Victory & Favor
The Bible has much to say regarding the subject of prosperity. After all, it makes perfect sense because those of us who have been born-again and have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21) and we've become heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17) for He raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
In these days of a sluggish economy when many are having to tighten their belts, it's important for us to keep the switch of faith turned on regarding what the Bible has to say about our prosperity. Do not allow the fear of "what if" to creep into your thinking. Just make the adjustments you need to make in the natural but at all cost, keep the promise of the Word of God before your eyes, confessing daily who you are regarding the prosperity promise. The enemy would love to use the circumstances of our economy to cause you to buy into fear and forget who you are in Him. You are a child of the King, and I assure you there is no lack in His economy. After all, the Bible tells us that the streets of heaven are paved with gold (Revelation 21:21). Think of it, in heaven gold is considered as pavement!!!
I want to clarify something here ~ prosperity includes financial health but is not limited to it. It is all inclusive regarding that which concerns you; health, relationships, family, focused & productive thought, creativity etc. The prosperity of God flows out to every area of the believer's life. I like to refer to prosperity as "the blessing." However, many of the Scriptures below will be speaking of finances. One major key to the blessing operating in your life is tithing. I have heard many say that we do not have to tithe because it is part of the Law and we, as New Testament believer's, are not under the Law. That is true, we are not under the Old Testament Law, so let's take a closer look at tithing and see where it really fits in.
Did you know that tithing actually began in the Garden of Eden? That's what that one problematic tree was all about. Adam and Eve's responsibility was to tend it, and not partake of it (it wasn't theirs) or they would enter into the curse. What about Abraham. Hundreds of years before the Law, Abraham gave a tenth or tithe to Melchizedek, King of Salem (Jerusalem) priest of God Most High right after the Lord gave Him a great victory in battle. Where did he learn this? It had been passed down from Adam and Eve, and obviously Noah passed it down to his sons. Also in Genesis 28:20-22, Jacob while at Bethel has an encounter with God, he erects a pillar as a memorial and vows to give to God a tenth of all that he has. Again, hundreds of years before the Law, but was obviously passed down as a principle that honors God.
We see the same principle when the children of Israel came into the promised land and the first city, Jericho, was devoted to God and nothing in it was to be taken or kept personally - it was the Lord's, and was their tithe of the promised land. We also see what happened to Achan who did keep some of the spoils for himself ~ it cost him his life and the lives of his family ~ the curse. While God won't require your life today for not tithing, (whew!) you must understand it will open the door for the curse to operate, and I think you would agree with me that we do not need to aid these tough times with a self-induced curse. Although, the devil will appreciate your help!
I call tithing the principle of the first. Giving to God the first part, a tenth of every dollar. It's His, not mine and He trusts me to use my faith, giving me the opportunity to be obedient and return it to Him. When I do, He responds with the promised blessing! It's the greatest investment one can make, better than any stocks, bonds, or the best insurance that money can buy. But tithing is not about what we can get from God, it is in fact a condition of the heart, one of deep honor and love for our God and what He has done for us. It's a recognition of the fact that all we are, all we have is His. Tithing fuels the Gospel to go through the world which brings about the fruit of lives reborn.
I've heard some people say they can't afford to tithe, I always respond with, "you know there's a devil out there who hates you - you simply can't afford not to!" If you don't or won't tithe the Bible makes a tough statement by saying you are under a curse, and that you've robbed God (Malachi 3:8-9), robbed Him of your trust, your faith, your honor, your respect. Robbed Him of His complete Lordship over every area of your life, robbed Him (who is love) of the opportunity to bestow His loving blessing upon you. In a sense, when you don't tithe, your saying; "I can make my own prosperity, and protection - I don't need His, I can do it myself." When God is in control of your money, He has your heart. Remember the story of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19? He obeyed God in every area but could not turn his financial trust over to the Lord and walked away from Jesus sorrowful. This is why I had to deal with this subject first. You can't fully expect prosperity if you're robbing God. Ouch! You've got a self-induced curse in your life and only YOU can break it through obedience to His Word. And yes, tithing will also open the door to break the curse of sickness & disease as well. Remember, tithing IS a condition of your heart. It's one of the great foundational principles of faith. If you can trust God with your eternal soul, surely you can trust Him with your money!
does Jesus have to say about tithing? Matthew 23:23 "Woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise
and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice
and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving
the others undone."
