The Bible is written for the end-time Christians, upon whom the end of the ages has come:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

If you have been in God’s church for many years, especially prior to 1972, it seems as though God has deserted us.  Hardly anyone is healed, and very few prayers are answered.  I am speaking of the church as a whole.  Satan could very well cause many of the healings and answered prayers we get today.  Is that a strange concept to you?  Satan can and does answer prayers, and God allows it.  After all, Satan is the god of this world.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

From personal observation, I am convinced that Satan can fake, or cause, an illness in someone.  He can then have one of his ministers “successfully” anoint the person, and Satan can simply remove the symptoms.  Satan does have ministers:

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Did God really desert us?  No, the fact is, we all went to sleep:

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

We are all asleep because God has sent a famine of the word:

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

This article focuses on Bible verses I love, live by, have prospered by, and have built my entire life around since 1966.  I do not remember when I noticed these verses individually.  I suppose they came to me piecemeal as I studied God’s word and tried to put it into practice.  However, I was claiming some of the promises from God before I was ever invited to attend the Worldwide Church of God (WCG).

As we get deeper into the end time, these verses will become more and more important to us.

When God sends Elijah to us, to wake us up from this deep spiritual sleep that we are ALL in, and have been in (Matthew 25:5).  I say “ALL,” not “all but one or two,” but ALL.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Let’s put things into perspective, so that we can realize where we are from God’s point of view in heaven.  If we are all asleep spiritually, can God bless us?  Can He answer our prayers?  Yes He can answer our prayers, and will to a small degree, but not to the max as He would like.

God promises to stir up the spirit in the end-time Christians.  This is mentioned in Haggai.  (See my articles on Haggai and Zechariah)

Hebrews 11:6 must be clearly in mind if we want to obtain physical blessings, as well as eternal life:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

If we refuse to believe what God says in His written word, regardless of what our minister of choice says it says, we cannot be blessed by God and will not obtain eternal life.

Hebrews 13:8 reinforces Hebrews 11:6.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Did you get answers to prayers in the past?  No doubt, you were fed some spiritual truth at some point and received answers to prayers, especially if you were in the church prior to 1972.  Christ hasn’t changed, we have.

1 Samuel 3:19 is an absolute must for blessing and prosperity.

1 Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

Are you careful with God’s word, or do you reason it away in certain tight situations in your life?  Do you encroach on the Sabbath, doing your own thing?  How careful are you with the Ten Commandments?  See, you have to judge yourself and make necessary corrections.  God expects us to put the pressure on ourselves.

If you want to be blessed, do you have the faith to insist to God on your knees?  Romans 8:28 applies in your life, regardless of what any given situation may look like at the time.  If Romans 8:28 does not apply to your life, God is a liar if you are following His word in the other areas of your life.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Do you come to God boldly?

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

“Boldly” does not mean disrespectfully.  However, if you are like Samuel, inside God’s law, and are letting “none of His words fall to the ground,” you can have this boldness.  If Hebrews 13:6 is a dynamic part of your life, then Proverbs 1:7 and 2:1-6 are another absolute must that we should incorporate into our lives.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

If we want to build a basic foundation that God can build on with in us, then we need to follow these verses.  We have to apply Philippians 2:5:

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

God blesses us to the point that we apply His principles.  If we diligently develop this mind of Christ, we will automatically develop the faith we need and the proper fear of God.  Isaiah 66:2 gives us more info on this proper fear of God and His response to it:

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Notice God’s opinion in 3 John 2 and notice His desire for His people.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

If we are not prospering and in good health, whose fault is it?  Test yourself.  If God blesses you with money, does it become your god?  Do you want much more than you actually need?  If God were to bless you financially, would go out and buy a new Cadillac, new this, new that, way above and beyond what you need?  If so, you would cut yourself off from God’s blessings.  Do you do the things that contribute to good health—a proper diet, exercise, etc.?

