Joseph Prince - Follow The Promptings Of The Spirit
Welcome back, church. Once again, we're together in the Spirit, fellowshipping and worshiping God as a church, and I am so privileged to have bumped into some of you over in Mateh Tarik Hawker Center when I was taking walks with my son, Justin. And every time I meet y'all, I feel like, "Oh, man, this is what I miss," amen? Being together physically as a church, and I believe the day will come, amen? And I believe it's gonna be soon, maybe this coming year in Jesus's name. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. You ready for God's Word. Let's go right into God's Word, amen?
We saw last week that Christ becomes of no effect unto us, whoever of us is trying to be justified by the law, or by our performance. We have fallen from grace. In that same chapter it goes on to say, "Walk in the Spirit, therefore," amen? Paul says, "I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you're led by the Spirit, you are not under the law". "But if you're led by the Spirit, you are not under the law".
So, when we say we're not under the law we don't mean we become lawless. We are not under the law to be under Christ. We are not in the flesh to be in the Spirit, amen? And there is no way, when you are led by the Spirit, that the Spirit of God will lead you to break the morality, amen, of the Ten Commandments. No way. In fact, he will give you a holiness that will be brilliant, amen? Excellent, amen? There'll be moral excellence when you follow the Spirit of God. And, again, not the holier-than-thou attitude, but a brilliance that will shine, amen, for all to see, amen?
I believe that the glory of God can be on you in such a way, like Isaiah says, in these last days that man will see the brightness of your rising. The glory of the Lord will rise upon you, amen, and men will come to that brightness, amen? But we must always remember it is the Lord that is the glorious one, and it is because of his glory. He says it like this in the Scriptures. He told the Father in his high priestly prayer in John 17, "The glory that you gave me, I have given them".
You know, I remember reading about some people who were convicted in Russia just by the sheer presence of believers whose eyes were shining. That's how they describe it. When they were asked why they came to Jesus, why they accepted the Lord finally, they say that "there's this group of young people and when I look into their eyes I see a light. I see a glory". They can't explain that word, you know, but they say that "there's a light shining out of their eyes that convicted me". They felt like they have something real, amen? And I believe that's true holiness, when the glory the light shines out of your eyes, shines out of your whole being, amen? For these are the last days, and the Bible says in the last days darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the peoples. When it says gross darkness cover the people, I believe that speaks of depression. That speaks of people who are bound by anxieties and panic attacks, and they're oppressed, but the Lord says his glory will rise upon you, amen? Praise the name of Jesus.
When we look at this Scripture here, it says very clearly when we walk in the Spirit, "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh". Many of us, we have this in our mind. We actually read it the other way around. "Do your best not to fulfill the lust of your flesh, and then you'll walk in the Spirit". This is not what the Scriptures teach. The Scriptures teach it in the positive way. "Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh". You don't have to worry about the lust of the flesh, amen? Just walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, amen? Very clear. So, our focus has got to be walking in the Spirit, not trying to avoid this, trying to not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the more you try to do that, you are under the law. And the more you try to do that, the more you'll fall into sin, as many of have... you know that in your own experience. But the Bible says it on the contrary, contrary to human experience, amen? Contrary to what is natural. It says try to focus on not fulfilling the lust of the flesh, amen? Fulfill this: walk in the Spirit. Be led by the Spirit.
And this walk here is very interesting. It talks about, the word "peri" is there in this Word, which means "around," and the word "walk" in the Greek, and the word means "to walk around". Walk around. It's very beautiful. Reminds me of the Psalms 23. In verse 3 it says, "He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake". And the path of righteousness there, the word "paths" is the word "ma'gâl". Ma'gâl, where you get the word "Galilee". Any word that has G-A-L, gal, in Hebrew, it means a circuit, something circular, something circuitous, something that goes around, okay? So, it's a path of righteousness. We have a picture here from Israel of the paths of righteousness.
Now, these lines here that you see is not a natural phenomenon caused by the winds or the earth movement. It is actually caused by the movements of the footprints and the tracks of flock down through the years, even few thousand years down back to the Old Testament times. These are the circuitous road that the flock would take around the mountain, right? And every time they go down there, they produce these lines. They go around, and it's like, the Bible says, "He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake". That's what it means to walk in the Spirit. We're following the Spirit one step at a time. And the flock, when they go around the mountain, they're actually eating, you can't see the small plants that go around the way. We think of green pastures as like the whole hill or mountain is verdant, right, with green pastures.
Now, that is also true in Israel. There are some parts like that, but this path of righteousness, usually, you find that as they go along they'll find shoots of green coming out, shrubs and grass here and there, and they'll eat those as they go around. The wise shepherd will lead them in a circular motion, amen, a path, and that's called paths of righteousness, until they reach the top. And that's the way to go to the top for God's people. God leads you one step at a time. Early this year, we talk about the Temple of Solomon and the three chambers. The lowest chamber is the smallest area, 5 cubits wide. And then, the middle chamber is 6 cubits wide. And then, the topmost chamber, the third chamber where we're all in now at this time of the year, is the widest, the 7 cubits chamber. And it is linked by a winding staircase, and the winding staircase is the truth of how to gain maximum height in the smallest possible space of time, amen?
In a house, when you have winding stairs, is to gain maximum height in the smallest space of time, okay? So, you find that as you take one step you're actually going higher. It might seem like, you're going round and round and round and it never seem to come to an end, but, actually, you're making progress. I mean, when you look back at this year, hasn't it been like this? Hasn't it been like, you know, we are going round and round? You know, the shutdown, lockdown, and then a bit of lockdown here, a bit of, like, movement here, a bit of... I'm speaking generally around the world. And then, recurrence of the lockdown again, and then going here, going there, restriction here, restriction there. But all the while making progress, going higher is the farthest from our minds, yet we're going higher. We definitely are reaching more people than had we met physically, at least that's what YouTube is telling us. And that is just simply amazing.
And, for me, I feel that that's the truth of the winding stairs in the Temple of Solomon. That the Lord spoke to us early this year, even before COVID hit Singapore and around the world, and he already gave us this Word in this year of time and space, amen? We're really privileged to follow the paths of righteousness, amen? And, folks, this is what the Bible says. Walk in the Spirit. You know, we are people that want to know what's the end like, you know? "I wanna see the end," whether it's a project, whether it's our career, "What is in it for me? I wanna see the big picture. Will this make me successful? Will this make me rich? Will this make me famous? Will this"... You know, all these are the concerns of the flesh, amen? But God has a path that are the paths of peace. They're the paths of righteousness for his people.
