Joseph Prince - Find Security In Times Of Anxiety
Luke 14, Jesus shared this parable because someone shouted, "Now when one of those who sat at the table with Jesus heard these things, he said to Him, 'Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God'"! So, someone said, "Blessed is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God". Then he said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper", say, "great supper". Now, Chinese supper. Great supper is not ten course, probably 30 course. Great supper is the best, it's a big supper. Everything you want is there. A great supper is a great thing, people, amen.
And sent his servant. It says, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many". He invited how many, few? No, many. And he sent his servant. The servant is the Holy Spirit, amen. "He sent his servant at supper time, to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready'". So, all things are now ready. God told Israel, "I'll bring you to a land where you will eat from vineyards and olive trees, olive orchards that you did not plant. You will drink from wells that you did not dig". All things are now ready, amen.
How would man react? Next verse, "But they all with one accord, all they who were invited, began to make excuses and they said, The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused'". Now, which dumbbell buys the ground, and then go and see it? It's a lousy excuse. Imagine the God of heaven spreading a feast and man, man doesn't have to buy, man doesn't have to even put in labor. All things, all, all are now already. On this plate here is salvation, amen. You can be saved from eternal condemnation, saved from judgment, saved and become God's child, amen. On this plate is the children's bread.
What did Jesus say about the children's bread? Healing. Remember he said it's not right to take the children's bread and the cast it to the puppies, amen. The children's bread is healing, there on that table is healing. It's like that food, this food, this drink gives you joy. This wine, amen, gives you joy. Wine is a picture of joy in the Bible. This wine, wow, it gives me joy. It's celebration. It's all ready. It's all made ready. Come, you just have to come. The other guy says, "You know what? I have to go see my property because I bought my property and I haven't seen it".
Singaporean, which guy, which one would buy property having not seen it yet? It's an excuse, lousy excuse. The next excuse, another one says, "I have bought five cars". Okay, it's cars for today. "Yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused". He bought it already, you know, and then he test drive. It's a lousy excuse. It's lame, it's pathetic. And it's so clear, so evident, evidently, lame excuse. This is a reaction to man. When God says it's free, they don't want it. They rather earn, sweat, suffer, fast, pray long, do things, instead of taking.
So, that brings me to something else I want to say to you. There are people, probably you may or may not have heard it yet, but there are people who will tell you, "How can you claim Psalms 91"? It's a secret place. He how dwells in the secret place of the Most High. Show them the verse, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High". It's a secret place. Then you tell them, "What's the secret place"? "Ah, it's a special place of intimacy with God". Correct? The problem with intimacy is this. How intimate is intimate before you know you're intimate? And intimate enough to qualify for Psalms 91, verse 1? How intimate is intimate and how intimate will you be before you can qualify for Psalms 91, verse 1? The one, they will tell you when you're ready. That's too much power to give to one person.
"So, Pastor Prince, what is that then"? This is nothing more than telling you, by the way, the Word, "He who dwells", "yashav", it appears first in the Hebrew. It is yashav. Look at Hebrew. Show them interlinear. Yashav which is in Hebrew, the way I said it, yashav is the word "sit". Yashav, in the secret place, Elion, the Most High, is shadow. Shaddai is the Almighty. Is actually "spend the night". Night is a season where, like, what the world is going through right now. It will pass, amen? It will pass. It depend on how long but it's a night season and the Bible says he who sits in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow, shall spend the night. You'll spend this entire season under the shadow of the Almighty, amen?
But the question, what is that? It's number one, is sit. When a word appears in the beginning usually, in the Hebrew, it's an emphasis on that word in the entire verse. God says, "Sit down". It can be dwell, but many a time it's sit. Now, I taught somewhere the Bible says that that is our reality. Ephesians 2, please. "But God, who is rich in mercy", I just wanna stop here and just tell you all. God rich in mercy. Whatever ideas you have of God, don't have all these religious ideas. I don't know where you get it from, all right, God is angry, God is revengeful, God, God, the wrathful God.
Let me tell you one thing: God rich in mercy. You'll never find, I challenge you, I've offered this before to people and all that. I offer them, "Find me a word that says, 'Rich in wrath. Rich in anger'". Never find. Does God have anger? Yes. For the believer, no. Jesus exhausted all of God's anger at the cross. He deliver us from the wrath to come, amen. So, what is this, then, my friend? It is Jesus bearing everything for us and therefore there is no... in fact, from the beginning, God's heart is full of mercy. Even in the Old Testament, he's rich in mercy. Not only he has mercy, he's rich in mercy. "Your God is wealthy in mercy. And not only that, because of his great love with which he loved us".
