John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
MSG: I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.
AMPC: I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
Abiding in Jesus isn’t something that comes automatically to any believer. It is a lifestyle that involves discipline and effort. We have to choose to give ourselves to our union with Him, to give Him first place where our attention is concerned. If we want to grow spiritually, if we want to walk in power and in fellowship with the Lord, we will have to spend the time it talks to know Him.
We must continue in it every day. The moment we stop moving closer to Jesus, we always start drifting away. Make a decision to give yourself to the things of God. Focus your attention on the Lord. Surround yourself with His Word. Listen to preaching and teaching tapes while you are getting dressed, driving to work… Listen to the Word anytime, anywhere!
Abide in Him!
Romans 10:9 Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
John 15:7AMPC If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
Job 36:11 If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Malachi 3:10NIV Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Romans 8:26 says, Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered
John 15:26AMPC refers to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby.
The Holy Spirit comes to our aid. He is our Helper. He will help us overcome any weakness of the mind or body by making intercession for us according to the will of God.
When you don’t know how to pray as you ought concerning a situation, allow the Holy Spirit to be your Helper. Let Him take hold together with you and see to it that The WORD of God comes to pass. He will lead and guide you in prayer and you will be confident that The Word is mightily at work.
No matter how big satan makes a mountain look, the faith of God always works. It merely has to be applied. Mark 11:22-24 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. As you speak God’s WORD in faith, that WORD will remove any size mountain and stop the attack of satan.
You can build yourself up on your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20). Your faith and the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within you as your Helper will cause you to be victorious in every area of your life.
The following is a prayer of commitment to allow the Holy Spirit to be your Helper.
Father, in Jesus’ Name, I see from Your WORD that the Holy Spirit, the Greater One who indwells me, is my Helper. I recognize His vital part in my prayer life and as I intercede, I acknowledge the importance of allowing Him to take hold together with me.
“I am willing to be a vessel unto honor, fit and ready for Your use.
“I will to yield my members as instruments of righteousness. I will to present my body a living sacrifice to You, Father, that the Holy Spirit can flow through, so He can work to bring the will of God to pass.
“I ask You, Holy Spirit, to take hold together with me in prayer. When I don’t know how to pray as I ought, I ask You to be my Helper. Lead and guide me, instruct me as I intercede. The WORD I speak in faith will cause the perfect will of God to come to pass.
“In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
1. Meditate on God’s WORD
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
2. Be a doer of The WORD
James 1:21-22NLT So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
3. Put The WORD first place in your life
1 John 5:21AMPC Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)—[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life].
4. Obey the voice of your spirit
Deuteronomy 28:1 [Blessings on Obedience] “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
5. Do exactly as God tells you to do, NOW
Take these steps and you’ll grow and mature spiritually!
I am A New Creature predestined for greatness.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am a Child of God fully accepted by the Father.
I am loved by God regardless of how I perform.
I am forgiven and will not be tormented by my past errors.
(1 John 1:9)
I am an overcomer and my faith is changing my circumstances.
(1 John 5:4)
I am a giver and God is causing people to help me prosper.
(2 Corinthians 9:8)
I have authority over the devil and no demon power can hurt me.
Abundance is God’s will for me and I will not settle for less.
I am healed and sickness will not lord over my body.
(1 Peter 2:24)
God is on my side; I will not fear.
The Holy Spirit is my helper; I’m never alone and I have the peace of God.
Receiving anything from God is done with and by faith. If you want to live a victorious life, you will want to live by faith.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
CONFESSION: Without faith it is impossible to please God, so I walk by faith in God’s WORD and not by what I see, hear or feel.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own under-standing;
CONFESSION: I will trust in the LORD with my whole heart and lean not to my own understanding.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
CONFESSION: God has given to every man the measure of faith. I have faith!
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
CONFESSION: My faith comes by what I hear…and today I choose to hear The WORD of God!
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
CONFESSION: I have faith in God. I believe, without doubting, the things I say come to pass. I speak to mountains that are in my way…and they move!
We declare that even now the Word of God is working in and through you, bringing peace and healing in soul and body (Isaiah 53:5). The grace of Jesus inwardly strengthens you today. 2 Timothy 2:1.
STEP 1 Be specific and Stand on God’s Word! You have dealt with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your Word. Psalm 119:65
This may be the most important step, and it requires preparation before you pray. You have to know the promises of God, and then come to Him standing on His Word.
STEP 2 You Must Ask God for What You Want! “ I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give to you…. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:23-24
God already knows what you need, but He wants you to ask Him and believe that He’ll do it!
STEP 3 Be Positive in Your Thinking! Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life…” Luke 12:22
Let your thoughts affirm what you’ve been asking. Don’t let doubt or second thoughts creep in.
STEP 4 Guard Your Mind! “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
You’ve got to guard your mind against the enemy. If you want God’s thoughts, you’ve got to know God’s Word.
STEP 5 Meditation is the Key to Successful Prayer! This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night… for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
You’ve got to fill your mind with God’s Word, meditate on it, and let it roll around on the inside of you!
STEP 6 Continually Thank God for the Answer! Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God… Philippians 4:6
Thank Him for what He’s done that you can see, and thank Him for what He’s done that you can’t see.
STEP 7 Make every Prayer a Statement of Faith! …let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right). Isaiah 43:26AMPC
You’ve got to come to God and make your case in faith based on the promises that He’s already made in His Word.
1. IS ON ME
Romans 15:15AMPC Still on some points I have written to you the more boldly and unreservedly by way of reminder. [I have done so] because of the grace (the unmerited favor) bestowed on me by God
2. SURROUNDS ME
Psalm 5:12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
3. FOLLOWS ME
Psalm 23:6AMPC Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
4. PROVIDES AND SHOWS UP EVERY PLACE I GO
Deuteronomy 28:1-6MSG If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:
God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.
In the presence of God, in the privacy of prayer, take time to applaud the great human being that you really are!
You are a redeemed child of God! Let your light shine!
Begin each day by praying:
Thank You, Father for giving me enough faith in myself and in Your goodness to me, to give myself these compliments! Thank you that I have been created with a mind capable of dreaming dreams! I thank You that I have a heart through which the love of Jesus Christ can flow to human beings around me. I thank You that I do have talents, abilities, and gifts that You can use. I thank You, God, that my life is definitely on the right road. Stay with me, Father, all the way. Amen
1 John 3:1AMPC
See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.
A pastor said that, for years, God had spoken to him on his birthday. This year God told him. “Tell people of my goodness, my INCREDIBLE goodness.” He didn’t think much about it because that is what he preached about everywhere he goes. His wife however, looked up the word incredible, and found out it meant a lot more than he thought. He remembered that when God spoke that phrase to him, He seemed to emphasize the word incredible. As he looked at the definition of the word, he realized he really did not understand what it meant.
Here’s what the dictionary says INCREDIBLE means:
Almost impossible to believe, unbelievable, beyond belief, hard to believe, far-fetched, implausible, inconceivable, unthinkable, difficult to believe, extraordinary, magnificent, wonderful, marvelous, spectacular, remarkable, phenomenal, breathtaking, amazing, stunning, astounding, astonishing, awe-inspiring, staggering, formidable, impressive, supreme, great, awesome, superhuman, fantastic, terrific, tremendous, stupendous, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, out of this world, far out, wondrous, amazingly good or beautiful.”
Do you see it?
God’s goodness is beyond anything you have thought of!!!