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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.

Just imagine what it would be like to never have to be healed again. Of course, it's nice to get healed when you've been sick or physically injured. But imagine what it would be like to live healthy and whole all the time. No colds, no flu, no allergies. No heart disease, no mental illness…no cancer.

Well, according to the Word of God, that's exactly the way our lives should be. In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 it says,
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this verse, the word wholly means "whole, complete, undamaged, and intact." In other words, God wants us to live our lives separated unto Him, and He wants us well in every way. 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 may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers."

Living It Each Day
The point is, while we as believers may need a miracle of God in our lives from time to time, we should endeavor 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.

Once you and I come into God's kingdom, it's our responsibility to learn His ways and to walk in them. We have to dump our old low thoughts and our old low ways of living, and receive His higher thoughts and higher ways. How do we do that? Through the Word.

God gave us His Word so we could see just exactly how He thinks and how He does things. That's why for generations He has endeavored to get His people to agree with Him, to agree with His Word - to read it, speak it, and put it to work. All you and I have to do is find out what the Word says and then do it. As we do, it will keep us out of trouble and in the fullness of His blessings.

Every word God gives us is to our advantage and our good. Living by every word from God is the only way we can live in every blessing of God.

Three Steps to "The Good Life"
God's Word is full of promises and principles concerning our physical health. That's why, if we want to be healthy every day of our lives, we cannot be ignorant of the Word and all that it has to say - nor disobedient to 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. 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."

    So every time we read about fearing the Lord in the Bible, it's referring to honoring God by listening to what He says, and then doing it. By honoring God, by hearkening to His Word, we allow His life to flow through us. We become fountains of life, avoiding the snares of death.

  2. Watch Your Mouth
    A second step to living a long and healthy life is in Psalm 34, it says to "keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile" (v. 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. And Proverbs 14:30 says that a "sound heart is the life of the flesh."

    If we want to live free of sickness and disease, our hearts must be sound with the Word of God. The Word must be abiding within us. The more Word we put inside us, the more Word will come out of our mouths…and the more life will flow through our bodies.

    So to live well, we must do something about our words. We cannot get healed and stay healed by going through life talking sickness and disease.

    All God asks is that we believe and say what He has already said so we can prosper and be in health. Now that will take some time and effort on our part, but we can do it!

  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." Throughout the Bible we find that a wise man lives separated unto God. In other words, a wise man departs from evil.

    Proverbs 3:8 says 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.

    Someone who is full of envy, strife, jealousy and wrath is a candidate for sickness and disease. It's that simple, and that serious. Evil does not make for a sound heart or a healthy body. Participating in any amount of sin will only open the door for the devil to bring sickness into our lives. Do you see the real reason why God wants us to depart from evil? He wants us well!
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.

To get separated from our evil past, however, we have to give God's Word first place in our lives. It's not just going to jump into our hearts overnight.

When we come across a situation concerning our health, it is the Word of God that's alive inside us that rises up and brings light to whatever we're facing. But the Word cannot rise within us if it hasn't been deposited there to begin with. That's why Psalm 103:2-3 tells us to "forget not all God's benefits: who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases."

We have to be strong in the Word, not giving in to anything else. The slightest bit of carelessness toward it - not walking in fear and honor of it - will expose us to sickness and disease and the rest of the curse.
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.
(Deut. 28:15)
So it depends on what we want. If we want to live long and well, we must pursue God's Word with our whole heart. We must pursue the Word the way people in the world go after their evil lifestyle.

Yes, it's wonderful to get healed when you're sick. But it's more wonderful to live in divine health - and God's Word can take you to that place!

The Word can get you well and keep you well. So get on it. Stay on it. And honor God by doing what it tells you to do. It's your highway to living well!

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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