Asking Amiss – Part 3

We are talking about what asking amiss really means.  So far, we’ve seen that it involves the tongue.  With the tongue we can curse or bless.  Choose to bless others.

We’ve also seen that asking amiss involves “worldly wisdom”, which is opposite of the wisdom that comes down from Heaven.

This post will deal with the motivations of the heart, taken from James 4:1-3.

James 4:1-3 (New Living Translation)

1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?

2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

The KJV words Verse 3 like this:  “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

The word “amiss” in the Greek means:  to ask wrongly or with wrong motives or wicked intentions, usually for selfish gain without regard for others (or no intention of using what you get to bless others with it).

The word “consume” in the Greek means:  to squander, to waste, to misuse, to throw away, a lack of stewardship and of being responsible with what you have.

The word “lusts” in the Greek is in reference to riotous living, no self-discipline or self-control, indulgence in sinful pleasures, greed, covetousness, allowing things to control you.

God is against financial corruption, dishonesty, bribery, fraud, extortion, theft, exploitation, sexual immorality, vice, evil.

God looks at the heart and intentions when we ask Him for things. Those who have a pure heart and right intentions would not ask amiss.

Nowhere in any of these passages is it implying that it would be selfish on our part to ask God to bless us with an abundant supply in order that we may have everything we need for everyday living.

God is a King and His children are supposed to be princes and princesses.

Besides asking the Lord for financial blessings, I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where asking God for non-material blessings is wrong. For example, asking God for the husband or wife of His perfect will for you, asking God for children, asking the Lord for godly friends, asking God for healing, asking God for wisdom or asking God for anything else that is good and positive.

The devil is a thief who wants to steal everything from you (John 10:10a).

Jesus is the opposite – He is Righteous and Good.  He came to give us life, and life more abundantly, till it overflows (John 10:10b).

The word “overflow” gives the picture of being so full that you cannot contain it anymore—it begins to spill over.  If you fill a glass with water and keep the water spout on, the water will reach the top of the glass and then begin to spill over.

This is the picture of the Lord’s desire to bless His children.  He wants to fill us with life and blessings—not just until we are full, but keep pouring it on until we are overflowing.

Religion says that God will meet our needs, but not our wants. God is a wonderful, generous father who delights in meeting both our needs and wants.  (Every person and every culture may have their own definition of a need and a want.)

God does not necessarily distinguish between a need and a want. He is generous.

Psalms 37:4 says that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.

That word “delight” is the Hebrew word anag. It means to be soft and pliable. God is the Potter and we are the clay, and He wants us to allow Him to mold us into the vessel that He wants to design us into. He wants us to allow Him to have His way in our lives.

The word delight also means to take pleasure in the Lord, to love Him and to worship Him.


Asking Amiss – Part 2

Jesus said that if we meet this requirement of abiding in Him and He in us (John 15:7), then we may ask what we desire and it shall be done for us.

If we are truly abiding in Him, then we will be in touch with the Lord’s heart and most likely would never ask amiss because our motives would be pure and we would want to please Him.

When you are in love with someone you want to please that person.  Love is unselfish and always giving.  If you are in love with Jesus, and love others, it’s hardly likely you would ask anything amiss.

In the previous posts, we talked about the tongue and about abiding in Christ.  The tongue has the power to curse or bless.  Choose blessing.

The next passage we are going to discuss is James 3:13-18 to help us understand the context in which James talks about asking amiss.

James 3:13-18 talks about the “so-called” wisdom of this world versus living our lives according to the Godly Wisdom from Heaven. If we live according to Heaven’s wisdom, then it’s very unlikely we would ask amiss.

