Joseph Prince - Believe He Wants To Heal And Provide
Greet at least three person, all right, around you because the next three hours, they'll be your friends, hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. And once again, let me just say that whenever you hear a testimony being shared, there is a purpose. The Bible says that they overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, number one, and by the word of their testimony. You know, when you testify of what the Lord has done, you overcome the enemy, amen, by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.
So, the testimony is, of course, the testimony of what Jesus has done. It's always what Jesus has done at the cross that will cause people to be saved. It's what Jesus has done for us at the cross that cause our bodies to be healed. It's what the Lord Jesus has done at the cross that caused us to have peace of mind and find deliverance from panic attacks and anxiety disorders. It's what Jesus has done at the cross in that he was crucified, totally destitute of all earthly clothing. The last, one of the last things he saw were the soldiers gambling for his clothes. And the Bible says, "You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich," how many can say amen?
And yet, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for our sakes, he became poor. But there's only one time he became poor at the cross, so that you, through his poverty, might become rich. And the rich there in the context, there's no argument, it's referring to material and financial. The whole context of where that verse is found is where you find Paul talking and exalting the Corinthians to be a cheerful giver, and to give to the poor saints in Jerusalem. He was encouraging them and telling them what, what generosity he saw in the churches of Macedonia.
So, the context is very clear that God wants you rich. Now, don't be afraid of that word, all right? God wants you abundantly supplied, amen. God don't want you be struggling. And you know what? It's paid for. It's paid for. It's paid for by what Jesus did at the cross, amen? He cleared the ground, amen. He finished all our debts to God. Now that the ground is cleared, watch how you sow, amen? That's why our sowing is not a debt we owe. It's a seed we sow, amen. In the Old Testament, they owed God everything, amen? But today, we are rich through Jesus Christ.
Now that we are rich, that's the reason why we tithe. Tithing is not for the world, tithing is for people that are rich, amen. They tithe to show where their riches are from. They are tithing to show the principalities and the powers to show the world that God is their sponsor. God is their provider. And they bring back to God a portion of what God has blessed them with. If God has not given them anything, they are not called to tithe. The people of the world are not called to tithe. Tithing is the privilege of those who are rich, and today we are rich.
You might say, "Well, Pastor Prince, you can tell that to my banker, all right, he will give you my account, and you can see for yourself". But no, that's not the point. The point is that you are rich whether you realize it or you don't realize it, whether you experience it or you don't experience it. The fact is it's provided for. But we learned two weeks ago that when Joshua was old, the Lord said to him, and the Bible says two chapters before that in Joshua 11, it says that there was the land had rest from war. Joshua conquered and conquered and conquered until there was no more land to conquer.
And the Bible says the land rested from war yet, two chapters after that, God said to Joshua in Joshua 13, "There's yet much land to be possessed," not fought over, to be possessed. In other words, it's one thing. The battle has been won by the Lord, but there's yet very much land to be possessed, amen? And the enemies are sitting on our inheritance. They're like squatters. They don't belong there, so Caleb told Joshua at the age of 85, "I'm as strong this day as I was the day Moses sent me when I was 40 years old". And he's not lying. These people were under the law, amen.
Caleb was telling Joshua, "I'm as strong today as I was for war, and both for coming in and going out," he says, "for daily affairs, as well as for military prowess. I'm as strong today". Oh, man, come on, people. And he says, "Give me this mountain," right. So we learn, we learned that there's much land to be possessed, and the way we take it is with a spirit and the faith of what Caleb had. God said of Caleb, he has a different spirit with him, amen. I believe it's called a spirit of faith. We're gonna learn that today, amen. And we learn also that just because we have faith does not mean that straightaway we have the answers that, the materialization rather, the manifestation of what we are believing God for.
The manifestation is God's part, and our part is to believe that God has this provision for us. We believe God for it, but the manifestation is not your part. It can manifest thirtyfold like your healing. If it's thirtyfold manifestation, guess what, you still have seventy-fold, not yet manifested. You still have the pain in your body, but it's lesser by 30%, right? And then Jesus says, thirtyfold, sixty-fold. Now you got more manifestation, and less of that condition left, 40% of that condition. Now, then Jesus says what? Thirtyfold, sixty-fold and hundredfold. What is hundredfold? The full manifestation. So, our part is not to worry about the full manifestation. Our part is to just believe that we receive and thank God for it, amen? Thank God. That spirit of faith is what God is looking for. Can I have a good amen? Praise the name of Jesus.
Oh, man, y'all look alive. Praise the Lord, hallelujah. Good to have an alive crowd in the morning, amen? Now, let's go right now to Luke chapter 4. Jesus is back in his hometown, and what is his hometown? Nazareth, amen. How many been there, Nazareth? They still have the old synagogue there. It's not the actual synagogue. It is built on the place where Jesus's synagogue was. He grew up in that place. Mary's well is still there, and women still draw water from that well. And in Nazareth, he went back to his hometown, amen. He's like the town, the hometown, you know, the back home, the town boy who make good. You should say that, right? He's a boy who succeeded from a small town, and they should be happy, right? But they were not.
They actually said, "Is not this Joseph's son? How can he do all these miracles that we hear him share, that we hear him talk about, that people tell us about? Isn't he just a carpenter's son"? In other words, how can a carpenter's son, the world does not understand the ways of grace. The world understands that the more you have, more accomplishments you have to your name, then it's understandable that you do more and you are a history maker. But if you come from a poor family, you come from a background that it is, you know, it is shady, or you come from a dark background, you were involved in gangs. You were involved in all kinds of vices, and yet God is using you now or you're just a carpenter's son, amen?
And the Bible says that Jesus said these words, "A prophet", go down to verse 24, "No prophet is accepted in his own country". Another place it says, "A prophet is not without honor". In other words, a prophet has honor, except in his own country. Now, it is always like God can use anybody else, but God can't use our people. David's brother was jealous of him and asked him when they saw him delivering the cheese and the bread, all right, on an errand from the father to the brothers at the battlefield. The brothers looked at him and say, "Who have you left the flock with"? I mean, it's just jealousy, jealousy. I know the naughtiness of your heart. You have come to look at the battle. And yet in a short while, David will be holding up Goliath's head.
So, let me just tell you this, God can use you. God can use you, any of you, amen. In fact, the harder and the more darker your background, the more glorious and the more brighter the way God uses you, amen. In fact, you know, a great artists when they paint, like there was a competition for who can illustrate peace, all right, among the artists. It was a competition and there were all kinds of paintings on sunset and the mountains, the beautiful, majestic mountains, the Rocky Mountains, you know? And all kinds of beautiful sceneries and nice verdine pastures.
