With God All Things Are Possible (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Mark 9:23–24:
-23: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
-24: And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

This is the conclusion of an account about a father who brought his son to Jesus’ disciples for healing, but his disciples were unable to help. The reason for this was not because the disciples had any lack of believing, but rather the responsibility rested with the father of the child who had a lack of believing faith. That man had someone to blame when Jesus’ disciples failed, but Jesus was able to see the bigger picture, and knew that the man himself had to have believing faith, thus Jesus said to him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Then, after some instruction in believing clearly outlined in verse 23, the man straightway started believing, and asked for help not for his son but for himself because he began to realize that in order for his son to be delivered, he himself, as the caregiver of that child, needed to believe for his son.

When people are not taught about believing from the Scriptures or have never considered that “with God all things are possible,” the natural response of disappointment for not receiving the desires of their heart is to blame others around them, or to accuse the Bible as being the fault for their own lack of believing faith. This is the case with the father above; his son was not helped when the disciples tried to offer assistance, and then this father attempted to cast all of his skepticism onto Jesus when he said, “if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22). However, Jesus, who is the Word (John 1:14) immediately recognized the problem and handed the father’s own “if” directly back to that father, emphatically stating, If {IF!} thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. When this father recognized that he could believe for his child, then a miraculous event occurred in his life, and he received the blessings that followed, and his son was completely healed. With believing faith in the promises of God, anyone can rise up from the sea of doubts to be successful.

Like the father in this biblical example, we who go to the Scriptures can discover the answers to help bolster our own believing faith, for when we are looking to the Word of God for help and assistance, we will be “Looking unto Jesus {who is} the author and finisher of our {believing} faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We find that in the Word of God, Jesus has given us his name to use in prayer, and as we do, we will be invoking his powerful name to help transform our ifs, wishes, hope so’s, and dreams into positive, assertive, and powerful believing faith ― and thus, into reality. With our believing faith, we can believe that “with God all things are possible,” and this belief will bring glory to God, and deliverance with blessings into our lives.

 John 14:13–14:
-13: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name {Jesus Christ}, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
-14: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Notice in verse 14, the first word is If. Jesus also returns to us the same if the father was given in the example above. If we ask God for help in Jesus Christ’s name in our prayer, there is divine power in our request because Jesus says, “I will do it.” Jesus most certainly will help because today if we pray in the name of Jesus Christ to receive answers to our prayers, then the result of our prayers must follow, as Paul taught, “my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus {by using his name in prayer}” (Philippians 4:19). Well, if it worked nearly two-thousand years age when Jesus walked, then it should still work today. If we believe in his powerful name, then miraculous things can begin to work because we still have the same God that existed back then (Psalms 90:2), Jesus is still alive (Revelation 1:8, 18), and people, believers like you and I, are still here to believe in the same gracious Word (see I Thessalonians 2:13 below). Jesus said in John 15:7, “If {IF} ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” This is how to turn all of our ifs into absolutes or in Jesus’ words, it shall be done unto you!

Hebrews 4:2 explains, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith {believing faith} in them that heard it.” Just using the name of Jesus Christ in prayer is not the only component to successful praying, but to also admix our believing faith with the prayer ― these are the necessary ingredients for receiving the desires of our hearts.

Even though the father of the child in the account above had Jesus Christ before his very eyes to explain believing, we today have been given the Word of God to believe in, and the faith of Jesus Christ to help augment our own personal believing faith. We also have been given the blessed privilege to use his powerful name to help receive answers to our prayers. We may activate our believing faith in Jesus’ name when we have a need in our life, and he promised that will I do. This is when prayer works effectively as Jesus taught, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).

I Thessalonians 2:13:  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

When we hear the Word of God, believing that we are receiving His Word, the Word itself begins working within us effectually (energetically), because we have a fulfilling faith. When our believing God’s Word is energized, our believing will increase so that we may receive the promises contained in the Word.

Matthew 19:24–26:
-24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
-25: When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
-26: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

These verses are sometimes used to try to prove that if you are rich, then heaven is not the place you will end up unless you give all your money away, but this could not be further from the truth. Jesus was referring to a rich man who put all his trust in his money, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in Him, “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him” (Psalms 37:40). There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich. In fact, it is God Who gives believers the “power to get wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:18). Wealth is often incalculable, such as having companionship, love, a family, close friends, food, and a warm place to lay our heads at night ― these are all intangibles that cannot be calculated, yet they all are invaluable varieties of wealth.

