How to Have Real Prosperity

How to Have Real Prosperity

12.1 My Story

My wife and I saw the same dermatologist. She is the physician that initially diagnosed Miss Benita’s Melanoma cancer.

Following my wife’s initial Melanoma cancer surgery, I scheduled an appointment to get myself checked. I needed to stay in good health.

At the follow-up appointment, I shared I had a biopsy of a spot in my mouth. The result of the biopsy was oral lichen planus. I was referred to my dermatologist by the oral surgeon for follow-up treatment.

Oral lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the mucous membrane of the oral cavity. 

The dermatologist told me she knew I was under excessive stress with Miss Benita’s cancer treatment. She asked if additional events were happening in life that was causing me stress.

I shared the added stress I was under from caring for my 89 years old father. I said it also didn’t help that my long-term day job had just completed a significant reduction in force and reorganization. I was still employed and experiencing the changes of doing more with less.

She said what I knew. “Stress is everywhere in your life.”

Just days before Miss Benita went into hospice care, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease. The gastro endocrinologist said while there is no known cause, he was assuming since I had the oral lichen planus and that I was under excessive stress with Miss Benita’s cancer treatment that the pressures of life were a major contributing factor.

My point is the stress of caregiving may impact you physically. I do not give medical advice. This book is not intended as medical advice. If you are having health issues, see your physician for medical advice.

However, for you to provide the best care for your loved one, you need to also care for yourself. I saw my physician. She helped me to be able to keep on keeping on and continue to be a caregiver for my spouse.

12.2 Real Prosperity is in the Lord Jesus Christ

Part of caring for a person with a chronic or terminal illness realizes our real prosperity is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Today’s passage speaks of our mental health and general well-being.

12.3 Bible Verse

3 John 1:2 (KJV), “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

12.4 What the Verse Means

John, the author, is addressing Gaius. John wants Gaius to prosper and have good health equal to his spiritual health.

For your information, in the Book of 3 John, Gaius is John’s friend. Gaius was known for his hospitality to traveling preachers, for being faithful, loving, and walking in the truth.

12.5 Pray Using Scripture

  • Heavenly Father I pray that I may prosper, that is to be healthy physically and fiscally. Why? Not to be rich but to care for my family and pay my medical bills.
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that I would be in physically good health and that my health would mirror my spiritual health.
  • I pray for rest and peace of mind.

12.6 Responding to God’s Hope

  1. Do you have any medical concerns about yourself? List your concerns. Also, seek medical attention to your concerns as soon as possible.
  2. Are you getting adequate sleep? If not, talk to your health care professional for advice. 
  3. Are you eating properly? Seek the help of your health care professional if you have questions. 

12.7 Takeaway

Real prosperity is knowing Christ as Savior.

If you are not a Christian, accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior is a prerequisite to obtaining God’s peace.
Click HERE to find out how to become a Christian. You can trust Jesus Christ and become a Christian now.

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This blog is from the forthcoming book, “Caregiving: Biblical Insights from a Caregiver’s Journey by Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

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3 thoughts on “How to Have Real Prosperity

  1. Good information here, Jimmie. Many, many factors affect our physical health. You’ve experienced a great deal of stress and your insight can be of great benefit to others. Our health is the key to us being able to serve our Lord by serving others. Our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We should honor God by keeping His Temple as healthy as possible.

    1. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 16:19-20 KJV

  2. Stress is indeed the cause for so many things in our human lives Mr. Jimmie. It’s not necessarily the root cause though, but the result of a warring spirit within. Praying you continue to find peace in your soul my friend.

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