Godly Wisdom Worldly Wisdom
A spirit of humility Pride, prejudice and arrogance
Taking others’ needs into consideration Selfish ambition
Using our tongue to bless and encourage others Using the tongue to put other people down, to injure others
Treating others the way you want to be treated Manipulating others for selfish gain, with no regard for the feelings of others
Sowing seeds of peace Sowing seeds of strife
Allowing God to promote you Stepping on others to get ahead
Being kind and doing good to others Being mean-spirited and malicious
Esteeming others Trying to look better than others
Edifying Others Tearing others down
Encouraging Others Discouraging Others
Secure in who you are in God Bitter jealousies
Wanting to help others succeed Purposely seeking others’ demise
Living a holy life Living for the devil
Being gentle and reasonable Being cold-hearted, blood-thirsty
Integrity and Honesty Two-faced, Deception, Lying, Cheating
Showing others dignity and honor Showing disrespect and dishonor
Helping the poor Exploiting the poor
A spirit of giving and generosity Stinginess, selfishness, greed

Asking Amiss – Part 1

You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it (Matthew 21:22  NLT).

In this verse, the Greek word for “anything” (or “all things” in the KJV) is pas.  It is defined as:  all, any, every, the whole.

Therefore, “anything” means “anything”.

In my spirit, I could sense some people saying, “Yes, but what about James 4:3 that says that you ask, but do not receive, because you ask amiss.”

I am now going to address what asking amiss means.

We will begin with James 3:1-12.

This first passage is about using the tongue for good or evil and how we treat other people:

James 3:1-12 (Message Bible)

1 Don’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards.

2 And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life.

3 A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse.

4 A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds.

5 A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire.

6 A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.

7 This is scary: You can tame a tiger,

8 but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer.

9 With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.

10 Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on.

11 A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it?

12 Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you? Live Well, Live Wisely.

People ask amiss when they have wrong attitudes in their heart to begin with.  Jesus said that whatever a person speaks, it proceeds from the overflow of their heart.  The heart is the center of our being.  From the heart can flow good things or evil things.

If a person’s heart and attitude is not right, and they are in the habit of speaking words of cruelty, negativity, doubt, fear, unbelief, cursing, deceit—then they will probably ask God for things from wrong motives, lusts or greed, or things contrary to the Word of God because their heart and attitudes are not perfect before God.

Jesus said that we will be held accountable for every idle word which we have spoken (Matthew 12:36).

God is looking for a pure heart, and a tongue who speaks no guile.

Psalms 24:3-5 says:

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

John 15:7 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” NKJV

To abide in Jesus is to be connected to Him and in intimate union with Him, thus bearing good fruit in your life. The picture in the natural is of the branch receiving its nourishment from the Vine. A branch cut off from the Vine will wither up and die.

If you are abiding in Jesus and in intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit, you probably would not ask anything amiss in the first place. It would be your heart’s desire to please Him and to live according to His Word. Your heart and motivations would be right.

If there is anyone reading who is not connected to Jesus, He is inviting you to come to Him. He loves you so very much! Maybe some have never accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Maybe others once knew the Lord but are backslidden and feel disconnected to the Lord—they feel like that branch that is severed from the trunk. Jesus is inviting you to come to Him right now.

Just call out to Him and invite Him to come into your heart. You can pray a prayer in your own words, or here is a sample prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I feel disconnected from You. I want to be saved! I want to become connected (or re-connected) to You, as the branch receives its life from the Vine.

Jesus, I confess that You are Lord. Wash away all of my sins. Cleanse me in the Blood of the Lamb. Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart and I accept You as my Savior and Lord.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I need You and want You so very much. Fill me with the joy and peace of Your Presence dwelling on the inside of me. Let me know the joy of my salvation.

Transform me into the person You created me to be. Help me to live for You.

I want to live for You and I want to know You more. Teach me Your Word.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Where is Jesus right now? Do you feel His Presence in your heart?

You have just been born again.

Or if you were a backslider, you have now come back to God. The angels are rejoicing right now, and I am too. Father God rejoices over the prodigal coming home. He has the ring to put on your finger, the royal cloak to drape over your shoulders, and a party to celebrate you coming back to the fold.

Those who are involved in any kind of witchcraft, black magic, sorcery, the occult, horoscopes, astrology, psychics, anything of the dark side. … that is a sure way to become disconnected from the Vine very quickly, who is Jesus. Your powers are coming from demons.

