Genesis 35:9-15 - Jacob's Sixth Encounter With God - His Name Changed To Israel

9 Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him. 10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name." Thus He called him Israel. 11 God also said to him, "I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you. 12 "The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, And I will give the land to your descendants after you."

13 Then God went up from him in the place where He had spoken with him.

14 Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 So Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.

Genesis 46:8-27 - Jacob's Family

Genesis 47:27-31 - Israel Settles In Goshen

Genesis 48:1-22 - Jacob Blesses Ephraim And Manasseh

Genesis 49:28-33 - The Death And Burial Of Jacob

Genesis 50:1-14 - Jacob's Burial

Genesis 35:9-15 - Jacob's Sixth Encounter With God - His Name Changed To Israel

Exodus 1:15-22 - Pharaoh Tells The Midwives To Kill All Hebrew Baby Boys

Exodus 2:1-25 - The Birth And Early Life Of Moses

Exodus 3:1-22 - Yahweh's Plan To Rescue The Israelites

Exodus 4:1-17 - Yahweh Provides Signs And Help For Speaking

Exodus 5:22-Exodus 6:13 - Moses Complains To God

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These are notes on the sermon, Your Failure Isn’t Final, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 25 April 2021, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: The good news of the gospel is that you can receive righteousness as a gift
  2. Salvation includes the well-being of your entire person, including health and provision
  3. The true gospel reveals the righteousness of God and releases His life-transforming power
  4. Fix your eyes on Christ as it is His obedience that has made you righteous, not yours
  5. Now that you are in the risen Christ, there is no condemnation for your sins as He bore it all at the cross
  6. Deliverance and restoration come when you believe that Jesus has fully borne your sins and guilt in your place
  7. Even when you fail, you can receive 120% restoration from God
  8. Receive His restoration when you believe and declare your righteousness in Christ
  9. Receive the gift of “no condemnation,” and be empowered to sin no more
  10. Salvation Prayer
  11. Closing Prayer
  12. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: The good news of the gospel is that you can receive righteousness as a gift

The good news that we have today is that God is not mad at you or out to get you. The Bible tells us that God has exhausted all His wrath on the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, our sacrifice on the cross.

God has justified us according to His righteousness, not according to His mercy. His righteousness is satisfied because on the cross of Jesus Christ, the price for our sins has been fully paid.

Salvation includes the well-being of your entire person, including health and provision

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation (‘sótéria’)
— Romans 1:16 KJV

salvation” — This is the Greek word “sótéria” which refers not only to salvation from condemnation, but is an all-inclusive word that includes healing, wholeness, and well-being for your entire person.

The verb form of “sótéria,” which is “sózó,” is often used when Jesus healed someone in the gospels, such as the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5.

“ . . . your faith has made you well (‘sózó’) . . . ”
— Mark 5:34 NKJV

wellThe Greek translation of this word is “sózó,” which is the verb form of “sótéria.” This word indicates that the woman was not only healed physically, but also received wholeness and salvation for her entire person.

the power of God” — The gospel of Jesus Christ releases the power of God that saves you spiritually, makes you whole emotionally and mentally (in your soul), and saves your body.

With this all-encompassing salvation and well-being, you can now live above the effects of the curse that came into the world through Adam’s sin!

The true gospel reveals the righteousness of God and releases His life-transforming power

The gospel came at a very dear cost to God as He gave up His beloved Son to die for the sins of mankind. There was no other way for God to save us as we had all sinned and needed someone to die for our sins. Yet that person could not be someone who was also sinful, because if he was, he in turn would need someone to die for him.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
— 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

who knew no sin” — Jesus Himself was, did, and knew no sin.

we might be made” — We do not become righteous by our own performance, but we are made the righteousness of God. How? The divine exchange. Jesus took all our sins and was made to be sin on the cross for us so that we might take His righteousness. We receive His righteousness as a gift.

The true gospel of Jesus reveals the gift of the righteousness of God (Rom. 1:17), not the sinfulness of man. None of us can do enough to ever become the righteousness of God.

The righteousness of God is a gift and cannot be earned!

“For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
— Romans 5:17 KJV

Beloved, have you received the gift of righteousness? The Bible says that those who receive it will reign in life in this world and in the world to come through Jesus Christ. We need to preach the gospel that reveals the righteousness of God as a gift and releases the power of God that transforms people's lives!

Pastor Prince shares a testimony of a brother from South Carolina, United States, who was delivered from a 20-year addiction to pot smoking that he had not been able to quit, even after many attempts. However, after hearing about the gospel of grace, he was delivered from his addiction by proclaiming the truth of his righteousness in Christ.

My friend, if you are suffering under a sinful habit or addiction that you can't seem to break free from, the best way to be delivered from it is to confess in the midst of your bondage, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ,” because that is the truth.

Truth is unchanging. In the midst of contrary signs, symptoms, and what appears to be real at the moment, there is a truth that never changes. What appears as a fact (e.g. that you have a certain addiction at the moment) will not necessarily last forever, but there is an eternal truth (God’s Word and what Jesus accomplished at the cross) that can and will outlast the facts. The truth will change the facts!

As you proclaim the truth of your righteousness in Christ in the midst of your contrary circumstances (e.g. your addiction or sinful habit), it is just a matter of time before you begin to see your deliverance—the truth of Jesus sets you free and changes your reality!

The brother who was delivered from an addiction to pot-smoking shared that he experienced no withdrawal symptoms, nor a desire to smoke again. Stopping a sinful habit while still craving for it in your heart are not signs of true holiness or transformation. Rather, true transformation is being delivered even from the desire to sin!

Fix your eyes on Christ as it is His obedience that has made you righteous, not yours

Perhaps you have come across a believer who is suffering from depression, addicted to pornography, or facing anger issues. We know that all these are sins and that believers are supposed to be reigning over these things (Rom. 5:17). Why then are they still struggling with these issues?

The answer lies in the way we respond to the gift of righteousness given to us. When you receive the gift of righteousness, you need to truly believe it. When you truly believe it, it will affect your thoughts and emotions.

If you say you have received the gift of righteousness but continue to condemn yourself inwardly, always feeling guilty and being conscious of your sins, it is as if you are saying, “God, I don't believe Your Word that all my sins were put away because of Jesus’ finished work.”

“who was delivered up because of our offences, and was raised up because of our being declared righteous. Having been declared righteous, then, by faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
— Romans 4:25–5:1 YLT

because of our being declared righteous” — We can be assured that if we were not declared righteous, Christ would not have been raised from the dead.

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
— Romans 5:19 NKJV

by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners” — After the first Adam sinned, sin came upon all generations of man.

“by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” — Jesus did not come merely to represent God to man, but He came to become man (John 1:14a). He came as the second Adam so that there would be a new human race (2 Cor. 5:17) after the order of Christ.

We are not made righteous by our own obedience, but by one Man’s obedience—our Lord Jesus’.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
— 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV

bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” — This does not refer to bringing every thought to obey Christ, as attempting this would be a never-ending cycle of defeat. Instead, it means to focus on Christ’s obedience.

When you focus on Christ’s obedience, you will be Christ-occupied instead of self-occupied. Instead of taking credit for striving, you'll give all glory to Jesus who has finished all the work!

The devil is known as “the accuser,” and his job is to point out your bad points, where you have fallen short, and put you in a constant state of condemnation and guilt. The more you are self-focused and obsessed with the thought of what you’ve failed to do, the more you will spiral into depression.

The way to be delivered from our “self” is to start focusing on Jesus. It is not what you have done, but it is what Christ has done that is the most important!

Look away from yourself and look to Christ instead, focusing on His obedience. When the enemy accuses you of falling short, remember that Jesus’ obedience was credited to your account and it is His obedience that has made you righteous!

Now that you are in the risen Christ, there is no condemnation for your sins as He bore it all at the cross

“Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
— Romans 8:1–2 NASB

no condemnation at all” — The word “no” is the Greek word “oudeis,” and it describes a scenario where there is no exception. This means that there is no condemnation whatsoever in any shape or form for those who are in Christ Jesus.

in Christ Jesus” — Whenever the Bible mentions “Christ Jesus,” it is referring to Jesus after His death and resurrection, at the Father's right hand, crowned with glory and honor (on the other hand, “Jesus Christ” refers to Jesus during His earthly ministry before He went to the cross). Today, God sees us not as our old self, but only in Christ Jesus.

God put us in Christ at the cross, where our old nature was crucified with Him (Rom 6:6). When Christ died, we died in Him. When God raised Jesus to life, we were all risen in Him. The old nature is gone and we are now a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

“ . . . when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”
— Hebrews 1:3 NKJV

by Himself purged our sins, sat down” — Jesus was not raised from the dead and seated at the Father’s right hand simply because He is the Son of God. If He hadn’t successfully paid for the forgiveness of our sins, He would not have been able to sit down because He came as a man to die for us on the cross and to effect the new covenant in our lives.

Today, you and I have the confidence to come to God, knowing that we have a man in the Holy of Holies representing us before God. As we are now in Christ, it is as though we are coming before God ourselves. You are one with Christ, ensphered in Him. When God looks at Jesus, He sees you. God will never see you apart from Christ.

As far as God the Father is concerned, whatever Jesus has done, you have done as well (apart from being the sacrifice for our sins at the cross). In the same way, whatever the Father did to Jesus at the cross, happened to you as well. Just as Jesus can never be condemned for sin today, there is therefore now no condemnation for you and I in Christ Jesus!

“For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all . . . Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin . . . ”
— Romans 6:10–11 NKJV

He died to sin once for all” — Jesus did not die to committing sin as He had never committed any. This is why we are not dead to committing sin today and we can still sin if we want to. Rather, Jesus died to the imputation and the condemnation of sin.

Likewise . . . reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin” — Today, because we are in Christ Jesus, sin can never be imputed to us (held to our account), nor can the condemnation (punishment, including sickness and curses) fall upon us.

Pastor Prince reminds us that this is not the same as Universalism. Each person still needs to make a personal decision to believe in Christ and receive all that He has done for them. Once we have made this decision, God sees us in Christ.

Deliverance and restoration come when you believe that Jesus has fully borne your sins and guilt in your place

My friend, before you experience deliverance and freedom from an addiction or sinful habit, or before you see the transformation you desire, you need to believe that there is now no condemnation for you.

Pastor Prince shares that he asked the Lord about how we can see more people’s lives transformed by the gospel. There are those who have heard about or even sit under the teaching of grace, yet still see areas of defeat in their lives. How do we see more lives truly touched and transformed by the gospel of grace?

The Lord then shared with him a simple yet profound truth about how the gift of righteousness can take real effect in people’s lives. This is what He said:

“Jesus cannot bear guilt while you are bearing guilt. Guilt cannot be in two places. Either it’s on Him or it’s on you. If it’s on you and you bear it, it cannot be on Him. If it’s on Him, then it’s not on you. Where guilt is, there can be no restoration. If guilt is on Him, then restoration is on you.”

Let’s look at the guilt offering, one of the five offerings in the book of Leviticus that symbolize Jesus’ sacrifice for us at the cross (the only exception is the meal offering, which is a picture of Jesus’ entire life as an offering).

