This article written by Gloria Copeland will surely enlighten and empower you. Read it and digest the words.


When our son, John, was growing up, he didn’t do anything slow and easy. He liked going as fast as possible on whatever he happened to be riding. He liked turning things over and taking the kinds of risks that resulted in our having to take him to the doctor to get stitches.

ken and I often tried to tell him how to enjoy himself while staying out of trouble. But, like most boys, he was pretty determined to do things his own way. So, one day we sat down with John and gave him the bottom line.

“John,” we said, “it just boils down to this. Your daddy and I are smarter than you are.”

Although that was years ago, and today John is a wise man of God and the chief executive officer of this ministry, I’ll always remember those words because they remind me of what God often says to His children. Time and again He tells us in the Bible, in one way or another, that He is smarter than we are. He knows more than we do, and if we’ll listen to Him and agree with Him we can avoid a lot of trouble and enjoy a BLESSED life:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Just as Ken and I always wanted the best for John, God always wants the best for us. He’s a good Father and He’s given us His Word to tell us exactly how we can live in life and peace. But it’s up to us to do what He says. It’s up to us to choose whether or not we’re going to do things His way.

It’s been like that ever since the Garden of Eden. When God created Adam, He didn’t force His ways on him. He simply told him what to do and what not to do to be successful. He told him to exercise dominion and subdue the earth, and to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

If Adam had chosen to do things God’s way, his life would have been perfect forever. If he had done what God said, he would have never known sickness, toil, poverty or any other part of the curse. All he would have known was goodness!

But Adam made a different choice. He chose to ignore what God said and do what he wanted. As a result, Adam missed God’s will for his life.

Do you know the same thing can happen to us as believers? Even though we’re born again and God has a wonderful plan for us, if we ignore His Word we can miss His will for us. We’ll still get to heaven when we die. But we won’t experience all the BLESSINGS God intended for us to enjoy on the way.

“Well,” someone might say, “I believe God is in control, and no matter what I do He causes all things to work together for my good. After all, that’s what the Bible says.” No, it’s not! The Bible says

“all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28).

And in John 14:21 Jesus said,

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me.”

So if we’re not expressing our love for the Lord by finding out and doing what He’s commanded us to do, He can’t make all things work for our good. If we aren’t bringing our thoughts and our lives into agreement with His Word, He can’t help us like He wants to.

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Read the Bible and you’ll see this is true: God has never been able to fulfill His highest will in the lives of disobedient or ignorant people. He’s never been able to fully BLESS those who are too busy or too lazy to learn to walk in His ways. On the contrary! He said in Hosea 4:6,

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Lack of knowledge can be a major problem for us as believers. It’s the reason so many Christians are struggling along in defeat. They don’t have enough knowledge to appropriate the victory Jesus has provided for them.

Because I teach on healing, sometimes people will say to me, “I’ve done everything I know to do to get healed and I’m still sick.” Do you know what that tells me? They don’t know enough yet. If they knew enough and acted on what they knew, they’d be healed.

The same could be said about all of us in one area or another. None of us knows everything we need to know about the ways of God. That’s why it’s so important for us to continue to study the Word and obey Romans 12:2:

“Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

We’ve all been brought up in the world’s fleshly ways of thinking, and the world’s ways are in opposition to the ways of God. There’s no agreement between what He thinks and the way natural man thinks.

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:5-7).

Those verses make things very simple don’t they? They tell us we can think one of two ways. We can either think carnally, or we can think spiritually.

Since being spiritually minded is the key to life and peace, the more spiritually minded we become, the more successful we’ll be. The more healed we’ll be. The more prosperous and victorious we’ll be.

The reverse is also true. The more carnally minded we are, the less victorious we’ll be. The more defeated we’ll be. The Bible is very blunt about this. It says to be carnally minded is death (Romans 8:6).

So if things aren’t working in some area of our lives, we need to check our thinking. We need to find out where we’re being carnally minded and operating like the world instead of like God.

When we do things the world’s way we get the world’s results, and that’s no fun because the world is in a mess. It’s being ruled by the devil. It’s operating under condemnation and the law of sin and death. As believers, we’re not supposed to be living under the law of sin and death! We’ve been redeemed from that law. As Romans 8:1-2 says,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Why aren’t more believers living in that kind of freedom? Because to experience it, we have to do more than just be born again. We have to walk after the spirit. If we keep on walking after the flesh, if we neglect to renew our minds with God’s Word and learn to walk in agreement with His will, the devil will go right on imposing his will on us. He’ll keep us thinking on a natural level. He’ll deceive us into accepting the world’s sicknesses and economic woes and talk us out of the divine health and abundance that belong to us in Jesus.

Personally, I’ve decided it’s easier to be diligent in the Word and become spiritually minded than it is to stay carnally minded and let the devil keep me sick and broke. I know what it’s like to be broke and I don’t enjoy it.

Ken and I were broke during the first few years of our marriage. When I married him, I married him and his bank notes. It almost seemed back then like we were supernaturally in debt. We kept borrowing more money and yet we didn’t have anything to show for it. I don’t know how such a thing is possible, but we did it.

How did we get delivered from that miserable cycle of debt?

We stopped doing things our way and started doing them God’s way. We found out what He says about prosperity in His Word. We believed it and then we acted on it.

Gloria Copeland

To be continued…

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