Has justice, mercy and faith passed away with the law?
No, of course not. Then Jesus is saying do these as well as the tithe.
After reading all of the above you might be thinking I'm getting ready to take up an offereing or give you an opportuity to give into our ministry. No, that's not going to happen. You see, I don't want your tithe. Your tithe belongs to your church where you attend. Malachi 3:10 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house." That should clear up any thoughts the devil may be telling you about me being just another preacher who's after your money. I'm trying to get something over to you, trying to get you to operate in the same blessing that Keiko and I operate in, and let there be no mistake about it, we are blessed.
I've placed Scriptures in three categories, Prosperity, Victory and Favor! I will continue to add to the list as I come across them. Take the truth of these Scriptures and make them personal, inserting your name and claiming them over yourself and your situation. Decree them with authority and with the realization that this is the will of God for you, and His desire is for you to experience these wonderful benefits. All Scriptures are taken from the New King James Version except where noted. Be blessed!!!
Here are five key Scriptures to keep in mind as you read through these precious promises:
Malachi 3:6 "For I am the Lord, I do not change"
Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Psalm 33:11 "The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations."
Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever."
Jeremiah 1:12 (Amplified Version) "For I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it."
Malachi 3:10-12 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try (test) Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field," says the Lord of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land," says the Lord of hosts." NOTE - I love this, the Lord is actually begging you to put Him to the test! Look at the promised blessing. 1) He will pour out a heaven sized blessing upon you 2) He will rubuke the devil from devouring your blessing 3) Your endeavors in life will bear fruit - harvest! 4) This is very important - people will look at you as an example of His love and blessing and will be drawn to you (so you can tell them why by introducing the Lord to them). Lastly, the Lord will back this up with His army of angels, notice who is speaking: the "Lord of hosts" - ths is a military designation as the Commander In Chief of the mighty hosts of heaven. Let me ask you a question: Why wouldn't you want to get in on this??? I can't live without it. I'm so glad He set this up so that we GET to tithe!!!
Leviticus 27:30 "And all the tithe of the land... is the Lord's. It is holy to the Lord." NOTE - Holy: consecrated, separated, sacred
Proverbs 3:9-10 "Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow (Hebrew: burst open violently) with new wine." NOTE - Honoring the Lord through giving is one of the ways that God desires to open the windows of heaven and burst onto the scene of your life and violently bring about overflowing change to your economic status. Adopt a mentality of giving - live to give, being led of the Spirit of God.
Genesis 22:14 "And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide (Hebrew: Jehovah Jireh)" NOTE - This should get you very excited. The word "Jehovah" is a description that speaks of His self revelation to mankind. So you could explain the meaning of Jehovah-Jireh this way ~ The God who reveals Himself to me as my provider! Isn't that great!!! It is HIS desire for you to know Him and experience Him as your provider. Lift your hands to Him and say it out loud - Jehovah Jireh MY provider.
Genesis 26:12 "There was a famine in the land... Then Isaac sowed in that land (in spite of famine), and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous." NOTE - Who in their right mind would sow seed in a time of famine? A man who understands his covenant and knows His God that's who! If you want to walk in the hundredfold, seek to develop hundredfold faith that isn't moved by the circumstances of the natural realm. When times get tough, the devil says: "hold back on your giving, keep it for yourself, you would be a fool to tithe or give during these tough times.". But the one who moves in hundredfold faith knows that the true blessing comes from sowing continually, they aren't moved by tough times. I always say: When in need plant a seed - don't eat your seed you'll starve!
Deuteronomy 8:18 "And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NOTE - Wow! This verse makes it so clear: it is a distinct covenant blessing that God has established for you to prosper. The key is to put Him in first place in your life.
Deuteronomy 15:6 "For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you." NOTE - The Word says He WILL bless you - believe it.
Deuteronomy 16:15 "...The Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice." NOTE - Again He says He WILL bless you.