The guilt offering

“If you have sinned in any of these ways, you are guilty. You must give back whatever you stole, or the money you took by extortion, or the security deposit, or the lost property you found, or anything obtained by swearing falsely. You must make restitution by paying the full price plus an additional 20 percent to the person you have harmed. On the same day you must present a guilt offering (‘asham’).”
— Leviticus 6:4–5 NLT

guilt offering” — A guilt offering is needed in addition to a sin offering because many times we feel guilty when we know we have done something wrong.

You must make restitution by paying the full price plus an additional 20 percent” — The Bible says the only way to be rid of the guilt is to pay back 100 percent of the damage, as well as an additional 20 percent, to the person who has been wronged.

Even though we are the ones who sinned, Jesus took our place at the cross as the one who did wrong. Since He became liable for all the wrong we have ever done and will ever do, He will be the one to restore the 120 percent.

They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
— Psalm 69:4 KJV

We know this is a Messianic Psalm as it was quoted by Jesus in John 15:25.

I restored that which I took not away” — Here, Jesus is saying that He took the place of the guilty one and became liable for their sins. Therefore He has to be the one to restore the wrong done.

Through the finished work, Jesus has restored more than what our sin cost. At the cross, Jesus accomplished so much more than what Adam had done in bringing the curse and death into the human race. If Adam’s sin caused all of us to become sinners, how much more has Jesus' perfect act of righteousness at the cross made all of us righteous!

What Adam did is so powerful that a sinner cannot change his status simply by doing good. The only way for a sinner to be transformed out of his sinnerhood to becoming a child of God is through Jesus' righteousness—by being born again.

My friend, if all the good things that you do cannot change your state of being a sinner, how can committing a sin cause you to lose your position of being righteous before God? Truly, your position is secure and irrevocable in Christ!

Even when you fail, you can receive 120% restoration from God

Although we have been born again, our flesh (the sin principle, our propensity to sin) remains in us. This could be in the form of tendencies to sin, depression, being fearful, among other inclinations. This flesh humbles us as it reminds us of our need for Jesus.

How do we overcome all these sins that we still find ourselves falling into?

Though we are full of weaknesses and sins, understand that this entitles you to what Jesus has done for you at the cross.

Child of God, every time you fail, don't receive the guilt. Instead, look to the cross and say, “Lord, I thank You that you bore the judgment and the guilt of this failure/mistake. And I thank You, Lord, that I'm free from guilt.”

Reject the guilt and condemnation by declaring, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.”

And don’t stop there! Remember that because of this sin, based on Scripture (Lev. 6:4-5),

Each time you fail, you are entitled to 120 percent restoration from the Lord.

“If a man shall steal an ox . . . he shall restore five oxen for an ox . . . ”
— Exodus 22:1 KJV

Based on this verse, the person who suffered the wrong becomes a gainer as he receives five times what he lost as restoration. In the same way, God has gained from Jesus’ finished work as Jesus restored 120 percent of worship, reverence, and obedience to God on our behalf.

Pastor Prince emphasizes that we are against sin (Rom 6:1b, 6:2a NASB). Nonetheless, God’s Word says that where sin increases, grace superabounds (Rom. 5:20 NASB).

This means that if you are suffering a disease or sickness because of your sinful habits or addiction, as long as you don't receive the guilt and instead see that Jesus has borne it at the cross, you are entitled to 120 percent healing and restoration in your body.

Receive His restoration when you believe and declare your righteousness in Christ

Many people have the misconception that feeling guilty is good. However, the truth is that guilt only harms us. In fact, several mental health professionals and psychiatrists have said that guilt is at the crux of all addictions. The more a person feels guilty, the more they are doomed to continue in that addiction.

Pastor Prince shares that the answer is not to continue indulging in the sinful habit without feeling guilty as if it is acceptable and everything is fine. Rather, the answer is to declare, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ” even in the midst of that sinful habit.

Though it may sound hard to believe at first, keep declaring your righteousness in Christ and focusing on Jesus’ obedience. In time, you will catch the revelation that you are not your sinful habit, and you will experience a true transformation from within that empowers you to reign over sin. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ!

When you feel guilty about something you have done, you are imputing sin to yourself that God is not imputing to you. By this, you are saying to God, “I don't believe Your Word. Jesus didn't finish the work. You're not satisfied with it and that's why I feel guilty.”

Hebrews 10 is all about having a conscience free from sin. If we really believe that the price Jesus paid for our sins was a good price, we should not have sin on our conscience. Today, you can come boldly before God because not only has Jesus paid on your behalf the debt that you owe God, but He has overpaid it. God has been enriched by redemption because of you.

Imagine you owe someone money and a messenger comes to tell you that someone has overpaid your debt. If you don’t believe him, you will suffer under fear and guilt needlessly! Today, don’t allow guilt to weigh on your conscience any longer. Believe and declare your righteousness in Christ.

The guilty party restores to the righteous one. That’s why you need to realize you’re the righteous one! When you see yourself as righteous, you are entitled to receive the 120 percent restoration that Jesus has to give on your behalf!

Receive the gift of “no condemnation,” and be empowered to sin no more

When Jesus died on the cross, His death fully met the requirements of a holy God, including God’s justice and righteousness. God is righteous in making us righteous. But what happens when you fall into sin? Instead of feeling guilt and condemnation, know that there is therefore now no condemnation in Christ.

Some people may fear that believing in no condemnation will lead to licentiousness and people sinning even more.

But Jesus showed us in His encounter with a woman caught in adultery that it is the gift of “no condemnation” that empowers someone to sin no more.

“And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.””
— John 8:11b NKJV

Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” — Looking at the order here, we can see that only when you first receive the gift of “no condemnation” can you “sin no more.”

However, the church often has it backward when they tell people to stop sinning first and that only after the results are evident in their lives will they no longer be condemned. This is not Jesus’ way.

When you receive the gift of “no condemnation” while you are still in your sin, it will empower you to sin no more.

This truth must be preached in such a way that people sense no condemnation, and realize how much God loves them and how perfect the work of Jesus at the cross was to remove all their sins. This will empower them to reign in life!

This applies to all areas of life, including health and provision. At times, when you fail in certain areas, the enemy’s voice tells you to expect bad things to happen to you because you have lost favor due to your failings.

Instead of wallowing in guilt and bearing it upon yourself, look to Jesus and tell Him, “Lord, You took this guilt and became my guilt offering. Because of this, I receive 120 percent restoration.” As you keep seeing Him as your guilt offering, you’ll find yourself falling more and more in love with Him!

Whatever area in your life that has been robbed from is the area that God’s restoration will happen in.

If your health has been robbed, see the Lord becoming liable for it and taking your sin, and receive your 120 percent restoration in the form of healing, long life, and health.

If your career seems to have taken a hit because of a mistake you made, see the Lord becoming liable for it and taking your sin, and receive your 120 percent restoration in the form of success and prosperity.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
— Romans 8:1–2 NASB

Condemnation kills but the Spirit gives life.

Perhaps you are wondering why you are troubled by sickness? When Adam sinned, the result of judgment was condemnation, which brought with it weakness, sickness, and death. Pastor Prince believes that verses 1 and 2 of Romans 8 are linked. Every time we receive a tinge of condemnation, there is a consequence to be borne.

The etymology of the word “guilt” can be found in these two old English words:

  1. gylt’ — sin, moral defect, failure of duty
  2. gieldan’ — paying for something to discharge a debt

Each time you heap condemnation or guilt on yourself, you will naturally feel the need to pay for the consequence. Our genes are designed in such a way that if you feel like you want to pay for something you’ve done wrong, your genes end up punishing you for it by manufacturing diseases such as autoimmune disorders, where the immune system fights against its own body.

Today, there is not a single ounce of condemnation left in your life, and we need to declare this truth! The spirit of faith is to believe and therefore speak (2 Cor. 4:13).

My friend, would you declare this each day: “I thank You, Father, that I am the righteousness of God in Christ,” and, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed me from the law of sin and death.”

“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not ('ou mé’) impute sin.”
— Romans 4:8 NKJV

shall not” — This phrase consists of two Greek words “ou mé,” which indicates a strong negative.

This verse clearly refers to people who are not perfect since there is only reason to impute sin to them if they have committed sin. We cannot help but feel blessed when we understand that even when we fail or sin, God does not impute sin to us. Instead of making us want to sin, this truth causes us to fall in love with God even more and live for His glory!

But what if you impute sin to yourself? Whatever comes as a result of sin—sickness, weakness, depression, addiction—will all be imputed to yourself as well.

My friend, if you agree with God that He would never impute sin to you, then by the same token, you will not accept whatever comes as a result of sin because you know that you are the man or woman that God has blessed and He will never impute sin, sickness, or death to you.

You cannot receive healing when you are under a cloud of guilt or condemnation. Today, if you are believing God for healing, declare this: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I thank You, Lord, that there is no condemnation at all for me and for my family in Christ Jesus. I am that blessed man/woman to whom the Lord will never impute sin. Thank You, Father, and in the name of Jesus, I receive Your healing right now.”

Salvation Prayer

“Lord Jesus, I thank You, You died on the cross for all my sins. You became my sin offering, my guilt offering on that cross and I thank You that Your blood You shed has satisfied the righteous requirements of a Holy God. I thank You that You have cleansed me from every sin through Your precious blood. And I thank You, Lord Jesus, that You rose from the dead when I was declared righteous by God. Father God, I thank You, You are now my Father and I am Your son in Jesus’ name. I confess Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior, now and forever, in Jesus' name. Amen.”

Closing Prayer

“This coming week, the Lord bless you and your families with the blessings of Abraham, the blessings of Deuteronomy 28. The Lord keep you, preserve and protect you and your loved ones throughout this week from the COVID-19 virus, from every sickness and disease, from every danger, harm, accident, from all the powers of darkness, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord make His face to shine on you, shining, beaming on you. And the Lord grant to you and your families His wonderful shalom, health, wholeness, and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And all the people said, Amen.”

OWN THE WORD (life application)

Romans 5:17 tells us that “those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Reigning in life means experiencing victory over every sinful habit, addiction, and negative situation—even the ones brought about by our own failures or mistakes.

Not only that, but the Lord also wants us to expect to receive 120 percent restoration from Him in our failures—because that is what righteousness entitles us to (Lev. 6:4–5 NLT)!

So how do we practically own the gift of righteousness that our Lord Jesus has purchased for us at the cross and see our lives transformed?

Reflect on the quote Pastor Prince shared in this sermon:

“Jesus cannot bear guilt while you are bearing guilt. Guilt cannot be in two places. Either it’s on Him or it’s on you. If it’s on you and you bear it, it cannot be on Him. If it’s on Him, then it’s not on you. Where guilt is, there can be no restoration. If guilt is on Him, then restoration is on you.”

Friend, owning the gift of righteousness is to focus on Jesus and His finished work at the cross to the point you truly believe it and feel it deep down in your heart. To the point where you no longer bear the guilt and condemnation of your mistakes, but instead, have a positive expectation of God’s restoration rushing into the very areas in which you fail.

Here’s one way you can practically receive this wonderful gift of righteousness in the midst of your failures: When you find yourself falling into a sinful habit or making a blunder in a situation, instead of wallowing in guilt or beating yourself up, see that guilt on Jesus at the cross. He took it for you.

