Just For You

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Ten or so years ago, there was a movie entitled “Fifty First Dates” starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.   In the story. . .Drew Barrymore has short-term memory loss; she can’t remember anything that happened the day before.

So every morning the Sandler character has to woo the Barrymore character all over again from the beginning hoping she’ll like him.  At the end of the movie, he prepares a video for her to watch each morning which remind her of things in her life which she was forgotten.

That’s a movie. . .but let me tell you about something and someone who is real.

There are seven things God is giving each of us.  However, sometimes it seems we have short term memory loss when it comes to remembering what God has done for us.

That’s why we have a book of life. . .called the Bible which we can and should refer to on a daily basis.

1.         God hears our prayers.

Prayer is conversation. . .it’s dialogue between us and our God but at the earliest age we teach our children to make it repetitious.

“Now I lay me down to sleep.

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

If I shall die before I wake.

I pray the Lord my soul to take.  Amen”

Whether it’s a child’s prayer repeated every night as a routine or a heartfelt cry for help, understanding or direction. . .God hears our prayers.

One of my favorite songs is “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.

“I once was lost in sin, but Jesus took me in

And let a little light from Heaven fills my soul

He bathed my heart in love, and He wrote my name above

And just a little talk with Jesus makes me whole

(Now let )

Us have a little talk with Jesus

(Let us)

Tell Him all about our troubles

(He will)

Hear our fainted cry

(He will)

Answer by and by

(When you)

Feel a little prayer wheel turning

(And you)

Will know a little fire is burnin'

(You will)

Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.”

Proverbs 15:29 in the Amplified Bible says:

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with Him).”

No question. . .God wants to hear your prayers. 

1 John 5:14 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.”

You may be going through the fires of hell. . .the flames of your adversity may be so hot they’re scorching the hairs off your head or in my case, moustache. . .BUT GOD will hear your prayers.

Now that’s something to shout HALLELUJAH about.

2.         God answers your prayers.

Have you ever had a child or grandchild come to you. . .wanting your help or when they were toddlers. . .just walk to you holding their hands up toward you. . .indicating their desire for you to pick them up.

By the way, never tire of your babies or grandsugars wanting you to pick them up because there will come a day when you can only visit the memories of days gone by.

Yes, I know. . .you have to teach your children and grandchildren boundaries for permissible behavior. . .yes, I understand all the parenting rules.  BUT. . .

If anytime our grandsugar Sophia wants me to hold her. . .I’ll do it quicker than you can say “Howdy Do.”

When we pray. . .our words are not only heard but acted on by our loving Heavenly Father.

1 John 5:15 says:

“And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.”

It’s going to happen now. . .not just in the sweet bye and bye. . .but now.

We can know with settled and absolute knowledge.

Matthew 21:22 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”

When we have faith. . .and really believe without doubting … we shall have whatsoever we saith.

Mark 11:24 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”

Believe. . .trust and be confident means we have NO. . .absolutely no doubts. . .that God will do what He says He will do in His Word.

Here’s another scripture that will make you SHOUT!

Psalm 20:4 in the New Living Translation says:

“May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”

Told you. . .smiling.

3.         God is granting you. . .your heart’s desire.

Psalm 37:4 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.”

The way to receive your heart’s desire is to delight in Him. That means the Lord Himself is the desire of your heart first.

But I think it’s significant that the word “and” is present in this scripture.  When you delight yourself in the Lord, then He will give you the desires of your heart.

That’s right, YOU.  Not just your pastor, an international missionary, the most dedicated saint in your local congregation. . .no, He will give YOU the desires of your heart.

According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for desires is mish'alah (H4862) and it means:  “petition, desire.”

However, it comes from the root word sha'al (H7592) which means:

“to ask for; to be given on request; to grant, make over to, let (one) ask (successfully).”

The root word appears 173 times in 157 verses in the King James Version of the Bible.  It’s interesting to note that in 132 of those scriptures. . .the Hebrew word is translated as:  “ask (94), enquire (22), desire (9) and require (7).”

The Living Bible translation of Psalm 37:4 says:

“Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your hearts desires.”

The scripture doesn’t say He might give you the desires of your heart.

The scripture doesn’t say He could give you the desires of your heart.

The scripture doesn’t say He should give you the desires of your heart.

The scripture doesn’t say He will give you some of the desires of your heart.

The scripture doesn’t say He will give you most of the desires of your heart.

The scripture doesn’t say He will give you the most pressing desires of your heart.

No, the scripture. . .the Lord of God says “. . .He will give you ALL of your heart’s desires.”

One more great scripture.

Psalm 21:1-3 in the New Living Translation says:

“For the choir director: A psalm of David. 1) How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. 2) For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested. 3) You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.”

4.         God is fulfilling all your plans.

You’re very blessed if you have a Mother and Father who think about you. . . you’re blessed when your spouse and/or children are thinking about you. . .it’s nice when your boss is thinking about you. . .it’s a joy knowing that you have friends who are thinking about you.

But even if you didn’t know if anyone was thinking about you …  the best thing of all is when you have the scriptural assurance that the Master of the Universe. . .the Creator of Heaven and earth. . .your Jehovah Shalom. . .your God of peace. . . is thinking about you . . . that is so awesome it defies description! 