Jesus is pleading with you to repent, and to renounce all witchcraft, or anything to do with the occult or demonic activity. This is very serious, and should you pass away right now, you could end up in hell unless you repent, because of being disconnected from the Vine.

If a branch is severed from the Vine, it will wither up and be destroyed. The Lord is pleading with you to return to Him.

Asking God for Anything

Matthew 21:22 says, “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”  NLT

The word “all” in the Greek means “anything”. It is the word pas, and it means all, any, every, the whole.

This is the passage that talks about commanding our mountains (obstacles) to be uprooted and removed out of our way, and it would obey us.

Many church denominations are in agreement that Matthew 21:22 is not really referring to “anything”, when Jesus said that you can pray for anything and it would be ours if we have faith.  They feel that the word “anything” means “some things”, and especially spiritual things.  Other than the spiritual, and divine healing, the rest of man (or woman) is neglected.

God created us spirit, soul and body.  Plus, we operate in a world that is governed by economics.

God wants to minister to every part of us and bring wholeness.  He wants to bring healing and breakthrough in any area of our lives in which we need it. And not only for us, but also for our family members, loved ones and others.

I heard the Lord speak to my inner spirit a few days ago the phrase:  “the whole nine yards”.  He was saying that He wants to bless His children with the “whole nine yards”.

This idiom is a figure of speech that means:  “the whole thing; complete; all of it”.  He is saying to not just ask Him for a few things, or to feel like you have to pick and choose.  That’s what religion tells you.  Religion always puts God in a box … to limit Him, and also tries to box us in too.

Even if, at one point, God told you to ask Him for what you wanted the very most, that was a prophetic act for that moment in time.  In no way would God limit Himself to just doing one miracle.

Sometimes the Lord highlights, in our lives, what we want the very most because it’s the most sensitive area of our hearts.  Sometimes He wants permission to gently touch those very sensitive areas, and to assure us that He desires those things for us as much as we want it, and that He cares.

God wants to give us our heart’s desires, just as long as we put the Lord first and don’t have any other idols above Him.

God is saying to present Him with the entire list of everything you would like Him to do in your life, and declare to Him that He’s Able to do it.  Begin to call things into existence (Romans 4:17). Check it off your list when God brings it to pass.

Romans 4:17-22 says:

17 As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.

18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.

19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.

20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).


Getting back to Matthew 21:22 about asking God for anything … it’s like in my spirit I can hear some people saying, “Yes, but what about the Scripture that says that you ask, but do not receive, because you ask amiss.”

We will examine this passage to see what James was talking about. The Scripture reference is James 4:3.  To understand this verse, we must look at the context of James’ letter.  We will begin at Chapter 3, Verse 1.

Fear of the Lord Brings Healing (100 Benefits to those who fear the Lord)

Fear of the Lord Brings Healing

Today’s message is regarding the connection between healing and fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in reference to showing Him reverence, respect, honor and awe.

God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.

The Hebrew word for “fear”, as it relates to fearing God, is the word yare’. It implies reverence and showing God the utmost respect and honor. It’s having awe for Him, holding Him in high esteem and obeying His commands. It is loving Him.

The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:

Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.

The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.

There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.

In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:

“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”

Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.

There is an element of feeling the terror of God in the Hebrew definition of the word “yare”. If He appeared to any of us in person and revealed His Holiness to a greater degree than our earthly minds can comprehend, we may fall down in terror and trembling at His mighty Presence. However, terror of God’s Presence is usually referring to those who rise up against God, those who are His enemies and do evil and do not have a repentant heart even after a long period of grace. The judgment of God is a terrifying thing. However, the judgment of God is a last resort after a person has been given every opportunity to repent.

I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.

A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.

Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).

Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus saying, ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”

Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.


God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.

Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.

Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days.” xref Deuteronomy 6:2.

Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.


Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)

Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)

Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)

Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: The land will yield its increase and you will eat its fill (Lev 25:17-19)

Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)

Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)

Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)

Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Prevention of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)

Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: Healing of diseases and sicknesses (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Living in Divine Health (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God will hear the cry of the afflicted (Psalms 22:23-24)

Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).

Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: Eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).

Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)

Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:14-15)

Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will instruct us in the way chosen for us (Psalms 25:12)

Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)

Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from the plots (KJV says “conspiracies”) of man (Psalms 31:19-20a)

Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:19-20)

Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).

Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18). Miraculous supply!

Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)

Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)

Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: You will see many good days (Psalms 34:11-14). Life will go much better for you.

Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)

Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)

Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Your soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)

Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)

Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; years added; days multiplied (Deuteronomy 6:2; Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:27)

Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)

Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: God forever separates our sins from us (Psalms 103:11-12)

Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s great compassion is on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13-14)

Benefit #43 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness and mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)

Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s righteousness is unto your children and grandchildren (Psalms 103:17-18)

Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)

Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: Your descendants shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)

Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)

Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3-4)

Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: God gives food and provision to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)

Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3).

Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)

Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)

Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)

Benefit #55 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)

Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)

Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)

Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)

Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)

Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)

Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)

Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)

Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)

Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)

Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)

Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)

Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)

Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)

Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)

Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)

Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)

Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)

Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)

Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)

Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)

Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)

Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean (pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, holy, morally innocent, sound), enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)

Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #89 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #90 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #91 of fearing the Lord: He that fears the Lord shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #92 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)

Benefit #93 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Benefit #94 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)

Benefit #95 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #96 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Benefit #97 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)

Benefit #98 of fearing the Lord: Habitation from God because he/she has set his/her love on Me (Psalms 91)

Benefit #99 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #100 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)

The Power of Thoughts / Dr. Aiko Hormann

The Power of Thoughts / Dr. Aiko Hormann

The source of our words is our thoughts and what’s in our heart.

The words we speak are an outer manifestation of what is inside the heart. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45).

If we speak words of hate, then there is hate inside of our heart. If we speak words of doubt, then there is doubt and unbelief inside us. If we speak words of love and kindness, then love reigns in our heart.

Jesus said that what proceeds from our mouths is what defiles us. “Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man” (Matthew 15:11).

Jesus said that the words we speak proceed from the deepest recesses of our heart. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man” (Matt 15:18-20).

Thoughts, plus the condition of our hearts, always precedes our actions or words. Whatever is going on in the inner man eventually is displayed through words and deeds.

Thoughts also trigger emotions, whether good or bad emotions. If a person continually dwells on negative thoughts, then they will continue to battle negative emotions. If a person dwells on positive thoughts, then they will feel more at peace and have a continual song of praise.

The Apostle Paul, in Phil 4:8, tells us the kind of thoughts to dwell on. He says to meditate on thoughts that are:

  1. true
  1. honest
  1. just
  1. pure
  1. lovely
  1. of good report
  1. virtuous
  1. praiseworthy

An individual becomes in life what they continually think and say. A person can rise no higher than how they think of themselves or perceive something to be. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (or so does he become).”

As our mind and heart expands, then we are able to expand. If a person thinks and believes that they will always live in poverty and never rise above a certain financial level, then chances are that they won’t. Until their thinking changes on the matter, then they will remain stuck where they are.

The Lord is always encouraging us to come up higher, and to believe Him to do what seems to be impossible for us.

Romans 12:2 tells us that we are transformed by the renewing of the mind. The Word of God renews our minds.

Often times we can’t seem to breakthrough and receive all of God’s blessings that He’s promised. Sometimes it’s a matter of timing, but often it’s a matter of “our soul being clogged up” (quoting from what Dr. Aiko Hormann says in her research).

The soul consists of the mind, will and emotions. The heart of man is influenced by both the spirit and the soul. At salvation, our spirits were saved. But our souls are in the process of being reformed and conformed into the likeness of Christ. The flesh part of us wants to sin and do its own thing. Our flesh (carnal nature) wars with our spirit. There is the daily battle of the flesh and spirit. Making the decision to yield to the Holy Spirit involves dying to the flesh, dying to selfishness.

