Joseph Prince - The Power Of Right Believing
The power of right believing is all about Jesus became sin on my behalf, that I might become his righteousness. Amen. And when I believe that I am righteous, not by my actions, not by my works, but I'm righteous as a gift from Jesus because he took my sin. He didn't do sin to become sin at the cross. He took my sin. I didn't do righteousness to become righteous. I receive his righteousness. Amen. And when Jesus received my sin, God treated him, amen, with abandonment, amen, God sent his curses on Jesus. Don't be shocked.
The Bible tells in Galatians 3:13 he was cursed, that we might be blessed, but he did no sin. Amen. Peter said he did no sin. John says in him is no sin. Paul says he knew no sin. All of them, you know, Paul is an intellectual. So, he said Jesus knew no sin. John is a man of love. He says in Jesus is no sin. Peter is a man of action. He says Jesus did no sin. In any case, there's no sin. But yet, he suffered like no one suffered. Now, by the same token, in the same measure Jesus suffered, God's forsakenness, God's curse, God's judgment, God's punishment, in the same way, today, you and I should expect God's favor, God's blessings, God's goodness, God's mercy, amen, amen. Because why?
But you say, "But Pastor Prince, we didn't do anything right". Neither did Jesus do anything wrong. So, we should walk tall in this. This is the gospel! This is the good news. Will the real gospel please stand up? When you believe wrong, you live wrong. When you believe right, you live right. So, today, we have people removing the gospel, and they said, "You've gotta live right, you've gotta live right". Now, they're not preaching exactly, you live right, but the essence of it is you've gotta live right, you've gotta live right, you've gotta live right, but that doesn't cause people to live right. It is changing their minds, which is the word repentance, metanoia. When they change their minds, they will live right. Are you listening, people?
You know, we believe God for healing, we believe God for finances to come in at the end of the month, whatever, to pay off this. We can believe God for a supernatural cancellation of debt. We believe God that, you know, God will bless us with open doors. We believe God will change our lives. God will renew our youth and strength and all. All that's wonderful, but the main thing, in fact, your faith can get dissipated in so many areas. The only thing God says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness," not your righteousness, "and all these things will be added to you". Use your faith to believe every single day that you are righteous by faith.
And I just want to say a word here to all the believers that are being oppressed, going through depression, and going through all kinds of, you know, mind games, and you feel like at night you can't even sleep, because you have all these thoughts you are battling. Even your body is still, right. Your mind, it's like a war room, you know. And you hear all kinds of thoughts, and I know because I've been there before. And friend, this is warfare. And God has given us weapons, and our weapons are not material. They're not carnal.
Look at this, 2 Corinthians 10. "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds". Now, carnal means anything you can do naturally, amen? No, no, God's weapons are not carnal. And when it's not carnal, it means God's weapons are spiritual, amen, but they are mighty. So, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for what? For pulling down strongholds. If we can find where the strongholds are, we can bring it down, right? Notice also that the Bible says that this pulling down of strongholds is actually casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
So, that's our warfare. It's in our mind. Okay, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. Thank God the weapons of God are mighty, for what? The pulling down of strongholds. Let's pull them down in Jesus' name today, amen? Praise the Lord. And notice that these strongholds are actually arguments that the devil has put in your mind, and they are actually thoughts. Notice, "arguments and every high thing," every thought. And what the devil does is that he comes to you and put a thought in your mind, and this is the nature of the warfare. The warfare is not outside, you know. It is not a matter of like meeting someone, and then they're demon-possessed, and there's warfare. We command it to come out. No, that's casting out demons. It's different, amen. Spiritual warfare, we need to know first and foremost where is the arena of the spiritual warfare? Where is it taking place? And it's happening in our mind.
So, the mind is the battle arena, all right? That's where it happens, and the devil's stronghold is actually a pattern of thinking that he has put into your mind that has grown into a stronghold after a number of months, after a number of days, and sometimes even a number of years. It's been there for a long time. Now, you think those thoughts came from you. Always remember this: your emotions, right, are a reflection of what you are thinking. That's why I just told my son the other day, "If you feel bad, it's because you are thinking bad. You are thinking bad thoughts. All right, thoughts of darkness, you know, things won't look good tomorrow. I don't think I'm able to do that, you know, and you are negative".
