One of the most remarkable women of faith we’ve ever met. . .frequently says “done and done” when referring to the promises of God being manifested in her life.
Over the past few years, this incredibly anointed businesswoman has been attacked by the hordes of hell. . .but she has not flinched in her faith or wavered in her beliefs.
Any person with lesser faith. . .might have given up. . .but not this woman.
As she prays for breakthroughs. . .for answers. . .for financial deliverance. . .for the blessing flow. . .she will simply text me “done and done.”
The phrase stirs an image of steadfast faith. . .in the midst of seemingly impossible circumstances. I was so stirred that I felt led to write about done and done.
I decided to find the origin of the phrase. . .even though my friend uses the phrase with such a confident authority. . .that the ownership could be hers. However, I Googled the phrase and this is what I learned.
‘Done and done’ is an expression that finds its origins in the 14th century. . .in Hebrew writing and later in Macbeth, the play by William Shakespeare.
In other historical references. . .done and done. . .is found as an agreement between gentlemen whether on a business transaction or a bet. It was known and still is as a binding agreement that has been mutually accepted.
In ‘The Crater’ by James Fenimore Cooper in 1848 we read “Done and done between gentlemen, is enough, sir.”
There is a higher bond than an agreement between gentlemen. . .it’s the bond between us and our loving Heavenly Father.
Yes, the promises of God are done and done.
God is not a man that He should lie. Numbers 23:19 in the Good News Translation says:
“God is not like people, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.”
As I was meditating and praying over scriptures which confirmed the done and done confession. . .I was led to look at the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Our Father Who is in heaven. We acknowledge our great God Jehovah as our Heavenly Father. After all we were made in His image and after His likeness.
Any success we achieve is because of Who our Heavenly Father is and how much He loves us.
The joy is that we were also made in His image and after His likeness.
Genesis 1:26 says:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. . .”
I like the New Living Translation of Genesis 1:26 which says:
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…”
What does it mean to be made in His image and after His likeness?
You were created to be the master of the universe. The Living Bible translation of Genesis 1:26 says:
“Then God said, “Let us make a man—someone like ourselves, to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.”
I don’t need an agent from CSI or NCIS to tell me that there is royal blood flowing through my veins.
I come from good stock . . .my financial genealogy includes. . .Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. . . all multi-millionaires of their time. We are called to be multi-millionaires of our time.
Galatians 3:29 says:
“And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Hallowed (holy) be your name. His name is the name above all other names. There is no one greater. . .we have access to His presence because of the blood of Jesus alone. It is through Jesus’ righteousness . . . not our own.
The Greek word for hallowed is H37 and it means:
“to separate from profane things; to dedicate to God; purify; sanctify”
The word appears in the Greek concordance of the King James Bible 29 times in 26 verses and interestingly enough, 26 of those times it’s translated as “sanctify.”
We begin the Lord’s Prayer by honoring His name. . .with the words of our lips.
As we move into our Promised Land. . .we must be sanctified.
Joshua 3:5 says:
“And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
Joshua told the people to “sanctify” themselves…meaning to cleanse themselves inwardly and outwardly…with the promise:
Joshua 3:5 says:
“For tomorrow, Jehovah will do wonders among you.”
Joshua told the priests to go into the river and “stand still” just inside the water’s edge, bearing the Ark of the Covenant (Joshua 3:8) … and when they did so, the waters parted and the people passed over into the Promised Land.
Before you can cross over….you need to sanctify yourself…cleansing yourself of any and all unrighteousness…but the good news is that He is faithful to cleanse us and forgive us of any and all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
There are a lot of folks who want success but they’re not willing to pay the price.
You can’t live like the devil all week, ignoring God and his percepts and covenants….then run around the church on Sunday and think everything is going to be alright.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. God sent His son Jesus to seek and save that (them) which was (were) lost. Since that was His mission. . .it should be ours as well.
The Kingdom of God is within us.
Romans 14:17 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
The King James Version of Matthew 6:10 says:
“Thy kingdom come. . .”
Three powerful words in English and also three powerful words in the Greek. I could take days but never have enough time to discuss the full implications of “thy kingdom come.”
Let me suffice it to say. . .we don’t use the word “kingdom” very much these days and when we do. . .it generally refers to a place. . .like the United Kingdom (England/Scotland/Ireland) or the Magic Kingdom (Disney).
The English translation of the word means “a place”. . .but the Greek refers to “the rule and reign of the king.”