But the victory win, the one that won was actually when you look at first glance, it was stormy and the waves. You can see the waves, it was a cliff. And the waves were really high, you know, storm-tossed waves, and you can see the winds bending under the strong winds. And yet, you step closer, you will see a nest, and there's a mother bird feeding her young and covering them with her wings, and the young look so peaceful. Peace is not the absence of contrary circumstances. Peace is peace in the midst of your storm, that's what Jesus gives, amen? Can I have a good amen? So, we see that many of times, God uses people that have that kind of stormy background, amen?
See, if my life is messed up, God can use you, amen, because you are material for his grace. The problem is that if you are very accomplished, it's not that God cannot use you. The Bible says, can you see my brethren, how that many, after the flesh, many natural people after the flesh, not many who are noble, not many who are wealthy, not many who are strong, not many who are wise in the world are used by God. He didn't say none, he says not many, okay? You know why? Because they tend to trust their qualifications. They tend to trust the talents. They tend to trust their sponsorship. They tend to trust their connections. And when you do all that, God doesn't get the glory.
We learned last week that God wanted Barak to get the victory over Sisera, the captain of the hosts of the enemies they were coming against Israel. But Barak went to the prophetess, or rather, the prophetess gave her Deborah the prophetess, a woman gave him the word that God will deliver Sisera the captain into your hands, but what did Barak do? The word has been given, "I'll deliver the enemy into your hands". Whose hands? Barak hands. But what did Barak say? "Unless you, the prophetess come with me to the battle, I will not go". Straightaway her answer is this, "You will win the battle, but the credit will not go to you. The credit will go to a woman, not her, another woman who will smash the man's head".
Y'all know the story, in a tent, right? So, God meant for it. But then the thing is, if we don't trust God, then our victory becomes partial just like Judah. The Bible says, God told Judah, "You will you will go first and you will conquer the enemies". But Judah went to his, another tribe, his brother. He told his brother Simeon, "Come with me, and I'll fight, I'll fight with you. You fight with me," amen? God told him I'll, you must go first Judah, for all your brothers, and you fight". God didn't say, all right, invite your brothers along, but he invited his brother along so he won victory, after victory, after victory, after victory, but guess what. They could not drive out some enemies because they had chariots of iron.
So what? So what if he had chariots of iron? To God, it might as well be made of tissue paper. Am I right? So, we are talking about faith. I feel that God is just teaching us faith these few weeks, amen, to tell us that faith will cause us to possess our possessions, walk in our inheritance, make actual that which is already provided for in the spirit world, amen. Everything is provided for us already. Can I have a good amen? So here, we have Jesus in his hometown, and then he said this, "I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow".
Now, this area, Tyre and Sidon that was built by Alexander the Great, these are very famous cities of the Gentiles. In fact, one time Tyre was actually all the way in the ocean and Sidon was over here. You got the cross. There's a special causeway and all that. It's now destroyed. You'll find remnants of it, but Alexander the Great built it and it became a big bustling city. But it's not Israel, it's the north of Israel. It is a place of the Gentiles and that's where Elijah, Israel's prophet, was told to go to.
Now, the Bible says there were many widows in the days of Elijah, yet who received the benefits of this prophet's ministry? Who was the one that received the provisions pronounced through his mouth, amen? He told the widow Zarephath, who is not even an Israeli, he said to her that, "Behold, the jar of meal, your jar of meal in your house will not run out. And the cruise of oil that you have, amen, that cruise of oil will become famous and become a star named Tom. Okay, nevermind. It's okay, sorry, I just want to see whether you pay attention. And the cruise of oil, all right, will not fail. So, the barrel of meal will not run dry and your cruise of oil will not fail.
Let me just tell you this, that is provision for a household. Imagine you have flour to make bread and you have oil, the anointing oil, and they use oil for the lamp. It is their electricity. It's not just that, it's for their food. Amen, olive oil, which I recommend. To cook with olive oil is healthy oil, amen. Praise the Lord, amen. And who received the benefit? This widow of Zarephath, and she's not even a Jew, she's a Gentile. So, first of all, we have the miracle of provision. Say, "provision," amen. The next one, "And many lepers".
Now, Jesus's response, what was Jesus doing? There were telling him, "You know, he's a carpenter's son," and they were talking among themself, they were murmuring about him. And then he brought up this, this, this, this whole thing about the Gentiles. He brought up two miracles, and only two miracles. And I just want to show you the reaction first, okay? Drop down. "So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath". Let's ask ourselves the question, why were they angry with these two illustrations?
You know, when he opened up the Scriptures, he was in his hometown synagogue, and he stood up to read, they were not angry with him for standing up to read. And then he says, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to heal the broken heart, to open the doors to those who are bound, the prison doors to those who are bound, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to heal the broken heart, to preach the dektos in the Greek, the acceptable year of the Lord. Dektos is a year where God's favors and goodness profusely abound. And then the day of vengeance of our God, he never quoted that.
Isaiah's portion, he was reading Isaiah's portion, and in Isaiah, it didn't just say to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, comma, the day of vengeance of our God. But Jesus closed the book at the acceptable year of the Lord, why? His first coming is to bring God's favor and goodness, and then he closed the book and where he closed the book, we must close the book. People want me to open the book and preach vengeance, but we're not in the dispensation of vengeance. We are in the dispensation of grace. We are in the dispensation of the acceptable year of the Lord, amen, where God's grace and goodness profusely abound. Can have a good amen?
So, they want me to preach, you know, the day of vengeance of our God. Now, we can allude to the coming day of vengeance, but it's not here yet. It's the coming of Christ, but in the first coming of Christ, amen, he brought grace, hallelujah, and he closed the book. And where he closed the book, preachers must learn to close the book. And between the acceptable year of the Lord and comma, and the day of vengeance, is 2,000 year and yet he closed the book. He knew how to rightly divide the Word. Even then, they were not angry with him, but the Bible says, "All their eyes were fasted on him".
When you're anointed, all the eyes are fasted on you. And then he says this, "Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your ears". And the Bible says they were still not angry. That's when they started murmuring among themself, you know? Show them that part where they were murmuring. Go back, okay, go back before that. Okay, he closed the book, and the eyes of all them were fixed on him. "Then he began to say, 'Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing". Look at their response, "All bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words". God calls it the gracious words.
When you preach about how the Lord wants to do things for you, that's grace. Law is about what you need to do for God. Law is about, "You shall not, you shall not, you shall not. Mount Sinai, the message of Mount Sinai was, "You shall not, You shall not, You shall not". What day was that? Pentecost, amen? But in the New Testament, the day of Pentecost was come. It was not the works of men, "You shall not, You shall not, You shall, You shall not". It was the works of God. They began to speak in tongues the wonderful works of God, what God would do for you. That's grace.