Not only does God give us power to get wealth but He also gives us power to enjoy any and all the wealth we receive. Often people with money are so busy acquiring, stockpiling, investing, and protecting it that they never seem to have any time left to enjoy it; however, God’s will for us is to enjoy our lives with all that He gives.

Ecclesiastes 5:19:  Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

Wow, to be happy, joyful, and wealthy is a gift of God, yet this is almost an unheard of concept in today’s world, especially for Christians. This gift does not necessarily mean that God will cause you to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, but He certainly wants you to have enough stuff to enjoy the more abundant life. We read earlier, my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and this is still true right now in the continuous present tense. There is nothing wrong with having money or being rich, as God’s will is for His children to have all of their need supplied ― abundantly.

Jesus uses the eye of the needle story to refer to people who put their trust in their own wealth rather than trusting in God to be their sufficiency in this life (II Corinthians 9:8), as Jesus further expresses in Mark 10:24: “how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” This verse should have been used during the Inquisitions when some people were lead to believe that they could buy a seat in heaven via plenary indulgences, or a get-out-of-purgatory-free card, or a help their deceased relatives with an escape-hell pass. But earthly riches will not get anyone into the kingdom of God, and though some will trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God, Jesus says it will not work. And as Peter also said to Simon the sorcerer, “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {the gift of God is salvation (Ephesians 2:8) received by God’s grace} may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:20). We cannot buy what God freely gives, but we can believe to receive what God’s Word promises He will give.

The greatest things in life are free. A man may sell his soul, but he cannot buy eternal life, overflowing joy, inner peace, or true love, and he cannot pay to have his spiritual needs supplied, or purchase the fullness of God, and true happiness. These are all gifts of God! We can stand in total awe of these gifts, and thoroughly enjoy them, for they far surpass any monetary value.

Jesus said it is, easer for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but he did not say this was impossible as has been suggested by some. Now how can a camel pass through the eye of a needle? The eye of the needle story sounds totally impossible or impassable. Nevertheless, it is not, as Jesus just said with God all things are possible!

We are going to look at the concepts in this story of the eye of the needle to glean some tremendous truths. When we get to the bottom of this passage, we will make our way to the pinnacle of some underlying truths that will help us soar with the eagles, rather than trudging along with the camels.

Isaiah 40:31:  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The eye of the needle does not refer to a sewing needle with a teeny oval hole at one end. Jesus was hypothetically referring to them that trust in riches, and thus they have placed all their trust in the hopes that the wealth they possess could open all doors, doors that would otherwise be closed to those who have little, while the Word of God instructs us to put our trust in God through Christ Who opens doors – if and when we believe and utilize the powerful name we have been given – the name of Jesus Christ. Revelation 3:7 says, “he {Jesus Christ} that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” So as we walk with Jesus in our hearts, we are walking with him who has the passkey.

You see, in the Biblelands there was always a smaller door within the larger, two-story “gates of the city,” and this smaller door could open at night, and this smaller, inner door was named the eye of the needle. When a weary traveler approached a city at night, the gates were always closed but he still could enter through the narrow doorway. However, his camel had to unload its burden before entering because a camel would barely fit through the smaller door. Camels were usually piled up high and wide and there would be no way to enter the city without unloading. Sometimes the eye of the needle was referred to as a “bottleneck” or “needle’s eye,” because of its shape and this door is what Jesus was referring to in his teaching of the eye of the needle. One could walk their camels into the city and carry in the camel’s burden; however, some people were just too darn stubborn to unload their burden.

A walled city symbolized God’s presence and His protection. Just as a camel needed to be unloaded of its burden, Jesus was implying that trusting in God is how people, even rich people, release their own burdens in this life and this trust allows God to watch over them (Proverbs 3:5–6). In the walled city, there would be safety for themselves, their camels, and all of their supplies. Yet some would rather “trust” in their own abilities and resources and as in the eye of the needle story, they would rather stay outside all night and keep all their stuff out there with them. Thus, they would be taking their chances against the bandits of the night. This is why Jesus says, with man on his own, things may seem impossible (and sometimes even frightening), but where there is trust and believing faith ― then there is confidence and safety, for with God all things are possible.