The Bible says like this in Proverbs, "All his paths are paths of pleasantness". His ways are ways of pleasure, amen, for his people, amen? So, as you ascend, as you go around the paths of righteousness, just take one step at a time. In fact, one translation stays it like this. Later on in the book of Galatians it says if we keep in step, if we follow the Spirit, if we live in the Spirit, we have our life in the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit, amen? And it's a picture also of Jesus telling us, "Take my yoke upon you". You know that passage in Matthew 11 where he says, "Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I'll give you rest". He goes on to say, "Take my yoke upon you".
You know, when you have a cow, an older cow, and a apprentice cow, a younger cow, they're yoked together, the younger cow will have to follow the flow of the old cow. If the older cow wants to stop, the younger cow better not wanna go. You know, younger cows always want to get up and go, get up and go. And he knows when to move, when to go, and when he moves you better go, or else you have a achy neck, right? You have a neck that will be sore at the end of the day. So, when you follow the law... but the law says, "My yoke is easy". It's not a hard yoke. It won't chafe at your shoulder. It's a yoke that is easy, and his burden, he says, is light.
Think about those two words: easy and light. You know, the Bible says the way of the transgressors is hard, amen? To live in sin is hard, amen? The ways of the Lord is easy and light. Hallelujah. Amen. So, to follow the Spirit is not hard. We just follow the... see, once you're born-again you have life, eternal life, on the inside of you, and the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in you. And he will prompt you. It is not so much a voice. People are looking for the voice of God. "I wanna hear the voice of God. I wanna hear the voice of God".
I remember when I was much younger I always look for conferences or books or anything that teaches on how to hear the voice of God, only to find that the ways of God are simple, amen? Go back to the basics, amen? When God says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God," it should not be hard, amen? Even if a child knows the voice of the mother, so even as a baby Christian, amen, if you're a young Christian, you know, you should not be going for courses trying to learn to hear the voice of God, amen? Jesus said it like this. It's a statement of fact. "My sheep hear my voice, and they follow me". He didn't say, "My sheep need to learn to hear my voice," so to learn speaks of abnormality, amen? So, just believe God. Have a good opinion of God and know that when he says, "My sheep hear my voice," we hear his voice, and the voice of a stranger we will not follow, amen? Amen. Praise the Lord.
So, we follow the Lord. Walk in the Spirit, and you don't have to worry about all your fleshly addictions, or all the sinful habits of the flesh. They will all fall off. Walk in the Spirit. And this is very interesting because it goes against the grain of the flesh. Let's say a person is trying to break his addiction to smoking, okay? And he tries to focus on it. He try to put patches, you know, to try to push himself off smoking, you know, it may or may not work, okay? But that's the way of the flesh, okay? And it takes a long time. It takes human effort, but the way of the Lord may be like this. When you ask the Lord to lead you to break this bondage, amen, whether it's a bondage to addiction or is a bondage to pornography or is a bondage to being critical or of having a complaining spirit, and you want the Lord to purge you from that, just ask the Lord to help you to walk in the Spirit, being led by him.
And many a times, for example, that smoking addiction. The Lord may lead that person to prioritize his life. "What? My problem is smoking. My problem is I'm addicted. I gotta smoke this number of cigarettes a day, or else I cannot be happy, okay"? But the Lord might lead him to focus on other areas where it's causing stress that he doesn't even know of, and that is what's causing him to be dependent on that cigarette, or on that number of cups of coffee, okay, that he cannot do without. Because he's trying to overcome the stress, but he's dealing with the branches and not the root.
So, the Lord, when he leads you, he goes right to the root, amen? He will lead you maybe to sleep early, or maybe he will lead you to spend time with your family. He will lead you in such a way, but you say, "What has spending time with my family gotta do with my addiction"? "What does, you know, playing with my children have got to do with my breaking free from this habit of pornography"? But you'll be surprised how many times though, when Lord leads you and you walk in the Spirit, you follow the Spirit, he breaks that bondage in your life. I've seen it time and time again, amen? This is the way of the Lord, amen? The way of man is to attack the problem head-on, amen? Grit and willpower. Try to overcome it, amen? Try to, you know, focus your mind against it, amen? And try to take steps to over... that's the way of man, but God leads you in a circuitous way, where you find that, you know, at the end of the day that habit will just fall off. And you'll find you look for it, but the Bible says you'll find your enemy no more, amen? Praise the name of Jesus.
It goes on to say, "The flesh lust against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh". Wanna call your attention to the fact that the fight is between the flesh and the Spirit. It's not the flesh and you. Do you notice that? It's the Spirit fighting against the flesh, and the flesh fighting against the Spirit. "And these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you're led by the Spirit, you're not under the law". And we know that when we're under the law that's when death has power over us. When we're under the law, that's when sickness have power over us. When we are under the law, that's when all kinds of sinful habits have power over us, but if you're led by the Spirit you're not under the law, so it behooves us to be led by the Spirit, amen?
That's how God leads you. God leads you by the Spirit. God doesn't drive his flock. God leads his flock. You know, I remember last year, when we were in Israel, I brought my pastors to Israel, and every time we're there, you know, I try to find, you know, ways and means for biblical lessons in the land of Israel where the custom is there, where the flock is there, where the trees are there to draw lessons, amen? I find it the best Bible school I can give to my pastors, amen? And this is one particular one I wanna show you right now, about how your pastors in New Creation lead the flock.
Well, that's Pastor Mark, and there's never a dull moment with Pastor Mark around, amen? Of course, we all know that this is not the way to lead the flock, amen? The shepherd will lead the flock from in front, by example, and it is amazing. There are a number of YouTubes you can watch where it talks about how the sheep respond. You can key in on how sheep respond to their shepherd's voice. There's one example I saw. I think it's New Zealand or somewhere, where the shepherd will call for the sheep. And they're so far away on the hillside, and they all come running towards the shepherd. They know the voice of the shepherd, amen? So, the shepherd goes ahead of them. Jesus says in John 10 he goes ahead. And when he use his voice, he doesn't drive them, amen? And anything that drives you is not God. Remember that.
