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Joseph Prince - Release The Power Of The Spirit With This Truth

Greetings, church. Once again, it's a pleasure to come into your homes to bring God's Word to you. God's Word is what's most precious in our lives. There was a time in Israel, the Bible says, that there was a famine, not of food, not of water, but of hearing the words of the Lord, and that's the worst kind of famine when you hardly get to hear the Word of God. And just because, you know, we tune into religious broadcasts, you know, we listen to a pastor preaching or teaching, doesn't necessarily mean we are receiving the Word of God.

Make sure that you are listening to the Word of God being expounded in its context, amen, and that's the Word that feeds, that's the Word that saves, that's the Word that heals, that's the Word that restores, amen, and that's the Word that prospers. Hallelujah, amen. One word from God can change your life forever. And I'm trusting that even in this broadcast today, you will hear that word that will set you free, you will hear that word that will start the process of restoration of the things that you have lost into your life, you will hear that word that will bring health and healing to your flesh, amen.

I want to start off by sharing a testimony, and this a testimony from China, and this lady wrote and shared about how, just by hearing the Word of God, her life has been transformed, amen. And of all the things in the Word of God that we need to hear time and time again, it is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the gospel of grace and peace. You know, the Bible says, and this is the Word of the Lord, Peter says, "The flower and the grass will fade away, but the word of the Lord endures forever". And then Peter says, "And this is the word of the gospel". So, the word that endures forever is the word of the gospel, amen.

And this lady from China, she shares, "My place where I live was one of the worst hit cities in China by the COVID-19 virus. During this period, I held fast to Pastor Prince's teachings on Psalms 91 and strongly believe that a blood of Jesus was covering my family, and therefore we would partake of the Holy Communion daily and anoint our house with the anointing oil. My daughter, who is studying in France, happened to be residing in the COVID-19 hot spot. We also shared with her Pastor Prince's sermons, and whenever I felt worried about her safety, I would pray and would immediately feel God's peace. Praise the Lord. No one in my family was infected with COVID-19. And during this time, my daughter graduated and went on to apply for a master's degree at a French University. Initially, she thought that she had failed the tough interview. I assured her that God is for her, and if this school would not have her, God has prepared another better one for her. A week later, she was offered a space in the university. Then she hoped to find an internship to fund her studies. After sending out her resume, she was told by her friends not to get her hopes up, as many businesses have been badly affected during this season. When she started to worry, I reminded her that God's grace flows in worry-free areas. I also encourage her that she has a special favor on her life because she's God's child, and that he will put her at the right place at the right time".

All this sounds familiar, huh? "on the fifth day, the company called her up for an interview and offered her the job after that. Besides paying for tuition fees, they would also give her a monthly salary with commission, as well as subsidies for her lodging. In total, she would get a seven-figure sum that is five times the income that we had lost during this pandemic. This is God's restoration. In the beginning of the year when Pastor Prince shared about this year being the year of time and space, I was ready to receive all the blessings that God has in store for us, and God has indeed blessed us. All Glory to Jesus, amen".

And the reason I'm sharing this testimony is because so many of us can identify with the challenges that this sister was faced with during this time, and maybe our sons or daughters in varsity and we receive for them that this generation has been so affected during this time by the COVID-19 virus, and job prospects are not too bright. But, you know, with God, the very reverse can happen, amen. During the time of darkness, God's people prospers.

Time and time again, the Bible tells us in the Word of God that Abraham prospered, especially when? During the time of famine. And the same thing happened to Isaac, Isaac sowed in the land, and the Bible says that was the year of famine when he sowed, and he ripped a hundredfold. The Bible does not compromise in any shape, form, or fashion, tells you he reaped a hundredfold, amen. And the Bible says he went stronger and stronger, and the Philistines envied him. May this be true of your life. And the Bible says that even the time when there was a seven-year famine in Egypt, Joseph, because of the wisdom that God gave him, he caused all Egypt to prosper because of his wisdom.

So, the Bible is very clear that during the time of famine, God's people prospers, amen? As long as they follow the wisdom of God and not apply their own fleshly wisdom, or the counsel of ungodly man, amen. And I just want to tell you that it might look bleak in the natural, but trust the Lord. We are people that you don't go by sight, and that's why it's good for you not to be too engrossed with all the bad news that's going on in the world. There's always some bad news, and how this, you know, COVID-19 will mutate, and things like that.

You know, the worst people have always predicted the worst and many times, you know, time and time again, amen, the world just pulled through it and all that, and how much more God's people? Amen. God's people, time and time again, they went through famine and came out prosperous, came out better than before they went in, amen. May this be the testimony of our lives as well, hallelujah. Let's dive into God's Word. Last week we started a teaching that I felt is so vital for us to not just understand with our heads, but to receive it in our hearts, amen, the revelation of the forgiveness of our sins.

Now, the reason why this doesn't really take root in many believers' lives is because they give mental assent to it. They say, "Yes, God forgives our sins," but they think of it as an initial experience. Yes, that's what ushered in all of us into this, into the kingdom of God, into this new life, into the fact that we are born again, and we are now a new creation in Christ. But then from now on, you know, we cannot depend on that forgiveness of sins, you know, God expect better of us, and God expect more of us. And you know what? In a way, we have to grow in the Lord. we have to follow the Lord, but one thing we must never forget, without God's grace, you know, we are just as worse off as before we started, amen.

You know, the thing is that the flesh is the flesh is the flesh. The flesh will never change. Regardless of how much you advance in your Christian life, how much you grow spiritually, your flesh is still your flesh. You're not to put your trust in the flesh. In fact, the Apostle Paul said like this in Romans 7, "In my flesh dwelleth," and dwelleth there is in the present tense. Even when he's already an apostle, even then, in his flesh, he says, dwells no good thing. If that's true for an apostle, one of the greatest apostles that ever lived, amen, how much more you and I, amen? We know to trust in the flesh. Our flesh can betray us, our flesh will commit the greatest sin if we allow it to, amen, but God does not see you in the flesh.

When God identifies you, you have the flesh. Both of us, amen, we have the flesh. Even though we are born again, we still have the flesh. The flesh is part of you, until we see Jesus face to face, amen, and then we won't have a problem with the flesh, we'll have a glorified body, amen. But until then, until we see him face to face, we'll contend with the flesh, but your flesh is not you. God does not identify you in your flesh. In Romans 8 it says, "Howbeit you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. If so be the Spirit of God dwells in you".

So, once you have the Holy Spirit in you, God doesn't see you in the flesh. In other words, he does not identify you in the flesh. God identifies you in the Spirit, amen, and in the Spirit, you are the righteousness of God in Christ. In the Spirit, you are a brand-new creation created in righteousness and true holiness. Does that mean that we don't have these propensities to sin, these wayward thoughts and sinful desires arising and springing up in our very beings? No, they will still be there, but you are not to identify yourself with them. This is not you, amen. This is not you.

