Did you know that through Jesus, you can walk in “perfect soundness”? All the time? Mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually? In every way?
The Hebrew word for perfect soundness is tamim, which means “complete, whole and sound.” We see it used in Acts 3:16, after a man was healed at the gate called Beautiful:
“And His name, through faith in His name, [Jesus’ Name] has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16, NKJV).
Perfect soundness doesn’t come from the absence of trouble; it comes from the presence of God.
Are you looking for perfect soundness in your life? Has a recent event upended your world? No matter what you’re facing, there are ways to force the trouble out of your life and restore any situation to perfect soundness—and one way is by praising the Lord. As you read these 4 Ways To Praise Your Way Into Perfect Soundness, you’ll learn how God can remedy and revive you in any situation through the power of praise.
1) Praise God for His Faithfulness to His Word
“No unbelief or distrust made him [Abraham] waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.” –Romans 4:20 (AMPC)
If you’re currently facing difficulties in your life, maybe in your health, finances or relationships, it can be challenging to find the words to give God praise and show Him gratitude. But it’s praise that can turn your situation around, fast!
Recently, Mark and Trina Hankins joined Kenneth Copeland on the Believer’s Voice of Victory broadcast. Pastor Hankins shared how praise works every time, “and not just in one area—it will work in every area of your life. It is available at every moment to every one of us.”
Even when you feel there isn’t much to praise God for in your life, there’s always much to praise Him for—about Him. You can praise God for His faithfulness to His Word. His Word never fails, no matter what the circumstance (Luke 1:37; 1 Corinthians 1:9). His Word promises us that it will never return void (Isaiah 55:10-11). And He ALWAYS keeps His promises (Joshua 21:45). Meditate on His promises, let them rise up in you, and begin to praise Him for them!
2) Praise God for His Deliverance
“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” –Psalm 107:20 (NKJV)
When Trina Hankins was diagnosed with a brain tumor a number of years ago, she faced a dire, incurable prognosis. Instead of letting it get the best of her, she and her husband, Mark, started praising God! As they moved forward, no matter what their circumstances became, they praised Him. They praised God morning, noon and night. When the surgeon wanted to operate to try to “save” Trina, they just kept praising God. In fact, Trina says she was so full of heavenly joy that no matter what the doctors told her, it didn’t move her on the inside. When the surgeon operated on Trina, he found something miraculous—the brain tumor had completely vanished!
The medical world didn’t have a cure for Trina’s diagnosis, but God did. Praise was her cure, restoring her to perfect soundness.
3) Laugh at the Devil!
”If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” –Romans 8:11 (ESV)
As you’re praising God, the devil is going to show up. Guaranteed. And he’s going to do exactly what the Bible warns us that he came to do—steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He can’t do anything else because that’s his nature. He’s so angry that believers have received all the benefits of the Kingdom through Jesus, that he’ll tell you just about anything to distract you from giving praise to God. He will tell you all the reasons you’re not going to get what you need from God. He will do whatever he can to convince you to shut your mouth, to stop you from praising the Lord and promoting God’s Word.
When you’re faced with such challenges, laugh at the devil and keep praising the Lord. When you do this, you’re not mocking the devil; you’re laughing in the face of fear and doubt. You’re refusing to take his empty threats seriously. And by continuing to praise the Lord, you are confirming the healing and abundant life that Jesus paid for on the cross. Whatever you need is already yours; all you need to do is hold onto it through praise.
When Kenneth E. Hagin was healed of a terminal heart condition, that’s just what he had to do. After he was healed, the symptoms tried to come back. He knew he was healed, so he decided to laugh at the devil’s attempts to get him to retreat from his stand of faith. Brother Hagin had to force himself to laugh, because he didn’t feel like it. So he just laid there in the bed and said, “Ha-ha.”
The devil said, “This time you’re not going to get your healing.”
Brother Hagin replied, “That’s why I’m laughing. I don’t have to get it. Jesus got it for me 2,000 years ago.”
The devil came back again and said the same thing. And Brother Hagin just kept on laughing and saying, “It’s mine. I have it now.”
This went on for 45 minutes until Brother Hagin fell asleep. When he woke up, every symptom had gone and never came back. Brother Hagin understood that by laughing at the devil and at fear and sickness, he wasn’t fighting to try to get a victory, he was fighting from a position of victory.
Whatever challenges you are facing, laugh at the devil. “Ha-ha-ha!” Then say, “Devil, that’s not going to work in my life. Jesus already paid the price for me. I’m now rejoicing in God’s goodness, rejoicing in His mercy, and rejoicing that I have every promise through Christ Jesus. So I’m going to laugh and rejoice! Praise God!”
4) Praise God for Breakthrough
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” –1 Peter 1:8
Have you ever seen someone full of joy? It seems as if it’s impossible for them to frown, doesn’t it, because they are always boisterously praising God. You’d think they’d never had a problem a day in their life! You see, just as the scripture above states, when you believe, you rejoice. And rejoicing isn’t silent; it is showing great joy and vocally praising God.
That doesn’t mean you whisper the Name of Jesus or throw up one or two “hallelujahs” and call it a day. No way! People who are full of joy understand that God is their strength, and they hold onto Him tightly, rejoicing in Him continuously. As we rejoice in the Lord, we invite God to dwell with us—and that is what chases all trouble away (Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 22:3).
No matter what your challenge is, don’t cringe before it or become intimidated by it. Move over into a spirit of praise and give confident thanks to God until you break through.
Remember, in the book of Acts, Paul and Silas were praising God loudly. They were in prison; their backs were bleeding; they were in pain; their hands and feet were bound. It looked like the devil had won a victory. But he made one mistake. Can you imagine Paul saying to the devil, “You’ve got my hands and feet bound, but you should’ve taped my mouth shut—because if I can move my mouth, I can move a mountain. If I can move my mouth, I have authority!”
Their praises went through that prison and up to heaven. Then the power of God came down and set them and everyone around them FREE. If you’ll dare to lift your voice in praise, not only will it set you free, but it will also set those around you free.
As you’ve read these 4 Ways To Praise Your Way Into Perfect Soundness, you can now use praise to free yourself and others around you to take victory over finances, health, relationships and anything else you need. While you’re singing, shouting and praising the Lord, God will take care of you. He will give you perfect soundness!
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