Tell the Lord:

“Lord, I thank You that you have borne the judgment and guilt of this failure/mistake. And I thank You, Lord, that I am free from guilt right now. There is no condemnation at all for me, because I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I am that blessed man/woman to whom the Lord will never impute sin, but instead, I can expect to receive your 120 percent restoration in this area!”

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Genesis 35:9-15 - Jacob's Sixth Encounter With God - His Name Changed To Israel

Genesis 35:9-15 - Jacob's Sixth Encounter With God - His Name Changed To Israel

9 Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him. 10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name." Thus He called him Israel. 11 God also said to him, "I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you. 12 "The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, And I will give the land to your descendants after you."

13 Then God went up from him in the place where He had spoken with him.

14 Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He had spoken with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 So Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.

Genesis 46:8-27 - Jacob's Family

Genesis 47:27-31 - Israel Settles In Goshen

Genesis 48:1-22 - Jacob Blesses Ephraim And Manasseh

Genesis 49:28-33 - The Death And Burial Of Jacob

Genesis 50:1-14 - Jacob's Burial

Genesis 35:9-15 - Jacob's Sixth Encounter With God - His Name Changed To Israel

Exodus 1:15-22 - Pharaoh Tells The Midwives To Kill All Hebrew Baby Boys

Exodus 2:1-25 - The Birth And Early Life Of Moses

Exodus 3:1-22 - Yahweh's Plan To Rescue The Israelites

Exodus 4:1-17 - Yahweh Provides Signs And Help For Speaking

Exodus 5:22-Exodus 6:13 - Moses Complains To God

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God Appearing

Genesis 12:7

The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land " So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.

Genesis 17:1

Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.

Genesis 18:1

Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.

Acts 7:2

And he said, "Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,

Topics on God Appearing

God Appearing At The Doorway

Ezekiel 10:4

Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the LORD.

God Appearing In Fire

Exodus 3:2-3

The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.

More Verses on God Appearing

Genesis 26:2

The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.

Genesis 26:24

The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham."

Genesis 35:1

Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau."

Genesis 35:7

He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.

Genesis 35:9

Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him.

Genesis 48:3

Then Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,

1 Kings 3:5

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, "Ask what you wish me to give you."

1 Kings 9:2

that the LORD appeared to Solomon a second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.

1 Kings 11:9

Now the LORD was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,

Matthew 1:20

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 2:13

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him."

Matthew 2:19

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,

Leviticus 16:2

The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat.

Zechariah 9:14

Then the LORD will appear over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And will march in the storm winds of the south.

Exodus 3:16

"Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, "I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.

Exodus 4:5

"that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you."

Exodus 6:3

and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them.

Exodus 19:11

and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

Leviticus 9:4

and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD, and a grain offering mixed with oil; for today the LORD will appear to you.'"

Leviticus 9:6

Moses said, "This is the thing which the LORD has commanded you to do, that the glory of the LORD may appear to you."

Leviticus 9:23

Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.

1 Samuel 3:21

And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, because the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

Exodus 3:2

The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.

Judges 6:12

The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior."

Luke 1:11

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense.

Luke 2:9

And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

Exodus 4:1

Then Moses said, "What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say? For they may say, 'The LORD has not appeared to you.'"

Judges 13:21

Now the angel of the LORD did not appear to Manoah or his wife again. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD.



Well, praise the Lord, hallelujah. To Jesus be all the glory and the praise. He is the risen one. Christ is risen. You know, in the book of Acts of the Apostles, you find it every time they preach, they talk about the Resurrection of Jesus even more than the cross. All right, the cross is very important, of course. That's where it all happens, man. That's where our Lord Jesus bore our sins and bore our sicknesses, carried them all away, amen, but they preach in the book of Acts, you find that they preach, every time there's a sermon recorded, you will find the emphasis is on the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. What does that mean for us today, the Resurrection of Jesus?


Now, Jesus was raised not in the same way that the widow of Nain's son was raised from the dead, only to die again, or in the same way that Lazarus was raised, only to die again. Jesus is raised from the dead with a glorified body, never to die again, and the Bible promises that we, in the book of Philippians, our bodies will be transformed. These vile bodies, it says, will be transformed like unto his glorious body, hallelujah. Anytime soon, the Lord is coming back for us, amen? Hallelujah, he's coming back for us. The Bible says, "We who are alive and remain shall be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air". I know, right now, in some circles, it's not popular to preach on rapture, or people try to explain away the rapture, saying there is no such thing as rapture.


Well, friend, the word "harpazo" is a "seizing away", and there is no way you can spiritualize the rapture. It's a mystery that God revealed to the apostle Paul, and he says, "I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep. We shall not all die, but we shall be transformed in the twinkling of an eye", in an "atomos" second, in the Greek, we shall all be changed, and our bodies will be incorruptible bodies, amen, glorified bodies like Jesus's body, amen. That body could appear and disappear. It is no more confined in time and space, amen. So, likewise, our bodies will be the same, amen. You'll never get tired again. You will never feel bored. You will never, never, ever feel sickness or infirmity in your body. You'll never suffer those things. Any of those things that's from the fall, amen, of Adam that we have inherited in our bodies currently, we won't have it in our bodies anymore, amen?

That's what the Bible says: "We who are alive and remain shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air". Now, it's one thing to be alive because you are young. You're 10 years old, 17, 25, you know, but "we who are alive", that's one group, but if the other is "remain alive", "we who are alive and remain". And Paul said it twice, "We who are alive and remain". It's one thing to be alive because you are young, another thing to "remain alive". It denotes power. In other words, just before the Rapture, there'll be a revelation of overcoming sickness and disease, of overcoming death, a revelation of long life so that these people be like Simeon.


God promised Simeon, in the first coming of Jesus, that Simeon, the elderly man, that prophet of God, will not see death until he sees Yeshua, until he sees Yeshua, and when he held the baby Yeshua in his arms, he said to the Lord, "Now I can depart. My eyes have seen your Yeshua, your salvation". Isn't that beautiful? You know, God works in patterns, same pattern, like the book of Ecclesiastes says, "That which was is that which shall be", amen. So in the first coming of Jesus, the Lord revealed himself, or the angels revealed the first coming of Jesus that "Unto you is born this day in the city of David". Who were the group that they mentioned it to? A group of shepherds. So, likewise, I believe, in the second coming of Christ or even the rapture, we do not know the day nor the hour, but we know it's soon, imminent, but he will reveal it to his shepherds.

How do you explain that verse, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together"? Even though momentarily right now, let's submit to the authorities of the land. They have our interests at heart, amen. Please do not second guess their motive. They're out to make sure that you stay alive during this crisis, amen? They are for us. They are not against us, people, but the Bible's best, of course, is not the forsake ourselves. But notice the latter part, it says, "So much the more as you see the day approaching". In other words, the Lord will cause this coronavirus thing to come to an end, hallelujah, amen, so that we can get ourselves together so much the more as we see the day approaching. But let's not do it, you know, in rebellion. Let's not do it in a way that jeopardize others and all that and say that, you know, "God will protect us", all right? You gotta have faith, and you gotta have wisdom as well. And it's time to apply wisdom during this time to show for the good testimony, amen. Praise the name of Jesus.


And, friend, I just wanna share with you that you may think that this life right now, being quarantined or being confined to your home, is the "new normal", but, no, the Bible tells us very clearly in Matthew 24, Jesus talking about the end times before his coming. He says that "No one knows the day nor the hour, not even the angels in heaven, but my Father, who is in heaven. For as like the days of Noah, people were marrying and giving in marriage, eating and drinking", all this implies crowd. Notice that?

So life was normal. Life was back to normal just prior to the coming of our Lord Jesus. But on that day, the Lord will come without them being aware, and that's the problem with them: Their life becomes so normal, they forget about the coming of the Lord. And I believe that that part there, it cannot be referring to the second coming of Jesus bodily at the end of the seven years of tribulation because the moment we know we are in the year of tribulation, we can number to the seventh year... we know he's coming back, but this one here, he's talking about no one knows the day nor the hour. So it's the Rapture, and I believe that just prior to the Rapture, and the Rapture is so soon right now, so we know that this coronavirus thing will come to an end, and life will go back to being so normal that many people forget the Lord and not even look or even take warning from the Lord's words that he's coming back soon, okay? So praise the Lord.


I wanna share a now word that I believe is gonna bless you and your families back home, and I believe that God has spoken this word in my heart, and I just wanna share it with you, so sit back, relax, and receive the Word. Stay tuned because every word, I felt that this teaching today is more prophetic, and God will show you things that God showed me. Last year, he gave me a word, or, rather, two years ago in 2018, he gave me a word about a new strain of healing coming upon the world. God has released something into the world, a new strain, if you would. I'm using that "strain" in inverted commas, a new release of anointing, a new anointing of healing in the land. It will cause miracles that is unprecedented, miracles like you've never seen it before. But the devil can see what God is doing 'cause he's a spirit being, and he is playing catch-up. So he release things, but when the devil does things, he's always doing things in the sense realm. He's doing things in the physical realm, but "We walk by faith and not by sight".

Let's take this analogy from the times of Moses. When he was born, just before he was born, prior to his birth, you find that, you know, the devil instigated Pharaoh to kill all the Hebrew babies, all right, all the male babies, amen? Now, why did that happen? Because the devil knew their deliverer was coming. So the devil was playing catch-up to something that God has done. Same thing during the time of Jesus. The devil knew that Jesus was born, but the whole world was oblivious to it, but the devil knew. God has done something first. God has initiated something profound, something wonderful, something great, and the devil knows it, but the world was silent because, when he was born, it was quiet. Only the angels appeared to the shepherds, saying to them, "Unto you is born this day in the city of David", but not to the whole world.

In the palace of Herod, life went on as normal. They are partying, carousing, but on that night, God did something already, but it is not visible to the eyes. It is not something that you can touch and feel, and that's what, when God does something, because we are so flesh conscious, we are people that go by the visible, forgetting that, with God, the things that are visible, even this stage, this table here, this stool here, were all passed away. My jacket, my clothes, were all passed away. Even my flesh, this flesh you can see, it's not the permanent flesh. I'll have a glorified body, and I'll be better looking. I'll tell you that, okay? But anything you can see is temporal. Anything that's visible and tangible is temporal. With God, the things that are invisible is eternal, but we are more conscious, we feel like the real life is that which is visible and palpable and tangible, but God is saying, "No, my blessings are spiritual blessings that produces that which is temporal".


So wisdom, for example, you can't see wisdom, but God gives you wisdom, and the wisdom brings in the physical money, amen? Amen. So what we need is the wisdom of God. We need the spiritual blessings. And the Bible says we are all blessed with "every spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ", amen. And let's read Psalms 91, verse 1, once again. It says here, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty". Notice that this is the verse that is the key to all the promises of Psalms 91, where it says, "No evil will befall you". No plague, no COVID-19 virus will come near your dwelling, where it says, "You will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you".

