Tithing – What does the Bible and Jesus say?

I’ve been studying the bible about what the scriptures say about tithes (tithing to God).  The word “tithe” means “tenth”, “tenth part”, or “payment of a tenth part”.  In the following article, we’ve searched and compiled the bible verses relating to tithing, and these are divided into five sections:

(1) Old Testament scriptures about tithing that appear before God gave the law to Moses at Mount Sinai a few months after bringing the people out of Egypt;
(2) Old Testament scriptures about tithing that are in the law given to the Israelites by Moses;
(3) Old Testament – what God said about tithing after Moses introduced the law
(4) New Testament scriptures – what Jesus said about tithing
(5) New Testament scriptures – what the Lord said about tithing through the writers of the New Testament
(6) Old Covenant versus New Covenant
(7) Summary

We have also referenced scriptures about the old and new covenant, specifically regarding the law.  The reason is for this is because some people have said that we are no longer under the law.

This is quite a lengthy article.  If you’re interested in the bottom line – the summary – please scroll down to the bottom of this article!


The subject of tithing starts right away with Adam and Eve’s children.  So, the subject of tithing was practiced 430 years before the law of Moses.

Cain & Abel

Genesis 4:2-8 NLT
Adam and Eve initially had two children, Abel and Cain.  2 When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift [offering, tribute, present] to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.
6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”  One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.

[NOTE:  The Hebrew word “minchah” means offering, gift, present, tribute.  This is similar to the Greek word “prosphora”, which means offering, gift or present.  Prosphora is used in Ephesians 5:2, which says “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”]

Genesis 4:7 (AMP)
If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.”

[Comment:  Who taught Adam and Eve’s children to give to the Lord the first part of what they’ve earned – their harvest?  We often assume the first commands by God were given to Moses at Mt. Sinai, but this is evidently not the case, as God gave his commands, or at least some of them, to Adam and Eve and their children and it’s apparent from the narrative that Abel obeyed those commands, but Cain did not.  God tells Cain that he can overcome this; all he has to do in the future is do what is right, and all will be well.  But Cain does not repent, instead he allows his anger to fester and it results in him killing his brother, Abel.]

Exodus 23:19 (NLT)
“As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the Lord your God.

Now, there are scriptures in the New Testament that reference this situation.  After all, what does it mean that Cain did not bring an acceptable sacrifice?  Let’s take a look:

Hebrews 11:4
AMP – By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which it was testified of him that he was righteous (upright, in right standing with God), and God testified by accepting his gifts. And though he died, yet through [this act of] faith he still speaks.
TLB – It was by faith that Abel obeyed God and brought an offering that pleased God more than Cain’s offering did. God accepted Abel and proved it by accepting his gift; and though Abel is long dead, we can still learn lessons from him about trusting God.

[Comment:  In Exodus 23:19 and 34:26, it says, “As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the Lord your God.”]

[Comment:  Abel gave the right kind of sacrifice, which was (1) he gave his sacrifice in faith, and (2) he gave the Lord the right kind of sacrifice – one in which he gave the best of what he had.  One could say that it is a heart issue.  Abel’s heart was in the right place, as he loved the Lord and therefore, gave the Lord the best of what he had as an offering.]


Genesis 14:14-24 (NLT)
14 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan. 15 There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.
17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing:
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be God Most High,
who has defeated your enemies for you.”
Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.”
22 Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take so much as a single thread or sandal thong from what belongs to you. Otherwise you might say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’ 24 I will accept only what my young warriors have already eaten, and I request that you give a fair share of the goods to my allies—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre.”

[Comment:  Abraham recovered what was stolen.  He recovered not only his nephew Lot and his family, he recovered all of Lot’s possessions – items that Lot already had before he was captured.  Therefore, when Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of what he recovered – he was giving God a tenth of the possessions as a thank you gift to God for defeating Abraham’s enemies.  Abraham only had 318 men with him, and God orchestrated the victory.  Abraham gave a thank you gift to God.]

[Comment:  Melchizedek is mentioned in other New Testament passages as referring to Jesus.  See Hebrews 5:1-10, Hebrews 6:13-20, and Hebrews 7:1-28.]

[Comment:  Abraham gave a tithe to God over 450 years before the law was given.]


Genesis 28:10-22 (AMP)
10 Now Jacob [Abraham’s grandson] left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed overnight there because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down there [to sleep]. 12 He dreamed that there was a ladder (stairway) placed on the earth, and the top of it reached [out of sight] toward heaven; and [he saw] the angels of God ascending and descending on it [going to and from heaven]. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above and around him and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your [father’s] father and the God of Isaac; I will give to you and to your descendants the land [of promise] on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants shall be as [countless as] the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and the east and the north and the south; and all the families (nations) of the earth shall be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this [promised] land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and he said, “Without any doubt the Lord is in this place, and I did not realize it.” 17 So he was afraid and said, “How fearful and awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gateway to heaven.”
18 So Jacob got up early in the morning, and took the stone he had put under his head and he set it up as a pillar [that is, a monument to the vision in his dream], and he poured [olive] oil on the top of it [to consecrate it]. 19 He named that place Bethel (the house of God); the previous name of that city was Luz (Almond Tree). 20 Then Jacob made a vow (promise), saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and clothing to wear, 21 and if [He grants that] I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God. 22 This stone which I have set up as a pillar (monument, memorial) will be God’s house [a sacred place to me], and of everything that You give me I will give the tenth to You [as an offering to signify my gratitude and dependence on You].”

[Comment:  Jacob gave a tithe to God approximately 300 years before the law was introduced by Moses.]


Exodus 22:29 (NKJV)
“You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices.

Exodus 23:19 (NLT)
“As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the Lord your God.

Exodus 34:26 (NLT)
“As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the Lord your God.

Leviticus 27:30 (NLT)
One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.

Numbers 18:21 (NLT)
As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, I will compensate them for their service in the Tabernacle. Instead of an allotment of land, I will give them the tithes from the entire land of Israel.

Numbers 18:26 (NLT)
Give these instructions to the Levites: When you receive from the people of Israel the tithes I have assigned as your allotment, give a tenth of the tithes you receive—a tithe of the tithe—to the Lord as a sacred offering.

Numbers 18:28 (NLT)
You must present one-tenth of the tithe received from the Israelites as a sacred offering to the Lord. This is the Lord’s sacred portion, and you must present it to Aaron the priest.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 (NLT)
22 “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. 23 Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God.
24 “Now when the Lord your God blesses you with a good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his name to be honored might be too far for you to bring the tithe. 25 If so, you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and go to the place the Lord your God has chosen. 26 When you arrive, you may use the money to buy any kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and celebrate with your household. 27 And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you.
28 “At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town. 29 Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.

Deuteronomy 26:12 (NLT)
“Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. In this year of the special tithe you must give your tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that they will have enough to eat in your towns.


2 Chronicles 31:2-5 (NLT)
Hezekiah then organized the priests and Levites into divisions to offer the burnt offerings and peace offerings, and to worship and give thanks and praise to the Lord at the gates of the Temple.In addition, he required the people in Jerusalem to bring a portion of their goods to the priests and Levites, so they could devote themselves fully to the Law of the Lord.  5 When the people of Israel heard these requirements, they responded generously by bringing the first share of their grain, new wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields. They brought a large quantity—a tithe of all they produced.  6 The people who had moved to Judah from Israel, and the people of Judah themselves, brought in the tithes of their cattle, sheep, and goats and a tithe of the things that had been dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them up in great heaps. 7 They began piling them up in late spring, and the heaps continued to grow until early autumn. 8 When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw these huge piles, they thanked the Lord and his people Israel!  9 “Where did all this come from?” Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites.
10 And Azariah the high priest, from the family of Zadok, replied, “Since the people began bringing their gifts to the Lord’s Temple, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare. The Lord has blessed his people, and all this is left over.”