If you're being pushed to make a decision, whether to accept a wedding proposal, or whether to get involved in a business deal, and you feel like you're being pushed into it, you feel like you don't have the leisure of time to spend time with God to seek the Lord's mind about this, but you're being pushed into it, it's not God. You better stop there and there, okay? And nothing that deserves your attention and that'll be profitable for you will demand something, that you have to do it now or else you miss the chance, so that's why many a times you gotta be careful if you go into stock market and things like that. You know, you gotta do it with rest and not with that sense of being driven, "I gotta," or else you become a slave to the market, amen? So, God will never drive you. He leads you. The Lord is my shepherd, amen? I shall not lack.
Now, we all know the Lord is our savior, amen? But the Lord wants to be your shepherd. It is when the Lord is your shepherd you will not lack. You will not lack for strength. You'll not lack for health. You'll not lack for provisions. When the Lord is your shepherd you will just not lack in any area of your life, but he's gotta be your shepherd. And what does a shepherd do in your life? He feeds you. He leads you, amen? And our job as pastors is to lead the flock, amen, and to feed the flock and to lead the flock and to feed the flock. We don't drive the flock. Here is also a principle for parenting, amen? The wise parent will not make a goal so high for the child to pursue and the child gets discouraged. That's what happens when you tell the sheep to run up the mountain, and you point to the peak, or you point to a certain location, and they have to go upwards like that, as opposed to going around the paths of righteousness, amen?
And that's the same also for parenting. As we lead our children learn to ask the Lord for wisdom and direction as to how to bring them up in the way they should go, the Bible says. And when they're old they will not depart from it, amen? Train them how to go in the way they should go. And there's a certain kinda bend, certain kinda thing they like, but you lead them, amen, in a circuitous way, around and round, and then they're going higher and higher to the place where God wants them to be. And I'm also appalled, as a pastor, to see that sometimes parents, they don't even worry anymore about children watching movies or some shows where there are classifications. And even the world is putting out those classifications, but they're allowing their children to watch some shows that are beyond, you know, their classification, and they always feel like their children knows better. They know how to discern. They know how to spit out the bones. No, they don't, my friend. They don't. Whatever you expose your children to, all right, they'll become. They will have a affinity to, and they will adopt what they see, right? Children are like that, okay?
And there's a verse of Scripture that comes to mind. Remember when I shared with you about how in the book of Galatians the Bible says, "When we were children, when"... Paul was talking about Israel. When Israel, in the Old Testament, were népios, in the Greek, infants, God gave them the Ten Commandments. And their situation was such when they came out of Egypt they were actually babies in the eyes of God, and they were infants, and God gave them the Ten Commandments. And the Bible says when Jesus came, right, they received sonship, full, mature sonship. But when they came out of Egypt, they were actually infants, and notice what God said about them in Exodus 13. "Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near".
Now, the land of the Philistines is actually the coastal area, all right? Bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. That'll be shorter, a shorter distance into the Promised Land, but God did not lead them. Notice the word "lead". God always leads, even in the Old Testament. He doesn't drive. He leads. "God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, 'Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.'" When they see war. So, the reason why God led them in a longer way, more like a more roundabout way, like the paths of righteousness, when actually they could have gone by the way of the the Philistines.
Now, if you look at the land of Israel, my palm being the land of Israel, and here is Egypt, right? This is the Mediterranean Sea. God could have led them by the coastal area, by way of the Philistines. That's shorter, isn't it? But God made them go down through the Red Sea upwards. God says if they go through the land of the Philistines they will see war, and when they see war they will change their minds and go back to Egypt. They're not ready for war. They're not ready for that kind of war, so our children, you know, they're not ready to see some things. They're not ready to see war. They're not ready to see battle. They're not ready to see evil. They're not ready to see some things that we adults can look at. It will not bother us, but for them there's a certain growth level where we need to be sensitive.
There are some things we keep them from, and that is to be observed, or else their spirits will be crushed. They will entertain fears that they should not have at that age. They'll not be able to sleep at night. You're gonna have a problem with them having nightmares often. Gonna have a problem with them fearing all the time. And when you look at children like that you feel, but somewhere along the way fear came in the way because they were exposed to something they should not have been exposed.
I remember some kids that were exposed to lessons in school showing them, they were primary school. I still remember they go to primary school. I'm not mentioning any school here and all that, but they were shown about the possibility of terrorism in our country and they were showing some pictures of terrorism and all that. And I remember the kids in the class were freaked out. They were fearful and some of them, you know, didn't wanna go back to school, and I was thinking to myself, "Some things they're just not ready for, amen? They're just not ready for". And the wise teacher will be one to know what level. The wise parent, as well, will be one to know what level, all right, that we're able to bring them into it and what not to show them, amen? Be led by the Spirit. Walk in the Spirit even in your raising your children in the godly way. Praise God. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
You know, the Bible tells us that the sign that we are born again is the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. It's not just the Scriptures telling us, yes, the Scriptures is number one. The Word of God must always be the first, amen, to establish any truth in our life, amen? How do I know I'm saved? Not by my feelings, not by my emotions, but by the fact the Bible says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". I believe on him, amen, and I have everlasting life, amen? I have confessed Jesus as my Lord, amen. I have everlasting life. I know that I have it. But more than that, the Holy Spirit has come into us.
Now, watch this. In Romans 8 it says this: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.'" Now, notice, in talking about being led by the Spirit of God, it says, "These are sons of God". It does not say that sons of God need to learn how to be led by the Spirit. Now, sons here are mature sons, huios in the Greek, not nepios, infants. When they were under the law, they were nepios, infants. When Jesus came, he brought sonship, amen. Now, the Bible says sons are led. It's a statement of fact, amen? Sons are led. You need to expect to be led, amen. When the Holy Spirit leads you, he leads you with a spirit of sonship. That means it's a sense of, like, God is your Father and it's family, in a family sense, a family consciousness.