Surely, he will deliver you. Not maybe. Surely, he will deliver you from... what? From the perilous pestilence. We are seeing a perilous pestilence right now, and the Bible say that God promises to his people, to those who are in the secret place of the Most High, a place of protection, a place of deliverance, amen? But we need to settle this phrase here. What do you mean? 'Cause it's a verse that opens up. It's the gateway to all the blessings and the protection promises of Psalms 91, so we need to settle what is the secret place of the Most High? It says here, "He who dwells in the secret place". In the Hebrew, the word "dwells" is "sit", "yashav", and it's spelled like this, all right? So a little bit of Hebrew today. Just brew your tea, sit down, and learn some Hebrew, amen? "Yod", reading from right to left, "shin", "bet". "Yashav". "Yashav" means "sit down". "Sit down" means "to rest", amen, "to rest". And, for example, in Israel, you hear, "Oh, that 'moshav' is where I stay", amen? From the word "yashav", "my dwelling place".

The reason I'm sharing this is because today there are teachings like "Only a select few can be in the secret place of the Most High. Only those who are especially sanctified can be in the secret place of the Most High". I even hear things like "The secret place is something that, you know, you dwell there, but you don't live there", or "It's not a place, you come and visit once in a while". But, honestly, friend, when we realize the truth of what that place is, you cannot remove yourself from this place. You only have to realize it. Why? Because you are seated with Christ in heavenly places. The secret place is actually the place of the "mashiach", the Messiah of Israel. And the Old Testament, he is in secret form, all right? The Messiah is not yet revealed, so he's in secret place, amen.


He is the secret place, praise God, and we are now the dream of the Psalmist to dwell in the secret place of the Most High where all the blessings of protection will be on you and your family. That dream that he has is our reality, amen. Look at this verse. The Bible says, "God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us". I love this. It says God doesn't just love us. He love us with a great love, amen? "Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come", notice he has made us sit together.

So during this time of Resurrection season that we remember that our Lord was raised from the dead, the Bible tells us, the Lord was raised. When he was raised, he wasn't raised alone. We were raised in him, hallelujah. "He raised us together". Can you see that verse? "He raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus", amen. So whenever you think about the Resurrection of Jesus, think of it as you have a special interest in it because you were raised in him. Whatever happened to Jesus happened to you, and your history with Jesus started, not when Jesus was walking by the shores of Galilee, no, not at that time, but when he was at the cross. That's when God put you and I at the cross, and we were crucified with Christ so that the old man, that part that loves to sin, that part that is rebellious, that part that came from the fallen nature of man, that part that is subject to sickness and disease, that part that is corrupt, was crucified once and for all at the cross.

Now, today, to our experience, the old man seems real, but to God and to faith, it is done away. Hallelujah, it is finished. It is put aside, amen, and the Bible says, "We are all new creations in Christ". So your history in Christ began at the cross. God put you there, and whatever happened to Christ happened to you, and he was buried. We were buried with him, and hence, we demonstrate that when we believe on Christ, we are baptized, and then you are raised together with Christ, together with Christ, and you know how far God raised Christ? The Bible says God raised him far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.

Hey, "COVID-19" is a name, and the Bible says God raised Jesus, and we, in him, far above every name that is named, not only in this world, in the present world, but in the world to come. We have been raised with Christ, and I like to say it like this every morning. When I wake up, I like to say, "Father, I thank you that my family and I, we are in Christ risen", far above the COVID-19 virus. We're gonna see more of that in a while. But notice that our history began at the cross, and from then on, we are irrecoverably, I like to say it that way, forevermore in Christ, amen. God cannot remove you out of Christ because, to do that, all right, he would have to remove Christ. Because today my real identity is Christ, amen. "I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me", amen.

So I have to realize that, I like what John Bunyan said in one of his books. He says that, one time, he was going through the field, and he was bemoaning the fact that he's seen so many, you know, uprising of sinful habits and tendencies and feelings that is untoward in his flesh, in his mind, and he was just bemoaning the fact that he's not as holy as he should be. And, all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit spoke to him, and the Holy Spirit said to him, "Where is your righteousness? Where is your righteousness"? And he looked up to heaven, and the Lord said to him, "There is your righteousness. Jesus at the Father's right hand". So, friend, if somebody asks you, "Are you righteous"? You say, "I'm as righteous as Jesus". "Why"? "Because Jesus is my righteousness. He is the measure of my righteousness", amen? Praise the Lord.


Now, look at this verse. Notice that it says, "God made us sit together with Christ, that in the ages to come, he might show the exceeding riches of his grace". In other words, grace is not just a dispensation. It is a dispensation, but grace will go on forever, "that in the ages to come, God might show us the exceeding riches of his grace". There's a show coming, my friend. It's a great show. It's a show like no other show that you've seen on earth, amen? And the Bible says that we'll sit down with him, and God will present a show of the riches of his grace in the ages to come, hallelujah.

Now, back to this again, "yashav", the word for "Sit down", "sit down", the first thing we gotta do in regards to this coronavirus and all that is that you notice that a lot of people are in a state of panic. Many of them are depressed. There are many new cases of people are getting depressed, and psychiatrists are talking about it and on an unprecedented scale. But I wanna tell you this, that God has a place where you can be safe and secure, and every day he wants you not just to know mentally that you are seated with Christ, but every day you come to him and say, "Father, I thank you". Use that place, amen. I say it reverently. Use that place, amen. Say it, "Father, I thank you that my family and I are safe and secure in Christ, in Christ risen, and we are far above every principality and power, far above depression, far above the COVID-19 virus, far above the power of the evil one". And that's, in reality, what you really are right now in God's eyes, and God sees reality.

Now, we ask the question, "But, Pastor Prince, how do you explain that? Because my body is here on earth. I'm tuning in, and I'm watching you in the comfort of my home. My body is on this sofa. And how can you say that I'm seated with Christ"? Well, friend, God is outside time and space. So is your spirit-man. Your spirit-man is outside time and space, amen? You're not confined to time. That's why the cross is outside time. It's outside space. That's why Jesus can die for the sins of all the people in the Old Testament, all the way from Adam, as well as those who came after him, amen. All of us are the post-era of the church, or, rather, the church that came after, amen. We are all the future generation, and he died for our sins as well. Why? Because the cross is outside time, amen, and your spirit-man, even right now as I'm preaching, my spirit-man is seated with Christ in heavenly places, and your spirit is the real you.

You are tripartite. You are three parts. God is a Triune God, all right? He's a Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit - one God. Three distinct persons in one God. God made us in his image. We are tripartite, amen? The real us is a spirit. We have a soul, our mind, and we live in a body, amen. If your heart stops beating, you will step out of your body, amen. If you're wondering, "Hey, who's that good-looking corpse right down there"? And it's you, but you won't be able to communicate with people who are in their bodies because you are now out of your body. But the Bible says we'll not be unclothed, amen? God will still clothe us with a glorified body when Jesus comes again. So all those who die in Christ now, the Bible use the phrase, "they fall asleep", amen, because you'll just step out of your body and realize, even in an accident, all right, your body is damaged and all that. You step out. You're alive. You are more alive than ever because, if you realize it, that body can be an encumbrance, amen?


We have grown accustomed to the encumbrance of the body, that we live with it. We live with the pain, we live with the slowness, but when we step out, we are unlimited. So that's your spirit-man. You are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Now, I wanna share this with you because I like to study some of the Jewish writings and the sages, the Jewish sages of the past, and there is one interesting, Targum Jonathan, Targum Yonatan. It was probably written in the first century, just, give and take, first hundred years after Jesus died, and Targum Yonatan was written, and it's believed that Yonatan, Jonathan ben Uzziel, son of Uzziel, he actually wrote down the oral traditions, oral sharing of prophets Malachi, Zechariah, and Haggai, so that he puts it in one translation called "Targum", which means "translation", "Yonatan", okay?

The reason I'm saying this is because, when Jonathan, or Yonatan, when he translated the Proverbs 18, verse 14, let's look at this verse. It says, "The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit"? And what is interesting is this: When he translated the word "sickness", and the word "sickness" here in the Hebrew is the generic word "machaleh", which means it's just sickness, but when you say, you know, "That person has a sickness", what sickness? Does he have diabetes? All right? Does he have high blood pressure? What kind of sickness? So the word "sickness" is a generic word, but in "Targum Yonatan", in translating this verse, and I believe that he's accurate, and I believe that this is a part... not every Targum's saying is from, you know, is inspired, okay? Some of it, but I think that there's a lot also that, I believe, is an oral tradition because Malachi, Zechariah, and Haggai were prophets. Even though you call them the minor prophets, they were prophets nonetheless, amen. They're only "minor" because their books are shorter, okay? But I believe that this one is accurate.

You know what Jonathan says about this particular word "sickness", of all the sickness? He used the Hebrew word "corona". "The spirit of a man will sustain 'corona'". Now, what is the word sustain? The word sustain here, we think of sustain as, you know, just bear it. Yes, the word "bear" is there in this word "sustain", but the Hebrew word for "sustain" is actually this word kul, which means to protect. You can see these in Gesenius Lexicon. It's not just to sustain to endure, but to protect him in sickness and because of what Jonathan said in his Targum, all right, we can interpret that as the spirit of a man will protect him from corona. It seems like that part is prophetic. That part probably came from one of the prophets, all right, those who came back from the post exile prophet, either Haggai or Zechariah, that part is accurate. It's amazing, it's amazing that this book that was written the first hundred years in 1st century A.D. still record down as corona, amen? But notice what it's saying. The spirit or a man will protect him from corona.

We say that a strong immune system will protect us from Corona. You know, there's always a danger of, my friend, when you start trusting the flesh, and you know that our immune system is part of the flesh. Yes, by all means you can strengthen your immune system. You can take this and that and all that kind of thing, but it's a good thing for the heart to be established with grace and not with food, all right, because all food is fallen. No matter how great the food is, it's fallen. We live in a fallen world, amen. Don't put your trust in creation. Put your trust in redemption, amen, the Lord's Supper, amen, the bread and the wine or the juice. Receive that as the broken body of Jesus. Put your trust for your health in redemption, amen? Praise the Lord. So, it says the spirit of a man will sustain or defend him from corona. And our trust is in that position in Christ alone, the secret place of the Most High. Where we are right now, we need to release our faith by speaking it every day. "Father, I thank you that I'm the secret place of the Most High".

You know, every other month now, we are receiving testimonies after testimonies of people who came really close to someone who had a virus and sometimes even, one of the latest testimonies, they actually came down with some symptoms, only to find after repeated tests that they don't have the virus, amen? And these are people who have been holding on to that promise, amen, the spirit of a man indeed have sustained them, protected them from that Corona, hallelujah. And you know what? If you have Corona, you've been infected with it, your spirit man, the spirit man is seated with Christ in heavenly places will defend you, will sustain you, all right, in this Corona, amen. The Corona will go, and you will remain. Hallelujah, amen.

So, once again, our spirit man is seated with Christ, and that's where we are positionally in the spirit. So, God's way to defeat this plague, amen, is to arise higher, ascend higher. As children of God, we need to put our trust in that which is supernatural. That's the realm we live in, people, amen? Our spirit man cannot be seen, but are spirit man seated with Christ in heavenly places. So, God's answer is always, "Rise higher, my beloved, rise up, my beloved". In fact, in Song of Songs, it tells us that God is saying, rise up. He says, "O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely". Let me see your countenance. Let me hear your voice.

During this time, the Lord will love it for us to just come to him and realize that place of nearness to God, because if you're seated with Christ, if you are seated with Christ in heavenly places at the Father's right hand, then God is at your right hand, right? So, you're so close as you pray. You don't have to say, "Father, I come to you", like God is high up there. You know, these are people who are natural people when they pray, people who are not saved, for example, the first time they pray, they always imagine that God is far away, amen. But for the believer, you are so close, you are in the secret place of the Most High, amen. And you pray in that nearness knowing that God is so close to you. And then you pray.

