SCRIPTURES TO STAND ON //(Praying the Word)

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FORWARD

God always responds to faith. He is good, and He wants to interact with us. When we pray His Word, in the name of Jesus, we can be 100% sure that He hears us. While He was on earth, Jesus set the best example for us to follow. When He prayed, He knew His father heard it. There was no doubt in His mind (John 11:41). God desires that we pray with that same confidence.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)

God will never break His Word. When Jesus died, He paid the debt for sin completely. When we believe on Him for salvation, we put on His garment of righteousness. When we are born again, God sees us through the righteousness of Jesus. So pray with confidence, knowing your Heavenly Father hears you- and He will always make His Word good! (Num. 23:19/Isa. 46:10-11, 61:10/Rom. 3:21-26/2 Cor. 5:21/Col. 2:10-15).

God’s Word is His will. It helps us understand how He sees things. Here, we have put together some of His promises for you to stand on! This list is not exhaustive. There are many, many more promises found in the Bible that relate to each of these topics. These promises are a great place to get started. They reflect God’s heart, and they apply to every single person who has been born again! Faith comes by hearing the Word. That means that when we speak the Word out loud, we build our faith! Below is prayer for healing that exemplifies how to take the promises found in the Word and return them back to God in prayer. Do not feel like you have to pray these specific words exactly. Return God’s Word back to Him in your own way. He is listening.

“Heavenly Father, 

I come to you in Jesus name. Forgive me of my sins and fill me with   your Spirit. I know that sickness is not your will for me, because you said in your Word that you wish above all that I would prosper and be in health. You said by Your stripes I am healed, and that the prayer of faith would save the sick. You said that whatever I bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever I loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. So, according to your Word, in the authority of the name of Jesus, I bind up and curse this sickness in my body. You are not a man that you should lie. You said that if you spoke it you would bring it to pass, and if you said it you would make it good. I believe your report. You said you heal me of all my diseases. So in the name of Jesus, I release from heaven your supernatural anointing by the power of your blood Jesus over my body to heal me. Jesus, I believe that you took my sin and sickness in your body on the cross, and I make the exchange right now: my sickness for your wholeness. I receive your wholeness by faith and thank you for it, in Jesus name, Amen!”

There’s not a more powerful position for any believer to be in than to be praying the Word of God in the authority of the name of Jesus. God will move when you return His Word to Him in faith.

Below you will find scriptures relating to the topics of healing, fear/worry, strength, provision, guidance, kingdom dominion, marriage, children, forgiveness, and the home. May God bless you as you stand on His promises.

HEALING

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar [gray] hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4)

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. (Psalm 103:2-3)

O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. (Psalm 30:2)

Who his own self [Jesus] bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. (Psalm 41:1-3)

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
(Psalm 107:19-20)

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

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

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. (Exodus 15:16)

And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. (Exodus 23:25)

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:23)

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me  And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. (Luke 8:43-48)

FEAR/WORRY/ANXIETY

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:10,13)

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (Isaiah 43:2)

For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (Isaiah 50:7)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: (Psalms 46:1-5)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:5-6)

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;  And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:7-8, 23-24)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:6-9)

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:5-6)

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
(Romans 8:14-17)

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalms 9:9-10)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:6-9)

STRENGTH

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. (Hebrews 10:23, 35-37)

Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:1,3)

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:2)

Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:  But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee;
(Isaiah 51:21-23)

Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! (Isaiah 52:1-3,6-7)

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:4)


PROVISION

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. (Psalm 34:10)

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
(Matthew 6:26)

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalms 23:1)

And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; (Deuteronomy 6:10-11)

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31-33)

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
(Malachi 3:10)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:25-33)

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8)

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 7:11)

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
(Psalms 37:3-4)

GUIDANCE


I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psalms 32:8)

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:11)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalms 37:23-24)

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalms 25:9-10)

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
(Proverbs 20:18)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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 7:7-11)

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
(Isaiah 48:17)

KINGDOM/DOMINION



Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:18-20)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26-28)

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:4-9)

MARRIAGE


Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s
sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)



Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:9)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. (Colossians 3:12-14,18-19)



Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Ephesians 5:25)



Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (1 Peter 3:1)



So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it even as the Lord loves the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:28-33)

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:13-18)

And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1 Corinthians 7:10-11, 14-16)


CHILDREN

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:3-5)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13)

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (Proverbs 13:24)

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. (Proverbs 17:6)

The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left [to himself] bringeth his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15)

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Proverbs 13:22)

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)


FORGIVENESS

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Colossians 3:12-13)

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. (Matthew 18:21-22)

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; (2 Corinthians 2:5-10)

FOR THE HOME

The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. (Proverbs 3:33)

And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; (Isaiah 32:18)

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

 

1 God 3 Persons | Pt 4

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:1-6 

  • Work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.”