When someone hurts us, our initial reaction is to operate in the flesh and strike back in anger. Paul said in Romans 8:7-10 that: “the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

For years I struggled with negative and foreboding thoughts because of the many years of verbal abuse. I battled daily with thoughts of unworthiness and low self-value. I struggled with thoughts of hopelessness. It was difficult forgetting the past and not continually dwelling on past and present problems. Because of evil words spoken over my life, I battled with strongholds in the mind, believing certain lies of the devil.

Although verbal abuse was almost daily for many years and many cruel angry words were said to me, there were a few lies in particular that plagued me the most — day and night. I was repeatedly, more than I can count, told that I was “useless”, that I might as well not even try to accomplish something because I would fail, and was also told that no man would ever love me. The tape would play over and over again in my mind. I seemed to remain trapped in a prison of these lies, and would weep often because I felt the situation was impossible.

The Lord would confirm to me over and over again things He planned to do in my life. He would speak through His Word, through rhema words in my spirit, and through several prophecies (the same basic message spoken by many different people who don’t all know each other, spoken over the years at different times). Over the years I received at least fifteen prophecies, maybe more. I wrote down most of them, but forgot to record some of them. So I don’t really know for sure how many prophetic words were spoken, but it was many. Anyways, for several years I couldn’t seem to get past some verbal abuse statements said to me in my youth (which was opposite of what God kept on saying to me). I seemed to give more weight to the lies spoken, then to all the words God kept on confirming to me over and over again.

I had to make a decision and choose whose report I was going to believe. I choose to believe what God says. I sure am thankful that God is patient and gracious, and works with us. I was always putting myself down and condemning myself, like being a cruel taskmaster to my own self. If someone said or did a certain thing that upset me, a trigger mechanism would go off and unhealed traumatic memories would flood my mind (and I would experience the emotions related to the event of a particular memory).

The primary area that the enemy targets is our mind. If he can lead us into deception, then he has a certain amount of control over us. And as was said earlier, we are in life what we think and say. When the devil gets us to believe a lie, then the lie becomes a stronghold in the mind. It entraps us into a prison of our own limited or wrong thinking.

A stronghold causes us to believe a lie rather than God’s truth. A stronghold is imaginations that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God (or in other words, the person with the stronghold in the mind exalts the lie above the truth of God’s Word). The lie carries more weight than what God says.

I first learned about Dr. Aiko Hormann when she was interviewed on the “Joni Show” (Marcus & Joni Lamb, Daystar Network). Dr. Aiko Hormann is a Christian research scientist filled with the Holy Spirit who specializes in the functions of the brain. In addition to her medical expertise from her research, she has many years of experience in the area of deliverance and ministering healing to the soul (mind, will and emotions).

Dr. Hormann explains in detail the correlation between the spirit, soul, and body with the use of visual charts and illustrations. She talks about the war between the flesh and spirit, the condition of the heart, the renewal of the mind, strongholds in the mind, obsessive thought patterns, and how to get free. She also talks about healing for the emotions and healing for past memories.

She talks about the power of thoughts (literal power, yet unseen power). Dr. Hormann discovered through research and actual studies that thoughts carry more power activity than sound waves emitted from a local radio or television station. Thoughts are very powerful, but words are even MORE powerful.

Dr. Aiko Hormann talks about the airwave activity of thoughts, depending on positive thoughts or negative thoughts. Worshipping the Lord and dwelling on God’s Word invite angelic (good angelic) visitation, whereas thoughts of hate and unbelief are an invitation to demonic activity seeking to find a door or entrance to wreak havoc in your life. If a born again Christian has areas of their soul that are unhealed, especially in the mind, then the devil takes advantage and attacks with oppression, harassment, deception (believing lies).

Dr. Hormann says that sin, old memories, past hurts, negative emotions, etc clog the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and blessings are delayed. When our mind and heart gets unclogged, then the river of the Holy Ghost is no longer dammed up.

She also talks about the parts of the brain that store memories. When something traumatic or hurtful happens, the memory is stored in a certain part of the brain (like a computer file). And not only the memory is stored in a file, but the emotions that go along with the memory are also stored.

