YOUR EVERY BLESSING IS FOUND IN THE PERSON OF JESUS – Joseph Prince

Great post on Joseph Prince Ministry site! I believe that there is also an audio and video sermon of this.

https://www.josephprince.org/blog/articles/your-every-blessing-is-found-in-the-person-of-jesus

Here are my notes and takeaways:

  • Whatever situation we are in, all we need is the Lord. It is not dependent on anything other than the Lord Jesus. Jesus fulfills our needs.
    • Jesus needs to become the focal point of our life.
    • Don’t focus on the gifts/things and what we want but focus on Jesus and being in His presence.
    • David did this (Psalms). David was concerned that he could remain in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 51:11).
    • The Lord however in the New Covenant will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), so we do not have to have this concern like David.
    • Don’t focus on the issue or what we want or need, focus on the fact that Jesus is bigger than the problem or need. Like David did when he faced Goliath.
    • When the Lord is with you, you will be a success (Genesis 39:2). It doesn’t matter what our standing is in life. Consider what Joesph’s standing was when the Lord said he was a success (Genesis 39:1). He was a slave!
      • Even Potiphar recognized that the Lord was with him (Genesis 39:3).
    • While Martha focused on the past and the future when she spoke to the Lord about Lazarus being dead, Jesus focused on the present (John 11:25).
      • The present help of the Lord, the focus on the Lord led to Lazarus being brought back to life.
    • Reminds me of when the Children of Israel were on the edge of the Promised Land.
      • 2 of the spies focused on God (Joshua and Caleb) and His ability to give them the Land
      • 10 spies focused on the giants and other aspects of the Land that seemed like great obstacles to them (Numbers 13:27-33)
    • Cultivate the Lords presence as you would a friend or spouse (Colossians 3:6)
      • In the presence of the Lord there is rest! (Exodus 33:14, Matthew 11:28)
      • What we have in Jesus is unshakable and unchanging.
  • Jesus is wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) (Proverbs 3:16 – wisdom has two hands. right hand length of days, Left hand riches and honor)
  • Jesus is righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • Jesus is sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • Jehovah-Jireh (Genesis 22:1–14) – the Lord, Jehovah is Jireh. Meaning Jesus is provision, prosperity and supply.
  • Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26) – Jesus is healing, Jesus is health!
  • Deuteronomy 30:19–20 …therefore choose life, that both you and your descendents may live…and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…
    • The Lord Jesus is length of days, the Lord Jesus is life

We will not be thrown away! Do not be discouraged!

Isaiah 41:9-10 New Living Translation (NLT)

I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

1 John 3:19-24 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him

Below are some notes and thoughts on a sermon by Leon Fontaine that was titled “Heart Faith.”

All things are possible for him who believes – This was before the cross.

Mark 9:20-27

20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”

And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

  • Beliefs are more important than actions. What you believe from the heart is the important thing.
    1. You can work at many things, but if your internal beliefs don’t support what you are working on you will not be successful
    2. Belief determines future actions
  • Rather than counsel with the mind and focus on what someone thinks focus on beliefs
    1. People may not know their own beliefs
    2. They may not have even put their beliefs in their hearts – upbringing, experiences, teaching all shape our beliefs
  • Do we believe that change is easy? Jesus never said that change is difficult
    1. Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
    2. John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”
  • We need to believe according to what God’s word says not what we see or experience.
  • God had to help many people in the Bible to think bigger.
    1. Gideon was thinking about getting some food and the safety to eat it
    2. Angel appeared and called him a mighty man of valor
    3. God gave him a vision for defeating the Midianites – he felt he was the least the smallest and couldn’t do it
    4. In the end Gideon defeated the Midianites, but only after he believed what God said.
    5. Anywhere God is going to take us in our life, He is going to have to help us to believe bigger, broader and even stretch us.
    6. The Devil can’t destroy us, but he can attack our beliefs and cause us to remain where we are. We have to believe that success is easy, and that we can achieve the things that God has told us we would
  • 1 John 3:19-24

1 John 3:19-24New Living Translation (NLT)

19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

1 John 3:19-24Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 By this we will know [without any doubt] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart and quiet our conscience before Him 20 whenever our heart convicts us [in guilt]; for God is greater than our heart and He knows all things [nothing is hidden from Him because we are in His hands]. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not convict us [of guilt], we have confidence [complete assurance and boldness] before God; 22 and we receive from Him whatever we ask because we [carefully and consistently] keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight [habitually seeking to follow His plan for us].