You are to judge your behavior by your identity, by who you are, amen. Judge your behavior by your standing, and your standing before God is that of the righteousness, of being the righteousness of God in Christ. And never judge your standing by your behavior. Just because your behavior, you know, it fluctuates, it goes up and down, doesn't mean you're standing before God goes up and down. You know, friends, God does not see the way man sees. Man's vision is limited. Man's vision is confined to their five senses, what they can taste, what they can feel, what they can... that's what they see within their human limitations.

But God goes beyond human limitations. God sees the future, and God sees into your past. God sees beyond any vision of any creative things of his, like even the eagle can see far away, right, even miles away. But for God, God can see beyond his created creatures, amen. God is a God who sees as no other man sees, and the Bible says when God sees you, he sees you in the Spirit. And that's why, you know, we are not to identify ourself with all these sinful tendencies that rise up, that's not you. You gotta say, "This is not me," amen.

Even when you have a bad dream at night, a sinful dream, amen, and dark dreams and all that, and you wake up, are you responsible for that dream? Nope. You cannot be, you are asleep, okay? You're not to identify yourself with that dream. If you learn to separate yourself from it and say, "This is not me," you'll go back to sleep, and your sleep will be sweet, right? You gotta learn that this flesh will always be there and regardless of how much you confess in faith, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ," the flesh is the flesh and will always remain the flesh, and in the flesh dwells no good thing. But just because it rises up and calls for your attention doesn't mean you are under its power anymore, amen. You are no morel under its power, amen. You're a brand-new creation, and when God looks at you, God sees you in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

Do you remember when God told Abraham, "Take your son," in Genesis 22 God says, "Take your son, your only son," and God was referring to Isaac. But then, before Isaac came, Abraham had another son, right? Remember that, Ishmael? Ishmael actually is the firstborn before Isaac came, and yet why did God say to Abraham, "Take your son, your only son"? Because in God's eyes, God identifies with what is born of the Spirit. God does not identify with the flesh. God does not look at the flesh.

Now, God is not pretending the flesh doesn't exist, amen. God's eyes are the, is the greatest reality, if I can say it, after our human infirmity. God's eyes sees truth like no man can see it, amen. And God sees what is eternal. That which is seen physically is temporal. Everything you can see, that you can see physically, is temporal. But the Bible says what is unseen, angels, amen, the Spirit world, amen. God is a Spirit, amen. Your human spirit is eternal. What is unseen is eternal, amen. But we live so much in the zone, in the atmosphere of what is seen, that many a times we identify with what is seen, and we think that God thinks like us, and God sees like us. No, he doesn't, friend. God sees you in the spirit, and God told Abraham, "Take your son, your only son," because Isaac was born of the Spirit, whereas Ishmael was born after the flesh. And God did not acknowledge what is born after the flesh, God acknowledge only what is born of the Spirit.

So, when God deals with you, sometimes you find it a little bit confusing because you may have had a bad day, you know, and so far, it's been a bad day, you lost your temper, or, you know, you gave into some lust, or something like that, and you feel like God is far away. All these are feelings, and then and there, you need to acknowledge that your sins are forgiven, amen. You need to know that you are still the righteousness of God in Christ. And when God talks to you, he talks to you as if, as if you have not sinned, okay? God talks to you like you're still the righteousness of God in Christ.

Now, you cannot think the way the Old Testament saints would think. They lived before the cross. They lived before the resurrection, all right? We are people post cross and post resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus came and changed everything, amen. We're a people whose sins are all forgiven. David describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness without his works. In Romans chapter 4, David says, "Blessed are they". It's like David is a prophet. Don't forget, he's not just a king, David is a prophet. And the Holy Spirit came on him one time, and he said this, he saw prophetically into the future, he saw you and me, he saw a people that will be redeemed by the blood of Christ, and a brand-new creation, people who will be a brand-new creation, a creation that never before existed. One translation says, "A new species," amen, that's what we are, amen?

He saw into the future. David saw us and he says, "How I envy them". So, in Romans 4 it says, "David describes the blessedness of the man". He's describing your blessedness. He's describing my blessedness, we believers, and he's saying, how wonderful it is, these people, how blessed are they, all right? They are blessed because their sins are forgiven. They are people whose sins are forgiven. That's the first blessing.

Number two, "Blessed is the man," David says, "To whom the Lord will not impute sin". Now, this second blessing is so often misunderstood. People think that God does not impute sin to you because you don't sin. Now, you think about it, doesn't make sense. Why would God impute sin to you when you did not sin? That verse only means something when you know you have sinned, when you know you're not perfect, when you know you don't have it all together. And yet God says, "I will not impute sin to you". That is a boon. It's the greatest benefit you can have, amen. Praise the Lord. Why? Is it because God has gone soft on his standards, on his holy standards? No, no, no, a thousand times no. It is because at the cross, Jesus Christ, when he hung there as our sin offering, as our substitute, God imputed all your sins and my sense to him, amen.

And the word "imputed" means it's an accounting term. God reckoned to his account, God set to his account your sins and my sins, and then in turn, God set his righteousness, his perfect standing with God, to your account, to my account. So, David described the blessedness, your blessedness, of the man to whom God imputes righteousness without works, hallelujah. And now, friend, it's a blessed thing to know that this word, "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin," it's a double negative, which makes it a very strong negative, a strong denial. No, no way, never will God ever impute sin to you. Hallelujah, amen.

Friend, the best thing we can do, or the best posture you can take towards God, and any other would displease him because without faith, it's impossible to please God. You need to believe what God says, amen. Now, will this produce licentious lifestyle? Will this produced a life of callousness, a life of uncleanness? No, no way, amen. Because you know why? When you know that God will never impute sin to you, you are rested in his presence, you are not afraid of him in the wrong sense, amen, but you will draw near to him, amen. You will know that when you come to him, he is not looking at your faults.

How wonderful it is to be in the presence of someone who will never look at your faults, but he looks at your good points, at your strong points, amen. Even when you tell the person, "Look, you know, I have all these points," the person refuse to acknowledge it. How wonderful it is. Maybe you have a friend like that, maybe it's your spouse, blessed it is the one who is married to such a person, amen. But you know what? Even like David says, or that Solomon says in the Song of Songs, you know, "Oh, my beloved, there is no spot in you". The way the Lord loves us, that's how he sees us, amen. He does not acknowledge us in the flesh. He sees us in the Spirit, amen. It's time for us to see as God sees. Holiness is to think the way God thinks. Holiness is to see the way God sees. Holiness is to speak what God speaks, amen. It's to line up with God and that is godliness. Amen, amen, amen, hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus. Praise the Lord.