Dr. Hormann gave the names of these parts of the brain (there is more than one area of the brain that stores memories). When a trigger mechanism goes off (like someone doing something to push your buttons), then that old computer file in the brain comes up and you experience the emotions you originally experienced when the event originally took place.

Dr. Hormann explains that actually God has placed within our body three brains that control the body, mind and emotions and explains it in detail in her teaching on the 3 brains:

  1. head – mind; commands given to every part of the body
  1. heart
  1. deepest gut

Dr. Aiko Hormann says that when she prays for people concerning the healing of memories and emotions, then she also includes in her prayer the physical aspect. She identifies the exact name of the part of the brain that stores memories, and prays that the file in the brain that stores the old memory would be healed and that the trauma and emotions attached to the memory would be disconnected from the file. It doesn’t mean a person necessarily forgets what happened, but that the emotional and psychological responses that are triggered from memories are no longer there.

Dr. Aiko Hormann said that she once ministered to a woman who had four ongoing issues that she had been battling with for years.

First, the woman ALWAYS felt guilt about everything, even when good things happened.

Second, she battled with fear.

Third, she struggled with severe anxiety.

Fourth, whenever her husband would show her affection, even non-sexual, she would jump out of her skin. The marriage suffered.

The first thing Dr. Aiko Hormann did was to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the ROOT of the problem. And by a word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:7-11), the Holy Ghost revealed to Dr. Aiko Hormann that the woman had been sexually violated as a child. The woman recalled that indeed she had been molested by an uncle. When the root of the issue was revealed, then Dr. Aiko Hormann also prayed for physical healing of the brain where the memory and emotional responses was stored. And the woman had to release any unforgiveness in order to unclog her soul. The Lord completely healed this woman, and she was set free from all four symptoms. And her marriage was healed too.

If you would like to find out more information about Dr. Aiko Hormann’s medical research and healing and deliverance ministry, her website is:

God bless you.

Power of the Tongue

Power of the Tongue

The Lord bless you today.

There is tremendous power in the words we speak. Words can promote life or death (Proverbs 18:21).

Our words set the course of direction for our life (James 3:5)—we shall have whatever we say (Mark 11:23).

If a person, for instance, keeps on saying, “I’m never going to get healed” or “I’ll never be free of this addiction” … or “I’ll always be poor and in debt”, then life may turn out exactly according to what they say.

If on the other hand, a person consistently says in faith, “Jesus is my Provider and I shall be prosperous”, then the Holy Spirit will begin to download ideas of how to generate income and give you the power to excel and increase.

If a person continually says, “Jesus is my Healer and by His stripes I am (and was) healed, I’m coming into complete health, I’ll never be sick another day in my life, God is giving me strength and energy” (plus they are obedient to follow God’s laws of health and nutrition, plus spiritual laws such as forgiveness and walking in love)—then after a period of time healing and wellness will begin to manifest.

God wants us to live in Divine health here on this earth. That doesn’t mean that one day we won’t die, because eventually the body will pass away. Some sicknesses are unto death, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, Jesus paid the price on Calvary for all sicknesses and diseases. Our life can be lengthened and we can live in wellness by following God’s principles and speaking according to God’s Word.

The father of the founding pastor of my former church is an example of a person who had a touch of Divine health on his life. He lived to be 105, and was strong, active, in excellent health, and alert until the end. The day he went to Heaven to be with Jesus, his blood pressure was normal that morning. He went to church that day, came home and rested in his recliner. And then peacefully went home to be with the Lord. Sickness didn’t take him out.

God also wants us to live on this earth healed in our emotions and mind. He wants us to live in joy, peace and fulfillment.

All of us have blown it in speaking wrong things, especially in a moment of weakness, anger or frustration. James 3:2 says that only a perfect man or woman is never at fault in what they say.

I know personally what it is like to be battered with verbal abuse for many years almost on a daily basis. It destroys your self-esteem and does tremendous damage emotionally and psychologically. Once words are said, it cannot be recalled.

