Over 100 Bible Verses About Prosperity and Success God’s Way

God desires that His people be blessed in order to bless others.   Because God has promised to bless us abundantly, we should be a blessing to others.  The more you bless other people and the more you help others, the more God blesses your life.  Luke tells us, “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back–given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity” (Luke 6:38 MSG)

Here are some bible verses (scriptures) to build our faith in God’s desire to prosper us and give us success.

Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.

Comment: Selah means “think about this” or “think on this”.

Genesis 12:2-3
NKJV – [And God said to Abraham]  2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
NLT –  2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.
AMP – 2 And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you [abundantly], and make your name great (exalted, distinguished); And you shall be a blessing [a source of great good to others];  3 And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you, and I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.  And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.

Comment: God wants you to be willing and obedient to be a blessing to others. This means that if God wants you to give away something you own, like things or money, you need to be obedient to give it away. Likewise, if someone wants to give you something, don’t turn them away. You also need to be obedient to receive it. After all, you don’t want to block God’s blessing of them for giving it to you!

Genesis 12:5 (NLT)
He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan.

Genesis 13:2 (AMP)
Now Abram was extremely rich in livestock and in silver and in gold.

Genesis 13:5 (NLT)
Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy with flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and many tents.

Genesis 15:13-14 (NCV)
13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers and travel in a land they don’t own. The people there will make them slaves and be cruel to them for four hundred years. 14 But I will punish the nation where they are slaves. Then your descendants will leave that land, taking great wealth with them.

Genesis 24:35
AMP –  The Lord has greatly blessed my master [Abraham], and he has become great (wealthy, powerful); He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys.
NLT –  And the Lord has greatly blessed my master; he has become a wealthy man. The Lord has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.

Genesis 26:1-5 (AMP)
Now there was a famine in the land [of Canaan], besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I will tell you. Live temporarily [as a resident] in this land and I will be with you and will bless and favor you, for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, and I will establish and carry out the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of the heavens, and will give to your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because Abraham listened to and obeyed My voice and [consistently] kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Genesis 26:12-14
NKJV –  Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
NLT – When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him.  He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow.  He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him.
MSG – Isaac planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy. He accumulated flocks and herds and many, many servants, so much so that the Philistines began to envy him.

Genesis 26:16 (TLB)
And King Abimelech asked Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too rich and powerful for us.”

Genesis 30:27; 29-30 (NLT)
27 “Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you. [Laban speaking to Jacob after Jacob expressed a desire to leave with his family after working for Laban for 14 years.]  29 Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. 30 You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done.”

Genesis 30:43 (NLT)
NLT – As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys.
AMP – So Jacob became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks [of sheep and goats], and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.

Genesis 31:40-42 (NLT)
[Jacob speaking to Laban after Jacob flees from Laban and Laban catches up to him.]  40 “I worked for you through the scorching heat of the day and through cold and sleepless nights. 41 Yes, for twenty years I slaved in your house! I worked for fourteen years earning your two daughters, and then six more years for your flock. And you changed my wages ten times! 42 In fact, if the God of my father had not been on my side—the God of Abraham and the fearsome God of Isaac—you would have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen your abuse and my hard work. That is why he appeared to you last night and rebuked you!”

Genesis 32:9-10 (NLT)
Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac—O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly.’ 10 I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps!

Genesis 33:8-11 (MSG)
Esau then asked, “And what was the meaning of all those herds that I met?”
“I was hoping that they would pave the way for my master to welcome me.”
Esau said, “Oh, brother. I have plenty of everything—keep what is yours for yourself.”
10-11 Jacob said, “Please. If you can find it in your heart to welcome me, accept these gifts. When I saw your face, it was as the face of God smiling on me. Accept the gifts I have brought for you. God has been good to me and I have more than enough.” Jacob urged the gifts on him and Esau accepted.

Genesis 39:2-5 (NIV)
The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Genesis 39:19-23 (NIV)
19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.  But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Genesis 45:1-11; 17-20
1Then Joseph could not control himself [any longer] in front of all those who attended him, and he called out, “Have everyone leave me.” So no man stood there when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. 2Joseph wept aloud, and the Egyptians [who had just left him] heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless, for they were stunned and dismayed by [the fact that they were in] Joseph’s presence.
4And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they approached him. And he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5Now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save life and preserve our family. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five more years in which there will be no plowing and harvesting. 7God sent me [to Egypt] ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on the earth, and to keep you alive by a great escape. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father, and tell him, ‘Your son Joseph says this to you: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall live in the land of Goshen [the best pasture land of Egypt], and you shall be close to me—you and your children and your grandchildren, your flocks and your herds and all you have. 11There I will provide for you and sustain you, so that you and your household and all that are yours may not become impoverished, for there are still five years of famine to come.”’  17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: load your animals and return to the land of Canaan [without delay], 18 and get your father and your households and come to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat (the finest produce) of the land.’ 19 Now you [brothers of Joseph] are ordered [by Pharaoh], ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come. 20 Do not be concerned with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”

Exodus 3:21-22 (AMP)
[God speaking to Moses] “21 And I will grant this people favor and respect in the sight of the Egyptians; therefore, it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed. 22 But every woman shall [insistently] ask her neighbor and any woman who lives in her house, for articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and daughters. In this way you are to plunder the Egyptians [leaving bondage with great possessions that are rightfully yours].”

Exodus 12:35-36 (NKJV)
The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

Leviticus 26:10 (NLT)
You will have such a surplus of crops that you will need to clear out the old grain to make room for the new harvest!

Deuteronomy 1:11 (NIV)
May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!

Deuteronomy 1:21 (AMP)
Behold, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and take possession of it, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (NLT)
So Moses told the people, “You must be careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God, following his instructions in every detail. Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.

Deuteronomy 6:1-13 (NKJV)
1“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.

Comment: In verse 11, it speaks of having houses full of all good things, which they did not fill. First of all, note that they have houses given to them. Second, note that they have “things” in their houses. Third, their homes are filled with these things. The Hebrew word for “fill” in this verse means “to be full, fullness, abundance, to be filled, be satisfied, to be complete, to have wholly”.

Deuteronomy 6:24 (NIV)
Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Deuteronomy 8:18
NKJV –  And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
NLT –  Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.
AMP –  But you shall remember [with profound respect] the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8 (NKJV)
“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.
“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.
11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ 18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 15:6 (NKJV)
For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (AMP)
Now it shall be, if you diligently listen to and obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all of His commandments which I am commanding you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 28:8 (NLT)
The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain.  The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.

Deuteronomy 28:11
AMP – The Lord will give you great prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
AMPC – And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 28:12 (AMP)
The Lord will open for you His good treasure house, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow.

Deuteronomy 29:9 (AMP)
Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may deal wisely and prosper in all that you do.

Deuteronomy 30:2-3 (NLT)
If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes.

Deuteronomy 30:5 (NLT)
The Lord your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!

Deuteronomy 30:8-10 (NIV)
You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (GWT)
15 Today I offer you life and prosperity or death and destruction. 16 This is what I’m commanding you today: Love the Lord your God, follow his directions, and obey his commands, laws, and rules. Then you will live, your population will increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you’re about to enter and take possession of.
17 But your hearts might turn away, and you might not listen. You might be tempted to bow down to other gods and worship them. 18 If you do, I tell you today that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live for a long time in the land that you’re going to take possession of when you cross the Jordan River.
19 I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live. 20 Love the Lord your God, obey him, and be loyal to him.

Joshua 1:7 (AMP)
Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.

Joshua 1:8 (AMP)
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.

Joshua 22:7-8 (AMP)
Now to the one-half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given a possession in Bashan, but to the other half Joshua gave a possession on the west side of the Jordan among their brothers. So when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them, and he said to them, “Return to your tents with great riches and with very much livestock, with silver, gold, bronze, iron, and with very many clothes; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers (fellow tribesmen).”

2 Samuel 12:7-8 (TLB)
Then Nathan said to David, “You are that rich man! The Lord God of Israel says, ‘I made you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you his palace and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah; and if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.

1 Kings 2:3 (AMP)
Keep the charge of the Lord your God, walk in His ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His precepts, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may do wisely and prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.

1 Kings 3:5-14 (NKJV)
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”|
And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

1 Kings 10:4-10 (NKJV)
And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.”  10 Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great quantity, and precious stones. There never again came such abundance of spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

1 Kings 10:14-15 (NKJV)
14 The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,
15 besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.

1 Kings 10:23-25 (AMP)
King Solomon was wiser and richer than all the kings of the earth—he surpassed them all. People came from all over the world to be with Solomon and drink in the wisdom God had given him. And everyone who came brought gifts—artifacts of gold and silver, fashionable robes and gowns, the latest in weapons, exotic spices, and horses and mules—parades of visitors, year after year.

1 Kings 17:1-16 (NLT)
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”  Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”  So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”  12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”  13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ”  15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.

Comment:  This is truly a miracle that they had enough provision to last them until the end of the drought.  This woman was willing to take in a man of God.  And, if you note, she only had enough left for one last meal, but Elijah asked her to give him something first.  She gave him the first portion of what she had remaining, and then God blessed her by insuring she had a continual source of food and provision.

2 Kings 4:1-7 (NLT)
1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 
“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”  “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.  And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”  So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim!  “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons.  “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.  When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”

Comment:  What a miracle of God!  Can you imagine pouring oil from a flask into jars, and seeing that the oil keeps flowing until you run out of jars?  That must have been quite a lot of oil if they could not only pay off their debts, but live on what was left over!  When did the oil stop flowing?  It stopped when the woman ran out of jars.  If she had more jars, would the oil keep flowing?  Yes.  Sometimes when we are in difficult situations, all we need is a word or idea from God to not only get us out of our situation, but to prosper us!

2 Kings 18:5-7 (NLT)
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses. So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did.

1 Chronicles 4:10 (AMP)
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my border [property], and that Your hand would be with me, and You would keep me from evil so that it does not hurt me!” And God granted his request.

1 Chronicles 22:11-16 (AMP)
[David speaking to his son, Soloman]  11 Now, my son, may the Lord be with you so that you may be successful and build the house of the Lord your God, just as He has spoken concerning you. 12 Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will prosper, if you are careful to observe and fulfill the statutes and ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed. 14 Now listen, with great trouble I have prepared and provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, 1,000,000 talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for they are great in quantity. I have also prepared and provided timber and stone, and you may add to them. 15 Further, you have workmen in abundance: stonecutters and stonemasons and carpenters, and all men who are skillful in every kind of work. 16 As for the gold, the silver, the bronze, and the iron, there is no limit. So arise and begin working, and may the Lord be with you.”

1 Chronicles 29:10-16
AMP –  10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly and said, “Blessed (praised, adored, and thanked) are You, O Lord God of Israel (Jacob) our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hands to make great and to give strength to everyone. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your own hand we have given to You. 15 For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope [of remaining]. 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy Name, it is from Your hand, and is all Your own.
TLB –  10 While still in the presence of the whole assembly, David expressed his praises to the Lord: “O Lord God of our father Israel, praise your name forever and ever! 11 Yours is the mighty power and glory and victory and majesty. Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. 12 Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength. 13 O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name, 14 but who am I and who are my people that we should be permitted to give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we only give you what is yours already!  15 For we are here for but a moment, strangers in the land as our fathers were before us; our days on earth are like a shadow, gone so soon, without a trace. 16 O Lord our God, all of this material that we have gathered to build a temple for your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you!

2 Chronicles 1:12 (KJV)
Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

2 Chronicles 9:13-14 (GNT)
Every year King Solomon received over twenty-five tons of gold, in addition to the taxes paid by the traders and merchants. The kings of Arabia and the governors of the Israelite districts also brought him silver and gold.

2 Chronicles 14:2-6 (NIV)
2 [King] Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands. He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him. He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest.
“Let us build up these towns,” he said to Judah, “and put walls around them, with towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.

Comment:  The word “prospered” in verse 7 means to advance, prosper, make progress, succeed, be profitable, to show or experience prosperity, to cause to prosper.