So, when we are under grace, we are conscious of what God is doing for us, what God has done for us first at the cross in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, what God is doing for us, what God is doing in us, and what God is doing through us. So, we're always conscious of God's work, God's present activity, and God's future activity, amen? But we're not conscious of our activity. It's not about what I've done. It's not about what I'm doing, or what I can do, or what I'll do. That's the law. Can have a good amen? And again, they were not angry. They were murmuring, but they were not angry. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son"?
Okay, so we drop down now to the second illustration. The first one was what? Jesus talk about provision, and the provision was actually granted. God bless who, the Gentile or a Jew? Now, the Jews were God's chosen people, amen. Yet God sent the Jewish prophet to a Gentile woman, and yet Jesus says there were many widows in the days of Elijah. But to none of them was Elijah sent. God sent to the widow of Zarephath, a Gentile in a Gentile town. Now, we look at another miracle, the miracle of healing, amen.
So, here Jesus says, "Many lepers," say, "many lepers". Not a few, there were many lepers, where? In Israel. There were many lepers in the days of Elijah the Prophet. So, in the time of Elijah the Prophet, there were many, many lepers just like there were many widows in the days of Elijah. There were many lepers in the days of Elisha, many lepers. Lepers need what? Healing, cleansing, and none of them was cleansed. None of them in Israel was cleansed, except Naaman the Syrian. And that's why when Jesus touched the leper, it was a brand-new thing. Under the law, you touch the leper, the unclean, make you the clean, unclean. Under grace, Jesus, the clean made the unclean, clean. Grace has come, amen?
And they knew back then leprosy and blindness can only be cured by the Messiah. And that's why after Jesus cleansed the leper, and the Bible tells us right after that, all the doctors of the law all the Pharisees, all the who is who in the Jerusalem temple, it doesn't rhyme, but they came to Capernaum. They came to Galilee, why? To check him out, to check his credentials because finally a leper got cleansed. And what did Jesus tell the leper? "Go offer the sacrifice as a testimony to them". What testimony? The Messiah has come 'cause lepers have never been cleansed.
So, here we go. The only leper that's cleansed we know of is Naaman the Syrian, and it's not a Jew, right? And yet, the way Elijah did it is not by touching him. He cannot. The servant is not greater than the master, amen? So, no lepers were cleansed in Israel waiting for the Messiah to come. And the only miracle that happened, a cleansing of leprosy was actually done to a Gentile from God directly and even Elisha didn't touch him. Elisha didn't even meet him. "When Elisha heard the news from Naaman the Syrian, the Syrian captain that he wants to receive healing, right, Naaman says, or what does Elisha say? "Go dip yourself in the River Jordan seven times, and you'll be clean". He cannot go out and touch him because that glory is reserved for another who is greater, amen.
Jesus doesn't need the river. His word, his touch alone is enough. But Elisha is not the master, he's the servant. So, he says, "Go to a River Jordan". And he dipped himself seven times, what happened? His flesh came clean like a baby. I'm believing God for that and every time I read that I say, "Lord, you can do it for Naaman as a Syrian who's probably an older man, you can do it for me, amen"? I'm a Gentile, praise God, amen. I don't know how many times I've dipped myself in the swimming pool, but I'm telling you, one of these days.
Why y'all laugh? At least thirtyfold, no thirtyfold manifestation, God bless you all, amen. Cannot happen to your pastor, it will not happen to you, you know? Because I'm you're like, I'm the undershepherd, right, right? So, Jesus blessed, the Bible says, the oil comes on the body. No, the oil comes on the beard. The beard are the elders, then comes on the body. No oil on the beard, no oil on the body. Pray that your leaders get blessed first because once you see your leaders blessed, you're saying, "I'm next". It always comes like this. God never bypass right here, amen? Never, never. Comes like this, the anointing comes like that. It's the way he has made it, all right? But we are just undershepherds. All the elders in the church are just undershepherds. We are here. We don't believe we are over you, we believe we are under you pushing you up to Jesus, amen?
So, here you go. This is a miracle of, say what, healing or provision? Healing, good. So, all those in the synagogue. Now, this is when they got mad. "So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath". They were angry. You know what's filled? It's one thing to be angry, it's another thing to be filled with wrath. Now, you are possessed. You are very angry, it shows in your eyeballs, your teeth gritting. And they look at Jesus and they want to kill him, and that's what they plan to do. "And so, they rose up and thrust him out of the city, and they let him to the brow the hill on which the city was built".
And I've been there where the city of Nazareth goes all the way like this, and there's a plunge, there's a drop, a huge drop. So, they planned to throw him over. Why were they so mad? Why were they so mad? Let's see what happened. By the way, let me just relieve your tension. Was Jesus thrown down? Look at how he went through it all, how. The Bible says that they might throw him down the cliff, then passing through the midst of them, he went his way. They pushed him all the way, the crowd, imagine a crowd. There's no way you can resist a crowd. They pushed him all the way to the edge and then he did this, and he walked through it. And like the Red Sea, oh, he's the one that opened the Red Sea, and it opened up and he walked right through and no one could touch him.
And you know what? Of all the anointing he had to heal everyone that was sick in that city, he just moved on to the next city. He didn't fight them. He didn't curse them. He just moved on. That's what grace does. You don't want that, it will not force itself on you. It will just move on to somebody who wants to receive it. I love it. I love the way he walked right through them, like you watch those zombie movies? Just walk right through them, amen? Any resemblance is just purely coincidental.
I need to find someone... Lawrence, can you just come up here and do the... so, so we have if you don't like the word, the world says, "Them guys over there, they are preaching the prosperity gospel". Now, there is no such thing as the prosperity gospel. There's only the gospel of grace and peace. The Bible calls it, but it produces. Okay, let me use a nice word, "provision" It produces healing because the world says, "Oh, it's a health and wealth gospel". Yet, if you think about it, this is what they pursue as well. They are pursuing health and wealth. The new age is coming up, right, and they are offering the world health and wealth. And yet, all we can offer, all the church can offer is we promise you, you'll go to heaven. I mean, the Bible is more than just going to heaven.
You lazy fellow, you want to just go to heaven? There's work to be done here, amen? Can I have a good amen, come on? So, until then, we need the provisions. They serve us, we don't serve them. So, you don't like the word "health and wealth" let me just tell you this, provision and healing. Jesus talked about provision and healing, and he tells us how to receive it, amen? You know how you receive it? When you don't deserve it. It's given by grace. It is given by grace. Provision is given by grace to people who don't deserve it, amen. Naaman didn't deserve it. He's a Gentile, he has no title to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has no claims on the covenant of Israel. He has no, no claims whatsoever. He depends on the mercy and the grace of God.