A very familial, familiar, intimate terms, amen. It is not like a spirit of a slave and a master, and this master is like a tyrant, you know, someone who is a dictator and he commands you and you are far away from him, and that's what the Bible says in the next verse. That's why it's tied up together. It says: "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear". Notice the word "again" there? That means in the Old Testament, they had a fear of God. The whole thing's talking about the fear of God, the wrong kind of the fear of God. I like what W.E. Vine says about the true fear of God. "It is a wholesome dread of displeasing God". I'm quoting word for word. "A wholesome dread of displeasing God". That is a true fear of the Lord. It is not this, and he says, it's not a kind of fear that we fear when we fear something, all right? Fear of coming into his presence lest we die.
All that is Old Testament fear. That's why it says: "You have not received the spirit of bondage again," the word "again" is there, "to fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship by which we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" And he goes on to say: "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God". If in the most important area of our lives: being saved, being children of God, that's the most important area, amen? I mean, who you marry, what career you choose, amen, which business to sign on and to take up. You know, all those things doesn't even come close to the most important decision that will last for all eternity. Are you saved? Are you born again? Are all your sins forgiven, amen? Do you have eternal life, amen? In the most important area, how does the Holy Spirit confirm it? He bears witness with our spirit, amen? His Spirit, God's Spirit, bears witness with our spirit. Like, so bearing witness is a voiceless, wordless, witness, if I can say it that way. It's just a knowing I'm a child of God.
I remember when I was a young Christian, someone tried to convince me, a pastor actually, wanted to convince me that I wasn't saved. And he told me that I was demon-possessed because I spoke in tongues and I was even brought to the church for deliverance, and they believe in deliverance but they don't believe in the baptism of Holy Spirit in the sense that we believe with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and he tried to get, you know, me to stop speaking in tongues and all that. But the tongues just flowed on and the next day I spoke to my elder who actually brought me there, and I said, "Look, I respect the pastor, you know". I was just a young, I think I was 16 years old at the time and I said that I just cannot believe that one thing he said, that I'm not saved. I know I'm saved, amen? There's something that, young as I was, I was a baby Christian, I knew I was saved. How do I know it? It's that voiceless, wordless witness.
When a couple is so close that even words don't matter anymore, they just know when they look at each other, boy, that's love, amen? That's really being intimate. So he's so close to you, he bears witness. Now, bearing witness, this word here, is "sum", which is the word "with" in Greek. Martureo. Martureo is witness, okay? Summartureo, one word, means bearing witness. That means you have done an action and then someone witness. Like you are witness in court. What does that mean? You are there to witness something that has transpired, an action that has been executed. You are there to witness something that has happened, amen? That's why you're a witness. It's not something that has not yet happened. You don't need a witness for that. In other words, we have to do something before the spirit can bear witness.
If in this area of being born again, all right, the Holy Spirit bears witness as our spirit, how much more in every other decision in our lives that are lesser than being born again, right? The Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit. Who to marry, what career to choose, amen. Even the nitty gritty of life, amen, in the daily grind of life, the Holy Spirit will lead you one step at a time if you follow him. If you expect him to, amen, and it's not hard, you know, obey the slightest prompting of the Spirit. The slightest prompting. Learn to obey. You know, you look at some Christians, you know, and you feel like, "Wow, they really flow with the Spirit. How come that came about"? You know, all of them grow, you know? There are no great...
Someone went to a English village, an English village and said, "Are there any great men of God born here"? He was following a track of all the Christian pilgrims of the past years, and the answer from one of the leaders down there, was that, "No, no, only babies were born here". So we're all born babies, but we all grow. How do we grow? We obey the least prompting of the Spirit. That's the smallest inclination, amen? We just follow, amen? And the more you follow God, the more you obey those promptings, you will find that it increases, it gets stronger, as in everything. Whatever you obey, you obey the flesh, you find that you like to eat, amen? You'll find it very hard to stop eating, okay? You're addicted to pornography. You'll find that the more you do it, the more you wanna do it. And the more you smoke, and you might not like it at first, but the more you do it, the more you will be addicted to it.
So as in everything, amen, as you give yourself to it, you know, I'm concerned that sometimes people, they during this shutdown or circuit breaker or lockdown, whatever you wanna call it, during this time when they're in a home, what are they feeding on? If they are feeding... I'm not against you watching TV and all that, but if that's all that you're doing, you don't feed on God's Word, no wonder you have lost the relish for God's Word. You've lost that. Don't you feel that you missed it? Those times when you know how sweet God's Word is? You know, the Bible says that the children of Israel, when they first tasted the manna, it says it like this: "And the taste of manna was like wafers made with honey". I love it. "Like wafers made with honey". So wafers, you know, is crushed and then honey is sweet, right? So it's like the finished work of Jesus, how he suffered for us and the sweetness of it, amen?
God's Word has a taste. God's Word has a taste. So the more you relish that taste, you hunger for it, but then you start eating other things. Later on, in the wilderness journey, the Bible says the taste became just like an ordinary taste to them, right? Just like oil, you know? It says: "No more sweetness. There's no more sweetness". And they longed for the melons and the garlics and the leeks and the cucumbers of Egypt. They longed for Egypt food, Egyptian food. You know, it's a picture of longing for that which actually never satisfied them, but once there was a time when they first tasted the manna, it was wafers made with honey. It was sweet. They have lost the taste. Why? Because they've been feeding on other things.
I pray that you don't do that. Don't go to a point where you lose God's Word because you've been feeding on other things that are natural. No wonder you are fearful because you have bought into those things. You have fed on those things, and those things have a hold on you, and you start thinking like the world, you start believing like the world, you start to receive what the world receives. Whereas when you relish God's Word, you live in the realm of the supernatural, you relish God's Word, you live in the realm of what Jesus died to give you, amen? And it's all supernatural, amen? You cannot be living in the natural and expect the supernatural to happen. And neither can you live in the supernatural and expect the natural to happen, amen?
So we wanna live in the supernatural. We don't live in the natural, amen? How many can say amen to that, praise God, hallelujah. So as we follow the spirit, I remember when one of the times as a pastor, 15 years ago, you know, I remember when the Lord taught me about Spirit-directed activity. He said this to me: "Being led by the Spirit, rest," or being led by the Spirit. "Rest is not inactivity. Rest is Spirit-directed activity". Another way of saying this is like, "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh". So it's rest, amen? The Lord leads you, and many a times he will lead you to not do anything as well, amen, and you must be obedient. That's hard for some people to labor to enter the rest, amen? It's an oxymoron. Labor, let us labor to enter the rest. Because the opposite is unbelief, amen. Not to be able to rest is unbelief.
