I Feel Good

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I remember the first time I ever spoke in London there were probably 500 plus people in our Debt Free Army rally.

If you’ve ever heard me speak at one of our seminars you know that I enjoy getting people to laugh while driving home the points about financial freedom.

But on this Saturday morning. . .the audience wasn’t laughing even though my words should have prompted laughter. English audiences are known to be a bit reserved.

There were a few empty reserved seats on the front row so I climbed on top of those chairs and asked how many of those in attendance had ever heard of James Brown, the American soul singer.  Probably, 95% of the room raised their hands while smiling.

So I started singing. . .yes, I started singing “I Feel Good” by James Brown but I changed the lyrics a bit.

“Wo!  I feel good (dun a dun a dun a dun) just like Jesus said I would.

I feel good, (dun a dun a dun a dun) like I knew I would
Jesus  is So good, so good, I got Jesus.  (dun a dun a dun)

At this point everybody in the room was standing and praising God.

I’m not the best singer in the world . . .nor on my street. . .but God used that occasion to make everybody feel good.

Here’s a question. . .how do you feel good even in the midst of adversity?

Feeling good is a mental decision.

When we’re in control of our own destiny. . .of course, with God’s help. . .we decide whether or not. . .we will feel good even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Jerry West, the legendary basketball star, said:

“You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”

Let’s look at three reasons why you should feel good.  I could give you seven but three is enough.

1.         Feeling good is not conditional. . .it’s a way of life.

Proverbs 17:22 in the Contemporary English Version says:

“If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over.”

Feeling good is a choice.

If we are cheerful because things are going our way then it’s much easier to feel good.

However, the real measure of our character and spiritual depth is when we feel good even when it seems everything around us is going wrong.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling good when things going your way. . .but, if things don’t go the way you think they should. . .you still need to feel good.

Your immediate response might be “why” or “how.”

Simply because you have the confidence in knowing that God’s on your side, He’s got your back and He makes everything work to the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 in the Amplified Bible says:

“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”

If you need a little reminder on why you should feel good in the midst of adversity, make a list of the times when you didn’t feel good about something that happened then start listing how God manifested His presence in your life during those times.

Start with the basics and keep writing. . .as you do. . .you find that you starting feeling good again. . .because you know He will never leave nor forsake you and, if nothing, else that should make you feel good.

2.         Feeling good should not be restricted or limited because sickness has affected our bodies.

I will always remember something Bishop W.W. Thomas said to me when he was I believe…89 years old.

He said:  “Son, I’ve discovered that just because I feel bad doesn’t mean I have to make the people around me feel the same way.”

Profound attitude and wisdom.

Psalm 41:1-3 in the Message Bible says:

Dignify those who are down on their luck; you’ll feel goodthat’s what God does. God looks after us all, makes us robust with lifeLucky to be in the land, we’re free from enemy worries. Whenever we’re sick and in bed, God becomes our nurse, nurses us back to health.

I almost underlined every single word in those three verses.

If you want to feel good. . .help those who don’t. . .those who are down on their luck.

This passage says that God makes them feel good.

How do we accomplish by the verse says that God does.  I mean, after all, He’s God.

Actually, it’s quite simple. . .we do what God does. . .by reading His Word and doing what it says.

Be there for them. . .offer an encouraging word. . .give wise counsel. . .don’t overlook their pain. . .provide financial support as God directs.

The list could go on. . .but it’s all in the Book.

You might even want to personalize Psalm 41:2 in the Message Bible for your benefit when it says:

God looks after <<Your Name>>, makes <<him/her>> robust with life. . .”

Who looks after you?  God.

Who makes you robust with life?  God.

This verse doesn’t say that your circumstances make you robust and looks after you.

It says. . .that God makes you feel good.

Once again, let’s look at Psalm 41:3 in the Message Bible which says:

“Whenever we’re sick and in bed, God becomes our nurse, nurses us back to health.

If you’re sick. . .having the scriptural assurance that God will be your nurse. . .ought to make you feel good in the midst of whatever attack the enemy is bringing your way.

Feeling good. . .is a spiritual attitude before it becomes an emotional reality.

3.         Doing right things will always make you feel good.

A few seconds ago, I said that:

Feeling good. . .is a spiritual attitude before it becomes an emotional reality.

The key to feeling good in every situation is found in three verses in Proverbs 23.

First, you must continually think about feeling good regardless of what you may be facing at any given time.

Proverbs 23:7 says:

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”

What a person thinks on. . .is what they will act on.

Philippians 4:8-9 in the Message Bible which says:

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

This passage offers excellent advice on how to think when you’re not feeling good.

Second, you must learn to rejoice even when things may not be going your way.

Proverbs 23:16 says:

“Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.”

Let me ask you a question…when things don’t go the way you want. . .do you use negative or self-defeating words to express doubt, lack of confidence in yourself or fear about something you are facing?

What you are thinking and speaking determines whether or not. . .you will be feeling good.

Romans 4:17 in the Amplified Bible says:

“As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”

You and I. . .need to learn to speak more effectively to our circumstances when we’re not feeling good.

Proverbs 23:16 in the Easy To Read version says:

It makes me feel good inside when you say the right things.”

What we think about. . .we speak about and what we speak about we bring about.

Third, if you want to feel good. . .learn to apply the words you’ve thought and heard.

Proverbs 23:12 says:

“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”

It’s important to think and speak right words. . .but feeling good. . .really boils down to what we do.

James 1:22 says:

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

James 1:22 in the Amplified Bible says:                                                                         

“But be doers of the Word (obey the message), and not merely listening to it; betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth.].”

The real difference in how we feel on how we feel. . .comes down to what we do.

We’re the one who determines how we feel and it’s based on what we do. . .especially, when we aren’t feeling good.

Being a doer of the word will always ALWAYS. . .make us feel good.

President Abraham Lincoln said:

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. . .”