John 14:16-20 

  • You can’t separate the Holy Spirit from truth.
  • I John 5:7.
  • When Jesus walked the earth, the spirit was among them. When He left earth, the spirit was in them.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.”

John 14:26-31 

  • The Holy Spirit will remind us of the Word.
  • There’s oneness in the Holy Spirit and Jesus.

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.”

John 15:26-27 

  • Oneness between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit can’t tell you something that the Word doesn’t say.
  • We will bear witness also, because of our relationship with Jesus.
  • When we know Him we will know the Holy Spirit.
  • I John 4:1.
  • Discernment is the knowledge of the Word. 

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

John 16:7 

  • When the Holy Spirit arrived, it began a new dispensation.
  • Rev. 4:1.
  • The Holy Spirit still has an assignment in the earth.

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.”

John 16:8-16 

  • The Holy Spirit will not allow me to get away with sin. When I sin, there’s CONVICTION.
  • The Holy Spirit will speak to those that have an ear to hear.
  • There are things that only the Holy Spirit can reveal to people, they cannot be learned.
  • The Holy Spirit is a prophetic voice.
  • The Holy Spirit will never turn the light off of Jesus to put it on you and me. 
  • Self-promotion stinks in the nostrils of God.
  • The Holy Spirit came to direct people toward the Son.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

1 John 4:1-3 

  • Is the message Jesus centric?

Psalms 2

1-3 = The World

4-6 = Father God speaking

7-9 = The Son speaking

10-12 = Holy Spirit speaking

The World

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 

Father God speaking

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 

The Son speaking

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 

Holy Spirit speaking

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Psalms 2:1-12 

  • The world does not want the Word to be in authority. 
  • The Holy Spirit will always point the world to the Son.

1 God 3 Persons | Pt 3

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

John 1:14-18 

  • Even though water can take on different forms, it’s still water. 
  • I John 5:7. 
  • God is a God that stands out of time. He sees the end from the beginning. 
  • God operates in dispensations. 
  • Dispensation = A time period (a season…a definite start and end). 
  • If the Church does not become what the church was called to be, we will not be effective for the Kingdom. 
  • A dispensation of time started with Moses (Law). 
  • Grace and Truth dispensation started with Jesus. 

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.”

Romans 5:14 

  • When you recognize the time frames in scripture, you can  begin to see how all three work. 
  • Adam to Moses (dispensation); Moses to Jesus (dispensation). 

Where are we now?

“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

Ephesians 1:10-11 

  • God knew ahead of time where He was going. 
  • God always knew how He would save us…there was never second guessing.

“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”

Ephesians 3:1-5 

“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Luke 4:14-21 

  • “And He closed the book…the acceptable year” (dispensation). 
  • God’s Grace and favor would profusely abound. 

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;”

Isaiah 61:1-2 

  • He closed the book before the day of vengeance in Luke 4.
  • He closed the book before that statement because it wasn’t time for vengeance yet (this specific dispensation did not include vengeance).
  • He first came for Grace and Mercy. 
  • We are in a dispensation of Grace, and Grace is available during this time period.
  • We are in a day of favor!
  • Our relationship with God is based on Grace, and no man has the ability to disconnect you from Him.

Israel is the center of all prophesy.

You can view the world differently when you see how the Author and Finisher wrote the book. 