Deuteronomy 28:2-8 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you." NOTE - As believer's, Galatians 3:13 tells us that we've been redeemed from the curse of the Law which is found in Deuteronomy 28:1-68. We are partakers of the blessing which is found on the first fourteen verses of the same chapter. When we put Him first place in our lives - this is what we can expect! Exchange the words you and your for I, me and mine in each one of these verses and say it out loud a few times until in gets down deep into your spirit.
Deuteronomy 28:11-13 "And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them." NOTE - Praise the Name of the Lord forever and ever!
Deuteronomy 29:9 "Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do." NOTE - Obedience and faithfulness are two keys to walking in the blessing.
Deuteronomy 30:9 "The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers." NOTE - Allowing God to prosper you through obedience causes Him to rejoice!
Joshua 1:8 "This Book of the Law (The Word of God) 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." NOTE - What a dynamic key. The word "meditate" means to chew on, mutter, ponder, to consider. When we take His Word seriously and line ourselves up with it and refuse doubt and stay focused on the answer instead of the problem, speaking out and laying claim to the promises, they will build us up and bring strength to our inner man. If won't be long before change begins to manifest as the natural must give way to the promised blessing of the Word. Saturate yourself with the promises. Your natural circums tances may be a natural fact, but they cannot resist the truth of the Word of God which supersedes all natural fact. See the Word, think the Word, speak the Word, allowing it to transform your thinking - become a Word person. Some may call you extreme and they'll be right because you'll be extremely blessed.
2 Chronicles 26:5 "He (King Uzziah) sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper." NOTE - Did you see the connection? Seek God, put Him first and the prosperity blessing will follow.
Job 36:11 "If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures."
Psalm 1:1-3 "Blessed is the man (person) who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."
Psalm 9:9 "The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble." NOTE - The word "trouble" actually means high cost, destitution, and desperation. The Lord is your refuge, your security in times of high cost! Don't pull away from Him through worry and fear. Run to Him and worship Him for His covenant promises. He is the God of the miraculous. Expect on the authority of His Word and allow His joy to well up within your soul! Remember: Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord (Who IS the Word) is your strength - Nehemiah 8:10
Psalm 23:1, 5-6 "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (I shall not be in lack)... Verse 5-6: You prepare a table (feast) before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over (abundance). Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. NOTE - Make sure you listen to my mp3 audio of "The 7 Sweet P's of Psalm 23"
Psalm 25:12-13 "Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth." NOTE - To fear the Lord means to put Him first place, leading a lifestyle of reverence and worship in all things.
Psalm 34:9-10 "Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want (no lack) to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." NOTE -Hallelujah!!! Do you see the heart of God for His people?!
Psalm 35:27 "Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." NOTE - Our God doen't want you broke and just barely getting by, it brings Him pleasure to prosper His kids. Just toss your hands up and say, "Lord, I love you and worship you, go ahead and have a good time with me today!!!"
Psalm 36:8 "They (those who trust in God) are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures." NOTE - Did you see what this is saying? Our trusting in God puts us in the position to be not just satisfied, but ABUNDANTLY satisfied with the FULLNESS of His house! I've got good news for you - He's not holding anything back!!! Sell out to God, seek to know Him more, cast off that doom and gloom and spend time with Him daily, and experience His fullness.
Psalm 37:3-4 "Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land (the blessing), and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." NOTE - Yes, He wants to give you the desires of your heart!!! Begin to live a life that delights in Him, there is so much more for you to experience, that He desires to reveal to you.
Psalm 37:18-19 "The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." NOTE - For many in these trying times, the days of famine are here. Begin to claim this verse and saying throughout the day - "I will be satisfied in days of famine, I'm not going under, I'm going over!"
Psalm 37:25 "I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread." NOTE - Don't you just love it! It's an impossibility for the righteous (that's us who have been born-again) to be forsaken. And we will NOT be begging for bread. Tell that lying devil to shut up and get out, in Jesus' Name! You are a child of God and an heir of the promises.
Psalm 65:4 "Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple."
Psalm 65:11 "You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance." NOTE - Get this into your understanding HE IS PROSPERITY, and you are IN Christ.
Psalm 66:12 "We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment (KJV - wealthy place)." NOTE - There's no place in the Word that says we will not ever face tests and trials, but when we do, He is with us and has promised to bring us through to rich fulfillment - Don't you just love it! No matter what comes, we win if we stay focused on Him.
Psalm 68:6 "God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land."
