Are you living your best life NOW? There is something you can do that will cure any trouble!
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There was a Christian man living in Hawaii around the 1970s who worked equipment in the sugar cane fields for a living. When big corporations came in and took over, he found himself out of work for two years, $15,000 in debt, and unable to provide for his children. Living in poverty and at the end of his own ability and strength, he reached out to a faith teacher who was in town.
This minister told the man that he could change his whole life if he would change his expectancy, change the way he was speaking, and start worshipping and praising God every single morning. Praise, he said, was the way out of his trouble.
Desperate for change, he followed every piece of advice. Every morning, he and his wife got on their knees and thanked God for everything He had done for them and everything He would do for them. He did that every day for five months, but nothing happened.
Then one day, as he was getting off his knees from praising and thanking God, a large corporation called and offered him $80,000 for six weeks of work. One after another after another of the same amount came in until he became a very wealthy man—and a generous giver!
Now, it’s important to remember that this man didn’t praise God to get something—his praise was genuine. But by changing his expectancy, his words, and his honor and respect for Almighty God, he changed his circumstances. That’s the praise cure! And you can do the same.
God wants you to have victory in your life—in your health, finances and family. He wants to give you every desire of your heart. When you spend time worshipping and praising Him, His blessings will fall all over you.
You can learn to break through to your blessings and cure any trouble with the praise cure. Here’s how you can use the praise cure to live your best life now.
Take a moment and think about the greatest thing God could do in your life. Now, think about this—His goodness is greater still!
1. Live Your Best Life by Ditching the Gripe
“Do all things without complaining.” –Philippians 2:14 (NKJV)
Ever heard this one?
“Complain and remain. Praise and be raised.”
Simple. Succinct. True.
So, why so much complaining among Christians? Answer: They don’t know the significant damage they’re doing to their own lives.
If you want to live your best life now, start by ditching the gripe! It never helped a single situation, and it sure doesn’t boost the mood. The man who needed a financial breakthrough had gotten into the habit of talking the “I can’ts” and “I nevers,” which were blocking his breakthrough.
If things are off in your finances, health or relationships, the more you complain, the deeper you’ll dig your hole. Think about the Israelites. They complained about everything—the journey, the food, the conditions—and they remained…for a long time.
So, what do your prayers sound like? Are you worshipping, praising and thanking God for His goodness, mercy, grace, promises? Or are you rattling off the laundry list of things you don’t have, but want?
A complaining spirit can become a habit—but it’s one you need to break! You can live your best life by ditching the gripe in your life—and do it for good. Everyone around you will thank you, your life will thank you, and you’ll be well on your way to living your best life now!
2. Live Your Best Life by Praising in the Storm
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
Maybe you’re already saying, “I don’t want to praise in the storm. I don’t feel like it.”
Well, you don’t have to feel like it to do it. That’s what a sacrifice of praise is (Hebrews 13:15)—doing the right thing, even when it feels like you’re giving something you don’t have.
You can get in the habit of praising God no matter what your situation is. You’ll even get to the place where you don’t have to think about it—it just becomes your default mode.
That’s how Kenneth Copeland responds, and he’s had great success!
For example, one morning Kenneth bent over in the shower to pick up his washcloth and ruptured a disk in his back, knocking him to the floor. Extreme pain instantly came on him and ran down his leg.
He went to see his doctors, but the pain continued. Kenneth immediately turned to praising, shouting and giving thanks to God. He praised Him and thanked Him that nothing other than his leg hurt. As he did this, he noticed something interesting. When he was praising, the pain would leave. But when he got quiet, it came back.
So, he just kept praising and praising and praising and shouting. He thanked God for the trees, for the weather, for his family—everything he could think of. Before he knew it, the pain was gone! And it stayed away for good.
That’s the praise cure.
3. Live Your Best Life by Focusing on What You Have
“With thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Maybe you’ve been around them—at work, in the neighborhood, or at a family reunion. You know, those people who just can’t seem to find anything but the negative to talk about. You’ll hear about their latest medical condition, how they’re underpaid at work, their car is broken and their kids are in trouble. Even if you were in a good mood, when you leave, you feel drained.