“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”

Acts 1:1-9 

  • Matt 6:33.
  • Matt 6:10.
  • God told them to wait for the Holy Spirit. The sending of the Holy Spirit would begin a new dispensation.
  • Pentecost has a definite start and a definite end (Rev. 4).
  • Redemption was the disciples hope and Pilates concern. 
  • Jeremiah 29:11.
  • Just as they kept living even though the Babylonians were in power, we must keep doing life. 
  • Only God can separate the righteous from unrighteous.
  • Romans 12:2.
  • We must be in the Word and be United under the Word.
  • “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons.”
  • Our role is to advance to Jesus. Our agenda is a Kingdom agenda.  
  • The Father is in complete control of every dispensation. 
  • The problem with our world today is a spiritual problem. 
  • If we get off course, we are a moot point in this earth. 

1 God 3 Persons | Pt 2

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2 Peter 1:16-21 

Jesus in the beginning was the Word!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 1:1, 14 

  • His glory was tabernacled among us. 
  • The Glory of God is the manifestation of God in your life.
  • Genesis 1:26. 
  • Psalms 8 – crowned man with His glory. 
  • God man made in His own image. 
  • Romans 3:23 – fell short of the glory of God through sin (Before Jesus). 
  • Many know what they have “been from,” but many don’t understand what they have been saved TO.
  • Colossians 1:27 – Hope of Glory (After Jesus). 
  • I Corinthians 15.
  • If you want to know who Jesus is you look into His Word. 

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.”

John 2:4-8 

“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”

John 2:11 

  • Prior to the working of the miracle, Jesus looked common.
  • After the miracle He manifested His glory. 
  • He was able to represent in earth the Power of God manifested in Heaven. 
  • Jesus brought the Father glory because He was the walking manifestation of the Father on earth. 

“And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.”

Exodus 33:12-16 

  • We only have the hope of glory in His presence with us.  
  • Jesus didn’t come to establish a religion; He came to establish a relationship.
  • You can’t get your presentation right before God without the blood shed by Jesus. 
  • When the relationship had been broken, God went looking for Adam, desiring the relationship. 

“And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

Exodus 33:17-23

  • Moses recognized his view was limited. 
  • Moses wanted to see God. Even though he couldn’t see the face of God, He saw the evidence of where God has been.
  • Romans 2:4.

“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

Matthew 16:27-28

“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.”

Matthew 17:1-4 

  • II Peter 1:17.
  • Transfigured – overwhelmed on what was on the outside by what was on the inside. 
  • Jesus is God with us. 
  • The glory is able to tabernacle among man through Jesus. 
  • Peter, James and John saw Jesus in a way that the other 9 didn’t get to see Him. 
  • Tabernacles are designed to house glory.  

“While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.”

Matthew 17:5-6 

  • All submit to Jesus. 
  • The cloud arrived as He spoke. 
  • John 1:1, 14. 

“And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.”

Matthew 17:7-8 

It is something about our words that reveal who we really are. 

“Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;”

2 Peter 1:13 

“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

2 Peter 1:17 

  • Hebrews 1:1. 

My purpose in life is to reflect His glory!

1 God 3 Persons | Pt 1

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

1 Timothy 3:16 

  • John 1:14.
  • Analogy of Water (Water that you drink, Steam boiled, Ice when frozen) – one water in three forms. 
  • The same is true with God. He’s One God in three persons.

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

Isaiah 46:9-10 

  • This Scripture says that He declares revelation from Genesis. God declares everything He’s going to do in the beginning. 
  • He tells you what is going to be before it happens. He speaks what WILL be. 

“Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.”

Isaiah 41:21-23 

  • “Show us what’s going to happen.” 
  • God stands outside of time. 
  • Ecclesiastes 1:9. 

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Genesis 1:1-3 

  • What separates God in His deity is He does nothing on the cuff. 
  • Integrity to the Word that God established it all from the beginning. 
  • The first creation was time. 
  • His deity was established from the beginning: Vs. 1 – God, Vs. 2 – Spirit, Vs 3 – “And God Said” = Word of God. 
  • The Spirit moves on His Word. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

John 1:1-5 

  • The Beginning was The Word!
  • “Him” – points to The Word (pronoun).
  • You cannot separate God from His Word. 

Genesis 1 – And God Said!

  • Without the Word was not anything made that was made. 
  • His Word was His creative power. 
  • Everything He created, He created with His Word. 

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Genesis 1:31 

  • He saw everything He said!
  • He was what He says. 