But more on this. . .later in the teaching.
Give us this day our daily bread.
God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. This is spelled out in Philippians 4:19.
Clearly, Jesus is the one bringing the daily bread. Make no mistake about it. A lot of people were following Jesus for the physical bread. . .the loaves and not the love.
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Philippians 4:19 says:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Notice this verse does not say God will supply these good things out of His riches in glory, but rather He will supply them in accordance with His riches in glory.
That means God plans to supply you, according to the good things He enjoys in heaven.
One more thought. . .we must be mindful of whom we seek our daily bread from.
In Acts 3 we read about the lame man who had been sitting at the temple gate since his youth. One day, his life changed forever when he had an encounter with Peter and John.
Acts 3:5 says:
“And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.”
This man was clearly looking to someone to meet His need for a day. . .to give him his daily bread.
Instead Peter was teaching this man a spiritual truth.
When you look to people to meet your needs for a day. . .that’s all you’re going to get.
There are way too many believers who are living from day to day because they’re looking for natural sources to meet their needs.
What Peter gave to this man was the miracle-working power of God.
This was a defining moment in this man’s life. He was about to change his old way of thinking. . .his old way of doing things. . .his tradition of begging for food from day to day forever.
God wants to and will give us our daily bread. . .but our focus must be on Him and then He will become our source.
One more thing. . .if we want to get from God daily. . .we must give to Him weekly in our tithes and offerings.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven, left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.
Three words. . .forgive and forget.
The Living Bible translation of Matthew 6:12 says:
“and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.”
Forgiveness is critical to our future success as well as our mental and spiritual well-being.
Mark 11:22-25 says:
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
In this passage of scripture we’re told. . .
. . .Have faith in God
. . .Speak to your mountain (problem)
. . .Do not doubt in your heart
. . .Believe what you say
. . .then, you shall have whatsoever you say
I think Luke 11:24 is significant which in the New Living Translation says:
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. God always provides a means of escape. . .and He endured every temptation that’s ever come to man and overcame. So can we.
I Corinthians 10:13 in the New King James Version says:
“[No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.]”
Before going on. . .we want to read Matthew 6:12 in the Message Bible which says:
“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.”
“Keep us alive with three square meals.” God’s concern for our present situation.
“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.” God’s pardon for our past.
“Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.” God’s security plan for our future.
You could call these three verses provision, pardon and protection.
Think about it.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. We serve a great God who can meet and surpass all our needs.
Now let’s look at Matthew 6:10 in God’s Word Translation which says:
“Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.”
In Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for kingdom is G932 and it means:
“royal power, kingship, dominion, rule; not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom; of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah's kingdom”
In this passage of scripture we’re talking about much more than the Kingdom of Heaven. We’re talking about now power.
In fact, kingdom (G932) comes from a root word (G935) which means:
“leader of the people, prince, commander, lord of the land, king”
Simply said, the Kingdom of God is wherever God is in control, and on earth this can be through each of us. The Kingdom of God is not a place but a relationship.
God’s will is for His word to be obeyed for His promises to be fulfilled for us to rule and reign.
1 Kings 8:56 in The Living Bible says:
“Blessed be the Lord who has fulfilled his promise and given rest to his people Israel; not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises proclaimed by his servant Moses.”
Again after Joshua led the Children of Israel successfully into the Promised Land, Joshua 21:45 records this in The Living Bible says:
“Every good thing the Lord had promised them came true.”
Not one word of all the wonderful promises. . .the Lord has given to <<Your Name>> has failed.
Psalm 50:14-15 in The Living Bible says:
“What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory.”
Psalm 34:9 says:
"For there is NO WANT to those who truly revere and worship Him with godly fear.”
Personalize that verse.
"For there is NO WANT to <<Your Name>> who truly reveres and worships Him with godly fear.”
According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for want in Psalm 34:9 (H4270) means:
"need, poverty, thing needed."
NO need. . .NO poverty. . .no thing needed.
When I read the next verse. . .Psalm 34:10 in the Amplified Bible. . .I started shouting again. The verse says:
“. . .but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”
You have the confidence, the knowledge and the scriptural assurance that “. . .none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”
Done and done.
Psalm 23:1 in the Amplified Bible says:
“[A Psalm of David] THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.”
The scripture doesn’t say you might lack. . .you could lack. . .you possibly will under certain circumstances. . .lack. No, the Word says. . .you shall not lack.
Done and done.
Deuteronomy 28:11 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.”
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