Don't pray as if, you know, people say, "Let's bombard the gates of heaven". Number one, what are you doing outside the gates of heaven? I thought you were in. You ought to be in the place and realize it every day. When you realize it, there goes your fear. Just say, "Father, I thank you that my I'm safe and secure in Christ risen". My family and I are in this place in Christ risen. We are far above the COVID-19 virus. We are far above poverty, far above the financial famine. Thank you, Father. And notice that in Song of Songs it says this, God says, "Let me see your face, amen, and let me hear your voice".

Now, we talk about prayer, and prayer is important. Okay, but what God wants is for you to come before him. He just want you to be there. Even you don't say anything, he wants you to be there. Notice that, let me see your face first. Let me see your countenance. Then let me hear your voice. No, I love my boy. He's now eight years old. He turned eight last month. Sometimes he will call me and talk to me from the other room, and I can hear him. He will say, "Abba", then he go on making his request. I say, "Justin, come over here. Come here". I just love to be with him. I just love to look at him. So, don't make your request out there away where I can't see your face. I want you in front of me because love desires that.

When God says, "Let me see your face", love is talking. He is loving on you. He wants you to be with him. He wants you to come close to him before he hears your voice. He says, "Let me see your face first, then let me hear your voice", amen. And then it says here that in the secret places of the stairs, actually the passage before this is so beautiful. It says, "Rise up, my love". Again, the answer is ascend higher, go to a higher place, amen, above all these troubles, ascend higher. Your call, child of God, is that of a prince and a princess, amen. You have a high call, not this holier than thou attitude which is actually people who are earthbound, people who compare themselves horizontally with others. No, when you arise to where Christ is, you cannot but be grateful. You cannot but be humble, and yet it is not a servile kind of humility. It is a dignified humility.

There's a touch of a royal mean. There's a touch of royalty in your persona, not pride, not I'm holier than you attitude kind of holiness, but a holiness that like Jesus that's approachable, yet you can see even though dressed in a carpenter's garb walking by the sights of the shores of Galilee, you can see him as a prince. You can see him touching, and the leprosy goes, amen, speaking the Word and demons bow, amen. You can see him majestic, noble, princely. Well, when the Bible says God wants to conform all of us to the image of Jesus, that's what God wants for you and I to become, amen? But the responsibilities of grace, and there is responsibilities in grace (in the New Testament, it's full of it) but notice, the responsibilities of grace is not let us become what we are not. No, responsibilities of grace is like this, let us become what we already are.

So, all the exaltations are like this, if you are risen with Christ, notice, seek those things that are above. Since you are risen with Christ, another way of saying it. Since you are risen with Christ, seek those things that are above. The Bible says you are complete in Christ, complete in Christ, right? Now, walk out your completeness as you have received Christ. And how do you receive Christ? By grace through faith. So, walk you in him. How do you walk your Christian life every day down here? By grace through faith. You don't leave the realm of grace.

The responsibilities of legalism, of people who promote the law, for example, is in essence they're saying, "Let us become what we are not. We are not there yet. We're not that holy yet. We are not this yet. We are not overcome that simple habit". So, let us become what we are not. But grace says let us become what we already are. And child of God, in God's eyes, you are righteous. In God's eyes, you are complete, amen? Now, that you're complete in Christ, walk out that completeness. Now that you're righteous in Christ, walk it out in the way you deal with your fellow colleagues, in the way you relate to your wife, your family, walk it out, amen. Walk it out like the prince that you are, amen, hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus.

Another thing the Bible says that the Lord Jesus is waiting for at this time is at the Father's right hand? Do you know what he's waiting for? Watch this in 1 Corinthians chapter 15. It says, "He must reign till he has put all enemies under his feet". He must reign, not Corona. Even though the word corona in Latin means crown. That's what it means corona. But even seems like this small virus is reigning in the earth, it seems, it seems. But friends, it's just temporal. It's just temporal, amen? Because the real reigning is our Lord Jesus. He must reign till he has put all enemies, and I think I'll put this COVID-19 virus as one of these all enemies. He must reign until even these enemies are under his feet because when he comes again, there's only one enemy left, not COVID-19 virus, not poverty, not depression, not addiction, not sinful bondage.

All enemies by then, one by one, have been put under his feet. The only enemy left is physical death. And he says the last enemy. God calls death an enemy. Don't you ever forget that. It's never the Father's dream, even when he made Adam and Eve, that man should die, that man should grow old, that man should have sickness and disease in his body. That's not the Father's plan. God deems death as an enemy, and until you see that God hates death, God hates sickness and disease, you will never release your faith to believe God for that, amen? So, here it says the last enemy that'll be put under his feet, that'll be destroyed physically is physical death, all right, is physical death.

So, we are waiting until one, so right now he's reigning with every passing day, my friend. It might not seem so, but with every passing day, another enemy has been put under his feet. The victory has been accomplished at the cross, but experientially, a king can have victory over numerous countries. But you know what he does after that? In those days, he'll make the king of that country come before his throne, and one by one, he will put his foot on them. It's a gesture they practice in ancient times, even Bible times, and those enemies, those kings, become his footstool. And we see a glimpse of this in the story of Joshua. Joshua made all the enemies come before his men, and he commanded all his generals, his men, to put their foot on the enemy's necks. It's a picture they'll never forget, amen?

So, the Bible says, God, Jesus will reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. Now, why is that important? Because the Bible says there's a verse of Scripture in talking about Psalmist David says of the Lord Jesus, look at this verse. David himself said in Mark 12, "By the Holy Spirit". So, it's not just a natural utterance of David, it is by the Holy Spirit. He says, "The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.'" Sit on my right hand. So, God is always here, right, the Father is here, amen, and I'm seated at his right hand. The Father is not speaking to me. He's speaking to his Son. "The Lord said to my Lord". In Hebrew Yahweh spoke to my Adoni, my Lord, okay? And by the way, this was the verse that Jesus used to challenge the Pharisees when the Pharisees made the Messiah as lesser than David.

So, David says, "How can David, how can David call him Lord"? And Jesus said how can David call him Lord when the Bible says even the Lord, Yahweh said to my Lord, the Messiah, sit on my right hand, amen? So, David said it. It was uttered by David, so David called him, "My Lord". He called Jesus, the Messiah, "My Lord". So, Jesus is greater than David. He is the root, he produced David, and he is the offspring of David. As deity, he is the root. He produced David. As man, David, he came from David's line, okay? So, the Father says, notice the first here, the Father said to Jesus, "The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool'". So, we established just now that Jesus will reign, and that's what's happening. With every passing day, all right, with every passing day, my friend, hallelujah, come on. With every passing day, one more enemy is put under his feet. The world for us is gonna get better and better, amen.

In our world, in our world outside is gonna get darker and darker, but for us, every enemy we have, in fact, last month, okay, compared to this month, more enemies have been put under his feet since then. This year, more enemies are put under his feet than last year, because he must reign till all his enemies are under his feet. So, the Father said to him, the Father said to Jesus, "Sit on my right hand". What is that? Rest. Until what? I, not Jesus but the Father. The Father says to him, "Sit on my right hand". All right, the Father said to Jesus, "Sit on my right hand until I make your enemies", name all the enemies you can imagine, that all the enemies, whether it is addiction, whether it's depression, whether it's some sinful bondage that one is in, name it all. COVID-19 virus is an enemy. It's destroying lives. God is out to save lives, all right? So, here we go. God says, "I, sit when you rest at my right hand, I will make all your enemies your footstool", amen? But notice what the Father said first, "Rest, rest and I'll make".

"Pastor Prince, that is what the Lord said to Jesus". But we are raised together with Christ. We are seated with Christ, amen. We are raised with Christ seated with Christ, therefore, we must have the same attitude. If you want to see all your enemies come under your feet and you are in Christ, actually it is brought under Jesus's feet but because you are in him, it is your feet in him. So, the Bible says to you sit down. If you want an enemy defeated in your life, sit down. "Pastor Prince, I have this depression, and I can't sleep at night. It disturbs me at night, and I find that the world's getting darker and darker, and my mind is getting darker and darker. I do not know how to get out of it. The more medicine I take, the more I'm in bondage to more medicine, and I get into a cycle. I can't live without that. But yet, you know, those medicines are making me more depressed".

There's hope, my friend. The first thing you gotta do is rest. The first thing against any challenge in your life, if the devil presents a new challenge, it's a new sitting down, if you will. If the devil says, "What are you gonna do about this"? You say, "Nothing, the Father will make you my footstool". "What are you gonna do about this symptom in your body"? "Nothing, the Father will make that my footstool", amen. When I say nothing, it doesn't mean that the Spirit of God leads you to find some information to go to a doctor or whatever, you ignore that, no, no, no. But I'm saying that your spirit must always be at rest in Christ risen at the Father's right hand, amen?

But many a times when you take this posture, even that symptom goes away. And the devil says, "Well, times are bad, right, will you still have a job in a few months time? Or you're unemployed, are you able to get a job, especially during this season that the world is in"? And God is saying how do you respond to that? "What are you going to do"? The devil is saying, "What are you going to do"? And he will use the mouths of people as well, as well as the prayers and all that saying to you, "What are you gonna do"? The impression is you respond to it as you, but God is saying you do nothing, sit. You just sit. With every fresh challenge that comes, there must be a fresh sitting. You know, the devil tells you, "What are you gonna do about your finances"? You just say, "Well, you know what? I'm gonna rest".

Now, here is where all the voices start screaming and say, "You are so irresponsible. You are so lazy". No, no, no, rest is not laziness. Rest, when you are rested in Christ, you'll find promptings of the Spirit getting clearer, amen. So, rest is not inactivity, rest is spirit-directed activity. You are busy, but yet you are at rest. If you use the analogy of the Bible says you are the temple of God, and the temple of God is three parts. You have the outer court where the animals are, the sacrificial victims are slain and put on the altar. Then you have the holy place where you have the menorah, the lampstand, you have the table of showbread, the altar of incense. And then the Holy of Holies, the third part where you have just the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Well, that Holy of Holies is our spirit man where the ark, the true Ark of the Covenant, Christ is, amen. And that's where the blood is sprinkled on our hearts.

And then the holy place is actually our soul, right, our soul. Our soul need to be enlightened by the light of the candlestick in the holy place. Our soul need to be nourished, amen, with the bread of life. We need to pray, amen, and prayer produces a shalom, an aggressive peace that garrisons your heart and mind from cares, worries, and anxieties. That's your soul realm. Then the outer court, remember even God's tabernacle is three parts. God's temple is three parts, and you are the temple of God. The outer court is the busiest place. You know, I said just now the priests are cutting, slaying, arranging, putting out fire, amen, removing the ashes, and busy, busy, busy, washing busy, busy, busy, amen? But in the Holy of Holies perfect peace. So, you can be busy outside, you can be doing things, your responsibilities, but don't do it worried. Don't do it hassled. Don't do it, you know, thinking, "What's gonna happen if I don't do this right, I don't do that right"? Just be at rest in sight.

