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How To Live Above Only and Not Beneath

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Always at the top.

Does that describe you? Does it describe your health, your money, your job, your relationships?

It should. Deuteronomy 28 says God’s people should expect to be at the top. Not sometimes—ALWAYS. Yet, far too many Christians have accepted less. They may believe in seeing a victory now and then, but being at the top in everything, always?

There’s a purpose for God wanting us to always be on top—to be above only and not beneath. For one, Jesus paid a high price to break the curse and give us an easy yoke and a light burden. When you were born again, you were appointed to be the lender and not the borrower, the head and not the tail, to be on top and never at the bottom. To be well and not sick, prosperous and not in lack. The Name that is above every name has delivered you and set you above and not beneath.

And second, He wants you living above only and not beneath because it is a witness to the world around you that the people of God are blessed. It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom—Glory to God! 

If you aren’t on top in every area of your life, it’s time to get there. Here’s how you can begin to live above only and not beneath.

1. Look Up, Not Out

“Set your mind on things above…” –Colossians 3:2, NKJV

It’s easy to do.

Financial demands, physical symptoms or disappointments are right there in front of you. Focusing on them and allowing them to be your reality is the natural thing to do. But we aren’t called to be “natural.” We’re called to look up, not out. We are called to set our minds on things above.

How can we do that?

By remembering that while our natural circumstances shout the loudest, they aren’t in the majority. They’re far outnumbered by the new reality that became ours when we became His.

Jesus said we’re to be in the world but not of it. That doesn’t just mean that we are to separate ourselves and behave differently, it also means we are to see things differently—victoriously. It means we are to live above only—always—and not beneath—ever.

That means when it looks like we’re moving to a beneath position in our finances, we look up and remember what God has said about our money. He says we’re blessed, called to live in abundance, never to lack. He says we’re the head of our finances, not the tail. (See confessions based on scripture for victory in finances HERE).

It means when symptoms of any illness try to come on us, we immediately look up and remember what God says (see healing scriptures HERE). And we say, “Nope. Not today, Satan. Not ever! You’re not putting that on me. I’m healed by the blood of Jesus!”

2. See Yourself as the Head, Not the Tail

“The Lord will make you the head, and not the tail...”—Deuteronomy 28:13, NIV

It’s hard to live above only and not beneath if you don’t see yourself that way. A spirit of rejection, inferiority or low self-esteem are all enemies of living at the top as God intended. When we let our past experiences or what others have said about us impact how we see ourselves, we cancel out how God wants us to view ourselves.

If you come from a long line of people who deal with health issues, you’re going to have to reprogram your thinking to see yourself as strong, healthy and above disease only, not beneath it. If you come from a family that has struggled with poverty, you need to get a new vision of abundance and wealth on the inside of you. If you come from a family who has been plagued by divorce, you’ve got to renew your mind to success in your marriage and expect to be married forever. The same is true for any other area where you are in the habit of seeing yourself on the short end of things, rather than standing on top of a mountain as more than a conqueror.

Your lineage here on earth does not define you. When you were born again, Jesus overrode every programming of the curse in your life.

It’s time to start seeing yourself as the head and not the tail—when it comes to money, health, relationships, your job, your ministry, your business and everywhere in-between.

3. Keep the Commandments

“If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”—Deuteronomy 28:13, NIV

Did you read the last part of that verse? ALWAYS at the top. NEVER at the bottom.

At the beginning of Deuteronomy 28, we are given a list of Blessings that come upon those who fully obey God and follow all of His commands. And that list is long. THE BLESSING covers everything you could ever need or want. It is a bought-and-paid-for benefit of being a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a free gift, but just like salvation, we have a part to play.

To live above only and not beneath—at the top and never at the bottom—we must live according to the Word of God. That means, if you’re lying, cheating, stealing or living in sexual immorality, you’re not going to be living at the top. Complaining, gossiping, refusing to forgive—not top-dwelling behavior.

Living above only and not beneath is God’s will for you—but it is conditional on your obedience. When Israel served God with her whole heart, there was no enemy that could stand before them. All of their needs were met, they were well in their bodies, and God did whatever it took to keep them above and not beneath. But when they began to grow slothful and became unfaithful, things changed.

If there is any area of disobedience in your life, get it right. Then fully expect to live above only and not beneath—ALWAYS.

4. Talk Like You’re Above Only, Not Beneath

“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” –Proverbs 13:3, NIV-84

If you’re living more like the tail than the head in any area of your life, it’s time to consider your words. When it comes to being in debt, what are you saying about your situation? Selah.

Even if you’re up to your eyeballs in debt right now, you can start turning your situation around with your words. Do as Abraham did, and call things that be not as though they were. Say, “I am debt free in Jesus’ Name! Glory to God! Thank You, Jesus that my cars are paid off and my house is mine—free and clear.”

Then, don’t say anything else. Don’t turn around and tell your husband how long it’s going to take to pay things off or how you feel like you’ll never get that credit card paid off. Talk like you’re above only, and not beneath. It’s a game changer!

Do the same thing with your job. Don’t go around saying, “Well, you know they never do promote people from within.” Or “They never do promote people from this department.” You’ve already positioned yourself beneath, when God said you never had to. People don’t get to place you above or beneath—God does.

Watch Gloria Copeland and George Pearsons teach you about God’s supernatural system of promotion.

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We’re blessed coming in and blessed going out.  Blessed in the city.  Blessed in the field.  And everything we set our hands to prospers.  Every bill is paid.  Every need is met.  And every debt is canceled, in the Name of Jesus!

And you do the same with your health and your relationships. You get things in line with God’s way when you say what the Bible says. You keep saying, “I’m the head and not the tail.  I’m above and not beneath. It is not God’s will for me to be the tail.  It’s God’s will for me to be the head.  It’s not God’s will for me to be under the thumb of the world and the world’s system.  It is God’s will for me to be above, so I operate above.”

And what do you do when the devil comes? Gloria Copeland says this, “What do you do?  You resist him.  You don’t give him a place to live.  You resist him and tell him, ‘No you’re not getting that from me.  I believe I’ve received it.  It’s too late, devil, I’ve already received it.’  He’ll say, ‘Yes, but you don’t have it.  Where is it? You’ve been believing for so long.’  Don’t even pay any attention to him.  Just say, ‘I’m having the last word here.  I bind you from my thoughts.  You’re not getting my thoughts.  You’re not getting my words.’”

These are the ways you live above only and not beneath. God wants you at the top. Not in some things, in all things. Not some of the time, but all of the time. Don’t give up on the dream you have in God. He’s made a way for you to live like no one else. All you have to do is believe it.

Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you how to stand up and take your place in THE BLESSING.

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