2 Chronicles 17:3-6 (AMP)
The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father (ancestor) David. He did not seek [to follow] the Baals [the false gods], but sought the God of his father, and walked in (obeyed) His commandments, and did not act as Israel did. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great wealth and honor [riches and honor in abundance]. His heart was encouraged and he took great pride in the ways of the Lord; moreover, he again removed the high places [of pagan worship] and the Asherim from Judah.

2 Chronicles 20:20 (NKJV)
So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.

2 Chronicles 25:5-10 (NIV)
Amaziah [the King] called the people of Judah together and assigned them according to their families to commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He then mustered those twenty years old or more and found that there were three hundred thousand men fit for military service, able to handle the spear and shield.He also hired a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver.
But a man of God came to him and said, “Your Majesty, these troops from Israel must not march with you, for the Lord is not with Israel—not with any of the people of Ephraim.
Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.”
Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?”
The man of God replied, “The Lord can give you much more than that.”
So Amaziah dismissed the troops who had come to him from Ephraim and sent them home.

Comment: The Greek word for “much more” is “rabah”, which has the following meanings:

  • To be or become great, be or become much, be or become numerous
  • To multiply, increase
  • To increase greatly or exceedingly
  • To make great, enlarge, do much

Comment: Amaziah asks the question about the money spent. In today’s dollars, the estimated price he paid is over $1 million, if not closer to $1.5 million. Instead of immediately being obedient and trusting God, Amaziah asked the question from a perspective of having a poverty spirit. In this case, God can reverse your loss, even if it was a mistake!

2 Chronicles 25:9 (ISV)
Amaziah asked the man of God, “What are we to do about the 100 talents that I have paid to the army of Israel?” The man of God answered, “The LORD has a lot more than that to give you!”

2 Chronicles 26:5 (AMP)
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem. He did right in the sight of the Lord, in accordance with everything that his father Amaziah had done. He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding [a]through the vision of God; and as long as he sought (inquired of, longing for) the Lord, God caused him to prosper.

2 Chronicles 31:3-10 (AMP)
Hezekiah also appointed the king’s [personal] portion of his goods: for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths and for the New Moons and for the appointed feasts, as it is written in the Law of the Lord. He also told (ordered) the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion that was due to the priests and Levites, so that they might [be free to] devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the king’s order spread, the Israelites gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, [olive] oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in the tithe of everything abundantly. The sons of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of sacred gifts which were consecrated to the Lord their God, and placed them in heaps. In the third month [at the end of wheat harvest] they began to make the heaps, and they finished them in the seventh month. When Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and His people Israel. Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and Levites about the heaps. 10 Azariah the high priest of the house of Zadok answered him, “Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat with plenty left over, for the Lord has blessed His people, and this great quantity is left over.”

2 Chronicles 31:21 (AMP)
And every work that Hezekiah began in the service of the house of God, in keeping with the law and the commandments to seek his God [inquiring of and yearning for Him], he did with all his heart, and he prospered.

2 Chronicles 32:27-30 (NLT)
27 Hezekiah was very wealthy and highly honored.  He built special treasury buildings for his silver, gold, precious stones, and spices, and for his shields and other valuable items. 28 He also constructed many storehouses for his grain, new wine, and olive oil; and he made many stalls for his cattle and pens for his flocks of sheep and goats. 29 He built many towns and acquired vast flocks and herds, for God had given him great wealth. 30 He blocked up the upper spring of Gihon and brought the water down through a tunnel to the west side of the City of David. And so he succeeded in everything he did.

Nehemiah 2:20 (KJV)
So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us…

Nehemiah 9:6, 24-25 (NLT)
6You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.
22 “Then you helped our ancestors conquer kingdoms and nations, and you placed your people in every corner of the land. They took over the land of King Sihon of Heshbon and the land of King Og of Bashan. 23 You made their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and brought them into the land you had promised to their ancestors. 24 They went in and took possession of the land. You subdued whole nations before them. Even the Canaanites, who inhabited the land, were powerless! Your people could deal with these nations and their kings as they pleased. 25 Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.

Job 8:7
Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

Job 22:21
Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

Job 36:11 (AMP)
If they hear and serve Him, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy.

Job 42:10 (AMP)
The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Job 42:12 (AMP)
And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters.

Psalm 1:1-3 (AMP)
Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalm 5:12 (AMP)
For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You];
You surround him with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 20:4-5 (NIV)
4 May He [the Lord] give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.

Psalm 23:1; 6
AMP –  1The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.  Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.
NLV –  1The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need.
For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with You in Your house forever.

Psalm 23:5 NLT
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Comment:  The phrase “overflows with blessings” in Psalm 23:5 is the word “rĕvayah”, which means “satisfaction:—runneth over, wealthy”.  This word is used one other time in the Old Testament, in Psalm 66:12.

Psalm 25:1; 4-15 (NIV)
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.  Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.  Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.  Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.  Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.  He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.  10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.  11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.  12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?  He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. 14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

COMMENT:  In verses 12 and 14, the word “fear” is the Greek word yare’, which also means reverent (feeling or showing deep and solemn respect).

Psalm 33:12 (TPT)
Blessed and prosperous is that nation who has God as their Lord! They will be the people he has chosen for his own.

Psalm 34:8-10 (AMP)
8 O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.
9 O [reverently] fear the Lord, you His saints (believers, holy ones); For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions lack [food] and grow hungry, but they who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.

Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

Psalm 36:7-10 (NLV)
Of what great worth is Your loving-kindness, O God! The children of men come and are safe in the shadow of Your wings.  They are filled with the riches of Your house.  And You give them a drink from Your river of joy.  All life came from You. In Your light we see light.  10 Keep on giving Your loving-kindness to those who know You. Keep on being right and good to the pure in heart.

Psalm 37:3-5
NKJV –  3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heartCommit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
TLB –
  Trust in the Lord instead. Be kind and good to others; then you will live safely here in the land and prosper, feeding in safety. Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will.

Psalm 37:11 (NKJV)
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

Psalm 37:3-11 (AMP)
Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it.  He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, and your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun]. Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.  Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.  For those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever]; Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found]. But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace.

Psalm 37:18-19 NIV
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care, and their inheritance will endure forever. 19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

Psalm 37:21 (NIV)
The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.

Psalm 37:22 (NLT)
Those the Lord blesses will possess the land

Psalm 37:25-26
AMP –  25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous (those in right standing with God) abandoned or his descendants pleading for bread.  26 All day long he is gracious and lends, and his descendants are a blessing.
NIV –  25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.  26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.

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

Psalm 37:37 (TPT)
But you can tell who are the blameless and spiritually mature. What a different story with them! The godly ones will have a peaceful, prosperous future with a happy ending.

Psalm 41:1-2 (NLT)
Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.  The Lord protects them and keeps them alive.  He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies.

Psalm 49:16 (NKJV)
Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house is increased.

Psalm 62:10 (NLV)
Do not get money in a wrong way or be proud in stolen things.  If you get more riches, do not set your heart on them.

Psalms 65:11 (NLT)
You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.

Psalm 67:5-7 (AMP)
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us.
7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder].

Psalm 66:12
KJV – Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
NLT – Then you put a leader over us.  We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance.

Psalm 68:5-6 (TPT)
To the fatherless he is a father. To the widow he is a champion friend. To the lonely he gives a family. To the prisoners he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy. This is our Holy God in his Holy Place!

Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.

Psalm 72:1-3 (TPT)
1 O God, make the king a godly judge like you and give the king’s son the gift of justice too.  Help him to give true justice to your people, honorably and equally to all.  Then the mountains of influence will be fruitful, and from your righteousness prosperity and peace will flow to all the people.

Psalm 84:11-12 (AMP)
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, how blessed and greatly favored is the man who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to You with confident hope and expectation].

Psalm 85:1 (NLT)
Lord, you poured out blessings on your land!  You restored the fortunes of Israel.

Psalm 85:12
NLT – Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
TPT – Yes, the Lord keeps raining down blessing after blessing, and prosperity will drench the land with a bountiful harvest.

Psalm 92:12-14 (AMP)
The righteous will flourish like the date palm [long-lived, upright and useful]; They will grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic and stable]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. Growing in grace] they will still thrive and bear fruit and prosper in old age; They will flourish and be vital and fresh [rich in trust and love and contentment];

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

Psalm 105:37 (NKJV)
He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered.

Psalm 107:9 (NIV-84)
He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm 107:31-33, 35-38 (TPT)
31 So lift your hands and give thanks to God for his marvelous kindness and for his miracles of mercy for those he loves!  32 Let’s exalt him on high and lift up our praises in public; let all the people and the leaders of the nation know how great and wonderful is Yahweh, our God!  33 Whenever he chooses he can dry up a river and turn the land into a desert.  35 But he also can turn a barren wilderness into an oasis with water.  He can make springs flow into desert lands 36 and turn them into fertile valleys so that cities spring up, and he gives it all to those who are hungry. 37 They can plant their fields and vineyards there and reap a bumper crop and gather a fruitful harvest.  38 God will bless them and cause them to multiply and prosper.

Psalm 112:1-5 (AMP)
1 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)  Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who fears the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with obedience], who delights greatly in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous (upright—in right standing with God).
5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He conducts his affairs with justice.

Psalm 112-1-9
NLT – Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands.  Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.  They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.  Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.  Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.  Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.  They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.  They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.  They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
TPT – Shout in celebration of praise to the Lord! Everyone who loves the Lord and delights in him will cherish his words and be blessed beyond expectation. Their descendants will be prosperous and influential. Every generation of his godly lovers will experience his favor. Great blessing and wealth fills the house of the wise, for their integrity endures forever. Even if darkness overtakes them, sunrise-brilliance will come bursting through because they are gracious to others, so tender and true. Life is good for the one who is generous and charitable, conducting affairs with honesty and truth.  Their circumstances will never shake them and others will never forget their example. They will not live in fear or dread of what may come, for their hearts are firm, ever secure in their faith.  Steady and strong, they will not be afraid, but will calmly face their every foe until they all go down in defeat. Never stingy and always generous to those in need, their lives of influence and honor will never be forgotten, for they were full of good deeds.

Psalm 113-2-8 (AMP)
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised [with awe-inspired reverence]. The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, who humbles Himself to regard the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, that He may seat them with princes, with the princes of His people.

Psalm 115:11-16
AMP – 11 You who [reverently] fear the Lord, trust in Lord; He is their help and their shield.  12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless, He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.  13 He will bless those who fear and worship the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder], both the small and the great.  14 May the Lord give you [great] increase, you and your children.  15 May you be blessed of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  16 The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the children of men.
KJV – 11 Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.  12 The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.  13 He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.  14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.  15 Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.

Psalm 116:12 (AMP)
What will I give to the Lord [in return] for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?]

Psalm 118:24-25 (AMP)
This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, we beseech You, O Lord; send now prosperity, O Lord, we beseech You, and give to us success!

Psalm 122:6-9 (NKJV)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.

Psalm 126:3-4 (NLT)
3 Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert.

Psalm 128:1-2 (NKJV)
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 144:15 (AMP)
Happy and blessed are the people who are in such a case; yes, happy (blessed, fortunate, prosperous, to be envied) are the people whose God is the Lord!

Psalm 145:15-16 (NKJV)
The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145:18-19 (AMP)
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.

Proverbs 3:1-2 (NKJV)
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

Proverbs 3:6 (TLB)
In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (AMP)
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your crops (income); Then your barns will be abundantly filled and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Proverbs 3:1-10 (TLB)
1-2 My son, never forget the things I’ve taught you. If you want a long and satisfying life, closely follow my instructions. Never tire of loyalty and kindness. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart. 4-5 If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. 7-8 Don’t be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality. 9-10 Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.

Proverbs 8:17-21 (NKJV)
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries.

Proverbs 8:32 (AMP)
Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
For blessed [happy, prosperous, to be admired] are they who keep my ways.

Proverbs 10:22 (NLT)
The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Comment: The Greek word for “rich” is “ashar”, which means to be or become rich or wealthy or to gain riches.