Trinity – Tri Unity = One God in Three Persons. 

Scripture examples: Isaiah 45:18, Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, James 2:19. 

Creation/Fall/Redemption

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14 

  • 4,000 years after being foretold, Jesus steps in the scene. 
  • There was no other son. 

The Number 3 signifies something that is escalating…something that is coming to pass. 

The trinity is not some diluted version of God. 

Jesus is the manifested Word of God. 

God had already planned to send His son from the very beginning. 

  • Psalms 8 – Why is God mindful of man?
  • II Corinthians 5:17. 

The Grateful and The Generous | Pt 5

“And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

Luke 16:1-10 

  • We are the stewards managing the resources God has given us.
  • Everything you have in your life is not really yours; it belongs to Him. 
  • God is the source of everything in our lives. 

“And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.”

Matthew 21:1-3 

  • The Lord has the power to loose any Colt He desires.
  • Man may manage it but God owns it. 
  • There is no true owner outside of God, He owns everything.
  • There is a freedom that comes when you stop owning stuff. 
  • Once we show God that we see Him as the source with gratitude…we have freedom.
  • God desires for us to have a stewardship mindset.

“And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.”

Luke 16:1 

  • If we were better managers of our time, we would not be wasteful.
  • Be efficient – people who are efficient aren’t wasteful.
  • Be effective – producing a result that is wanted. 

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

Luke 16:10 

  • Stewardship is about what I have, not about what I don’t have. Biblical Stewardship is stewarding what you have.
  • I cannot manage what is not in my life. 
  • We need to be a conduit for God to use our lives for whatever He desires. 
  • He is the source, we are the conduit. 
  • You cannot walk in the much until you’re faithful in the little. 

“He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.”

Luke 19:12-15 

  • What have you done with what God has given you?
  • A heart truly surrendered to God stewards what they have been given. 

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.”

Matthew 25:14 

  • God does not give us what we ask for, He gives us what we can manage.  

“And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

Matthew 25:25-29 

  • What am I doing with what God has already put in my life?
  • Gratitude conveys the message that God is the source of your life. 
  • Grateful and Generous people have the conviction that He is the owner. 

“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

Matthew 25:45 

  • Gratitude teaches you how to receive. 

“For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”

2 Corinthians 8:12 

  • I can’t be grateful for what I haven’t received. 

Three things to manage better:

  1. Time
  2. Talents
  3. Treasures

The Grateful and The Generous | Pt 4

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Revelation 3:20 

  • There is a connection between the grateful and generous.
  • Until we learn to receive right, we can’t give right.
  • Jesus is at the door of our lives. He’s knocking at the door because He’s seeking to be in our presence. 
  • Genesis 3 – when they had heard the voice of the Lord walking in the garden, “Adam where art thou?”
  • Fellowship is both giving and receiving. 
  • In the first book of the Bible, God is seeking to be in fellowship.
  • In the last book of the Bible, God is seeking to be in fellowship.
  • Jesus came to give us relationship (must have an exchange). 
  • Relationship over religion. Religion is us trying to work out the relationship rather than giving it all over to God.
  • Every relationship needs to have these two components: Gratitude and Generosity. 

The table should both remind us to be grateful and generous. 

  • Deuteronomy 8:3.

“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.”

Proverbs 9:1-2 

  • I can’t say I am operating in wisdom without being at the table.
  • The table is my reminder to be grateful and generous. 

“And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.”

Exodus 25:22-23

  • This verse is referring to the Tabernacle.
  • God wants to have fellowship with us. There is a difference between Him communing with you and being in your life. 
  • We must make time for the table. 

“And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.”

Exodus 25:24-31 

  • God wants to commune with us.
  • We can name the “what” when we gather around the table.
  • Share at the table (bread is more than just food).
  • The table is more than food; it’s fellowship and communion.
  • The table is a place where we receive and give.

The Prodigal Son:

“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!”

Luke 15:17 

  • He came to himself because he had no table.

“And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:”

Luke 15:23 

  • The son was restored at the table. 
  • God places the solitude in families. 

“And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”

Matthew 15:22-26 

  • The table is reserved for the covenant.
  • Getting back to the table helps remind us of what we have to be grateful for. 

