For all the promises of God in Him [are] Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2Cor 1:20
We can find many promises in the New Testament that speak of what we have IN CHRIST. These "in" Christ statements are usually in the past tense meaning we have already received them. We can now walk in them by faith. In other words, if it's in the past tense, it belongs to us since our Lord paid for it on the cross. 2Cor 1:20 says that all promises in Him (Christ) are YES and AMEN meaning there are 100% solid and there should be no doubt around it. I don't care what the politics or other systems of the world are doing, the economy can crumble. Gas can be $1, $5 or $20. It doesn't matter. God said I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. My God said that all of my needs are supplied according to His riches in glory. He already has said it. It's in the past tense. I won't worry about it in the future.
Galatians 2:20 says this:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
That verse is the essence of these promises. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. That means I'm now living by faith in the Son of God and not longer in myself because I died with Christ and got raised with Him. I'm in Him, and He's in me.
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. Eph 1:3
Sounds like past tense, doesn't it? You've received all the spiritual blessings available to us. Let's stop asking and begging and start claiming what the grace of God has already purchased.
Is asking God to bless the congregation biblical? You won't see any of the apostles talk like this, so why should we? Should we not thank Him instead for what He has already given us? ALL spiritual blessings? Let's walk in what Jesus Christ paid for with His precious blood. It would be a disgrace not to do it.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been BROUGHT near by the blood of Christ. Eph 2:13
We used to be alienated from God because of sin, but through our Lord and Saviour, we were brought near to Him. Why do we still walk as if we are alienated and far from Him? We must test our experience with scripture. If our experience doesn't line up with scripture, something is wrong.
"Himself TOOK our infirmities, and BARE our sicknesses…." Matthew 8:17
The verbs "took" and "bare" are past tenses. Since he dealt with our infirmities in the past, we can claim this promise in the present - because it is ours.
If God's Word already took care of it, you can rejoice! Put your faith in that! Faith only works when grace paid for it and thanks to God, there are so many things grace paid for! Grace opened the way to salvation. We can have access to that salvation by faith. There are so many other promises just like that in the Word of God that we can put our faith in. We can't put our faith in something that grace hasn't paid for, but by studying the Word, we learn who we are in Christ.
But at the end, rejoice that your name is written in the book of life.