“You have broken your own spirit by how you have thought – your thoughts are important”, God said to me one morning. As He’s been explaining to me, your thoughts are crucial to your success – your ability to rise above your circumstances and believe that God has something better for you.
One day, the Holy Spirit explained to me a process He called, “Our Daily Life Cycle – How to Succeed”. Here’s the sequence:
What you See/Read/Hear
Leads to: Thoughts (You think about what you see/read/hear)
Leads to: Heart (What you think about gets into your heart)
Leads to: Our Words (What is in your heart is expressed by your words)
Leads to: Our Actions
Seeds start with what we see, what we read or what we hear.
The soil is what we think about – what we meditate on. If you have good soil, you will control your thoughts and emotions to align with God’s Word and promises. Can I say this? Yes, I can – think positive thoughts. Give time and attention to thinking on the uplifting events, thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will do for you. If you have bad soil, if you think on negative things, if you harbor unforgiveness, resentment or ill-will toward others, these are things which God wants you to get rid of. (For more about our thoughts, check this article entitled, “Your Words Will Not Return Void”.
Thoughts that we think about over and over again become seeds. The germination of the seed occurs in our heart. The more time we give to a thought, the more it gets into our heart. We can choose what we think about. There’s that free will, again. Yes, God has given us a free will. It’s our choice what “seeds” we allow ourselves to see, hear and read. It’s our choice what “soil” we want by thinking on the positive things of God or the negative things of the world. The seeds that grow in your heart produce fruit. Here’s a good article called “What You Speak About Comes From Your Heart”.
Our words and actions are the result (fruit) of what’s been growing in our heart. Our lives are influenced by the type of fruit we’re producing, either good or bad fruit. Remember the verse in Psalms that says out of the abundance of our heart, our mouth speaks. We speak what’s in our heart. Do you think you have faith in God’s promises? Here’s how to double-check: what do you talk about? What do you confess out loud? (Check out this article entitled, “Believe With Your Heart and Confess With Your Mouth”.)
The interesting point that the Holy Spirit explained to me about this thought process is that this is how our thought, mind and action processes work whether you believe in God or not. Remember that God made you and I in His ‘likeness’ (just like Him) and ‘image’ and He gave us the same ability to change things by using the most powerful force in the known universe: FAITH! (the absolute trust and confidence in God’s Word).
So what’s the first thing we should do to change our attitude, and thus change our life? Seek God first!
Think about these bible verses:
Proverbs 23:7 (AMP) “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Luke 6:45 (NKJV) “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.”
My best friend and roommate, Linda, came home one day and announced that she purchased 10 cases of water! They were in the truck and back seat of her car – could I bring them into the house? “What are we going to do with 10 cases of water?”, I asked. “We’ll use them!” was her response. Little did I know that just a few days later, those cases of water would really come in handy.
We live in townhouse #2 of a row of 5 town homes. Some of these homes share an adjoining wall. One Saturday afternoon in August 2015, I was sitting on the back patio my friend Donna, while Linda was in the house reading. “It’s too hot to sit outside”, she explained. She was right – it was over 100 degrees!
Well, it was just after 3:00 in the afternoon when we suddenly heard a very loud “BOOM”. I immediately put on my flip flops and ran through the back door, through the house, and out the front door to try and find out what had caused the loud explosion. I immediately realized that the town home two doors down – townhouse #4 was not only on fire – the flames were shooting up to what looked like about 10 or 12 feet! SHOCK!
Charlotte, who lived in the town home that experienced an explosion and was on fire, came running out of the house screaming, “CALL 911, CALL 911, CALL 911!”
Linda, Donna and I immediately went into action. We called 911. We recognized that the fire had already spread to the homes on either side – home #3 and home #5. As the home next door was on fire, we ran to help them. As our next door neighbor, Judy, was carrying one of three dogs out of the house, Linda helped her and I went into the smoke-filled home to find her husband, Harry. Harry was trying to put papers into a small suitcase. Due to the heaviness of the smoke, I grabbed papers out of his hand, shoved them into the suitcase, and exclaimed, “You have to get out of your house – NOW!” My thought was that if I took the suitcase, he would follow. He did.
Linda called to me to move our cars out of our garage, due to the close proximity of the fire – after all, the house next door to us was also on fire and our home is only about 3 feet away from this home. We grabbed our precious dog and our computers, and ran outside. Due to the heat, Donna took our dog and computers and put them all in the car. She started the car to have A/C on for the dog. Remember – it’s over 100 degrees outside!
