Joseph Prince — Amazing Things Happen When You Flow with the Spirit
Church of the Jesus Christ is the most successful, you can call it organism, a living dynamic God indwelled organism that's alive. It's not the building, it's all of you together and it's the most successful, most powerful, and eternal body that Jesus died to redeem and all of you are a part of it. And God will see to it that his Son will be glorified. This earth is going on in a way that God never meant for it to go.
Someone asked me a question, "Why is it that God would allow evil"? I say that it's all the question of free choice. God didn't want robots. If God made robots, the earth will be a wonderful place to live in, but very cold. There'll be no warmth. There'll be no family tenderness. There'll be no reciprocity of thanks and gifts given out of love. There'll just be robots living. Do you want to live with robots?
So, God made man with a free choice and he was satisfied with the answer. It all comes back to free choice, so the earth is in a mess because of man choosing the wrong thing but one thing I must say is also in line with the free choice is that you cannot choose the consequence. You can never choose the penalty. You cannot say that, "I choose to put my finger, all right, into the fire and no burn. I don't choose burn". No, choose fire, choose burn. You got no choice. That's one thing you cannot say, you cannot say that, "why did God make my finger, my little finger burn"? God didn't make your little finger burn. Thy burneth thyself.
There's no such thing as God making this happen. If God want to make things happen, you want to see how God is like, I mean what the world is like when God is in charge? The wolf will lie down with the lamb, even the snake will not hurt. There'll be nothing that will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain. When Jesus comes back to reign 1.000 years of millennial rule, it'll be paradise on earth. There'll be no more children dying. There'll be no more hospitals, no more needs for security and police. There'll be nothing that will hurt or destroy, and there will still be mortal men. The rest of our bodies, but there will still be mortal men and even the mortal men, it will be said that, "if he dies at hundred years old, he's a child," Isaiah says. Everything will be exactly the way it was when the Lord wanted it to be and when the Lord is in charge.
So, the world today, people blame God for a lot of things, they'll never blame themself. Something happens on the road like they want to go straight to the minister of transport, even while he's having breakfast and say, "Why did you let that thing happen"? No, they have things in place we have our choices, and all the people said? Amen, thank you, Lord. Yes, all kinds of healings are taking place, even as I speak. The Lord is healing people of chronic headaches. If you have a chronic headache, in fact, one person here is a having a bad headache but if you can, again, it's free choice. You don't have to receive. You just take, take the healing, amen? But those with chronic headaches, you have a condition of chronic headaches. It happens especially, some of you, it happens in the morning when you wake up, especially wake up with pain. And many of you I can see you turning around while you're tossing and turning while you're sleeping.
So, if that is you, wherever you are, just stand to your feet right now. And standing is a gesture of, "Lord, I receive. I am the one and I receive". We worship you, Lord. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Father in the name of Jesus, I thank you for these precious ones, Lord. And I thank you that the name of Jesus is above every name. Thank you, Father, that the name of Jesus is above every disease, everything that would hurt, everything that would destroy. The name of Jesus is far above any earthly potentate. At the name of Jesus, every knee bows.
Now, in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I rebuke these conditions in your bodies right now. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Father, heal, even right now, Father, in the name of Jesus. You don't have to struggle, all right, you just receive as a gift. Don't forget, a gift is something you receive. A charismata is a gift that you receive as a favor from God. God is doing you this favor, which means what? You don't have to deserve it, amen? You just receive it so receive it right now. Say, "Lord, I thank you. I receive it, Lord. Heal in, Jesus's name, and do a permanent work, Lord, that this affliction will not arise again". In the name of Jesus, be healed, be healed, be healed, be thou made whole in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus's name, amen.
Now, shake your head. One, two, three, that's having pain right now, besides the rest, all right, move your head. All right, move around, feel it, feel your shoulders. If you know something has happened, do a wave. All right, not everyone that's standing is having pain. Is it all gone? It was there just now? And it went through your neck as well, all the way down. So, you can feel it when you move it. Now it's all gone? Praise the Lord. It's all gone? Praise the Lord. Thank you, Jesus, amen. Sister, praise the Lord. All right, you may be seated. Praise the Lord.
