The above phrase must have been used by me for several years since salvation.
I had affirmed it as what happened as soon as I heard the gospel and believed.
Phrases used by us so frequently depict our understanding of scriptures.
Particularly the new birth is such that our thinking around it usually affects how we see every other issue
E.W.Kenyon( foremost bible teacher of the 20th century ) once said "Every denomination is defined by their view of the new birth .
Is the new birth ,salvation giving your life to Christ .
I searched all through the epistles and four gospels and book of acts and such phrase didn't correlate with what was written at all
John 1:12 KJV  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Faith in Christ is receiving not giving to Christ .
This pervades the entire teaching of salvation and the new birth
Acts 8:14 KJV  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
They received the word not gave to Him or it .
Believing is not giving but receiving
Since salvation and forgiveness of sins aren't rewards ,one can only receive.
Very vital is that the unsaved man had nothing to give .
Titus 3:5-6 KJV  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6] Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
He's pronounced spiritually dead and such had no life to live to be given
Ephesians 2:1 KJV  And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;
A man raised from the dead didn't give .
He only received.
This is the true meaning of salvation.
Maybe the term ought to have been used for other things ,like service
Just like Jesus used it
Matthew 10:39 KJV  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Persecution is the subject matter here
Matthew 10:25,28,38 KJV  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Persecution in ministry work and service ,not salvation or the new birth .
Giving only happens when we serve not to be saved
Paul used the same phrase too
2 Corinthians 8:5 KJV  And this they did , not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
At salvation and the new birth ,We don't give our lives to Christ .
We receive .God is the only giver here
Romans 8:32 KJV  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?
We have nothing to lay claims to here
Romans 4:4-5 KJV  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Just like Abraham here .
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Our only action was to take from what God gave .
Hence no boasting about our response .
There's only one response ,it's faith
Romans 3:27 KJV  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
We didn't give our lives to be saved .
We receive His and we are saved .
Then we serve Him out of love not to be saved or be kept saved.
Maybe many of us need to shift in our minds ,
Maybe if this seeming little phrase which could easily go unnoticed could be effected to reflect its right use ,many would see clearly and more visibly what actually happened ..
Scriptures teach us to pray for all believers Ephesians 6:18 KJV  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Such category of believers are our ministers ,our pastors , One of our duties is to minister to our leaders We must follow the leading of the spirit to do this not our emotions
Following the scriptures is to be led by the Spirit . The minister of the gospel is either a preacher or teacher of the word or both..
So first and foremost I pray for him to be effective in this 1)Firstly I pray for utterance Ephesians 6:19 KJV  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, Colossians 4:3 KJV  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Utterance means ability to speak effectively .
2)Secondly ,we pray for the boldness of our ministers Ministers are human and could be vulnerable to fear
Acts 23:11 KJV  And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
2 Corinthians 1:8 KJV  For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
2 Timothy 1:7-8 KJV  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
So we pray for boldness to declare Gods counsel . Ephesians 6:20 KJV
 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Acts 4:29 KJV  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
Philippians 1:20 KJV  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
3)Furthermore we pray that their ministry be received without hinderance and more importantly that they be so delivered from the evil plans of men to fulfill their ministry
Romans 15:30-31 KJV  Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;  That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 KJV  Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Philippians 1:19 KJV  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Salvation here refers to deliverance .Deliverance from evil. Evil machinations of opponents of the gospel
2 Timothy 4:17-18 KJV  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Ministers face much evil especially those in very violent territories . We can't stop persecution
2 Timothy 3:12 KJV  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Philippians 1:29 KJV  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Acts 4:29 KJV  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings... Behold not stop their threatens . but rather pray to preserve the life of the persecuted from evil .
4)Also we pray for signs and wonders be done through his ministry
Romans 15:19 KJV  Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Acts 4:30 KJV  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
5)We pray for the health of our ministers too
2 Timothy 4:20 KJV  Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.
Trophimus is a minister .
Philippians 2:25-26 KJV  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.  For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
Hence we pray for their health
6)We also pray for our ministers conscience and conduct be pleasing to God
Hebrews 13:18 KJV  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
This is for them to maintain their integrity in service
2 Corinthians 4:2 KJV  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
It's very important we understand that ministers Face serious opposition in many areas of ministry
1 Corinthians 16:9 KJV  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
Adversaries mean(s)opponents . Ready ?
Write down 10 names of ministers,pastors u know ( including popular and less popular ones ) , who have been a blessing to u.. Remember to pray out in the spirit ( Ephesians 6:18,Jude 20,1 Corinthians 14:14-15) Let us pray ! Jesus is Lord,We Win! ... See MoreSee Less
This is a study in arguable Paul’s most demonstrative epistles This teaching encapsulates the Pauline revelation What’s the social and economic classification in the gospel This teaching will broaden your understanding in Paul’s approach to different categories In the society and in the church It’s a 3 track teaching that will make any believer sober
GIVING AND RECEIVING ( according to Jesus , paul,peter ,James and john )
In this 2 track teaching We examine in very simple terms a critical aspect of the Christian worship of God What is giving ?Why and how are believers meant to give ? Is the believer to expect to receive? What is to be given and who is to give? What’s the reward for my giving ? Can i expect to “sow and reap “ in my giving ? All these will be well dispatched in scriptural answers in both tracks as we study and enjoy the humor ,joy and wisdom in this well researched teaching
Joshua learnt how to succeed in ministry. A basic ingredient was recognizing how important it is to take instructions and not attempt re-inventing the wheel. As earlier seen, he was Moses' servant in spirit and truth Exodus 24:13 KJV  And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.
Not an eye service "mentee "or associate but a genuine one Paul spoke of this concerning Timothy too
Philippians 2:20-21 KJV  For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.  For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. He wasn't a fame seeker but an obedient and truthful associate Unlike hypocrites and eye service ones Philippians 2:12 KJV  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence.
