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Thank God for Everything?
Good and Bad?

I had been trusting in many of God's promises for healing, renewed youth, wisdom, success in life, financial prosperity, victory over sin, peace, a Christian spouse, confidence, great faith in God's word, correct eating habits, power to heal the sick, power to successfully witness to the lost as well as a myriad of other things, but the manifestation of the promises of God coming to pass in my life seemed very slow, very slow indeed.

One day I asked God what would be the most holy, righteous and quickest way to see God's promises come to pass in my life. In other words, what was the quickest way to get rid of the doubt and unbelief in my heart so God's promises would manifest and become a reality in my life. I believe He gave me the answer.

The Lord had me read Merlin Carother's book Prison to Praise. In this anointed book I learned from Romans 8:28 and Ephesians 5:20 that through thanking and praising God for both good and bad things in our lives we release the power and ability of God to change and perfect those things (Psalm 138:8) in our lives for the better, including getting rid of doubt and unbelief.

It might sound stupid, even blasphemous for you to thank God for the bad things (sickness, fear, poverty, bondage to sin etc.) that happen in your life, but God is sovereign and nothing happens in your life unless He gives the okay. So why does He allow bad things in your life? He loves you and has a purpose for your life and He allows good and seemingly bad things in your life to help fulfill His will for your glorious destiny. He tells you in 3 John 2 He wants you to "prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."

Again, I emphasize that when you thank and praise God for both good and bad things then His power is released to perfect those things in your life. Here is a testimony I will share with you to help you understand how this works:

A very distraught soldier came to Merlin Carothers when Merlin was still a chaplain in the Army. Crying, the soldier said his wife wanted to divorce him. Chaplain Carothers had the soldier kneel with him in prayer and thank God his wife wanted to divorce him. Shortly afterwards, the soldier got a phone call from his wife and she apologized and said she was not going to divorce him. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to transform the worst situations into something beautiful.

Here is a testimony of my own. One day after learning about the power of thanking and praising God for both the good and bad things in my life, my computer would not connect with the internet and my printer would not work. Instead of grumbling and complaining (God hates grumbling and complaining), I lifted my hands and thanked God that my computer would not connect to the internet and that my printer would not work. What happened? My computer connected to the internet and my printer started spitting out copies it would not print before. God specializes in miracles.

So start thanking and praising the Lord for both the good and bad things in your life. God is faithful and He will begin immediately to release His power and ability in your life to perfect those areas in your life that need perfecting. God bless you as you refuse to grumble and complain, but give praise and thanksgiving to a loving and faithful God.

Send me, Philip, your testimonies to Thank you.

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Prison to Praise by Merlin Carothers. Thanking and praising God works!

The Rest

Ever try to succeed at a number things, but fail at most of them? That was my testimony. I mean the success just wasn't there no matter how hard I tried. Ever try selling life insurance door to door? I did. Talk about failure. Talk about pathetic. How I mustered up the courage to go door to door selling life insurance to total strangers is hard to believe. However, there was one thing I did have going for me, persistence. That persistence paid off because eventually I discovered the key to unlocking an unlimited source of wisdom, power, and ability to fulfill God's purpose for my life and to succeed in everything I do. I will share with you my discovery.

One day my friend in college came up to me at the outside eating area of the school's cafeteria and asked me if I would like to go to a bible study. From one to ten, my desire to go to a bible study was probably close to zero. I didn't go to the bible study. A few years later another Christian friend didn't ask me to go to a bible study, but instead he walked up to me and showed me his bible and told me that was the way to go. When he said that, it was like a light went on inside me and I knew what he said was true.

Some time later I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Correction. At the time I received Him as my Savior, but not my Lord. Making Him my Lord, surrendering to His will, would come later. Anyway, I started reading the bible on a daily basis and developed a prayer life. One afternoon while I was waiting for a bus, a sweet old lady named Betty invited me to her church. I went to the church, became a member and started sharing the gospel with people.

Eventually I started listening to Christian television ministers teaching on how to live by faith and not by sight. I learned the importance of reprogramming your mind with the Word of God. The unrenewed mind can have destructive thought patterns based on past knowledge and experiences that are contrary to the Word of God. We must renew our minds with God's Word to set our minds free from the slavery of wrong thinking. Using the power of God's Word, you tear down destructive mental strongholds of unbelief, selfishness, unforgiveness, lust, poverty, inferiority and any other crippling, oppressive stronghold.