Stop there for a... don't rush. "Because of his great love which he loved us". Amen? So, here it says, "Even when we're dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved". Drop down, "And raise us up together". So, at the cross, we were crucified with Christ. That's where our identity started. Our, the real person now of you and I began at the cross, and he raised us up together with Christ. When Christ died, we died with him. He was buried, we were buried with him. And when God raised his Son from the dead, we were all in him. We are no longer outside, amen. We are all in him.
Now, he raised us up together and made us sit together. He made us what? Sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. So, we are there. Who made us this? Okay, he raised us up together. Go back to verse 5. Even when we were dead, who made us, who made us alive? He made us alive. Now, we cannot make ourself alive. So, God made us alive together. Next verse, He raised us up together, and he made us sit together in Christ Jesus. So, that place, would you agree, there's no greater secret place? It was secret place in the Old Testament because Christ has not yet come.
Don't you agree that being in Christ risen, you cannot be in a better place? We are now seated in Christ. And before warfare which is in Ephesians chapter 6, before you learn to walk, which is in Ephesians chapter 4 and 5, you've got to learn to sit. How well you sit is how well you overcome the powers of darkness. How well you sit is how well you walk as a believer on earth. When the devil wants to affect your walk, he doesn't focus on your walk, he focus on your rest. Amen? What are we waiting for now? "That in the ages to come", now that we are seated. God says, "Sit down in this cinema, I'm about to give you a show. The show is about to start". So we sit down, "that in the ages to come he might show", there's a show coming. "He might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards us in Christ Jesus".
Now, during this time, people, please understand it is not you clinging on to protection. You cling on. Realize that God loves you and... show them 2 Thessalonians 3:3 real quick. "But the Lord is faithful, who shall 'stablish you, and keep you from evil". My being kept from evil is not my smartness, avoid people who are coughing and make sure that I find out about the place, my knowledge about the place that I'm going is about this, about that, and all that. It's my Lord's faithfulness. It's not even my faithfulness.
So people say, "Are you sure you're faithful enough to qualify for Psalms 91's protection"? "Are you sure you're faithful enough", has the question backwards. The question is not my faithfulness that keeps me from evil. The Lord is faithful. I love it. You know, I can just meditate on this and go to sleep. Not now. You know, I can just meditate, "The Lord is faithful to keep you from evil". The Lord is faithful, he keeps you from evil. And we think it's our faith that keeps us from evil. No, it is his faithfulness.
So his truth shall be your shield and buckler. Some translations says it can be translated that way because the word "emeth" can also be faithfulness. His faithfulness is your shield. It is the child being held by the mother, not the child holding on to the mother. That's never really safe. The mother hold the child, it's safe, amen? He is faithful to keep you from evil. He's faithful to establish you and keep you from evil. Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness. Come on, just tell him, "Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness". You put your eyes off you and put your eyes on him.
So, those who say that it is your faithfulness that qualifies you for the blessings of Psalms 91, they don't understand. The New Testament is a New Testament verse that says, the Lord is faithful. Can I have a good amen? His faithfulness is my shield. I have to sit down and realize, amen, because you can actually claim Psalms 91 in a very fearful way, in a very anxious way. "I claim it, Lord, I claim it". Now you are obliged. You know, it's as if they don't even know God. To use that kind of term with God is to, to show yourself ignorant of him and his love for you. No, you say, "Father, thank you, you are faithful". Right, put the anointing oil, amen. "Thank you, Father, as I go out today, my family and I, no evil will befall us and no COVID-19 virus will come near our dwelling", amen? You can specify, it's okay, just thank the Lord for it. "And thank you, Lord, you are faithful".
Rest in his faithfulness. It's not about your faith. It's not about looking at my faith, it's looking away from self to his faithfulness. In fact, it's amazing. When you see him as being faithful, the faithful one, you have faith. But you're not conscious you have faith because your eye is on his faithfulness. Are you with me so far? Okay, let's finish it. Praise the Lord. Let's go back to the parable of Jesus. And then Jesus said, so again, still another said, "I have married a wife, therefore I cannot come". I just want to understand, all right, that means the wife really, really, you know? "I married a wife, I cannot come. I used to be able to go places and all that, but now I married a wife". That part, understandable excuse, okay.