23 This is His commandment, that we believe [with personal faith and confident trust] in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and [that we unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who habitually keeps His commandments [obeying His word and following His precepts, abides and] remains in Him, and He in him. By this we know and have the proof that He [really] abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us [as a gift].

Points:

  • Whatever we ask we will receive – every prayer answered
    1. What are the qualifications?
    2. Our heart cannot condemn us. It doesn’t say we won’t receive however. It says that God is greater than the heart
    3. If we keep his commandments
      1. What commandment (not 10 commandments)
      2. Believe on the name of Jesus and love each other
  • Believe what Jesus did for us – we are the righteousness of God through Christ, we have been brought into right relationship with God –
  • Account in Acts

Acts 3:1-16New Living Translation (NLT)

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!”The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[a] get up and[b] walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

Peter Preaches in the Temple

12 Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? 13 For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.

  • Miracle came about from the name of Jesus
  • Have we mixed law and grace so much that we have come into condemnation, and guilt?
  • We do not and cannot live a perfect life without sin
    1. We rely on the grace of God this is how we were saved through Jesus
    2. Do we feel like we cannot achieve it? Through Christ all things are possible – heart belief!
  • Low self worth – God has made us more than a conquer – Jesus died for us! We have infinite value – we must believe it! There are no limitations to what God has promised us – only our beliefs limit us.
    1. Jesus has qualified us
    2. Jesus has forgiven us
    3. Through Jesus the promise is ours
    4. Do not let any limitation prevent you from what God’s will is
  • God is greater than your heart!
    1. If nothing is changing –
      1. Are you are condemning yourself or do you have a limiting belief?
      2. Pray to God and say “God you are greater than my heart”
    2. When we do this for whatever we are believing for
      1. The Holy Spirits role will lead us into the truth  into God’s promise
      2. What is the heart revealing through pictures? We need to develop mental pictures in our heart. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us in this.
      3. Ask God to help with the heart because God is greater than the heart
      4. Caleb was 80 and accomplished great things! We too can accomplish great things and it is never too late!

Additional Takeaways:

  • The greatest battle is the desires of the mind verses the beliefs of the heart
  • None of the battles portrayed in the bible are battles against the evil one it is against our mind and beliefs. What we believe will always be attacked by the devil
  • Listen to the word, daily devotional time, declarations – don’t just deal with the mind, deal with the heart. We need to renew our mind.

Fear Not! Do Not Worry!

  • The bible tells us in many places to “fear not” or a variant such as “do not be afraid”. God is in control in every area of life He is leading us and guiding us.

Healing Miracles of Jesus (to be continued)

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

John 4:46-54

46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. And there was a [b]certain royal official whose son was sick in Capernaum. 47 Having heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he [c]went to meet Him and began asking Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you [people] see [miraculous] signs and wonders, you [simply] will not believe.” 49 The royal official pleaded with Him, “Sir, do come down [at once] before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives!” The man believed what Jesus said to him and started home. 51 As he was already going down [the road], his servants met him and reported that his son was living [and was healthy]. 52 So he asked them at what time he began to get better. They said, “Yesterday during the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that it was at that very hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son lives”; and he and his entire household believed and confidently trusted [in Him as Savior]. 54 This is the second sign (attesting miracle) that Jesus performed [in Cana] after He had come from Judea to Galilee [revealing that He is the Messiah].