So, in our daily life, we'll find time and time again, this bringing up of sinful desires. We're not to acknowledge it. We're not to say, "What happened to me? Is it because I'm so spiritually weak and all that"? No, no, this the experience of even the greatest saints of God. There never comes a time in their life where they are without these sinful tendencies, these sinful inclinations, and all that. All of us share that. If a man of God is honest, all right, he will tell you that even today, he will still have that experience, amen. But just having that springing up doesn't mean you must obey it, you must submit to it, because you are not it.

You know, I may have a splinter in my finger, all right, and a splinter is this piece of wood, but that doesn't make me a plank of wood, amen? But the splinter is in my skin, and it's causing pain. It's causing discomfort, but I am not the splinter. I am not wood, amen, just because there's a piece of wood in my flesh. So, the flesh is in all of us, but we are not the flesh, amen. I think you understand that by now, and I think it's important that we acknowledge the right thing because the more you acknowledge yourself in the flesh, the more you will see the flesh manifest. And in practical relationships, as like, for example, husband and wife, you know, it's so easy to acknowledge the person's flesh. "Why did you? You said this, you said that," and all that.

If I acknowledge my wife's flesh, her flesh will acknowledge my flesh, and then in turn, it's a vicious cycle, I will acknowledge her flesh, and then her flesh will stir my flesh, and my flesh will stir her flesh. And that's how, you know, we get into arguments. Blessed is the one who have a revelation that all of us will still have the flesh, but if someone comes with us with the flesh, we see the person in the Spirit. And that's why Paul says, "Henceforth know we no man after the flesh," 2 Corinthians chapter 5, you can read on it. And where it talks about, Henceforth we know no men after the flesh, we see them in the Spirit, amen.

If you're born again, you're a child of God, amen. You might not like me, you might even criticize me, but I see you a new creation in Christ. I see you created in righteousness and true holiness. I see you as the righteousness of God in Christ, amen, and you are my brother, bro. Hallelujah, amen. "Henceforth, know we no men after the flesh". How about yourself? Do you know yourself after the flesh? Do you acknowledge yourself after the flesh? You should acknowledge yourself in the greatest reality of all, in the spirit, amen? That's how God sees you. Praise the name of Jesus.

"Oh, Pastor Prince, don't you think that all this talk about forgiveness of sins will cause people to be licentious"? No, as we saw last week, Jesus says, "The one who knows that he's forgiven much, will love much," amen? Look at this passage in Scripture, 2 Peter chapter 1. It says: "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue". One translation says: "Moral excellence". "To virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control".

Now, isn't this what we want to see, Pastors, Leaders, isn't this what we wanna see in our people? All right, "To knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness," and on and all these moral qualities and finally to love. But what is the reason that people are not abounding in these qualities? Drop down and he tells you the reason. "For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten," listen, "has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins". Look at the Young's Literal Translation: "For he with whom these things are not present," these qualities: godliness, brotherly kindness, moral excellence, self-control, love. "He with whom these things are not present is blind, dim-sighted, having become," why? "Forgetful of the cleansing of his old sins".

So the Bible says when you are forgetful that you are a forgiven person. You're a cleansed person, amen? If you forget that, then you will lack these qualities. So the opposite is true if we are conscious that we are people whose sins are forgiven us, amen, forgiven past, present, and future, and we live in that reality, we will not a licentious life. Instead, we'll produce all these godly traits, all this wonderful moral excellence. And we see a lack of it, according to Peter's assessment. Peter is saying, "If someone lacks these things, he that lacks these things is because he has forgotten he is a forgiven man. He has forgotten he's a cleansed man," amen. And because of that, he's blind and he's dim-sighted, these two things.

Now, I look at this and I see examples of this in the Old Testament. You know, the patriarchal government, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. We see that Isaac at the end of his life, he was dim. His eyes was dim and instead of giving the blessing to the firstborn, he gave the blessing to Jacob instead. Remember that, right? And then we have the reign of the Judges when the judges ruled. Do you remember the last judge, Samson? He was blind. He ended up blind. So the reign of the judges ended with blindness. Over the reign of the kings, the kings of Judah, all the way from the first king after God's heart, 'cause Saul was the first king, but David was the first king after God's heart and God's choice. It ended all the way to King Zedekiah when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon came in.

And you know what Nebuchadnezzar did? Because of the rebellion of Zedekiah against him, he put out both the eyes of King Zedekiah, the king of Judah. He put out his eyes. So the reign of the kingship of Judah ended with blindness. All these are pictures of the church of Jesus Christ. In the book of Revelation the seven churches that Jesus addressed, the seventh church, the final church, was the church that the Bible says, "You are blind". It ended in blindness. Why? According to God's Word, the Bible interpret the Bible. People who are blind or even dim-sighted is one step away from blindness, it is because they have forgotten they are forgiven. They have forgotten they are people who are cleansed from their sins, amen?

To believe the forgiveness of sins is true repentance. It's repentance unto life, amen? The Bible says clearly that when Peter was preaching, it's the first time the gospel ever was preached to the Gentiles, in the book of Acts chapter 10. And it's also the one recorded sermon where, word for word, it was recorded for us. And it's the first time that God used a Jewish man to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. It's the first time the Gentiles heard the gospel and let's follow it. We don't wanna read the whole thing and it all happened like Peter was praying, you know, on top of the roof in Joppa and God gave him a vision of all the unclean animals representing the Gentiles, and God says, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat". And he says, "I never touch any of this unclean thing," and God says, "What I've cleansed, don't call unclean. Don't call common," amen?

I think it's a message to all of us, isn't it? What God has cleansed, don't call unclean. God has cleansed you, don't you dare call yourself common. Don't you dare call yourself unclean. The blood of Jesus, God's Son, has cleansed you, amen? If you call yourself unclean, you are saying that Jesus didn't do a good job. Right, so, Peter had a vision and then he heard the Spirit tell him, "Three men come and follow him," and he followed the men and they brought him to Cornelius where he had a vision, and he saw an angel come to him and, you know, these angels are not given the responsibility to preach the good news, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. That's been given to you and I, all right? Because angels, they were not saved. They were never saved by the blood.

