Bible Studies & Devotionals
From Olive Branch Ministries
By Mark and Tinsley Baker
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Deal Bountifully with Me oh Lord
Psalms 119:17: Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
This is one of the prayers of the psalmist in the 119th Psalm. The wonderful thing about this prayer is that it has been fulfilled by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Hebrew word for "deal" is gamal, which can be translated to bestow on, deal bountifully, do (good), recompense, requite, and reward.
Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Because of what Christ accomplished for us on the cross and through His resurrection, we are now blessed with all spiritual blessing in Christ. God has dealt bountifully with us, he has bestowed on us, rewarded us with all spiritual blessings, which include salvation, eternal life, healing, prosperity, wisdom, discernment and much more!
2 Peter 1:3-4: as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God through His divine power has given to us everything that pertains to life and godliness. God through His power enables us to live a godly life. Another translation says this:
-- Simple English
2 Peter 1:3-4: God's divine power has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We know God. He called us to His own glory and goodness, which He used to give us great and precious promises. Through these things God wants us to share in His divine nature. And, we must escape from the pollution which is in the world in evil desire.
It is important for us to realize that God has given us everything we need to fulfill the second part of our original verse.
Psalms 119:17: Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
As we saw in the verses from 2 Peter, God has given us everything we need to be partakers of His divine nature and thus escape the corruption of this world. What has God given us?
He has given us His power. He has given us power to tread on the serpent’s head and walk in victory in every aspect of our lives. It is very important that you understand this. Paul realized the importance of this power and prayed for the Ephesians to understand it, too.
Ephesians 1:15-23: Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Paul prayer is relevant to us today. The eyes of our understanding can be enlightened to know what are the riches of the inheritance in the saints, i.e. the new birth, eternal life, divine health, our needs met, forgiveness of sins and much more because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We can understand what God’s power in us enables us to do in this life.
The same power God used to raise Jesus from the dead is available to you as a believer to help you be an overcomer in this life! Amen! God put all things under the feet of Jesus and put Jesus to be head over all things to the church which is us. Jesus explained this to his disciples and thus to us.
Matthew 10:1: And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
Mark 3:14-15: Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:
Mark 6:7: And He called the twelve to Him, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
Luke 10:19: "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.
We see in these four references that Jesus empowered the disciples to have victory in their lives and because we are now disciples, we have this victory also.
Mark 16:15-18: And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.''
Jesus said these signs would follow those who believe. It means that we have authority over all the demonic attacks in our lives. Taking up serpents is not snake handling. It is in one way the power to be victorious in anything the enemy, represented by a serpent, tries to bring against you. Whether it is your health, finances, rebellious children, nemployment, loss of income or anything else you may be going through, you are victorious because of Jesus Christ living in you!!
1 John 4:4: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Always remember that! If you are born again, you are of God and greater is He that is in
You! God is greater than anything you may be going through! Because He is greater, you are victorious in this life! Because you are victorious in this life you can live and keep God’s Word as the psalmist said in our original verse.
God has dealt bountifully with us, His servants. The Word says we are no longer slaves or servants but sons of God.
Galatians 4:7: Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
But I submit to you that even in our relationship as sons and daughters of the Living God, we continue in the role of servant.
2 Corinthians 5:15: and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
1 Corinthians 4:1: Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Paul considered himself a servant of the Living God, in that he willingly worked all his life to further the Gospel of Christ. This is our purpose also, as believers who God has dealt bountifully with, to continue to serve God with all our heart, to work to spread the Good News of the Gospel, to heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, to teach others what serving the Lord is all about! Amen!
So you see, God has dealt bountifully with us, that we can live and keep His word! Amen!
Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you want to be a joint heir with Christ?
Do you want to receive the bountiful blessing of God?
If so, I urge you to earnestly pray the following prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37),
So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).
I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).
I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "… with the heart one believes to righteousness…" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),
And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!
Glory to God!!!! Amen.