It is not the goodness of Naaman that got him healed. It was not the goodness of that widow woman of Zarephath that got the provision, it was the goodness of the Lord, amen. It is Jesus that provided all these things, and he's now in person in Nazareth, and they could receive provision, they could receive healing because the one who healed them and provided for that is now in their midst. And they missed it. They missed it, amen. So, can you see these two provisions? And yet the church is fighting, they're fighting. You know, the church is fighting the idea of provision and healing, amen?
Now, I don't believe God wants you to be materialistic. That's what the Bible is against. The Bible is against avarice, the love of money. It is not against money. Can I have a good amen? And you can have the love of money by thinking of money all day long and yet, you got no money in your pocket, not much that is, or not much in your bank, but you are thinking of money. That's the love of money. So, rich people can love money also, of course, yes, but it does not mean that God is against people who are rich. Does God want you to prosper? 3 John 2, "Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers". So, God wants your spirit and soul to prosper, right, amen?
"No, Pastor Prince, this is spiritual prosperity". No, no, no, that's covered. Even as your soul prospers, that's covered already. But the first prosperity obviously is outward. And who is this? John, the one who heard the heartbeat of God, the one who leaned on Jesus's bosom, the one who writes, "The disciple whom Jesus loved". He knew he was loved by Jesus. He's the one that God caused him to see the secrets of heaven, even the End Times Book of Revelation. And he lived to a good old age among all the apostles, and he's the one that know God's heart like no one else because he was so close to God's heart.
And can John say things like, "Beloved, I wish," and his wish is contrary to God's wish, and is put in Scripture. He says, "I wish above, above all things". Wow, that is really something. Above all things, I wish for you that you prosper and be in health, be in health. It can John wish something, but he knows it's not God's wish, it's only my wish. Then it should not be in the Scripture because Scripture is the Spirit writing through the earthly vessels, God's will. Some people, it was so funny.
You know, I was talking to a friend the other day, and he's from Israel. He'll be here in the next service. And he was talking about how in the Old Testament, Jesus, Jesus said, or rather in the gospels. It's still the Old Testament because the New Testament never happened. New Covenant was not put into effect until Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected. It was put into effect after Jesus was resurrected. Can I have a good amen? Are you in agreement?
So, Jesus ministered in transition. Actually, it's called the dispensation of the kingdom that he came to bring. And there are times he will preach as someone who knew that the people were under the law. Then he would tell them these kind of things, "Forgive and if you forgive your brothers, God will forgive you". Forgive our sins, forgive us, rather. The prayer, "Forgive us, even as we forgive others". So, the idea is that if you don't forgive, you won't be forgiven by God, right? Am I right?
When you stand praying, forgive, if you don't forgive your brother, God will not forgive your sins. Am I right? Is that the teaching of Jesus in the gospels? Yes. But look at what Paul wrote in both Colossians and Ephesians Paul wrote, "Forgive, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you". The motive has changed. Under the law, you forgive in order to be forgiven. But under grace, you forgive because you are forgiven.
"But Pastor Prince, that's the words of Jesus". I know but Jesus, at times, he's an expert at using the law to bring you to the end of yourself so that you will say, "I need a savior". Like he will tell the guys in the Sermon on the Mount, "Guys, if your eye offend you," talking about whoever looks on a woman to lust has committed adultery already with her in his heart, right? All of us, boom, bang. That's it, we're all stripped bare before the Savior, right? No one will say, yeah. I'm so glad my leaders in front are saying yes.
"What is lust, Pastor Prince, what is lust"? So, Jesus says, "You don't have to sleep with her. You just look at her lustfully, you mentally undress her whatever, you committed adultery". Then he says this, "If your eye offend you, pluck it out. Your hand offend you, cut it off, cut off". So, if we really, really obey that, the church will look like a huge amputation ward, so we don't do that, right? "Oh, Pastor Prince, I think he meant it spiritual". That's what you say, right? He did say cut off your hand, pluck out your eye if it causes you to sin.
Now, he's talking to many of them are men. In relation to the woman, looking at the woman in with lust and plucking out your eye, I understand. Cutting off your hand, I leave that for you to understand. If you're ignorant, be ignorant still. Thinks about it in the context of lust, what has the hand got to do with anything? He's putting everybody on the same level, everybody's guilty. Okay, hang on for a while. "Preach it Pastor Prince, good preaching, hallelujah, and you look good from the back as well, hallelujah". Thank you, bro. And you look great. You look handsome, bro, amen.
So, that's called David encouraged himself in the Lord, okay? So, what was the Lord doing? Why would he preach something very strong to bring you to the end of yourself? So that at the end you will say, "Man, if that's the case, I need a Savior". He's an expert at doing that. And some people say, "Well, Pastor Prince, when you say forgive, for God to forgive it, Jesus said that. All right, but here, Paul is the one saying that. Uh-uh, that's where you're wrong. "But I read the red in my gospels". The red was never there. It was printed later on. If the red means the words of Jesus, then all of Paul's letters should be red because those words are not Paul's words. They are the words of the ascended Christ.
It's one thing to hear the words of the Christ who was on earth speaking to Jewish people, it's another thing to hear the words of the Christ who is now glorified at the Father's right hand, and he raised Paul and he spoke through Paul to write those words. And Paul says, "Even you receive my words, not as my words, but as the Word of God, which effectively works in you". So, it's not a comparison of Jesus's words and Paul's words. It's Jesus when he was on earth before the cross, and Jesus after he's glorified.
And by the way, I love the gospel and y'all know I love to preach from the gospels, amen. But again, when we preach, we must remember he came first to the nation of Israel. Even one time you told them, don't go into the way of Gentiles, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Well today, that word in the gospel is no more applicable, amen? The whole nation is our field. The whole world, I mean, is our field, amen?
So, the reason I'm saying this, I'm not answering the critics out there. I'm not answering the unbelievers. Unbelievers don't believe, that's why they are called unbelievers. I can't understand when Christians are shocked at a drunkard person acting drunk. The reason he's acting drunk is because, here's a revelation, he's drunk. So, when unbelievers don't believe, right, and say bad things about the church, or the Christians and all that, or they can write about it in articles and all that online and elsewhere, don't be angry. Look at who is writing and tell yourself, unbelievers, unbelief, amen. So, I'm not answering those critics. I'm speaking to believers. You need to know why God wants you to prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
Now, the most important question is this, is it covered in the atoning work of Jesus at the cross? When Jesus died on the cross, yes, Isaiah 53. Because of time, let's do it real quick. "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows," stop. I don't know why the Old King James put it as sorrows and griefs. I like what Young's translation puts it as. Young's says this, Young's Literal Translation, "Surely our sicknesses he has borne and our pains, he has carried them". All right, go back to the New King James again. "Surely he has borne our griefs". Even the Hebrew there is kholee, and kholee is always diseases and carried out pains, makov, makov. Makov is pains.
Let's not argue just from the Hebrew. Let's look at when this verse was applied in the New Testament, okay, in the gospels, rather. "That it might be fulfilled," Matthew, this is Matthew 8, "which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying," quoting Isaiah 53, "he himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses". Not sorrows, not griefs. He bore our sicknesses. He took our infirmities. "Pastor Prince, maybe it's spiritual infirmities". Context is key. Look at the context. "When evening had come, they brought to Jesus many who were demon-possessed. And he cast out the spirits with a word".
I tell you, Jesus is the most stylish. Just walk through a crazy crowd, a mob, just a word. All demons, they are gone, just one word. And you think the Avengers have all the greatest heroes? Their heroes can melt like dust. Jesus is real, Jesus is real, amen. And look at the context. "He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick". Healed all who were sick. Sick here is what? Physical sickness. And then he quotes Isaiah 53, which means the context. The context is what? Physical sickness.
Something very interesting that I found out recently, I've been preaching this for longest time, and I've been preaching on the five offerings, the burnt offering, the meal offering, the peace offering, the sin and trespass offerings. Now, all these offerings, it takes five offerings to depict the one sacrifice of Christ, just like it four gospels to depict the one life of Jesus, right?
But you have the biography of Winston Churchill, one shows him as a young man of accomplished, you know, erudite studies, you know? He's known for his education and great mind. Then another one shows his family life. Another book shows his family life. Another book shows his political life. Another book shows his secrets of health, even though he's smoking cigar, that at an old age, which is not an encouragement. The devil will take ten people who smoke cigars early in life and leave one as a testimony for him. And people always point to that one.
Okay, anyway, it takes maybe four biographies for that one life, anybody's biography, for that matter. Just like there are many facets to a person, it takes four gospels to depict one life of Jesus, but sacrifices the five offerings for that one sacrifice of Christ. Do you know that in all the sacrifice that we know of, the animal is brought to the tabernacle, the temple? And then they'll find a vein here where a very sharp blade knife, the priests will just slice it, or the offerer will have to do it. Sometimes the priest does it, sometimes an offerer does it, depend on what kind of offering is it. And he will expose that vein and then with a quick stroke, painless, the animal lose consciousness and dies, and then it's offered there.
It's a picture of Jesus on the cross, right? Am I right? But Jesus wasn't painless. All the sacrifices that Israel offered, they offer in a merciful way. Even the Jewish tell you which vein to choose, even a big bullock, they have a special vein here. They make them unconscious before they kill them, or offer them on the altar of burnt offering. But Jesus was scourged most likely 40 minutes minus one, which is 39 times. Do you know what that does to your back? When the leather thongs of metal and crushed glass and hooks and spikes, just one lash wraps around your body. It's not like you hit with the rotan, you know, call it a cane. It is something that wraps around your body and then they jerk, and flesh will fly out. That's one stroke.
All the animal sacrifices were never tortured before they are killed. Jesus was. He's the only one who was tortured before he was put on the cross. Why? I never saw this until I saw the love of God, because with his stripes, you are healed. And that is something beyond the sacrifices they offer in the temple. It was straight, killing the animal, and then putting on the altar of burnt offering. Jesus went through scourging. It wasn't a mistake on the part of Pilate. It was the sovereign will of God. As sure as that stripe fell on his back, just as sure your cancer died. That disease has lost its hold over you, amen?
People are being healed even right now in Jesus's name. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord. Just receive it in Jesus's name. Everyone that's watching this right now, receive it in Jesus's name. Somebody with lupus, will you please stand to your feet right now? The Lord is healing you. The Lord is healing you. Someone in the overflow room as well, there's someone with lupus there, stand to your feet. The Lord is touching you and healing you right now in Jesus's wonderful name. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Lord, I thank you, Lord.
And there's someone been experiencing pain, acute pain on the right side of your belly, and you've been concerned it's appendicitis and things like, just stand to your feet if that is you, okay? All right, because I can't see through, the light is very bright on me, so I'm gonna have someone, all right, is this the lupus or the lupus? Okay, God's gonna touch you right now. In fact, right now you are feeling like an electricity coming on your body, all right? Praise the Lord. Thank you, Jesus. Father, I thank you in the name of Jesus, we release that healing right now from the crown of her head to the soles of her feet. In the name of Jesus, be healed. It's a sister, right? Be healed in the name of Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
Now, you are feeling something going right into your body. Receive it, okay? You don't have to deserve it. Enjoy it. That's what the Father wants you to have. The Father wants you to have healing, more than you want to have it. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus. And there's someone of the venues with lupus and the person standing, receive it right now in Jesus's wonderful name. Thank you, Lord Jesus, amen. And there's someone you've been experiencing pain on and off on the right side of your belly. Whoever you are, stand. Is that you over there? All right, you've been having that pain on and off? Do you have the pain now?
Male: Not now.
Joseph Prince: Okay, so she can't tell you she's healed. Lift up your hands to the Lord. Is there anybody else? All right, sister, do you have the pain now? The Lord is gonna touch you as well, sister. Do you have the other pain now? Okay, lift your hands. In the name of Jesus, I rebuke that pain right now in the name, yes, thank you Lord. Be uprooted out of that body and be thrown into the sea in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Receive your, it's happened already, sister. You are feeling that right now stirring in your body. Receive it in Jesus's name. In Jesus's name. In Jesus's name.
Now, feel it, feel it, feel it, feel it. Take a deep breath. Move around. Is it on the right side? How is it? Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord. How is it? Yes? You know what, sister? Don't feel ashamed to receive it. He loves you. He loves you, amen? Okay, I need someone to be here, someone to... I think she's trying to say something, right? Is there anybody else, sister over here? Is there pain now? No, it comes on and off. Okay, before I talk to her, I'm gonna pray for these two. Father, in Jesus's name, I release that healing right now into their bodies, Lord. In the name of Jesus, amen. How is it, sister? Thank you, Lord.
Female: Yes. I'm going to see a doctor today because I have...
Joseph Prince: You went to see already or...
Female: No, I'm going today.
Joseph Prince: How is it now, sister?
Female: Yes, it's okay. The pain is gone.
Joseph Prince: And you were worried, the Lord told me that you were worried it's like something serious, something...
Female: Yes, because I've had cancer in three years' circle.
Joseph Prince: It will not come back.
Joseph Prince: It will not come back in Jesus's name. This affliction will not arise in Jesus's name. You may be seated. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Lord. There's someone also with a pain right in the lower back, right in the center of your lower back, okay? Who's that person? Just when you bend certain ways, not every way, but certain ways you feel the pain, all right, and you have a problem sitting down for too long. Am I describing: who is the one? Sir, is that you? Okay, pain in the lower back in the center, and then you have trouble sitting down for too long.