Healing the possessed man in Capernaum

Mark 1:21 – 27

21 They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were completely amazed at His teaching; because He was teaching them as one having [God-given] authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out [terribly from the depths of his throat], 24 saying, “[m]What business do You have with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet (muzzled, silenced), and come out of him!” 26 The unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions, and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all so amazed that they debated and questioned each other, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits (demons), and they obey Him.”28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere throughout the district surrounding Galilee.

Luke 4:31-36

31 Then He came down [from the hills of Nazareth] to Capernaum, a city of Galilee [on the shore of the sea], and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were surprised [almost overwhelmed] at His teaching, because His message was [given] with authority and power and great ability. 33 There was a man in the synagogue who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud and terrible voice, 34 “Let us alone! [a]What business do we have [in common] with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent (muzzled, gagged) and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown the man down among them, he came out of him without injuring him in any way. 36 They were all astonished and in awe, and began saying to one another, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out!”

Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law

 Matthew 8:14-15

When Jesus went into Peter’s house [in Capernaum], He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and served Him.

Mark 1:29-31

29 And immediately they left the synagogue and went into the house of Simon [Peter] and Andrew, accompanied by James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they told Him about her. 31 Jesus went to her, and taking her by the hand, raised her up; and the fever left her, and she began to serve them [as her guests].

Luke 4:39

39 Standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she got up and began serving them [as her guests].

Jesus Heals Many Sick at Evening

Matthew 8:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons; and He cast out the evil spirits with a word, and restored to health all who were sick [exhibiting His authority as Messiah], 17 so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He Himself took our infirmities [upon Himself] and carried away our diseases.”

Mark 1:32-34 Amplified Bible (AMP)

32 Now when evening came, after the sun had set [and the Sabbath Day had ended, in a steady stream] they were bringing to Him all who were sick and those who were under the power of demons, 33 until [it seemed as though] the whole city had gathered together at the door. 34 And Jesus healed many who were suffering with various diseases; and He drove out many demons, but would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him [recognizing Him as the Son of God].

Luke 4:40-41 Amplified Bible (AMP)

40 While the sun was setting [marking the end of the Sabbath day], all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them [exhibiting His authority as Messiah]. 41 Demons also were coming out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

Matthew 8:1-4Amplified Bible (AMP)

When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds [a]followed Him. And a leper came up to Him and bowed down before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You are able to make me clean (well).” Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one [about this]; but go, show yourself to the priest [for inspection] and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony (evidence) to them [of your healing].”

Mark 1:40-45 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And a leper came to Him, begging Him and falling on his knees before Him, saying, “If You are willing, You are able to make me [a]clean.”41 Moved with compassion [for his suffering], Jesus reached out with His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”42 The leprosy left him immediately and he was cleansed [completely healed and restored to health]. 43 And Jesus [deeply moved] admonished him sternly and sent him away immediately, 44 saying to him, “See that you tell no one anything [about this]; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your purification what Moses commanded, as proof to them [that you are really healed].” 45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news [of his healing], to such an extent that Jesus could no longer openly enter a city [where He was known], but stayed out in the unpopulated places; yet people were still coming to Him from everywhere.

Luke 5:12-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

While Jesus was in one of the cities, there came a man covered with [an advanced case of] leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean and well.” 13 And Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Jesus ordered him to tell no one [that he might happen to meet], “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your purification, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony (witness) to them [that this is a work of Messiah].”

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

Matthew 8:5-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

As Jesus went into Capernaum, a [a]centurion came up to Him, begging Him [for help], and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, with intense and terrible, tormenting pain.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied to Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority [of a higher rank], with soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those who were following Him, “I tell you truthfully, I have not found such great faith [as this] with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many [Gentiles] will come from east and west, and will sit down [to feast at the table, and enjoy God’s promises] with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven [because they accepted Me as Savior], 12 while the sons and heirs of the kingdom [the descendants of Abraham who will not recognize Me as Messiah] will be thrown out into the outer darkness; in that place [which is farthest removed from the kingdom] there will be weeping [in sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [in distress and anger].” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it will be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was restored to health at that very hour.

