprisonment.  How was he able to do that?

Philippians 3:9-11 NKJV:  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is

 from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being

conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

       A. Paul didn’t have his own agenda.  He had God’s agenda in his heart, fulfilling His purposes in the earth.  He 

       prospered in his mind, in his will, and his emotions because he had eternity on his mind, not the temporal. 

Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV:  Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected;

 but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which

 are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize

 of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

        B. We have the power to choose, prospering in our wills, to do things God’s way and succeed or fight against Him

        and suffer loss not only in this life—but in the life to come.

V.  How do we get a glad heart?

Proverbs 15:15 AMP:  All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts

 and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

Philippians 4:4 AMP:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him];

again I say, Rejoice! [Psalms 37:4.]

Psalms 37:4 AMP:  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you

the desires and secret petitions of your heart.


Julie: We are going to Segway to finances and show our faith or lack of faith in how we view our finances

  • Finances and how we deal with them are the indicator of our faith

Bob: The base of worry or fear in finances is based on two things:

  1. Fear    2.    Lusts

Who Switched Off My Brain – Dr. Caroline Leaf: Stress is the direct result of toxic thinking. Let's look at how stress really affects us. When you are under extreme stress, chemicals flood your body and create physical effects caused by intense feelings. When those feelings are, for example, anger, fear, anxiety or bitterness, the effects on your health are nothing short of horrific in the long term.

Stress only becomes a serious problem when it moves past the temporary stage or is sparked by toxic negative thoughts. These negative thoughts are fear driven. In fact, research shows that fear triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses. This activates more than 30 different hormones and neurotransmitters combined, throwing the body into a frantic state.

Marilyn: Base is our soul needs to prosper first.

  • 3 John 2-3 NKJV Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
    • Control of your mind against deteriorative thoughts
    • My mind wants to sink in my thoughts
      • Then you position yourself as believing God for provision AND prosperity

Bob – Base is trust for provision based on God’s word

Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV 25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'  32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT 6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Bob: Do we have memory engrams that feed unbelief into us based on an area that we thought God didn’t provide for us in our past?

  • Did we really go without food, clothing & housing?
    • Our individual perspectives on our past circumstances
      • Did we then fight against our circumstances or allow ourselves to be trained by them.

Marilyn & Julie: A woman’s base need is security

  • Do we trust the Father and His authority structure to keep us secure?
    • Julie’s word “Women need to lay down so their husbands can come forth”

Marilyn: Thankfulness

Marilyn: Proverbs 15:15 AMP All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

Philippians 4:4 AMP Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

Julie: How to get a glad heart

When we find ourselves worrying we are out of faith.