What about you?
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Here are some reasons why you should focus on what you have, rather than on what’s wrong in your life:
• The Bible tells us to be helpful and edifying to those around us (Ephesians 4:29).
• We honor God with our gratitude, so complaining is dishonoring to God.
• Pessimism never changed anything for the better. It will block your blessings!
• Focusing on the good things God has given you makes you a happier person.
• A recent study found that optimistic people live 11-15% longer than those who are negative.
• Dr. Avery Jackson found if you’re not thankful, you actually damage your brain and change your own DNA negatively.
Those are enough reasons to make a change!
How do you focus on what you have?
If you’re short on money for an upcoming expense, praise God for the money you do have. Praise Him for your home, your car and the food in your pantry. Praise Him that you have a job.
If your back hurts, praise God that the rest of your body is well. Thank Him for your eyesight, your strong legs, your ability to walk and run. As you’re praising Him for what’s right, your back will be healed.
If you’ve been stuck in the glass-half-empty mentality, it’s time to make a switch! When you focus on what you have, you’re developing a life of gratitude—and that’s a life God can do something with.
4. Live Your Best Life by Practicing Instant Praise
“His praise will always be on my lips.” –Psalm 34:1 (NIV)
Living a life of gratitude requires watching not only what you say every day, but what you say first—right in the moment of a situation. You can live your best life now by practicing instant praise whenever you’re hit with unexpected bad news.
One time, when Kenneth Copeland was walking through a dark room, he slammed his toe into a chest and broke it. There were a lot of things he could have yelled out, but his first instinct was to shout, “Glory to God; thank You, Jesus, I’m healed!”
It kept hurting and hurting. The devil was trying to get him to look at the toe and embrace the injury, but Kenneth refused. Instead, he came into agreement with Gloria for healing and kept speaking healing and praising God. Before the day was out, he was completely healed!
He made his first words praise—instant praise!
Watch Gloria Copeland and Pastor George Pearsons teach you why you should thank God for the answer the minute you pray.
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5. Live Your Best Life by Understanding the Power of Gratitude
“Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and…. all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains were loosed.” –Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV)
Being instant in praise isn’t a natural response. Matthew 12:34 (NKJV) says, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” So, if you want to speak praise, you’ve got to renew your mind to what the Bible says about praise and thanksgiving.
This is where most people slip up.
Not right away, but Christians tend to let God slip away little by little. Extra sleep becomes more important than a morning quiet time, TV shows become more important than prayer, and sports hijack church attendance. Next thing you know, your tank is empty, and you have no response when trouble comes.
That’s why the Bible says an unthankful heart is a darkened heart (Romans 1:21).
You can live your best life by understanding the power of gratitude. Spend time in the Word every day. Worship and praise God every day and throughout the day. Why? Gloria Copeland reminds you, “You take it when you praise.”
6. Live Your Best Life by Guarding Your Words
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” –Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)
Some people laugh off the idea of the power of words. They even believe simple cultural sayings are not harmless. Let’s consider some recent news stories that don’t seem funny at all.
There was a man who had a habit of responding to “See you later” with “If I don’t get run over by a train.” He said this again and again. One day, as he was driving, just what he had spoken—in jest—came to pass. He was hit by a train and killed.
Another man had a similar habit. He’d go out in the woods berry-picking or walking. When he spoke with his wife on the phone, the man told her he’d see her soon if he didn’t get mauled by a bear. Shortly after, he was mauled and killed by a bear.
Some might say these are coincidences. But why fight over speaking right words? Why the insistence on being careless?
Let no corrupt communication come out of your mouth—bitterness, wrath, anger, gossip, careless words, and yes, complaining. Choose your words wisely.
Living your best life now is as easy as using the praise cure to tackle any trouble. Develop a life of gratitude. Not only will it change your circumstances, it will make you a happier, healthier, stronger believer for life. Let your life be filled with praise and thanksgiving—All. The. Time.
Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you why faith works in a grateful heart.
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