Nehemiah 10:37 (NLT)
We will store the produce in the storerooms of the Temple of our God. We will bring the best of our flour and other grain offerings, the best of our fruit, and the best of our new wine and olive oil. And we promise to bring to the Levites a tenth of everything our land produces, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.

Nehemiah 12:44 (NLT)
On that day men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the offerings, the first part of the harvest, and the tithes. They were responsible to collect from the fields outside the towns the portions required by the Law for the priests and Levites. For all the people of Judah took joy in the priests and Levites and their work.

Proverbs 3:5-9 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.
10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.

Malachi 3:8-12 (AMP)
“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings [you have withheld]. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, this whole nation! 10 Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer (insects, plague) for your sake and he will not destroy the fruits of the ground, nor will your vine in the field drop its grapes [before harvest],” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “All nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight,” says the Lord of hosts.

[Comment:  In ancient times special storehouses were established in the temple to receive the tithes of the harvest. If the people were not faithful, the priests could not continue to serve and perform their duties.  In return for their faithfulness God promised protection for their harvest.


I’ve heard and read that other people say that the new covenant does away with the law of the old covenant.  So, I’ve also included some scriptures about what Jesus says about the law.

Matthew 5:17-19
NIV – [Jesus speaking] 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
NLT – [Jesus speaking]  17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. 19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:23-24 NLT
[Jesus speaking]  23 So if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and while there you remember that your brother has something [such as a grievance or legitimate complaint] against you, 24 leave your offering there at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come and present your offering.

Matthew 15:1-20 NLT (See also Mark 7:1-13 NLT)
[Jesus speaking]  1 Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him, “Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat.”
Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is a farce,
for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ ”
10 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand. 11 It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?”
13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my heavenly Father will be uprooted, 14 so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”
15 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Explain to us the parable that says people aren’t defiled by what they eat.”
16 “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked. 17 “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. 18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. 20 These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”

[Comment:  Children who did not want to support parents used this tradition described in verse 5 and 6 as an excuse to evade the law.  They would enter into a deal with a priest for a small percent to dedicate things to God which should go to parents.  Then, they could claim them to be God’s and not their own.  Thus they would be free from any obligation to parents.]

Matthew 22:15-22 NLT (see also Mark 12:13-17 NLT and Luke 20:20-26 NLT)
15 Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 16 They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. 17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”  21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.  “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”  22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.

Matthew 23:23 NLT
[Jesus speaking]  23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

[COMMENT:  Some have taught that Jesus did away with the tithe since He did not specifically make it a part of His New Testament teaching.  But in this instance, Jesus made reference to the scribes and Pharisees tithing and said that they were right in doing so.]

Luke 6:38 NLT
[Jesus speaking]  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.

Luke 11:42 NLT
[Jesus speaking]  42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.

Luke 16:10-13 AMP
[Jesus speaking]  10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little thing is also dishonest in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that [earthly wealth] which belongs to another [whether God or man, and of which you are a trustee], who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand devotedly by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon [that is, your earthly possessions or anything else you trust in and rely on instead of God].”

Luke 16:16-17
AMP – [Jesus speaking] 16 “The Law and the [writings of the] Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the gospel of the kingdom of God has been and continues to be preached, and everyone tries forcefully to go into it. 17 Yet it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for a single stroke of a letter of the Law to fail and become void.”
NLT – [Jesus speaking] 16 “Until John the Baptist, the law of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is eager to get in. 17 But that doesn’t mean that the law has lost its force. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the smallest point of God’s law to be overturned.”

Luke 21:1-4 NLT (See also Mark 12:41-44 NLT; Luke 21:1-4 NLT)
1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”


Romans 2:29 (NLT)
29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.

Romans 3:30-31 (NLT)
30 There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. 31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (NLT)
13 Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. 14 In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (NLT)
1 Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.

2 Corinthians 9 (AMP)
1 Now it is unnecessary for me to write to you about the offering [that is to be made] for the saints [in Jerusalem]; for I know your eagerness [to promote this cause], and I have [proudly] boasted to the people of Macedonia about it, telling them that Achaia has been prepared since last year [for this contribution], and your enthusiasm has inspired the majority of them [to respond]. Still, I am sending the brothers [on to you], so that our pride in you may not be an empty boast in this case, and so that you may be prepared, just as I told them you would be; otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—to say nothing of yourselves—will be humiliated for being so confident. That is why I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you [before I come] and make arrangements in advance for this generous, previously promised gift of yours, so that it would be ready, not as something extorted [or wrung out of you], but as a [voluntary and] generous gift.
Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly [gives] will also reap sparingly [receives], and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously [and be blessed]. Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity. As it is written and forever remains written,
“He [the benevolent and generous person] scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever!”
10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit]. 12 For the ministry of this service (offering) is not only supplying the needs of the saints (God’s people), but is also overflowing through many expressions of thanksgiving to God. 13 Because of this act of ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to the gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous participation [in this gift] for them and for all [the other believers in need], 14 and they also long for you while they pray on your behalf, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace [His undeserved favor, mercy, and blessing which is revealed] in you. 15 Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!

2 Corinthians 9:13 NLT
As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

Galatians 3:10-14 (AMP)
10 For all who depend on the Law [seeking justification and salvation by obedience to the Law and the observance of rituals] are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed (condemned to destruction) is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, so as to practice them.” 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing] before God by the Law, for “The righteous (the just, the upright) shall live by faith.” 12 But the Law does not rest on or require faith [it has nothing to do with faith], but [instead, the Law] says, “He who practices them [the things prescribed by the Law] shall live by them [instead of faith].” 13 Christ purchased our freedom and redeemed us from the curse of the Law and its condemnation by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs [crucified] on a tree (cross)”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might also come to the Gentiles, so that we would all receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit through faith.

1 Timothy 5:17-18
17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”

Hebrews 7:1-28 (TLB)
[Jesus has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Galatians 6:20)]
1 This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.
Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham. But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.
The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. 10 For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him.
11 So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron?
12 And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. 13 For the priest we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members have never served at the altar as priests. 14 What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe.
15 This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. 16 Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. 17 And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied,
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
18 Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. 19 For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath, 21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him,
“The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.
23 There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. 24 But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.  27 Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. 28 The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.

[Comment:  Read Hebrews chapters 6 through 10.]


Habakkuk 2:4 (AMP)
Look at the proud one,
His soul is not right within him,
But the righteous will live by his faith [in the true God].

Romans 9:30-32
TLB – 30 Well then, what shall we say about these things? Just this, that God has given the Gentiles the opportunity to be acquitted by faith, even though they had not been really seeking God. 31 But the Jews, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping his laws, never succeeded. 32 Why not? Because they were trying to be saved by keeping the law and being good instead of by depending on faith. They have stumbled over the great stumbling stone.
GW – 30 So what can we say? We can say that non-Jewish people who were not trying to gain God’s approval won his approval, an approval based on faith. 31 The people of Israel tried to gain God’s approval by obeying the laws in Moses’ Teachings, but they did not reach their goal. 32 Why? They didn’t rely on faith to gain God’s approval, but they relied on their own efforts. They stumbled over the rock that trips people.

Romans 1:17
NIV – For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
AMP – For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)

Romans 3:21-22
NLT – 21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
AMP – 21 But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son].

Romans 3:31 (AMP)
31 Do we then nullify the Law by this faith [making the Law of no effect, overthrowing it]? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law [since it convicts us all of sin, pointing to the need for salvation].

Romans 4:3 (AMP)
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed in (trusted, relied on) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living, right standing with God).”

Genesis 15:6 (AMP)
Then Abram believed in (affirmed, trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord; and He counted (credited) it to him as righteousness (doing right in regard to God and man).