Linda and I made eye contact and went into our house to pray. We commanded the fire to not touch our house, in Jesus’ Name. [Remember, Jesus said to speak to your mountain and it will be removed.] We plead the blood of Jesus over our home. “Nothing missing, nothing broken”, we prayed. We prayed for the safety and security of others, in Jesus’ Name.
We then ran outside to help everyone else. Linda recognized that house #5 was on fire, and felt the need to go to that home. She knocked on the front door and recognized that there was a dog inside – but our neighbors were not home. She immediately found someone, who was then able to get a fireman to break open the door. The neighbor ran up the stairs – with flames on either side of him – and grab the neighbor’s large dog. Another neighbor volunteered to take the dog to their house to keep cool.
Those 10 cases of water? Yeah. They came in handy. We kept our garage door open and would carry the cases of water that were stacked up inside our home out to the firemen, who were standing about 3 feet from our property all the way down to the last house. In all, we heard that over 15 fire trucks showed up, of which only 3 could fit in front and around the court in which our homes reside. Some of these trucks came from over 20 miles away. We were thankful for the fireman who hosed our home down with water, as the flames came within about 5 feet from our house, and even closer if you consider that we have a wood arbor that nearly touches our neighbor’s home.
The fire started around 3:15 in the afternoon and the fire trucks left after 10:00 p.m. with a warning that we should watch the homes in case the fire started up again! Which it did, by the way, twice. Thank You, Lord, He had a fire truck come back and check the property around 11:30, in which the fireman saw a spark reignite, and the owner of the home come by around 1:00 p.m. who happen to notice the fire reignite yet again and called the fire department!
There was much more to tell about this situation, but here are the amazing miracles that God performed – first, our house was protected. In fact, we found burnt embers on our wood arbor and on our wood balcony in the back of our house, all of which could have sparked our house to catch on fire, but did not. Glory to God!
Second, and this is really amazing, there was absolutely no smell of smoke inside our home. We left both the garage door open as well as the door from the garage to the home. We kept opening the door to carry cases of water out to the firemen. We kept opening the doors to let our neighbors and people inside. We also opened our side patio doors to the fire chief and all of people that he interviewed. While the smell of smoke was heavy outside, there was no smell of smoke inside our home.
Take a step outside our home – there was an extreme smell of smoke. Take a step inside our home – NO smell of smoke. Repeat. Repeat again and again. We NEVER experienced the smell of smoke in our house.
It was a Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego moment.
In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image and commanded that all his officials bow down before it. All who failed to do so would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Certain officials informed the king that the three Jewish youths Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria, who bore the Babylonian names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and whom the king had appointed to high office in Babylon, were refusing to worship the golden statue. The three were brought before Nebuchadnezzar, where they informed the king that their God would be with them. Nebuchadnezzar commanded that these 3 men, wearing their robes, trousers, and other clothes, were to be bound and thrown into the blazing furnace, heated seven times hotter than normal, but when the king looked he saw four figures, and not three, (one looked like the son of God) walking unharmed in the flames. Seeing this, Nebuchadnezzar brought the youths out of the flames. Everyone saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! He promoted them to even higher office, decreeing that any who spoke against their God should be torn limb from limb.
We were reminded of the verses in Malachi 3:10-11: 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts
God rebuked the devourer for our sake. More than a year later, we still thank God for protecting our home. He is amazing!!
The following offers bible verses about God’s forgiveness toward us and His instruction for us to forgive others.
Exodus 34:6 (GW)
Then he [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, calling out, “The Lord, the Lord, a compassionate and merciful God, patient, always faithful and ready to forgive.
Exodus 34:7 (NLT)
I [the Lord] lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
Psalm 86:15 (GW)
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God. You are patient, always faithful and ready to forgive.
Psalm 103:1-5 (GW) 1 Praise the Lord, my soul! Praise his holy name, all that is within me. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done: 3 He is the one who forgives all your sins, the one who heals all your diseases, 4 the one who rescues your life from the pit, the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion, 5 the one who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle.
Psalm 103:8 (GW) 8 The Lord is compassionate, merciful, patient, and always ready to forgive. 9 He will not always accuse us of wrong or be angry with us forever. 10 He has not treated us as we deserve for our sinsor paid us back for our wrongs.