Psalm 68:19 "Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!" NOTE - You should start your day with this promise. "Thank you Lord that today you are loading me with benefits." Then throughout the day bring it to mind and say it out loud making it personal, "I am a recipient of His benefits, I am prosperous, I am a covenant child of God."
Psalm 84:11 "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
Psalm 107:38 "He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease." NOTE - I love this one. When the threat of decrease comes, even if you've experienced a set back, begin to confess the truth of this verse: "Lord, you said my source of income will not decrease, I call myself blessed and prosperous and I thank you for increase." Make sure you see the note on Proverbs 6:30 a couple of Scriptures below!
Psalm 112:1-3 "Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord (worship & reverence), who delights greatly in His commandments (His Word). His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever." NOTE - What a declaration! I love the "will be's" of God. They make clear the definite proclamation of His will that is meant to give us peace. John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace."
Proverbs 4:18 "But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day." NOTE - I remember the day the Lord revealed this Scripture to me. What is it a picture of? It's a picture of increase. The sun always increases on the horizon, even if we can't see it because of the clouds. It has never gone up only a few degrees and then went back down. And it says here that the path of the just (that's us who have been born-again) is just like the sun getting brighter and brighter day by day. His intended path for us in increase! Dare to believe it!
Proverbs 6:30 "People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold." NOTE - The Bible tells us in John 10:10 that the devil is a thief who comes to steal and to kill and to destroy. In Luke 10:19 Jesus tells us that we've been given His delegated authority to use over the devil and in verse 20 Jesus reminds us that the (demonic) spirits are subject to us. Here is what I want you to take hold of with this Scripture: If you believe the thief has been at work regarding your financial situation and has stolen from you either physically or through budget cuts, the loss of wages or even employment, you have the right to command the devil to pay a sevenfold return on that loss. Remember, Ephesians 6:12 tells us: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." So if there's a loss, and you're a tither, living according to your understanding regarding the Word, you don't have to accept it! Take hold of your covenant right and lay claim to what belongs to you and make him pay!!! "Devil, you've been caught, I recognize you as the thief and I command you to repay all that's been stolen from me and my family sevenfold, in Jesus' Name!!!"
Proverbs 8:21 "That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries." NOTE - Begin to change your mind-set, why should we accept lack?
Proverbs 10:3 "The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish"
Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it." NOTE - Rich in every way - spirit, soul & body - spiritually and in the natural - it's His will.
Proverbs 10:24 "The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted."
Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." NOTE - The true blessing of prosperity is realized when we develop a giving heart, seeking to help others succeed. The most wealthiest people I know are always seeking to be a blessing to those around them. They've learned the secret to true success and they are continually reaping a harvest ~ you can not out give God!!! Strive to be a giver.
Proverbs 13:22 "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous." NOTE - God wants you so blessed that you leave an inheritance even to your grand children!
Proverbs 15:6 "In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble."
Proverbs 22:4 "By humility and the fear of the Lord (worship & reverence) are riches and honor and life." NOTE - Many come against those who preach the truth of prosperity, believing it leads to greed. Let's get something straight - greed will bring you to ruin. True humility is the road to His best. 1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." Notice is says the "love" of money is the problem, not having money itself. Let the Lord teach you how to "have" or possess money, without it having a hold on you.
Proverbs 28:10 (KJV) "Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession."
Proverbs 28:20 "A faithful man shall abound with blessings..."
Proverbs 28:25 "He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered." NOTE - Do you see the common thread here? Trust in the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 "As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor--this is the gift of God."
Isaiah 1:19 "If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good (the best) of the land."
Isaiah 30:23 "Then He will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth; it will be fat and plenteous. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures." NOTE - Stop thinking small - God is a God of huge plans!!!
Isaiah 43:18-21 "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise." NOTE - You may be feeling like your living in the desert of your years, it may feel like you're in a terrible wilderness right now, but be of good courage, our God is the master of breakthrough's. When the devil's telling you there's no way - He'll make a way where there seems to be no way. He'll turn your desert into a lush resort! Trust Him, praise Him, worship Him for you are the object of His affection.
Isaiah 45:2-3 (Amplified Version) "I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name." NOTE - Oh somebody shout amen!!!