Are you ready for God's Word? Okay, go straight to Romans 7, "Therefore, my brethren, you also become dead to the law through the body of Christ that you may be married to another, to Him who was raised from the dead". And if you follow this ministry for any length of time, you know that we talk about being under grace and not under law. And here it says, "You are dead to the law". Nothing could be more final than dead, all right, amen? Nothing could be more final than that. Doesn't say that you are weak to the Lord. It doesn't say that you're not able to respond. No, it says you're dead, incapable of responding, not a matter of choice, incapable of responding, dead.
And yet, we want to bring back the law. It says, you're dead to the law and the context there is about, "Thou shall not covet,' which is actually the Ten Commandments. You're dead to the law. Does that mean that we become licentious, become careless? Keep on reading. "That you may be married to another to Him who was raised from the dead". I love that. You're married to the Jesus, not that he Jesus that walked by the shores of Galilee. Powerful as that it, wonderful as that is, but you're married to the one who rose from the dead. The present resurrected crowned with glory and honored one at the Father's right hand. You are married to him.
So, that's puts the whole thing into a bridal affection. Our affections for Jesus is a bridal affection. Can I have a good amen? And what is the result? That we should bear fruit to God, that we should bear fruit to God. Now, please understand, the Book of Romans is about justification by faith. It is the Magna Carta of the essence of what the gospel is. The gospel is justification by faith, not by works, amen? But here, it tells you dead to the law, married to Jesus, or to grace. It's not about justification here. It's about holiness and here is where a lot of people are disputing this.
They say that, "we believe we're not justified by the law. We believe we are justified by the blood of Jesus by faith," and they are right. "But we believe we must keep the law to produce fruits in our life for holiness". Well, according to this verse here, only when you're dead to the law and married to Jesus, can you bear fruit to God. This is not the context here. I'm reading Bible, people. I'm reading Bible. All right, this is not talking about justification. It's talking about how to in the holy life. It's talking about the how-to of the holy life, amen? "For when we were in the flesh, the sinful fashion passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death".
See, when you are under the law, the sinful passions are aroused by, what? By the law. So, the more you try to keep the law, you find a strange thing happening. You have sinful passions. People who try end up the worst. Are you listening? So, actually when you see an outbreak usually are people who don't believe they can't. They believe they can so they try. The more they try, the law was designed to show that you are sinful, that you're a sinner. It will bring out, okay? So, "The sinful passions were aroused by the law, and they were at work in our members to bear truth to death". So, can you see contrast here? Bear fruit to God, bear fruit to death? I thought I will show you that again, all right? So, the Bible's very clear that these are the two comparisons. If you're under law, it will stir your sinful passions, it will arouse your sinful passions. If you are under grace, married to Jesus, dead to the law, you'll bear fruit to God, your choice.
So, whenever you hear people preach that we are not under law and under grace, all right, at first it sounds like you are, you know, you're giving people license to sin and I understand the fleshly reaction. I call it a fleshly reaction because I tell you this, the flesh is never more subtle than when it is religious. They turn Christianity even into a religion, all right? "So, how do we practically, Pastor Prince, be practical? How do we walk"? I'm getting a bit distracted because I still see gifts operating. I see someone with left shoulder condition. You've been having that condition for some time, okay, whoever you are.
I want you to just move your shoulder up and down. Don't care about the people beside you because when you go back, right, you are the only one, you know? When you're in pain, they won't be there looking at you, all right? So, they're all rejoicing with you, trust me, they're all rejoicing with you. All right, lift up your hand up and down, okay? And you have pain just now. Those of you who are lifting your hand, left shoulder condition, all right, you had pain just now and some of you, you have that condition come on and off, but you don't have the pain now. But those who have the pain right now, okay, move it up and down.
Okay, put it down again like Naaman, do it seven times. Do it seven times. This is just an act of faith to receive the gifts, all right, that means you are having pain now and you're moving because you're responding to God, right? Okay, one more time in Jesus's name, one, two, three, lift up your hand and see where's the pain. Praise the Lord. If you know the pain is gone, do a big wave, do a big wave. Look at that, look at that, praise the Lord, wave. That's right. That's where I'm pointing and that's where it's happening right now. Praise the Lord.
All right, among those that are having pain, okay, there are some who, you know, normally they have pain at other times, but these are people who have pains. And one more time, those who have received and just move your hand, wave, wave, look at that. Exactly where I saw it happen. Isn't God good? Isn't God good? Praise the Lord. Can y'all stop interrupting me with your, you know? But it's wonderful how much God loves people, amen?