Other than John 3:16 and “Jesus wept” the first scripture I ever learned was Jeremiah 29:11 which in the New International Version says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I want you to get this where you remember it tomorrow… and the next day …and every day hereafter. . . God is thinking about YOU.


You may have felt that nobody knew you were alive.  Maybe that includes your family.  . .but that’s just not true . . . because God, your Heavenly Father, is thinking about you. . .RIGHT NOW!

1 Peter 5:7 in The Living Bible says:

“Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”

He is “always thinking about you.”

Not only that but He is “watching everything that concerns you.”

Can somebody say “Hallelujah”?  You need to stop and really embrace that.

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 40:17 in The Living Bible which says:

“I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now!”

I want you to write down the last part of Psalm 40:17.

“. . .the Lord is thinking about me right now.”

Personalize it.

“. . .the Lord is thinking about <<Your Name>> right now.”


This teaching is about each of us having the confidence. . .the reward. . .the blessing. . .the benefit of knowing that God is thinking about us at this very moment … and he will enable us to do great and mighty things.

5.         God is giving you hope.

“I hope I can do this;”  “I hope I can do that;” “I hope I get the promotion” or “I hope someday I’ll get to go there.”

Frequently, people use the word hope where the proper word should be wish.

Let’s look at a proper use of the word hope.

Romans 15:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for hope is G1680 and it means:

“expectation of evil, fear; expectation of good, hope; joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation”

Hope (G1680) comes from a Greek root word which means:

“anticipate, usually with pleasure”

Psalm 31:24 in the New Living Translation says:

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

The Hebrew word for hope according to Strong’s Concordance is H3176 and it means:

“to wait; hope; expect”

Through His Word, God is literally giving us an expectation for the future.

When the dark clouds of adversity gather around us. . .God becomes our hope.

John 12:46 says:

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

When things get rough. . .the tough get going in the Word of God. . .that’s where we find our answers. . .our hope.

Psalm 119:114

“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.”

Can somebody say Hallelujah!!

6.         God is giving you confidence.

The Lord God is my hope and my confidence

Jeremiah 17:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.”

Just as surely as the sun rises in the morning and the moon comes out at night . . . you can have confidence in God and His Word.

1 John 5:14-15 says:

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

1 John 5:14 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.”

We have the assurance . . .the privilege of boldness. . .the confident knowledge that whatever we ask. . .any and everything according to His will. . .”

However, we need to understand that to be successful in life. . .our confidence must  originate from the right source.

Psalm 71:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.” 

It’s important that you place your confidence in the right person.

Psalm 146:3 in the New Living Translation says:

“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.”       

Man will disappoint you but God never will.

Psalm 118:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” 

What is the one thing that will give you the confidence you need to succeed in life?

Job 4:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?” 

7.         God is giving you more grace.

2 Corinthians 9:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].”

Strange as it may seem, this truth has been hidden because of our limited understanding of the word grace.

Now we all know that it means “unmerited favor” when it refers to salvation.  However, it means much more than this in many other places in your Bible.  The original Greek word for grace is G5485 “CHARIS”.

The Greek Bible Dictionary defines it as:

“the divine influence upon the heart (and) its reflection in (a) person’s life.  Including acceptability, benefits, favor, gifting, and pleasure” or more simply said “grace, favor, anointing’s and divine enabling’s”.

Notice with me that the Apostle Peter tells us that there are many forms of grace.

1 Peter 4:10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Each of you have received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment) as. . .good trustees of God’s many sided grace - faithful stewards of the extremely diverse power and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor (grace).”

For instance, the grace, favor or anointing the Apostle Paul walked in was quite different than the anointing the Apostle James walked in.

Notice Paul’s special gifting in Ephesians 3:7-8 which says:

“. . .I (Paul) was made a minister according to the gift of grace (God’s divine enablings). . .given to me (Paul). . .that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

Paul’s divine enabling (grace) was to preach the Gospel to Gentiles.  See how Paul’s anointing differed from James’.

Galatians 2:8 says:

“. . .when James. . .perceived the grace (divine favor) that was given unto me (the enabling to preach to the Gentiles) they gave unto me and Barnabus that we should go to the heathen (Gentiles) and they unto the circumcision (Jews).”

There can be no question about it, individual favor and anointings are given to individual ministers and ministries.

Here’s the precious verse that gives us the divine authority to invite you to “join us in walking in the same divine favor we now walk in.”

Philippians 4:5-7 says:

“In every prayer of mine I always make. . .petitions for you. . .I thank my God for your. . .contributions and partnership in advancing the good news (Gospel). . .it is right and appropriate for me to feel this way about you all because. . .I hold you in my heart as partners and sharers one and all with me. . .”

Here the Apostle Paul tells us that certain people had the right who walk in the same grace, favor or anointing he walked in.

Here is how they qualified to walk in the same favor the Apostle walked in.  They were faithful (financial) contributors to Paul’s ministry.

In other words, they were the Apostle Paul’s partners in what He did for the Kingdom.

Philippians 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“I thank my God for your. . .contributions and partnership in advancing. . .(the Gospel) from the first day that you heard it until now.”

Our prayer is for every person who communicates with our ministry in any manner walk in our anointing as financial deliverers and Rich Thinkers.