So, I remember, and God taught me this 15 years ago. I came into office and I passed by one of our receptionists, and she was pregnant at that time, and she looked dejected and all that. And usually, you know, I'll say hi to her and then just walk away, but then Spirit of God says, "You know, you know, I want you to talk to her". And I stopped in my tracks and I talked to her and I asked her why, you know, why she looked so downcast and all that. She said that she's been to the doctor and her baby actually they found there were a few cysts in the baby's brain. So I felt the Spirit of God, you know, when God leads you one step at a time, he stops you and then he gets you to maybe get into conversation and the next thing comes up, "Pray for her. And pray for a miracle. Don't just pray to soothe her, and pray for a miracle".
So I prayed for a miracle there and there. It was in the public place, in the reception, okay, and she was a receptionist, and I prayed for her. So I went off. And a few days later, she came back with the results and all that. She said that the doctors found that those cysts, there were three cysts, I think two cysts disappeared completely and the third one was so small, it will just, they know that it will dissipate in time. And true enough, now the boy is 15 years old, amen, and doing very well, praise God. And you see, a little prompting. Obey it, God leads you to another area. Obey it, and then he will lead you higher, praise God. But every child of God, and don't think that God did this because I'm a pastor. No, no, no, no, I was not operating in the pastoral anointing, no, a thousand times, no. I was operating in the believer's anointing.
The Bible says you have an unction from the Holy One and you know all things. That's not written to pastors. That's written to every believer. In fact, if you read the context, it says: "Little children," amen? It talks about little children, young men, and fathers, amen. Every category, you have an unction or every believer has an unction, an anointing. You drop down, it says: "But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but the same anointing teaches you of all things, and it's truth and it's no lie, and even as you obey that anointing, amen, you will abide in him". You will abide. The key to abiding: the same author that wrote John 15, amen, "abide in me and I in you," is the same author that said in 1 John, is apostle John, saying that this is how you abide in him, by obeying the anointing within, amen? So bearing witness, the Spirit of God, "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit", so I take an action, amen, and then I feel like, "Uh, no, no".
You see, the will of God is like a jacket, amen? You have to try it on, and then you can tell whether it fits you or not, amen? Like choosing a life partner, amen. You cannot just sit down there and expect, you know, your life partner to drop on you, huh? Amen. You have to get involved in some group setting in the church, amen, praise God, amen. God will always lead you to a godly man, amen? And, hey, you know, there are a lot of godly men who are good-looking. All the godly men in the Bible like David, Joseph, they're all good-looking, so stop thinking like, "godly" means "boring," amen, and "handsome" means "devilish". That's why the devil has put these words together to make you think like that. Drop it out, amen, in Jesus's name, amen, hallelujah.
Even though the ladies in the Old Testament, the Bible talks of Rebekah, Rachel, they're all beautiful. Sarah was beautiful at the age of 90, that even a heathen king wanted her for his harem. Come on, church. Come on, praise God. And the Bible says you are daughters of Sarah, amen. It's time for us to repent of our worldly thinking and start thinking according to God's Word, amen? Amen. Okay, God bless you, sister, hallelujah. God bless you, amen. Who is that? Pastor Mark is there? Okay, he's repenting, hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus, amen, amen, amen. Praise God.
So as we take one step, then the Holy Spirit bears witness. We don't take any step? There's nothing to bear witness. God does not guide a parked car. If a car is parked, you know, even if you got a GPS, what can the GPS say? "You're in the same location". After an hour, "You're still in the same location". Is that how he bears witness? No, as you move, then he says, "Turn right". "At the next turn, turn left, and the next turn, go straight," right? It tells you as you move along, amen. So your internal GPS, the Holy Spirit, bears witness with you, based on a action.
Remember when God told Samuel the prophet to go to the house of Jesse because God says, "I've provided me a king among his sons"? Now, why didn't God just say, "Samuel, his name is David, and he lives in the house of a man called Jesse"? God could've said that, but that's not God's way. God always leads us one step at a time like he told Abraham, "Go to a land that I will show you". God could've said, "Go to the land of Canaan that flows with milk and honey". But God didn't say that. God says, "Go to a land that I will show you". So as Abraham takes one step, he saw further. As he took another step, the Spirit bore witness with him. As he took another step, God would bear witness. Whether it's through visions or dreams during Abraham's time he will do it.
In our case, it's bearing witness in our spirit, a most intimate way, better than visions or angels on the outside, amen. We have something so intimate on the inside, praise God. So as you take the action, and that's what Samuel did. He went to the house of Jesse. He knew it's one of the sons, right? And he had seven sons, and he had all the sons pass by him, you know, except for David. He was out there in the field, tending the flock. And the Bible says, as the firstborn, the oldest son came in front of the prophet Samuel. Even a prophet like Samuel, okay, who is a amazing prophet. He was the prophet of the land of Israel at that time. He looked at the firstborn and says, "This must be the Lord's anointed. He must be the one God has selected to be king". But was he the one? No, he wasn't the one.
So even a prophet can make mistakes. But notice he had to face all the sons, one by one, one by one, "Mm-mm," "Mm-mm, he's not the one. This is not the one". And the Lord said to him, "This is not the one? Man looks on the", that's when God said to the prophet, God said, "Man look on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the heart". God said, this is not the one. This is not the one, and finally, there was no witness of any sons, and he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons that you have"? Imagine you're David. Your father says this: "Oh, yeah, I have one more son". Imagine if you are David and you heard that, amen? So, for some reason, he wasn't really favored, and we find that he was out there in the field when the prophet was in the house, so the prophet says, "You know what? I'll not sit down until David comes in". So they brought David in, and the moment David came before him, the Lord says, "Arise, this is he. Anoint him," amen?