All right, where were we? "Bear fruit to God and bear fruit to death". We pray in Jesus's name it will not arise again, amen. "Now, practically, Pastor Prince, how do I walk, walk under grace and not under the law"? Now I see the danger, all right, of being under law. It actually produces sin because the law is the strength of sin, 1 Corinthians 15:56. You can write it down. The strength of sin is the law, okay? The spring of holiness is grace. "So, how do I practically be under grace and not under the law?' Give them Galatians 5:18, "If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law". That's why God gave you the Spirit, okay? On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came, all right?
Do you remember when God first gave the law, the Ten Commandments to man, God gave the law, the first time, and Charlton Heston was there. Moses was there, right, God gave the Ten Commandments, and what happened at the foot of the mountain? Three thousand people died, right, 3.000 people died. What was that feast? It was the very first feast of Pentecost and that's why in the New Testament language it says, "When the day of Pentecost was fully come," say, "fully come.' You see? For the Jewish people they understand that.
God is about to do another Pentecost. In fact, that is the shadow Pentecost, this is the substance Pentecost, the reality. And which mountain was this? No more Mount Sinai, it's Mount Zion and on Mount Zion, God gave the Holy Spirit and 3.000 people were saved. So, the letter kills, the Bible says, the law kills, but the Spirit gives life. When the law was given, 3.000 died. When grace was given, when the Spirit came, 3.000 were saved. So, when you walk in the Spirit, you're walking in life and that's why the Bible says, "The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death".
You know, in this world there is a force called death. Every time you see your hair on the floor, every time you see, you know, doctors saying that, "well, you know these things happen because you are getting older," all right, all these are forces of death. I'm just being real and practical with you, and is this God's will? Originally it was never God's will. Are you listening? But there's a promise, there's a promise. Not a promise actually, it's a reality, an accomplished fact. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin, not just the law of sin, and death.
So, sickness or tiredness, chronic tiredness is sickness begun, sickness begun is death. It's a death process, which is never part of what God wanted man to experience. I'm saying this by the Spirit. If you'll keep on confessing, Romans 8, verse 2, "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed me from the law of sin and death". It will have an effect on your body. You will find the forces of death falling off you because just because you have been set free by the cross of Jesus Christ and Jesus conquered death does not mean that death will not try to fasten itself on you, amen?
So, I don't mean death in terms of your heart stop beating and then that's an ultimate, you know, it's not ultimate, it's a second death but for believers, there is no more second death, okay? So, believe that Jesus's accomplished work, set you free, not only from sin, but from death. Can I have a good amen? Praise God. So, if you are led by the Spirit, you're not under the law, amen? A lot of us are creatures of habit and the very creatures, the very habits that we have is actually leading us to indulge the flesh. The flesh doesn't like this. It like to be done this way, it like to be done that way.
So, God sent a lot more people to rub you the wrong way, you know? Like, you move your things and they move back. And, you know, "Why do people always move my things"? Because your flesh needs, you know, you need to see your flesh. So, the flesh is very legalistic. If I teach you on a topic about marriage and seven steps the legalistic person will turn the whole thing into legalism. You know what I'm saying? So, it's important to flow with the Spirit instead of saying, "You must kiss your wife at the door before you go to work," or, "You must do this, you must do that". That's fine. Kissing is wonderful in marriage, and all the married people said? Some will be painful some of you. Anyway, the thing is this, all right, but when to, how to, the Spirit of God knows. Can I have a good amen?
Just flow with the Spirit, just flow with the Spirit. Sometimes, you know, you like to bathe like, you know, nighttime or whatever and the Spirit of God says, "I want you to bathe earlier when you come back," whatever. You know, it's as simple as that. It's as simple as that but you say, "No, no, no". And if we are able to flow with him and for the first time you're learning to flow with him, he will make you do things that you're not accustomed to, but you'll find freedom. All of a sudden, you'll find that "hey, I never experienced this before". Actually, it's insanity to be doing the same thing again and again and again expect a different result. I think it was Winston Churchill that said that.