Luke 7:1-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

After He had finished all that He had to say in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum.

Now a [Roman] [a]centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and on the verge of death. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. When they reached Jesus, they pleaded with Him earnestly [to come], saying, “He is worthy for You to do this for him,because he loves our nation and he built us our synagogue [at his own expense].” And Jesus went with them. But when He was near the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof.Therefore I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You. But just speak a word, and my slave will be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith [as this man’s].”10 When the messengers who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

A Paralytic Healed

Matthew 9:1-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And Jesus, getting into a boat, crossed over the Sea of Galilee and came to [Capernaum] His own city. They brought to Him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a stretcher. Seeing their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], Jesus said to the paralytic, “Do not be afraid, son; your sins are forgiven [the penalty is paid, the guilt removed, and you are declared to be in right standing with God].” And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes [by claiming the rights and prerogatives of God]!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven and the penalty paid,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? [Both are possible for God; both are impossible for man.] But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority and the power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your stretcher and go home.”And he got up and went home [healed and forgiven]. When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God and praised Him, who had given such authority and power to men.

Mark 2:1-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Jesus returned to Capernaum, and a few days later the news went out that He was at home. So many people gathered together that there was no longer room [for them], not even near the door; and Jesus was discussing with them the word [of God]. Then they came, bringing to Him a paralyzed man, who was being carried by four men. When they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they [a]removed the roof above Jesus; and when they had dug out an opening, they let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying. When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the [b]scribes were sitting there debating in their hearts [the implication of what He had said], “Why does this man talk that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins [remove guilt, nullify sin’s penalty, and assign righteousness] except God alone?” Immediately Jesus, being fully aware [of their hostility] and knowing in His spirit that they were thinking this, said to them, “Why are you debating and arguing about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the [c]Son of Man has the authority and power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralyzed man, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your mat and go home.” 12 And he got up and immediately picked up the mat and went out before them all, so that they all were astonished and they glorified and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

To Be Continued

Keeping our eyes on Jesus throughout Life

Matthew 14:22-33 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Walks on Water

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here![b]28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

  • The disciples were terrified when they saw him thinking He was a ghost. Jesus responded , “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! No matter what the circumstances let’s take courage knowing that Jesus is here with us in our present circumstances.
  • Peter walked out on the water, but “…when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.” The Lord was there and reached out and grabbed him. Sometimes we make steps toward progress, and maybe have a slight setback and become discouraged. Since the Lord is with us, He will grab us and save us, often we are unaware of these times. At other times the odds may be against us, but let’s not consider what is against us, but who is for us (Romans 8:31)!
  • Finally when Jesus climbed into the boat all the winds and waves stopped. Remember they had been fighting the storm for many hours. It was 3 AM when they first saw Jesus and they left in the boat right after the feeding of the 5000. Some biblical scholars estimate that they were fighting the wind and waves for 9 hours! The point is they were exhausted, but then immediately when Jesus came in the boat there was peace.

The key is Jesus.   We want to rely on him, draw from Him and meditate on Him and be strong in our prayers. When we are tired and need encouragement, when we feel there is no hope, He is there and He is our hope, He is our saving, He is our healing and He will see us through difficult times. If we need peace He has it. Let’s remember who is for us and focus on Him and not the negative things that seem to be against us. With Him we know and are assured that we are secure.

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

As I ponder over these words, there are some overall points that the spirit moves in my heart:

  • Be assured that God is with you, expect to be cared for, have an expectation of good.
  • When God leads – there is always a way!
  • Before we even call he hears us (Isaiah 65:24)!
  • God is our refuge and a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)!
  • What do we believe? Do we believe that God wants us to have a full and wonderful life (John 10:10)?
  • Do we believe that God wants us to have peace (John 14:27)?
  • Do we believe that our vision and our hearts belief, largely dictates our life’s course (Proverbs 4:23; Colossians 1:22-23)?
  • Do we believe that we already have everything that we need? Do we believe that everything was given to us at the cross (2 Peter 1:2-3; Hebrews 9:13-14; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8; Ephesians 1:3)?