Isaiah 48:17 "Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go." NOTE - Look at the heart of God! He wants you to know Him more, to submit to His Lordship so that He can lead you to the promised blessing and teach you to profit. That's our God!!!
Isaiah 51:3 "For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort (Pity, Change) all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody." NOTE - I love it, change ALL your waste places and your wilderness like Eden! Lift your hands and worship Him!
Isaiah 55:11 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
Isaiah 58:11 "The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." NOTE - This verse gets me so excited. His thoughts towards us are "peace" which is the word Shalom in the Hebrew, which speaks of total well being, healing, wholeness and yes prosperity and it carries the implication of nothing missing, nothing broken! Shalom is a word that is so far beyond our modern understanding of what real peace is. I get so excited every time I run across this word. Notice it is contrasted with the word "evil." Where evil implies death and it's effects, peace implies the life of God and all of His goodness toward us. He wants to give you THE future that HE has planned and thought-out, for you, and by reading this page, you should know by now just how great those plans are - and yes, it should build within you great expectancy and hope! That's right dream big, expect big, for He is a Mighty Big God and you are the object of His affection!
Jeremiah 33:9 "Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it." NOTE - This is the heart of God toward you.
Joel 2:25-26 "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust... You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame." NOTE - Even if we've rebelled against Him and wasted many good years in foolishness, when we return to Him and repent and submit ourselves to Him, He is a God who restores and brings about the promised blessing.
Haggai 2:8 "The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,'says the Lord of hosts." NOTE - And we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ! We've got the richest Daddy ever!!!
Zechariah 8:12 "For the seed shall be prosperous, the vine shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew. I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things." NOTE - Thank you Lord!!!
Malachi 4:2 "But to you who fear My name (worship-reverence) the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves."
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." NOTE - What things? Every thing you have need of.
Mark 10:28-30 "Then Peter began to say to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You." So Jesus answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, there IS no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions and in the age to come, eternal life."
Luke 6:38 Jesus said; "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." NOTE - The real question here is - how big do you want it measured back to you? (Think big!)
Luke 12:32 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." NOTE - The truth of the Word of God does not "set" you free, it "makes" you free. To be set free is to be released having experienced no internal or mental change and it won't be long before they walk right into another trap. But to be made free is to become transformed from the inside out so you avoid the traps with His wisdom and understanding. By reading this page, you are in the process of being made free from poverty, lack and debt.
John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." NOTE - There's no greater prosperity than this right here. His (zoe) life is the highest and best of who He is and He has given this life to us in super overflowing abundance - know this: He isn't holding anything back. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable - Romans 11:29. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen (so be it), to the glory of God through us - 2 Corinthians 1:20. Do you realize who you really are in Him? Praise the Name of the Lord forever!!!
John 16:23-24 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."
Acts 20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." NOTE - The Word of God will build you up and release your God-given inheritance. Stay in the Word daily - it is your life!
Romans 8:16-17 "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together." NOTE - I often ask people if they would like to be an heir of Donald Trump. You can imagine the response. But did you know that Donald is poverty stricken compared to the wealth of the Lord, and you are and heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus NOW! Dare to believe it. Pray for Donald's salvation so he can become as rich as you!
Romans 8:32 "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" NOTE - Take some time and ponder this Scripture, there's no hidden meaning, it means exactly what it says. Instead of complaining to God and moaning and groaning about how bad things are, why don't we go to Him in faith believing, praising Him and thanking Him for what He's already done for us and receive what we need by faith! Remember Luke 12:32 - "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Our God loves to bless His kids!!!
1 Corinthians 16:2 (Amplified Version) "On the first [day] of each week, let each one of you [personally] put aside something and save it up as he has prospered [in proportion to what he is given], so that no collections will need to be taken after I come." NOTE - Take note of the phrase: "as he has prospered." Prosperity was expected within the early church, and we should be expecting it as well. Our God has not changed.
2 Corinthians 8:9 "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 "But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." NOTE - You can set the tone for the size of your harvest - I've proved this over and over in my life.
Galatians 6:9 "And let us not grow weary while doing good (sowing), for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." NOTE - If you've got seed in the ground, know this: due season is on it's way!!!
Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed [prospered] us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." NOTE - When it says "who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing" the word for "blessed" literally means to prosper. One translation says that we've been blessed with every spiritual blessing that heaven itself enjoys! Praise God, that makes perfect sense, because we are a part of that heavenly family NOW even though we are on the earth.
Ephesians 3:20 "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."NOTE - The beautiful thing about this is that God is not just able, but according to all of the Scriptures on this page, it is evident that God is also WILLING!!!
Philippians 4:19 (Amplified Version) "And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 4:12 "That you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing."
1 Timothy 4:8 "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come."
Hebrews 6:12 "Do not become sluggish (Lazy), but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." NOTE - Be diligent with the Word of God and receive. Meditate upon these Scriptures, ponder their meaning before the Lord, allow the truth of them to become a part of your very being, allow them to bring joy and expectation into your life. God's Word that is believed, received and acted upon WILL bring results.
James 1:25 "But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."
3 John 2 "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." NOTE - If prosperity was not the will of God, John would not have said this, nor would the Holy Spirit allow it to be included in His Word.
Joshua 23:14 "And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed." NOTE - Since Joshua could boldly proclaim such a profound testimony to the children of Israel, how much more is this a truth for us today. We have not been redeemed with the blood of goats and bulls, but with the precious blood of the Lamb - Jesus the Christ, The Anointed One, our Messiah. His Word always comes to pass, He is not a man that He would lie - and He is our God and His Word is true. Expect big!!!
Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." NOTE - I heard a well known preacher once say: "The shadow of a dog never bit anyone!" Good point! Shadows are just that - shadows. They're images of lies and half-truths that are distorted and blown way out of proportion. The devil loves to paint images of defeat in hopes that we will add our faith to it and believe the lie. Remember, what ever comes your way in life, He is right there with you and His rod and His staff - His Word and His presence will never fail and will always bring comfort.
Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them."
Psalm 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord."
Psalm 138:7-8 "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands." NOTE - The word "perfect" in the Hebrew means to perform, fulfill and to complete. So, He will perform, fulfill and complete that which concerns me!!! I like that. So, when the devil says there's no way - just tell him he's too late, it's already going God's way and He always brings things into completion.
Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace, (Hebrew: Shalom - Shalom ) Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You." NOTE - In the Hebrew, it does not read "perfect peace," it reads shalom - shalom. Where shalom speaks of total well being, healing, wholeness and prosperity - it therefore carries the implication of nothing missing, nothing broken! Shalom leans more toward wholeness & completeness than peace - emphasizing however, an experienced peace due to the condition of wholeness that is realized. So here in this verse it is promising the highest form of shalom - His highest and His best for us, when our mind, our thoughts are fixed on Him as our Lord, provider and supplier - our all in all. It's the only way to truly live, and it gets sweeter day by day!!!
Isaiah 40:31 "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." NOTE - The word "wait" means to stand firm in faith expecting, trusting God to perform His Word. It carries the understanding of waiting braided, or entwined together - partnering together with Him, allowing Him to help, directing and comforting you in your stand. Remember, He IS the life giver. He is LIFE - pure life. He is LOVE - pure love. And He is in your moment right now. Take the time to spend in His presence, allowing Him to infuse you with His strength, hope, life and love! The closer you get to Him, the more of Him you will experience.
54:17 "No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
Matthew 18:18 "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Luke 10:19-20 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." NOTE - This is one Scripture that EVERY believer should be completely familiar with. But sadly, few actually are. Notice Jesus said He gave us the authority, the right to act in His behalf, to TRAMPLE - not tip-toe on the devil and his demons, AND over ALL the power of the enemy! And look at verse 20, it says that the spirits are subject to us. Oh how the church needs to wake up to this fact. You have the right to COMMAND the devil and his demons to Go - in the Name of Jesus. Don't put up with his stealing and destroying. Put your foot down and take authority over the situation. If you don't, he will continue. Satan knows you have this right and the failure to act upon it is an open invitation for him to continue.
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." NOTE - And we are IN Christ - His victory is our victory. See 1 John 5:4 below!