Psalm 130:7 (GW)
..Put your hope in the Lord, because with the Lord there is mercy and with him there is unlimited forgiveness.
Psalm 145:8 (GW)
The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.
Proverbs 17:9 (GW) [The consequences of being a fool]
Whoever forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever keeps bringing up the issue separates the closest of friends.
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (GW)
[Despite the People of Israel’s Past Sin, the Lord Will Forgive Them] 16 The Lord makes a path through the sea and a road through the strong currents. 18 Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. 19 I am going to do something new. It is already happening. Don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.
Isaiah 55:6-7 (GW) 6 Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call on him while he is near. 7 Let wicked people abandon their ways. Let evil people abandon their thoughts. Let them return to the Lord, and he will show compassion to them. Let them return to our God, because he will freely forgive them.
Jeremiah 3:22 (GW)
[The Lord says] “Come back, you rebellious people, and I will forgive you for being unfaithful.” [The people answer] Here we are! We have come to you because you are the Lord our God.
Jeremiah 33:6-9 (GW) 6 “But I will heal this city and restore it to health. I will heal its people, and I will give them peace and security. 7 I will restore Judah and Israel and rebuild them as they were before. 8 I will cleanse them from all the sins that they have committed against me. I will forgive them for all the sins that they have committed against me and for rebelling against me. 9 Then Jerusalem will be my source of joy, praise, and honor. All the nations on earth will hear about all the blessings that I will give to Jerusalem. They will be afraid and tremble because of all the prosperity that I will provide for it.
Hosea 14:2 (GW)
Return to the Lord, and say these things to him:“Forgive all our sins, and kindly receive us. Then we’ll praise you with our lips.”
Micah 7:18 (GW)
Who is a God like you? You forgive sin and overlook the rebellion of your faithful people. You will not be angry forever, because you would rather show mercy.
Matthew 6:7-13 (NKJV) 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV) 14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV) 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
Mark 11:25-26 (NKJV) 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Luke 6:37-38 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 11:1-4 (AMP)
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them,“When you pray, say:
‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. 3 ‘Give us each day our daily bread. 4 ‘And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended or wronged us]. And lead us not into temptation but rescue us from evil].’”
Luke 17:3-4 (NKJV) 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
John 20:21-23 (NKJV) 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (AMP) 4 Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.5 It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured [it keeps no record of wrongs].6 It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail].7 Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].
2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (AMP) 5 But if someone has caused [all this] sorrow, he has caused it not to me, but in some degree—not to put it too severely—[he has distressed and grieved] all of you. 6 For such a one this punishment by the majority is sufficient, 7 so instead [of further rebuke, now] you should rather [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage him, to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reinstate him in your affections and reaffirm your [c]love for him. 9 For this was my purpose in writing, to see if you would stand the test, whether you are obedient and committed to following my instruction in all things. 10 If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive [that one]; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of [and with the approval of] Christ, 11 to keep Satan from taking advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
Ephesians 1:3-10 (AMP) 3 Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, 4 just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love 5 He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— 6 to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. 7 In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgivenessand complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, 10 with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT) 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NKJV) 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)
He [God] has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 2:13 (AMP)
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins,
Colossians 3:12-17 (NKJV) 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
James 1:19-20 (AMP) 19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].
James 5:13-16 (AMP) 13 Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God]. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
1 John 1:8 (NKJV) 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 John 4:19-21 (AMP) 19 We love, because He first loved us.20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him.
We found five different occurrences in the bible in which water was parted or separated by God.
1. GOD Separates the Water
Genesis 1:6-7 (New Living Translation) 6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens.
2. Moses Parts the Water (Red Sea)
Exodus 14:15-22 (New King James Version) 15 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” 19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Hebrews 11:29 (The Message) By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned.
3. Joshua & Israel Cross the Jordan River
Joshua 3:5-17 through 4:1-18 (NKJV) 5 And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” 6 Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. 7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8 You shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you have come to the edge of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand in the Jordan.’” 9 So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” 10 And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites: 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from every tribe. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap.” 14 So it was, when the people set out from their camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest), 16 that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan.
Joshua 4:1-18 1 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying: 2 “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’” 4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” 8 And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, as the LORD had spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day. 10 So the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hurried and crossed over. 11 Then it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over, that the ark of the LORD and the priests crossed over in the presence of the people. 12 And the men of Reuben, the men of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had spoken to them. 13 About forty thousand prepared for war crossed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho. 14 On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life. 15 Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 16 “Command the priests who bear the ark of the Testimony to come up from the Jordan.” 17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, “Come up from the Jordan.” 18 And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.
