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651st -- I Learned To Live


We should never take for granted this day that God has given us. Many
times we look at life with a pessimistic point of view and focus only on
the negative that is in our life. We focus on or complain about our body
aching, our bills being due, our misbehaved children and the list can go on
and on. Instead of complaining about such issues, we should be thankful 
that we are alive, thankful that we have a home to live in, thankful that
we have been blessed to have children. We are to see the good in our lives
and praise God for every gift and blessing that He has bestowed upon us. 
It is in giving thanks that our burden becomes lighter and our appreciation
becomes more evident. Be encouraged to live each day to the fullest 
enjoying every gift that you have been given. Put on the countenance of
joy and peace and be determined to bless God with your words of praise and
thanksgiving. (James 4:13-15) (Philippians 4:11) (Proverbs 15:13-17)

I hope this message encourages your heart to never be pessimistic about 
your life, but rather gird yourself up with confidence knowing that if God
has been with you in the past than He is sure to be with you in this 
present time to meet your every need.


“You know I almost died once,” he said.

“Really? What happened?” I asked.

“Nothing!” he said. “Except I learned to live.”

We create what we want in our lives. I am sure you've heard it all before.
"What you think about the most manifests in your life.” “You reap what you
sow.” “If you believe it you can achieve it.”

Out of all the principles of success and happiness, that one singular 
concept is the absolute truth. It is the key to all success in life.

But it can also be the key to failure and even death.

Pete is a friend of mine. One of those people you call “friend” but you 
really don't know everything about them. Just when you think you have him
figured out, he tells you something completely surprising. Something even

“Did I ever tell you about the time I thought I was going to die?” he asked.

“No, I don't think I heard that one,” I replied.

“In reality I almost caused my death. You see I went through a period in
my life when it seemed everything went wrong physically. It seemed to be 
one thing after another. Some of the things were identifiable. The doctor
knew just what to do and he did it. But he had “concerns”, as he put it.
It was those concerns that nearly killed me,” he said.

Pete is one of those people who are rarely serious. I mean, it's not that
he tells jokes all the time, he's just happy. So hearing and seeing this
side really caught my attention.

“Bob, I went through a series of tests that started me on a down hill 
slide. One after another revealed more and more possibilities. It was 
like when you take your car in because you hear a noise and the mechanic 
tells you, 'It could be any number of things. It could cost you fifty 
bucks or we may need to drop your engine. Now you're talkin' big bucks.'
What is it that always happens? It costs you big bucks.”

“Boy I can relate to that,” I told him.

“Well, because of that belief system, the facts were staring me in the 
face. This was the end of my life,” he said.

“What do you think happened to me? My whole world came to a halt. I became
depressed. The world looked dark and gloomy. The more I thought that way,
the more it became a reality. I was in fact creating the world I imagined.
I became so physically sick and mentally depressed thinking that I was 
going to die, that I was in fact dying. My body suffered terribly. So
much so that I ended up in the hospital malnourished and depressed.”

“So what changed you? What did you do to turn things around?” I asked.

“A young man. A teen who had been in a car accident. He must have had
every bone in his body broken. His face was so badly damaged that they
operated on him at least a dozen times. When I was in the hospital I met
him. One day he asked me what was wrong with me and I couldn't explain it.
I kept saying “they aren't sure.”

He said, “Well that's stupid. How can you fix something that isn't broken?
Now me, I had a lot of fixing 'cause everything was broken. The only thing
that wasn't broken was my will to live.”

Pete stopped for a moment and just looked around.

“That's what was broken on me. My will to live. I had chosen to believe
that I was dying and so I created it. I made it a reality. It was the 
one thing that all the doctors in the world couldn't fix. It was the one
thing, the ultimate thing, that only I was in control of. It was the answer.”

“So what happened to this young man?” I asked.

“He went on to college, graduated and owns his own company. He teaches 
safety in the work place to large corporations around the world. And from
what I understand he tells his story to high school students as a way of 
giving something back.”

“And you my friend? How did you ever pull out of it?” I asked.

“I willed it to be so. The very next day I stood in front of the mirror in
the bathroom and had a good talk with the guy I knew was inside. We both
agreed that life was too precious to waste. I made up this phrase and hung
it every where I lived.”

He reached in his wallet and handed me a note that read:

“Today I take control of my life. I will permit nothing to interfere with
my full enjoyment of each and every moment that God has granted me. I am
deserving of all the joy and happiness that this day has to offer. There
is nothing that God and I can't accomplish. I will nourish my body with 
the best and purest food. I will nourish my mind with nothing but the most
positive thoughts. I will feed my soul the Word of God and know that when
my time on this earth is over I will have lived purely, fully and faithfully.”

So what life have you created? Are you living fully or dying slowly?

Begin to live again. Take control of your life.

“The only thing that wasn't broken was my will to live!” he said.

“Learn to Live!”

By Bob Perks

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in
any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

Psalm 34:1-5 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and 
let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and 
delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened:
and their faces were not ashamed.”

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the 
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem133.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD IS FAITHFUL
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony118.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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