James 3:7-8 says that wild animals can be tamed, but the tongue no man can tame. It is a restless evil, always ready to pour out deadly poison.

Jesus said that all of us would be held accountable for every idle word spoken. Words spoken will bring justification or condemnation (Matthew 12:36-37).

The Holy Spirit is grieved when we speak unkind or negative words, and words of unbelief (Ephesians 4:28-32). The Holy Spirit is also grieved when we say anything contrary to His will for our lives or that of another person.

Just last week I was talking to my mother about something, and without thinking, I said a doubtful statement that contradicted what the Holy Ghost wants to do in a certain situation. Immediately I felt a sick feeling in my gut, and I knew I had grieved the Lord. I didn’t think what I said was any big deal, but my statement contained doubt and unbelief. God was offended that I would say something that was in disagreement of what He said, instead of completely trusting Him to perform what He is planning on doing.

The Psalmist David asked the Lord in Psalm 15:1-3, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” The Lord gave him the answer, and two of the things God mentions in this psalm concerns words spoken:

  1. “speaketh the truth in his heart”
  2. “he that backbiteth not with his tongue”

When we have a habit pattern of not watching our tongue, our words become a snare to our own souls. We still might be saved, but there is leanness in our souls. And we do not come into the full inheritance of all the blessings and promises of God that He would like to give us.

The great news is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to speak good things. As we continually stay filled up with the Holy Spirit, God helps us to learn to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. The byproduct of walking in the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit being developed in our lives (Galations 5:22-23). To speak life-giving words requires death to carnality and death to the flesh.

The love of God inside of us is the most powerful key to helping us control our tongue and to speak encouragement to others. The love of God is imparted to us by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Continually meditating upon the Word of God helps us in the battle with the tongue. God’s Word gets into us, even into our subconscious and every fiber of our being. And then it flows out of our lips.

The Bible tells us the kind of words NOT to speak (that bring death), and also the kinds of words TO speak (that bring life).



  • Taking God’s Holy Name in vain (Ex 20:7; Deut 5:11; Lev 19:12; Ezek 39:7)
  • Swearing; Foul language (James 5:12; Eph 4:29)
  • Deadly Poison, Viper’s venom (James 3:8; Ps 58:3-4; Ps 140:3; Rom 3:13)
  • Iniquity, Injustice (Job 6:30; Ps 36:3; Ps 64:6)
  • Crafty tongue (Job 15:5; Ps 83:3)
  • Deceitful tongue (Job 27:4; Ps 34:13; Ps 120:2; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Smooth as butter, but evil motives (Ps 55:21)
  • Enticing words (1 Cor 2:4; Col 2:4)
  • Flattery and Boastful words (Ps 5:9; Ps 12:3; Prov 6:24; Prov 26:28; 1 Thess 2:5; Jude :16)
  • Cursing and Oppression (Ps 10:7; Ps 59:12; Rom 3:14; James 3:10; Balaam cursing Israel Num 23:8; Gen 12:3)
  • Backbiting (Ps 15:3; Prov 25:23)
  • Evil speaking (Ps 34:13; Ps 50:19; Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Slander (Ps 50:20; Prov 10:18; Eph 4:31; James 4:11)
  • Gossip (Prov 11:13; Prov 16:28; Prov 18:8; Prov 20:19; Prov 26:20; Prov 26:22; 2 Cor 12:20)
  • Destruction and Mischief (Ps 52:2; Prov 13:3; Prov 18:7)
  • Lying tongue (Ps 52:3; Ps 109:2; Ps 120:2; Prov 6:17; Prov 26:28)
  • Devour people with words (Ps 52:4; Gal 5:15)
  • Tongue like a sharp sword, like piercing arrows (Ps 57:4; Ps 64:3; Prov 12:18; Jer 9:8)
  • Bitter words (Ps 64:3; Job 7:11; Rom 3:14)
  • Hateful words (Ps 109:3)
  • False tongue, Feigned words (Ps 120:3; 2 Pet 2:3)
  • Froward tongue (Prov 10:31)
  • Unclean lips (Isa 6:1-7)
  • Perverse, Vicious, Malicious, Wicked (Prov 15:4; Prov 17:4; Prov 17:20, 3 John :10)
  • Death words (Prov 18:21; Ps 5:9)
  • Judgment, Accusation (Isa 54:17; Rev 12:10 Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and we ought not to get on his team and join in with him)
  • Complaining, Murmuring (Jude :16; 1 Cor 10:10-11; Num 11:1; Num 14:27-29)
  • Doubt and Unbelief (Heb 3:19; Heb 4:6; Heb 4:11; Num 13:32-14:45)
  • Coarse Joking or Jesting (Eph 5:4, NIV)
  • Vain words (Job 16:3; Eph 5:6; 2 Pet 2:18)
  • Words that tear and break others in pieces (Job 19:2)
  • Ensnared by words (Prov 6:2)
  • Harsh, Grievous words (Prov 15:1)
  • Hasty, Quick-Tempered, Not thinking before speaking (Prov 29:20)
  • Blasphemous words (Acts 13:45; James 2:7; Rev 13:6)