Verse 21, it's still a lousy one though. Verse 21, "So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city", of the city, streets and lanes of the city. This is a city place, right? Singapore is a city, would you say that? London is a city, New York is a city, Washington's a city, amen. L.A. is a city. Wherever you are, now we live in cities, most of us. And guess what. There are still very many poor people in our cities, and now the invitation went to them, right? So, the Lord says, "And bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind".
So, for many years, the gospel has traveled through, that's why God allowed the Romans to be raised because Romans built excellent roads. And then the gospel came after the Romans, have you noticed that? All right, so God knows how to, you know, publicize the gospel of Jesus Christ, and now even the internet and our social media, and all that. All that is part and parcel of the gospel of being reached, going out there. The devil hijacked all these things, of course, and put junk, you know, and filth, and lies in it. But, of course, the whole intent is to cover the globe with the gospel of Jesus Christ, amen.
So, he says, "'Bring in the poor, bring in the maimed, the lame, the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room'". I always tell you something, okay? God's provision is always greater than need, always. Remember when God told the children of Israel, get a lamb, a lamb for a house, a lamb for a house. And if the lamb, if the house is too small, invite your neighbor. So, it's never the lamb is too small. The lamb is more than enough, and that's how the Gentiles were brought in. If you have ears to hear, amen. The lamb is too great just for Israel.
"'Master, it is done as you commanded, still there is room'". Drop down. "Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges'", what's the difference? Highways are those modern, this is written in modern times all ready. I believe there is a sequence to all these things. At first its lanes and all that, those are countryside. Those, the gospel of Jesus Christ started with lanes, even though it's city and all that, but it's still lanes, right? Lanes, am I right? But now I come into modern times now, now it's highways, right?
"But Pastor Prince, what are hedges"? Now, this is where the Lord gave me a word of prophecy for China. Hedges is the last move of God. God's gonna move into the hedges. In this modern world, what countries are known by curtains, curtains? Iron Curtain, very good that is the nation of Russia. Another one, Bamboo, Bamboo Curtain. What nation is that? China, these are hedges. These curtains are hedges. So, God says, "We go into the hedges", the last move, "and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled". What is this? What is this that the God of heaven and earth whose spread, whose banquet is full of good things that man desires, but man will not have it that the God of heaven wants man to have it that he says about this last move, don't just invite now, compel, compel people to eat healing, prosperity, family well-being, wisdom, purpose in life, peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable, compel them, the love, if feel the pathos in these words.
I feel the love of God saying, "They don't want to come in, then go to the highways, go to the hedges". It's the last move. "Compel them to come in that my house may be filled". What a God we serve, that he has to compel us to be saved, to be blessed, to be protected. "For I say to you that none of those men who were invited who gave excuses shall taste my supper". Hedges is the last move. I prophesy to you, as I did early last year, God is gonna do something in China. And to confirm that, and I'll close with this, is a prophecy God gave me for China, that's watching right now, is Isaiah 49. In Isaiah 49 God says, "Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north", Russia, "and the west". I would say that's America. For a long time America, right, has been touched with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Notice what's the last nation. "And this from the land of Sinim". Sinim is ancient name for China, Chin. Sin from the word Sinim is China, ancient China. It's the only place where China appears in the Bible, amen. The land of Sinim. Notice, the position is the last. God has not forgotten the multitudes in China. And all the blood of the martyrs that was spilled to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ even during the Boxer Rebellion and all that, the gospel, the seeds are sown down there. Amen, I'm telling you, the gospel is making headways. There are more believers right now in China than anywhere else in Asia that I know of, besides Korea, but Korea really needs the gospel, another gospel of Jesus Christ, or else the K-pop generation's gonna leave the traditional churches if this is what they see. They're not listening to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Your pastor, by the way, is now on Korean TV preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and they're getting it in their language. And I tell them. Amen. See, when God moves the land of Sinim, what happens over there? God says, "Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted". Oh, right now in China, the believers are afflicted, amen. They are there and they're feeling, "How long, Lord"? And God is saying, "I'm gonna move and when I move, sing heavens. Earth be joyful", amen. God will have mercy on his afflicted. He will comfort his people and have mercy.
The word "racham", mercy on his afflicted is a mother caring for a loved child, a child that's dearly loved. The word "racham" is her womb, has the word idea of womb, her womb of love with that kind of mercy on his people. And a special Word and we'll close. Drop down to verse 17. I think you can, of course, the first application of this is the end times, amen? I'm gonna show you what God is saying to me to tell China is this, "Your sons shall make haste; Your destroyers", COVID-19, your Coronavirus, "Your destroyers and those who laid you waste Shall go away from you".