So, your emotions follow your thoughts, but if your thoughts are positive, I told him that, "You know Jesus will be with you, amen. When you go to school, he's going to walk with you. He's going to be your best friend. Amen. He never leaves you, and your thoughts are positive. Guess what? Your emotions will be positive". Amen? So, my friend, your emotions are an indicator of what you are thinking, because we are so used to thinking certain thoughts. It's been there for a number of years that we don't even know we are thinking those thoughts, but our emotions cannot lie. Our emotions, if you are experiencing a depression, you're experiencing thoughts of self-loathing, you know, you feel inferior, you feel lousy, you feel even boredom. It's always based on the thought that has preceded that emotion, amen?
So, right, I always say right believing is so crucial, amen, to right living, but right believing also produces the right emotions, amen, the right emoting. Praise the Lord. So, this area of warfare, my friend, is in your mind. Amen? And notice that the way we battle the enemy is just with one thought. Every time whatever thought comes to you, just come back with one thought, and this is the thought. Bring all the arguments, bring every high thing the devil's tried to establish or may have established in your mind, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Now, it's very important because the phrase is "bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ," not your obedience, and it's not saying make every thought obey Christ. That would be in the Greek, obey would be in the verb, but over here if you look up the word in the Greek, obedience, it's a noun. The word obedience is a noun, not a verb. If you say bring every thought to obey Christ, then it becomes a verb. You are to bring all those thoughts to the obedience of Christ, not your obedience, but his obedience. What does that mean? The obedience in the original, the definite article is there, the obedience of the Christ. That's in the original. So, what is that? It's really to one obedience, what Jesus did at the cross.
Let's look at Romans chapter 5, verse 19. "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience, many will be made righteous". People are sinners because of Adam's sin. People sin because they are sinners. They are sinners not because they sin. They are sinners because of one man's disobedience. One man's disobedience made people sinners, amen, the first man, Adam. By the same token, by the same token, look at this, this analogous to this. "Also, by one Man's obedience, many will be made righteous".
Friend, we talk about being established in righteousness. How are we made righteous? How are you made righteous? How? By one Man's obedience. Who is that one Man? Jesus. So, every time, all these thoughts come, there's only one answer. Turn it back to his obedience made me righteous. I have the gift of righteousness, amen. Declare, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ, amen". When the devil comes, say, "Look at what you have done or what you have not done, or what you have not done enough". I will focus on one Man's obedience made me righteous. That's bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ, bringing every thought to whose obedience? His obedience that made us righteous.
I want to share with you something today that I believe is going to bless you and help you see your Father in heaven differently, have a greater appreciation for our Lord Jesus and get answered prayers in your life. I'm going to attempt, by the grace of God, to destroy every erroneous thinking in your mind, especially in the area of prayer. Why pray if God is all-knowing? Why pray if God is all-knowing, right? And the thing is this, this kind of reasoning, this kind of wrong thinking, wrong believing will cause you not to pray because you say, "God knows all my needs anyway".
In Matthew 6, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked on prayer. Over here he says, "Therefore do not be like the Gentiles, people who do not know God. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him". My Father knows. God knows all my needs before I ask him, so why pray? And yet, the next verse says, "In this manner, therefore, pray". Because the Father knows your needs, in this manner, therefore, he didn't say in this manner, therefore, don't pray. On the contrary, he says, "Because your Father knows your needs before you ask him, now ask". In other words, God says, "I have all these blessings right now I'm about to bring into your life: favor, wisdom, amen, health, wholeness, amen. But I need something from your side". What is it? "You must consent. You must agree for me to bless you. I cannot bless you beyond your free will. Do you want this blessing? Prayer is nothing more than an open heart, open mind, open life, open hands".
