Joseph Prince — Hear the Preached Word and See Breakthroughs
Today, the message that I think I would put this message today as one of the most important messages that I would preach, because this message is a message that keeps on giving.
In the days to come, it's going to help you in your married life, it's going to help you in your parenting, it's going to help you in your health, it's going to help you in your business, it's going to help you in your finances, it's going to help you in terms of freedom and peace from stress, from distresses, and from all kind of thing that would depress us, amen?
God's going to empower, and leaven, and enlighten you in this message. He's going to help you, he's going to build you. And it's one of the more important messages that I believe you can ever hear.
Okay, it's very simple, it's very simple from the Lord. In fact, the cue from this message is last Sunday, I ended up my sermon talking about Solomon and Solomon's request for wisdom. Remember that? He asked God for a hearing heart, okay?
Little did I know that God would continue speaking to me throughout this entire past week, all right, this entire past week about a vital thing that we need to be involved in, that he wants us to get back for many of you, for some of you get on it. For some of you, you have been robbed without knowing it, you have been robbed. And we will not allow you to continue being robbed. And I thank God that you are here today, praise God.
It's a message that, you know, the Lord weighed on my heart, and I was very careful to say this, and I say this deliberately. It's a message that can mean between life or death for some people, all right, because this is really how man, Jesus said, ought to live. Man does not live by bread by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.
Now, last week, I ended up with this about Solomon. Let's look at the story again, and from there we'll take off. God appeared to Solomon in a dream at night in a place called Gibeon. And that night, he offered God--that day, he offered God , burnt offerings. That same night, the same night of his generosity, God appeared to him in a dream. And God said to him--now, at this time, he was about to years old, and his father has died. And God says, "Ask what I shall give you." So, let's follow the story.
He says that, "God, your people Israel is so great. I'm like a child. I don't even know how to come And then he says this, "Your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?"
And this word "an understanding heart," literally in the Hebrew is a hearing heart that listens, a hearing heart. Very interesting prayer. I wonder what prompted Solomon to ask above everything else. He didn't ask to win the lottery, he didn't ask for health, he didn't ask for riches. He asked God for a hearing heart.
Look at God's response. And remember this, if you want to please the Lord, the Bible says whatever pleases the Lord today, amen? He's the same yesterday, today, and forever. And the Bible says, "The speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him, 'Because you have asked this thing,'" what was the thing he asked?
What's the "this thing" he asked? A hearing heart. "Because you have asked this, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies," God says, "but you have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked."
When you ask God for a hearing heart, God will give you bonus blessings and benefits. God will give you what you didn't ask. "And I will give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days."