Proverbs 11:24
NLT – Give freely and become more wealthy;
be stingy and lose everything.
TPT – 
Generosity brings prosperity, but withholding from charity brings poverty.

Proverbs 11:25
NLT – The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
MSG – The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
AMP – The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched,
And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown].

Proverbs 13:13 (MSG)
Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God’s commands and grow rich.

Proverbs 13:21 (TPT)
Calamity chases the sin-chaser, but prosperity pursues the God-lover.

Proverbs 13:22 (AMP)
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for [the hands of] the righteous.

[Comment:  Having and being able to leave an inheritance to your children’s children.  That could add up to be quite a sum of money!]

Proverbs 14:21 (TPT)
It’s a sin to despise one who is less fortunate than you, but when you are kind to the poor, you will prosper and be blessed.

Proverbs 15:6 (NLV)
Great riches are in the house of those who are right with God.

Proverbs 16:3 (AMP)
Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].

Proverbs 16:20
NKJV – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
AMP – He who pays attention to the word [of God] will find good, And blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who trusts [confidently] in the Lord.
TPT – One skilled in business discovers prosperity, but the one who trusts in God is blessed beyond belief!

Proverbs 8:17-21 (AMP)
17 I love those who love me; and those who seek me early and diligently will find me. 18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (right standing with God). 19 My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield is better than choicest silver.  20 I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, 21 that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth and true riches, and that I may fill their treasuries.

Proverbs 19:8
NKJV – The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
TPT – Do yourself a favor and love wisdom. Learn all you can, then watch your life flourish and prosper!

Proverbs 20:21 (AMP)
An inheritance hastily gained [by greedy, unjust means] at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

Proverbs 21:21 (NKJV)
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 22:4
NLT – True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.
TPT – Laying your life down in tender surrender before the Lord will bring life, prosperity, and honor as your reward.

Proverbs 22:9 (AMP)
He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 28:22 (ESV)
A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

Comment: Remember that God wants to bless you, and because of your obedience to Him, you can be a blessing to others. Being stingy means you’re holding on to money or things. God wants you to be available to do His will, which will include being a blessing to others.

Proverbs 28:25 (NKJV)
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.

Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (AMP)
Also, every man to whom God has given riches and possessions, He has also given the power and ability to enjoy them and to receive [this as] his [allotted] portion and to rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God [to him].
For he will not often consider the [troubled] days of his life, because God keeps him occupied and focused on the joy of his heart [and the tranquility of God indwells him].

Ecclesiastes 6:3 (NKJV)
A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

Isaiah 1:19
KJV – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
TLB – If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich!

Isaiah 30:19, 23-26 (AMP)
O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will most certainly be gracious to you at the sound of your cry for help; when He hears it, He will answer you.
He will give you rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread [grain] from the produce of the ground, and it will be rich and plentiful. In that day your livestock will graze in large and roomy pastures. Also the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat salted fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and pitchfork. On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be streams of water on the day of the great slaughter (the day of the Lord), when the towers fall [and all His enemies are destroyed]. The light of the full moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days [concentrated in one], in the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the wound He has inflicted [because of their sins].

Isaiah 32:8 (TLB)
But good men will be generous to others and will be blessed of God for all they do.

Isaiah 45:3 (NIV)
I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

Isaiah 48:17 (AMP)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go.

Isaiah 48:18 (AMP)
Oh, that you had hearkened to My commandments! Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a flowing river, and your righteousness [the holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea.

Isaiah 55:3 (NCV)
Come to me and listen; listen to me so you may live. I will make an agreement with you that will last forever. I will give you the blessings I promised to David.

Isaiah 60:4-5 (NKJV)
Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

Isaiah 61:6-7 (AMP)
But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; People will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and you will boast of their riches.
Instead of your [former] shame you will have a double portion; And instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited]; Everlasting joy will be theirs.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 32:42 (NKJV)
This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.

Jeremiah 33:3, 4, 6-9 (NKJV)
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’  “For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the sword: Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’

Comment:  The word “health” in verse 6 is the word “shalowm”, which means healing, prosperity, peace, safety and soundness.

Ezekiel 34:25-31 (NLT)
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with my people and drive away the dangerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear. 26 I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing. 27 The orchards and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and everyone will live in safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the Lord. 28 They will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them.

29 “And I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations. 30 In this way, they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them. And they will know that they, the people of Israel, are my people, says the Sovereign Lord. 31 You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Ezekiel 36:11 (NKJV)
I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

Daniel 4:27 (NKJV)
Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.”

Daniel 6:25-28 (NIV)
[After God saved Daniel from being eaten in the lions den.]
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:
“May you prosper greatly! 26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.
“For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.  He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Comment:  The word “prospered” in verse 28 means to cause to prosper, to show prosperity, be prosperous, have success, be successful

Joel 2:25 (NKJV)
“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.

Comment: The Hebrew word for “restore” in this passage is shâlam, shaw-lam’; a primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications):—make amends, (make an) end, finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace(-able), that is perfect, perform, (make) prosper(-ous), recompense, render, requite, make restitution, restore, reward.

Amos 9:13 (The Message)
“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills.”

Haggai 2:19 (NLT)
[The Lord speaking to Haggai]  “I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn.  You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops.  But from this day onward I will bless you.”

Zechariah 1:14,16,17 (NLT)
14 Then the angel said to me, “Shout this message for all to hear: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong.
16 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I have returned to show mercy to Jerusalem. My Temple will be rebuilt, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and measurements will be taken for the reconstruction of Jerusalem.  17 Say this also: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The towns of Israel will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem as his own.’”

Zechariah 8:13 NLT
Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid.

Zechariah 9:11-12 (AMP)
11 As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you [My chosen people, the covenant that was sealed with blood] I have freed your prisoners from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], O prisoners who have the hope;
Even today I am declaring that I will restore double [your former prosperity] to you [as firstborn among nations].

Malachi 3:10
ESV – Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
NIV – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Matthew 2:1-2, 7-11, 13-15 (NKJV)
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Comment: In Matthew 2:7, King Herod asked the wise men at what time they saw the star, and based on the time they saw the star and taking into account the amount of time the wise men traveled to arrive in Jerusalem, King Herod deduced that Jesus, at that time, was a young Child, as King Herod called him in Matthew 2:8.  This is confirmed in Matthew 2:16 when King Herod ordered the massacre of children aged 2 and below in Bethlehem after the wise men departed without telling him the exact location of Jesus. However, Joseph was warned in a dream to flee to Egypt before the massacre happened.

Comment: These wise men must have been very rich and powerful people, otherwise how could they, being foreigners, be granted a personal audience with King Herod himself?  Hence, they must have brought a fairly large amount to Jesus when they visited him in their house; large enough to make Joseph and Mary suddenly very rich, large enough to finance Joseph and Mary’s immediate escape to Egypt with Jesus, large enough to pay for their living expenses there until King Herod’s death, large enough to finance their journey back to Nazareth where they eventually settled.

Comment: These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil.  When researching and reading about the value of the gifts, many estimate that at that time, translated into modern money, frankincense would have cost $500 per pound. Myrrh would have cost $4,000 per pound.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 7:7-11 (AMP)
7 Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will [instead] give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will [instead] give him a snake? 11 If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.

Matthew 7:11 (KJV)
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 10:8 (AMP)
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Matthew 25:29 (NLT)
[Jesus speaking]  “For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.”

Mark 11:24 (NIV)
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Luke 1:45 (AMP)
And blessed [spiritually fortunate and favored by God] is she who believed and confidently trusted that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her [by the angel sent] from the Lord.

Luke 6:38
AMP – Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.
NLT – 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.
TPT – Give generously and generous gifts will be given back to you, shaken down to make room for more. Abundant gifts will pour out upon you with such an overflowing measure that it will run over the top! Your measurement of generosity becomes the measurement of your return.

Luke 11:28 (AMP)
But He [Jesus] said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.”

Luke 19:24-26 (NLT)
24 Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas already!’ 26 [Jesus explained,] ‘I tell you that to everyone who has [because he valued his gifts from God and has used them wisely], more will be given; but from the one who does not have [because he disregarded his gifts from God], even what he has will be taken away.’

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 “abundance” in this verse is the Greek word “perissos“, which means “beyond measure”, “more abundantly”, “exceedingly abundantly above”.

Acts 13:17
The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country;

Comment:  The word “prosper” in this verse (or also translated as the word “exalt” or “exalted” in other verses) is the Greek word “hypsoō“, which means “to raise to the very summit of opulence and prosperity”, “to exalt, to raise to dignity, honour and happiness”.

Romans 8:28
NIV – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
AMP – And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

Romans 8:32 (NKJV)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Romans 10:11-13 (AMP)
AMP – 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will not be disappointed [in his expectations].” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord over all [of us], and [He is] abounding in riches (blessings) for all who call on Him [in faith and prayer]. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord [in prayer] will be saved.”
GW – There is no difference between Jews and Greeks. They all have the same Lord, who gives His riches to everyone who calls on Him.

COMMENT:  The word “riches” in this verse is the Greek word “plouteō“, which means “to be rich, to have abundance (of outward possessions)”, “to be richly supplied”.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (TPT)
So now, beloved ones, stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.

2 Corinthians 8:9 (AMP)
For you are recognizing [more clearly] the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [His astonishing kindness, His generosity, His gracious favor], that though He was rich [“plousios”], yet for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich [“plouteō“] (abundantly blessed).

Comment:  The Greek word “plousios” means wealthy, abounding in material resources, abundantly supplied, wealthy; figuratively, abounding with:—rich.
The Greek word “plouteō” means to be rich, to have abundance (of outward possessions), to be richly supplied, to be (or become) wealthy (literally or figuratively):—be increased with goods.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11
NIV – Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
AMP –
Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, 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].
MSG – 6-7 Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. 8-11 God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,
   He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
   His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out.
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMPC)
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

Galatians 3:6 (NLT)
In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.  What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

Comment:  The word “blessing” in verse 9 means to invoke blessings, to celebrate with praises, to pray God to bless it to one’s use, to ask God’s blessing on a thing, to cause to prosper, to bestow blessings on, favored of God, blessed.

Ephesians 3:6 (NLT)
And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:7-9 (NLT)
7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News.  Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, He graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures [riches] available to them in Christ.  9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

Comment:  In verse 8, the word “treasures” (or “riches”) means wealth (fullness); (literally) money, possessions, or (figuratively) abundance, richness, or (specially) valuable bestowment – riches.

Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
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.

Ephesians 6:3 (TPT)
You will prosper and live a long, full life if you honor your parents.

Philippians 4:19 (AMP)
And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:15-19
AMP – 15 And you Philippians know that in the early days of preaching the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I do seek the profit which increases to your [heavenly] account [the blessing which is accumulating for you]. 18 But I have received everything in full and more; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. They are the fragrant aroma of an offering, an acceptable sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights. 19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
GW – 15 You Philippians also know that in the early days, when I left the province of Macedonia to spread the Good News, you were the only church to share your money with me. You gave me what I needed, and you received what I gave you. 16 Even while I was in Thessalonica, you provided for my needs twice. 17 It’s not that I’m looking for a gift. The opposite is true. I’m looking for your resources to increase. 18 You have paid me in full, and I have more than enough. Now that Epaphroditus has brought me your gifts, you have filled my needs. Your gifts are a soothing aroma, a sacrifice that God accepts and with which he is pleased. 19 My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus. 20 Glory belongs to our God and Father forever! Amen.

Comment:  Note that Paul is not praying for God will richly fill your every need, he is declaring that God will richly fill your every need.  Also, the word “supply” means to cause to abound; to furnish; to supply liberally; to fill to the top so that nothing shall be wanting; to fill to the brim.

1 Timothy 5:17
NLT – Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.
AMP – The elders who perform their leadership duties well are to be considered worthy of double honor (financial support), especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching [the word of God concerning eternal salvation through Christ].

I Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)
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.   Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.   In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Comment: “Rich” in this verse is the Greek word “plousios”, which means “wealthy, abounding in material resources or abundantly supplied”.  This Greek word is the same word used in 2 Corinthians 8:9 “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich (“plousios“), yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich (“plouteō“).  The Green word “plouteō” means “to be rich, to have abundance, outward possessions, to be richly supplied”.

1 Timothy 6:17 (NKJV)
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.

Comment: God recently told me, “I give you richly all things to enjoy”. He then followed it with, “On earth as it is in heaven”. The first part is from 1 Timothy 6:17. The second part is from Matthew 6:10, which is the part where Jesus teaches us how to pray. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” Here’s exactly what God told me: “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. Time to change my way of thinking by meditating and reading God’s Word!  For more about this, check out our article called, “God Told Me to Deem Myself Worthy of Success and Prosperity“.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (MSG)
Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.

James 4:2 (AMP)
You do not have because you do not ask [it of God].

James 5:11 (AMP)
You know we call those blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] who were steadfast and endured [difficult circumstances]. You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome [how He richly blessed Job]. The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

3 John 1:2
NKJV – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
AMP – Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].

Revelation 1:3 (AMP)
Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and who keep the things which are written in it [heeding them and taking them to heart]; for the time [of fulfillment] is near.

Now, lets review some reminders about wealth.  Yes, God wants you to prosper.  But, He wants your heart to be in the right place.  In other words, you need to remember where your wealth comes from!  It is HE who gives you the power to get wealth.  Wealth comes from Him.  If you are not careful, your pride can get in the way.  It’s important that your heart is humble, respectful, and understands that all glory goes to God for what He does for you!  Here’s some scriptures to remind us about keeping and guarding our heart and being generous, as well as to remind us to title.

Psalm 62:10 (GW)
Do not count on extortion to make you richDo not hope to gain anything through robbery.  When riches increase, do not depend on them.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Comment: Remember, God wants you blessed. But, it’s a heart attitude. Is your heart 100% for God or is your heart wanting more treasures on earth? God wants your heart in the right place. He also has no problem whatsoever in you being blessed or being monetarily wealthy. However, are you willing to give away your money or things when God asks you to give something to someone else?

Are you a conduit for blessing others or are you a hoarder? More importantly, when blessed, make sure your heart is in the right place with God. If it’s not, ask Him to change it!

Matthew 19:23-24 (AMP)
Jesus said to His disciples, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is difficult for a rich man [who clings to possessions and status as security] to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth and status] to enter the kingdom of God.”

Comment: Again, over and over again God has blessed financially those whose trust, confidence and heart was toward God instead of possessions. Don’t place your faith in wealth and status. Instead, thank God that He has given you wealth, and provided for you exceedingly abundantly all that you can think or imagine. Keep your heart in the right place as the blessings of God overtake you.

Mark 10:17-30 AMP
17 As He was leaving on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, “Good Teacher [You who are essentially good and morally perfect], what shall I do to inherit eternal life [that is, eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is [essentially] good [by nature] except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not testify falsely, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he replied to Him, “Teacher, I have [carefully] kept all these [commandments] since my youth.” 21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love (high regard, compassion) for him, and He said to him, “You lack one thing: go and sell all your property and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have [abundant] treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me [becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk].” 22 But the man was saddened at Jesus’ words, and he left grieving, because he owned much property and had many possessions [which he treasured more than his relationship with God].

23 Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who are wealthy [and cling to possessions and status as security] to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were [e]amazed and bewildered by His words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is [for those who place their hope and confidence in riches] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth or status] to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were completely and utterly astonished, and said to Him, “Then who can be saved [from the wrath of God]?” 27 Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
28 Peter started saying to Him, “Look, we have given up everything and followed You [becoming Your disciples and accepting You as Teacher and Lord].” 29 Jesus said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has given up a house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 who will not receive a hundred times as much now in the present age—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms—along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.”

Mark 10:29 GNT
29 “Yes,” Jesus said to them, “and I tell you that those who leave home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and for the gospel, 30 will receive much more in this present age. They will receive a hundred times more houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields—and persecutions as well; and in the age to come they will receive eternal life.

Comment: It’s important to place your trust, hope and confidence in God and not in wealth. Again, God wants to financially bless you, but it’s important that you keep your heart in the right place – that of trusting God and being obedient to Him.

Jesus spoke about the parable of the wealthy man and stressed danger for the “one who continues to store up and hoard possessions for himself, and is not rich [in his relationship] toward God.” (Luke 12:21 AMP)

When God blesses you, make sure you give glory to God instead of yourself and do not hoard possessions. Rather, when God tells you to give something away, give it away with happiness in your heart. Be ready, willing and able to bless others.

Luke 16:10-13 (AMP)
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.  11Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of earthly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?  12And 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?  13No 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].”

James 1:25 (AMP)
But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:8
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.

2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (AMP)
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].

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (AMP)
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.   Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share [with others]. In this way storing up for themselves the enduring riches of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

1 John 3:16-17 (NLT)
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

Nehemiah 8:10-12 (NLT)
10 And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
11 And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.” 12 So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.

Comments: As the Lord blesses you financially, remember to tithe to Him. Ask Him what church and ministers you should tithe to and He will direct you.

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 (AMP)
“Every year you shall certainly tithe [a tenth] of all the yield of your seed which is produced by your field. 23You shall eat the tithe (tenth) of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock before the Lord your God in the place where He chooses to establish His Name (Presence), so that you may learn to fear [and worship] the Lord your God [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] always. 24 If the place where the Lord your God chooses to set His Name (Presence) is a great distance from you and you are not able to carry your tithe, because the Lord your God has blessed you [with such an abundance], 25 then you shall exchange your tithe for money, and take the money in your hand and go to the place [of worship] which the Lord your God chooses. 26 You may spend the money for anything your heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or [other] strong drink, or anything else you want. You shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.

Ezekiel 44:30 (AMP)
The first of all the first fruits of every kind, and every contribution and offering of every kind, from all your contributions and offerings, shall belong to the priests [church]. You shall also give to the priest the first of your coarse meal and bread dough, so that a blessing may rest on your house.

Hebrews 7:1-4 (NLT)
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.

Malachi 3:6-12 (NLT)
“I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
“But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?’
“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!
“But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’
“You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.  Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Leviticus 27:30 (AMP)
And all the tithe (tenth part) of the land, whether the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (AMP)
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your crops (income);
Then your barns will be abundantly filled and your vats will overflow with new wine.

1 Corinthians 16:2 (AMP)
On the first day of every week each one of you is to put something aside, in proportion to his prosperity, and save it so that no collections [will need to] be made when I come.

Philippians 4:15-20 (AMPC)
15 And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only.
16 For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time.
17 Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].
18 But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.
19 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever (through the endless eternities of the eternities). Amen (so be it).

Isaiah 58:7-11
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Mark 12:28-31 (NLT)
One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

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Praise Bible Verses – Scriptures to Use to Praise God

God is excited to have us come and spend time with Him.  He longs for intimacy with us.  Establishing intentional time for private praise of our Lord is critical to transformation in our lives as we get to know Him and experience His love.  Praise restores our faith, fills us with joy, calms our fears, changes our perspective, and inspires us to love and obey God.  Praising God was His idea in the first place!  God invites us to praise Him, not just because praise gives God His due, but also because of what it does in us and for us.  Interested in a fresh awakening to the Holy Spirit’s voice and power?  Praising Him is the perfect way to begin hearing His voice more clearly.  Start by spending 20 minutes a day reviewing praise scriptures.  You can also add praise music to your worship time.  Are you ready to experience as much of God as possible?  Let’s get going!

Exodus 15:2 (NKJV)
The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

Deuteronomy 10:21 (NKJV)
He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.

2 Samuel 22:4 & Psalm 18:3 (NKJV)
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22:47 (AMP)
The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation.

1 Chronicles 16:8-11 (NKJV)
8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! 11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!

1 Chronicles 16:23-27 (NKJV)
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. 24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 25 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. 27 Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and gladness are in His place.

1 Chronicles 16:29 (AMP)
Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name; Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him; Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:34 (AMP)
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness endures forever.

1 Chronicles 29:9-13 (NKJV)
Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered [money and precious stones] willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly. Therefore, David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.   Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name.

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (NKJV)
13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud,
14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 20:21 (AMP)
When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Praise and give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.”

[COMMENT:  Isn’t it interesting that the people who praised the Lord went out before the army?]

Nehemiah 9:5-8 (NLT)
Then the leaders of the Levites—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed: “May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise! “You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you. You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.

Psalm 5:11-12 (NKJV)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 7:17 (NKJV)
I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 9:1-2 (NKJV)
I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

Psalm 18:3 (NKJV)
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Psalm 21:13 (NKJV)
Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!  We will sing and praise Your power.

Psalm 28:6 (NKJV)
Blessed be the LORD, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!

Psalm 28:7 (NKJV)
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

Psalm 29:2 (NLT)
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Psalm 30:4 (NKJV)
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 30:12 (NKJV)
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Psalm 31:19 (NKJV)
Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!

Psalm 33:1 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!  For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 35:9 (NKJV)
And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in His salvation.

Psalm 35:27 (NKJV)
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

Psalm 35:28 (NKJV)
And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 44:8 (NKJV)
In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.

Psalm 47:1 (NKJV)
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

Psalm 47:6-8 (NKJV)
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.

Psalm 48:1 (NKJV)
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.

Psalm 48:10 (NKJV)
According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.

Psalm 50:23 (NKJV)
Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

Psalm 51:15 (NKJV)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Psalm 52:9 (AMP)
I will thank You forever, because You have done it, [You have rescued me and kept me safe].  I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.

Psalm 54:6 (Amp)
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks and praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good.

Psalm 56:4 (NKJV)
In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 56:10 (NKJV)
In God (I will praise His word), in the LORD (I will praise His word).

Psalm 57:7 (NKJV)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.

Psalms 57:10-11 (NCV)
Your great love reaches to the skies, your truth to the clouds. God, you are supreme above the skies. Let your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 63:3 (NKJV)
Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

Psalm 63:4 (NKJV)
Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

Psalm 66:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah

Psalm 66:8 (NKJV)
Oh, bless our God, you peoples!  And make the voice of His praise to be heard

Psalm 67:5-7 (NKJV)
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Psalm 68:3 (NKJV)
But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.

Psalm 68:19 (NKJV)
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah.

Psalm 69:30 (NKJV)
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:34 (NKJV)
Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.

Psalm 70:4 (NKJV)
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

Psalm 71:8 (NKJV)
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.

Psalm 71:14 (NKJV)
But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.

Psalm 78:4 (AMP)
We will not hide them [God’s Words] from their children, but [we will] tell to the generation to come the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, and [tell of] His great might and power and the wonderful works that He has done.

Psalm 79:13 (NKJV)
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
Will give You thanks forever;
We will show forth Your praise to all generations.

Psalm 86:4-5 (NKJV)
Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

Psalm 86:10-12 (NKJV)
For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

Psalm 92:1 (NKJV)
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

Psalm 95:1 (NKJV)
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Psalm 95:2 (NKJV)
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

Psalm 98:1 (NKJV)
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!  For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.

Psalm 98:4 (NKJV)
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

Psalm 99:5 (NKJV)
Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—He is holy.

Psalm 100:1-4 (NKJV)
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 105:1-5 (NLT)
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises. Tell everyone about His wonderful deeds. Exult in His holy name; rejoice, you who worship The Lord. Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him. Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles, and the rulings He has given.

Psalms 107:21-22 (NLT)
Let them praise the lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.

Psalm 113:3 (NKJV)
From the rising of the sun to its going down the LORD’s name is to be praised.

Psalm 116:17 (NKJV)
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

Psalm 119:171 (NKJV)
My lips shall utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes.

Psalm 134:2 (NKJV)
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalm 138:1 (NKJV)
I will praise You with my whole heart;

Psalm 145:1-3 (NKJV)
I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.

Psalm 145:6-7 (AMP)
People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will tell of Your greatness.
They will overflow [like a fountain] when they speak of Your great and abundant goodness
And will sing joyfully of Your righteousness.

