Prosper & Be in Health
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
III John 1:2
I want to share the greatest things that ever came to my mind and changed me from religion to life. I live because of Jesus not for Him. It was a power-lifting meet in Des Moines, Iowa. My first ever attempt at a dead-lift. My first attempt, it did not move. My second attempt, as I walked to the platform, someone yelled at me, “Are you weight lifting for Jesus?” I yelled back without looking, “No. I am weight lifting because of Jesus.” That one thought changed my whole life.
I never was a fan of religion. My concept was that we do certain things and take steps up and get close to God. My relationship to Him depended on me. Living because of Jesus is simply believing and receiving what He has already done. I begin to say to myself, “Why do I have perfect health and increased strength? Because I am suppose to have. God said so! I simply give thanks to Him for what I already have and my health improved to what it is today. Paul said this in Galatians 4:6 & 7, “Because you are His child, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your heart. Now you say Abba Father-meaning- you are my Father.” He said, “You are no more a servant, but a son, a daughter, and because of that, you are an heir of God through Christ.” This has been my inner rule since that time: I do nothing for Jesus. I live because of Him. He is my redeemer, my creator, the source of my life.
My Personal Inner Rules:
I am called to be a chooser. There is always a choice of attitudes and responders to life to be made. My lifelong inner rule from before I was a teenager. Joe Louis said, “Never stop training. Work your heart and lungs hard twice a week and keep your legs and back strong.” This became a guiding force for my life. This is as alive in me now as it was when I was in my twenties. Boxing champion 1930’s and 1940’s.
I can do that. I received that statement from a professional wrestler while I was in high school. Strangler Lewis, champion in the 1030’s. I call it my Caleb (Old Testament story) can do attitude. From the point of seeing it and saying, “I can do that”, I then precede practicing and adapting to what I already say I can do. That’s how Lewis started to wrestle and become a champion.
I have what I say. This was given to me years ago by Jesus Christ. Mark 11:23 became very clear. Believe that you have what you say and you will have what you say. When someone asks me, “Why are you so healthy at this age?” I say, “Because I say so!” Why can I say I have what I say? Because God told me that I can.
Give. To freely give is the heartbeat of our Creator and Redeemer. Luke 6:38 is the foundation of a healthy life. Never withhold something from someone if it’s in your ability to give to supply their need. I am not here to advise or attempt to fix others. I am here to give out what has been given to me. In auctioneer school they taught what God has given you, you must give to others or you betray yourself as well as others who were meant to hear it.
Why I do what I do in front of others? Jesus told me a long time ago to let my light shine that others may see my works and glorify my heavenly Father. Never put your light under a basket, thinking that’s being humble (Matthew 5:15-16).
A person said to me, “You are so full of pride. I’m afraid you may not go to heaven.” I said, “I have no pride. That’s why I can do what I do in obedience to Matthew 5.” I asked, “What could you do more in life if you weren’t afraid of failure, risk, embarrassment or what you think others think? He said, “I have never thought of that before!” What do you think?