4. Elijah Parts the Jordan River and Crosses Over
2 Kings 2:5-9 (NKJV) 5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
5. Elisha Parts the Water at the Jordan River
2 Kings 2:12-15 (NKJV) 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. 15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.
I was reading the Bible and took a break to go into the kitchen to get some tea. While in the kitchen, I heard the still, small voice of God say to me, “I give you richly all things to enjoy”. I then heard, “On earth as it is in heaven”. I was prompted to look up the verses! The first verse referenced by the Lord was 1 Timothy 6:17:
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”
The second verse was from Matthew 6:10. Here’s Matthew 6:8-10: [Jesus Speaking] “8Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”
God put it the two verses together and said, “I give you richly all things to enjoy, on earth as it is in heaven. The reason you don’t have the things I want to give you is that you think you don’t deserve them.”
Ouch. I am blocking my own blessing by how I think and what I believe in my heart.
So, let’s get to work changing my heart! I am meditating on 1 Timothy 6:17 by saying, “God is giving me richly all things to enjoy. I am blessed to be a blessing to others.”
John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The Greek word “zoe” for “life” means the same life that is resident in God Himself. So when the Bible says that we are to have life (zoe) more abundantly, it is literally saying that God wants to manifest heaven on the earth! We don’t have to wait. We can experience God’s favor and abundance while we are on the earth. We can be blessed to be a blessing!
And, in 2 Corinthians 9:8, it says, “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” In other words, God wants us to have more than enough!
Think about this. John 14:1-2 says, ““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” Jesus is preparing a mansion for me in heaven! So, I’m looking forward to my nice home here on earth. After all, God wants to bless me here “on earth as it is in heaven”!
The word “deem” is a verb that means “to view as” or “judge”. Deem comes from the Old English word, deman — meaning “act as a judge.” If you deem something, you essentially become the judge of whether it has a characteristic in your life. Therefore, deem means to keep in mind, hold, view as, assert, affirm, consider, reckon, regard or see something.
My new thought is that I judge myself – I consider myself – I regard myself as being prosperous so I can be blessed to be a blessing. I assert that God is giving me richly all things to enjoy. And, more importantly, I give Him all the credit and all the glory. I will trust in God – not in the money.
Here’s 1 Timothy 6:17 from various different versions of the Bible:
As for the rich in this present world, instruct them not to be conceited and arrogant, nor to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
CEV (Contemporary English Version)
Warn the rich people of this world not to be proud or to trust in wealth that is easily lost. Tell them to have faith in God, who is rich and blesses us with everything we need to enjoy life.
ERV (Easy-To-Read Version)
Give this command to those who are rich with the things of this world. Tell them not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not their money. Money cannot be trusted, but God takes care of us richly. He gives us everything to enjoy.
EXB (Expanded Bible)
Command those who are rich ·with things of this world [in the present age] not to be proud [arrogant; haughty]. Tell them to hope in God, not in their uncertain riches. God richly gives us everything to enjoy.
GW (God’s Word Translation)
Tell those who have the riches of this world not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, they should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
GNT (Good News Translation)
Command those who are rich in the things of this life not to be proud, but to place their hope, not in such an uncertain thing as riches, but in God, who generously gives us everything for our enjoyment.
NASB (New American Standard Bible)
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
NCV (New Century Version)
Command those who are rich with things of this world not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not in their uncertain riches. God richly gives us everything to enjoy.
NET (New English Translation)
Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment.
NIV (New International Version)
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
NLV (New Life Version)
Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money. Money cannot be trusted. They should put their trust in God. He gives us all we need for our happiness.
NLT (New Living Translation)
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
God can and will supply not only our needs, but our desires, if we let Him! Remember to give Him all the glory!
I’m reminded of Ephesians 3:20 (AMP), which says, “Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us“. God works within us.
Here’s a great verse in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT), which says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
Here’s another great passage in 2 Corinthians 9:11-15 (NCV): ” 11 He [God] will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will cause many to give thanks to God. 12 This service you do not only helps the needs of God’s people, it also brings many more thanks to God. 13 It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ—the gospel you say you believe—and because you freely share with them and with all others. 14 And when they pray, they will wish they could be with you because of the great grace that God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful for words.”