Romans 5:17 "For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." NOTE - Are you reigning in life, or are you being reigned on? You are a victor, an overcomer in life. You are The King's Kid and child of the Most High God, empowered by The Holy Spirit, and bought with a price. You are a mountain mover, an earth shaker and a history maker!!! Take your God-given authority in Christ Jesus and command the devil and the mountain (obstacle) to move out of the way in Jesus Name, and hold your head up high and take your rightful place as the trend setter you were meant to be. You are the head and NOT the tail, above ONLY and NOT beneath! (Deuteronomy 28:13)
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from
the law of sin and death." NOTE
- This should become one of your all time favorite
victory Scriptures and one that you would do well to commit to memory.
Before we were born-again, we were under the law of sin and death. One
can see this law at work all around us- it's constant, consistent and
present. You can compare it to the law of gravity - it functions all of
the time unless it is superseded by another law. And so it is for those
of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we entered into
a new realm of living, as we BECAME the righteousness of God in Christ
Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21), and a new law now dominates our lives and it is;
"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."
And it is constant, consistent and very present, because He, The Holy
Spirit, is in us now. The determining factor for its manifestation is
in our receiving it as fact, as law, as your inheritance - now. Don't
be misled by the evidence of the old law of sin and death, that's around
us, take hold of your covenant right as a child of God and refuse to let
go. "Thank you Lord, that I am under the law of the Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus with all of it's rights and privileges, and that
law has made me free from the law of sin and death. The life of God is
in me now, flowing through me now, through every organ and cell of my
body and all that concerns me. I'm a free man/woman and sin and death
and it's effects have no hold over me."
Talk like this daily! It's a reality, this is who you are according to
the Word. Shake off that old way of thinking.
Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." NOTE - One who goes to battle and brings home the spoils of war is the conqueror. The wife who gets to enjoy the spoils and their benefits is more than a conqueror. Jesus is the Conqueror and we are more than conquerors! Let's begin to enjoy the spoils of what He's purchased for us. Know this: He is holding NOTHING back from you!!! Victory is yours.
Romans 10:11 "For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." NOTE - Sounds like victory to me!
1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." NOTE - Face it - victory is your's; it's your inheritance - just get used to it!!!
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (fleshly) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." NOTE - Oh if the church would only wake up to this truth! We have been given the right to use His (spiritual) weaponry against the enemy! Wake up church and take your rightful place as a winner in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 "Now thanks be to God who always leads (KJV - causes) us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing." NOTE - Sniff, sniff, sniff!!! Do you smell that??? It smells like victory to me and it's all over you!!!
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." NOTE - One shining attribute of our God is that He always brings to completion that which He has begun. He is not a quitter. So ask yourself: Has He begun a good work in you? If you can answer yes, then you have a great reason to shout the victory shout, because you can rest assured, and be very confident in the fact that you are on your way to completion!!! It just a matter of time.
Philippians 1:6 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." NOTE - The more we experience Him, knowing His Word, knowing His love, knowing His presence, the more we realize the depth of what this Scripture is telling us. There is no lack to we who know Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Hebrews 12:2 "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." NOTE - Again, He always finishes that which He has begun or authored!
1 John 4:4 "Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world." NOTE - No matter what comes our way in life, we must remember; He is in us and He will take us through. We have His ability, His courage, and His strength. Become God-inside minded and face the situation with the knowledge that the great "I AM" is in your moment. Whatever your need - HE IS!!!
1 John 5:4 "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith." NOTE - Faith in God is victory all of the time!
Jude 1:24 (Amplified Version) "Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]" NOTE - Yes - He is able, and He is willing, and He IS doing exactly that!!!
Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."
Leviticus 26:9 (NIV) "I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you." NOTE - This Scripture is so special to me, and was sent to me by a new friend on Face Book awhile back, when I was at a low moment. It's exactly the word I needed to put me over. Notice the Lord said "I will make you fruitful." Oh how glorious is His ability to transform and mold us into what He has for us.
6:22-27 "And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak
to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children
of Israel. Say to them: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord
make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up
His countenance upon you, and give you peace."' "So they shall
put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them." NOTE
- Don't be misled by this verse in thinking
it was only to the children of Israel. Take note that it is God who is
speaking this command to Moses, to let the children of Israel know the
heart of God toward them. How much more for us today does this apply since
we've been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus The Christ. Romans 8:17 reminds
us that we are His children and heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus!
Now read this blessing of the Lord to YOU again with that understanding.
