In the final talk of the fitness series we discuss spiritual health…
This one is super-important, because we often think that we could DO better if things GOT better…
… but, we have MORE control over how we feel— and react— even if we can’t control how things actually go…
John wrote, “Beloved, I pray you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 2).
He prays for prosperity… in all things… AND in health.
Notice, he wants us to abound in health and in "all things."
Yet, it seems that THE SOUL IS THE MEASURE of how much we can carry- in the prosperity of “all things" and in our total health & wellness (which is far more than just physical, though physical health must be included here).
What’s the soul?
The soul is the mind… and your emotions… and your mindset.
It’s how you react— and what you really feel deep inside.
It’s the soundtrack in your head, those words you say to yourself about yourself when no one else is watching….
Here’s the deal: we often “spiritualize” or “futurize” the blessings of God, believing they only matter in the after-life.
When we do this, we reduce the stories of Scripture to allegory, effectively punting the promises of God to a time and place where we don’t experience the full benefits of them.
John assumed we could experience these blessings NOW.
What holds us back?
In a word… the "soul."
Once you understand the power of the mind… and how it literally creates destiny, some of the most popular Bible verses make EVEN MORE sense. Things like…
✅ “Take your thoughts captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
✅ “Be transformed… by renewing your mind” (Romans 12:1-2).
✅ “Be anxious for nothing…” (Philippians 4:6f).
✅ “Think on things that are pure, lovely, of good report…” (Philippians 4:8).
When we really believe that we can do these things… that we CAN take thoughts captive, that we CAN transform ourselves by proactively recreating what’s in our minds… that we CAN choose peace over anxiety and stress… that we CAN select the object our our thoughts… we begin to see just how powerful we are.
… opens the door to so much more!
Links for this talk—
👉 Join the Oola group at www.Facebook.com/groups/AndrewEJenkins
👉 Watch the course on Moral Injury (spiritual health), in OilyApp+, at https://www.oilyapp.com/shame
👉 Our book Claim Your Freedom is a great resource for this aspect of health + wholeness: https://www.oilyappshop.com/product-page/claim-your-freedom-paperback