Romans 4:13-25 (AMP)
13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through [observing the requirements of] the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.  14 If those who are [followers] of the Law are [the true] heirs [of Abraham], then faith [leading to salvation] is of no effect and void, and the promise [of God] is nullified. 15 For the Law results in [God’s] wrath [against sin], but where there is no law, there is no violation [of it either].
16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise depends entirely on faith [that is, confident trust in the unseen God], in order that it may be given as an act of grace [His unmerited favor and mercy], so that the promise will be [legally] guaranteed to all the descendants [of Abraham]—not only for those [Jewish believers] who keep the Law, but also for those [Gentile believers] who share the faith of Abraham, who is the [spiritual] father of us all— 17 (as it is written [in Scripture], “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope Abraham believed that he would become a father of many nations, as he had been promised [by God]: “So [numberless] shall your descendants be.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he considered his own body, now as good as dead [for producing children] since he was about a hundred years old, and [he considered] the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised. 22 Therefore his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).  23 Now not for his sake alone was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also—to whom righteousness will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead— 25 who was betrayed and crucified because of our sins, and was raised [from the dead] because of our justification [our acquittal—absolving us of all sin before God].

[Comment:  Justification by faith was evidenced by Abraham in the Old Testament.]

Philippians 3:9 (GW)
This means that I didn’t receive God’s approval by obeying his laws. The opposite is true! I have God’s approval through faith in Christ. This is the approval that comes from God and is based on faith.

Galatians 3:11 (AMP)
Now it is clear that no one is justified [that is, declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing] before God by the Law, for “The righteous (the just, the upright) shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4)

Matthew 22:34-40 (AMP)
34 Now when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced (muzzled) the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 One of them, a lawyer [an expert in Mosaic Law], asked Jesus a question, to test Him: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ 40 The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

John 1:16-17 (AMP)
16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Acts 13:38-39 (AMP)
38 So let it be clearly known by you, brothers, that through Him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you; 39 and through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior and follows Him] is justified and declared free of guilt from all things, from which you could not be justified and freed of guilt through the Law of Moses.


Some have taught that Jesus did away with the tithe since He did not specifically make it a part of His New Testament teaching.  But Jesus made reference to the scribes and Pharisees about tithing and said that they were right in doing so.  The New Covenant did not do away with the tithe, but it did clarify what the motives for tithing should be.

Some have taught that we are not under the law.  When you read the scriptures about the law, it mostly discusses that the law points to our sin, and the fact that we are no longer justified by following the law, rather we receive our righteous standing before God because of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, and because of our faith in God.  Keep in mind that before the law was given, Abraham believed and had faith in God and His promises, and therefore he was considered righteous.

Galatians 2:16 (AMP) yet we know that a man is not justified [and placed in right standing with God] by works of the Law, but [only] through faith in [God’s beloved Son,] Christ Jesus. And even we [as Jews] have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law. By observing the Law no one will ever be justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty].

Cain and Abel gave God gifts about 2,500 years before the law was introduced.  Abraham tithed about 430 years before the law was given (Genesis 14:20).  Jacob also tithed (Genesis 28:22) approximately 300 years before Moses introduced the law.  Therefore, tithing was a Bible principle that didn’t begin or end with the law of Moses.  However, the law of Moses did include tithing as a part of its commandments (Leviticus 27:30-32) with stiff penalties attached for failure to comply (Deuteronomy 28:15 and Malachi 3:8-9).

It was concerning these punishments for not tithing that the New Testament differed from the Old Testament.  Malachi 3:8-9 says that if a man doesn’t tithe, he was robbed God and is cursed with a curse.  Therefore, people gave out of the motivation of debt and obligation.  Jesus redeemed us from this and all of the other curses of the law (Galatians 3:13-14) so that God will not curse us for not tithing.

However, the apostle Paul also made it very clear that any type of giving motivated by anything less than God’s kind of love was useless (1 Corinthians 13:3).  Paul went on to explain in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that God wanted us to give, “not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver”.  This type of giving that God loves is cheerful, freewill giving.

This does not mean that tithing is contrary to the New Testament.  It was the fear of punishment motive that the Old Testament law attached to tithing that has been done away with.  Giving and tithing are still very much a part of the New Testament doctrine, and if done with the New Testament, faith-based attitude, is acceptable to God.

Here’s the bottom line (summary).  Yes, you should give to God.  Yes, you should give to others.  Yes, you should give when the Holy Spirit prompts you to give.  However, it’s a matter of the heart.  Are you giving grudgingly or with a happy heart that is thanking God for His provisions?

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Over 100 Bible Verses About Healing

Here are over 100 bible verses (scriptures) about healing to build our faith regarding God’s will for us to be healed:


Genesis 6:3 (NLV)
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not stay in man forever, for he is flesh. But yet he will live for 120 years.”

Genesis 20:17 (MSG)
Then Abraham prayed to God and God
healed Abimelech.

Exodus 15:25-26 (NLT)
It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

Exodus 23:25 (AMP)
You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.  No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.

Exodus 15:25-26 (NLT)
26 It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

Deuteronomy 7:15 (AMP)
And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew will He put upon you, but will lay them upon all who hate you.

Deuteronomy 11:9 (NLV)
You will live long in the land the Lord promised to your fathers and their children, a land flowing with milk and honey. 

Deuteronomy 11:21 (NLV)
And your days and the days of your children will become many in the land the Lord promised to give to your fathers, as long as the heavens are above the earth.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (AMP)
IF YOU will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (AMP)
I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live and may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Joshua 21:45 (GWT)
Every single good promise that the LORD had given the nation of Israel came true.

1 Kings 8:56 (AMP)
Blessed be the Lord, Who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised.
  Not one word has failed of all His good promise which He promised through Moses His servant.

1 Kings 13:6 (MSG)
The king pleaded with the holy man, “Help me! Pray to your
God for the healing of my arm.” The holy man prayed for him and the king’s arm was healed—as good as new!

2 Kings 5:10, 14 (MSG)
10 Elisha sent out a servant to meet him with this message: “Go to the River Jordan and immerse yourself seven times. Your skin will be healed and you’ll be as good as new.” 14 So he did it. He went down and immersed himself in the Jordan seven times, following the orders of the Holy Man. His skin was healed; it was like the skin of a little baby. He was as good as new.

2 Kings 20:1-7 (TLB)
1 Hezekiah [the King] now became deathly sick, and Isaiah the prophet went to visit him.  “Set your affairs in order and prepare to die,” Isaiah told him. “The Lord says you won’t recover.”  Hezekiah turned his face to the wall.  “O Lord,” he pleaded, “remember how I’ve always tried to obey you and to please you in everything I do. . . . ” Then he broke down and cried.  So before Isaiah had left the courtyard, the Lord spoke to him again.  “Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people, and tell him that the Lord God of his ancestor David has heard his prayer and seen his tears. I will heal him, and three days from now he will be out of bed and at the Temple! I will add fifteen years to his life and save him and this city from the king of Assyria. And it will all be done for the glory of my own name and for the sake of my servant David.”  Isaiah then instructed Hezekiah to boil some dried figs and to make a paste of them and spread it on the boil. And he recovered!

2 Chronicles 7:12-15 (MSG)
God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship. If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.

2 Chronicles 30:18-20 (MSG)
18-19 There were a lot of people, especially those from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, who did not eat the Passover meal because they had not prepared themselves adequately. Hezekiah prayed for these as follows: “May God who is all good, pardon and forgive everyone who sincerely desires God, the God of our ancestors. Even—especially!—these who do not meet the literal conditions stated for access to The Temple.” 20 God responded to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people.

Psalm 12:5 (MSG)
Into the hovels of the poor, Into the dark streets where the homeless groan, God speaks: “I’ve had enough; I’m on my way To
heal the ache in the heart of the wretched.”

Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 30:2-3 (TLB)
O Lord my God, I pleaded with you, and you gave me my health again.  You brought me back from the brink of the grave, from death itself, and here I am alive!

Psalm 41:1-3 (MSG)
Dignify those who are down on their luck; you’ll feel good—
that’s what God does. God looks after us all, makes us robust with life— Lucky 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.

Psalm 89:34 (GWT)
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Psalm 91:1-3 (TLB)
1 We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods.  This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him.  For he rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor.

Psalm 91:14-16 (TLB)
14 For the Lord says, “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name. 15 When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. 16 I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.”

Psalm 103:1-5 (AMP)
1 Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget any of His benefits; 3 Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.

Psalm 105:37 (KJV)
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

Psalm 107:1, 19-22 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.  19 Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  20 He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.  21 Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.  22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

Psalm 118:17 (AMP)
I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord.

Psalm 147:2-5 (MSG)
God’s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem, who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles. He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (GWT)
Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.

Proverbs 3:5-12 (MSG)
God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.

Proverbs 4:10 (NLT)
My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.

Proverbs 4:20-23 (AMP)
My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. [The word of God will save your life.]

Proverbs 12:18 (MSG)
Rash language cuts and maims, but there is
healing in the words of the wise.

Proverbs 15:4 (MSG)
Kind words
heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.

Proverbs 16:24 (AMP)
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.

Proverbs 17:22 (MSG)
A cheerful disposition is good for your
health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.

Proverbs 18:14 (MSG)
healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?

Isaiah 19:22 (MSG)
God will listen to their prayers and heal them, heal them from head to toe.

Isaiah 35:3-6 (AMP)
3 Encourage the exhausted, and make staggering knees firm. Say to those with an anxious and panic-stricken heart, “Be strong, fear not! Indeed, your God will come with vengeance [for the ungodly]; The retribution of God will come, but He will save you.”  Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.  Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.  For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Isaiah 40:28-29 (NLV)
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The God Who lives forever is the Lord, the One Who made the ends of the earth. He will not become weak or tired. His understanding is too great for us to begin to know. 29 He gives strength to the weak. And He gives power to him who has little strength.

Isaiah 41:10, 13 (AMP)
Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!

Isaiah 43:25-26 (AMP)
I, even I, am He Who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right).

Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 53:4-5 (AMP)
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

Isaiah 53:1-6 (NLT)
1 Who has believed our message?  To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?  My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground.  There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.  He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.  We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.  Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.  And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!  But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

Isaiah 53:5 (MSG)
He was wounded for our rebellious acts.
He was crushed for our sins.
He was punished so that we could have peace,
and we received healing from his wounds.

Isaiah 57:15-20 (MSG)
A Message from the high and towering God, who lives in Eternity, whose name is Holy: “I live in the high and holy places, but also with the low-spirited, the spirit-crushed, And what I do is put new spirit in them, get them up and on their feet again. For I’m not going to haul people into court endlessly, I’m not going to be angry forever. Otherwise, people would lose heart. These souls I created would tire out and give up. I was angry, good and angry, because of Israel’s sins. I struck him hard and turned away in anger, while he kept at his stubborn, willful ways. When I looked again and saw what he was doing, I decided to heal him, lead him, and comfort him, creating a new language of praise for the mourners. Peace to the far-off, peace to the near-at-hand,” says God— “and yes, I will heal them.”

Isaiah 61:1-3 (MSG)
The Spirit of
God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory.

Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP)
Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.

Jeremiah 30:17 (AMP)
For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no one seeks after and for whom no one cares!

Jeremiah 33:6-9 (MSG)
“But now take another look. I’m going to give this city a thorough renovation, working a true
healing inside and out. I’m going to show them life whole, life brimming with blessings. I’ll restore everything that was lost to Judah and Jerusalem. I’ll build everything back as good as new. I’ll scrub them clean from the dirt they’ve done against me. I’ll forgive everything they’ve done wrong, forgive all their rebellions. And Jerusalem will be a center of joy and praise and glory for all the countries on earth. They’ll get reports on all the good I’m doing for her. They’ll be in awe of the blessings I am pouring on her.

Ezekiel 33:22 (MSG)
The evening before the survivor arrived, the hand of
God had been on me and restored my speech. By the time he arrived in the morning I was able to speak. I could talk again.

Ezekiel 34:16
“I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bandage the crippled, and strengthen the weak and the sick”

Joel 3:10 (AMP)
Let the weak say, “I am strong!” [a warrior]

Nahum 1:7 (AMP)
The Lord is good, a strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.

Nahum 1:7 (MSG)
God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, no matter how desperate the trouble.

Nahum 1:9 (NKJV)
What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save;  He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Malachi 4:2 (NKJV)
But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings


Matthew 4:23 (NLT)
Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he
healed every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 4:24 (NLT)
News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he
healed them all.

Matthew 8:2-3 (AMP)
And behold, a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me. And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed.

Matthew 8:5-10, 13 (NLT)
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”  But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”  10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! 13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour.

Matthew 8:14-17 (NLT)
14 When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. 15 But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him.

Matthew 8:16-17 (NLT)
16 That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. 17 This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” [Isaiah 53:4]

Matthew 9:19-22 (NLT)
20 Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”  22 Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Matthew 9:35 (NLT)
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 10:1 (NLT)
Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.

Matthew 10:5,8 (NLT)
Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

Matthew 12:15 (NLT)
But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area, and many people followed him. He healed all the sick among them.

Matthew 14:14 (NLT)
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Matthew 14:35 (NLT)
35 When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. 36 They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.

Matthew 15:28 (NLT)
28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

Matthew 15:30 (NLT)
A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.

Matthew 18:18-20 (AMP)
Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven. Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.
[Comment: You can take authority over the sickness in your body.
  Agree with someone for your healing.]

Matthew 21:21 (AMP)
And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done.

Mark 5:25-34 (NLT)
25 A woman had been sick for twelve years with a flow of blood. 26 She had suffered much because of having many doctors. She had spent all the money she had. She had received no help, but became worse. 27 She heard about Jesus and went among the people who were following Him. She touched His coat. 28 For she said to herself, “If I can only touch His coat, I will be healed.” 29 At once the flow of blood stopped. She felt in her body that she was healed of her sickness. 30 At the same time Jesus knew that power had gone from Him. He turned and said to the people following Him, “Who touched My coat?” 31 His followers said to Him, “You see the many people pushing on every side. Why do You ask, ‘Who touched My coat?’” 32 He looked around to see who had done it. 33 The woman was filled with fear when she knew what had happened to her. She came and got down before Jesus and told Him the truth. 34 He said to her,Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be free from your sickness.”

Mark 5:34 (AMP)
Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored you to health; go in peace and be [permanently] healed from your suffering.”

Mark 6:1-6 (NLT)
1 Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown.  The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Mark 10:47-52 (TLB)
47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was near, he began to shout out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  48 “Shut up!” some of the people yelled at him.  But he only shouted the louder, again and again, “O Son of David, have mercy on me!”  49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped there in the road and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “You lucky fellow,” they said, “come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus yanked off his old coat and flung it aside, jumped up and came to Jesus.  51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “O Teacher,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”  52 And Jesus said to him, “All right, it’s done.  Your faith has healed you.”  And instantly the blind man could see and followed Jesus down the road!

Mark 11:22-23 (TLB)
22-23 In reply Jesus said to the disciples, “If you only have faith in God—this is the absolute truth—you can say to this Mount of Olives, ‘Rise up and fall into the Mediterranean,’ and your command will be obeyed. All that’s required is that you really believe and have no doubt! 24 Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours! 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.”