  • Words of refreshment (Prov 11:25; 1 Cor 16:18, NIV)
  • Words of healing and strength to the weary (Isa 50:4; Ps 37:30-31; Prov 16:24; Prov 15:4; Prov 12:18; Prov 4:20-24; Prov 13:17; Prov 11:25; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 10:11; Prov 11:30; Prov 16:22-24; James 3:13)
  • Edifying words (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 14:19; Rom 15:2; 2 Cor 13:10; Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11)
  • Encouraging words (Deut 3:8; Acts 15:32; Acts 20:2; Col 3:16; 1 Thess 3:2)
  • Exhortation (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 12:8; Titus 1:9; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:25)
  • Esteeming and Honoring others (Phil 2:3; Rom 12:10; Rom 13:7; 1 Pet 3:7)
  • Words to strengthen (Luke 22:32; Acts 15:32; Deut 3:8; Job 16:5; Ps 119:28)
  • Words seasoned with grace (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Ps 45:2; Ecc 10:12)
  • Comfort (1 Cor 14:3; Eph 6:22; 1 Thess 5:11; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Cor 1:4)
  • Faith-filled words (Mark 11:23; Matt 21:21-22; Rom 10:8; Num 13:30; Matt 9:20-21)
  • Pleasant words (Prov 15:26; Prov 16:24)
  • Nourishment, Positive Affirmation (Prov 10:21; 1 Tim 4:6; Eph 5:25-29; Eph 6:4)
  • Gentle, Soft words (Prov 15:1; Prov 25:15)
  • Words of Wisdom (Ps 37:30; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 15:2; Prov 22:17; Ecc 10:12; Ecc 12:11)
  • Life words (Prov 18:21; Deut 30:19; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 11:30; Prov 13:3; Prov 15:4; Prov 16:22-23)
  • Truth, Purity, Sincerity, Uprightness (Job 33:3; Ps 12:6; Ps 19:14; Prov 10:20; Prov 15:26; Prov 22:21)
  • Love and Kindness (Eph 4:32; Prov 31:26; 1 Cor 13; 1 Cor 8:1, NIV)
  • Praise of God on our lips (Ps 34:1; Ps 35:28; Ps 63:3-5; Ps 66:17; Ps 119:171; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Singing praises (Ps 71:23; Ps 100; Ps 126:2; Isa 51:11; Isa 54:1; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Speaking God’s Word (Deut 6:5-9; Deut 11:19-21; Ps 1; Ps 71:24)
  • Spoken Blessing (Num 6:23-27; Gen 12:2-3; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 27; Gen 49:28; Deut 11:26-28)
  • Wise counsel (Prov 11:14; Prov 24:6; Prov 27:9)
  • Light (Ps 119:130; 1 John 2:9-11)
  • Sweetness (Ps 119:103; Song 4:11)
  • Pen of a ready writer (Ps 45:1)
  • Wholesome tongue (Prov 15:2)
  • Tongue of the learned (Isa 50:4)



Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.”