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

Exodus 14:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Sea Is Divided

13 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

Numbers 14:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

1 Samuel 17:41-49 Amplified Bible (AMP)

41 The Philistine came and approached David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked around and saw David, he derided and disparaged him because he was [just] a young man, with a ruddy complexion, and a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherd’s] staffs?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a [a]javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”

48 When the Philistine rose and came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort andconsole me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the houseand in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 28:6-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
The Lord is their [unyielding] strength,
And He is the fortress of salvation to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Psalm 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • Orthodox Jewish Bible translates this as follows:

Tehillim 29:11Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

11 Hashem will give oz (strength) unto His people; Hashem will bless His people with shalom.

  •  Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.10 
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”11 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.

Psalm 61:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Confidence in God’s Protection.

To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Psalm 103:1-5 Amplified Bible (AMP)

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

Psalm 112:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear
While he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries.

Proverbs 3:5-8Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts] And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Isaiah 26:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both[b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
“Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed – Contiuued

Please feel free to comment on verses that you mediate on when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

As I ponder over these words, there are some overall points that the spirit moves in my heart:

  • Be assured that God is with you, expect to be cared for, have an expectation of good.
  • When God leads – there is always a way!
  • Before we even call he hears us (Isaiah 65:24)!
  • God is our refuge and a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)!
  • What do we believe? Do we believe that God wants us to have a full and wonderful life (John 10:10)?
  • Do we believe that God wants us to have peace (John 14:27)?
  • Do we believe that our vision and our hearts belief, largely dictates our life’s course (Proverbs 4:23; Colossians 1:22-23)?
  • Do we believe that we already have everything that we need? Do we believe that everything was given to us at the cross (2 Peter 1:2-3; Hebrews 9:13-14; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8; Ephesians 1:3)?

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

Exodus 14:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Sea Is Divided

13 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

Numbers 14:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

1 Samuel 17:41-49 Amplified Bible (AMP)

41 The Philistine came and approached David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked around and saw David, he derided and disparaged him because he was [just] a young man, with a ruddy complexion, and a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherd’s] staffs?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a [a]javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”

48 When the Philistine rose and came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort andconsole me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the houseand in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 28:6-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
The Lord is their [unyielding] strength,
And He is the fortress of salvation to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Psalm 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • Orthodox Jewish Bible translates this as follows:

Tehillim 29:11Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

11 Hashem will give oz (strength) unto His people; Hashem will bless His people with shalom.

  •  Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.10 
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”11 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.

Psalm 61:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Confidence in God’s Protection.

To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Psalm 103:1-5 Amplified Bible (AMP)

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

Psalm 112:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear
While he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries.

Proverbs 3:5-8Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts] And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Isaiah 26:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both[b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
“Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

Isaiah 40:28-31 Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.
30 Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.

Matthew 11:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].

Matthew 19:26 Amplified Bible (AMP)

26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

John 14:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me.

John 14:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Role of the Spirit

16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.

John 14:26-27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

26 But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. 27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

Romans 8:37-39 Amplified Bible (AMP)

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 38 For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 4:6-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.

