Living a Victorious, Joyful Life

In order to live a life that is victorious and joyful, a life that brings glory to God, you need to take the following steps every day.

Step One: Give Gratitude for Blessings

Start your day on a positive note. I talk to myself in the shower every morning, speaking the Word and positive confessions over myself. I voice words of appreciation for life's blessings, words of thanks and praise to God. I thank God for the homes I live in. I thank God for the life I have. I thank God for my wife, children, and grandchildren. I thank God for the job I have. I thank God for my health. I thank God for everything.

Step Two: Read the Word Aloud

The Word was not written to be read silently; it was written for an oral culture, which means that it was written to be read aloud. Look at the instruction in the following verses:

“ Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing…. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ” Psalm 100:1,2,4

You can't enter into the gates with thanksgiving silently! You have to open your mouth and speak God's Words of praise and thanksgiving. This changes your attitude, and it begins to make your soul healthy.

Let me give you a few verses to read aloud.

“ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ” Philippians 4:13

The Greek word for Christ is Christos, which means the anointed one. You just said, "I can do all things through the anointing. The anointing empowers me. Whatever comes my way I can handle." You have Holy Ghost assistance!

“ Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth [and I put my own name in there] us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. ” 2 Corinthians 2:14

God always causes you to triumph, and other people get to see how good God is.

“ Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13

Say to yourself, "I am forgetting the past. I have a bright future in front of me. I am going to get the gold that God has for me." Positive thinking will keep you at peace in the middle of a storm.

“ Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

Most of the time people apply this truth to negative sowing, but it is true for positive sowings, also. If you have been planting seeds of love, seeds of faith, seeds of money, and seeds of joy, you are going to reap a good harvest. You need to say, "Satan, I want you to know there is truckload of harvest coming my way!" That builds expectations for the future. God will never forget the seeds you have planted.

“ He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Psalm 107:20

I say this every day. "I am delivered from destruction. I will not be destroyed." I said that when there a lump under my arm the size of a softball and I knew it was the "C' word. I had already built my house on a firm foundation, so when that lump showed up, it soon disappeared.

Step Three: Live In Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something that you choose to do, an act of your will. There have been many, many times over the years that I have been asked by people to lay hands on them so they have strength to forgive somebody. That's not necessary! You can forgive anybody—you can give up resentment and the desire for revenge—any time you choose to. Through forgiveness, you can cancel the debt you believed another person owed you. Forgiveness enables you to release anger, resentment, bitterness, shame, grief, regret, hate and all those other emotions that make you sick.

Forgiveness means putting another person squarely in the hands of God and allowing God to work His justice in that situation. Forgiveness is trusting God to heal wounds that are on the inside. Forgiveness opens the door to love. Love does not come first; forgiveness does. The healthiest people among us are those who laugh easily, forget unpleasant events quickly and are quick to forgive offenses. This kind of childlike behavior keeps a person unencumbered emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Step Four: Live With a Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 says, A merry [rejoicing] heart doeth good [makes well]…. A rejoicing, glad heart makes well like a medicine. An afflicted or wounded spirit, however, withers away the bones. Laughter is the best medicinal tonic in the world, boosting your immune system and reducing stress hormones in your body. The joy of Lord is [your] strength (Nehemiah 8:10; see also Psalm 4:11 and 4:12, Psalm 16:11, and Psalm 35:27-28).

There is a difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is situational—you say, "I like what happened, and that makes me happy; I don't like what happened, and that makes me sad." Joy, however, transcends circumstances; it is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). You can decide to have joy in the middle of the most terrible thing.

God is the source of joy. He is the source of blessing. Take these steps daily to live a victorious, joyful life. If you do, you will be healthy. You will live longer. Life will be good!

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.

As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.

Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.