Psalm 145:9-12 (AMP)
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].
All Your works shall give thanks to You and praise You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones will bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glorious majesty of Your kingdom.

Psalm 145:21 (AMP)
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever.

Psalm 147:1 (NKJV)
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

Psalm 150:1-2 (NKJV)
Let All Things Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Psalm 150:6 (NKJV)
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

Isaiah 25:1 (NLT)
O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things!  You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NKJV) (A Hymn of Faith)
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Luke 1:46 (NIV)
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior

Luke 19:37-38 (NKJV)
Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Acts 2:46-47 (NKJV)
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV)
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

2 Corinthians 10:17 (NKJV)
But “he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”

Ephesians 5:20 (NKJV)
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Colossians 2:7 (NKJV)
Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Colossians 4:2 (NKJV)
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I Timothy 1:17 (NKJV)
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:8 (AMP)
Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Revelation 1:8 (AMP)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega [the Beginning and the End],” says the Lord God, “Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

Revelation 4:8 (AMP)
“Holy, holy, holy [is the] Lord God, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all], who was and who is and who is to come [the unchanging, eternal God].”

Revelation 4:11 (NLT)
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

Revelation 15:3-4 (AMP)
3 And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and wonderful and awe-inspiring are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all];
Righteous and true are Your ways,
O King of the nations!
“Who will not fear [reverently] and glorify Your name, O Lord [giving You honor and praise in worship]?
For You alone are holy;
For all the nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your righteous acts [Your just decrees and judgments] have been revealed and displayed.”

Revelation 19:1 (NKJV)
After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!

Revelation 19:5 (NKJV)
Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

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God Healed My Heart and Performed a Miracle

One day I prayed a simple prayer to the Lord.  “Lord, I pray in Jesus’ Name, please remove anything that is hindering my walk with You.”  Little did I know that a miracle would transpire.  More importantly, little did I know what exactly He would remove!

Within two weeks after praying that prayer, during the night I felt as though something was happening inside me.  It’s not easy to explain.  Do you know the feeling when you kind of wake up but not really?  I woke up just enough to feel something inside.  I wasn’t afraid, but somehow I just knew.  I felt a peace so there was no need to awaken fully and open my eyes, I just knew that something was going on inside of me – I was being healed.  Like I said, it’s hard to explain.  I just knew that something was happening, but it wasn’t an urgent feeling that I had to wake up.

When I woke up, I practically leaped out of bed.  “My mother loved me!”, I exclaimed. I started leaping up and down and saying, “My mother really did love me!”.  I knew deep within my heart and I was fully convinced that my mother loved me.

Well, let me explain this.  You see, for my entire life I believed that my mother did not really love me.  My mother died when I was 17 years old, and a little more than a year later my father died when I was 18.  But for the time that my mother was alive, I believed in my heart that she really didn’t love me.  My father, on the other hand, was a father and mother figure combined.  When I was young, he would tuck me in bed at night, rub my back and talk to me about my day.  My mother would stand at the door of my bedroom after I crawled into bed and would ask if I brushed my teeth.  I don’t ever remember her coming to my bedside.

When I fractured my foot, my father came home every day at lunch to re-bandage and take care of my foot.  My father taught me to read a map by having me navigate our way on vacation, and built the habit in me of remembering where he parked the car, and this occurred was when I was between 9 and 13 years old.  Although he worked two jobs, he was endearing in his instruction and guidance toward me when he was home.

My mother, on the other hand, always had me leave the house.  “Go out and play” was the most common phrase I heard.  She enrolled me in so many lesson opportunities after school or during the summer, including not only learning how to play the piano and guitar, but also taking swimming, tennis, sewing and macrame lessons.  She made me take a typing class one summer between sixth and seventh grades, and then another summer I had to walk to the YMCA to volunteer and take care of children.  She made me enroll in Girl Scouts, and signed me up for a modeling class.  This is all before I was 15 years old.  One time, she suggested that I go to Europe for high school!  I was floored.  My reaction was why would I want to go to a foreign country for high school?  For the year before she died, she would suggest various different colleges that she thought would be great for me to go to, but I made a mental note that these colleges were all located far away from where we lived.

Well, one would think that a mother like that would be great!  What a wonderful way to educate their child and expose them to numerous different opportunities.  Why didn’t I see it that way?  Instead, I was sad and disappointed that my mother was pushing me out of the house all of the time.  Through all this the message I received was, “Why doesn’t she want me?  Why doesn’t she love me?  Why does she always want me to leave?”

For Christmas, my mother would give me lots of gifts.  Most kids would love this.  I didn’t.  My mother would be disappointed in my reaction at opening gifts and ask me why I wasn’t happy or excited.  How do you tell your mother that you don’t want gifts – you want her affection?  I didn’t want to receive gifts from her.  I just wanted hugs or affection.

Here’s the thing.  What did my heart say about my mother?  She didn’t love me.  My heart wanted a mother who was affectionate.  I don’t know how to explain it.  I knew that I knew that I knew that I knew that my mother didn’t love me.  My heart was 100% confident in this fact.

Eventually, after my mother’s death, I understood my mother’s background growing up and she did not learn mothering skills.  I learned that her mother died before she was 5 years old, her father was an alcoholic, and she was passed around from family member to family member while growing up.  I understand.  But head knowledge is different than what your heart believes.  I knew in my head that my mother did not have mothering skills, but my heart was firm that she didn’t love me and as a result, I did not want to receive anything from her.  And then when my parents passed away, I decided that I had to be self-sufficient.

So, decades later, when I asked God to remove anything that is hindering my walk with Him, little did I know that He would heal my heart toward my mother!  During the night, while I slept, God healed my heart toward my mother!  And that wasn’t even my prayer!!  I asked God why my firm belief toward my mother was hindering my walk with Him.  What I learned is this.  Because I believed that my mother didn’t love me, I did not want to receive any gifts from her.  As a result, I really didn’t want to receive support from people.  I thought I had to be self-sufficient.  However, God wants to give me things and my resistance to receiving things needed to be removed!  He wants to be my provider.  He wants to give me His blessings!

My belief that my mother didn’t love me spanned decades – yes, decades.  But God healed my heart overnight – yes, in one night – while I slept!  The elation that I felt that morning when I woke up was amazing.  I jumped up and down for joy, I praised God, and I thanked Him for healing my heart!  More importantly, my heart REALLY WAS changed as a result of His healing!  After decades of a firm, 100% confident belief about my mother, God healed and changed my heart overnight.  OVERNIGHT!  I can’t begin to tell you what a freeing experience this was and how my heart also changed toward God.  I am a child of GOD and He takes care of me!

God wants me to learn how to receive.  So every time someone says, “I want to give this to you”, I can now say, “thank you!”.  And, thank You, God, for healing my heart and changing my perspective!

When I asked God to remove what was hindering my relationship with Him, I never, in my wildest imagination, thought that it was my decade-old heart belief that hindered my relationship.  Previously, you could not convince me that my mother loved me.  After God changed my heart, I am confident that she loved me and you can not convince me otherwise!

God can change your heart, too!  Do you know God?  Would you like to know God?  You can pray this simple prayer of salvation and by accepting Jesus into your heart, you can be saved, too!

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100+ Healing Bible Verses – Scriptures to Claim, Proclaim and Declare

Healing Scriptures from Dodie Osteen:
The following is a list of healing scriptures Dodie Osteen, of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, stood on for deliverance from cancer. The scriptures are mentioned in her wonderful book about her healing – Healed of Cancer, by Dodie Osteen.

Exodus 15:26 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

Exodus 23:25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst.

Deuteronomy 7:15 Amplified Bible (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 28:1-2 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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 God’s Word Translation
Every single good promise that the LORD had given the nation of Israel came true.

1 Kings 8:56 Amplified Bible (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.

Psalm 89:34 God’s Word Translation
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Psalm 91:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

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

Psalm 105:37 King James Version
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

Psalm 107:20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.

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

Proverbs 3:5-6 God’s Word Translation
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 4:20-23 Amplified Bible (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.

Isaiah 41:1013 Amplified Bible (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 43:2526 Amplified Bible (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 53:4-5 Amplified Bible (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.

Jeremiah 1:12 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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!

Joel 3:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong [a warrior]!

Nahum 1:79 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him. What do you devise and [how mad is your attempt to] plot against the Lord? He will make a full end [of Nineveh]; affliction [which My people shall suffer from Assyria] shall not rise up the second time.

Matthew 8:2-3 Amplified Bible (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 8:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.

Matthew 18:18-20 Amplified Bible (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.

Matthew 21:21 Amplified Bible (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 5:34 (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 11:23-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].

Mark 16:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.

Luke 10:19 Amplified Bible (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 17:19 (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.”

John 9:31 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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).

Romans 4:19-21 Amplified Bible (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 8:11 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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 Living Bible (TLB)
He [Jesus Christ] carries out and fulfills all of God’s promises, no matter how many of them there are; and we have told everyone how faithful he is, giving glory to his name.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Amplified Bible (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),

Galatians 3:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);

Ephesians 6:10-17 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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.

Philippians 4:6-8 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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.

Hebrews 10:2325 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.

Hebrews 11:11 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

James 1:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

James 3:17 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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 2:24 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God,  And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we [watchfully] obey His orders [observe His suggestions and injunctions, follow His plan for us] and [habitually] practice what is pleasing to Him.

1 John 5:14-15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.

3 John 1:2 Amplified Bible (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 Amplified Bible (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].

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

Matthew 18:19
Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.

John 14:12-14
Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

Isaiah 43:26a
Put Me in remembrance; let us plead together: set forth your cause, that you may be justified.

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

2 Corinthians 1:18-20
But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us–by me and Silvanus and Timothy–was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are ‘yes’; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

James 1:6-7
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Luke 10:19-20
Behold I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.

Deuteronomy 6:4-10, 12
Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligentlyto your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you… then watch yourself, that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Romans 10:8-10
But what does it say? “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved*.

*”saved” (in Greek, “sozo”) means saved, healed, delivered, preserved, & in health!

John 15:7
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 16:23-24
In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

Acts 13:41
Look, you scoffers! Be amazed and perish, for in your days I am doing a work, a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.

James 1: 2-6
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

1 Peter 1: 6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Matthew 8:16-17
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND HEALED OUR DISEASES.”

Hebrews 10:25
… not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

John 15:2
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.

Mark 16:18
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover

Romans 14:23
But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

NOTES from 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.”)

More Scriptures:

Exodus 15:26
Obey God’s Word and be healed. and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

Exodus 23:25
Serve the Lord and healing will be yours. “So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

Deuteronomy 7:15
God takes all sickness away from you. “And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.

Deuteronomy 30:19
Choose to live. Be a fighter! “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live

2 Kings 20:4-7 (TLB)
4 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!

Joshua 21:45
God’s Word will not fail. Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.

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 91:16
You will live a long life. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.

Psalm 103:1-5
One of God’s benefits is healing. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 107:20
God’s Word is healing. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

Psalm 118:17
God wants you to live. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

Proverbs 4:20-22 NLT
My child, pay attention to what I say.  Listen carefully to my words.  Don’t lose sight of them.  Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

Proverbs 40:20-22
The Word of God will save your life. My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

Isaiah 43:25-26
Plead your case to God. even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.

Isaiah 53:5
Jesus bore your sins AND your sicknesses. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Jeremiah 30:17
God will restore your health. For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”‘

Joel 3:10
You can find strength in God and His Word “…. Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”

Nahum 1:9
Your sickness will leave and not come back again. What do you conspire against the LORD? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time.

Malachi 3:10
Obey all God’s commandments and receive all His blessings. 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.

Matthew 8:2-3
It is God’s will for you to be healed. And behold, a leper came and worshipped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Matthew 18:18
You can take authority over the sickness in your body. “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:19
Agree with someone for your healing “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Mark 5:25-34 NKJV
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

Mark 10:51-52 (TLB)
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.  “O Teacher,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”  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
What you say will make a difference. So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Mark 11:24
Believe, and you will receive. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mark 16:17-18
Have someone lay hands on you for healing. “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

John 9:31
Worship God. “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

John 10:10
The devil wants to kill you; God wants to heal you. “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.