Nahum 1:7:   The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

To answer the question in Matthew 19:25 (above) that the disciples asked Jesus: “Who then can be saved” – the answer is – those who trust in God’s Word are those who can be saved, for they are known of God! I Timothy 6:7 says, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” Let me pose this question to you ― since we can carry nothing out, then how can we have something on the other side when we enter the kingdom of God and eternal bliss? Certainly not as the Pharaohs of Egypt practiced by loading up all their stuff into tombs / pyramids (supposed time machines), because all that stuff has been plundered on this side of heaven and most of the loot was ransacked and spent by grave robbers or placed in museums. The answer is actually quiet astounding. We simply send them ahead of time. But how? By believing and trusting in the Word of God today. You see, it is “the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23), and as we believe the everlasting Word, the Word itself will richly sustain and reward us in eternity, as James 2:5 details. So as we can see, the Word of God is much more valuable than we sometimes even grasp.

 James 2:5:   Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor {humble} of this world rich in faith {believing faith}, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

We who are “humble” before God and love Him will become rich in believing faith, and this wealth of believing faith is something God prizes and rewards, to the end that we may receive great abundance now and throughout eternity because we are heirs of the kingdom. God chose us (II Thessalonians 2:13), and we may humbly accept these graces of God upon our lives, believing that we indeed are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). Having the Scriptures in our hearts will help aid our walks with God in the present tense, plus it is a great way to plan for our eternal future, setting aside a little nest egg for later.

Matthew 6:20:   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal:

When we believe the Word, we are tapping into spiritual power, and by placing the words that Jesus called spirit and life (John 6:63) into our minds and hearts, they will return eternal dividends, for the Word will last us even into the next life and reward us throughout eternity. We have been called, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4), and our inheritance will be there when we arrive, for it is reserved in heaven. We certainly can store up treasures now that will be there on the other side, waiting for our arrival by our believing God’s Word today, and this is not only when, but also why, with God all things are possible.

 Psalms 119:162:  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil {a great treasure}.

The Word itself in the Bible is called a “great treasure,” a treasure that is not only priceless but lives and abides forever. By believing the everlasting Word, we will be enjoying rewards for eternity, and eternity will last longer than we can imagine forever is, and as the Psalmist confessed, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Personally, I would not mind being that doorkeeper who has stockpiles of rewards that I could use for my days off! And as II Peter 3:8 states, a “day is with the Lord as a thousand years!” Talk about taking a day off, it will last for a very long time, or just imagine the time you will have to be with someone you love when taking a lengthy vacation ― wow, it will actually be fun to return back to the door again and say, oh, I don’t know, but something like “Gooood Morning Jesus.”

 Psalms 84:9–12:
-9: Behold, O God our shield, and {we will} look upon the face of thine anointed {Jesus Christ’s face in heaven}.
-10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
-11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly {in other words, with God all things are possible}.
-12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is {blessed ― will be} the man {and woman} that trusteth in thee.

In the examples above, we have looked at a man who had a great need to have his son healed, and he was taught the law of believing that delivered great results to him and his son. Then we looked at those who may be able to supply many of their needs with their own wealth, and yet even they need to humble themselves to receive the eternal blessings of God in their lives. It is always a question of whether or not we have trust in God, believe His Word, and apply the name of Jesus Christ in our prayers to deliver the greatest results into our lives, thereby paving a future of blessings.

Jesus said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” This is a part of “the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3), who taught us that, “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14). You see, in reality, Jesus is the eye of the needle, for Jesus is the door, Jesus is the way, which leadeth unto life, and through Jesus, believers will find it, and they shall be saved! This is why the Scriptures teach us that when man by his own merits trusts in his own abilities to supply his every need, things might seem impossible, temporal, or fleeting away. However, where there is trust and believing faith in God, in His Word, and in the name of Jesus Christ, then with God all things are possible.

Mark 9:23:  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Luke 18:27:  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

A More Excellent Way (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 12:31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

But covet earnestly the best gifts is the way that some people try to find the “so called” best gifts in the Bible. Yet, the Apostle Paul is literally saying the opposite; sure you can try your hardest (and covet earnestly) to get the best spiritual gifts, yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Paul was writing to an entire church of believers in Corinth, saying that there was another way to conduct their lives, a better way to live than the way they were currently living, a more excellent way. This way is the way of love, to conduct our lives with charity as the following verses in chapter 13 then explain. It is to live in a more excellent way than any other way because living with the love of God in our hearts is the best way to enjoy life and experience happiness.

The basis for Paul explaining to the believers that there is a more excellent way goes back to verse 27–31 of I Corinthians chapter 12, which shows some of the gifts that the believers in the church were coveting, thus prompting Paul’s discourse.

