“Even though we were believers, we had no idea what the future held for us. We did not know what jobs to take, or where to live. We did not know how to pay our bills, own a car or house, or live debt free. We did not even know how to rebuke sickness and disease off our lives. What we did know was how to live broke and sick. It was a low life. Living in the natural is always insufficient and disappointing. You cannot have a full, meaningful life without walking with God by His Word. But that’s not what God wanted for us back then, and it is certainly not what He wants for any of His people today! God wants His people to live well in every area of life. He wants us to live well in our spirits, our souls and our bodies. He wants us to live every day in the fullness of His blessings”
Before we look at how to live BLESSED, we must understand who is our enemy and who is our Saviour –
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) John 10:10 (AMPC)
This one verse reveals the will of God. He wants us whole, complete, undamaged and intact in our spirits, our minds, our bodies, our finances and so on. We find this same principle in 3 John 2, which says,
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
The point is, while we as believers may need a miracle of God in our lives from time to time, we should endeavour to reach the point where we become so developed in our faith walk that we live each day in all the blessings of heaven — in all the blessings that have been provided for us in our covenant with God through Jesus Christ.
The three steps to live a blessed life, without worry, lack and sickness, come from Psalm 34.
“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord…. Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”
1. Hear and Do
First, to have long lives filled with good health, we must fear the Lord. And simply put, to fear God, or to reverence Him, is to listen to His Word and then do it. That is what the word hearken in verse 11 means. It means to hear and do.
By honouring God, by hearkening to His Word, we allow His life to flow through us. We become fountains of life, avoiding the snares of death. We find in Proverbs 9:10 that
the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…. Added to that, Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the Lord
is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death (AMPC).
2. Watch Your Mouth
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile Psalm 34,13.
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about our mouths. They are, after all, the key to life. But what comes out of our mouths is the result of what we have put in our hearts. Proverbs 14:30 says that a
sound heart is the life of the flesh.
3. Turn From Evil
Finally, in Psalm 34:14, we find a third step toward a healthy life, which is to
depart from evil, and do good…
Why is departing from evil so important?
Proverbs 3:8 goes on to say that departing from evil
shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”
The word “navel” refers not to just a part of the body, but to the whole body. So, departing from evil is health to our whole bodies. But now, notice that the opposite of verse 8 is also true. Participating in evil brings sickness and disease to our whole flesh. Examples of evil would include envy, strife, immorality and so on. These all bring sickness to the body.
In Proverbs 1:19 we read,
So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Here, it is quite clear that greed can take away our life. It is a wicked force that can cut our lives short.
Only One Road To Victory
Only one thing can separate us from all the results of having lived an evil life – God’s Word.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Word is able to separate us from bad things. It will separate us from living a life of evil, and it will lead us into a godly life. The Word will separate us from sickness, disease and lack.
The key to living well is hearing and doing…giving attention to God’s Word, spending time in it, meditating on it and then doing it.
Read it when you get up in the morning. Read it when you go to bed at night. Read it at every opportunity.
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