So God allows those who have gone through that experience, who were once sinners, and then believe on Jesus and through his blood become brand new creation, only to them God assigns the responsibility to preach the good news to others, amen? So the angel could have preached the gospel, right, but he didn't. He says, "Go to the house of Peter". Peter's in this house of a man called Simon, the tenor. "Call for him and he will tell you words by which you and your family will be saved". So the angel didn't preach the gospel because, like I said, angels are not given the task, this royal responsibility, this high calling of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You know, the world today is suffering because of the lack of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. All the evils of mankind we see all over the world is the result, is the outward manifestation of the lack of a gospel. For example, we preach morality, we preach godliness, brotherly kindness, having love, self-control, and all that. We don't realize these are the fruits of the Spirit. Fruit is a result of life. Works are the result of effort. If we, you know, but instead of preaching the source of the fruit, right, the life which is the gospel of Jesus Christ, we preach morality. Just preaching self-control will not produce self-control. Just preaching kindness will not produce kindness. Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and if believed and received in the heart, will produce the highest form of moral excellence. The heavenly character of Christ will be seen.

And, friend, so Peter followed the three men and went to Cornelius's house. Cornelius is an Italian, a Gentile, a non-Jew, and it's the first time the gospel came to the Gentiles. So let's follow the story and Peter opened his mouth and Peter started preaching. And he preached, you know, we all are familiar with that verse in Acts 10:38 in the sermon where Peter says how, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. For God was with him". I memorized that verse a long time ago. But, you know what? That's a very famous verse among those that believe in the ministry of healing and all that. But actually, the Holy Spirit didn't fall even at that verse.

When did the Holy Spirit come upon the Gentiles, upon the Italian family? And for the first time the Gentiles were saved? At what point of the sermon did the Holy Spirit deem fit to come because of those words that were believed by the Gentiles? Let's read this. And Peter came to this point and said, "'To Christ,'" referring to Christ, "'all the prophets,'" of the Old Testament, that is, "'bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives,'" what? "'Forgiveness of sins through his name.' While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word". And the Bible goes on to say that they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God and that's how they knew that the Gentiles also have received the Holy Spirit.

Notice that at what point of the sermon, it was a pretty lengthy sermon. You can take your time to read it in one of these times and in Acts chapter 10, and it's given to us word for word. But at what point of the sermon did the Holy Spirit fall? When Peter said, "To him all the prophets," all the prophets of the Old Testament, all the way to John, prophesy that through this man, amen, you receive the forgiveness of sins. Not the remembrance of sins by God. Not the visitation of sins with punishment but the forgiveness of sins through his name. When the Holy Spirit, the Bible says, heard these words and the people heard these words, they believed and the Holy Spirit fell on them or filled them and the word "fell" in the Greek is the word "embrace them". Embrace them to the point they spoke in tongues and magnified God.

Have you noticed that it is not the traditional way of altar call? Notice that Cornelius and his house did not say, "I repent, I repent". Now, I believe in repentance but, like I said before, repentance means change your mind and sometimes you use the word "repent," sometimes you don't use the word "repent". Does not mean repentance is not going on. As we can see, the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit at the point where... when? When did God see didn't fit and God was so pleased that at that point in time, God filled them with the Holy Spirit, when he's talk about Jesus, and through Jesus we receive forgiveness of sins through his name. Believe the truth, amen?

Peter didn't say, "How many of you believe and turn away from your sins. How many of you can turn away from your sins and believe this"? He didn't even say that. He proclaimed an unconditional offer of forgiveness of sins for all those who believed. There's no record that says Cornelius says, "I repent, I repent". There is no record that says they went through a vigorous religious exercise to get right with God. No, they just simply believe and they receive. Maybe the reason why we don't see results is because we have brought in all our fleshly works into the whole thing and we have circumvent, we have sort of blocked the image that people have of God as a good God who is willing to give and wanting people to believe that what his Son did at the cross avails for them simply to believe and to receive.

Now, notice the word "repent" is not used here. But in the next chapter, what happened was this. Because this is the first time the gospel was preached to the Gentiles and you must understand something during that day and age, the Jews, they never believed that God would deal with the Gentiles. They believed that they're the exclusive people of God, and rightly so, because until then God had a covenant with only one nation: Israel. But they never dreamed that what Jesus said to Nicodemus, the Pharisee, in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world," not just the nation of Israel. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life".

And they always thought that they were exclusive and when they heard that, Peter, the headquarters of Jerusalem, made up of Jewish believers, mind you, they are believers. Among them is James. And they are the, what do you call, the committee of the Jewish believers, all right? The first believers in Jerusalem, the first Christians, were Jewish. There were no Gentiles, right? Primarily, it's all Jewish people that believed they were born again. But this is the first time, collectively a group of Gentiles heard the gospel, so what happened is that the headquarters in Jerusalem heard about this and they summoned Peter on the carpet. And this is what they said to him in the next chapter: "So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party," or the Jewish party, and these were believers, actually, they "criticized Peter, saying, 'Hey, you went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.' But Peter began and explained it to them in order".

Peter says here, "Guys, guys, you guys, listen. 'I was in the city of Joppa, on the roof, and I was praying, and I had this vision.'" He told them the entire story. And then he came to the point where he said he was preaching in Cornelius's house. Drop down. "As I began to speak," Peter is talking, "the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning," on the Day of Pentecost. "And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way"? "What am I? What am I," ha, ha, ha, "that I could stand in God's way?" he told his Jewish brothers. "Hey, guys, I didn't throw an altar call. I just preached the gospel and God saw fit to give them the Holy Spirit. Just like he gave to us on the Day of Pentecost, in the beginning. So who am I to stand in God's way"?

You know what they did, the leadership? Much to their credit, this is what they said: "When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, 'Then that means to the Gentiles, mm, God has also granted repentance that leads to life.'" Friends, do you see that? In connection with what Peter shared, that happened in Cornelius's house, where we don't find the word "repentance," just believing that all their sins are forgiven through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit came on them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, based on that, the conclusion of the Jewish elders and the leaders was that, well, that means to the Gentiles God has given repentance unto life. They saw that as repentance.

Now, we make repentance into a work. They didn't. They saw repentance means the Gentiles changed their minds. Was it that, do we have any account that they brought up their sins one by one, one by one, one by one? No, it would take the whole day, maybe even a whole week. No, they believed simply and God dealt with their sins after, amen. And God gave them forgiveness of sins and it doesn't mean they're perfect but they receive, what? Repentance unto life. Even though the word "repentance" was not used in connection with the event itself in Cornelius's house. But God calls it repentance unto life, hallelujah.

Many a times, a pastor preaches, amen. If he preaches the gospel, repentance is happening. If he does not preach the gospel, he can shout to the high heavens about, "Repent, repent, repent," but no one repents or the repentance is based on human works and he has no lasting effects. There's no fruit of the Spirit, only religious legalism. Holier than thou attitude. Friend, we must not compromise on the real gospel, amen. Now, not too long after this, some time, actually, passed and God has saved Saul who became Paul, right, and Paul and Barnabas and they were preaching and all that and they heard about Paul, you know, performing miracles and signs and wonders with Barnabas among the Gentiles. So they said, "You know what? It's time for us to give them the law. It's time for us to give them the Ten Commandments," okay?