I Corinthians 12:27–30:
-27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
-28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
-29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
-30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

This section of Scripture first states that we are the body of Christ and then that we are members in particular in that body. Each believer is unique within the body and each has a special place that is tailor-made for him or her with room to grow. As Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” It is this more excellent way of God’s love that allows room to grow and enjoy life as God intended for His children.

Then within this body, there are some ministries given by God in Christ Jesus, such as Apostles and Prophets and Teachers. Also, some believers in the body work miracles very well, such as ministering healing to others. As well, there are others in the body who are very diverse in the use of additional spiritual gifts and manifestations that have been supplied by God’s grace to help us walk with Him and with each other.

The verses above are not a shopping list from which we can pick and choose the ones we personally want to have; rather, God set some, i.e., God gives to His children what is needed at the appropriate time and in the proper measure to supply whatever would fit the spiritual need within the body of Christ. Paul is saying that when and where believers simply conduct their lives in love, they will then have tapped into the more excellent way as God supplies to His church (the body of Christ) the best and most needed gifts, which will be received effortlessly and enjoyed by all.

I Corinthians chapter 13 begins explaining some of the spiritual qualities of charity. The love of God (charity) is the more excellent way because it will bring the most needed and “best gifts” right to you at the appropriate time and in the right measure. The chapter unfolds to the believers the more excellent way with explanations of some of the greatness of God’s love applied, what it will accomplish when acted upon, and also what charity will not do. For instance “{charity} doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (verse 5). Chapter 13 of I Corinthians is a wonderful chapter for believers to read and reread over and again.

I Corinthians 13:6: {Charity} Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Iniquity means wrongdoing, or unrighteousness. In other words, let us say we see someone who wronged us in some way in the past now going through a hard time and we think, “That is just what he deserves!” This kind of rejoicing in or finding satisfaction with someone’s misfortune is where charity cannot and will not function because that kind of thinking does not emanate out of the love of God. This is because charity thinketh no evil.

“Rejoice” is spiritual joy repeated over and again! We will have and enjoy this continuous rejoicing when and where we have charity in our lives. When we look into the Scriptures, recognizing them as divine truth from God, it will cause our hearts to rejoice. When the truth begins to hold us up, then the love of God in our hearts will also begin to bubble over into rejoicing ― abundantly. I Corinthians 13:8 reads, “Charity never faileth” when active in one’s life. Now, how often will we fail when we have God’s love in our endeavors in life? Never!

How do Christians avoid being failures? Charity never faileth. When and where we have charity in our hearts, we will succeed. If charity could fail just once, then it would be worthless for it could let us down at a most important moment. However, and thankfully, charity never faileth.

Our loving, heavenly Father has given to His children a more excellent way to live, a more excellent way to follow, and a more excellent way to love. All that any believer can do is either walk into the abundance of God’s more excellent way and learn to be loving, or not. However, when you as a believer only try to walk with God in His love, you will assuredly fulfil your God-given talents and gifts as you continue rejoicing in the truth, for you will have tapped into a new spiritual love that will never fail you, for it is God’s more excellent way.

I Peter 4: 8–11 (The Amplified Bible):**
-8: Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
-9: Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
-10: As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
-11: Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Fullness of God (The First Principle)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be looking at some of the spiritual principles from God’s healing Word regarding giving and receiving from God’s point of view. Let us venture to look at the Scriptures with a hearts’ desire to receive all that God would have us enjoy. In Ephesians 3:19 we read: “that ye might {or may} be filled with all the fullness of God.” This verse will be our standard and guide as we plant and then water the seeds of abundance, with a further view of reaping the harvest of all the fullness of God.

The first principle that I wanted to share with you is that we must believe that God was telling the truth when He said that we may be filled with all His fullness, and that we can ask, seek, and knock and the result will be that the actual spiritual door to God’s abundance will open to us.

We cannot wonder, daydream, or simply hope that maybe God’s Word is telling us the truth regarding His fullness, but rather we must know that God’s Word means what it says and that God does not make promises that He cannot fulfil. So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of abundance, which in turn opens up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Apostle Paul considered himself in the New Testament as the believers’ father in the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:11), in the sense that he raised the believers up to the standard of the Epistles. In II Corinthians 12:14 Paul says, “I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” Paul was not after “yours,” meaning that he was not after their finances or the things they owned, but rather he was concerned about their spiritual wellbeing as his spiritual children. This is the highest calling of leadership today, to desire “above all things that thou {God’s children} mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (III John 2).