All right, lift your hands to the Lord. Is anybody else? Sister also? All right, anyone else? Now, up there I can't see because the light is on my eyes, okay? So, forgive me if I see a man standing. I think there's a man standing, someone. There's someone in white standing way back there. Okay, thank you and way up there in the upper tier, I see that as well. Now, in the name of Jesus, receive right now. Mmm, in Jesus's name. I feel that fire, hallelujah. It's like the lightnings of God's healing touching your body right now in Jesus's name, making every part of that disk.
There's one of you that you have a disk that is all completely worn out, almost completely all gone. But God is restoring it. It's a creative miracle right now in Jesus's name. In Jesus's name right now, bend, bend, bend. Move around. Bend, in Jesus's name. In Jesus's name, those up there as well. Thank you, Lord Jesus, way back there. Thank you, Lord. Those in the different venues, right now receive it, in Jesus's name, amen. Those in different venues, receive it in Jesus's name. Sister, over here, amen. Bend, bend, all right, move around. Move around. Yep. All right, talk to me now. How is it, sister?
Female: Yes, I'm fine now. I'm healed.
Joseph Prince: No more pain.
Joseph Prince: You know what? The devil will come back and try to tell you, "No, it's only for a while. You know, you cannot sit too long anymore". Don't listen to that, all right? Just keep on thanking Jesus. It's gone, it's gone, all right? The Lord has touched you. Sir.
Male: Yes, sir.
Joseph Prince: Pain is gone?
Male: Yes, sir.
Joseph Prince: How can you tell, you move around?
Joseph Prince: Thank you, Jesus, amen. Sister over here, are you standing for the pain? Bend, move around. Thank you, Lord Jesus. All the pain is gone. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Lord. Let's give Jesus all the praise, the glory, and the honor. Now, we have a better covenant established on better promises. Can I have a good amen?
So, the question says, "Well, Pastor Prince, if people get healed and all that, how will they die? Okay now, let me just tell you this. Just because we don't receive completely this side of heaven, not all of us, we all have certain challenges, right, all of us. Don't feel discouraged. Hey, listen, look at me. Look at me. Wendy and I, after Jessica, we actually have another child, baby in the womb, of course. And we are so excited. She was excited. I was excited. And it's about time that Jessica has a partner, you know, but after some weeks, I forgot how long it was, when the time came for the heartbeat to be detected, there was no heartbeat.
So, of course, we told the doctor give us some time, we're gonna believe and pray, and you know, that kind of thing. But we lost that baby, there's no heartbeat, all right? And I have one that's growing up in heaven right now, amen. Quite grown, you know, after Jessica. So, and after that Justin came, and what a blessing he has been. He's truly the restoration. So, everyone who has lost a child, even in the womb, it's not lost. David says when he lost his child, he says that, "the child cannot come to me, but one day I will go to him". So, which means the child is growing up in heaven, and the child will never have to go to a dentist, never have to go for shots, never have to go, you know, never be faced with all the problems in this world, amen. They're learning to worship better than us, amen.
So, the thing is this, all right, we all have our challenges. There are things that we cannot understand, you know? We believe God, but we don't seem to have the manifestation. Does that mean we stop preaching the truth of Isaiah 53, what he did for us? Does that mean that we forget 3 John 2? A lot of people are angry at people who preach on healing because they have lost a loved one, all right, or they have lost someone and they don't want to accept. But it's not that matter, my friend. It's not that.
Just because we fail does not mean the truth of God's Word need to be compromised. Maybe there will come a time a special anointing where all of us can receive easily. Until then, we are learning, but we cannot let go of the fact that healing is provided for us in the atoning work of Jesus. It's not just when God feels like he want to heal people. What you saw just now is more the gifts of the Spirit manifesting. But you need to know your own personal life, you can receive through communion. You can receive your faith, just believe God, you know, and have a time of fellowship with God. And when you receive it and you mark that time in your diary, you know, put that in your smartphone, "On this date, at this time, I received my healing". From then on, the devil cannot deter you from that. Just go back to your note and say, "No, this was the day I received".
When the pain comes back, no, this is the day I received. There'll be counterattacks, amen, but you go back to what you have received. Can have a good amen? So, are we to compromise because, people say, "Well, you know, in the healing meeting, not everybody got healed". It's the same thing. You go to a Billy Graham rally, and the whole purpose of the rally is to get everyone saved, every sinner saved, if possible. But again, in every rally, even a great man like Billy Graham, will have people walking out unsaved. But thank God for those who are saved. The thing is this, if you push healing, many people will start to rise, more people will get healed. But if you don't preach it at all because of your experience, then guess what. People will all stay at this level.
So, don't penalize the church that preaches healing. Don't be angry with the church that preaches healing. In fact, you might be next. And thank God for the church that believes in healing, but we don't believe because we choose to believe. We believe because it's in the work of Jesus at the cross. Are we to compromise because a loved one died? Are we to say that, you know, healing is not for today? I believe many a times when I saw in the Scriptures that women are delivered from childbirth pains, amen, supernatural childbirth, I preached it before I was married. And they were women with much smaller church.
In fact, about this, this whole section here, that was the church I had. And I remember I started preaching what I saw, and women got angry with me. Those women who have given birth, they got angry, you know? But you gotta start preaching the truth. And then one person bursts through or the baby bursts through. Alright, another person went into that healing and no pain. Another person went through, and the not only supernatural childbirth, but supernatural conception and started going, Oh, praise the Lord. One after another. And when one saw another person's testimony, it's easier for the person to believe and it becomes like a bottle that's uncorked and all the juices just start flowing out, amen?
But the hardest was the first, because people say, "Well, your church believe in healing". Well, for a church that doesn't believe in healing, they have 100% results, no results. No one criticizes them. No one, no one will come to them because there's nothing to it. I didn't preach healing in the first place. When someone dies, you know, because we don't believe in healing. The thing is this, do you want to be a part of that? No, even those who don't believe in healing, when their child is sick or they don't believe God heals today, they don't believe healing is for everybody. When their child is sick, they want their child well.
You know, when Jessica was sick with viral fever and all that, I remember beside her cot. She was just very small at that time. And my heart, when I see her crying, crying, you know what I felt like? If only I can take that virus. If only I can take that fever. That's how a father feels. If only I can take. In fact, one time I was thinking these kind of thoughts and God interrupted and God says, "Son, that's how I feel about you and about her". You only love for one to take the suffering of another, amen.
You pass by, you see someone else's kid and all that crying, you don't care. You don't care that much. But when it's your own, God says, "That's how I feel about you and your child. And in fact," the Lord said, "I took your diseases, and I took your child's diseases". Nice, no more trying to believe. Hey, he's done it. I just thank God for it. Don't worry about the manifestation, when it will come. Just thank God he's healed. You see, you gotta believe that God wants you well, but please don't penalize the church for believing this, amen? I love you, people. That's why I'm preaching this, amen?
"Well, well, what about Paul"? Yeah, what about Paul? "Paul, Paul died as a martyr". Okay, since you brought Paul up, okay, Philippines 1. Philippines 1, Paul says this. Okay, tell me whether you can say this. Paul says this, "I am hard pressed between the two," two decisions, "having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to remain in the flesh, in the body, is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain," in the body, that is, "and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith".
So, imagine a guy talking to you like this, okay? "Hey, guys, guys, I'm in a dilemma. There are two roads, I gotta choose one of them. I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better". He loves the Lord. But for me to stay in the body is more needful for you. So, you know what? For your joy of faith and progress, I think I'll hang around in my body for a while. Can anyone say that today?
Obviously, he knows something that we need to learn. I mean, some people will say, "You know, I think I'll stay around in the body". They have no choice when disease strike. So obviously, he has power and this power is not from him, it's from God. He has power to put death at bay. The Rapture generation is the generation that would be alive, not just alive, those of us who are alive and remain, that denotes power.
It's one think to be alive because you are young. It's one thing to be alive because you are 10 years old or 20 years old. It's one thing to be alive, but it's nothing to remain. Remain denotes power. There'll be a revelation in the end-time generation that will cause them to keep death at bay. The last enemy that will be put under our feet is death, physical death. We're not gonna overcome spiritual death because we have overcome already spiritual death. When you're born again, we'll never die spiritually, amen. But physical death is the last enemy. God calls it the last enemy, amen?
So, there'd be a revelation coming to the church, and I think it's happening with preachers that dare preach the message. So, understand our loved ones passed on, but you know what? Those loved one, like my child and all that, they're in heaven, they're happy. They're very happy. If you can say it's the best form of healing for them. They are crying for us. "There are no tears in heaven, Pastor". Initially, there are tears in heaven. Even Eric Clapton say that. Eric chapter 3, verse 19. For God to wipe away their tears, that means they were initially tears, right?
I believe the tears were not so much like, "Oh, I miss my". No, no, tears is like, "I didn't know you were this good. I didn't know that you wanted me to live that kind of life. I didn't know the truth. I didn't know you were looking at my need, instead of my sins. I didn't know how good you were, Lord. I didn't know you had so much for me and I settled for so few. I didn't know, Lord". And then you'll cry. Then he'll say, "Son, you're home, doesn't matter anymore. You're home, amen". Praise the Lord.
So, how can we tap into this? So Paul, finally when Paul was martyred because, you know why? His body is so full of resurrection life that every diseased germ that touches him, I believe, dies. So, we gotta learn to walk there. We're not there yet, but we gotta learn to walk in that, right? I'm sure Paul walked in that, right? So, the fastest way for Paul to die is like this, "Let me die glorifying Jesus," amen. He was decapitated, we were told under Emperor Nero. So, probably was, before he did that, he looked at the executioner. The guy's face is hooded maybe, and maybe he wink at him. And say, "Remember, you know, don't feel guilty after this," all right? Because Jesus loves you and I love you, and he's waiting for you. Just invite him into your life, amen?
That's a way to glorify Jesus because for him to wait for old age, he loves the lot too much. He told us he has a desire to depart and be with Christ. For him to die of disease, I think he's so full of resurrection life that ministers life to his mortal body, amen? He's learned all the revelation to say we gotta study revelations of Paul. All the Bible is important. Every Bible word is inspired, but not everything is written to the church. Some are written for the benefit of the church. We can learn some things are written to Israel. We gotta learn we can benefit from it because all the promises of God, not just for Israel, all the promises of God in Christ is yes and in him, amen.
When Paul finally came to the place of offering he says, "You know, I'm poured out all ready my whole life". And this is what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4, "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith". In other words, "There's nothing else left. The fastest way back to the Lord is in a way that glorifies the Lord through my death as a martyr". You see that? Even martyrdom, Hebrews 11, I'm bringing this to a close. Hebrews 11 says, "By faith there were men of God in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, that quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured".
This part, a lot of people don't like to hear, but there were those who were tortured, martyrdom. But this is the word that I was reading this one day that these words grabbed me like an octopus tentacles, grabbed me and say, "Listen". Now, these three words, "not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection". And you know something? A lot of people will try to misconstrue this by saying, "Well, they were offer deliverance by their captors, by the Romans. The Romans says, "You know, you want to renounce Jesus? Then you'll be delivered".
But listen, the word "deliverance" here is the word apolutrosis. It is used ten times in the New Testament. Every time it is used, it is always about redemption from God. It is always redemption from God, not from men. For example, the verse Ephesians 1, "In whom we have redemption through his blood". That's apolutrosis. Redemption or deliverance is always from God. They didn't accept deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection. The choice was theirs. Have you noticed that? This is in the Bible. Let's not talk about Foxe's "Book of Martyrs" and all that. That's not Bible, okay? It's a great book, but it's not Bible. This is Bible, not accepting deliverance. For them not to accept, that means what? They had a choice and this deliverance is deliverance always used.
Ten times it's used, all the ten times it's used as from God, always from God. You check it out, it's all from God. It's never used of deliverance from men. It's the word "redemption". Christ has made unto us apolutrosis, redemption or deliverance, amen? So, how can we receive this? I'll tell you what's the problem, number one problem, number one problem in the church is this, I'll close by telling you how we can receive, right? I need to tell you how. It's not nice teasing you and all that.
Okay, number one way, Romans 4. Look at Romans 4, verse 13, "For the promise that Abraham would be the heir of the world". Stop, what's heir of the world? God promised Abraham he'd be the heir of the world. So, if he's gonna be the heir of the world, can you be the heir of the world and you are always sick? You can't, right. Cannot, right? What about if you're always poor and broke, can you be the heir of the world? No, you can't, right? So, all the other lesser blessings are in this promised heir of the world.
So, the promise that Abraham will be the heir of the world, you can name any blessing. It is all in this heir of the world. The promise that Abraham will be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed. Don't forget if you are Christ's you are Abraham's seed. Galatians tells us that. What are you? Abraham's seed. So, the promise that he'll be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Now, we come back to the first two illustrations that Jesus used in Nazareth. Why can't Israel receive? They were too busy looking at their obedience. They were too busy looking at the law. They were trying to obtain by deserving healing, by deserving, whereas the Gentiles, they deserve nothing. They know that.
And the moment they looked at the Savior, they were justified by faith like Rahab. Here it says very clearly, "The promise was not though the law". You know what it means? We are looking at, now, listen carefully. Here's where a lot of people will try to misquote me. Doesn't mean it's a miss or a mister, but they like to misquote me. "Pastor, you're so corny". Yeah, I know, Joseph sells corns. The Bible tells us obedience is important, but we have a new obedience called obedience of faith. The Bible talk about who should hinder you that you should not obey the truth? What is obey the truth? The Bible says about the gospel preaching is the gospel preaching for the obedience of faith. What is obedience of faith?
The obedience today is right believing. Right believing will produce right living. Obeying the truth, obedience of faith, it's all about right living. No? Sorry, believing, right? That produces right living. Am I right? But the church preaches right living, right living, right living. That's the law. That's the principle of the law. If I keep the law and I live right, God will bless me, right? Wrong. Because the moment you come under law, all right, you come under the curse. It goes on to say, "For if those who are of the law are heirs". In other words, if you say, "I've obeyed enough, now God has to give me the healing, Now, I've obeyed enough, God has to give me the provision," then faith is made void and the promise that he'll be the heir of the world is made of no effect.
Wow, you ask the church today, an average person, you put a mic under their nose and you tell them, "What voids healing in the church? What voids provision in the church"? "Sin, amen, sin. Bless God, if there's less sin in the church, more people will be healed". It's very funny, isn't it? A lot of people that received healing, all who touched Jesus, all who came to Jesus were healed and they were all sinners. If sin can stop God's grace, it will never have begun, right? Because what we see is God's grace going everywhere and healing, and sin cannot stop it. Grace is greater than sin.
Do you realize that nobody was born again when Jesus healed them in the gospels? Nobody was saved. They were Israels, as well as some Gentiles, but they were not saved. How can they be saved? Jesus has not yet died and risen again. So basically, if sinners can receive, you are God's children, you know? Hello, you are God's children. Like my son looked at a chicken one time when he was four years old, "Hey chicken, hey, chicken, I'm talking to you. Hey, hey, guys, you are God's children. Hey, hey, I'm talking to you". The chicken never answered him. And I told him, "Justin, that's what happens when you don't answer back. You know, when someone greets you, you don't look at them and answer, that's how you feel. Now, you feel it, right"?
Hey chicken, hey, hey, hey. I'm talking to you, chicken. He loves to watch Foghorn Leghorn. "I say boy, I say boy," you know? He loves that. Nevermind, it's a cartoon, "Foghorn Leghorn," check it out. Anyway, what is the rational of faith? In other words, the way you receive is like this, keep on confessing, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ. Christ was made sin with my sin on the cross that I might be made the righteousness of God in him". Can I have a good amen? Confess, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ". Say it again.
See, the more you say it, the more you confess it, guess what's gonna happen. You will inherit effortlessly. But the other way is this, all right? "No, no, I cannot say that because I've not done this, or I've done that wrong. I've done that wrong. You don't know what I've done in my life". And you know what's gonna happen? You will disqualify yourself, not that God disqualify you but when you say, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ," that's how the promise will be made effective.
Israel today has possession of their land. They even possess, technically speaking, the Temple Mount where the temple is to be built, right, is theirs after the 1967 War, the Six-Day War. Yet, it is not theirs. It is theirs, but it's not theirs. It's like it's their land like Joshua, yet it's not possessed. You know, they can never possess effectively their land without trouble. Now they have trouble, all kinds of trouble, Syria from the north, Iran, you know, from the east and all that and they will always have trouble, always have trouble because they are steeped in the law. The promise to Abraham was not through the law, and they are trying to get it through the law and now the church is trying to get it through the law or the blessings of God.
But the day that Israel says, "Baruch Haba B'shem Adonai", Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, bang, they're righteous by faith, they will possess their possessions. The land will truly be theirs. Can I have a good amen, church? Come on. Give Jesus the praise, hallelujah, hallelujah. So, go out of here confessing, I don't care what you need, just keep on confessing, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ. I'm the right". So, the devil's number one, number-one weapon will be what? To accuse you, to accuse you. No wonder he's the accuser of the brethren. He will try to stop you from realizing that you are the righteousness of God in Christ or if you know it already, deep down in he will try to make you believe it in your head only and not in your heart.
And that's why it's not enough to hear one sermon about righteousness of faith. You need to keep on hearing, keep on hearing, keep on hearing because righteousness of faith, and faith needs to be fed the Word of God, need to keep on hearing it, amen? Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. Give Jesus the praise, hallelujah, amen.
Every head bowed, every eye closed all across this place. Everywhere that's watching this right now, we love you. We love you. Even if you're a friend, a visitor visiting, let me tell you this, I don't believe for one moment that you came here by happenstance or by chance. I believe, I really believe that God directed your steps here today. You might just feel like coming or a friend invited you, but it is God orchestrating everything. He loves you, my friend.
The Bible says, There is no other name under heaven, whereby we can be saved or we must be saved but the name of Jesus. The Word of God says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". Right believing to God is everything. Right believing is the holiest thing you can ever do towards God.
Today, it's not about keeping the law. Today is about right believing. When there's right believing, there will be right living. Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. Believe he rose from the dead for your justification. He's alive today at the Father's right hand. I preached the glorified risen Christ to you, and I'm saying that he wants to be your shepherd. He wants to be your Lord. He wants to be your protector. He wants to be your provider. He wants to be your healer. He wants to be your everything. Will you allow him? Pray this prayer with me right now. If you want Jesus to come into your life, say this from your heart.
Heavenly Father, what a wonderful gift. My Lord Jesus Christ, he died on the cross for my sins, and rose from the dead without my sins. I thank you that today as you see him, that's how you see me. I am in him. I am the righteousness of God in Christ because Jesus Christ is my Lord, and my Savior. Thank you, Father. I'm greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved in Jesus's name, and all the people said, amen.
Stand to your feet right now. Praise the Lord. Lift your hands all across this place. One of the provisions that God gives us is protection, and Psalms 91 is all about protection. If God does not want us to be protected, then he will not have given us such a beautiful psalm in Psalms 91. So, lift your hands all across this place, friend, God wants you protected, and this world is going crazy. You can see all kinds of crazy things happening. Even flying is not safe or going to certain places is not safe. You never know one disaster, natural disasters, or crazy terrorists or whatever. The thing is that God wants you protected. Lift up your hands. Everywhere that's watching this right now, the Lord bless you with the blessings of Father Abraham. Receive it in Jesus's name.
And the Lord keep you, the Lord preserve you, the Lord protect you throughout this entire week you and your families from every harm, danger, accident, tragedy, from every sickness, from every infection, from all the powers of darkness, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord grant you favor, great favor. Everywhere you go, you'll be at the right place at the right time, you and yours. And the Lord grant you great favor with everyone that you meet. And those that you don't have favor with were never meant to be. You don't need them. The Lord grant you and your loved ones shalom health, peace, and well-being in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. And all the people said, amen. God bless you. We'll see you again. It's been good to be in the house of the Lord, amen.