So, if we can flow with the Spirit, he will lead us into freedom. He will lead us into freedom, amen? Those of you like to run, he may tell you to walk, amen. Those who like to walk, he may tell you to crawl. No, I'm just teasing, okay, I'm just teasing, all right. So, walk in the Spirit. Go back to earlier verse. "Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh". So, walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. We saw this last week and how people have it in reverse.
You know they say, "Try not to fulfill the lust of the flesh, and then you'll walk in the Spirit". I mean, that's the mentality that most of the church world have. "Don't do this, don't do that. Don't indulge here, don't do that, then you will walk in the Spirit". No, the Bible says it's more positive than that. Walk in the Spirit. Learn to flow in the Spirit. Learn to listen to him. Learn to be led by him. And God doesn't speak, you know, like an inward voice all the time, but there's a knowing. There's a peace or a lack of peace. If there is a peace, do it. If there is no peace, don't do it. Can I have a good amen?
Sometimes there is a peace, those of you with young children, sometimes there is a peace when they are crying and all that not to discipline them or they're just being, you know, just being naughty. And there's a peace not to discipline them perhaps because they are tired and the Spirit of God knows. But there are times, there are times, especially for grace people need to hear this. There are times you need to discipline them because they are throwing you a gauntlet, they're throwing you a challenge and you don't challenge, it's a will and will thing.
All right, you don't break their will. You don't break their spirit. Never break their spirit, but break their will. You don't break their will now, you have a problem with a teenager next time and don't wonder where it came from. So, listen to the Spirit. The Spirit of God says, "Don't let that go," all right? He's asking for a challenge, challenge. Go for it, understand? All right, it's hard, it's hard. Like my boy, all right, after I discipline him he told me, "You know, you hurt my feelings," he told me. And I told him, "Look..." He's only four years old. He said, "My feelings are really hurt". I told him, "Mine is even worse," I said. "It hurts me, you know how much I love you, it hurts me," I said, you know? "My feelings are hurt".
I asked Wendy later on, "Did he learn that from you?' Say, "No". 'Cause you know, we don't say things like, "You hurt my feelings," you know? And we do have points of contention. We do our best to talk without him being around. I remember my mother years ago when she was taking care of Jessica when Jessica was small, you know, we went for a holiday and then we came back. Then Jessica was going around saying, "Yes lah, no lah, yes lah, yes lah, no lah". Now, we are Singaporeans, will "lah" is part of our, you know, la-la land, you know, our language, amen? Even language starts with la, there you go. So, I asked my mom, "How come she's speaking 'lah' all the time? Is it from you". My mother is so special, a very special lady. "Walk in the Spirit and you will not". So, you focus on being led by the Spirit and then we won't end up. In fact, "shall not" here is a double negative. Can I have good amen?
So, let me introduce you to the wonderful person of the Holy Spirit he will not want to be the prominent person, that's why there are no titles to the name of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we just call him Ruach Hakodesh, Holy Spirit or Spirit holy in Ruach is spirit, Kodesh is holy. All right, in English Holy Spirit, amen? So, there's no name like Jesus has many titles. God the Father has many titles. The Holy Spirit is just called Holy Spirit. There are symbols of the Holy Spirit like fire, all right, living water, water, spring fountain and all that oil, but there is no titles, why? 'Cause the Holy Spirit, he's God, as much God, all right, as Jesus is as the Father is. But he's the God who finds his joy in glorifying Jesus.
That's the amazing thing about Holy Spirit. You can teach on the Holy Spirit no problem, but it's all about the Holy Spirit and you forget what the Holy Spirit is all about. He's all about glorifying Jesus. You missed the point. Are you listening? If you want the friendship of the Holy Spirit, you want him to really come near you and, you know, just embrace you and all that, talk about Jesus, talk about Jesus and you will feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit, even feel it, yes, amen. Talk about Jesus, you don't have to know much, just talk about Jesus. I'll tell you something about people who have a heart for Jesus, they'll accomplish much more in the kingdom of God than people who are theologians and people who know their Bible back to back.
So, when you come to church, it's not about Bible knowledge. I said, when you come to church, it's not about Bible knowledge. You can actually use the Bible knowledge against people, use the Bible knowledge against the purpose of God. There are people who dispute me, for example, and they are theologians. I respect them, I honor them, but I want you to know something, okay? When it comes to theologians and all that, okay, it's equal ground that anyone would love Jesus.