God's Recipe for Life and Health

DEC Pic 3Timeless Teachings of Kenneth E. Hagin

"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh."
—Proverbs 4:20–22

Two things people strive for above everything else are life and health. In the verses above, God has given us a four-step recipe for attaining both of these blessings.


'Attend to My Words'

First God tells us, "Attend to my words." We can find life and health only through His Word. The Bible calls Jesus the living Word of God (John 1:1). And Jesus, the living Word, came that we might have life (John 10:10).

It is in the epistles that we learn what the living Word—Jesus—purchased for us in His death, burial, and resurrection. For instance, Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us that we were made righteous in Christ. And Galatians 3:13–14 shows us that Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law and made us partakers of Abraham's covenant blessings. Attending to truths like these brings us life and health in every area of our lives.

'Incline Thine Ear'

Next God says, "Incline thine ear unto my sayings." To walk in the fullness of life and health, we must give God's Word our undivided attention and put out of our minds everything that contradicts it. By believing God's Word and accepting it, it will work for us.

While praying to the Father, Jesus said, "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). Jesus also said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). No one will ever know life, freedom, and truth without giving full attention to knowing God's Word.

'Let [My Words] Not Depart From Thine Eyes'

Third God says, "Let them [His words] not depart from thine eyes." We are to look at—as well as listen to—God's Word. The Bible tells us to keep our vision fixed on Jesus (Heb. 12:2). How? By continuing to feed upon the written Word. As we do that, Jesus will become more real to us.

The Bible also tells us what not to consider and what we should consider. We are to "consider not" physical symptoms and contradictory circumstances (Rom. 4:19–21). And we are to "consider Him" (Jesus) and what God's Word says is ours through Him (Heb. 3:1).

'Keep [My Words] in the Midst of Thine Heart'

Finally God tells us, "Keep them [His words] in the midst of thine heart." Walking in life and health always starts in your heart, or spirit.
It's a mistake to look at your body to see if you are healed. The Bible says, "God is a Spirit" (John 4:24), and He heals you through your spirit. Healing begins in your heart and then is manifested in your body.

Continually listen to God's Word. Give it your undivided attention. Fix your vision on Jesus—the Living Word. And keep God's Word in the midst of your heart. Why are these steps so important? Because God's words are "life unto all who find them and health to all their flesh"!