So, being at rest doesn't mean you sit down the whole day, even though it seems like it's happening nowadays and to all of us, but being at rest, you know, you can be sitting down and your mind is working, you're not at rest. Be at rest means you can be busy outside, you can be, you know, doing your work online or whatever, but in your spirit, you are at rest. You are seated. Ensure that happens. Don't let anyone rob you of that, amen. And God promises. What are gonna do with all the enemies that are still around? God says, "You know what, sit down first until I make all your enemies your footstool". So, what am I saying? I'm saying, have this attitude, I call it the throne attitude, okay, the throne attitude. In other words, a throne attitude is I sit down, God will take care of my enemies. And the devil will say, "You're so irresponsible. What are you going to do"? And you tell the devil, "It's not me, the Lord. The battle is the Lord's. I won't touch it", amen.

Just like the tie is the Lord, I won't touch the tithe, the battle is the Lord's. I won't touch it. Amen, I'll just tell the Lord, "Lord, this is your battle". What am I doing? I'm resting and when I rest, he will make my enemies my footstool. In other words, your footstool is a very personal application. All of us have this privilege of sitting down and seeing God make our enemies a footstool, amen? Your footstool. Your footstool is a very personal application. I pray that all of us, family, I pray that all of us will come to that place of sitting down. We're already there. As far as God is concerned, God sees us there already, but we don't realize it in our lives. We don't walk in it, okay?

And one of the pictures I gave to the church is early this year, my first summon this year, and like I always do is to present the the theme of the year. I pray the month before, which is December last year, and I'll pray for the theme of the year, and the Lord will give me the theme of the year. And the theme of the year for our church is the year of time and space. And who would have thought, who would have thought that we'll be in a time where time seems to move so slow and space seems to be restricted? Yet, the first two miracles of Jesus, the very first two miracles, the Bible says this is the first miracle Jesus did. The first two miracles of Jesus was the miracles of time and space. The first miracle, he turned water into wine. You know how long it takes to get excellent wine? Years, even more years for excellent wine. You gotta store it, amen?

So, a few years to get the vineyard to produce good grapes, and a few more years for ordinary wine. And then to get excellent wine, you store it for 30 years, 20 years, 40 years, 50 years to get really good wine, the very expensive wine. Jesus compressed time in one fell swoop because he's the Lord of time, and he can compress time for all of us even during this time, my friend. Hallelujah. Let's pray in Jesus's name that he'll compress time for us, even during this time, amen, because he lives outside time. He can accelerate time. He can compress time, amen. When the time when the disciples were in the boat during a storm, and he stepped into the boat, immediately the Bible says, immediately the boat was at the shore. Call it teleporting, whatever you want to call it, it happened. Time and space was transcended.

And the second miracle of Jesus was the miracle done 25 miles because Jesus was in Cana, this place where the first miracle happened. And a noble men from Capernaum came to Jesus and asking Jesus to heal his son back in Capernaum, which is 25 miles away from where Jesus was. Jesus says, "Go your way, your son lives". You know what? 25, 25 miles away. What vast expanse of space. And the Lord is the Lord of time and space. The boy was healed, hallelujah. So, even during this time we see, you know, it's like we are confined in a narrow space. Our world has become restricted in space. But then spiritually, God is bringing us to a higher place.

You know, let me show you this picture of the Temple of Solomon, which I shared in the first part of the year as the theme of the year. And I want to show you the, I want to show you right now our video that we showed the people for the first time in the first Sunday of this year. And little did I know, there are so many prophetic elements showing what we'll face this year. Praise God, amen? So, now we see the Temple of Solomon, okay, and notice that there are three floors adjoined to it. This reminds me of what Jesus said: "In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you". This is where the priests and the Levites would live. This is where they stayed, and this is where they keep the storehouse of grain, wine, oil, as well as the gold and the silver, and it sticks to our day and age.

Little did I know when I preached this, and the Lord gave me this early in the year, how these three chambers, these three rooms would be opened to us in various times of this year, amen? The first floor as you step in, the first floor is the place of the grain, the wine, and the oil. Now, last year, I released a book on Holy Communion, and I went around America preaching about this truth that God is restoring to the body of Christ, and we are seeing all kinds of miracles. We are receiving all kinds of testimonies as a result of this teaching as well, and the church is rising up and realizing, whoa, you know, God doesn't want us to just remember him once a while, but as often, amen, and how that receiving that body is actually receiving wholeness, and life, and health, for your body, amen.

And little did I know also last year when the emphasis was on the Communion in our preaching, in my preaching here in this church, in my tour all of America, that were gonna usher into a year where the grain, the wine, and the oil will be foremost. And it's the first floor, the first floor is where they gathered all the grain for bread, wine, and the oil, amen? So, you have the Communion with the oil.

Now, this is the firstborn blessings, my friend. When Jacob blessed, or rather Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, remember, all right, Jacob deceived his dad, all right, going in as Esau, the hairy one. But the father gave the blessing nonetheless, notice that the blessing, the difference between Jacob's blessing and Esau's blessing, the firstborn blessing is greater. It has this phrase that Esau's blessing does not have. It says God gave you plenty of grain and wine. God gave you plenty of grain and wine. The problem with us, the church, is that we have forfeited our firstborn blessing. We take the grain and wine as seldom when the Bible says the blessing of the firstborn is plenty of grain and wine, that means we need to partake. If you have a condition in your body, you need to partake it like the way you partake medicine, three times a day. If you do it three times a day, it may give God the same, if not even more respect than you give your medicine. Plenty, you gotta have plenty of grain and wine, amen, and then you're enjoying the firstborn blessings. Hallelujah.

So, that's the first part of the year and who would expect that COVID-19 virus would hit in the first part of the year, right? So, that's the first floor and that's where they store the grain, the wine, and the oil. Now, the way from the first floor, by the way, I need to show you this, that in all the three floors, it's ever-increasing, look at me. The first floor is five, let's look at the verse for this. "The nethermost chamber, the first floor, was five cubits broad, and the middle was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad". Can you see it? So, the nethermost is the first chamber was five cubits, middle six cubits, and the uppermost floor, seven cubits, perfect number, amen? So, it's ever increasing.

Now, it might seem right now your space is ever decreasing, but God is saying, "I'm giving you an ever-increasing space". And we are seeing this happen on online service. More people are tuning in than we would have on a given Sunday. This has never happened before. It's not just my testimony, it's the testimony of all my brothers and my fellow ministers all over the world. They are seeing an unprecedented move of God in causing people to hear the Word of God, to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ preached like never before on an ever-increasing scale, amen?

And my friend Samuel Smadja in Israel just shared with me, he went online as well. He preached online and he said that it was just amazing. After he preached, he had a call from an ultra Orthodox Jewish rabbi who called him and says, "I've never heard preaching like that". He wants to know more, and Samuel led that rabbi to Jesus Christ. Isn't that amazing? And not just that rabbi called, there were others in Israel watching, people that will not be found, or will not want themselves to be found in the church are tuning in, and that's the testaments of many pastors and ministers. So, even though COVID-19 virus is not from God, God is making use of the situation right now, amen.

As every family is hunkered down at home, amen, God is causing hearts to be opened to him, amen. And this season is short, okay? So, let's make the most of this opportunity. Let's redeem the time, amen. So, the Bible says the first floor is five cubits broad, then six cubits. It gets larger, than seven cubits. It's like this, praise the Lord. I wish I have more time to share that because I'll just leave you with this, from the first floor, you know how they go to the second floor? By the winding stairs. Verse 8: "The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber, and out of the middle into the third". Out of the middle into the third, okay? Okay, watch this now. From the first floor, you know how you go up the second floor? By the winding stairs, by the winding stairs.

Now, what is the truth of the winding stairs? By the way, this Temple of Solomon wasn't put in the Bible to fill up space, amen. Every part of it, every width of it utters his glory, the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, even the winding stairs, what's the truth of the winding stairs? What's the difference between winding stairs and straight stairs where you see the end? A winding stairs, the truth is this, you gain maximum height in the shortest amount of time, gaining the maximum height in the shortest amount of time.

One of our architects in our church took me to task actually after I said that in the first sermon of the year, and she's in building architecture. And she made a study of winding stairs and true enough, she found out that you actually reached the top in a shorter time than a straight stairs. Now friend, you can avail yourself of her studies, it's all very technical, on Joseph Prince sermon notes, okay, it's available. And not only that, when you go up the winding stairs, you don't see the end. Just like this COVID-19 situation right now, you can't see the end of it, and God doesn't want you to see the end of it.

Let's stop asking, how did this virus come about? There are all kinds of opinions. It's God's judgment, it's Satan's attack. Maybe it's both, you know, but let's not worry. Is it from China? Is it from a biochemical plant? Is it from the bat? Is it from the rat? Is it from Gotham City? No, doesn't matter anymore, amen? And let's not worry about the ending as well because Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, live one day at a time. Live one day at a time. The provision that God gives you, the grace of God, and this is his wisdom, is only one day at a time. The manna fell in the wilderness for the turn of Israel one day at a time. They cannot store today's manna for tomorrow because it will stink.

Every day God gives you fresh manna. There is no grace to see the ending of it today, amen. There's only grace to take one step at a time around the winding stairs. You can't see the end, but you're going higher, my friend, you're going higher and higher. You're going higher and higher to a wider place, to a wider space, amen. You're having more reach, amen, than ever before. You're going around and before you know it, you are there in a higher place. Like I said, God's way is always to ascend, amen, to ascend higher. Praise God. Oh, I'm getting excited, amen. Praise the name of Jesus, amen.

So, second floor, this is second floor, six cubits broad. The second floor is a place where the priests would rest. This is where they sleep. This is where they lay aside all their labor and rest. Notice it's in a higher floor. It's a place of rest. I believe that God is bringing us all to a place of rest. I can see that even for the world, workaholics have no choice but to be in their homes, amen. And but let me talk to the body of Christ, amen, God wanting us to rest that sometimes it's necessary. You know God says this, if you don't let the land rest every seventh year, God told, Israel, okay, the time will come, you will go into captivity out of Israel and the land would rest. And that happened to them.

One of the reasons why Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came and took them captive is given to us in the last chapter of Chronicles where it says that to fulfill the word of Jeremiah where God says, "For every year the land didn't rest, I will let it rest in the 70 years of your captivity". So, God wants us rest or else we'll rest in another environment, in a place where they all wear white, you know? And at the foot of your bed, it will say, "rest R-I-B-C", rest in bed completely. You have to make up for loss rest, lost Shabbat, Sabbaths. And I don't mean just a physical rest, I'm mean spiritual rest, my friend, spiritual rest, hallelujah, seated in Christ in heavenly places, amen? I believe we are coming to that place.

Let me show you this verse. In Mark 14, Jesus said to his disciples, he's about to celebrate Passover. We just celebrated Passover, didn't we? Amen, this year. For us, Christ is our Passover, amen? A few days ago, Jews everywhere observed the Passover like they did in the first Passover, then there's never been a Passover, right? In recent times or even in history where it was almost like exactly like the first Passover. But there is a prophecy among the Jewish sages, and the rabbis know it. It's from the Talmud where it says, "Before the Messiah comes again, the first Passover will be repeated just before, prior to the coming of the Messiah", okay? We saw that happen a few days ago where Jews everywhere, you know, you don't find the young people, or some of them who are secular, going out there in the cinemas. Everyone is hunkered down. Everyone has to observe the Passover with their families, amen?