Mark 11:24-26 (AMP)
24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you. 25 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others]. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”

Mark 16:17-18 (NLT)
17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Luke 5:12-13 (NLT)
12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”  13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

Luke 8:42-48 (NLT)
As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds.
43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.  Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” 46 But Jesus said, Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Luke 8:49-55 (NLT)
49 While he was still speaking to her, a messenger arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. He told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”  50 But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.”  51 When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn’t let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, James, and the little girl’s father and mother. 52 The house was filled with people weeping and wailing, but he said, “Stop the weeping! She isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”  53 But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. 54 Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!” 55 And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.

Luke 9:1-2,6 (NLT)
One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.
Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  So they began their circuit of the villages, preaching the Good News and healing the sick.

Luke 10:19 (AMP)
Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

Luke 17:11-19 (NLT)
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.  12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.  17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

Luke 17:19 (AMP)
Jesus said to him, “Get up and go [on your way]. Your faith [your personal trust in Me and your confidence in God’s power] has restored you to health.”

Luke 18:35-43 (NLT)
35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. 38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.  But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”  “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”  42 And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” 43 Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.

John 9:31 (AMP)
We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and a worshiper of Him and does His will, He listens to him.

John 10:10 (AMP)
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

[Comment:  The word “life” in this verse is the Greek word “zoe”, which means “life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed” and “the state of one who is possessed of vitality”.]

John 14:12-14 (NLT)
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

John 15:7 (NKJV)
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John 16:23-24 (NKJV)
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Acts 3:6-9, 16 (NLT)
But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”  Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 16 [Peter said,] “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.”

Acts 4:5-12 (NLT)
The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’  12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Acts 14:8-10 (NLT)
While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. 10 So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking.

Acts 28:7-10 (NLT)
Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the chief official of the island. He welcomed us and treated us kindly for three days. As it happened, Publius’s father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, he healed him. Then all the other sick people on the island came and were healed. 10 As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.

Romans 4:19-21 (AMP)
He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. No unbelief or distrust made him 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, Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

Romans 8:10-11 (AMP)
10 If Christ lives in you, though your [natural] body is dead because of sin, your spirit is alive because of righteousness [which He provides]. 11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

Romans 10:8-10 (NLT)
In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

[Comment:  The word “saved” is the Greek word “sozo”, which means saved, healed, delivered, preserved, & in health!]

Romans 8:11 (AMP)
And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (AMP)
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLV)
 Jesus says yes to all of God’s many promises. It is through Jesus that we say, “Let it be so,” when we give thanks to God.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (MSG)
Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (AMP)
For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the  flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NLV)
We do not use those things to fight with that the world uses. We use the things God gives to fight with and they have power. Those things God gives to fight with destroy the strong-places of the devil. We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God.

[Comment: Cast down those thoughts and imaginations that don’t line up with the Word of God.]

Galatians 3:13-14 (MSG)
Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.

Ephesians 6:10-17 (AMP)
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Philippians 2:13 (AMP)
[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
  God’s will — healing– is working in you. for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.]

Philippians 4:6-8 (AMP)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
  Fear is not of God. Rebuke it! For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.]

Hebrews 10:23, 25 (AMP)
So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgment of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word. Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:35
(NLT) So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!
(MSG) But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely [earnestly; diligently] seek him.

Hebrews 11:11 (AMP)
Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word.

Hebrews 13:8 (AMP)
Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).
  Jesus Christ has never changed. What He did in the Bible, He will do for you today. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.]

James 1:2-7 (NIV)
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

James 3:17 (AMP)
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).

James 4:7-8 (AMP)
So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].

James 5:14-15 (AMP)
Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT)
So be truly glad.  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

1 Peter 2:24 (AMP)
He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

1 Peter 5:7-9 (AMP)
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring in fierce hunger, seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset–rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.

1 John 3:21-22 (NLT)
Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

3 John 1:2 (AMP)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.
Revelation 12:11 (AMP)
And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].

NOTES from a Pastor, Thurman Scrivner:
God’s Word really does work, but guess who’s going to make it work for you? YOU!–if you walk in obedience to His Word and if you take these promises and do what He says.
How do you release your faith? You speak it. What’s in a man’s heart comes out where?–his mouth (Matt. 12:34). That’s why God tells us to hide His Word in our heart.
What you see (in the natural) with your eyes is not reality.  God’s Word is reality. This Book cannot fail you unless you doubt! Until it becomes a reality to you, you cannot receive something by faith that you don’t believe is yours.

A prayer Thurman prayed when he was in great need of a healing: “Life and death is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), so one more time, Lord, I confess that You’re my healer, You’re my deliverer, You’re my Lord and my God. I John 4:4 says that greater is the Holy Spirit in me than the devil who’s here trying to make me sick, so I tell you, Satan, in the name of Jesus, to get out! I’m going to get up and go to work, and I’m going to have a blessed day today!”

Why is it so many Christians don’t produce any fruit? Where is fruit produced on the vine?–On the branches. Who are the branches?–We are. (John 15:2 says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”)

Recommended reading:
Healed of Cancer, by Dodie Osteen

A Powerful Testimony:
Thurman Scrivner speaks about an amazing healing for his granddaughter’s healing.  His granddaughter, Katlynn, was in a severe car accident.  The doctors said that there were too many things wrong with her and were emphatic that she would not live.  Thurman Scrivner selected healing scriptures from God’s Word and declared them over her granddaughter for months.  She is now completely healed and lives an active life.  Thurman Scrivner discussed this miracle on the Sid Roth TV show.  Click here to listen to his testimony.

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God Asked Me – Why Don’t You Have Hope and Expectation?

I wasn’t quite awake – you know that state when a thought comes to mind but you’re not awake yet?  It was a thought that would definitely wake me up.

“Why are you afraid of opening the mail?

Why don’t you have an attitude of expectancy and hope?”

In my sleepy state the question rolled around in my head.  I could see the box of mail that was by the front door in my head.

I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking to me.  It was definitely louder than the usual still small voice of the Lord.  “Why don’t you have an attitude of expectancy and hope?”

The box of mail.  I was experiencing financial challenges and didn’t want to face them.  But I now felt as though my identity had, indeed, been stolen – only not through a perpetrator or thief, but by my own doing.  I didn’t want to open the mail, as I didn’t want to be reminded of my financial situation.

But in the midst of our circumstances, we need to remember that God is indeed the restorer of all things.  Just as you’re feeling down and out, depressed, discouraged or disillusioned, God can turn things around and restore you to not only what you had before, but better than you ever expected.

Think of Job’s story in the Bible.  He had everything he owned taken away, including all his livestock and his home.  Then, all seven of his children died.  When he heard this news, all of which happened at the same time, Job stood up, tore his robe in grief and fell to the ground to worship God.  It says in Job 1:22, “In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”

After Job’s possessions and his family were gone, then his health was compromised with terrible boils from his head to his feet.  His wife encouraged him to curse God, but Job refused.    Job 2:10 says, “But Job replied, ‘You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?’  So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.”

Three friends came to visit Job, but Job didn’t speak for the first seven days and seven nights.  His friends then tried to rationalize with him.  Job never cursed God throughout his situation.  The book of Job continues to outline the discussions between Job and his three friends.  And, in the end, God showed up – and in a big way.  God appeared in a whirlwind and spoke with Job directly.  After a lengthy discussion with Job, God told Job that He was disappointed that Job’s friends had not spoken accurately about Him, and instructed Job to pray for his friends.

Job 42:10 “When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”

Job 42:12-13 “So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.  He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters.”

Job 42:16-17 “Job lived 140 years after that, living to see four generations of his children and grandchildren.  Then he died, an old man who had lived a long, full life.

Back to my situation.  Why was I having financial challenges?  Where was God in the midst of all of my circumstances?  I was quoting God’s Word – why wasn’t it working?   Why weren’t God’s promises to me manifesting themselves?  And here’s the answer.  Pride and disobedience.