Personally, my wife and I could pay cash for several new Cadillac’s if we wanted, but our personal car is a 1994 Dodge Caravan.  The first Sabbath I attended church in 1967, I had $11 in my pocket and a new job at $60 a week for 40 hours.  I had been used to about $1200 per month prior to God calling me.  But since that time, I’ve applied these principles and have been blessed financially and have enjoyed good health.  I have personally witnessed 25-30 healings in my family.  But that’s enough blowing out my own horn—the point is that this mighty God will do His part if we do ours.

Another absolute must is Romans 1:17.  Ask God to teach you how to do this, and then be responsive to His teaching.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Malachi 3 tells us that we must be inside God’s tithing laws to be blessed:

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

In the late 1990’s, there has been a movement in the churches of God’s to split one tithe three ways.  What a blatant rejection of God’s Holy written word!  There are three different tithes outlined in God’s word (see my papers ontithing).  The only point that can be argued is whether the tithe is taken on net or gross income.  Here again, the decision is yours.  Philippians 2:12 applies to you and me alike, as well as to all the rest of the end-time Christians.  God will not bless us if we are in defiance of His word.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Is Matthew 7:7-8 a true statement for you?

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Can you, in good conscience, go before the throne of God boldly and remind Him of His promise to YOU?  This is a personal promise to you if you are an end-time Christian:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

What about Psalms 84:11?  Remember, this is also a personal promise to you from God:

Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

As you try to apply Philippians 2:12, will you claim your promise of Psalms 84:11?  Will you insist to God, on your knees, that He should apply this promise to you?  What if you need a better job, peace with a neighbor, better health—on and on the list can go.  You have to put in maximum effort, and then God will do the rest.

Psalms 37:25 is another personal promise to you from God:

Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Our part is to be righteous.  To me, Psalms 37:25 is a promise that all of my necessities will be met.  Hold God to His promise.

Can this mighty God who inhabits eternity lie about Psalms 34:9-10?

Psalms 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Is a better job a good thing?  Is better health a good thing?  Is peace with neighbors or co-workers a good thing?  Are healing and protection good things?  This list could also go on and on.  If Psalms 34:9 is a lie, then all that we know about salvation is also a lie.  Fortunately, it is impossible for God to lie:

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Can we honestly go before God in boldness and claim these promises?  We can, if we keep our houses in order.  Psalms 37:4-5 contains a tremendous promise:

Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Will we do our part and claim this promise?  This phrase “delight yourself,” is Strong’s #6026, meaning, “to be soft or pliable…”  Are we willing to be “pliable” in God’s hands?  If we are, we can have the desires of our hearts. Remember, “no good thing will be withheld from those that walk uprightly,” (Psalms 84:11).

I have done something for many years and would highly recommend that all end-time Christians do this also.  I ask God to force me to make the right decisions.  I request this on a regular basis and, even if I do not speak it, He knows that this is in my attitude.  If you ask God to force you to make the right decisions, you also need to ask Him to help you see what He is doing, so that you will not be caught fighting with Him.

Matthew 6:33 is another test that God demands of us:

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We can’t go wrong if we do this.  Matthew 6:33 requires faith, and faith is a quality that we must have or else we can never enter God’s kingdom.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Leaning not on our understanding is tough because God will make us be patient.  In many   instances in the past, I have refused to make decisions (if the situation would allow it) until I could see God’s hand in the situation or knew for sure that He wanted me to go in a certain direction.  In order to acknowledge God in our ways, we must talk to Him about it.

As mentioned earlier, I’ve built my entire life around these principles and there are probably more that could be added to these.  They have worked for me, and, since God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), I know of no reason why they would not work for any human being.

Act 10:34  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Know for sure that God looks at the heart.  We cannot fool Him.  If our hearts are right, we will be obeying God, and in turn, this will lead to many blessings and life for eternity.

Published December, 1998

© Edgar Y. Bennett
PO Box 509
Black Hawk, CO 80422 USA