So even a prophet like Samuel had to go through the procedure one by one, one by one, and sometimes you have to apply and go for the job interview, amen? Don't be lazy, amen? Don't just sit down there and think, "I believe God and trust God. You know, I got the favor of God, amen, and he will just come on me". No, you have to try it out. You have to go for this interview, go for that interview, and you will sense it in your spirit, amen, and you will sense it, amen? Just take the step. Even in the gifts of the Spirit, you have to take the first step, even if it's a small leading. Obey that leading, amen, and you'll find that, like I shared before about this man, as I was driving down the road one night, it was pitch dark, and it was very early in the morning, about 2 to 3 a.m., and I saw a elderly man by the side, on my... I do not know. He was a bit incoherent, and I didn't know that he was looking for a place to go to, to eat, and apparently his son left him at home, and he was hungry, and I asked the Lord, "What shall I do"? The Lord led me to pick him up. I knew that. And because I obeyed the first prompting, the Bible says, "Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts," amen?
So the next step is I want the gifts to manifest, but you must follow after love. The best way to have the gifts manifest is to "follow after love," amen? Follow the flow of love. And the idea of "follow after love" has the idea like love is like a stream, a refreshing life-giving stream, and you follow after the steam, amen? As you follow the stream and desire spiritual gifts, they'll manifest. And then God gave me a word of knowledge. God showed me a food center. We call it "ABC," over here, and when I went there, true enough, the man recognized the Hawker, a man that was there who said that, "I pity this old man. He told me, you know, his son leaves him alone quite often, and we're always here to feed him. And when his son brings him here, we feed him. He knows us".
Imagine if I did not know, I mean, there are so many food centers and Hawker centers in Singapore, how would I know that's the one except for the word of knowledge that came up after I obeyed the first prompting? God will never lead you more than when you obey the first. When you have not obeyed the first, don't ask for the ending. Don't ask for... what? To see, when you've not even obeyed the first prompting, amen? Amen. If the Lord tells you, you are always harsh with your wife, amen, obey that. If the Lord tells you that, it's because he loves you, amen? He's making you into a fine gentleman, hallelujah, amen, one that has the glory of God. And just obey that, amen. As you obey that, you're able to respect yourself also. It's not just getting your wife's respect, amen? It's the life of having, you know, you feel regal. You feel regal.
Like, one time, I remember when I backed my car, it was on a Sunday. I finished preaching multiple services, and I was a bit tired. I reversed my car in the carpark, and I scratched a car behind me, and I look around. There was no CCTV. I look around, there was no witnesses, amen? The natural mind, the natural flesh said, "Whoa, you know? Why don't I just go and park somewhere else and just act innocent? Right"? All these thoughts travel like lightning, really fast. It's not like sequential, okay? It's always real fast. And then, all of a sudden, the Spirit of God rose up on the inside, and the Lord says, "How do you know this is not a test that I allowed you to have to see whether you'll rise up when no one is looking? When there's no witnesses, there's no CCTV, do you do right just because it's right and because you love me and because you have a nature that is princely, amen? I've called you to be worthy of the high calling. You have a high calling," amen? "And what is this scratch? Pay for it," amen. "I'm able to provide for you more".
And when I decided to leave a note on the windscreen, amen, and sure enough, the person called up, and I paid for it. It cost me, right? I paid for it, but I tell you this: I felt princely. I felt, like, heavenly, amen? And nothing, you know, parting with that money cannot compare with the feeling I get, amen, knowing my conscience is clear, praise God, amen. But obeying the Lord, amen, walking a life in the Spirit is so wonderful, amen. You know, and sometime we teach holiness in such a way that it's only for man's eyes, and how our denomination accepts it, how our church accepts it... no, the Lord wants us to walk according to the Spirit, even when no one is looking, amen?
I remember another time, I was in a bookstore, and in my hurry, I like to scan through books before I buy them, right? I just scan through, and I always say that I have the power of scanning. I can go through a book and know whether it's worth its weight, right? So I scanned through this book. It doesn't really interest me. I put it back, but unfortunately, I put it back really fast, and then the pages folded, okay? Now, the quality of that Book has dropped, right? So I pull it out, and then I realized, you know, I can't go on, right? Just, you know, putting back, no one saw that happen, but I've cost that book to lose its value, amen? If somebody else see that book, they wouldn't wanna buy that book. So I felt this prompting of the Spirit now, "Buy that book". When I bought the book again, I felt princely. I felt I can respect myself, amen? And somewhere in my library, the book is still there to remind me that I did not compromise my integrity, amen, praise the Lord.
Now, I'm not saying all that to put a feather in my cap, okay? And I'm just telling you that our holiness cannot be something that will please our denomination, that'll please our leaders, that'll please our churches. It's gotta be something from something real, something from the Lord. And the leading of the Lord is not just for moral excellence. It's also for power. Like I mentioned just now, when you follow the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit start flowing, amen, and the Lord knows all the traps of the enemies ahead, amen. There's nothing the devil will set in front of you that the Lord doesn't know about, but the Lord is saying... now listen to what Isaiah says. The Lord says, "I am the Lord thy God, who teacheth you to profit, and who leads you in the way you should go". I love that. One more time: "I am the Lord thy God who teacheth you to profit", What? "Teaches you", what? "To profit". How many want profit? Amen. "And leads you, leads you by the way you should go," amen.
So when God teaches us to profit is by leading us in the way we should go, amen. It's worth it to follow the Lord, and that's the secret of Caleb. At the age of 85, he could say, "I'm as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out to spy out the land. I'm still strong. I'm 85". Why? More than one time, that phrase appears because "I have fully followed the Lord," and even the Lord himself said, "Because he has wholly followed me". Today, how do we follow the Lord? Back then, Adam and Eve, how did they follow the Lord? The Bible says, "In the cool of the evening," in the "ruach," in the breath of the wind, the Holy Spirit, the Lord came with them personally and they walked with God. Remember that? And then in Abraham's time, God said to Abraham, "I am El Shaddai. I am Almighty God. Walk before me," right? "Walk before me". In other words, "Walk as if you are walking in front of me," amen, "aware of my presence, conscious of my love and my watching over you". "Walk before me, and be thou perfect," God told Abraham.