I love the phrase; and give you peace. Peace is the word
"Shalom" which speaks of healing, prosperity and wholeness -
nothing missing and nothing broken! Yes, His face is shining upon you
today, He will be gracious to you today. Expect His shalom peace to be
upon you and walk with your head held up high knowing you are blessed
by God Almighty ~ Praise God.
Deuteronomy 23:45 "...because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you." NOTE - That's our God. What is meant for evil, He will turn to a blessing
Psalm 5:11-12 "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield." NOTE - I began memorizing Scriptures long ago, and this is one of my all time favorites. It has taken me through many rough moments. When the enemy was battling my mind with thoughts of utter failure, this Scripture would rise up in my heart and encourage me to stand tall and expect the glory of God within the situation. He's never failed.
Psalm 8:3-5 "3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. NOTE - No matter how beaten down you may feel at the moment - the Word of God is the truth and cannot lie. Make a decision right now to change your thinking and take on the identity of the Word. You've been crowned with glory and honor! Lift your hands to the Lord and begin to praise Him for this. Start each day looking at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, "I have favor today, I've been crowned with glory and honor - I'm a blessing looking for a place to happen - good things happen to me because I am blessed and highly favored of the Lord."
Psalm 30:5 "For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." NOTE - We will encounter trials and hardships in life, but with Him we go through them and on into victory, because of His great favor. We win!!!
Psalm 41:11 (Amplified Version) "By this I know that You favor and delight in me, because my enemy does not triumph over me."
Psalm 44:3 "For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them."
Psalm 102:13 "You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come." NOTE - Zion is an allusion to the chosen of God, the church - the body of Christ
Proverbs 3:1-4 "My son, do not forget my law (the Word), but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man."
Proverbs 8:32-35 "Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord."
Proverbs 12:2 "A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn."
Proverbs 14:9 "Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor."
Proverbs 18:22 "He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord." NOTE - Men, if you're married, thank God for your wife and the favor that comes from that blessed union. As you grow together in Him, you will experience more and more of His favor throughout life. It's beautiful.
John 12:26 "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor." NOTE - When a person decides to follow after the Lord with their whole heart, there are great benefits indeed. Take note of this promise - Jesus said the Father WILL honor such a one as this - when a person is honored by someone, they can expect preferential treatment. The honor of God IS the divine favor of God ~ expect it!!!
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." NOTE - The sooner we can come to the understanding that our God is above all and working all things in our favor toward His goal that He has in mind for us the better! Paul the Apostle had no doubts and was fully convinced that this and esablished fact of God toward His people - "And we KNOW that all things work together for good..." Take hold of these mighty truths on this site and allow them sink down deep into your spirit, ponder them over and over until you become convinced of what is being promised. When you move from belief to knowing then fear and doubt can no longer stand and faith just is.
Romans 8:31-32 "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" NOTE - Come on and lift up a shout to the Lord!!! You are favored extensively by Almighty God - yes blessed and HIGHLY favored. You belong to Him and He is not holding anything in His Word back from you. He's for you and on your side. Receive it now!!!
2 Corinthians 5:21 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." NOTE - This is one of my most favorite Scriptures. The great exchange! He took our sin, being made sin for us that we through receiving Him as Lord are made or become the righteousness of God in Christ. Take a moment and ponder the depth of the righteousness of God!!! It's so far beyond the highest and extreme extent of your ability to fathom its depths - and it's even way, way, way beyond your conception of this statement. It's so pure, so glorious, so full of pure light, life and love. And that's what you've become. You'll never be able to exhaust it, nor properly define it. The best that I can come up with is this: All that He is and all that He has - has already been given to you - and your in it now. Change your perspective!
Galatians 4:4 "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." NOTE - We're adopted! Isn't that great. To be adopted means that you were chosen, you just didn't happen on to the scene, you were selected with great forethought, planning and intent. And you bear the family name with all of the rights and privileges it affords.
Ephesians 1:6 "To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." NOTE - The word "accepted" in the Greek means: to be given grace and compassed about with favor, kindness. As believers, we need to remember the covenant blessing we've entered into, the free gift and right of relationship and endowment as heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ and all of the benefits that are included. Oh yeah - you're blessed and highly favored alright!