Remember this, you bring nothing to God. We are all empty. God, the source, brings all his blessings and gifts into your life. Amen? So, prayer is just an expression of here is my open hand. God cannot bless someone, with how sincere the person is. If there's a closed mind, closed heart, closed hands. And saying things like, "If God wants to bless me, God bless me". And that's why amen is an expression of "So be it". It's a prayer, the shortest prayer I know, "Amen," which means if you hear the Word of God being preached, and you say, "Amen," God says, "Angel, that one wants. That lady wants it. All right, pour it on her". Another one say, "Amen," all right, "Angel, this one wants it, pour it on him".
Say, "Pastor, how long do I keep on praying"? Keep on praying. Now why keep on praying? Why keep on praying? Because there is an enemy. Like I said, if it's the garden of Eden, and there's no enemy, there's no need to keep on praying. In fact, you hardly have to pray. You just think, and God answers. But don't forget, we're in a fallen world. We need to show God our open hands, and that comes by prayer. Even when Jesus was here as a man, he would rise up early in the morning, and he would pray. If the Son of God prays, how much more you and I?
The Bible says, "You have not because you ask not; therefore, you fight; therefore, you are jealous, you envy, you lust, and you cannot have," James chapter 4. It says you lust, you covet because you cannot have, and then you assassinate people's character. You say bad things and all that because you are jealous of what they have. And then the Bible says, "You have not because you ask not". Amen. So, when we have not, we start, you know, a good case in mind was David. The Bible tells us that David, in that day and age, all right, that the king had a number of wives, okay? And yet, he chose this one man's wife, committed adultery with her. You all know the name of that girl, right? What's her name? Bathsheba, saw her taking a bath, huh. All right? And committed adultery with her, had a son by her, and had her husband murdered.
Then God sent a prophet to David, and the prophet says these words, you can check it on your Bible. God says, "I took you from the sheepfold to shepherd my people, Israel. I did this. I gave you, I blessed you". And then God says, "If that was not enough, I would've given you more". Did you hear that? Jesus says on the Sermon of the Mount, "Keep on asking," original Greek, "Keep on asking, and you will receive. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, the door will open". The year of the open door. Asking starts with A. Seeking starts with S. Knocking starts with K. ASK. Look at this verse. "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things"?
Now, number one, the first part, "He who did not spare His own Son". Who is the "He"? The Father. He did not spare His own Son. Who is this Son? The Son that he loves. Twice, the Bible tells us God opened up the River Jordan, said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased". God said that when Jesus was baptized. And then we have the highest place, Mount Hermon, when the Father says, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased. Hear Him". Jesus pleased the Father like no other man ever did because he lived as a man. He pleased God as a man, though he is fully God. And the Father says, "This is my beloved Son". Who did God give up? Who did God not spare, so that we can be spared? The Son that he loved?
Wrong believing will give you wrong living, or wrong thinking will bring you the bondage. Right believing will give you right living and right results. So, believe right about God. Can you trust a God who gave up the best heaven has, the Son that he loved? He will not spare his heart the pain. Don't forget, there's nothing as sensitive as love, and God is love. How it must have pained God's heart to give up the Son and delivered him to what, to what? To glory? To fame? No, delivered him up to shame and spitting, persecution, hatred, and finally death for us all. See, you're worth God's Son. That's how you're worthed. God gave that one great gift unasked. No one asked. If God gave the greatest gift unasked, how will he not give the lesser gifts for the asking? This is the gospel. This is not religion. This is the gospel.
One of the reasons that I wrote this book is because in this book you have so many testimonies. Pat, who lives in Ohio, wrote me this email. "I have been suffering from a spinal cord and disc injury for which there was no cure. Spine specialists refused to operate on me unless I came to the stage when part of my body became paralyzed, which is the usual course of events. I have been in steady pain and was physically incapacitated for more than two years. Initially, when I started listening to you, I did not believe what you taught regarding holiness, fullness of blessings and righteousness through faith in the finished work of Christ. When I got sick and bedridden, I continued to watch you, as I was unable to do more. Once I embraced these truths, once I embraced these truths".
It's not just, you know, listening, but believing it, embracing it. "Once I embraced these truths, my physical condition began to change. Since feeding on your teachings, I have regained use of my body, and most of the previously excruciating pain has subsided. To Jesus be all the praise, and all the glory, and all the honor". Amen?