I didn’t hear God’s voice during my financial difficulties, because I really wasn’t reading His Word or trying to have a close relationship with Him.  My fearful attitude and more importantly, my constant negative words, opened the door to the enemy.  Being disobedient, having a wrong attitude and verbalizing negative feelings (which basically mean you are prophesying negative events to come to pass in your life) opens the doors to allow Satan in your life.  After all, Satan came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  And steal and destroy he did.  And, I allowed him to kill my spirit.

My fear, shame and constant concern over the status of my situation was, for lack of a better term, my idol.  My idol, you may ask?  Yes.  You see, anything or anyone that you put before or above God is an idol.  God should come first in your life.

Let me assure you that God was not absent during this process.  Remember the verse that says that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  God is never the problem.  I was the problem.  God’s Word is full of promises, and if we believe them, we should take the time to meditate on His Word in order to get them deep into our heart.  If you’re not giving Him any time, how will you know what to do?  How can you receive further instructions?

Let’s set the record straight.  Yes, God’s Word does promise prosperity.  Was my church wrong in teaching me about the importance of quoting and believing God’s Word?  Absolutely not.  What I failed to realize was that my pride and choices to put other things above God nullified the fulfillment of His promise of prosperity in my life.

Proverbs 29:23 tells us that a man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.  I was indeed brought low.  But the good news is that God can, will, and continue to pick me up and put me back on the right track.

I asked God what I should do differently in my life to get back on track with Him.  What do I need to do, Lord, to see the fulfillment of Your promises in my life?   God explained to me what I can do to realize His promises.

God taught me that here are 3 weapons, so to speak, that we can use to combat the enemy – 3 weapons to handle any type of spiritual warfare.  First, standing on God’s promises (God’s Word) is a weapon.  Second, praise – or praising God for what He has done, is doing, and will do, is a weapon.  Lastly, prayer – praying to God and asking Him is a weapon.

No matter what happens to you during your life, be confident that He can turn your life around for the good.  He can take anything you have messed up and work through it.  He is the ultimate provider, the ultimate healer, the ultimate friend, the ultimate Father and the ultimate Savior.  Glory to God!

Hope and expectation?  You bet. No matter what has happened, focus your attention on hoping in God and expecting His best.  And, if it doesn’t seem to be going the way you think, ask God.  Ask God.  Ask God.  Ask Him what is preventing the fulfillment of His promises in your life.  Ask Him what needs to change or what you need to do differently.  Remember – it’s a relationship with God, not a religion.  God is real and He will direct your path, if you ask Him. [Proverbs 3:6]  If you do your part – seeking God – He’ll do His part – directing your path.  Concerned that you’re not hearing His voice?  Find a comfy chair and get quiet.  Read His Word and ask Him to speak to you.  Listen for His still, small voice.  And, whatever He tells you, be rest assured it will always line up with the Word of God.

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”

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God Asks: What is Your Most Prized Possession?

One day, God shows me a vision of two hands holding an alabaster jar.  The beautiful translucent white jar was very carefully held by two extended hands being slightly raised up in the air.  Think of yourself carefully holding an incredible almost round white alabaster jar away from you, just as if you were giving it to someone.

Then God said to me, “She gave me her prized possession”.  God was referencing Mark 14:3-8, which says:

Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head.

Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. “It could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly.

But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” 
This story is also told in Matthew 26 and Luke 7.]

When God said to me that the woman had given Him her prized possession, I mentally surveyed the possessions in my home.  I could not think of one thing that came to mind that I would consider a “prized possession”.

I then asked God, “What is my prized possession?”

God answered, “Your heart.”

My response: “Lord, I give you my whole heart.”

Matthew 22:37 (AMP) And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Mark 12:28-30 (AMP) 28 Then one of the scribes [an expert in Mosaic Law] came up and listened to them arguing [with one another], and noticing that Jesus answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment is first and most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first and most important one is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (life), and with all your mind (thought, understanding), and with all your strength.’ 

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Thoughts Can Make or Break You

“You have broken your own spirit by how you have thought – your thoughts are important”, God said to me one morning.  As He’s been explaining to me, your thoughts are crucial to your success – your ability to rise above your circumstances and believe that God has something better for you.

One day, the Holy Spirit explained to me a process He called, “Our Daily Life Cycle – How to Succeed”.   Here’s the sequence:

What you See/Read/Hear

Leads to:  Thoughts
(You think about what you see/read/hear)

Leads to:  Heart
  (What you think about gets into your heart)

Leads to:  Our Words
   (What is in your heart is expressed by your words)

Leads to:  Our Actions

Seeds start with what we see, what we read or what we hear.

The soil is what we think about – what we meditate on.  If you have good soil, you will control your thoughts and emotions to align with God’s Word and promises.  Can I say this?  Yes, I can – think positive thoughts.  Give time and attention to thinking on the uplifting events, thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will do for you.  If you have bad soil, if you think on negative things, if you harbor unforgiveness, resentment or ill-will toward others, these are things which God wants you to get rid of.  (For more about our thoughts, check this article entitled, “Your Words Will Not Return Void”.

Thoughts that we think about over and over again become seeds.  The germination of the seed occurs in our heart.  The more time we give to a thought, the more it gets into our heart.  We can choose what we think about.  There’s that free will, again.  Yes, God has given us a free will.  It’s our choice what “seeds” we allow ourselves to see, hear and read.  It’s our choice what “soil” we want by thinking on the positive things of God or the negative things of the world.  The seeds that grow in your heart produce fruit.  Here’s a good article called “What You Speak About Comes From Your Heart”.

Our words and actions are the result (fruit) of what’s been growing in our heart.  Our lives are influenced by the type of fruit we’re producing, either good or bad fruit.  Remember the verse in Psalms that says out of the abundance of our heart, our mouth speaks.  We speak what’s in our heart.  Do you think you have faith in God’s promises?  Here’s how to double-check:  what do you talk about?  What do you confess out loud?  (Check out this article entitled, “Believe With Your Heart and Confess With Your Mouth”.)

The interesting point that the Holy Spirit explained to me about this thought process is that this is how our thought, mind and action processes work whether you believe in God or not.  Remember that God made you and I in His ‘likeness’ (just like Him) and ‘image’ and He gave us the same ability to change things by using the most powerful force in the known universe: FAITH! (the absolute trust and confidence in God’s Word).

So what’s the first thing we should do to change our attitude, and thus change our life?  Seek God first!

Think about these bible verses:
Proverbs 23:7 (AMP) “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Luke 6:45 (NKJV) “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.


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Miracle: God Saved Our Home from a Fire

My best friend and roommate, Linda, came home one day and announced that she purchased 10 cases of water!  They were in the truck and back seat of her car – could I bring them into the house?  “What are we going to do with 10 cases of water?”, I asked.  “We’ll use them!” was her response.  Little did I know that just a few days later, those cases of water would really come in handy.

We live in townhouse #2 of a row of 5 town homes.  Some of these homes share an adjoining wall.  One Saturday afternoon in August 2015, I was sitting on the back patio my friend Donna, while Linda was in the house reading.  “It’s too hot to sit outside”, she explained.  She was right – it was over 100 degrees!

Well, it was just after 3:00 in the afternoon when we suddenly heard a very loud “BOOM”.  I immediately put on my flip flops and ran through the back door, through the house, and out the front door to try and find out what had caused the loud explosion.  I immediately realized that the town home two doors down – townhouse #4 was not only on fire – the flames were shooting up to what looked like about 10 or 12 feet!  SHOCK!

Charlotte, who lived in the town home that experienced an explosion and was on fire, came running out of the house screaming, “CALL 911, CALL 911, CALL 911!”

Linda, Donna and I immediately went into action.  We called 911. We recognized that the fire had already spread to the homes on either side – home #3 and home #5.  As the home next door was on fire, we ran to help them.  As our next door neighbor, Judy, was carrying one of three dogs out of the house, Linda helped her and I went into the smoke-filled home to find her husband, Harry.  Harry was trying to put papers into a small suitcase.  Due to the heaviness of the smoke, I grabbed papers out of his hand, shoved them into the suitcase, and exclaimed, “You have to get out of your house – NOW!”  My thought was that if I took the suitcase, he would follow.  He did.