The Grateful and The Generous | Pt 3

“Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.”

Luke 3:7-11 

  • If you have repented, you should be generous. 
  • John wouldn’t baptize them until evidence was demonstrated in their life. 
  • Re = to turn. 
  • Pent = the highest, utmost (u-turn). 
  • Repentance must demonstrate a changed life. 
  • Generosity is evidence of repentance.  

Could someone see through your generosity that you’re a Christ follower?

Galatians 6:2, 10 – when we give, we fulfill the law of Christ!

We look most like Christ when we are generous. 

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”

Galatians 6:10 AMPC

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

Matthew 25:31-41 

  • The first thing used to describe the believer was generosity. 
  • A lack of generosity is hypocritical living. 
  • Generosity is seen in both ends of the Bible.
  • “Least of these” – in the society they are the most insignificant.
  • When you are generous to the least, there is not an ulterior motive.
  • Which group do I want to be in line with? (Sheep or Goats)
  • Our generosity is heavy with God.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Galatians 6:2 

  • You look most like Christ when you are helping another bear their burdens.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Galatians 6:7 

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Galatians 6:9-10 

  • As we have opportunities, we bear each other burdens.
  • You can’t offer what you don’t have, and you can’t give out of what you haven’t received.
  • God can’t get anything TO you that He can’t get THROUGH you. 
  • We are blessed to be a blessing to others!

It’s one thing to know what to do, it’s another thing to know why you do it. 

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1-3 

  • We are part of this everlasting covenant.
  • Don’t just tell me you’re a child of Abraham, show me. 

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Galatians 3:13-14 

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3:29 

  • We belong to Jesus and are an heir to Abraham and part of his covenant. 
  • It’s a ‘blessed to be a blessing’ covenant. All the more reason why we are to be a blessing!

What is the Blessing?

  • “Things” are not a blessing. The blessing is spiritual. 
  • Ephesians 1:3.
  • You can’t see or feel the blessing. 
  • You may end up with a “thing,” but the favor is the blessing.
  • The blessing is in operation when I chose to be a blessing.

“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Proverbs 10:22 

  • Genesis 14.
  • What seems impossible before becomes a lifestyle when you live under “The Blessing.”
  • It’s the power of the blessing of God that is making things happen.

The Grateful and The Generous | Pt 2

“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.”

Psalms 116:17-19 

  • Psalms 100:4 – we enter His gates with thanksgiving. 
  • Psalms 29:2 – worship Him in the beauty of His presence.
  • Thanksgiving → Praise → Worship.
  • The manifest presence of God is when His presence is made known.
  • The presence of God manifested is called glory. It’s why the angles cries out…Glory to God in the highest. 
  • Thanksgiving is a sacrifice. It costs you something. 
  • II Samuel 24:24.
  • If it doesn’t move you, how can it move God?
  • It’s not a sacrifice until it’s costly
  • If we’re not offering gratitude, we will never offer gifts.
  • Sometimes people will be attached to you only to get something. 
  • Don’t sow into the ground of the ungrateful. 

You can turn your not enough into more than enough by being grateful. It’s the heart of gratitude that matters. 

“When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”

John 6:5 

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

John 6:9-12 

  • Any time God tells you to change your position, be ready to receive something. 
  • You’ve got to get in the right position to release. 
  • Jesus gives thanks over what they had! He took their not enough and gave God thanks.
  • Be thankful over what you know is not enough.
  • People of faith don’t wait to give thanks. 

“The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; (Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks)”

John 6:22-23 

  • The people came back for the wrong thing. 
  • They would not have eaten had Jesus not given thanks.
  • The food multiplied after the Lord gave thanks.
  • Thank God for everything in your life! There is power to being grateful. 
  • The miracle was noted by giving thanks. 
  • Psalms 26:7.

God will enrich and bless the grateful!

Grateful people are generous people. 

“Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for meUntil I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”

Psalms 73:12, 16-17 

  • Comparison is a dangerous thing. 
  • There comes a time when we have to withdraw from what is going around us. 
  • We have to focus on The Word and not the world. Comparison or entitlement can set in when we focus on the world. 
  • Don’t let the enemy get you caught up in a comparison trap; it will steal your grateful heart. 

We weren’t meant to manage the weight of the world. 