You know, when you're born again, you are born the righteousness of God. The Bible says in Ephesians that we are created in righteousness and true holiness. And notice, the way we move away from the bad habit and the former conduct of the old man into the new man, who we really are, is by the renewing of our minds, be renewed in the spirit of your mind. And how do you do it? By focusing on the fact that today you and I, in our minds, we must focus on this, and the transition is made by focusing on the fact that we are today created in righteousness and true holiness.
Now, let's go to Romans chapter 5, verse 19. "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous". So, if I ask you the question, "Why are you righteous today? Is it because of your obedience"? No, it's because of the one man's obedience. Who is that? Jesus. And the Bible says this is warfare. In 2 Corinthians 10, it says, "we are to bring our thoughts to the obedience of Christ". Always focus on the fact that it is his obedience that made you righteous. It is his work that made you righteous. Hallelujah. And that obedience that he's referring to is obeying the Father by dying on the cross. Amen?
That obedience made me righteous; because once upon a time, it was Adam's disobedience that made me a sinner. Very clear, "By one man's disobedience many were made sinners". I know there are many watching here today, and you have never encountered this gospel before. You have been told that you need to obey. You need to live your life in a way that God will be pleased. And then when you die, he'll bring you to heaven. But that's not the gospel. The gospel is actually this, that the fact that you're a sinner. Do you know why you're a sinner? Because Adam sinned, the first man sinned, and sin has been in the blood of mankind ever since. You're born a sinner. And you say it's unfair.
Well, you know, if you think about it, if your grandfather died when he was three years old, you wouldn't be here today. You wouldn't be saying unfair. It's just a matter of it's a fact of life. Now listen carefully. Sometimes you and I, we still fail, which means we don't obey God as we should. But guess what? Our obedience did not make us righteous, neither does our disobedience make us unrighteous. It is his obedience that made me righteous. God put it out of the equation, all right, where man can boast of their own works and efforts. God put it out of man's efforts, amen, into a realm where it cannot be touched even by the devil. Hallelujah.
Unless the devil can remove Jesus today from the throne, then you and I can be unrighteous. But no way. God has put it in a way that Jesus sits down because his work is once and for all. He offered one sacrifice for sins forever. In Hebrews 10, it tells us one sacrifice for sins forever, not like the priests of old, standing daily, offering repeatedly, standing daily, offering repeatedly. Then came Jesus, and he tells us that this man offered one sacrifice, not repeatedly, one sacrifice himself on the cross. Amen? And then instead of standing daily like the priests of old, he sat down, once and for all, hallelujah. He sat down because his work is finished. Praise the name of Jesus.
Even if there's some nagging temptation or sin that's always getting at you, friend, just keep on confessing who you are. The devil wants to define you by your habit. The devil wants to define you by your failures, yeah, even the recent failure. The devil wants to define you by your sinful thoughts, but that's not who you are. You're still in a journey. Always remember this principle: who you are is your standing. What you do is your state. Sometimes you are depressed, okay, sometimes you are sad, sometimes you are feeling rebellious, you want to rebel, sometimes you feel, you know, good, you want to do something good, but that is your state.
Your state fluctuates; your standing don't. Your standing remains forever. Who you are is the righteousness of God. That is your standing. Never, never judge your standing by your state. Your state fluctuates. It can be good, it can be bad another day. Okay? But your state doesn't define who you are, your real person, your standing. That is permanent. Always judge your state by your standing. Look at your sin square in the eyes. Don't deny it, don't excuse it. Look at it and say, "This is not who I am. I am not a resentful person. I'm not an angry person. I'm not a depressed person. I'm not a fearful person. This is not who I am. I am the righteousness of God in Christ".
Judge your state by your standing. Never let the devil tell you that you are your state, that your state defines you. Never judge your standing by your state. The day that you know... not just by your head, amen, but in your heart that you have become the righteousness of God, and even though you feel unrighteous, even when you are failing, even when you are far away from God, if you've truly been born again, you are still the righteousness of God in Christ, amen? You just need to shake off that sinful habit. You need to walk out of it because that's not who you are. You are the righteousness of God in Christ, amen.