And then the Bible says, "Enoch walked with God, and Enoch was not," because God translated him. You know, Enoch was translated. He was raptured literally. He never saw death. In the Hebrews it says, "Without faith it's impossible to please God," but the verse before that says that "Enoch was translated that he should not see death". "But before he was translated, this was his testimony, 'He pleased God,'" amen. "Without faith it's impossible to please God". So Enoch was raptured. So the rapture was in the Old Testament. There are quite a number of raptures. Like, Elijah was raptured without seeing death. Enoch was raptured without seeing death. And very soon Jesus is coming back for us, and we'll be raptured without seeing death. The Bible says in the twinkling of an eye, our bodies will transform like his incorruptible body, and you will never grow old, never have disease in your body, never die ever again, amen, and you will look good forever, hallelujah, amen. Thank you, Jesus, amen.
Indeed, the rapture is an Old Testament teaching that happened to all the people that I mentioned just now like Enoch, Elijah, hallelujah, and it will happen to the church as well when Jesus comes again, which I believe is gonna be very soon, hallelujah. I pray, friend, that you will follow the Spirit, walk in the Spirit. You don't have to worry about this bondage, about, "I'm afraid of this lust of the flesh, something that comes real fast and I find that, you know, before I can resist it, you know, I'm swallowed up in it". No, friend. You're focused on the sin. You're focused on the bondage. You're focused on darkness. God says to focus on the light. Focus on Jesus. Amen. "Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh". That's going to happen supernaturally, amen, as you walk in the Spirit. Hallelujah. You'll find that all these things, that these dry leaves will all just fall away without you focusing on them as you allow the life stream, the life step, and the life of God to flow through you. Hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.
One biggest hindrance that people have about following the Spirit is the fact that they have a guilty conscience; many of them, you know, and that's the biggest hindrance. The number one hindrance is a guilty conscience, and the Bible says that Jesus resolved that. In Hebrews 10 it says, "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of those things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers," make those who keep on coming, "perfect". Perfect in what? The chapter before that says perfect in conscience. You know, we are not perfect. We can never be perfect in our behavior this side of heaven, right? But we can be perfect in our conscience. What is that, perfect in our conscience? That means there is no sin-consciousness. Amen.
A perfect sacrifice has removed all sins from our life, and here in Hebrews 10 it says, "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of those things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. Else would they have not have ceased to be offered? Because the worshipers once", and the word once there, hapax, means once and for all. "Worshipers once purged should have no more consciousness of sins". No more what? Consciousness of sins. In the King James it's no more conscience of sins. Now, what can give us no more conscious of sins? Here it says in verse 14, "By a single offering he has perfected for all time". For how long? "For all time those who are being sanctified". And watch this. "And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us".
This is the area that a lot of people they don't understand the Holy Spirit and they will say, "The Holy Spirit convict me of sin, convict me of sin, convict me of sin". Can the Holy Spirit convict you of sin? Yes, but the main focus, like Paul says, "I have this continual grief in my heart for my people Israel and I speak the truth in Christ. I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit". It's not something negative. "I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit". Something positive. The Holy Spirit's bearing witness to Paul saying that Paul is not lying, not that he lied. And here's the same thing. "The Holy Spirit bears witness to us, for after saying," this is the new covenant, "'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,' declares the Lord. 'I will put my laws on their hearts and write them on their minds.' Then God adds, 'I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.'" This is the part. "Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin".
So notice the Holy Spirit bears witness for after saying that all this that he will do for us. Then he says, "Your sins and your lawless deeds are remembered no more". That is the witness, the witness; actually everything that makes the new covenant work. The new covenant is like this. God says, "This is not like the old covenant that I made with them when I brought them out of the house of Egypt," amen, "which covenant they broke and I regarded them not. But this is the new covenant. It's a fail-proof covenant". God says, "And I'll put my laws in their hearts and in their minds". God says, "I write them on their hearts". And the Bible says that's the first clause, right? "They will know my will". Amen? And God says, "And I'll be their God". And they will not teach their brother, "Know the Lord, know the Lord, for all will know me intuitively. All will know me on the inside, from the least".
I'm so glad he started with the least. That gives hope for me. Amen. From the least to the greatest, not from the greatest to the least. "All will know me," God says. Why? Why can God put his laws in our hearts? Why would we know his will on the inside, amen, in our minds, in our hearts? Why will we know our God personally? Amen? And God says, "I'll be their God". The third one. "I'll be their God, and they shall be my people". Oh, I love that. I love that. I love that. All right, the first one, "I'll put my laws in their hearts". Second one, "I'll be their God, and they shall be to me a people". Whenever he says, "I'll be to them a God," it's always something miraculous, something supernatural. "If you are in a midst of the pandemic and I'm your God, that means what? I'll protect you. I'll keep you. I'll cause you to thrive in the midst of famine". Amen?
If you are sick, God says, "I'll be to you a God". That means what? "I'll heal you. I'll be to you a healing God". Amen. If you are lacking and God says, "I'll be to you a God and you shall be to me a people," what does that mean? "I'll be to you El Shaddai. I'll provide for you, and you'll be to me a people most blessed". Amen. It has the idea of the miraculous. Amen. "So I'll be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people". And then he says, "And they shall not teach everyone, 'Know the Lord. Know the Lord,' for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest". And I'm so glad, again, the least to the greatest. Amen? That gives me hope. From the least to the greatest, not from the greatest to the least. Why can't God do all these three clauses in the new covenant? The last one makes everything happen. For, which means what? Because. "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins are remembered no more". Now, the covenant of law says, "I'll by no means forget your sins". God says, "I'll visit your sins to the third and fourth generation". Wow.
But here he says, "I'll by no means remember your sins". What has happened? The cross happened, my friend. Cross happened. Jesus died on the cross for you and I. He bore the curse of the law. Amen? "And he became sin, he who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him". So God, who remembered all our sins, went at the cross, and God reckoned them unto Jesus and Jesus died under the weight of it. Amen? He died the penalty of it. He was judged for them on my behalf, on your behalf. Praise the Lord. And now God is faithful to what he did, that God cannot remember our sins. Remember means to be mindful of, to be keeping in the center of his focus. He doesn't deal with you based on sins anymore. Hallelujah. Amen. He's not dealing with you based on sin, he's dealing with you based on his Son. As his Son is worthy of all the blessings, the Bible says, "You are worthy because you are in my Son. My Son got what you deserved at the cross that you might receive all that he deserves". Amen? "He got what you deserve, and you get what he deserves". Hallelujah. Praise the name of Jesus.