Here’s my prayer – That God would work within me to change my heart and create a vision of His purpose and will for my life. And, my prayer is for you as well. I pray that God would change your heart to be able to not only see a vision and a purpose for your life, but a realization that He is able to do abundantly more than all you can ask or imagine!
Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 16)
Proverbs 21:23 (AMP), “He who guards his mouth and his tongue guards himself from troubles.”
Proverbs 21:23 (The Message), “Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.”
Proverbs 21:23 (KJV), “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.”
The Hebrew word for “guards” means to keep, to keep watch, to have charge of, to observe, and give heed. It also means to keep (within bounds) or restrain, as well as to preserve and protect.
This word is also used in Genesis 25:5 and in Psalm 37:34.
Genesis 25:2-5: 2 Then the Lord appeared to him [Isaac] and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
Psalm 37:34 (NKJV), “Psalm 37:34 (NKJV), “Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land”
These verses are talking about keeping the way of the Lord in your life. You can keep the way of the Lord by reading and/or listening to His Word, and listening to the Holy Spirit direct your life. You can also talk to Him anywhere and anytime. This means that there is a choice. You make the choice to spend time with Him.
Likewise, you have a choice as to what you say. Watching what you say is important. You’ll get what you confess. Make a choice to proclaim God’s word. Remember that if you are speaking negative words, even if you think it’s telling the truth, the negative comes to pass. God told me that my words (our words) are like seeds. You speak things into existence. Those seeds become trees, and those trees will bear fruit. The question is are you going to see good fruit or bad fruit?
Jesus said in Mark 11:22-24 (ESV), “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Also see Matthew 21:21)
Here’s the key. Jesus’ explanation is not just about prayer. The prayer part is after the word “therefore”. Jesus said in the first sentence that if you say something, and you believe it, it will be done.
Here’s the key: if you say something, and you believe it, it will be done.
What do you have in your life that you don’t want – but you’ve confessed it into existence?
Here’s the question – What do you need to say and believe differently in order for your life to change for the better?
Find scriptures that apply to your life and meditate on them. Write down the verses on 3×5 cards and keep them with you. Remind yourself of these versus by thinking about them and speaking them out loud. Start speaking what God’s Word says about your situation. Fill your mind with the living, breathing, active Word of God so that your mind has a firm foundation!
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray that you would show me what I am saying that has caused negative things in my life, and to correct me in my words. I pray for a strong relationship with You.
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
Romans 10:17 says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Faith is a powerful force and it can turn any situation around. Your faith-filled words are important! Make sure you are speaking only those things you want to see come to pass. We’ve found over 100 scriptures in the bible about faith, as well as asking and believing God. Reading these scriptures will help you build your faith, as well as help you understand the role of faith when praying and asking God, as well as believing that God answers prayers.
Genesis 15:6 (NKJV)
And he [Abraham] believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 18:14 (NKJV)
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you [Abraham], according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
Genesis 25:21 (AMP)
Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was unable to conceive children; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived [twins].
Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)
God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Joshua 21:45 (NLT)
Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.
Joshua 23:14 (AMP)
[Joshua speaking to the Israelites] “Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God has promised concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed.”
1 Samuel 1:21 (AMP)
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my request which I asked of Him.
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.
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.”
Nehemiah 9:5-8 (NLT) 5 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! 6 “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. 7 “You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. 8 When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.
Job 22:28 (AMP)
You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways.
Psalm 5:12 (NKJV)
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
Psalm 27:13 (NKJV)
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
Psalm 34:17 (NIV)
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 35:27 (KJV)
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
Psalm 37:3 (NASB)
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Psalm 62:5-8 (NKJV)
My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 145:18 (NIV)
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (AMP)
My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you,
so that your ear is attentive to [skillful and godly] wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding [seeking it conscientiously and striving for it eagerly]; Yes, if you cry out for insight, and lift up your voice for understanding; If you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver and search for her as you would hidden treasures; Then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] and discover the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 15:29 (NKJV)
The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Isaiah 43:10 (NKJV)
“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.”
Isaiah 46:9 (AMP)
“Remember [carefully] the former things [which I did] from ages past; For I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is no one like Me.”
Isaiah 43:19 (AMP)
“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 50:7 (NKJV)
“For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”
Isaiah 55:6 (NKJV)
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Isaiah 59:1 (NKJV)
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.
Isaiah 65:24 (NKJV)
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
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.”
Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV)
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP)
Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You.
Jeremiah 32:26-27 (NKJV)
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
NKJV – ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
AMP – ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’
Daniel 6:23 (NKJV)
Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
Habakkuk 2:4 (NASB)
Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.
Zechariah 10:1 (AMP) Askfor rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain. It is the Lord who makes the thunder clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field to everyone.
Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Matthew 8:13 (AMP)
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it will be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was restored to health at that very hour.
Matthew 8:26 (NIV)
He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
Matthew 9:22 (NKJV)
But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.
Matthew 9:28-29 (NKJV)
And when He had come into the house, the blind men came 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, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
Matthew 14:29-31 (NIV)
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Matthew 15:28 (KJV)
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Matthew 16:8-10 (AMP)
But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up? Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?
Matthew 17:19-20 (AMP)
Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked privately, Why could we not drive it out? He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Matthew 17:19-20 (NAS)
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Matthew 18:19 (NKJV)
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.
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 21:20-22 (NKJV)
So Jesus answered and said to 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.
NKJV – [Jesus speaking] “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
NLT – [Jesus speaking] “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
Mark 5:36 (NKJV)
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Mark 10:27 (NKJV)
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Mark 11:22-26 (NKJV)
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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11:24 (NLT)
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV)
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 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.”
Luke 1:37 (AMP)
For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.”
Luke 1:45 (NKJV)
Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Luke 8:50 (NKJV)
But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
Luke 11:9-10 (NKJV)
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Luke 17:5-6 (NIV)
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.
Luke 18:1 (NLT) 1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”
Luke 18:27 (AMP)
But He [Jesus] said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
John 1:12 (NKJV)
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name
John 1:50 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:18 (NKJV)
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
John 4:50 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
John 4:53 (NKJV)
So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.
John 5:24 (NKJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
John 6:47 (NKJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
John 11:25-27 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
John 14:1 (NKJV)
[Jesus said,] “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
John 14:12-14 (NKJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
John 14:13 (NKJV)
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 (NKJV)
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John 14:23 (NKJV)
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
John 15:7 (NKJV)
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 15:16 (NKJV)
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
John 16:23-24 (NKJV)
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
John 20:23 (NKJV)
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
Acts 3:16 (NKJV)
And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Acts 16:31 (NKJV)
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Romans 1:16-17 (NASB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”
Romans 3:22 (NIV)
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
Romans 3:22 (AMP)
This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son].
Romans 4:18-21 (NKJV)
[Abraham] who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, so shall your descendents be. And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Romans 4:20-22 (NIV)
Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)
If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 11:19-20 (NIV)
You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
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.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (AMP)
God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise—He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
For we live by faith, not by sight.
Galatians 3:9 (NIV)
So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Galatians 3:11 (NKJV)
Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”
Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ
Ephesians 3:12 (NKJV)
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him
Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NKJV)
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (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, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:6, 7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (GNT)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (MSG)
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NKJV) 17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NLT) 17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].
Hebrews 6:11-12 (NKJV)
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 10:35-39 (NIV)
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith and I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
Hebrews 10:35 (AMP)
Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
But 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 diligently seek Him.
James 1:4-6 (NKJV)
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 4:2 (NKJV)
Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
James 4:7-8 (NKJV)
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:10 (NKJV)
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
1 John 3:21-23 (NKJV)
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. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
1 John 5:4-5 (NKJV)
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)
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 2 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
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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. 3 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.3 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.2 The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I will tell you.3 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.4 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,5 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 26:19-22 (GNT) 19 Isaac’s servants dug a well in the valley and found water. 20 The shepherds of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s shepherds and said, “This water belongs to us.” So Isaac named the well “Quarrel.” 21 Isaac’s servants dug another well, and there was a quarrel about that one also, so he named it “Enmity.” 22 He moved away from there and dug another well. There was no dispute about this one, so he named it “Freedom.” He said, “Now the Lord has given us freedom to live in the land, and we will be prosperous here.”
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) 9 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) 8 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.” 9 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) 2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did,4 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.5 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.6 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. 3 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. 8 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 26:3-5; 9-12 (NLT) 3 “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, 4 I will send you the seasonal rains. The land will then yield its crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit. 5 Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land. 9 “I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill my covenant with you. 10 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! [You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new] 11 I will live among you, and I will not despise you. 12 I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.”