God’s Provisions

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. 12 I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. 13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

Hebrews 13:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake orlet you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say,

“The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”

2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

1 Peter 5:7-9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]

1 John 4:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].

Joseph Prince Sermon Notes #474 – God Is A Gracious Rewarder

  • What is the faith that pleases God that He wants to see in our life?
  • I think that we have made faith into a formula.
    1. Faith is a walk with God
    2. We are going to see in Hebrews 11 what faith is, the kind of faith that pleases God.
    3. Hebrews 11:5 – 6 (Amplified Bible) By faith [that pleased God] Enoch was caught upand taken to heaven so that he would not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found because God had taken him; for even before he was taken [to heaven], he received the testimony [still on record] that he had walked with God and pleased Him. But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
  • Enoch was the first one to experience rapture.
    1. Maybe he was walking with God one day and he had the kind of faith that believed that God is a good God. God is close with me.
    2. Maybe He spoke with God and said that He would not like to die. The bible says that he asked God not to die.
    3. Testimony of Enoch, “He pleased God.”
    4. People have funny ideas of how to please God.
    5. Ask the average person what it means to please God and they will say:
      1. Give money to charity
      2. Do your best
    6. What is the bible way to please God – don’t think about what we want but what pleases God. What pleases God? Faith!
    7. What kind of faith?
      1. We must believe that God is.
      2. That He exists
        1. That God wants to be everything to us.
        2. If we are sick, God is your physician
        3. If you are lacking or broke, God is your supply, your provision.
        4. God wants to be whatever you need in your life.
      3. That God is a rewarder.
        1. For some reason religious Christians believe that we should not be reward minded, that we shouldn’t do something for a reward.
        2. However, my bible tells me that God rewards us for the good things that we do.
        3. How is this reconciled with grace?
          1. Grace has nothing to do with what we do. We must use the grace through faith!
        4. Apostle Paul says this about his success as a minister, and he was the most successful minister ever!
          1. 1 Corinthians 15:9 – 10 Amplified Bible (AMP) For I am the least [worthy] of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I [at one time] fiercely oppressedand violently persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me.
          2. In other words it is possible for God to give you grace for something and it is given in vain as far as you are concerned, because you do not utilize the grace given.
          3. For example, God gives you the grace and even the desire to work with children, but you do not act on it. The bible says, “13 For it is [not your strength, but it is][a] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
          4. So even the willingness is from God. God will never tell you to work with children if you have no desire or even hate children.
          5. If God gives the grace and the desire and you do not act on it, God will find someone else – God is not hard up. It is a privilege for us when God moves in our hearts.
        5. If you utilize the grace that God gives you it will result in a good outcome. Your works reflect whether you are using the grace.
          1. When you use the grace, you will bear fruit.
          2. Look at Jesus encounter with Jesus in Luke 5:1-9 “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;” (NKJV)
            1. When the Lord comes to your boat it is because He is favoring you.
            2. Why only let down a net? Maybe because he was a fisherman and Jesus a carpenter.
            3. Gods vision for you is always greater than what you have for yourself
            4. You want a position; God wants you to have a career.
            5. The boat attracted the fish because he gave the boat to Jesus.
            6. You can never give anything to Jesus anyway because He gave it to you in the first place.
            7. David said, “Both riches and honorcome from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hands to make great and to give strength to everyone. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.” “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your own hand we have given to You.  (1 Chronicles 29:12-14)
            8. Remember grace is unearned and undeserved favor.
            9. But when you use the grace God gives you, God rewards you for using the grace that He gave you. What a good God!
            10. Reason why God gives you more than enough supply is because he wants you to bless others.
              1. They called the other boat over to take some of the fish so that both boats began to sink!
            11. Peter fell down and said “I am a sinful man oh Lord”
              1. I want to announce to Pastors and Leaders, under the New Covenant it is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance
              2. Jesus just blessed Peter; He never spoke about his sin.
              3. Why don’t we just bless people and then tell them that when good things happen to you it is my God that is blessing you.
            12. Story of Ruth – she was a Moabite – – present day Jordan a gentile
              1. Famine in Bethlehem
              2. Father brought wife and two sons to Moab – sons married two girls. In matter of time father and sons died.
              3. Naomi and daughter-in-laws were only ones left.
                1. One daughter-in-law went back to her family and gods
                2. Ruth stayed and said “your God will be my God”
              4. Boaz is symbolic Jesus in story
              5. Ruth helped mother by gleaning
              6. Boaz told men to leave her more to pick up
              7. She found favor in Boaz site – “Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but stay here close by my maids. Watch which field they reap, and follow behind them. I have commanded the servants not to touch you. And when you are thirsty, go to the [water] jars and drink from what the servants draw.” 10 Then she kneeled face downward, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes that you should notice me, when I am a foreigner?” 11 Boaz answered her, “I have been made fully aware of everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for your kindness, and may your reward be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”” (Ruth 2:8-12)
              8. Then she said “why have I found favor in your sight?” However, at the beginning of the chapter she told her mother-in-law that she would find favor.
            13. Lost time to give your boat to Jesus
            14. When you give something to Jesus He is a rewarder
  • Even when we come to God for help there is a blessing! A reward for running to God for protection! 11 Boaz answered her, “I have been made fully aware of everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for your kindness, and may your reward be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.””
    1. Hebrews 11 says, “He who comes to God must believe He is a rewarder of persons”
    2. God gives us a desire and He rewards us when we do it.
    3. Even the reward is because of the grace that He has given us.
    4. John 21, after Jesus rose from the dead. Disciples went fishing and caught nothing.
      1. As morning was breaking, Jesus [came and] stood on the beach; however, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.So Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish [to eat along with your bread]?” They answered, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat (starboard) and you will find some.” So they cast [the net], and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great catch of fish. Then that disciple (John) whom Jesus loved (esteemed) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer tunic (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea [and swam ashore]. But the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. So when they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire set up and fish on it cooking, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three [of them]; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. (John 21:4-11)
      2. The resurrected Jesus having conquered death makes breakfast!
        1. Jesus said bring some of the fish that you have caught!
        2. All night without Him they caught nothing
      3. He gave them the power and the word and all the fish came into the net.
    5. So He is the reason they caught the fish, yet He gives them the credit!
      1. Bring now the fish you have caught
      2. Jesus says to us “you faith have made you well!” and yet He gives us the faith!
      3. When we look to Jesus, faith springs up!
      4. Hear a sermon and faith comes up.
      5. When He gives us the credit, don’t think it has anything to do with us; we should give Him the credit!
      6. Without His grace we can do nothing, always give Him the praise and the glory!

