John 1:116-17 [Amplified Bible]
For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift [heaped] upon gift Grace means the favour of God. But that is not all! It also means empowerment. The Grace of God is not only the opportunity to do something, but also the ablity to do it
There is Grace (opportunity and ability) to be born again. There is Grace (opportunity and ability) to be a businessman. There is Grace (opportunity and ability) to be a parent. There is Grace for each and every one of us to do what God has called us to do! With the Grace of God we can do all things!
When God gives us the opportunity to hear the prophetic Word of God, He is also giving as the ability to immediately believe it and receive it.
Yes Lord! Thank You that I am leaving my hostile environment! Thank You Lord for ALL the fatness fullness and abundance that You have for me right now in my life! I will not reason about these things! I will only believe! I am a believer! It is my job to believe!
By Christi Grobler
Philippians 4:6-7 KJV
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What a wonderful portion of scripture this is.
It tells us to substitute prayer for care.
Lets look at some different translations of ‘ be careful for nothing’
The Amplified Bible says…‘do not fret or have any anxiety about anything’
The Phillips translation says…‘don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything’
This word ‘careful’ is a Greek word ‘merimnao’ which means to be distracted, troubled, anxious, fretful, or to be worried about something.
In New Testament times, this word was used primarily in connection with worry about finances, hunger, or some other basic provision of life. It pictures a person who is anxious about paying his bills, worried he wont have enough money to pay the bond or buy food for his family. This word is connected to worry about things pertaining to this earthly life.
Mark 11:23 [NKJV]
23 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.
Palms 23:1-6 [NKJV]
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The language of prayer began in Genesis 4:26 with this statement, “men began to call on the name of the Lord.”
Why not call upon the Lord? Because of the fact that God and His name are one mighty force. God Adonai is the mighty creator, whilst YHWH is the generally unpronounceable name of God, who under Hebraic culture made it so out of respect. Wherever the two words stand together in the Old Testament, it is a compound name of God rendered Sovereign LORD, or “the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” Thus we have the two words ‘Lord’ in lower case, and ‘LORD’ capitalised to draw this distinction. Unfortunately their understanding of a personal and Almighty God was somewhat tainted. He had promised to be near.
Deuteronomy 4:7 [NIV]
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
Romans 10:12 [NIV]
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, in whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him.