So Paul heard about it and there was a strong dispute among the Jewish people who were saved, believers, who believed you must keep the law, and Paul who says you don't have to for these Gentile believers, and there was an argument and all that, and you know what? They were summoned again to Jerusalem. And is this called in Acts 15, the Jerusalem Council. So what happened is that Paul starts sharing about how God is performing miracles among the Gentiles, and without even teaching them the law, without even teaching them the commandments, many of them turned to Jesus Christ, repent unto Jesus Christ, and their lives have been transformed. They are not people who are immoral. They're not people who are, they live lives that glorify God, even baby Christians and all that, all right? They are learning to walk in the Spirit and Paul is just talking about what God is doing among them.

So remember this. Jerusalem's Council is called because of the question. Now that the Gentiles are saved, do they have to keep the law? Do they have to keep the Commandments? And then Peter rose up. Now, watch this, now. Peter rose up. "And when there had been much dispute," there's quite a quarrel, "Peter rose up and said to them: 'Men and brothers, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.'"

Now, which incident is Peter referring to? That a Gentile should hear from his mouth? The Cornelius house story, right? He's calling back the years of that happening some years ago. He's calling back to that event, how God used his mouth to proclaim the gospel to the Gentiles. And this is what he said, "So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them," who is the them? Cornelius's house, amen. All the Italians, you know, that were there, all the Gentiles that were there, God acknowledged them. God knew their hearts, and what did God do? God gave them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. Now, not only that, watch this, "And God made no distinction between us, the Jews, and them, the Gentiles, purifying their hearts by faith".

Friend, how is a man's heart purified, by the commandments, by the law, or just by believing the truth? 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, it says, "Through sanctification by the Spirit," verse 13, the last part, "Through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth". Belief in the truth, that's how you get sanctified. Go back to Peter's story again in Jerusalem Council. Peter is saying, "Guys, when I preach to the Italians, Cornelius's house, remember that years ago? God chose by my mouth that the Gentiles will hear the Word of the gospel, and God made difference between us Jews and them. God gave them the Holy Spirit as well, remember that"? He said. And not only that, God purified their hearts, not by works, not by efforts, not by law keeping, by faith.

What was the faith that purifies the hearts? Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God". How is a man's heart purified? Here it gives you the answer, a man's heart is purified by faith, not by your struggles, not by saying, "Oh, God, I'm doing my best to have a pure heart, Oh, God". No, no, it's just simply believing, attesting to the integrity of God's Word. If God says... what did Gentiles believe that purified their hearts by faith? They believed to him all the prophets witness that through Jesus is preached to you the forgiveness of sins. They believe it. They believe their sins were forgiven through Jesus Christ. Right at that moment, their hearts were purified.

Now, it's still a journey, but everything begins with your heart. If your heart is pure, even though your actions are impure, sooner or later, your action will line up. But if your actions are moral, your heart is impure, sooner or later, your actions become impure. Everything comes from the heart. Keep your heart with all diligence, out of it are the issues of life. So, friend, I submit to you that the challenges that we see in our life in the Christian world in churches today, even though we see the lack of morality or moral excellence, we see the lack of a zeal for God, a lack of love for him, stop, stop looking at all this problem and trying to push them away by talking about, "We need more love. you need to love people more, you need to have more moral excellence".

Talking about this will not produce it. Because you preach on self-control, for example, they will fall back on their own flesh and try by their own fleshly effort to produce self-control, and instead of producing self-control, they lose control because every time you use the flesh, for anything, even for something religious, something good, the moment you stir your flesh, the works of the flesh is adultery, bitterness, variance, party spirit, witchcraft, all kinds, and the Book of Galatians tells us that. But if you preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, one of the fruit, one of the results, one of the byproducts is self-control. It's a fruit, a fruit. It's a result of doing something else, it's a fruit.

You take care of the ground, you water the ground, amen, you make sure it has enough sunlight, amen, there'll be fruit. There'll be fruit. It's through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to keep people in the atmosphere of grace, amen, because only in the atmosphere of grace. The Bible says grow. Peter says at the end of his epistle in conclusion it says grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The only way for us to grow spiritually is to grow on the soil, grow in grace, no other soil will do. The soil of the law cannot do. They had the law for 1500 years from Mount Sinai all the way to Christ, and they could not be holy, amen? There's only one way to grow, grow in grace, amen.

Put your trust in God's grace, amen. Grace is all about God's supply. Being conscious is not who you are before God, that is the law. Grace is who God is to you. God is the one who makes you righteous. God is the one who sanctifies you. God is the one who blesses you. God is... so your conscious with supply. Law demands, grace supplies. When God gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, God says, "You shall, you shall, you shall," focus on you. But when God gave the New Covenant, Jeremiah 31, God says, "I will, I will, I will, and their sins, I will remember no more".

So, law demands from spiritual bankrupt men, grace supplies, amen? So, effectively, whenever we are supply conscious, amen, and it's a great stress-free life, friend, you'll find that in the greatest demands of life, in the largest chunk of responsibilities that you know you have to perform come this end of this week or whatever, just to know the supply will be there relieves you from all the stress, amen? Pastors and leaders, are we demand-minded, amen? We feel like God demands this from us, our spouse demands this from us, our congregation demands this from us, you know, our friend demand this from us. You know, and all kinds, but the worst can't demand that you feel that is beyond anything else is God demands on you, and God is not even demanding of you. God knows your flesh. He's not acknowledging your flesh. God is telling you, "I'm supplying you," acknowledge it, amen. Hallelujah.

When God gave the Ten Commandments, it was on a mountain called Mount Sinai. At the foot of the mountain when God gave the Ten Commandments, 3,000 people died, and it was the first Pentecost, the feast of the Jews called Pentecost. And in New Testament, the Bible said when the day of Pentecost was fully come on another mountain, Mount Zion, God gave, not the law, but the Spirit. You know what happened on that day? Three thousand people were saved. So, at Mount Sinai when God gave the law, 3,000 people died. At Mount Zion when God gave the Spirit, 3,000 people lived, which goes to show the law, the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. It's time for us to move our pulpits from Mount Sinai to Mount Zion, amen.

So, Peter said, "Guys, when I preach to them, God purified their hearts by faith". And even Cornelius and his family never said, "You know, God, please purify my heart, Oh, God, please purify". No, they just believed that their sins were forgiven through Jesus, and their hearts were purified by faith, amen? Praise the name of Jesus, hallelujah. And friend, I want to share with you something that I think that is very sad in a way because this is true of the church world, that as a whole, we still don't understand that our sins are forgiven.