Giving is a partnership between the giver and his or her heavenly Father, not between Paul, God, and the believers, nor is giving between you and me and God, but rather connects an individual to his or her God and His fullness to enhance their personal relationship.

The Christian believer is not instructed in the Scriptures to give until it hurts. Giving is not a form of penance, nor can the act of giving relieve a person from sin and condemnation because God does that freely (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9).

Giving according to the Scriptures is always meant to be a profitable blessing and adventure to the giver first. Giving with the correct heart of understanding the Scriptures will indeed invoke God’s true spiritual blessings and power upon our lives.

Philippians 4:17:
Not because I {the Apostle Paul} desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

The subject here in Philippians 4:13-20 is about giving and receiving, and Paul is expressing the true spiritual perspective in the absolute will of God for godly giving, and that is that fruit may abound back into your accounts. The primary biblical truth about giving is that fruit may return and abound in your life.

In Philippians 4:17, Paul wanted the believers to understand thoroughly that the blessings for giving will always return to the giver. The word fruit represents the result, the product of their labor of love that inspired giving. Paul said, not because I desire a gift, because he taught the Scriptures and gave the healing Word of God to people freely. However, he did his best to show people how to have fruit abounding back into their accounts.

I Corinthians 9:18:
What is my reward then {for preaching the Gospel}? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Paul’s reward came from God because he gave the Gospel; that was his ministry and he made the Word of God available to people freely. People themselves are solely responsible for deciding whether they want to give, not only in monetary ways but also in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Paul’s responsibility was simply to give the Gospel freely to others and God would continue to care for him, and the same is true with anyone who believes God’s Word. The more understanding we receive from the Scriptures, the greater our receiving from God becomes.

The New Testament’s emphasis relating to giving and receiving is always on the receiving first, having our needs supplied by God is foremost before we are ever encouraged to give anything, as Philippians 4:19 states: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We want to learn how to receive the abundance of God’s promises for our lives, our families, and for our surroundings, rather than simply learning to give out of fear or give reluctantly.

Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent for you and me; he gave his all in all. He never gave his life for ten percent of our money, but much rather he gave everything for us so that we could freely walk with God. We were not redeemed with tithes, but with all of the precious blood of the Redeemer (I Peter 1:18-19). We were redeemed with every fragment of Jesus’ being; he paid the ultimate price for humanity’s salvation so that we may “freely” walk with God and with our Savior and enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10).

A professional athlete would not just give ten percent of their abilities or talents, they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1-2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.

I Corinthians 6:19-20:
-19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost {or the holy
spirit} which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?
-20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore {give, give, and give until it hurts – no – but rather} glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

All we own is already God’s: “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1ff), and all Christian people are His children. The very best that we can return to God today is glory, praise, and honor, and commit our ways unto God with thankfulness that He indeed is our heavenly Father. When we get to the place in our own minds that we believe all we have is God’s in the first place (after all He did create everything), then through our believing, God will become our true sufficiency in life (at one hundred percent).

When people give ten percent of their incomes and an hour or so of their time to God each week, then they inevitably will end up ninety percent short, and receive only sporadically. However, as we acknowledge God as our true sufficiency of all that He has given for us to enjoy in our lives, we will experience the more abundant life.

First and foremost, what God has given to us is meant to sustain us! Then as we become genuinely thankful for whatever abundance we have, even more of God’s abundance will come our way. Having a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for knowing God, recognizing that we will live with Him throughout eternity can cause us to become cheerful givers who are inspired by God’s divine love (II Corinthians 9:7).

Galatians 6:9:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season {at the appropriate time} we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse is a spiritual principle and promise from God that we will reap and that we can receive from Him for standing faithful to God “in well doing.” For as believers “commit the keeping of their souls {their lives} to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19), we will discover that God our Creator is indeed our sufficiency, and our every reason to remain faithful to Him day by day.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established,” even if our thoughts are, “I wonder if God is real, is He really my sufficiency, and does He really hear my prayers?” God can establish even these to you personally and prove to you that He will never leave or forsake you.

Psalms 37:4-5 states: “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.” The more we commit ourselves into the care of God, the greater the blessings become manifested in our lives. In II Corinthians 8:5 it says of the believers that they: “first gave their own selves to the Lord,” this is when (and how) believers truly begin receiving abundance from our Creator.