There are many who turn their backs at your instruction the minute they are on their own or you aren't around them. Even elders too Acts 20:29-30 KJV  For I know this, that after my departing ... 30] Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Timothy wasn't like this. Joshua definitely too wasn’t. He hung on to Moses instructions like Gods'.
Fans are known for liking what you teach (not necessarily practising them), church members known often times for believing it, but Sons and True associates go beyond doctrine alone, they follow your instructions! That's Joshua for you, like Timothy.
1 Timothy 4:15 KJV  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. This wasn't meditation on revelation knowledge but rather instructions Paul gave him, for ministers this is where our success lies. Good doctrine but aided by good obedience to instructions.
Let's view Joshua more closely Joshua 1:7 KJV  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. He must stick to Moses' instructions to succeed. God kept referring him to Moses! He was wise to follow and follow well. See this about him Joshua 11:15 KJV  As the Lord commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.
He left NOTHING undone. He didn't try to reinvent the wheel. Say something new, try and be his own man. He simply stayed on track. And see the result again Joshua 3:7 KJV  And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. God magnifies faithful men. Ability always comes with faithfulness, sticking to instructions. Like Paul rightly said so too 2 Timothy 2:2 KJV  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Notice the terms " same " "of me " " faithful men "" who shall be able after being faithful NOT were able before it " Joshua knew this plain spiritual principle.
He followed Moses' instruction manual to the letter He had the spirit of wisdom too Deuteronomy 34:9 KJV  And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.
Yet, wasn’t silly to side step instructions. Same as Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:14 KJV  That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Joshua followed Moses instructions till his last breathe
Joshua 8:35 KJV  There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them. Not a word! He kept referring to Moses.
Joshua 11:23 KJV  So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
On distribution of land. He didn't say " spirit of wisdom told me " Joshua 22:5 KJV  But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
He Kept quoting Moses even though he, not Moses had the privilege of leading the nation into the promised land. Success didn't define him, obedience did. Some would have jettisoned all this as soon as their ministry became prominent Not Joshua and not Timothy
Joshua 23:6 KJV  Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; This was a few weeks to his departure. He still had a servant’s heart. Kept talking of Moses' instructions. No wonder He was such a phenomenon till the very end. Joshua 4:14 KJV  On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. It's vital for young ministers to take instructions as critical as they do doctrinal matters. Your life as a preacher depends on taking heed to instructions. 1 Timothy 4:6 KJV  If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
When you listen to instructions given to you by your leader, pastor or spiritual father you are giving yourself the leeway to prosper
1 Timothy 4:15 KJV ...give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Write down things said to you. Think through them. If prophecies, take note and act upon them 1 Timothy 1:18 KJV  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; They are just as vital as knowing who you are in Christ! 1 Timothy 4:14 KJV  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Since God has always and will always use men, obeying them is obeying God, I refer to His men sent to you.
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Scriptures teach us to pray for fellow believers .
Ephesians 6:18 KJV  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Its our ministry and proof of our growth in christ to be available and useful for others
Ephesians 4:12,16 KJV  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 16] From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Prayer achieves this ministry .
What do I pray for as touching fellow saints ?
Once again I mustn't let my emotions dictate how to pray ,rather I will be led by the Spirit ,I will pray the New Testament prayer points,they are spirit inspired hence if I use them I am led by the spirit .
The believers no 1 need at all situations is (are) insight and wisdom .
1 Peter 2:2 KJV  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2 Peter 3:18 KJV  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
The growth is in knowledge,the knowledge of our salvation ,of Jesus Christ our saviour.
So my primary aim is to ask for insights for my fellow-believers.
Not more power ,as All believers have power at work towards and in us
Ephesians 1:19 KJV  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Ephesians 3:20 KJV  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Not more spirit as we have THE SPIRIT of God and are one spirit with him
Romans 8:9,15-16 KJV  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
That said,the believer must constantly grow in full comprehension of these facts .
Let's see these prayer points as laid Down by the Spirit
Ephesians 1:16-23 KJV  Cease not 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 unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own 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 world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
He knows His inheritance,the riches of His glory ,the exceeding greatness of power available to him,what and where christ is today and our same is given / bestowed to His body of which the believer belongs .We pray for this Insight for fellow believers .
Ephesians 3:16-20 KJV  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
We ask for strengthening by His spirit within ,a comprehension of the Love of Christ and thus cause us to be filled with the fullness of God.
Philippians 1:9-11 KJV  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
True ,that our love increases in influence via knowledge and discernment ,this will affect our judgment of matters and cause of to be sincere and exhibit more fruits in our lifestyles .
Colossians 1:9-11 KJV  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it , do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
We ask that We be full of knowledge to appreciate and walk in His plan and purpose ,hence we please Him and produce fruit and are thus strengthened .
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 KJV  Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:  That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
That we be worthy of our calling by fulfilling His will and the effect of our faith ( knowledge )with power. Jesus Christ is glorified in us !
Philemon 1:4,6 KJV  I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,  That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Our fellowship is more effective via increase in our knowledge of who we are & what we have in christ .
Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
That we grow in every good work which causes us to do things which glorify Him.
These are spirit inspired requests .we are to see them as guides to pray for all saints .
Its applicable to us all.
Next time you are to lead prayers on behalf of fellow-saints endeavor to follow this pattern .
We are not wiser than God who knows what we need .Use this prayer points to pray for members of your local assembly ,family members ,neighbors ,friends and colleagues who are believers no matter the situation .
Now write down at least 5-10 names you intend to ask the above for daily ..
Don't forget to pray these in the spirit ( Ephesians 6:18, 1corinthians14:14-15,Jude 24)