Romans 8:11
The Spirit of Life is making your body alive. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

2 Corinthians 1:20
God is for you. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Cast down those thoughts and imaginations that don’t line up with the Word of God. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Galatians 3:13-14
You are redeemed from the curse. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Ephesians 6:10-17
Be strong in the Lord’s power. Put on His armor to fight for healing. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Philippians 2:13
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.

2 Timothy 1:7
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
You will not waiver in your faith. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:35
You can have confidence in God and His Word. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

Hebrews 13:8
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 5:14-15
Be anointed with oil by a Christian who believes in healing. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

1 Peter 2:24
Jesus has already paid the price for your healing. who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

1 John 3:21-22
God answers the prayers of those that keep His commandments. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

1 John 5:14-15
Be confident in your prayers. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 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
God’s highest wish is for you to be well. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

Revelation 12:11
Give testimony of your healing. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. “

 

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Meditate on these scriptures till they get into your very bones. Seek God concerning them and wait on Him. Let Him speak to your heart, that is the basis of faith – ‘Faith comes by hearing’. Faith is what will heal your body. Faith comes alive when the word on the page becomes the word in your heart. Once it comes, speak it out and walk it out in healing and health. Divine healing takes work but it is absolutely yours for the taking. Go for it with all your heart.

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Believe in Your Heart and Confess with Your Mouth (Part 2)

Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 15)

This article is a continuation (Part 2) of the article entitled “Believe in Your Heart and Confess with Your Mouth”.

Our scripture reading began with Romans 10:8-10, which says, “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

In Part 1, we explored the truth about the importance of believing in your heart and the effect of confessing words with your mouth.

Now let’s look at what happened to a blind man in Mark 10:46-52, “Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.  Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”  And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.  So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”

Here’s the story of a blind man who had obviously heard about Jesus’ miracles of healing for other people.  And, believing what he had heard about the healings of others, he cried out for Jesus.  We don’t know why others wanted to hush him – it could have been his disciples trying to determine who would be healed or maybe Jesus was busy with someone else and they didn’t want to interrupt the Master – but what we do know is that this blind man was determined to receive his healing.

The blind man was so determined, in fact, that he called out even more to Jesus even when those around him told him to be quiet.  Now, when the blind man received the word that Jesus was calling for him, he threw off his outer garment, and went to Jesus.  Why would he throw off his outer garment?  I’ve heard some bible commentators say that it was his coat he threw off of him, and that blind people during Jesus’ time had to wear special coats so that others could distinguish them from the rest of the population.

While we don’t know why the man threw off his garment, what we do recognize is that this is a definite sign of his believe – his faith – his knowing in his heart that he was going to be healed.  After all, if he thought for a moment that his sight may not be healed, he wouldn’t have thrown off his garment.  If you had a seed of doubt and couldn’t see, would you throw away your garment – especially since you had to beg for money?

In this case, the “why” isn’t important – what is important is the act of him confessing with his actions.  He also confessed his believe by saying the words.  Jesus did healed people in different ways.  Jesus asked him what he wanted.  Again, we don’t know why Jesus asked the man what he wanted.  But, what we do know is that Jesus oftentimes asked people questions or made comments in order to get people to confess their beliefs out loud – using their mouth.  Once the man confessed what he wanted, Jesus response was, Go your way; your faith has made you well”.  Jesus obviously wanted to hear the man’s verbal confession.

Jesus’ healing of this blind man correlates well with the verse in Mark 9:23 (NLT), when Jesus said to another person who was asking for healing, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

Here’s another verse that reiterates the importance of believing and confessing with your mouth.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23).  Notice in this verse that the word “believes” is mentioned once and the word “says” is mentioned three times!  And, the next verse continues, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:23-24)

In Matthew 15:11, Jesus tells us, “It is not what people put into their mouths that makes them unclean. It is what comes out of their mouths that makes them unclean.””

And, Numbers 14:28 says, “So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say.”

What you SAY is what you GET.

Do you believe in your heart that your prayers are answered?  If so, praise God that they are answered!  Verbally confess to the Lord your thankfulness that your prayers are answered.  If you doubt, then get back in that prayer closet and read God’s Word.  Find 1-2 bible verses that apply to your situation, and meditate on those verses.  Ask God to reveal the meaning to you and to give you insight into what’s going on in your life.  Remember, your relationship with God is just that – a relationship.  He loves you and wants you to put Him first.  Show Him you love Him by spending more time with Him!

Remember:  Do you speak faith-filled words or fear-filled words?  God explained to me one time the importance of my words, and how they are seeds.  Your words are seeds that are planted, and once they take root, they grow into trees.  Those trees bear fruit – they will either produce good fruit or bad fruit.  God also explained to me that this is a spiritual law.  In fact, He told me that this spiritual law works in everyone’s life, whether you believe in Him or not!

So, don’t forget the importance of your words!  Here’s the article written about when God explained to me about how important our words are to our daily life:  https://faithingoddaily.com/2011/08/01/your-words-will-not-return-void/

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION:

Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

JOURNAL:

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.

THANKSGIVING:

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 ask in Jesus’ Name that the Holy Spirit would give me insights into your Word as I read the Bible and that you would renew my mind and give me wisdom.  I also pray that You would put a guard over my mouth, and that the Holy Spirit would quicken my heart to remind me how to improve my relationship with You, my God.   “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)

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Believe in Your Heart and Confess with Your Mouth

Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 14)

Romans 10:8-10  “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

Let’s ask the obvious question.  Is it really as simple as confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and as a result of this you will be saved?  The answer to this question is unequivocally, yes.

But here’s something to think about – note that we don’t have to confess this truth over and over again in order to continue to be saved.  The Word does not say to confess this over and over again in order to keep your salvation.

You say it once – it’s done.  This same spiritual law applies to our prayers.  Let’s take a look at some of the miracles Jesus did during his life on earth.  For example, in Matthew 21, Jesus found a fig tree and when He only found leaves on it, He cursed it.  It died.  Jesus didn’t have to curse it over and over again.  It was done when He said it.  The disciples marveled at the fig tree withering and asked Jesus how the fig tree withered. Jesus answered them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.  And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

Note that Jesus didn’t tell the disciples that they have to ask over and over again.  The stand-out verse here is Matthew 21:22, which says “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”  And, it’s also worth noting that Jesus confessed with his mouth and believed in His heart that the fig tree would wither!

In Matthew 9 there were two blind men who followed Jesus, desiring to be healed.  In Matthew 9:28-29 it says that when Jesus “entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”  Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”  These blind men confessed with their mouth and believed in their heart that Jesus would heal them.

Did the blind men have to ask over and over again to be healed?  No.

In Matthew 8, a Centurion found Jesus and said to Him, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented”.  Jesus offered to come and heal the servant.  The Centurion responded with a bold statement.  The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

The Centurion simply believed in his heart and confessed with his mouth that if Jesus were to simply say that his servant was healed, the servant would be healed.  Jesus marveled at the Centurion’s faith, and responded in Matthew 8: 13, “go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.”

Do you believe in your heart that your prayers are answered?  If so, praise God that they are answered!  Confess with your mouth that your prayers are answered and praise Him!  If you doubt, then get back in that prayer closet and read God’s Word.  Find 1-2 bible verses that apply to your situation, and meditate on those verses.  Ask God to reveal the meaning to you and to give you insight into what’s going on in your life.  Remember, your relationship with God is just that – a relationship.  He loves you and wants you to put Him first.  Show Him you love Him by spending more time with Him!

Remember: Do you speak faith-filled words or fear-filled words?  God explained to me one time the importance of my words, and how they are seeds.  Your words are seeds that are planted, and once they take root, they grow into trees.  Those trees bear fruit – they will either produce good fruit or bad fruit.

As a reminder, here’s the article written about when God explained to me about how important our words are to our daily life:  https://faithingoddaily.com/2011/08/01/your-words-will-not-return-void/

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION:

Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

JOURNAL:

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.

THANKSGIVING:

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 ask in Jesus’ Name that the Holy Spirit would give me insights into your Word as I read the Bible and that you would renew my mind and give me wisdom.  I also pray that You would put a guard over my mouth, and that the Holy Spirit would quicken my heart to remind me how to improve my relationship with You, my God.   “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)

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What You Speak Comes From Your Heart

Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 13)

Luke 6:45 “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.”

Out of the heart your mouth speaks.  In other words, what you speak and your actions reveal what’s really in your heart.  It’s important, therefore, that we guard what we think and how we feel in order to protect our heart.  In Proverbs 4:23 we are told to “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life”.  (Amplified version)

Every aspect of our life and every decision that we make is a product of our sense of self.  What do you truly believe in your heart about yourself?

The greatest ongoing struggle of every human is the conflict between the thoughts of the mind and the beliefs of the heart.  Our thoughts are intellectual and are based on that which we learn or we’ve perceived by our five senses.  The thoughts coming from our heart are intuitive and based on the beliefs that create our sense of self.  They include emotions.

What you expect to come true is often what you make come true. You may see this in everyday life.  We all know at least one pessimist who expects things to go badly, and is always complaining about the things that have gone badly.  And we all know at least one optimist who expects good things to happen.  The optimist doesn’t dwell on the negative, but rather continues to work on the positive, making those good things happen more often.

Whether you are unconscious of your expectations or not, attitudes influence your life, including what you think about yourself and how you treat others.

Now we’re not talking about positive affirmations here.  We’re talking about meditating on the truth of who you are in Christ (God’s Word) in order to get the truth into your heart.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.  By accepting Jesus Christ into our heart, our sins are forgiven and the righteousness of God flows in our heart.  We should, however, guard our heart and our mind, as well as feed our soul with God’s Word by reading the Bible.  While reading, the Holy Spirit will bring scriptures to mind and will teach you the promises of God.

Every aspect of our life and every decision that we make is a product of our sense of self.  What do you truly believe in your heart about God and His promises?

Let’s take a look at the children of Israel.  Remember their adventure from Egypt to the Promised Land?  Why did it take 40 years?  Because of unbelief in God’s promises.  There’s no doubt the children of Israel experienced hardship.  God tested them but only tested them to see if they believed in His promises.  Did they believe or not believe what God said He would do?  When they believed God’s Word (promises), their faith passed the test and they experienced the promise.  When they doubted the promise, they limited their experience with God and became subject to their circumstances, which were often destructive.  More often than not, they let their mind be taken captive by their fearful emotions.  They limited God’s ability to deliver them out of their fears by concentrating on worrying and fears!  And, worse yet, their unbelief in God’s promises kept them wandering around the desert for 40 years!

The Spirit of God is always trying to lead us into all the possibilities that God has in store for us.  Allow God’s Word to permeate your heart.  Read it daily.  When the truth of what Jesus has done for you and who you are in Christ takes root in your heart, you will be free from the fear that binds you to lack and open your heart to all the possibilities that God has in store for you.  Open your heart and mind today to all of God’s possibilities!

Here’s the key – You are the righteousness of God in Christ.  You have all the promises of God.  Now, meditate on God’s promises in order to get the truth of God’s promises from your mind into your heart!

Don’t forget the importance of your words!  Here’s the article written about when God explained to me about how important our words are to our daily life:  https://faithingoddaily.com/2011/08/01/your-words-will-not-return-void/

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION:

Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

1 Peter 2:24, “who Himself [Jesus] bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed

Deuteronomy 8:18, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth

Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

JOURNAL:

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.

THANKSGIVING:

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 ask in Jesus’ Name that the Holy Spirit would give me insights into your Word as I read the Bible and that you would renew my mind and give me wisdom.  I also pray that You would change my heart and remove anything that is hindering my relationship with You, Lord.  “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1)

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Why do People Disconnect or Unhook from God? (Part 3)

This is the third article in a series of discussions that explore why people choose to leave the Christian faith in the living God.

These discussions started when someone asked me, “Why do you think people disconnect or unhook from knowing God?”  We know that God’s Word says that He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  But why do we choose to pull away from God?