Then it happened. While reading and listening to God's Word I discovered the key that unlocks God's unlimited wisdom, power and ability to succeed. What is the key? The key is to enter into Christ's rest. A rest where you cease from your own carnal works and allow the Creator of the Universe, Jesus Christ, to live through you unhindered by the flesh to do His works of righteousness. "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

How do you enter that rest to allow Christ's provisional grace to flow through you to be successful in everything you do? By faith. What is faith? Faith is putting your trust in what God has promised you. He promised you His rest in Hebrews 4:9-11. "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief" (Hebrews 4:9-11).

If God said He has given you rest, which He has, then you need to get that truth down into your heart by meditating on it. When I say heart, I don't mean the muscle in your chest that pumps blood. I mean that part of you that trusts God. Once that truth gets into your heart, your home free. You've entered His rest. To get you started, I have created for you below a scripture-based declaration you can meditate (think on, dwell on and speak and declare) until that truth gets into your heart and becomes a reality. I suggest speaking this out loud at least one half hour a day.

"By faith I have put on the light and easy yoke of Christ and I have ceased from my own works and entered into His rest. In that rest, His wisdom, power, ability and love flow through me unhindered by the flesh and things that were difficult or impossible have become easy. Therefore I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens, enables and empowers me to succeed in every area of my life." Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 4:9-11, Philippians 4:13.

So meditate (think on, dwell on and speak and declare) the above scripture-based declaration until you experience the glorious rest God has promised you in Christ. The more time you spend meditating on this scripture-based declaration, the quicker the results. Just be patient and the results will be forthcoming. Enter His rest and experience Christ's life flowing through you to catapult you to success in every area of your life. He lives in you and His spirit is one with your spirit. "But he that is joined unto Lord is one spirit"(1 Corinthians 6:17).

Christ's wisdom, power, ability and love flowing through you unhindered by the flesh will take you to levels of success and joy beyond your wildest dreams. Enter and enjoy His rest.

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Books on How to Develop and Use Your Faith

The Tongue, A Creative Force by Charles Capps will reveal to you the importance of the words you speak. It makes clear what should be coming out of your mouth for you to live the victorious life God has destined for you. I gave this book to my Christian dentist and he emailed me back and shared how much he appreciated this book. It is a classic.

Faith and Confession by Charles Capps reveals how to activate your faith through confession of God's Word in your life. "Confessing what God said in His Word out of a heart full of faith will bring God's supernatural intervention. The balance of faith and confession working together is essential for living the abundant life that God has promised." Yes, releasing your faith in God's Word concerning His rest is essential for entering that glorious rest.

Framing Your World with the Word of God by Dr. Leroy Thompson Sr.. "In this empowering book on the influence of the spoken Word, Dr. Leroy Thompson Sr. shares that the A B C's of Scripture are to "think, believe, and say", and that we must do them in that order to receive potent results. Giving Scripture memory a new meaning, Framing Your World With the Word of God will encourage readers to speak the Word of God in faith as they believe it in their hearts. The result? Readers will witness the power of God's promises through His Word to change their circumstances and shape their world!"

Doubtless: Faith That Overcomes the World by Jennifer LeClaire. "Stop doubt in its tracks and build faith that overcomes the world with practical teachings that wil give you a new perspective on how to walk out God's Word."

Exceedingly Growing Faith by Kenneth E. Hagin gives you revelation knowledge teaching on how to develop and use the God kind of faith.

Faith Extenders by John Avanzini. This kit includes (5) books and (3) audio cassette tapes. The books titles are: Faith Extenders- Everyday Ways to Increase Your Faith, What Jesus Taught About Manifesting Abundance, Paul's Thorn, Money Talks, and The Defeated Foe. The three audio cassette tapes are: Faith In God & Faith Of God, Manifesting Super Abundance, and The Financial Statement of Jesus. All of the items are pre-packaged in a plastic case.

Book on Destroying Mental Roadblocks to His Rest

Winning the Battle in Your Mind Joyce Meyer

Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. "Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. If readers suffer from negative thoughts, they can take heart! Joyce Meyer has helped millions win these all-important battles. In her most popular bestseller ever, the beloved author and minister shows readers how to change their lives by changing their minds."

Want Mountain Moving Faith?

The Lord gave the following words to a Christian to speak out loud. The Lord encouraged the Christian to declare these words often until they became a reality in his heart. And of course the more time you spend declaring these powerful words,the quicker the results.

"There is no lack of faith with me. If I were to come to the end of my faith, then the Father gives me the very faith of Christ and it is impossible for me not to believe."

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