So notice this, that during this time, the Passover, in Mark 14, Jesus said, "Go ahead". He sent two men to go ahead, and then he said, "A man will be found with a pitcher". Now, in those days, usually a lady will carry a pitcher of water. So when you see a man carrying a pitcher of water, it's a unique thing, a very unique sight. "Follow that man". Who is he? A picture of the Holy Spirit, and he has a pitcher of living waters. He's carrying a vessel of living waters for you and your family. "Follow him. Follow him and wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with my disciples"?' Then he will show you a large, upper room, furnished and prepared. A large, upper room, furnished and prepared. Furnished and prepared. Then make ready for us".

Friend, this is the second story of a Jewish home, usually a wealthy person, okay? When Jesus says, "I am bringing you and your families", and the is a prophetic word, "I'm bringing you and your families to a large, upper room, ready, made ready, prepared, furnished, completely furnished", the Greek word there is actually "prepared-ready". One word, "prepared-ready", all right? Takes two words to explain one word in the Greek, "prepared-ready". Furnished. Like God promised Israel, "I bring you", we have a picture of this in the Old Testament, "I bring you to a land where you will eat from vineyards you did not plant. You will drink water from wells you did not dig, and you will live in houses you did not build". What is that saying? That is saying that you'll enjoy rest through the work of another.

Today we enjoy rest through the work of another, amen? And we are risen with him at the Father's right hand, hallelujah, hallelujah. Thank you, Jesus. And I believe that, right now, we are ascending to the next level where everything is prepared for us. That's why the picture there is the place of rest. That room is a place of rest because everything that you need has been prepared for you, ready for you, and you need to have the eye of faith to know that it's supplied, amen. Don't worry about your job. Don't worry about finances. It's made ready for you. It's furnished already.

"But where is it, Pastor Prince"? Friend, "We live by faith, and not by sight". Don't forget, sight is temporal. You have money in your hand. You know what? That is insecure. That is temporal, but God will supply you according to his riches, not according to the riches of a nation's wealth, not according to the riches of what is happening in the world's market, but according to his riches in glory. "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus". It's time for us to live in the supernatural, my friend, amen? God is taking his people out of the natural where they have to trust the supernatural for supply, and it's forthcoming. And what is God saying to you? "Sit down, and I'll provide for you".

I just finished teaching the church a few weeks ago on how Jesus made them all sit down before he multiplied the loaves and fishes. He says to them, and the Bible says he made them sit down on green grass in groups, multiples of fifties, of fives, and the Bible says he fed them. Notice position, being seated, before provision. Just like in Psalms 91. Sit down first. Position before protection, amen? I'm sure that the people sitting down there, when Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish, were reminded when they sat on the green grass of Psalms 23. That's the Lord of Psalms 23, "The Lord is my shepherd". Remember that phrase? "He makes me lie down", and "lie down", "recline".

The word "sit", by the way, in many places in the New Testament, is the Jewish custom of that day. When they sit, they recline. It's a posture of rest, recline. Make them sit down before the supply. Position before provision. Are you seated, my friend? Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, what you shall drink, but live one day at a time for the peace of your mind. Don't look at the end: "What's gonna happen"? "What's gonna happen"? "What if"? "What if"? "What if"? No, go up the stairs one step at a time. Be obedient. Show them Galatians chapter 5. Be obedient. It says, "If we live, since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit".

Let us keep in step, one step, as the Spirit of God shows you one step at a time, one step at a time, one step at a time. You don't know that you are ascending. You don't know that you're going to a larger place, but you are, my friend. You are. Even during this COVID-19 virus, it seems like the more inward we go, the more outgoing we have, the more outreach we have. It's strange. It's strange. Every pastor is preaching by faith. Here I am with a camera person, one person behind the camera, and I'm preaching by faith, amen? Amen. But that's how you should be. Our security is never in the people. It's in the Lord Jesus, amen. The message is the same, and God wants us all to learn to live by faith. He wants us to live in the supernatural and not to rely on our senses and our sight, amen, friend? Praise the name of Jesus. So he's bringing us to the next level, amen?

And next week I'll be sharing on the uppermost chamber which is very exciting. It's a place where they store the gold and silver. Show them the chamber, uppermost chamber. That's where the tithes and the gold and the silver, the treasures are stored in the uppermost chamber. That tells me, like, God opened up the first chamber, friend. He opened up the first part of the year. Who'd have thought that we would enter into a season of the whole world in a crisis against this plague? But then he opens up the grain, the wine, and the oil, and I've taught the church on the oil as well, even the anointing oil, and how it plays a part during this time, amen? The grain, the wine, and the oil is the answer to the COVID-19 virus, amen.

There is a truth that, you know, anything from the north, in Israel, they consider it as an evil thing. Most of the time, the enemies of Israel will come from the north, amen, like the Assyrians. The Assyrians, the Babylonians, okay, they'll come from the north, and the north wind is always a wind that brings blight, you know. It comes at the wrong time. It can destroy their harvest. So north is always a picture of something that is adversity, amen? According to Zechariah chapter 6, the Pale Horse, the horse that brings famine, that brings death, that horse is mentioned in Revelation chapter 6, as well, as the Pale Horse, but in Zechariah, it's a greenish horse, pale greenish horse, and the rider brings the same thing, plague, death.

Notice where it comes from. It comes from the north. But if you at the tabernacle... let's look at the tabernacle of Moses at this time. If you look at the tabernacle, the showbread is facing north. Can you see it? The showbread is facing north, okay? When you enter, you enter by the east, and the holy place, the menorah is at the south. By the way, the south wing is always something pleasant, something good, warm, amen? Balmy. But the north, the table of showbread, facing the north, there's a table of showbread that faces the north, and the table of showbread is a picture of, again, communion. When you are in adversity, partake of the Lord's Supper, amen?

This was a posture John was in, in the book of Revelation, John, the beloved disciple, amen? This was the position he was in. How do I know that? Because the Bible says he heard a voice behind him, and he turned around, and he saw the seven menorahs. So if the menorah is behind him, what was he doing? I believe he was partaking of the Lord's Supper. Just a personal revelation, I think. You can take it or not, but it's exciting, amen? So, friend, God wants you in a place of rest. Rest and see God do all the rest for you. All your enemies, no matter what they are, God will cause one by one to come right under your feet, amen? "Under your feet" means you have the victory over them. It's not you doing it. The battle is the Lord's. Look to him. Trust him.

I feel like, right now, there are people experiencing all kinds of healings already. There is a man. You have a pain that gives you a lot of problem on getting up, all right, from the bed in the morning or from the sofa. I want you to stand up right now in Jesus's name. Your pain is somewhere here near your lower back. Stand up right now in Jesus's name. You'll find yourself healed. Praise the Lord. Thank you, Lord Jesus, amen.

There is a man. I think you fractured your wrist, and right now, if you can just move that wrist and see what the Lord is doing, I know that, if a fracture, I mean, God is speaking. Something is happening right now, and you're feeling warmth in that area, in Jesus's name. Receive that healing right now. Praise the Lord.

Glaucoma is being healed in Jesus's name, amen.

There is a man experiencing, and you have been diagnosed already. The doctor have given you medicine for your heart. You have a blocked artery but right now, you feel like such a power of strength comes into your body. Friend, you are healed. You are healed in Jesus' name, amen?

See, you don't have to struggle to earn these gifts. You don't have to labor to receive healing. You're probably sitting down at home, amen? Just receive it in Jesus's name. The gifts are paid for by another. They are gifts for us. "Charismatas" means "grace gifts". That means they are grace, "charisma" is grace gift from the word "charis". "Grace" means "unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor". You know how this COVID-19 virus will end? Through unmerited favor. Many of us, we are in the wrong posture. We are trying to earn God's favor to defeat this COVID-19. God is saying, "Rest". Don't worry about where it came from. Don't worry about where it's going. Right now, take one step at a time. Live one day at a time.

"Follow my Spirit one day at a time. Do the next thing my Spirit tells you. You might not know it, but you're going higher. You can't see the end of this crisis, or your personal crisis you're going through, but God is saying: You can't see the end, but I can". You are going by the winding stairs, the way of the stairs. Let me see your countenance. Let me hear your voice, amen. God is still healing people, and a kidney condition being healed, amen. All this, you can verify and go back to the doctor and get the testimony, and please write to us here in New Creation Church, amen. Let us know what God is doing. Even as I say good-bye to you, there are all kinds of healings still happening in Jesus's name. Cancer being healed, hallelujah. God is smiting it in Jesus's name, amen, amen. Somebody is being able to see. Your eye, your eye is opening up. I do not know if you have partial blindness or complete blindness, but you are seeing right now for the first time. A vision is being restored in Jesus's name, amen.

Friend, I'll leave you with this verse, amen? Romans 4, show them Romans 4, "Christ was delivered up because of our offenses, and he was raised up because of our being declared righteous". Friend, let me leave you with this gift: You are declared righteous because, you know why? Christ was delivered at the cross for our sins, our offenses, and he would never have been raised from the dead if God had not declared us righteous. If his work at the cross was not perfect, God would not have raised him from the dead because we'll not have been declared righteous. So the very fact he rose from the dead, the same body that bore our sins at the cross a few days ago, rose from the dead without our sins, and there he is at the Father's right hand. Where are all our sins? Gone, and gone forever. And let's put Isaiah 53, as well, "Surely he has borne our diseases", where? At the cross. But there he is in heaven. Where are all our diseases? At the Father's right hand, where is all our disease? Gone. So are yours right now, in Jesus's name, amen, amen, amen. Praise the Lord, hallelujah.

Next week, we'll continue. Stay tuned, my friend, amen. I'll be sharing on the uppermost chamber and the secrets that God has for us because I believe that the church wouldn't have to worry about their needs being provided because we are going towards the last part of the year. We're gonna step, even right now, we are stepping into it already. We are stepping into the place of the upper chamber where the gold and the silver that God has stored for his people. So in the midst of the world in financial famine, God's people are always supplied. You see that in the Old Testament, and we'll see that next week as well as how we're gonna come to that place, and God is, it's happening prophetically even as I speak, amen? We are sending higher and higher and higher you and your family, amen?

And if you've never received Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, I wanna give you this opportunity right now. If you're watching this, friend, your sins was placed on Christ. He knew no sin. He did no sin. In him is no sin, but he bore your sin in his own body. All your sins was placed on him. He became your substitute, and he died on the cross. As the Scripture says, he was delivered because of your offenses, because of my offenses, and God raised him from the dead without your offenses, amen. That means what Jesus did on your behalf is perfect. God raised him the moment God declared you righteous. So, friend, if you want him to be your personal Savior and Lord, pray this prayer with me right now.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of your Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I thank you Christ was delivered for all my offenses. He suffered my judgment at the cross, and I thank you that you raised him from the dead when I was declared righteous, declared righteous forever. Thank you, Father, in your eyes I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus Christ is my Lord. In Jesus's name, amen.


