We’re now well on our way in 2019. What will this year hold? Let’s look at 8 Astonishing, Anointed, Powerful P’s.
The number 8 in Scripture means “resurrection regeneration, new beginning and anointed.” When we follow our Living Lord, He radically reveals what we will see in Mark 11:24 in the Greek: “For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Why does Jesus say ‘believe and receive’? The astonishing answer is because He created us to live by faith. Our spiritual enemies continually attempt to make us feel the opposite of these P’s. To obtain victory, we must proclaim out loud each P until we feel the truth of it.
The first powerful P is Praise. He is our perfect praise. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect praise,” what happens? He becomes our perfect praise.
Psalm 22:3 in the Hebrew powerfully proclaims: “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.”
The Hebrew word “yashad” (“enthroned” in Psalm 22:3) means “to sit, remain or abide.” In other words, our Loving Lord sits down and makes His throne in our praises to Him.
How many times during the day do we experience doubt and pouting instead of praise? We wonder if our words of praise really work for us. When we catch ourselves feeling small or shrinking, irritated and whining, that is the time to proclaim Him being our perfect praise.
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Praise.”
The second powerful P is Peace. He is our perfect peace. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect peace,” what happens? He becomes our perfect peace.
Listen to His living words in Isaiah 26:3 in Hebrew: “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because He trusts in You.”
When we realize He is our perfect peace, and we speak Who He is to us, He becomes Who we speak. Instead of feeling confusion and turmoil overwhelming us, He deeply desires to be our perfect peace. The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom.” It means “completeness, soundness and wholeness” in every area of life.
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Peace.”
The third powerful P is Prosperity. He is our perfect prosperity. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect prosperity,” what happens? He becomes our perfect prosperity.
Psalm 35:27 in Hebrew powerfully proclaims: “Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause and let them say continually, let our Lord be magnified who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
The Hebrew word for prosperity is “tsalach.” The root meaning is “to advance, penetrate or rush.” Prosperity is experiencing our Loving Lord’s blessings. Poverty means to lack or not experience enough to make us feel like weak people.
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Prosperity.”
The fourth powerful P is Provision. He is our perfect provision. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect provision,” what happens? He becomes our perfect provision.
Listen to Psalm 23:1 as our Loving Lord speaks to us: “The Lord is my shepherd. I will not lack. I have everything I need. I don’t need a thing.”
He deeply desires for us to know that He is everything we want and need. Our spiritual enemies will lie to us and make us feel we are lacking. Why? Because they know that our Loving Lord will always be our perfect provision. They are sinister and out to steal, kill and destroy. They will tempt us to look at others and compare ourselves to them and feel lack. That is why our Living Lord has given us this transforming, powerful P.
We have a choice. We can either believe and receive His Living Word or we can doubt and reject His Living Word.
He promises in Psalm 84:11 in the Hebrew: “The Lord God is a sun and shield. He will give grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk complete and sound in Him.”
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Provision.”
The fifth powerful P is Protection. He is our perfect protection. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect protection,” what happens? He becomes our perfect protection.
Our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, protects us all the time. He is constantly covering us and surrounding us. Think of how many times we are not even aware of the hidden traps and deadly hazards around us and how He is our perfect protection.
I was just remembering hundreds of times He has protected me from hitting or being hit by a car or any other object. How many times a day do we see Him being our perfect protection? Listen to Him in Psalm 91:14 in The Message: “If you’ll hold onto me for dear life, I’ll get you out of any trouble.”
When we confess that He is our perfect protection, we are instantly reminded that He protects us even more than we desire to be protected.
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Protection.”
The sixth power P is Patience. He is our perfect patience. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect patience,” what happens? He becomes our perfect patience.
How many times do we ask for patience every day? Why don’t we let Him be our perfect patience instead of trying to be patient? Think of 1 Corinthians 13:4 in the Greek: “Love is patient and kind.”
Since we are in Christ, we are perfectly patient. We get impatient when we do not believe that we have received perfect patience. I love Galatians 5:22-22 in The Message: “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard… We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.” When we confess that He is our perfect patience, He transforms us to be like Him.
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Patience.”
The seventh powerful P is Perseverance. He is our perfect perseverance. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect perseverance,” what happens? He becomes our perfect perseverance.
The difference between patience and perseverance is relationship. Patience is in relationship to people, and perseverance is the ability to overcome a difficulty. Hear Him speak in Hebrews 6:12 in the Greek: “Through faith and makrothumia (long temper) we inherit the promises.” We often hear, “That person has a short temper.” We are created to experience a ‘long temper’ with people.
Listen to Him in James 1:3 in the Greek: “The testing of your faith produces hupomeno (to remain or endure) or perseverance.” Perseverance is hanging in there over the long haul. When we try to persevere in our own ability, we wear out fast.
“Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Perseverance.”
The eighth and poignant powerful P is Pleasure. He is our perfect pleasure. When we speak, “Thank You, Lord, for being my perfect pleasure,” what happens? He becomes our perfect pleasure. When we proclaim Him as our perfect pleasure, He becomes brighter and brighter and the things of the world and the flesh become dimmer and dimmer.
Let these Living Words in 2 Corinthians 3:18 in The Message become flesh in all of us: “Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.”
Speak out loud with me over and over until we feel His perfect pleasure. “Thank You, Lord, for being my Perfect Pleasure.”
Let’s live these 8 Astonishing, Anointed, Powerful P’s in 2019!
Dr. Dan Woodworth earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from the King’s University in Los Angeles in 2009. His passion is to encourage and empower people with the transforming power of hope and healing to become all they are created to be. He and his beautiful bride, Irene, have planted three churches. They are in the process of creating a cross/cultural, cross/generational healing community solving pressing problems in Boise and beyond. He may be reached at [email protected] , or visit his website at www.danwoodworth.org.