You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. ~ Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
When I was a teen, my favorite word was ‘terrific!’ It applied to everything – what we were having for dinner, movies I went to see, a girlfriend’s new ‘do. My dad go so tired of hearing that word, he asked me to change it… so I did. After that, everything was ‘awesome!’
My favorite swear word was ‘sugar-foot’. That one got me in trouble in seventh grade when I dropped my pencil in class. Not one for total silence, I huffed ‘sugar-foot’ under my breath. A couple of students turned me in to the teacher, telling him I said something else that starts with s and ends in t. I got detention for that – even though I didn’t do it. Ah, memories.
Don’t we all have favorite words? John Denver was famous for ‘far out’. Over the years, there’s been rad, cool, fav and wuss (my personal favorite – and a quick excuse when I need one), but did you know God has favorite words, too? You can find them all through the Bible.
Of course, there are some words that you know God likes: peace, joy, faith, grace, mercy, and love, to name a few. He uses them to great effect, promising them to those who believe in Him. As Paul’s letter to the Hebrews explains, God is a ‘rewarder of them that diligently seek him’ (v. 11:6). That verse also says it’s impossible to please Him without faith, that you must believe that He is in order to reap those rewards.
Actually, God talks a lot about rewards. His heart of love wants to reward – to give good things – to His family. He told Abraham, ‘fear not… I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward’ (Gen. 15:1). God rewarded Abraham’s faith and he ended up a very wealthy man.
Boaz told Ruth she would receive a ‘full reward’ because she trusted in God (Ruth 2:12). Colossians 3:24 says: ‘knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ’. God’s mentions reward more than 100 times from Genesis to Revelation.
Another of God’s favorite words is ‘inheritance’ because it applies to His family. By virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, a New Testament, or a new Will, was ratified, with ‘exceeding great and precious promises’ (2 Peter 1:4) for you as His born-again child. He wanted a family when He created Adam and Eve. His desire for family and fellowship has not changed. I Peter 3:9 affirms that we – you and me – inherit the Blessing. Isn’t that awesome!
Paul talked about knowing and understanding ‘the riches of the glory of his inheritance’. In Romans he explained that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (v. 8:17). Everything God has is ours, both on the earth and in heaven. Even more awesome! However, if you don’t know what is in His Will (His Word) and make your claim on it by faith, you can live your whole life without receiving your inheritance.
Prosperity, protection and healing are three more of God’s favorite words. He designated them as part of your inheritance; part of those great and precious promises He freely gives to His children. The Blessing, first spoken over mankind in the Garden of Eden, includes every facet of God’s goodness and grace that He promised to His family. Psalm 91 contains a concise listing of the protections available to you as a believer.
God has already provided for your physical healing (another favorite word), also. Jesus came to earth to take care of that problem once and for all. ‘Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (I Peter 2:24). Note that it’s past tense – already done from God’s perspective. From the beginning, God declared Himself as Healer. There is no physical or mental condition that isn’t covered by His promise of healing and deliverance, but you’ve got to believe it to receive it.
Prosperity includes increase, multiply, abundance, riches and wealth. His kids, you and me, are King’s kids. We are R-I-C-H, blessed beyond measure! That’s how He wants us to be, so that we can abound to every good work. As part of the Body of Christ, it’s up to us to demonstrate the wealth of His Goodness to the world, to be His example on earth.
We’ve talked about some of God’s favorite words – words like inheritance, prosperity and reward, protection and healing. But there are other words He likes too, words like all, every, and always. Where His kids are concerned, those words are very important to Him. Consider these verses:
- He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness
- And God is able to make ALL grace abound toward you; that you, ALWAYS having ALL sufficiency in ALL things, may ABOUND to EVERY good work
- Being enriched in EVERY thing to ALL bountifulness
- Casting ALL your care upon Him; for He cares for you
- Trust… in the living God, who gives us richly ALL things to enjoy
- For we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God
- He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us ALL things?
- … the LORD shall deliver me from EVERY evil work
- [He is] able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we ask or think
- EVERY good gift and EVERY perfect gift is from above
That list was much longer, but for the sake of brevity, I deleted at least a dozen of my own favorite verses. In addition, there are many more in the Bible that illustrate His desire to meet ALL your need… no matter what you need.
God’s favorite words are the basis of His promises to me. They are the words I search out when I need help with a challenge in my own life. I write the verses out and then speak them out loud to build up my spirit and renew my mind, so that I can receive whatever I need… in abundance, another of His favorite words.
That’s how faith works. Faith grows by keeping it watered with The Word, and keeping out the weeds of doubt and unbelief by ‘taking every thought captive’ (2 Cor. 10:5). He wants ‘above all things’ for you to prosper and be healthy, but that won’t happen on a consistent basis if your soul isn’t being renewed and fed with His Word – particularly His favorite Words, His Words of promise. You can have it ALL if you will step up your faith and claim His promises for your life.
Source by Ruth Seebeck