Joseph Prince — Are You Frustrating The Favor of God?
There's no such thing as a prosperity gospel. There's only gospel of grace, but it produces prosperity. You don't like the word "prosperity," okay, it produces abundance. Wherever the gospel has gone, it brought abundance. It brought a new level of life. It brought civilization if you want to call it that way. Those are the results, not the gospel, but the results of the gospel.
The truth is that when you're occupied with Jesus, your marriage prospers, your career starts to flourish by accident, if I can say it that way. It's a byproduct. When you focus on it, it doesn't prosper. There's no grace. There's no oil. There's no smoothness. But when you focus on Jesus, it flows.
Grace doesn't come by doing more. Grace comes or grace is increased by seeing more. What is grace? Based on this, grace is unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor.
How do people--people who are sincere, they want to go to heaven when they die. They want to live forever with God, all right, but what's the biggest problems in their lives? It's not their sins. Everyone has sin. The biggest hindrance is their performance. It's not their sin. Their sin qualifies for the Savior. If you're not a sinner, you don't need a Savior. Your sinnership is your qualification, your title to himself as Savior, right?
How can you increase grace in your life? By resting more, resting in the Lord. Are you listening, people? Resting in the Lord. The more you rest, the more grace abounds.
It's all inward. I let go of the worry, I let go of the care, Lord, you are in charge. That resting posture increases favor.