Numbers 10:29-32 (GNT) 29 Moses said to his brother-in-law Hobab son of Jethro the Midianite, “We are about to start out for the place which the Lord said he would give us. He has promised to make Israel prosperous, so come with us, and we will share our prosperity with you.” 30 Hobab answered, “No, I am going back to my native land.” 31 “Please don’t leave us,” Moses said. “You know where we can camp in the wilderness, and you can be our guide. 32 If you come with us, we will share with you all the blessings that the Lord gives us.”
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, 2 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. 3 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.’ 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 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. 2 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. 3 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. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you. 6 “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. 7 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; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 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) 2 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,3 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) 8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today.9 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) 7 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, 8 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 5:12 (GNT) And so David realized that the Lord had established him as king of Israel and was making his kingdom prosperous for the sake of his people.
2 Samuel 12:7-8 (TLB) 7 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. 8 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) 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”| 6 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. 7 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. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 9 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 8:1-2, 54-61, 65-66 (GW) 1 Then Solomon assembled the respected leaders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes, and the leaders of the Israelite families. They came to King Solomon in Jerusalem to take the ark of the Lord’s promise from the City of David (that is, Zion). 2 All the people of Israel gathered around King Solomon at the Festival of Booths in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month. 54 When Solomon finished praying this prayer for mercy to the Lord, he stood in front of the Lord’s altar, where he had been kneeling with his hands stretched out toward heaven. 55 Then he stood and in a loud voice blessed the entire assembly of Israel, 56 “Thanks be to the Lord! He has given his people Israel rest, as he had promised. None of the good promises he made through his servant Moses has failed to come true. 57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors. May he never leave us or abandon us. 58 May he bend our hearts toward him. Then we will follow him and keep his commands, laws, and rules, which he commanded our ancestors to keep. 59 May these words which I have prayed to the Lord be near the Lord our God day and night. Then he will give me and his people Israel justice every day as it is needed. 60 In this way all the people of the world will know that the Lord is God and there is no other God. 61 May your hearts be committed to the Lord our God. Then you will live by his laws and keep his commands as you have today.” 65 At that time Solomon and all Israel celebrated the Festival of Booths. A large crowd had come from the territory between the border of Hamath and the River of Egypt to be near the Lord our God for seven days. 66 On the eighth day he dismissed the people. They blessed the king and went to their tents. They rejoiced with cheerful hearts for all the blessings the Lord had given his servant David and his people Israel.
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, 5 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. 6 Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. 7 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. 8 Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! 9 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.” 2 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 4 And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 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. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. 7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “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.” 2 “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. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors.4 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.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another.6 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. 7 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) 5 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. 6 He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses. 7 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 14:2 (GNT) And so David realized that the Lord had established him as king of Israel and was making his kingdom prosperous for the sake of his people.
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 7:8-10 GW 8 At that time Solomon and all Israel celebrated the Festival of Booths. A very large crowd had come from the territory between the border of Hamath and the River of Egypt. 9 On the eighth day there was an assembly. They had observed the dedication of the altar for seven days and celebrated the festival for another seven days. 10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month, Solomon dismissed the people to their tents. They rejoiced with cheerful hearts for all the blessings the Lord had given David, Solomon, and his people Israel.
2 Chronicles 7:11-14 (GNT) 11 After King Solomon had finished the Temple and the palace, successfully completing all his plans for them, 12 the Lord appeared to him at night. He said to him, “I have heard your prayer, and I accept this Temple as the place where sacrifices are to be offered to me. 13 Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, 14 if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.”
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.3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey his laws and commands.5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.6 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. 7 “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) 3 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], 4 but sought the God of his father, and walked in (obeyed) His commandments, and did not act as Israel did. 5 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]. 6 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) 3 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.4 He did right in the sight of the Lord, in accordance with everything that his father Amaziah had done.5 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) 3 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. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 In the third month [at the end of wheat harvest] they began to make the heaps, and they finished them in the seventh month. 8 When Hezekiah and the rulers came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and His people Israel. 9 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.”
Comment: Here’s verse 10 in the NKJV: And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, “Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.”
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 heartand make all your plans succeed. 5 May we shout for joy over your victoryand 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. 6 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. 6 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) 1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 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. 9O [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) 7 Of what great worth is Your loving-kindness, O God! The children of men come and are safe in the shadow of Your wings. 8 They are filled with the riches of Your house. And You give them a drink from Your river of joy. 9 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.4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord,Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. TLB –3 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. 4 Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. 5 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) 1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. 2 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) 5 May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6 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. 2 Help him to give true justice to your people, honorably and equally to all. 3 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. GNT – The Lord will make us prosperous, and our land will produce rich harvests.