You know, if you look at the New Covenant, which was first mentioned in Jeremiah 31, right, and then, in the New Testament, it is further elucidated in Hebrews chapter 8, and Hebrews chapter 10. It tells us what the new covenant is, and more people are more cognizant of the law, the covenant of the law from Mount Sinai, then they are of the new covenant, and yet in the new covenant when God gave to Jeremiah then the revelation of the new covenant, and Jeremiah prophesied that in Jeremiah 31, it says that the new covenant, God says, "In this new covenant, it is not like the old covenant when I brought them out of Egypt". Whatever it is, it's not gonna be the same covenant, God's himself said so.

So, let's look at this new covenant. You can read this in Jeremiah 31. I felt that you need to understand that it is a new covenant, so we put it on a scroll for you to see covenant style. That's how they do it in those days. "Behold, God says, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new," say new, "a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah". Listen, "Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt because they did not continue in my covenant". That's the covenant from Mount Sinai. That's the covenant through Moses. That's the covenant of the Ten Commandments, plus the 613 commandments that followed later.

"They did not continue my covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant," the new covenant, "that I will make with a house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I'll be their God, and they shall be my people. None of them shall teach its neighbor, and none his brother saying, 'Know the Lord, for all shall know me, from the least of them, to the greatest of them.'" Why? "For," or because, "I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds, I will remember no more. I'll remember no more". And Hebrews 10 tells us that under the Holy Spirit bears witness to us, after the Holy Spirit said, "This is the covenant I'll make with them after those days, declares the Lord, I'll put my laws on their hearts and write them on their minds, then the Holy Spirit adds, I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more".

In other words, have you noticed that God says... now watch this now, I'm gonna show you the new covenant, the clause of the new covenant, threefold clause because of the final clause, okay? It says this, God says, "I'll put my laws", in other words, everyone wanted to like have God guide you from within? You know, you hear people saying, believers saying like, "God spoke to me, God spoke to me, God led me, God put in my heart," right? All this is God writing on your heart. Isn't it wonderful to know that God can write on your heart what he wants you to do? He can write his will on your heart. "I'll put my laws in their hearts and write them on their minds," guidance from within. That's the first clause. "How do I get it, Pastor Prince"? Well, hold your horses first. Next law says, "For I will be their God. I will be their God".

All right, let me go to the side. First clause, "I'll put my laws in their hearts," guidance from within.

The next clause is, "I'll be their God and they shall be my people". When God says, "I'll be their God," right friend, that means that phrase, "I'll be their God, and they shall be my people," means, "I'll be your providing God, you shall be a people with whom there is no lack. I'll be, I'll be a God that stretches out my power to protect my people, and you shall be a protected people. I shall be a healing God, and you shall be the healed amongst the people of the land," amen. It denotes the supernatural. It denotes the greatness and the sovereignty of God, and a people that are so blessed to be envied who belong to him. "I'll be your God, and you shall be to me a people," amen.

The next clause, "All will know me, from the least to the greatest," Amen. None shall teach know the Lord, "Know the Lord, hey, know the Lord, know the Lord, know the Lord". None will teach it like in a seminar style. "all will know me from within". The first know, know the Lord like a, you know, teaching like the way you teach a class is not the way you know the Lord. And that word there is, "ginosko", to know the Lord by experience, but all shall know me intuitively is the word "oida" in the Greek which means to know the Lord from inside from the least to the greatest. You know what gives us this knowledge of the Lord, what causes us to have guidance from within, what causes us God to be our God and we are a people unto him, you know what is it?

The last clause, "because". Because everything hinges on this, "Because, I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins, I will remember no more". There was a time at Mount Sinai, God remembered the sins. God says, "I'll not by any means forget their sins. I'll visit their sins to the third and fourth generation". In other words, God will not forget, God will visit. But in a new covenant God says, "I'll remember your sins". In other words, "I'll be mindful," you can also use the word remember there, mindful in the Greek, it says mindful. "I'll not be mindful of your sins anymore. I'm not dealing with you based on sin. I'm dealing with you based on my Son".

In other words, "I'll remember your sins no more," means, "I will not visit you, or your children, or your children's children to punish them, or to punish you. I'll remember your sins no more". Why? Is it because God has gone soft on sin? No, no, God is still a holy God, thrice Holy God. It's because at the cross, God remembered your sins and all my sins, every last one of them, and God remembered them in the body of Jesus Christ, who bore our sins, and Jesus was punished and condemned in our place.

And because he has finished that redemption at the cross, once and for all act of Jesus in atoning for our sins in his work of redemption, in taking our place, in bearing our punishment, today, God will not remember our sins because God has remembered all our sins at the cross that today God says, "I'll remember your sins no more," because it will be unjust for God to remember to punish your sins in the body of Jesus Christ, and then again punish your sins in your body. God will be unjust, and God designed this new covenant so that you will be the recipient of all these benefits. Hallelujah. I feel like doing a dance before the Lord, hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus, amen.

I don't know how you can sit down there, friend. Get up and dance, will you? Praise the Lord, do a dab or something like that if you're young, and do something. Let someone know that you are alive. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. And the Bible says God will guide you from within because your sins, he remembers no more. He's not mindful of your sins anymore. God will be your God, the supernatural element, the supernatural, the power of God on your behalf. You'll be to his people because he remembers your sins no more. Everyone will know the Lord, even the youngest believer. "From the least to the greatest, all will know me intuitively". You don't have to teach them. Know the Lord, know the Lord by experience. "All will know me because I'll remember their sins no more," amen?

Let me end with this beautiful story from the Book of Genesis, the final chapter of the Book of Genesis, and it tells us, "When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, 'Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.' So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, 'Before your father died he commanded, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: 'I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you. Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.' And Joseph wept, and Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before Joseph's face, and they said, 'Behold, we are your servants.' Joseph said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.' And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them".

Friend, the life of Joseph is probably, to me, one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible. He is the clearest type that we have in the Bible besides David of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. How he's the beloved Son, so is our Lord Jesus. How he was loved by the father, but rejected by his brothers. Jesus was loved by the Father but rejected by his Jewish brothers, amen. The father sent him for an assignment, amen, and the brothers took him and they sold him off, you know. For Joseph, they sold him off for 20 pieces of silver. Jesus was sent by the Father with a healing assignment, with a restoring assignment, with a blessing assignment, and yet they sold him off for 30 pieces of silver. And what the brothers rejected, Joseph, they rejected Joseph, became the bread of life to Egypt. While the brothers and the father were suffering the famine, Egypt was prospering because of Joseph's wisdom.

