Joseph Prince — Make Grace Your Way of Life
Don't let people, all right, dictate to you what you ought to be, amen. Live life being dictated by the Holy Spirit.
Faith makes you conscious of God's love, all right? Conscience makes you conscious of self. The tree of life, that's Christ. That's Jesus Christ. Can I have a good amen? Because when your eyes are opened to Christ, it is being opened to how much you're loved by him, how much he cares for you.
God wants Jesus Christ to come back to the center of his church, and he wants the gospel that Jesus died to produce, amen? To give to the church, to come back to the centerpiece, to the forefront, amen. And it seems like there's such a mixture all over the world where the gospel is being preached.
We think the gospel is for Billy Grahams, you know? It's for the--for the evangelists out there. The gospel, church, is not just for the sinner, the gospel is for the believer.
The gospel is your health. The gospel is your wealth. The gospel is your safety. The gospel is your preservation. The gospel is your family's protection. It's the success of your marriage. The gospel is the power of God unto your salvation. And the word "salvation" in the Greek is all covering every area, all encompassing salvation.
Saves you not just from hell, it saves you from self, it saves you from disease and sickness, it saves you from addictions, it saves you from--sometimes, you know, self is one of the biggest problems that exists, church.
And many of us, we are--even when we come to God, we are still very conscious of what is in our heart, and we're not very conscious of what is in his heart. And we forget that when we come to God, conscience, listen, conscience and faith, faith makes you conscious of God and his love for you, all right?
But conscience makes you aware of yourself and the uncleanness and the sin that's in you. So, conscience makes cowards of us all, amen. Conscience cause you to pull back from God.
Now, some people think conscience, it's good to have a conscience, you know? The way the world says it, man must have a conscience. I understand what they are saying, what they are saying is a good conscience. But actually, when God made Adam and Eve, they had no conscience. They were innocent. They had no conscience. Are you listening, church?
And then God told them, "You can eat every--from every tree. You can freely eat. But from one tree, called the tree of knowledge of good and evil, don't eat." Why? I'll cut it short, "Because when you eat from that tree, your conscience will come alive, and you won't need me anymore. I want you to come to me and ask me, 'Is this all right, Father?' I want you to have a father-son relationship. I don't want you to be independent of me and trust your own conscience, to trust your own knowledge of good and evil."
So, the tree is called the knowledge of good and evil. So, when man ate of it, the Bible says their eyes were opened. Now, God didn't want their eyes opened by the tree of conscience or the tree of the law. God wanted their eyes to be opened by the tree of life. Don't forget.
But the Bible does say when they partook, their eyes were opened, but is it good? Or was God trying to stop their eyes from being opened, is God trying to withhold something from them? No, God wants their eyes opened, but God wanted their eyes to be opened to the tree of life, that's Christ. That's Jesus Christ. Can I have a good amen?
Because when your eyes are opened to Christ, it is being opened to how much you are loved by him, how much he cares for you. But when you open your eyes to the wrong tree, conscience, that means from now on, all right, your conscience tells you what is right and what is wrong, not God. Amen?