So this is the clause the Holy Spirit talks about, and this is the area that most people are missing it. They want the Lord to lead them, but they have this guilty conscience. The Bible says you must know this new covenant clause above everything else. Your sins God remembers no more. Why? Because of the cross. Because of the blood of Jesus has been shed. "Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin". Once that is clear, the way is open for the Spirit of God to lead you, amen, unhindered. Amen. All the hindrance is on our part; our wrong thinking, our wrong believing. Amen?
I pray this has blessed you, my friend; and in the name of Jesus I know that from this day forth you'll walk in the Spirit. It's not hard. It's not just for the select few. It's not for Pastor Mark and all the pastors in New Creation. Amen? It is for you. It's for you. Amen. You can walk in the Spirit in the area of your parenting, in the area of your marriage, in the area of your business life, your employment wherever you are. And remember, when you're led by the Spirit, the result is always God teaching you to profit by it, amen, and that he will lead you by the way you should go. And all the ways of God are paths of peace and pleasure. Amen. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
Now, friend, I want to pray for you right now if you are having challenges, amen, with depression. I see a number of you who are having challenges in your sleep. You're not able to sleep well, and some of you cannot even sleep without, you know, getting up, ever so often and all that. I want to pray for you right now. Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray in the name of Jesus, Father, release that person, Lord, into the beauty of your beloved sleep, Lord, as you have promised. He gives his beloved sleep. Oh, you that neither slumber nor sleep, grant this gift of sleep, Lord, to all your people, Lord, that are suffering from sleeplessness. And I command in the name of Jesus that that enemy that tries to disturb your sleep, cease all his maneuvers over your life in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Shalom peace. Shalom peace. Shalom peace to you. My friend, from this night forth you shall sleep well in Jesus's name, but do not go back to the old ways or the ways of the flesh that will hinder your sleep. Amen? Watch what you watch before you sleep. Make sure you're focused on the Word of God before you sleep. Amen. Praise the Lord. You got a devotional book. Feed on it before you sleep. Okay? Praise the name of Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, Lord Jesus.
There's a child that has been diagnosed cancer, and I feel for you, whoever the parent is. But God is smiting the cancer right now in Jesus's name. It dies in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command it to be removed out of that child and to be thrown into the sea in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen, amen, amen. Hallelujah. Father, heal that child, Lord, in Jesus's name, and remove from this family, Lord, every trauma, every fear and worry, Lord, and let your shalom peace come upon the child and upon this entire family. Thank you, Father God, in Jesus's wonderful name. Amen.
I see a number of people who are concerned about their memories. They are forgetting more things and all that. And right now in the name of Jesus, do not be afraid. Let all fears cease in Jesus's name. Now confess with your mouth, "I have the mind of Christ". Amen. Say it. "I have the mind of Christ". The mind of Christ, my friend, never forgets. Amen. So right now in the name of Jesus, receive the mind of Christ, amen, that wonderful mind of Christ; a mind that's compassionate, a mind that's set on the glory of God, amen, a mind that has its full faculties. Hallelujah. You will live to a good old age. Your strong mind, it is at peace, at poised in shalom. Hallelujah.
Whatever condition you are suffering from right now, place your hand on the area. Father, in the name of Jesus heal right now. In the name of the Lord, thank you, Lord. Right now do what you cannot do before. You can't move your arm, move your arm. You can't move your neck, move your neck. You can't move your waist, move your waist. Amen? You have condition in your body. Where you press it there's pain, press it right now in Jesus's name. Do something, and let the Spirit of God bear witness with healings, signs, wonders, and miracles, amen, in Jesus's name. Praise the name of Jesus. Amen. Hallelujah. If you've never accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, pray this prayer with me right now. Amen? Say it from your heart:
Father God, I thank you for your love for me. Thank you, Father. You spared not your own Son but gave him up for me, and I thank you that Christ died on the cross for me. I'm a sinner, and Christ died for sinners. I qualify. Thank you, Father God; that all that Jesus did for me I receive right now in Jesus's name. I receive forgiveness of sins. I confess Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior. And I thank you, Father. I'm forever justified. I'm forever righteous, and all my sins are eternally put away. It's a settled thing forever. Thank you, Father God. Now fill me, Father. Fill me with your Holy Spirit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I ask. Thank you, Father. Amen, amen, amen.
Friend, if you prayed that prayer, you're now a child of God. The Bible says old things in your life, inside you, old things are all passed away. All things have become new. Welcome to the family of God. Amen? And from now on, learn to be led by the Spirit by obeying every prompting of the Spirit. Remember this. You're not sure? There's always someone, you know, you can talk to who is a believer, who has walked in the way of the Spirit. Amen. Some things you need to bounce off your wife, your friends who are believers and just say, "I'm thinking about this move in my life, this change in my life. How do you feel? How do you feel in your spirit"? And everyone who's in the Spirit is able to flow together, amen, as you obey the Lord. But obey that. Every little prompting you have, obey it. He will never violate God's Word. He will never tell you to leave your wife for another woman. He will never tell you to, you know, hate someone.
The Holy Spirit will always lead you in paths of peace, amen, the paths that will bring true glory and joy to God's heart. Amen? He will never lead you in the paths of uncleanness, in the paths of unrighteousness. Amen. But don't worry about all that. Like I said, when you walk in the Spirit, you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Amen? Stand to your feet, church. Oh, man, I miss all of you. I wish so often that I would preach to a full capacity room here just like old times because I love looking into your eyes, I love bantering with you, and I miss all that, but you know what? I believe soon we'll get together again. Amen? Only the Lord can make that happen. Praise the Lord. And I believe he will. Amen? Meanwhile, keep looking up. Your redemption, your bodily redemption draws near. Hallelujah. That same body I told you about, a body transformed like Jesus's glorified body is right at hand. Amen? So near. I feel like the rapture can happen anytime. Amen. Praise the name of Jesus. Lift your hands everywhere. Amen.
This coming week the Lord bless you and your families, and the Lord keep you, preserve, protect you and your loved ones from the COVID-19 virus, from every disease, from every evil, harm, danger, and from all the power of the evil one; and the Lord make his face shine upon you and be favorable to you. The light of his glory shines on you in the midst of the darkness. Throughout this week, the light will be seen by others, and you'll see the glory of God upon your life. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and your families and grant to you and yours his wonderful shalom peace in Jesus's name.