Yes, it does take time for people to put their trust and believing in God Whom they have never seen, yet Jesus encourages, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The more we receive and understand from God’s healing Word, the easier it becomes to allow God and His blessings into our lives. “Whom {Jesus} having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). When we learn to give God our first thoughts in the day, and thank Him in Christ’s name for the day that He has made for us, then we will be experiencing joy that is truly beyond words.

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

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18-19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, God then can begin directing our walks with Him on the path that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). As we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks — believing that He has received them — then God begins to work mightily in our lives. When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22).

Then, becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, it does not cost a Christian who gives to God, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others, blessings He gave us to share.

II Corinthians 9:7-8 (The Amplified Bible):**)
-7: Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
-8: 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 {additional} aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God. This thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyles because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life and simply desires that you take Him with you.

Romans 12:1-2 says that we can “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how (and when) God begins showing us that His good, acceptable, and perfect will can indeed be enjoyed moment by moment, day by day.

Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart such as having inner peace between man and his God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4-5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2-3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk rather than skim) within every ounce of God’s winsome and delectable Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways that are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15; I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives, and permit the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts and lives in our day to day adventures.

Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Agree to continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love and our hopes and dreams as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible**):
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always, this indeed is savoring the taste of God’s grace upon our souls.

Isaiah 30:18 (The Amplified Bible*):
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

The translators of the Amplified Bible have done a tremendous work on this verse of Scripture that demonstrates we are now in receipt of His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship, for with Him we may receive and experience the abundance of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (The Amplified Bible**):
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

For more on this topic, see: God’s Blessings and The Seeds of Authentic Abundance (What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!)

Believing Inspires

“Often our believing not only saves us, but even those around us. When and where we believe what is recorded in God’s Word, not only will we receive, but when we do receive from God it will be inspiring to others. When we find ourselves believing in God’s Word, our hearts will be of good cheer, for life itself becomes exciting, and we can say as Paul did, for I believe God- Acts 27:25.” ~LMJ~

The Knowledge of Christ (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Once there was a man who hated Christians. He persecuted them at every opportunity, put them in into prison, and gave his vote to have them executed by stoning them to death. He carried written permission from the leaders of his day to go anywhere, into any home, and forcefully drag out men and women and take them to jail. From the depths of his heart he loved God, and walked faithfully and blameless before others who believed in his religion and he somehow did this with a clear conscience. He was a very religious man who prayed and worshiped the same God we pray and worship. He believed in his heart that the Christian movement came from the pits of hell. I have no doubt that I would not allow him into my home or around my friends because his very presence could mean death. He thought in his heart that he was a great believer and that he was doing the right things before his God as he personally anticipated the coming of the Redeemer. This man lived in the first century as a Pharisee, he had the best schooling that money could buy. He also had the right credentials as he sat under the greatest teacher of the Old Testament Scriptures (“Gamaliel” Acts 5:34; Acts 22:3), and he was one of Gamaliel’s favorite pupils. This man was Saul, also known in the Scriptures as Paul (the difference in the two names is that Saul comes from the Hebrew, while Paul is the Greek).

Acts 22:4 – And I {Paul} persecuted this way {“this way” represented the followers of Jesus Christ who was, is, and shall always be “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6} unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

I Timothy 1:12-13:
-12:  And I {Paul} thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
-13:  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious {an insulter}: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

“Ignorantly in unbelief” means that Paul did not have the right information to believe correctly, even with all his religions training in the Scriptures which foretell and announce the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Paul completely missed the truths in the Scriptures that reveal Jesus Christ to be the promised Messiah, the Redeemer, and the Savior of humanity. One day when Paul was on the road to Damascus he, for the first time in his life, met Jesus Christ, and as we know, he had an immediate change of mind and heart, because Paul for the first time in his life saw (mentally perceived) the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to Paul in Acts 9:5 “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest!” Can you imagine?

Personally – if I were Paul – this meeting would have given me a heart attack! Yet, Paul recognized the error of his ways, changed his mind, and he became one of the greatest believers this world has ever known, he received perhaps more revelation and inspiration than any man or woman has received in all of history. The great Apostle Paul from that day forward dedicated his life to teaching and showing others the depths of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. Paul helped believers receive an understanding of the healing Word by preaching Jesus Christ, who in turn reveals the righteousness of God to our inner hearts, as His Word continues blessing our lives with spiritual truth.

Philippians 3:8-9:
-8:  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 {allowed} the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ {there is nothing as precious as learning about Christ},
-9:  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: