Joseph Prince - Think Young, Stay Young
We're gonna look at Romans 4, right now in verse 13, "The promise that Abram will be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed". Who is his seed? Christ. But then in Galatians it says if you are Christ's, you are Abraham's seed. Hey, Abraham's seed, hello, Abraham's seed. Can I hear Abraham's seed shout, "Hallelujah"? Shout, "Praise God". Only Abraham's seed, okay?
So, if you are Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed. And not only that, you are heirs according to the promise. This promise tells us the way to inherit the world. There's no other way. Look at Thayer's definition of the world. It says, "Worldly riches, worldly advantages". God wants you to be in position of influence. It's good, you don't pray for a job, you pray for a position. Yeah, that's good. God is big, why ask for small?
I want to speak a Word to the young people, amen? When you set your ambition, your destiny, your goal, make sure, amen, you're doing something for the Lord's glory. I want to say this to you, young people, from a young person to a young person, let me just tell you this, stop thinking that, you know, you have many years to go, you know, "I can just play around like, you know, have girlfriends and then go for my National Service, you know, in the military and all that and come back. After that I still can, you know, go on this job, and that job, or this job. You know, I just I have plenty of time". That's a bit immature, you know? "As a teenager, I can afford to argue with my parents all the time. My friends do it all the time". That is immature.
And the heroes of the Bible, they were all young people. Jesus was 30. Thirty is young, by the way. Thirty years old, amen? Speaking to demons, they left. Spoke to storm, it was a perfect calm. Jesus had control. Jesus had power. Jesus had dignity. Jesus had princeliness. You know, something you need to have in your life is princeliness. Don't be like the world. If you are like the world, you know why stones are cheaper, so much cheaper, dirt cheep compared to diamonds? Not easy to find, amen? Be someone different. Don't be like the world. The world does this, you do that. Hey men, be different. The world inwardly they will admire you, but they will try to pull you down. They cannot let you be shining all the time, amen? You understand?
So, I just want to say that because I feel that God is raising young people all over the world. I see that in Germany. I just came back from there, all right, and also in Europe and all that. God is raising young people so young people are responding to the message by the droves, screaming, shouting, getting excited about Jesus. The old ones, you get old by not, you know, by having complaining attitude.
You see people, when they grow old, they complain a lot. "Nowsadays, this young generation. Y'all youngsters". Whenever I hear someone say, "Y'all youngsters", all right, I say, uh-oh getting old already. Whoever's saying that, "y'all youngsters", because I don't say, "y'all youngsters". We youngsters, amen. So, anyway, the tone becomes very, very complaining, you know, very everything is complain, complain about the government. Complain about the weather, complain about this, complain about Pastor Prince and what he just said just now. Okay, so, no, no, don't be like that. Don't be, you also say young people good thing you're telling the young people to be different. You also be different. Don't be a normal kind of 80-year-old, 70-year-old, 60-year-old, 50-year-old, okay? Can you be different?
Our young people are crying for your leadership. You know, we forget that when God brought Israel out of Egypt, took God 40 years because they were unwilling. One night God brought them out of Egypt. Forty years to get Egypt out of them. They still had the mentality, the ways of the world, thinking of the world, speaking like the world. When I look at a Christian and they think like the world, they talk like the world, amen, no wonder they get worldly results. We are not world but we are not of the world. Can I have a good amen?
And then God had to wait for the generation who say, "Cannot, wah, cannot, cannot be done, cannot be done". God says, "You're right. You're right, whatever you say, you will see it happen. You say cannot. But this group, this younger generation and Joshua and Caleb, and they're the older generation. They say can because they say can, they can because you say you can't, your bodies will drop dead in this wilderness. You won't go in".
Read all about it. It's in the Bible in the Book of Numbers, all right, they say they're giants, complaining, "Giants in the land, the walls are so thick. We are like grasshoppers and all that. They will eat us up. You know, we're gonna die". God says, "As you have spoken, so will I do in your ears. All right, so will I do". They all dropped dead and then God told Moses and God says, "Joshua and Caleb", Joshua was quite an elderly man already at this time, amen? And yet God says, Joshua and Caleb will enter because Joshua and Caleb had a different attitude. They looked at the giant and say, "Hey, their defense is departed from them, all right? God is with us. Let's eat them up. They're bread for us".
The other one said, what? Majority said, "No, they will eat us up". Joshua says, Caleb and Joshua says, "We'll eat them up". God says, "They're going in", amen? But don't forget, God it waited. The old generation passed on. The new generation rise up. This generation that rose up, they never felt the whip on their back. They never had a slave mentality. In fact, this is the generation that saw God open the Red Sea. This is the generation as a boy, they saw God open the Red Sea 40 years ago. This is a generation, all right, that saw God do all kinds of miracles in the wilderness, water from the flinty rock. They grew up with miracles. They didn't grow up with slave mentality, amen?