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

1 Timothy 6:6-10

  • The comparison trap shuts you off from the blessings of God.
  • Entitlement is dangerous. 

“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”

Proverbs 30:8-9 

  • Godliness + Contentment = Great Gain. 
  • We can have things as long as things don’t have us. 
  • Tithe isn’t about getting, it’s about honoring God. 

The Grateful and The Generous | Pt 1

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

2 Timothy 3:1-5 

  • List of signs to be aware of in the last days.
  • Matthew 24.
  • A sign of the last days is that men will be unthankful. 

Why is being unthankful a sign of the last days?

“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

Luke 6:35 

  • Being unthankful is connected with the evil.
  • God is still kind to all!
  • Men will be unthankful because men are evil. 
  • A Kingdom culture is a culture of being thankful. 

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Romans 1:19-21 

  • When we see a creation. we know there is a Creator.
  • God reveals Himself by things that are made.
  • The first step of moving away from God is when we are not thankful. 
  • Being thankful is the most important thing in our relationship with Him (bringing Him glory).
  • When I am not thankful, I am alienating myself from God.
  • Vain = empty, pointless, without purpose.

Result of Rejection of God

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Romans 1:21-25 

What if you woke up and you only had what you were thankful for the previous day?

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Psalms 29:2 

  • Psalms 100:4.
  • Worship is surrender. It’s done in the holy place.  

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath 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 unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalms 100:1-5 

  • The first thing we must know is that He created us. 
  • Man is not the product of himself. 
  • We get into God’s presence with thanksgiving. 
  • Thanksgiving → Praise → Worship. 
  • Thanksgiving begins with what I can see in my life
  • Praise has nothing to do with what I see, it’s everything I know!
  • Worship = complete surrender. 

“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.”

Psalms 116:17-19 

  • It’s not always easy to give thanks. Thanksgiving is an offering. 

“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

Psalms 26:7 

Righteousness of Faith | Pt 4

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

Philippians 3:7-9 

  • When you read about the righteousness of God, it gives you right standing with God. 
  • Romans 3:10 – there is no righteousness in and of ourselves.
  • Romans 6:23.
  • Romans 3:23.
  • There is a death debt all of mankind owes to God.
  • Jesus’ death paid the debt!
  • Psalms 23.

Rightness = I’m represented.

Righteousness = God is represented.

Your rightness can alienate people from your life. True righteousness draws people to Him. 

The quality of your life will never go beyond the quality of the relationships in your life. 

  • Ministry of reconciliation – the ministry every believer has been given.

“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

Psalms 37:16, 25 

  • III John 2.
  • Those in relationship with Him are His seed.
  • A righteous man is a child of God.
  • When you have this understanding, it will cause you to stop comparing and competing with other people. 
  • Freedom comes when you understand the righteousness of God.

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

James 1:19-20 

  • Proverbs 15:28.
  • II Cor. 10:4.
  • God wants us to have a prepared life, but we must study/process before we answer. We have to be slow to speak.
  • When you get caught up defending yourself, you cannot be a representation of God. 

People first judge our flesh before they can ever judge our spirit. 

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

James 3:13-18 

  • You don’t have to know everything. 
  • Peace comes from sowing peace.
  • Matthew 5:9.
  • Our objective is reconciliation. 

“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Romans 2:7-11

“To those who by patient persistence in well-doing [springing from piety] seek [unseen but sure] glory and honor and [the eternal blessedness of] immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and self-willed and disobedient to the Truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be indignation and wrath. [And] there will be tribulation and anguish and calamity and constraint for every soul of man who [habitually] does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile). But glory and honor and [heart] peace shall be awarded to everyone who [habitually] does good, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile). For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another]. [Deut. 10:17; II Chron. 19:7.]”

Romans 2:7-11 

  • When I am not in right standing with God, my conscience is defensive.
  • When we honor God and do what He calls us to do, He has our back. 

“When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.”

Psalms 9:3-4 

  • If we are in His righteousness, He will prove we are right. We don’t have to prove ourselves!
  • Isaiah 48:17-18.

There are rewards to righteousness: 

Proverbs 10:2-3, 11, 16, 21, 24, 28, 30, 32.