I so enjoy mentoring people. I find many areas of mentorship rewarding, but one of the most important is helping people believe truth instead of lies. When we believe truth, we get free—first in our emotions and then in our experience (John 8:32).
Recently, I had a conversation with someone who was struggling and battling frustration because certain dreams and promises had not yet manifested in the way they expected. Like many of us, my friend was strongly tempted to believe that fullness of life can only begin when all our major promises have been fulfilled.
I call this Destination Disease. The lie supporting this disease is, “I need to wait for a specific set of circumstances to fully live and be joyful.” The truth actually is most likely this; if I am not living joyfully now, then I probably won’t be living joyfully then.
Faith people who also have hope will thrive while they are waiting for the promise to manifest. Faith people who do not have hope think they cannot be emotionally prosperous until the promise and divine assignments are realized. They think that the promise being realized is their key to becoming joyful.
Many subconsciously think they can only really live when:
They are done with school
They get married
They reach a particular financial level
They lose a certain amount of weight
Their spouse or family member grows into their potential
They are doing what has been prophesied over them
If we believe these destinations are the key to our emotional breakthrough, we will bypass the more important process of developing soul prosperity. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
Here are three truths to embrace to move forward in soul prosperity:
What God is doing in me is more important than what God is doing through me
Who I am becoming is more important than any specific outcome I am believing for
My response to something is almost always more important than the something
Consider this: if we overemphasize obedience and under-emphasize soul prosperity, then outcomes become our goal, causing disappointment in life and in God. Overly obedience-focused people will obey just to please God rather than delight in the Lord and have faith that what they are doing is changing the world.
Our goal is not to do something or get to a life destination but to become something and thrive in each season of our journey in getting to our destination.
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.