The trial of your faith is this:  Will you continued to stay hooked and love Jesus, and believe in Him when you don’t know why and you don’t understand what’s going on?

I’m exploring some ideas, and this is the third idea in a series that discusses this issue.  In Part 1, the Lord explained to me that people pull away because they’re offended with God because the thing they were expecting to happen did not happen the way they thought it would or should.  In Part 2, the Lord also explained another reason why people disconnect from God is that they consider, think about, ponder upon, mull over and generally consume their mind thinking about their problem or problems instead of seeking God.

The third idea, as the Lord revealed to me, is that His children don’t spend time with Him by praying, praising Him and reading His Word (the Bible), or they’re in sin and have separated themselves from God.  There are all kinds of religions.  But there is only one true God.  And God wants a relationship with you.

God wants a relationship with everyone.  But, He’s also given us a free will.  In other words, He will reach out to you, but if you keep ignoring Him, he will wait for you.  More importantly, and because of our free will, He wants you to reach out and seek Him.  After all, Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  And, in Deuteronomy 4:29 it says, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Why do people separate themselves from God?  They don’t spend time with Him, or reading His Word.  His Word – the Bible – is like a letter that He’s written to you.  Reading His Word is getting to know God.

If you stop seeking God, you’re sending a message that you don’t want Him in your life.  Instead, why not seek a relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit by spending time with Him in prayer, praise and reading His Word?  In James 4:8 we are reminded to seek after God.  “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  What does “double-minded” mean in this verse?  When you look up the original Greek word, it means “wavering, uncertain, doubting”.  In other words, if you are double-minded, that means you doubt God.

In this same James 4:8 passage, the word “cleanse” means to “to free from defilement of sin”, while the word “purify” means “to make pure, purify, cleanse”.  But here’s a startling fact – another reason people do not have a relationship with God is because they’re in sin and their sin has separated themselves from God.

Have your sins have separated you from God?  Yes, there’s no doubt that God will forgive you if you come to Him and ask – in fact, ask Him to not only reveal if you’ve done something that needs to be forgiven but ask Him to show you what you need to do differently in order to improve your relationship with Him.  Let’s take a look at a few verses that discuss this subject of separating yourself from God.

Isaiah 59:1-2 (The Message version) – “Look! Listen! God’s arm is not amputated—he can still save.  God’s ears are not stopped up—he can still hear.  There’s nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you.  Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God.  Your sins got between you so that he doesn’t hear.”  Here are the same verses in the New Living Translation – “Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”

Jeremiah 25:5  “Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have withheld good from you.”

Jeremiah 2:17 – “Have you not done this to yourself by your forsaking the LORD your God when He led you in the way?”

Jeremiah 4:18 – “Your ways and your deeds have brought these things to you.  This is your evil.  How bitter!  How it has touched your heart!”

Psalm 107:17 – “Fools, because of their rebellious way, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted.”

Jeremiah 2:19 – “Your own wickedness will correct you, and your apostasies will reprove you;  Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God, and the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.”

But here’s the good news!  In Ephesians 1:7 we learn that God forgives us, as “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.

How do you get back on track with your relationship with God?  First, Seek God and ask Him to show you where you’ve sinned.  Second, ask God to forgive you, in Jesus’ Name.  Third, repeat of your sins.  Our God is benevolent and kind.  He will forgive you your sins.  Second, spend time with Him.  Pray, praise Him and read His Word!

Let’s get one thing straight.  There is only one living God – our creator.  There is only one way to get to God – through Jesus Christ.  In Romans 10:9, it says that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Here’s the good news!  Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

Prayer:  God, I ask in Jesus’ Name that you forgive me of my sins.  I also ask in Jesus’ Name that you reveal to me anything I have done to block my relationship with You, and to remove these blocks.  I want to confess my sins to you and ask you to forgive me.  I repent of my sins.  I love you, Lord, and I ask that you fill my heart with your love and forgiveness, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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Why Do People Disconnect or Unhook from God? (Part 2)

This is the second article in a series that discusses the issue of why people disconnect from God and forsaking the Christian faith.  It started when someone asked me, “Why do you think people disconnect or unhook from knowing God?”  We know that God’s Word says that He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  But why do we choose to pull away from God?

The trial of your faith is this:  Will you continued to stay hooked and love Jesus, and believe in Him when you don’t know why and you don’t understand what’s going on?

I’m exploring some ideas, and this is the second idea in a series that discusses this issue.  The first idea, or reason why, is that people become offended or upset with God because the thing they were expecting to happen did not happen the way they thought it would or should (see Part 1).  They stayed offended, even to the point of getting mad with or pulling away from God, instead of seeking God for the answers.

The second idea why people disconnect from God is that they consider, think about, ponder upon, mull over and generally consume their mind thinking about their problem or problems instead of seeking God.  In other words, they dwell on thinking of the problems or issues instead of seeking God or reading God’s Word to find the answers.  They stop reading the Bible and start considering more of the world.  They stop seeking a personal relationship with the living God.  They stop trusting God.

Let’s read Jesus’ description of the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:18-23 (AMP):

18Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower: 19While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.  20As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy;  21Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away22As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.  23As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.”

Do you have fear or turmoil over your situation?  Consider the Word of God.  Consider means to think about, meditate, and roll it over and over in your mind.

What do you think about?  Do you think negatively about your spouse and other people begin to look better?  You’re beginning to destroy your marriage and pull away from God.

What do you think about? Do you think you’re a failure and can’t succeed?  Did you know that God’s Word says otherwise?  Everything we put our hands to prospers, according to God’s Word.  [Psalm 1:1-3, Deuteronomy 28:8, Psalm 35:27, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Isaiah 48:17, Proverbs 10:22, to name a few]  Ask for God’s wisdom and blessings, and then praise God that it’s done.

Satan fights against you – he takes away the Word from your heart.  Thoughts come your way that suggest you think about things that bother you or make you angry.  You have the free will – the choice – of whether to think about your circumstances or situation, or whether you choose to go to God in prayer as well as seek God through reading His Word.

“What if it doesn’t work?”  You’re a failure already by thinking that.  You need to make a commitment and stand on God’s Word.  Find out His promises and choose to not only mediate on God’s Word but stand on it – believe it.  If you resist the devil – he will flee from you.  You need to consider Jesus – the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

You don’t have to be afraid of anything.  You do, however, need to read and study God’s Word – His promises.  In 1 John 5:4, it says that “this is the victory that overcomes the world even my faith”.  Operate in faith and you have to win.  Refuse to quit.  Continue to go into extra innings until you win.  Our God – our Father – owns the baseball, the bat and the stadium.

Once you make a decision like that then everything you believe for will come more quickly.

Satan knows if you’ve established God’s Word in your heart – and believing it, or if you’re close to wavering.  If Satan can see you’re going to waiver, he’s going to push you even harder.  He knows when you’re breaking point is.  You keep fighting – you don’t say “it isn’t working”.  When you make up your mind and there’s no turning back, Satan has no choice but to leave.

I have made up my mind to believe God.  I am determined to stand on God’s Word.  I make a commitment.  If you have not made that type of commitment, you’re a failure already.  God asks for a total commitment because you love Him.  If you resist the devil, he’ll flee from you.  As you get stronger and stronger, you’re faith continues to increase.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)

The more of God’s Word we’ve stored in our heart, the more confident we become of who we are in Christ.  What happens when we read God’s Word?  It not only gets planted in our heart, just like a seed, but it also renews our mind.  As it says in Psalm 119:11, “Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”  Reading God’s Word is how we renew our minds.  The Holy Spirit will help to plant the Words of God in your heart, but only if you choose to read the Bible.  Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Remaining steadfast regardless of our circumstances can be a challenge.  I really appreciate God’s encouragement to remain confident in Hebrews 10:35-36, “35So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!  36Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.  Then you will receive all that He has promised.”

And here’s the same verse in the Amplified version:  “35Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.  36For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.”  The word “fearless” in this sentence really stands out to me.  Our fearless confidence comes from knowing in our heart that God’s Word is true and He is faithful to perform His Word.

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

See/Read/Hear (leads to) Thoughts (leads to) Heart (leads to) Words (leads to) 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, you think on negative things, you harbor unforgiveness, resentment or ill-will toward others.  And this unforgiveness, resentment or ill-will toward others breaks your fellowship – your relationship – with the true and living God.  God wants to have a real relationship with you – He wants to speak to you.  But how does God speak to you?  He speaks to us in a still small voice, and sometimes in a loud voice.  But, more importantly, He speaks to you through His Word.  Yes, the Bible.  The Bible is God’s Word.  It’s like a letter.  If someone sent you a letter, you would consider it as that person speaking to you, only in written form.  They want to tell you something, and they want to tell you something in writing.  It’s the same way with God.  He wants to tell you something, and in fact, He’s already done it.  He’s written you a letter, and it’s called the Bible.

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.

As the Holy Spirit explained to me, 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.

The interesting point that the Holy Spirit said 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 that He has 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, get back on track with having a real relationship with God, and thus change our circumstances and our life?  Seek God first!

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  What things will be added?  Let’s look back at verses 30-32, which say, “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?   For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”  What things will be added?  Our daily needs.

Not only will He meet our daily needs, but our God will also give us the desires of our heart.  Psalm 37:4-5 is a great promise:  “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”

Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment is.  He responded in Matthew 22:37-40 as follows: “Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

I love the version in Mark 12, beginning with verse 29 which says, “Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

One of my favorite promises in God’s Word is Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NIV).  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  It’s a verse that He’s spoke to my heart time and time again.

So I know that God has a purpose for your life.  I understand the importance of spending time reading His Word and getting to know Him.  Spending time with Him is like getting to know a new friend or potential spouse.  It’s an excitement like none other!  When God speaks to you, it’s the father, friend and confidant unlike anyone you’ve ever known before.  So I pray, “Father, in Jesus’ Name, I ask that You would cause my heart to want to put You first in my life.”

Prayer:

Lord, I will believe in You always.  Lord, forgive me for ever doubting You.  Forgive me for ever questioning You.  I will not deny You, but I will confess You.  Father God, I believe in You.  I’m finished waivering.  I’m through doubting.  No matter what is happening – no matter what I understand or don’t understand – I trust You. I trust You.  I trust You.  I give you my life.  I give you my heart without reservation.  And as You help me, I will believe in Jesus.  I will serve You.  I will follow You forever. In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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Why do People Disconnect or Unhook from God? (Part 1)

The trial of your faith is this: Will you continued to stay hooked and love Jesus, and believe in Him when you don’t know why and you don’t understand what’s going on?

Someone recently asked me, “Why do you think people disconnect or unhook from knowing God?” We know that God’s Word says that He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

But why do we choose to pull away from God? I’m exploring some ideas, and this is the first idea in a series of blogs that discuss this issue.

The first idea, or reason why, is that people become offended or upset with God. After all, it happened to Peter! All 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) discuss the story of Peter denying Jesus three times. In John 18, verses 18, 25 and 27 we read that Peter denies Christ 3 times. Peter’s faith was tried 3 times and each time Peter was asked, he become more upset – the result was Peter demonstrating an attitude of being offended.

What does it mean to become offended? When someone feels offended, they feel hurt, angry, shocked, bitter, stung to the heart, and the result is that you no longer believe. You can see that Peter stopped believing and denied that he knew Jesus. By the time the third occurrence of someone asking Peter if he was Jesus’ followers, Peter responds adamantly with “I don’t know this Jesus”. Oh, what a far cry from a few hours ago when Peter said to Jesus “I’ll die for you.”

How did this change? What happened? How did Peter go from “I’ll die for you” to denying Jesus? Let’s explore this further.

First, what does the Word say about denying Jesus? Let’s take a look: John 16:8-9: “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me”. What is “the sin”? The sin means not believing on Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:12-13: “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” Matthew 10:32-33: “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Luke 12:9: “But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” Is it serious when you deny Jesus? Absolutely.