Linda called to me to move our cars out of our garage, due to the close proximity of the fire – after all, the house next door to us was also on fire and our home is only about 3 feet away from this home.  We grabbed our precious dog and our computers, and ran outside.  Due to the heat, Donna took our dog and computers and put them all in the car.  She started the car to have A/C on for the dog.  Remember – it’s over 100 degrees outside!

Linda and I made eye contact and went into our house to pray.  We commanded the fire to not touch our house, in Jesus’ Name.  [Remember, Jesus said to speak to your mountain and it will be removed.]  We plead the blood of Jesus over our home.  “Nothing missing, nothing broken”, we prayed.  We prayed for the safety and security of others, in Jesus’ Name.

We then ran outside to help everyone else.  Linda recognized that house #5 was on fire, and felt the need to go to that home.  She knocked on the front door and recognized that there was a dog inside – but our neighbors were not home.  She immediately found someone, who was then able to get a fireman to break open the door.  The neighbor ran up the stairs – with flames on either side of him – and grab the neighbor’s large dog.  Another neighbor volunteered to take the dog to their house to keep cool.

Those 10 cases of water?  Yeah.  They came in handy.  We kept our garage door open and would carry the cases of water that were stacked up inside our home out to the firemen, who were standing about 3 feet from our property all the way down to the last house.  In all, we heard that over 15 fire trucks showed up, of which only 3 could fit in front and around the court in which our homes reside.  Some of these trucks came from over 20 miles away.  We were thankful for the fireman who hosed our home down with water, as the flames came within about 5 feet from our house, and even closer if you consider that we have a wood arbor that nearly touches our neighbor’s home.

The fire started around 3:15 in the afternoon and the fire trucks left after 10:00 p.m. with a warning that we should watch the homes in case the fire started up again!  Which it did, by the way, twice.  Thank You, Lord, He had a fire truck come back and check the property around 11:30, in which the fireman saw a spark reignite, and the owner of the home come by around 1:00 p.m. who happen to notice the fire reignite yet again and called the fire department!

There was much more to tell about this situation, but here are the amazing miracles that God performed – first, our house was protected.  In fact, we found burnt embers on our wood arbor and on our wood balcony in the back of our house, all of which could have sparked our house to catch on fire, but did not.  Glory to God!

Second, and this is really amazing, there was absolutely no smell of smoke inside our home.  We left both the garage door open as well as the door from the garage to the home.  We kept opening the door to carry cases of water out to the firemen.  We kept opening the doors to let our neighbors and people inside.  We also opened our side patio doors to the fire chief and all of people that he interviewed.  While the smell of smoke was heavy outside, there was no smell of smoke inside our home.

Take a step outside our home – there was an extreme smell of smoke.  Take a step inside our home – NO smell of smoke.  Repeat.  Repeat again and again.  We NEVER experienced the smell of smoke in our house.

It was a Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego moment.

In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image and commanded that all his officials bow down before it. All who failed to do so would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Certain officials informed the king that the three Jewish youths Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria, who bore the Babylonian names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and whom the king had appointed to high office in Babylon, were refusing to worship the golden statue.  The three were brought before Nebuchadnezzar, where they informed the king that their God would be with them.  Nebuchadnezzar commanded that these 3 men, wearing their robes, trousers, and other clothes, were to be bound and thrown into the blazing furnace, heated seven times hotter than normal, but when the king looked he saw four figures, and not three, (one looked like the son of God) walking unharmed in the flames. Seeing this, Nebuchadnezzar brought the youths out of the flames.  Everyone saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.  Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants!  He promoted them to even higher office, decreeing that any who spoke against their God should be torn limb from limb.

We were reminded of the verses in Malachi 3:10-11:
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts

God rebuked the devourer for our sake.  More than a year later, we still thank God for protecting our home. He is amazing!!

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Forgiveness Bible Verses – Scriptures Reminding Us About Forgiving

The following offers bible verses about God’s forgiveness toward us and His instruction for us to forgive others.

Exodus 34:6 (GW)
Then he [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, calling out, “The Lord, the Lord, a compassionate and merciful God, patient, always faithful and ready to forgive.

Exodus 34:7 (NLT)
I [the Lord] lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.

Psalm 86:15 (GW)
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God.  You are patient, always faithful and ready to forgive.

Psalm 103:1-5 (GW)
Praise the Lord, my soul!  Praise his holy name, all that is within me.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done:
He is the one who forgives all your sins, the one who heals all your diseases, the one who rescues your life from the pit, the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion, the one who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle.

Psalm 103:8 (GW)
8 The Lord is compassionate, merciful, patient, and always ready to forgiveHe will not always accuse us of wrong or be angry with us forever.  10 He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs.

Psalm 130:7 (GW)
..Put your hope in the Lord, because with the Lord there is mercy and with him there is unlimited forgiveness.

Psalm 145:8 (GW)
The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.

Proverbs 17:9 (GW)   [The consequences of being a fool]
Whoever forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever keeps bringing up the issue separates the closest of friends.

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (GW)
[Despite the People of Israel’s Past Sin, the Lord Will Forgive Them]
16 The Lord makes a path through the sea and a road through the strong currents.
18 Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago.
19 I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it?  I will clear a way in the desert.  I will make rivers on dry land.

Isaiah 55:6-7 (GW)
Seek the Lord while he may be found.  Call on him while he is near.  Let wicked people abandon their ways.  Let evil people abandon their thoughts.  Let them return to the Lord, and he will show compassion to them.  Let them return to our God, because he will freely forgive them.

Jeremiah 3:22 (GW)
[The Lord says] “Come back, you rebellious people, and I will forgive you for being unfaithful.”  [The people answer] Here we are! We have come to you because you are the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 33:6-9 (GW)
“But I will heal this city and restore it to health. I will heal its people, and I will give them peace and security. I will restore Judah and Israel and rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sins that they have committed against me. I will forgive them for all the sins that they have committed against me and for rebelling against me. Then Jerusalem will be my source of joy, praise, and honor. All the nations on earth will hear about all the blessings that I will give to Jerusalem. They will be afraid and tremble because of all the prosperity that I will provide for it.

Hosea 14:2 (GW)
Return to the Lord, and say these things to him: Forgive all our sins, and kindly receive us.  Then we’ll praise you with our lips.”

Micah 7:18 (GW)
Who is a God like you?  You forgive sin and overlook the rebellion of your faithful people.  You will not be angry forever, because you would rather show mercy.

Matthew 6:7-13 (NKJV)
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.  “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)
14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.  15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Mark 11:25-26 (NKJV)
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Luke 6:37-38
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 11:1-4 (AMP)
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” He said to them,“When you pray, say:
‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. ‘Give us each day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us]. And lead us not into temptation but rescue us from evil].’”

Luke 17:3-4 (NKJV)
Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

John 20:21-23 (NKJV)
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (AMP)
Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured [it keeps no record of wrongs]. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (AMP)
But if someone has caused [all this] sorrow, he has caused it not to me, but in some degree—not to put it too severely—[he has distressed and grieved] all of you. For such a one this punishment by the majority is sufficient, so instead [of further rebuke, now] you should rather [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage him, to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reinstate him in your affections and reaffirm your [c]love for him. For this was my purpose in writing, to see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and committed to following my instruction in all things. 10 If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive [that one]; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of [and with the approval of] Christ, 11 to keep Satan from taking advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Ephesians 1:3-10 (AMP)
Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, 10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)
26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NKJV)
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)
He [God] has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 2:13 (AMP)
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins,

Colossians 3:12-17 (NKJV)
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

James 1:19-20 (AMP)
19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; 20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].