 

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

This is a work in process, so please feel free to comment on verses that you mediate on when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

As I ponder over these words, there are some overall points that the spirit moves in my heart:

  • Be assured that God is with you, expect to be cared for, have an expectation of good.
  • When God leads – there is always a way!
  • Before we even call he hears us (Isaiah 65:24)!
  • God is our refuge and a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)!
  • What do we believe? Do we believe that God wants us to have a full and wonderful life (John 10:10)?
  • Do we believe that God wants us to have peace (John 14:27)?
  • Do we believe that our vision and our hearts belief, largely dictates our life’s course (Proverbs 4:23; Colossians 1:22-23)?
  • Do we believe that we already have everything that we need? Do we believe that everything was given to us at the cross (2 Peter 1:2-3; Hebrews 9:13-14; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8; Ephesians 1:3)?

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

Exodus 14:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Sea Is Divided

13 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

Numbers 14:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

1 Samuel 17:41-49 Amplified Bible (AMP)

41 The Philistine came and approached David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked around and saw David, he derided and disparaged him because he was [just] a young man, with a ruddy complexion, and a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherd’s] staffs?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a [a]javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”

48 When the Philistine rose and came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort andconsole me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the houseand in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 28:6-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
The Lord is their [unyielding] strength,
And He is the fortress of salvation to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Psalm 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • Orthodox Jewish Bible translates this as follows:

Tehillim 29:11Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

11 Hashem will give oz (strength) unto His people; Hashem will bless His people with shalom.

  •  Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.10 
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”11 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.

Psalm 61:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Confidence in God’s Protection.

To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Psalm 103:1-5 Amplified Bible (AMP)

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

Psalm 112:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear
While he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries.

Proverbs 3:5-8Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts] And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Isaiah 26:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both[b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
“Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].