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) 1 Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget any of His benefits; 3 Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.
Psalm 104:1-2, 13-15, 24-25, 28, 33-34 GW 1 Praise the Lord, my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty. 2 You cover yourself with light as though it were a robe. You stretch out the heavens as though they were curtains. 13 You water the mountains from your home above. You fill the earth with the fruits of your labors. 14 You make grass grow for cattle and make vegetables for humans to use in order to get food from the ground. 15 You make wine to cheer human hearts, olive oil to make faces shine, and bread to strengthen human hearts. 24 What a large number of things you have made, O Lord! You made them all by wisdom. The earth is filled with your creatures. 25 The sea is so big and wide with countless creatures, living things both large and small. 26 Ships sail on it, and Leviathan, which you made, plays in it. 27 All of them look to you to give them their food at the right time. 28 You give it to them, and they gather it up. You open your hand, and they are filled with blessings. 33 I will sing to the Lord throughout my life. I will make music to praise my God as long as I live. 34 May my thoughts be pleasing to him. I will find joy in the Lord.
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 107:43 GW Let those who think they are wise pay attention to these things so that they may understand the Lord’s blessings.
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 – 1 Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lordand delight in obeying his commands. 2 Their children will be successful everywhere;an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. 3 They themselves will be wealthy,and their good deeds will last forever. 4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. 5 Good comes to those who lend money generouslyand conduct their business fairly. 6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 7 They do not fear bad news;they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. 8 They are confident and fearlessand can face their foes triumphantly. 9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.Their good deeds will be remembered forever.They will have influence and honor. TPT – 1 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. 2 Their descendants will be prosperous and influential. Every generation of his godly lovers will experience his favor. 3 Great blessing and wealth fills the house of the wise, for their integrity endures forever. 4 Even if darkness overtakes them, sunrise-brilliance will come bursting through because they are gracious to others, so tender and true. 5 Life is good for the one who is generous and charitable, conducting affairs with honesty and truth. 6 Their circumstances will never shake them and others will never forget their example. 7 They will not live in fear or dread of what may come, for their hearts are firm, ever secure in their faith. 8 Steady and strong, they will not be afraid, but will calmly face their every foe until they all go down in defeat. 9 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 119:40-41 GW 40 I long for your guiding principles. Give me a new life in your righteousness. 41 Let your blessings reach me, O Lord. Save me as you promised.
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! 4 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. 3 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. 6 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 3:10 GW Tell the righteous that blessings will come to them. They will taste the fruit of their labor.
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) 6 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. 7 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 6:16 GW 16 This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths. Ask which way leads to blessings. Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves.
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 31:3, 14 GW 3 The Lord appeared to me in a faraway place and said, “I love you with an everlasting love. So I will continue to show you my kindness. 14 I will satisfy the priests with rich food. My people will be filled with my blessings,” declares the Lord.
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) 3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ 4 “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: 6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. 7 And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. 8 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. 9 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 Godand he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed,his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves;he performs signs and wondersin the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Danielfrom 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, 2 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.” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 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.” 9 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. 9 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 – 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.7 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.8 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.9 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 – 6 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]. 7 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]. 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. 9 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) 6 In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 7 The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. 8 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.”9 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. 8 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!
Click here to check out this article about what God told me personally about wealth and prosperity.
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 rich. Do 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 12:15 (AMP) Then He [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”
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.”
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 Kings 8:22-23 (NLT) Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel. He lifted his hands toward heaven,and he prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.”
1 Chronicles 16:8-11 (NKJV) 8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! 9 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 Lordis 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 Lordis 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 57:5 (NIV) Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:7 (NKJV) My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
Psalms 57:9-11 (NCV) 9 Lord, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing songs of praise about you to all the nations. 10 Your great love reaches to the skies, your truth to the clouds. 11 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 63:4-5 (NIV) 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
Psalm 66:1-4 (NKJV) 1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! 2 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. 4 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) 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. 7 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 (NLT) 1 Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things. My 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 111:1-5 (NLT) 1 Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. 2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. 3 Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. 4 He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord! 5 He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant.
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 146:1-2 (NLT) 1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. 2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
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 3:16-17 (NLT) 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
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! 4 “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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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!