Jesus one time says, "Out of the mouth". Remember he was riding a donkey into the eastern gate and that day, by the way, you can actually calculate that very day to the day itself, to the prophecy of Daniel. Daniel says, "Mark the day when the king issues a decree, all right, to restore the children of Israel back", amen? And the restoration from, you know, when they got captive, they were taken captive to Babylon. When the restoration to rebuild Jerusalem, okay, I can see that in Nehemiah, Ezra. That very day is registered in history, all right? You mark that day, you count the 17 weeks of Daniel. You come all the way when Messiah cut off, you find the very exact day when Jesus would ride and he was the king, but riding on a donkey telling them that he's the king they were looking for and they missed it.
They missed the day of their visitation. But children realized who it was. Children said, "Hosanna to the Son of David, Hosanna". The Pharisees said, "Shut up". And then the children shut it louder, "Hosanna". And it was the youth's and the children shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David". They realized who he was. And then the Pharisees went to Jesus and says, "Why don't you make them shut up"? And Jesus says, "Listen, if they shut up, the stones will cry out. The stones will rebel", amen? Then Jesus says, "Have you not read in the Scriptures", I love this part, "out of the mouth of babes, God has perfected praise". And he's quoting Psalms but when you go to Psalms, it says this, "Out of mouth of babes, thou has ordained strength to stop the enemy and still the avenger", Amen.
So, out of the mouth of babes, babies, you know, guys not the babe you think of babes okay? Like my wife is a babe, you know but not that kind of babe but babies. Out of mouth of babies, all right, God has ordained strength and here it says perfected praise. So, when you praise Jesus, it's strength to stop the enemy and the avenger. Can I have a good amen?
You know, our kids, don't say they are too young, they are too young. Hudson Taylor, Hudson Taylor was 17 years old when he got saved and then before the year ended in December, he decided to go as a missionary to China. Y'all know the story of Hudson Taylor in China, you know the picture of him wearing the Chinese attire and the Mandarin attire and, you know, those days they wear the cap and all and the long ponytail and all that. And Hudson Taylor was that and Hudson Taylor at a young age, 17 years old, the year that he got saved was the year he gave himself to be a missionary. As a result, he was there 51 years and started the China Inland Mission, 18,000 souls saved, amen? Started the work, the China Inland Mission today is OMF International and because of him, the gospel is still spreading in China today, amen? Seventeen years old.
David was about 16, 17 all right, when he killed Goliath, amen, when all the nation was in fear, amen. One young teenager went down and the Lord went down with him. You're not too young to be used by God. Stop having this mentality, "You know, I just want to spend my time, you know, your only fear, your greatest fear is to lose your phone. What's your fear in life? "To lose my phone". No, the second worst fear, the second worst fear is when you realize, "Ah, only 8% left".
The second less, and you are far away and you are outside and you're far away from a charger or whatever it is. You know, these are the greatest fears we have. You know, it's time for us to break all that and stop this nonsense, come on. And stop the nonsense of trying to see how many people like and how many my likes and all that. Stop that. Don't compare your life with other people, amen. Don't compare your life with other people. I love what Jesus said to the last account of the disciple whom Jesus loved, amen, the last account is very telling for all pastors and leaders. Stop trying to copy and stop trying to adopt what other people are doing.
Jesus said this of Peter, Peter says about John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. Didn't say John but the disciple whom Jesus loved. "What shall be done to this man"? And Jesus says, "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you? You follow me". In other words, what is that to you? If God tells this pastor to do this, what is that to you? You follow him, amen. God tells me, I follow Jesus. If this guy is doing that, "Pastor Prince, you've been be doing what they're doing". And what is that to me? If God tells him, what is that to me? I gotta follow the Lord.
So, here we are a young people and all that. To stop being conformed to the world, stop being namby-pamby and stop being so soft, amen? And doesn't mean you go to National Service you're strong, all right? You gotta have a inner fortitude, an inner moral strength, guys. There are princes and princesses that God is raising in our midst. It's not for no reason you're listening to this, amen? Now, listen to what I'm saying, kids are very precious to Jesus. Today is children's day, right? How you treat a child? Jesus says, "Take heed that you don't despise these little ones". You know that's in the Bible, in red, in red. "Take heed you don't despise these little ones, for their angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven".
Anyone who ill treats a child gets immediate attention from his angel. Now, I mean, I have shared this with you, but do you know that the only time the Bible says Jesus was greatly annoyed or displeased? Have you read that before? Jesus was greatly displeased and the word there is severe, you know, severely displeased. The only time in the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that the Bible says Jesus was greatly displeased is this, "They brought little children to Jesus", the parents did, "that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought the children. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.'"
Do you see that? Now verse 15, "Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it. And He took them up in His arms". Hey, hey, look at this, they actually brought, the parents brought the little children to Jesus. All right, look what did they ask Jesus for? Go back, verse 13, "They brought little children to Jesus that he might touch them". They just want a touch. They just want Jesus to touch. They know there's a power in his touch, right? But look at how Jesus responded? Drop down, He took them up in his arms. He embraced them. He laid his hands on them, not only touched them, he embraced them. He laid hands on them and he blessed them. Jesus always supersedes us, always! He always exceeds us. The less is blessed by the greater. Jesus will always answer exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think, amen?