Second, why did Peter deny Jesus? Peter denied Jesus because he became offended. Jesus warned His disciples. People will do bad things to you. People will not accept you. Jesus said don’t be offended – don’t stop believing in Me, don’t stop identifying with Me – don’t deny Me. In 1 John 2:22-23, we’re reminded again about the importance of not denying Jesus. “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

This was the test that came to Peter. What did he do while standing by the fire? Deny Jesus. If you had talked to Peter just a few hours before this, I think you would have come away saying that there’s no one more committed to Jesus than Peter. Peter loved Jesus, believed in Him and was committed to Him. Remember in John 21 when a disciple recognized Jesus on the beach, Peter dove into the water to swim to shore – he couldn’t wait. Peter claimed that he would die for Jesus at the last supper. And yet a few hours later, Peter said that he didn’t know Jesus. Jesus said don’t let anything cause you to be offended at Him.

Jesus forewarned His disciples. In Mark 14:27, it says “Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night,[a] for it is written: ‘ I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered’ [Zechariah 13:7]”. The Amplified version of the Mark 14:27 scripture says, “And Jesus said to them, You will all fall away this night [that is, you will be caused to stumble and will begin to distrust and desert Me], for it stands written, I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.”

Look at the phrase “cause to stumble and will begin to distrust and desert Me”. That’s what happens when you’re offended. You get hurt, then mad, then shocked, then get bitter and then you can unhook and stop believing. Jesus said it would happen to all of them that night concerning Jesus. Look at these verses: Mark 14:28 “But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.” Mark 14:29 “But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.” Peter is saying – no, nothing will separate me from you. In Mark 14:30 (NKJV), “Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” Peter response in verse 31, “But he spoke more vehemently, ‘If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’ And they all said likewise.”

Peter was adamant – I will not deny you. Peter fully intended to follow up on this. In fact, Peter pulled out his sword and cut off the ear of someone who was attacking Jesus. Peter’s heart and his actions were saying, “this is my Jesus, I’m with You until the end.” UNTIL – Jesus said, that’s enough. Put up your sword. What? Stop defending Jesus? Why? That’s when Peter was shocked, and he was upset, and he didn’t understand, and he got angry, and he got hurt.

Peter’s been with Jesus for years now. Peter has seen Jesus stand up against the Pharisees and Saducees, look at them in the eyes and put them in their place when everyone else ran scared. He’s seen Jesus cast out demons. He’s seen Jesus walk on water, speak to the wind and the waves, and he’s seen Him raise the dead. He’s seen Jesus talk to Elijah and Moses. He’s heard the voice of God speak out of the cloud and say, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Peter never imagined or believed that Jesus would allow them to take Him much less kill Him. Peter was prepared to die for Him. But Peter wasn’t prepared to stand by and watch them take Jesus. It’s not the thing you’re prepared for that tries your faith so much. It’s the thing you haven’t thought about. It’s the thing you haven’t conceived. That’s what’s going to try your faith. And that WILL happen to EVERY ONE of us.

What is the trial of your faith? Peter’s faith was tried. Peter became offended. In 1 Peter 1:6-9, Peter discusses “the trial of your faith” as follows: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

What is the trial of your faith? The trial of your faith is this: Will you continued to stay hooked and love Jesus, and believe in Him when you don’t know why and you don’t understand what’s going on? It’s not the thing you’re prepared for – it’s the thing you haven’t thought of – it’s the thing you don’t understand.

There are all kinds of Christians who have been offended. They don’t understand. Did you hear that phrase? They don’t understand why someone did something. They don’t understand why somebody didn’t do something that they thought they should do – they had it in their mind that it should go a certain way and it didn’t. They became offended.

Peter had a certain scenario in his mind, didn’t he? He whipped out his blade, cut off the guy’s ear, and he probably thought that Jesus would do something amazing. He always does – He always did. Think about what Peter witnessed. Jesus just got through saying, “I AM” and everyone fell on the ground! What do you think? Do you think this is going to turn out bad? No! We’ve been here before! Jesus is going to do something amazing. Jesus told Peter to stop and put your blade up. Peter sees that Jesus is going to allow them to take him and kill him? Peter became offended. Over the next few hours he trails off – he’s hurt; he’s mad. Why is Jesus doing this? He doesn’t understand.

And so Peter begins to question what he believes, which is what offense is designed to do. If Jesus just lets them take him and He dies, does that mean that He’s not the Messiah? Are all the things we’ve done all these years meant nothing? Have I done something wrong by being a part of this?

When you start questioning what you believe, you start wavering; you start doubting, and the moment you do, fear rushes in. And so when someone says, “Aren’t you one of them?” fear grips Peter and he responded, “no”. It’s not the thing you’ve prepared for – it’s the thing you haven’t thought about. It’s when it didn’t go the way you thought it would. It’s when you don’t understand. It’s when you start asking “why”.

Let’s look at John the Baptist. In Matthew 11, John the Baptist had been thrown in prison, sitting there night after night. He became offended – angry, hurt, shocked, and ceasing to believe in someone you should believe in. John was the one who stood up and pointed at Jesus and said, “Behold, the lamb of God”. He said it so convincingly that his own disciples followed Jesus. After hearing everything Jesus has done, he’s sitting in jail. He sent people to ask Jesus if he was the one. Matthew 11:2-3 “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? John was the one that said, behold the Lamb of God! John was the one who baptized Jesus and heard God’s voice reaffirming Jesus.

What’s happened to John? He’s become offended; fear has come in. Jesus told the messengers who were sent by John to go back and tell John, “the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matthew 11:5-6)

Jesus basically said, John – you already know the answer to that question. Don’t be offended in Me. Don’t quit believing in Me. Don’t unhook from Me. John probably never thought he would be sitting in a jail cell as the glorious end to all of his hard work preaching. He’d confirmed the fulfillment of scripture and now he’s going to sit in a jail cell and face execution? John wasn’t prepared for that – he hadn’t planned on that. He hadn’t thought about it. That’s what tries your faith.

What is the trial of your faith? The trail of your faith is – Are you going to stay hooked – are you going to still love Him? Are you going to still believe in Him – when you don’t know “why” and you don’t understand? It’s not the thing you’re prepared for – it’s the thing you haven’t thought of – it’s the thing you don’t understand.

The trial of your faith is this: Will you continued to stay hooked and love Jesus, and believe in Him when you don’t know why and you don’t understand what’s going on? Why do people disconnect from God? Why do they, for example, stop going to church? Something different happened than how they had planned. They prayed and prayed and thought it would happen according to how they prayed and it didn’t happen that way. They stood and made confessions and it didn’t turn out the way they thought it was supposed to. It looked like the need didn’t get met and so they became offended. “Well, I just don’t understand.” “I don’t know why it happened this way.” “I don’t understand”.

It’s more than you just not understanding – it’s turned into you’re offended. You’ve unhooked – you’re no longer believing Him. It’s all right to ask a question “why” when you want to learn and you want to understand. “Lord, why did this happen? I’d like to know – I’d like to understand.” But it’s NOT all right to demand, “WHY?” That’s not OK – that’s never OK. That’s not a question seeking wisdom and understanding. Demanding “why” is questioning the character of God. It’s accusing Him of being unfaithful. WHY didn’t You come through for me? WHY didn’t you do this? WHY did you let this happen? You were offended. You were shocked that it went a certain way, didn’t turn out a certain way, and so now you’re unhooking and not identifying with Him anymore, and dangerously close to denying.

Is this serious? Yes. You may say that you don’t understand –but there’s a lot you don’t understand. “But I don’t know why” – all that proves is that you don’t know something! You know that God has NEVER failed anybody and He never will ! He’s faithful – He’s true – He’s good. And YOU have to make up your mind that “NOTHING is going to separate me from Him, His love, His goodness. No matter what I see or don’t see, or understand or don’t understand, I know this – I still love Him. I still believe in Him. I still trust Him. And I’m not going anywhere – I’m staying right here. I’m trusting in Him. I’m staying hooked with God. I’m going to believe in what He told me to believe.”

God said to the person who trusts Him, He will manifest Himself. Believe God and stay hooked with God. Don’t become offended, and especially don’t become offended in God. Luke 22:31-32 – “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

What is the trial of your faith? It’s not God who’s being tested; it’s not His Word that’s being tested – it’s YOUR FAITH that’s being tested. That your faith FAIL NOT. And when (not if) you get straightened up – help your brothers by strengthening their faith. Luke 22:56-60: “But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.”

Peter became offended – he was shocked and he didn’t understand. Peter unhooked. Do you have to unhook because you don’t understand? When something happens and you don’t understand, and you don’t know why – that’s the time to reach down and believe God. I don’t know, but I know this – I’m not going anywhere – I’m staying with God – I’m staying with Him – and I’m staying with what He told me to do. I trust You, God. Luke 22:61-62 “And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.”

Why did Jesus turn and look at Peter? You can be forgiven of all sins, but if you don’t believe Jesus – if you deny Jesus – you’ll die because of your sin. Jesus looking at Peter was His way of reminding Peter of His words – He brought Peter back to reality.

Repent from being offended – don’t unhook from Me. Peter’s denial of Jesus is written in EVERY account of the 4 gospels. It’s written so that YOU WON’T BE OFFENDED. You have to recognize what the enemy is doing to you and GIVE IT NO PLACE in your thoughts, your heart or your life. It’s when it’s going a different way – it’s when you don’t understand why – it’s when you’re shocked, angry, hurt and upset – that’s when you look up and say, “Lord, I don’t know what’s going on. I know You didn’t miss it. If anybody missed it, it’s me (it’s us). I don’t understand, but I know this – You’re a good God. I know this – You’re a faithful Father – I know this – You’re a righteous and just and fair in everything you do and everything you don’t do and I TRUST YOU. I BELIEVE WITH MY LAST BREATH I TRUST YOU. I WILL BELIEVE IN YOU. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU. I WILL NOT DENY YOU.”

You don’t have to understand to believe this. Lord, I love you. Lord, I believe in You. I trust You. Are you offended? Are you hurt? Have you cut yourself off from God? Have you denied being a part of going to church?

Don’t deny the truth – Jesus is the Word, Jesus is the Truth. Don’t unhook just because things didn’t go the way you thought they should – the way you expected – the way you prayed. Was Jesus’ faith tried? Yes. As He hung on the cross he said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Jesus passed the test. Did He deny the Father? No.

You’re not above Jesus – your faith will be tried. Make up your mind today. It doesn’t matter that you don’t understand everything. Don’t question God’s faithfulness or goodness in your life. There are things in your life that come along that will catch you off guard or shock you. Remember – don’t look at the situation, rather, look at God’s Word – God’s promises.

What does the Bible have to say about it? “Lord, the situation doesn’t change anything. I love You, I believe in You, I trust You, and I’m staying with You.” I really appreciate God’s compassion with Peter. Even though Peter had denied Jesus, when Mary and the women went to Jesus’ tomb, the angel told Mary and the women to “go tell the disciples and Peter”. Mentioning Peter by name was a way of letting Peter know that all is well – it was a comment to Peter that would provide some comfort. When Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was resurrected, Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he loved Him and asked Peter to feed His sheep. Jesus hasn’t disowned Peter. Jesus knew that Peter didn’t want to continue to deny Him. Jesus is helping Peter to get past this by asking Peter to do something for Jesus. If Jesus asks you to do something – don’t become offended, don’t be upset and do whatever He asks. Peter left and fed God’s sheep.

So even if your faith was tried and you failed – you got shocked and hurt and mad and upset and you didn’t understand something so you chose to unhook from having a relationship with God, it’s bad but it’s not the end. If you come back to Jesus, He’ll forgive you and receive you. Not only that, He’ll give you something to do – He’ll let you have a part. Now that’s a magnificent expression of the love of God. Isn’t that wonderful?

Prayer: Lord, I will believe in You always. Lord, forgive me for ever doubting You. Forgive me for ever questioning You. I will not deny You, but I will confess You. Father God, I believe in You. I’m finished waivering. I’m through doubting. No matter what is happening – no matter what I understand or don’t understand – I trust You. I trust You. I trust You. I give you my life. I give you my heart without reservation. And as You help me, I will believe in Jesus. I will serve You. I will follow You forever.

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