I pray that life is going well for you and that you are prospering and in good health. Lately, I have been concentrating on making sure that I maintain an attitude of gratitude. No matter what is happening right now, things could always be worse, right?
As a matter of fact, the other day, I ran into an individual who was under spiritual attack and had numerous problems in his life. He felt he had done everything right and wondered why his life was a mess. Although I am sorry he is suffering, that made me thankful for my own life.
Unfortunately, the individual began to indict God’s character because of his dire situation. He was thoroughly disconnected from God, the Power Source, at this point. This saddened me greatly because he needed to know that when things don’t go as we plan, God is never the problem, He is the solution. Therefore, during those chaotic episodes, we must refrain from rejecting God and seek revelation.
Maybe you are going through a similar situation, and you feel like Job. You feel you’ve done everything right, but all Hell is still breaking loose. However, if you want to live “the good life,” you’ve got to make sure you’re applying certain biblical principles consistently. Therefore, My Friend, living well requires that you do the following:
- Tend to your soul. 3 John 1:2 (NASB) says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” If you want to live the good life, you must tend to your soul. Voraciously read the Word. Read good spiritual books. Pray. Fast. Go to counseling. Do whatever you need to do because if you want a prosperous life, your soul must prosper.
- Guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” What you do flows out of what is going on in your heart. Therefore, you must be the gatekeeper of your heart. Only allow the good stuff to come in and keep the junk out.
- Think good thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 (NASB) says, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he.” In other words, what you think about, you become. Furthermore, what you think about most will be drawn to you. Job 3:25 (NIV) says, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” We need to think thoughts internally that line up with the Word of God if we’re going live well externally.
- Control your tongue. Jesus said in Mark 11:24 that you will have what you say. Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Sometimes what we are experiencing is a direct result of what we have prophesied out of our own mouth. Joel Osteen said, “We are to call those things that be not as though they are, not call those things that are as if they always will be.” Therefore, the word to the wise is this: please, watch your mouth.
Living the good life that God has preordained for you is an obtainable goal. However, you must make sure you control the things that you can control and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. If you will practice the four principles cited above, you’ll spend your days in prosperity, and your years in pleasures (Job 36:11).
What additional principles have you found that are necessary for living “the good life?” Please leave a comment below.
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