Young people, stop thinking of yourself as, "Oh, I'm still young, you know, I'm just only 14. I'm 15. I'm only 16, you know". Men of God in the Bible, Daniel when he was taken captive with all the rest to Babylon, you know how old was Daniel? Fifteen years old. When the most powerful sovereign, I'll close with this, the most powerful sovereign of the entire earth at that time, his power came from God because Israel forfeited her place as being the head and not the tail. God made the Gentile, the times of the Gentile. The first one was king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He was the most powerful man at that time.
You know, he had a dream that no man in his palace, no counselor, no necromancer, no divination, medium, whatever in his palace could interpret. So, he asked at that time, he asked a young boy. At that time, he was 17 years old, Daniel, and Daniel interpreted the king's dream. Daniel, at the age of 15, when he was captured with all the three friends that he had, fellow teenagers, they refused to take the wine and the food of the king that was offered to his idol. And then the chief said to Daniel, "Y'all don't eat the food. The king wants y'all to eat this food and if you don't, you'll get skinnier and skinnier and I'll lose my head". The Bible says Daniel said, "Why don't you give us this? Give us", I'll close with, look up here. Go to, "I fear my Lord the king".
All right, the chief said, "You will endanger my head before the king". Daniel says this, all right, "Test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be checked before you". At the end ten days, drop down, "He tested them. At the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies". Just because you're not conformed with your friends doesn't mean you'll look worse. God will make sure you'll look better than them. You know, if you dare to be different, your friends will admire you. They will secretly admire you but they're like madras crabs, you know?
All right, you don't have to put a cover on the basket, you know, full of crabs. Don't have to put a cover, you know why? Every time one crab goes up, another crab will pull him down. One crab goes up, another crab will pull him down. So, people are like that, you know, they see you rising in moral excellence and they say, "You are just trying to show you're better than us". Just smile, beam, all right, that's your only answer. Don't fight. Don't come down to their level. Don't give them a leg up. Amen, God has given you glory. God has given you favor, amen. Just shine and then learn not to be effected by that because one who is greater than them has spoken that you are his beloved son. Okay, right?
Look at that, drop down. "As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge". I said, God gave them knowledge and skill. In literature, Babylonian literature, even in our studies, God can give you knowledge and skill. Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams, amen? Go back to verse earlier on. God gave favor. Go back, all right, go back again. Go back. "God had brought Daniel into favor", verse 9. God can give you wisdom. God can bring you into favor. God does that. Can I have a good amen?
All right, drop down all the way. Praise God, at the end of the days, drop down all the way, all the way down. Okay, verse 20, "In all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, the king found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers in the realm". This is the same God that you are worshiping. And all these Iron Man, Spider-Man and all that, they cannot come into your room, but you can talk to him and he'll be there, amen? When you see a man and you see a man who is strong, princely, or you see a girl who's shining with an inner beauty, know this, they are people who depend on the Lord Jesus and the Lord shines through them. God brings them to favor.
There'll come a time you'll be in the National Service and you'll want the Lord to be there with you, amen? There'll be a time you're looking for a job and there are a lot of qualifications, a lot of demands for certain, and only God can give you like Daniel, God brings you into favor, amen? And even after you got a job, you may be in a job where you want people to get your services or whatever, amen? God can bring you to favor. So friends, invest your life in God, amen? The Lord Jesus Christ came and he's the perfect man.
Today, God has no demand. I'll close by saying this, God has no demands on you and me because all his demands have been met in the wonderful man, Jesus Christ, amen? Oh, I need to finish the verse, Romans 4:13, please show up that verse, all right? "The promise that he'll be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed", you and I in Christ, "through the law, but through the righteousness of faith". How can God today be holy and still be accepting you and I, right, as sinners, amen?
Now, we're not sinners I know but talking about when we receive Christ, at the point we were all sinners. How can God be righteous in allowing sin to enter his presence? God cannot do that, but God did because of Jesus. He can be just because of what Jesus did. Jesus took your sins on the cross, he bore your judgment amen, and he rose from the dead without your sins, which means today God says, "I measure you by that man at my right hand. Today, all right I'm not placing a demand on you. That man at my right hand has fulfilled all my demands. He's the man of my pleasure. He's the man of my joy. He's the man of my delight, my Son, my Son whom I love, whom I gave up for you, amen".
But I just want to say this, when you follow Jesus, you're following a success, you are following a champion, you are following the history maker. You are following someone who can change your life from the inside out, amen. And because people love to follow Jesus, all right, because Jesus is in you, people will learn, all right, from you. They'll be inspired by you. There'll be drawn to you, amen? And all the people said?