James 5:13-16 (AMP)
13 Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God]. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored.  The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].

1 John 1:8 (NKJV)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1 John 4:19-21 (AMP)
19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him.

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Parting of the Sea/Water Occurs 5 Times in the Bible

We found five different occurrences in the bible in which water was parted or separated by God.

1.  GOD Separates the Water

Genesis 1:6-7 (New Living Translation)
6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens.

2.  Moses Parts the Water (Red Sea)

Exodus 14:15-22  (New King James Version)
15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Hebrews 11:29 (The Message)
By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.

3.  Joshua & Israel Cross the Jordan

Joshua 3:5-17 through 4:1-18 (NKJV)
5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” 6 Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.”  So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.
7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.’”
9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” 10 And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites: 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.”
14 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), 16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.

Joshua 4:1-18
1 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying: 2 “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’”
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
8 And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, as the LORD had spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day.
10 So the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hurried and crossed over. 11 Then it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over, that the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed over in the presence of the people. 12 And the men of Reuben, the men of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had spoken to them. 13 About forty thousand prepared for war crossed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho. 14 On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life.
15 Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 16 “Command the priests who bear the ark of the Testimony to come up from the Jordan.” 17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, “Come up from the Jordan.” 18 And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.

4.  Elijah Parts the Water

2 Kings 2:5-9 (NKJV)
5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?”
So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”

5.  Elisha Parts the Water

2 Kings 2:12-15 (NKJV)
12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.
15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.

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God Told Me to Deem Myself Worthy of Success and Prosperity

I was reading the Bible and took a break to go into the kitchen to get some tea.  While in the kitchen, I heard the still, small voice of God say to me, “I give you richly all things to enjoy”.  I then heard, “On earth as it is in heaven”.  I was prompted to look up the verses!  The first verse referenced by the Lord was 1 Timothy 6:17:

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”

The second verse was from Matthew 6:10.  Here’s Matthew 6:8-10:
[Jesus Speaking] 8 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.”

God put it the two verses together and said, “I give you richly all things to enjoy, on earth as it is in heaven.  The reason you don’t have the things I want to give you is that you think you don’t deserve them.”

Ouch.  I am blocking my own blessing by how I think and what I believe in my heart.

So, let’s get to work changing my heart!  I am meditating on 1 Timothy 6:17 by saying, “God is giving me richly all things to enjoy.  I am blessed to be a blessing to others.”

John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  The Greek word “zoe” for “life” means the same life that is resident in God Himself.  So when the Bible says that we are to have life (zoe) more abundantly, it is literally saying that God wants to manifest heaven on the earth!  We don’t have to wait.  We can experience God’s favor and abundance while we are on the earth.  We can be blessed to be a blessing!

And, in 2 Corinthians 9:8, it says, “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”  In other words, God wants us to have more than enough!

Think about this.  John 14:1-2 says, “ “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”  Jesus is preparing a mansion for me in heaven!  So, I’m looking forward to my nice home here on earth.  After all, God wants to bless me here “on earth as it is in heaven”!

The word “deem” is a verb that means “to view as” or “judge”.  Deem comes from the Old English word, deman — meaning “act as a judge.” If you deem something, you essentially become the judge of whether it has a characteristic in your life.  Therefore, deem means to keep in mind, hold, view as, assert, affirm, consider, reckon, regard or see something.

My new thought is that I judge myself – I consider myself – I regard myself as being prosperous so I can be blessed to be a blessing.  I assert that God is giving me richly all things to enjoy.  And, more importantly, I give Him all the credit and all the glory.  I will trust in God – not in the money.

Here’s 1 Timothy 6:17 from various different versions of the Bible:

AMP (Amplified)
As for the rich in this present world, instruct them not to be conceited and arrogant, nor to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

CEV (Contemporary English Version)
Warn the rich people of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is easily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life.

ERV (Easy-To-Read Version)
Give this command to those who are rich with the things of this world. Tell them not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not their money. Money cannot be trusted, but God takes care of us richly. He gives us everything to enjoy.

EXB (Expanded Bible)
Command those who are rich ·with things of this world [in the present age] not to be proud [arrogant; haughty]. Tell them to hope in God, not in their uncertain riches. God richly gives us everything to enjoy.

GW (God’s Word Translation)
Tell those who have the riches of this world not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, they should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

GNT (Good News Translation)
Command those who are rich in the things of this life not to be proud, but to place their hope, not in such an uncertain thing as riches, but in God, who generously gives us everything for our enjoyment.

NASB (New American Standard Bible)
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

NCV (New Century Version)
Command those who are rich with things of this world not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not in their uncertain riches. God richly gives us everything to enjoy.

NET (New English Translation)
Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.

NIV (New International Version)
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

NLV (New Life Version)
Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money. Money cannot be trusted. They should put their trust in God. He gives us all we need for our happiness.

NLT (New Living Translation)
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

God can and will supply not only our needs, but our desires, if we let Him!  Remember to give Him all the glory!

I’m reminded of Ephesians 3:20 (AMP), which says, “Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us“.  God works within us.

Here’s a great verse in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT), which says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Here’s another great passage in 2 Corinthians 9:11-15 (NCV):
11 He [God] will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will cause many to give thanks to God. 12 This service you do not only helps the needs of God’s people, it also brings many more thanks to God. 13 It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ—the gospel you say you believe—and because you freely share with them and with all others. 14 And when they pray, they will wish they could be with you because of the great grace that God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful for words.”

Here’s my prayer – That God would work within me to change my heart and create a vision of His purpose and will for my life.  And, my prayer is for you as well.  I pray that God would change your heart to be able to not only see a vision and a purpose for your life, but a realization that He is able to do abundantly more than all you can ask or imagine!

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Guard Your Mouth to Keep Yourself Safe

Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 16)

Proverbs 21:23 (AMP), “He who guards his mouth and his tongue guards himself from troubles.”
Proverbs 21:23 (The Message), “Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.”
Proverbs 21:23 (KJV), “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”

The Hebrew word for “guards” means to keep, to keep watch, to have charge of, to observe, and give heed. It also means to keep (within bounds) or restrain, as well as to preserve and protect.

This word is also used in Genesis 25:5 and in Psalm 37:34.

Genesis 25:2-5:
Then the Lord appeared to him [Isaac] and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Psalm 37:34 (NKJV), “Psalm 37:34 (NKJV), “Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land”

These verses are talking about keeping the way of the Lord in your life. You can keep the way of the Lord by reading and/or listening to His Word, and listening to the Holy Spirit direct your life. You can also talk to Him anywhere and anytime. This means that there is a choice. You make the choice to spend time with Him.

Likewise, you have a choice as to what you say. Watching what you say is important. You’ll get what you confess. Make a choice to proclaim God’s word. Remember that if you are speaking negative words, even if you think it’s telling the truth, the negative comes to pass. God told me that my words (our words) are like seeds. You speak things into existence. Those seeds become trees, and those trees will bear fruit. The question is are you going to see good fruit or bad fruit?

Jesus said in Mark 11:22-24 (ESV), “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”   (Also see Matthew 21:21)

Here’s the key. Jesus’ explanation is not just about prayer. The prayer part is after the word “therefore”. Jesus said in the first sentence that if you say something, and you believe it, it will be done.

Here’s the key: if you say something, and you believe it, it will be done.

What do you have in your life that you don’t want – but you’ve confessed it into existence?

Here’s the question – What do you need to say and believe differently in order for your life to change for the better?

Matthew 21:18-21

Find scriptures that apply to your life and meditate on them. Write down the verses on 3×5 cards and keep them with you. Remind yourself of these versus by thinking about them and speaking them out loud. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!

Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.

Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words.  You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.

PRAYER: Lord, I pray that you would show me what I am saying that has caused negative things in my life, and to correct me in my words. I pray for a strong relationship with You.


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