So likewise, our Lord Jesus for 2000 years, ever since he was rejected, Egypt, which is the Gentile nations of the world who have received the gospel of Jesus Christ, has prospered because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The fruit has been wisdom, civilization. Women are respected and honored, amen. There is breakthroughs, technological breakthroughs, medicine, education. The world is blessed because of the wisdom of our heavenly Joseph. But God has not forgotten, Joseph has not forgotten his family back home in Canaan. And soon enough, when the famine was severe, they came to Joseph and, in the first appearing, they didn't recognize Joseph. But in the second appearing, they recognized him, amen? He revealed himself to them.

So in the First Coming of Jesus, Israel did not recognize their Messiah, but in the second appearing all Israel will know when he says, "I am your brother, Jesus the Messiah". And the Bible said there'd be a reconciliation, amen, amen, and even though they sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver, our Lord was sold for 30 pieces of silver, he loved them still. With all the power he had when they were in front of him, he was the most powerful man in all Egypt, which is the greatest civilization in the known world at that time, and besides Pharaoh who is only the one above him, Joseph had all the power, yet with all the power he had, he used it to forgive his brothers. And he uses power to say, "Come near to me. You meant evil against me, but God turned it for good. If you didn't sell me off, I wouldn't have come to Egypt. If I was not in Egypt, I wouldn't be in the place for God to give me the wisdom to Pharaoh to prepare for the famine, and to keep you and your loved ones and your little ones alive today".

But then, Joseph had his father Jacob also come to Egypt and he lived there for a while until Jacob died. But you see all the while, he forgave his brothers, his brothers actually never really believed that he actually forgave them. And don't forget, in what I'm sharing with you is not just the story itself, it is the types that they represent, the reality of the types which is our heavenly Joseph today is still waiting for Israel to turn to him and call him "my brother," amen? Look at his wounds and Zechariah the prophet and says, "How come these wounds are in your hands," and he will say, "These are the wounds I got from my friend's house, in the house of my friend".

He has no bitterness towards them. He has come to save them. In their most dire need ever in the history of Israel, he will come and rescue them and that's the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. We are waiting for that, amen? For the church, it's the Rapture and for Israel, it's the Second Coming. The First Coming, they didn't recognize him. The Second Coming, all Israel recognized him. But I said just now that, like the church today, we start off like we know that he forgives of our sins but we don't really believe it. So are the brothers of Joseph, they didn't believe it. They probably think that because Jacob the father is alive, maybe, you know, to show face to the father, he forgives all of us outwardly but in his heart he's gonna bear a grudge until the day father dies and then he will revenge, he will pay vengeance, you know, on all of us because of what we did to him.

And sure enough, the father died and this is what they said. They came to him and they sent a messenger at first and said that, you know, they lied actually by saying, "Oh, father said before he died, 'Don't remember your brothers' sins, okay? Forgive your brothers.'" They did not say that because all the while Joseph really forgave them. And then they fell before Joseph, saying, "Make us your slaves". And Joseph wept. By the way, there are seven occasions where Joseph wept. It would do you good to study all the seven occasions where Joseph wept. This is the final weeping, the seventh, the last chapter of Genesis. The final time he wept. And this is after the brothers knew that Joseph is the viceroy, sovereign of Egypt. After they knew that, in other words, after they're saved.

Now, it's a picture of all of us as well because now we know that Jesus is our Savior, our Lord, our high priest, right, do we still entertain in our hearts that maybe our sins are not really forgiven and maybe he forgives us only partially, our past sins. Not past, present, and future. Anyway, there are too many voices telling us, you know, he only forgives you partially, your past sins and all that. And as a result, you don't really believe he has forgiven you because do you know what that causes the Lord to do? It causes him to weep. What makes Joseph weep? It's the same reason, what makes our Lord grieved today. What made Joseph sorrowful and make him weep, even, was because the brothers did not believe that he had forgiven them. What makes Jesus weep? What makes Jesus sad today is we don't really believe he has forgiven us of all our sins.

And friend, this is crucial because if you don't believe he has forgiven you of all your sins, or you know it theoretically or you believe in it with qualifications, "if I repent enough, if I have done enough, if I've been sincere or honest enough". If you put qualifications to it when God has not put a qualification but just for you to believe, then you will always doubt his forgiveness. And you will cause him to weep. It will grieve him. And you know what's the result? Is dire, because if you cannot believe your sins are forgiven, you cannot believe God for healing, because you still believe that perhaps you are paying for some sins you have done and it is right that you have this sickness in your body. In a way, it's a payment, it's a result of your sins, and you don't believe your sins are forgiven, therefore you accept it.

Or you cannot believe that God will provide for you during this season, where people are losing their jobs, but as far as you are concerned, God will provide for you. You cannot believe that because you still believe that your sins are not fully forgiven. You don't believe in the full forgiveness of your sins because the next line tells us, Joseph says, after he says he forgave, then he wept. "Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you". I will what? "Provide for you and your little ones". Unless we believe that all our sins are forgiven, we won't have the faith to believe that he'll provide for us. I mean, that's why we are struggling and not seeing the results we would otherwise see.

Friend, it's crucial. Forgiveness of sins is not just for the beginning of our Christian life. It is throughout our Christian life is the foundation and the source of all our blessings. Unless you believe that all your sins are forgiven, which is the first blessing in the benefits of Psalms 103, then you cannot believe that he will heal all your diseases, all your sins, all your diseases. Psalms 103: "Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases". Notice, verse 2 says: "Forget not". "Bless the Lord, and forget not".

Don't be forgetful that your sins are all forgiven. When you are forgetful, the godly traits and characteristics, all right, will not be manifested in your life. When you are forgetful, you will grieve the Lord. When you are forgetful, all right, you cannot believe he'll provide for you and your little ones, even during a time like this. As for me and my house, join me now. Let's believe the Lord. Let's not... you know what? If he can be grieved because we don't believe that our sins are forgiven, by the same token, amen, if you flip it the other way, you know what pleases him? When we believe that all our sins are forgiven. When we believe all our sins are forgiven, it gladdens the heart of our Lord because he will look at the travail of his soul, I'm quoting from Isaiah 53. He will see the travail of his soul, all the suffering he went through at the cross, and he'll be satisfied. Because as far as you are concerned, you believe and you received, amen? Amen.

If we can grieve God, the Lord, we can also gladden him, amen, by believing right. Notice, on the day of Peter preaching in Cornelius's house, what gladdened the Holy Spirit? And we know the Holy Spirit can be grieved. What grieves the Holy Spirit? When we don't believe in grace because the context says: "Let your speech always be with grace". Don't speak to people like they got it coming, they deserve this, the judgment. Don't speak words of non-grace. But if you speak words of non-grace, it will grieve the Holy Spirit. I'm preaching grace to you and I know the Holy Spirit loves it, amen, because he has come to glorify one name: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, amen?

Likewise, if you can grieve the Holy Spirit, you can gladden the Holy Spirit. How? Believing in grace, amen, that all our sins are forgiven so that you always love the Lord because when you know all your sins are forgiven, you will love him much. You will love him much. To the one who knows all his sins are forgiven much, he will love the Lord much. May that be true for you and I in the name of Jesus, amen. Every head bowed, every eye closed, wherever you're watching this right now, and if you have never received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, pray this prayer with me right now. Say, "Lord Jesus, I thank you". Go ahead. Say it from your heart. He is there with you, right where you are. There's no distance with God. He knows your heart. The moment you turn your heart towards him, he's there with you. Say:

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe you died on the cross for all my sins. I believe God raised you from the dead for my justification and I thank you all my sins are forgiven, past, present, and future, every last one of them is forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ. I thank you, Father, Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior and my God, amen.

If you prayed that prayer, my friend, you are now a brand new creation in Christ. The Holy Spirit is in you, amen? And you need to hear more and more the Word, the gospel. You need to be strongly established in this truth because the enemy of your soul, the devil, will come and try to accuse you and point you to the flesh, point you to your flesh, point you to the flesh and to the flesh of others and all that, to make you flesh-conscious, but that's not who you are. Remember that, amen? Keep on hearing the Word. Keep on hearing Christ-centered teachings and preachings, amen, and continue to grow in the Lord. Praise the Lord. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

I am pray for people that the Lord is showing me right now, people with fears, all kinds of fears. There are a number of you, you fear that you'll contract cancer. For some reason, this fear has taken root. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I rebuke that fear in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ your heavenly Joseph says to you, "I'll provide you a protection from this disease". Receive that in Jesus's name. Believe your sins are forgiven. There is no open door in your life because you have put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now be free from this fear in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you, Father God, in Jesus's name, amen, amen, amen, amen.

There is a man here, you've been struggling with symptoms in your heart and you had some sort of, like, heart attack before. It's not a severe one but you had, like, an attack, a mild attack, before and it's confirmed that you have a heart condition. Right now, these few days, you've been having this pain in your heart and you've been concerned. In the name of Jesus you are feeling right now warmth flowing into your body. Be healed, my friend. Be whole in the name of Jesus. I hear this Scripture from the Lord: "Wait on the Lord and he shall strengthen your heart". Even literally, your heart, he's strengthening your heart. You will have a heart like an ox, even in your old age, in Jesus's name, amen. Praise the name of Jesus, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

Somebody else, you've been having headaches and even right now as you're watching, you feel a throbbing coming. In the name of Jesus, the Lord frees you now in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. His anointing breaks that yoke in Jesus's name. Be free, my friend, in the name of the Lord Jesus. I come against every pain in your body in the name of the Lord Jesus and I declare to you, you are healed, completely healed, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen, amen, amen, amen. Thank you, Lord Jesus, hallelujah.

If you need healing, whatever it may be, just receive that healing right now in Jesus's name, amen. Do it right now, amen. Start doing what you cannot do before, amen. You can't bend your back, bend your back. You can't move your elbow, move your elbow. Somebody has a problem here, you know, where I'm pointing right now, in the back, you know, just the upper back. And when you are sleeping, especially, you're lying down, you feel that pain and it's affected your sleep. Right now, the Lord heals you in Jesus's name. Jesus Christ cures you now. He heals you now in Jesus's name, and that back is now restored in Jesus's name, amen, amen. Start doing, people, start doing what you cannot do before in Jesus's name. Praise the Lord.

Someone else, you can't turn your neck all the way to one side. And it feels as if you've been having this problem for some time. Your neck is now loose in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus's name, amen. It all comes from your heavenly Joseph, amen? Remember, grace is supplied. He's supplying you the healing right now in Jesus's name. Believe and receive. You don't have to qualify for it. Jesus qualified it for you. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Whatever you need right now, just receive that miracle in Jesus's name. Receive that healing, amen. You can't bend your back, bend your back. Can't move your knee, move your knee up and down. Right now, someone's knee is being healed right now, even as I speak, in Jesus's name, amen. Move that knee. Again, move it. Move it again, in Jesus's name. Hallelujah, you are healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen, amen, amen.

Friend, regardless of what condition, whether I called your condition or not, God is doing more than my mind can comprehend or think, amen. But if you know you have received something, please write to the office. Write to us, even it's a short note. Tell us what the Lord did for you. Will you do that? Okay, in Jesus's name, amen. Let's right now, once again, put our trust in the Lord Jesus. Say, "Lord Jesus, I thank you. You are my righteousness. You are my holiness". Now, tell the Father:

Father God, I thank you that when you see me, you always see me in the Spirit, my true identity, which is eternal. You see me righteous in Christ. You see me holy, blameless. And I thank you, Father, that old things are passed away, all things in me have become new. Father God, I thank you and teach me, Father, and remind me when the temptations come, Lord, that I am not that temptation. I am not the flesh and that is not the real me. And Father, give me the grace to know there and there, Lord, to identify myself, Lord, as I really am in your eyes, Father, in Jesus's name. Thank you, Father God. Father, I thank you that all my sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus.

And friend, that's why Jesus said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, not for the remembrance of sins but for the forgiveness of sins". We never partake of the Lord's Supper worthily until we partake according to the way he said it. You partake in remembering your sins are forgiven, not in remembering your sins against you. You remember that they have all been put away. How? Through the body of Christ, amen? Praise the Lord. Stand to your feet to receive the blessing for this coming week. And you know you can receive it because all your sins are forgiven, amen? Live in that consciousness, hallelujah. The more you believe that the Holy Spirit is attracted to you, the more you believe that, amen, good things happen in your life. Praise the Lord, amen, hallelujah.

The Lord bless you and your families this coming week. The Lord bless you with the blessings of Father Abraham, the blessings of Deuteronomy 28, "Blessed coming in, blessed going out, blessed in all that you set your hand unto, blessed is the fruit of your body, your children are blessed," amen? Your enemies come against you one way and flee before you seven ways, amen. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail. You'll be above only and not beneath. Even during this time, the blessing is not dependent on the times. You are blessed.

The Lord keep you and your loved ones, your families, throughout this week. The Lord preserve you, protect you through his blood, from the COVID-19 virus, from every infection, from every sickness, from all the powers of darkness in the name of Jesus. The Lord preserve you and your loved ones from all evil. The Lord make his face shine on you, grant you, supplying, supplying you always his favor everywhere you go. When you're without a job, in Jesus's name, favor is coming your way to produce a job for you, amen. Don't be afraid to send in that email for the job. Be bold, be courageous, make that interview even online, amen, 'cause God's favor is with you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and grant to you and your families his shalom, well-being, wholeness, and peace, in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach, our Lord Jesus Christ, our heavenly Joseph, amen.

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