Friend, if you prayed that prayer, please let us know what the Lord has done in your life, praise the Lord, in saving you. And any good, any blessing that you've received during this time, just write in and tell them what the Lord has done in your life. Will you do that, please? Amen, and for the rest of you, let's believe God for a great coming week, amen. We have passed the Passover. Let's be expecting a world that is different from now, amen. And for the believer, you are not going into a smaller place. You're going to a larger place. Pray this prayer right now together with me:

Father, I thank you that your grace comes to me one day at a time. So give me grace now not to worry about my needs for the future. Thank you, Father. In Jesus' name, I receive the grace to walk one step at a time, to walk being led by the Spirit, to focus on what you have for me, and I'll not worry about tomorrow. Thank you, Father, in Jesus's name, amen. Friend, this coming week, the Lord bless you, and the Lord keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and grant to you and your families his shalom, peace, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.






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built up our faith with a confident expectation of good for our future hallelujah praise the name of jesus i want to continue right now on where we left off last week the bible says in romans 8 verse 1 there is therefore now no condemnation at all for those who are in christ jesus and this from the nesb that brings out the greek word no which is actually absolutely nothing and it leaves no exceptions amen it is a no that is very emphatic therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in christ jesus for the law the spirit of life in christ jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death so the law of sin and death came in ever since adam and eve sinned and we know that it's been operating every time you attend a funeral you are seeing a culmination of the law of of sin and death in the lives of the people that are around you at different various stages and what god wants us to know is this that god never desired for us to have a life of of increasingly weak increasing weakness and then you know growing old and then dying or even be subject to sickness and disease that's not god's plan god's dream for man even the very first man adam and eve god wanted them to live in health in perpetual youthfulness and strength and just enjoying all the good things that god has for them but alas we know the story by their own choice by their own violation they disobey god and in a sense when you disobey god you actually obeying the enemy the devil and all that the devil wants to bring in into the life of man and the devil hates man because man is created in the image of god and just like the devil cannot come against god directly he come against god's image man he hates you my friend the devil hates you god loves you amen when you obey god you actually obeying the one who has your best interests at heart you're obeying the one who is actually the one who said i know my plans that i have for you plans of good and not evil whereas the devil has nothing but destruction in front of you but he will always entice you through the lust of the flesh the pride of life or all the loss of other things coming in and and the devil will try to entice you into disobeying god and then the result the bible says sin brings forth theft when jesus died on the cross he released another law hallelujah for all believers the bible says the law of the spirit of life in christ jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death now the law the spirit of life just like the law here in a sense is not the kenny commandments law or the laws of the courts right but is the law of which and something is operating a a mode of operation like you say the law of gravity what goes up comes down because of the law of gravity so likewise spiritually there's a law of the spirit of life in the in the lives of every believer that life is zoe life the life that jesus gave us jesus said i come that you might have life and have it more abundantly well that's the life that you and i have and that life has a law in it and that law frees us amen in fact the word there is a past stance it frees you it has freed you from the law of sin and death as long as you you you stay at that at the place of the law of the spirit of life it frees you it's very given it has freed you from the law of sin and death and we see this happening sometimes you say you know we don't understand how this operates when we still see weakness in our lives and and depression all these are signs of of death which god never wanted this law to be released upon the earth but it came in because of man's sin it's like the law of trust and lift has set the plane free from the law of gravity now the law of gravity is still there but every time the plane takes off there's another law that transcends and freeze the plane from the law of gravity it transcends called the law of trust and lift okay and and that law as long as obey a certain amount of trust will cause you to rise higher and higher and you transcend the law of gravity so god puts in a greater law a higher law the law the spirit of life in christ jesus amen that transcends that frees you from the law of sin and death now friend that law is still there in the world but god wants us to walk in the spirit because it's the law the spirit of life in christ jesus amen i'm going to learn that today praise god hallelujah but one of the things you can also do is always to confess the lord the spirit of life in christ jesus has freed me from the law of sin and death every time you feel like a symptom coming up in your body or weakness or whatever just confess the law the spirit of life in christ jesus has freed me from the law of sin and death don't forget faith is speaking what you believe amen like david says in the psalms i believe and therefore i have spoken and paul quoted david in uh second corinthians chapter four where he says just like david says that we having the same spirit of faith same spirit is what david right he's quoting from the psalms we having the same spirit of faith i believe and therefore i speak we also believe and therefore speak amen so that's the spirit of faith believe and speak and because we are made in the image of god god first speaks and then he sees today man is so fallen that man is operating on the reverse side they want to see and then they will say what they see right but god's way is always you want to see good god never god himself never saw good right the product of of his words until he spoke when he wanted light he saw darkness actually but god says light be and light was and the light was good god saw good after he spoke so we having the same spirit of faith we are made in the image of god that's how faith operates and and paul says we having the same spirit of faith as david in the psalms and his quoting david i believe and therefore i speak that's how we get safe amen we say that by grace are you saved through faith and how do we appropriate all that christ has done for us by faith how does faith operate romans 10 tells us if you confess with your mouth jesus is your lord and believe in your heart notice again belief and speaking belief and speaking that's how faith operates and that's how you appropriate all the things of god salvation the next verse tells us with the heart man beliefs unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation so it's always the same thing heart and the mouth is always engaged in the process of faith that's how you you have faith that's how you exercise faith that's how you release faith in your life amen so confess the law the spirit of life in christ jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death every time you feel tired every time you feel like there's a symptom trying to get on you all right just confess the lord the spirit of life in christ jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death amen because that's your given place in christ transcending the law of sin and death in the spirit of life amen praise god so we must know that we are now in christ jesus and fear in christ and god will never see you apart from christ because god sees your identity from now on always and never outside but always in christ and whatever happened to christ has happened to you when he died on the cross god god says you are crucified with him you died with him you were buried with him when god raised him from the dead you were raised with him and when god made jesus a seat at his right hand you sat down with him hallelujah praise the lord and in that in that place amen in that sphere where you are in christ jesus and you are in him forever you're not there by your effort in fact in first corinthians 1 30 it says but of him in other words it's of god's doing it is of him that you are in christ jesus who of god is made unto us wisdom righteousness sanctification and redemption hallelujah praise the lord so jesus is all this to us and it comes by us amen knowing that we are in christ and in that place we are blessed with all blessings amen praise the name of jesus it goes on to tell us that god has condemned sin in the flesh when we were crucified with christ god condemned sin in the flesh noticing jesus sin in the flesh all our sins are forgiven what we do are the sins right all the sins are forgiven through christ's blood but who we are our old man you know we we cannot but sin we are so you know we are when adam fell the nature of the sinful nature was passed down to the generations and every child is born in sin everyone is a sinner amen so but what happened is that god put us in christ amen when christ became a sin offering on the cross god put us in christ and our old man our old sinful nature has all been crucified and done with amen so that when god raised christ from the dead the new you rose again amen created in righteousness and true holiness you rose with christ therefore if any man be in christ he's a new creation all things have passed away all things have become new but you need to know one thing even though your spirit is born again your spirit is righteous in god's eyes but your mind is playing catch up your mind is is uh being constantly being renewed remember the bible says in more than one place be transformed by the renewing of your mind another place be renewed in the spirit of your mind so the mind needs to be renewed to what has happened to us once you are safe you are born again praise the lord you still feel sometimes you feel like the old man you feel like you have all these spiritual spiritual battles going on in your emotional realm you feel depression you feel anger you feel all these things as if you're not you're not safe you don't have the as if you still have the old nature but no friend you are born again all these are in your emotional realm your soulish realm it is not in your spirit realm the real you you are a spirit you live in a body you are a spirit being because god made you in his image amen god breathed into man when you know when god made adam god made adam the his body from the dust of the ground and that's why ashes to ashes right but his body came from the dust of the ground but the real adam his spirit and soul was breathed into it's like when he got made adam the body was like a mannequin all right lifeless you're just standing there and then god breathed into man i like the hebrew word there viper it's like god breathed into man and man became a living soul and man has a spirit that came from god and that's why men whether they have their sins forgiven whether they are born again or not they will live forever it's either hell or heaven and that's why man cannot just uh cease from existence because he's a spirit but then he has a soul he has a mind and he lives in a body so right now what you're saying is my body this is the house i live in but the real me is inside when i look at you the real you is inside when men fell you must understand he died spiritually when god told adam the day you partake of the that tree you will die god actually said in hebrew dying you shall die in other words he will die spiritually and then you shall future tense you shall die physically one day so on the day adam sinned he died spiritually what does that mean that means he has no more uh consciousness and uh response to god the way god wants him to respond he he's cut off his date spiritually or his death spiritually and uh he only living by his mind or his body and since then men either they have an overdeveloped brain or they have an over developed body right strong like pastor lawrence hallelujah right but the thing is that god doesn't want us to be led either by our body or by our minds now i'm not saying throw away your mind okay ignore your body no on the contrary god wants us to take care of these realms but god wants the spirit man to be the leader amen to be the one to lead the soul the soul is subject to the spirit that's why when god baptizes us in the holy spirit we start speaking in the language we don't understand we pray in the spirit and the mind is saying what are you saying stop it all right stop it this is gibberish you know stop it i don't understand it if i don't understand it you must stop it the mind always wants to uh dominate the mind or the body the body says i want it i want it if i want it i want to indulge in it i feel it i want to give in to it if i'm hungry i want to eat i want to eat i want to eat right now okay and there are people who are led by their bodies there are some who are led by their minds by their emotions which is soul okay but god wants us to be led by our spirit and that's called walking in the spirit amen when i learn that today as much as we can praise the lord but if you drop down in romans 8 right after the law of the spirit of life it talks about god condemned sin in the flesh we've covered that and it tells us to put our mind on the spirit amen put your mind on the spirit it tells you here for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh but those who live according to the spirit set their minds on the things of the spirit now to set the mind on the flesh is death but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace again to set the mind on the flesh is death but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace now scholars will tell you this that many times they are uh also be followed by a certain passage whether it's referring to the holy spirit or the human spirit sometimes it's not referring to the holy spirit it's ripping through a human spirit a man to set your mind on the flesh is your body all right and uh to set your mind on the spirit therefore is actually your spirit man okay and your spirit man is born again it's recreated created in righteousness and true holiness the bible tells us and to set your mind in the spirit of course the holy spirit indwells your spirit i think one of the reasons why uh in certain passages is not clear whether it's the holy spirit or the human spirit because god has made them one amen he that is joined unto the lord is one spirit amen so it doesn't matter whether you have to clarify whether it's the holy spirit there or the human spirit just know this when you listen to your human spirit even amen you are listening to the holy spirit because he dwells there he dwells there amen he bears witness with the spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of god hallelujah and that's how god speaks to you that's how god leads you from within and then god wants you to lead your mind and and the soul part let me show you this illustration okay this chart here now isn't it good for us to know ourselves how god has made us now notice like i said who you are is you are spirit you're a spirit being living in a body but you also have a soul all right say this after me right now say i am a spirit i have a soul and i live in a body and man is your body is your house so you have a soul you are not a soul you are a spirit amen this is a real you you you are a spirit you have a soul you live in a body amen so each part has its own functions that god has given right of course your body it are the five senses you have the sight sound smell taste touch so those are your bodily functions all right in other words anything that activates this is activating your body so so the function of the soul is this mind emotion will so your emotions whether you feel joy or you feel a elation you feel peaceful or you feel depressed you don't feel good and all that it's just an emotion all right it's all in your soul it's not true in your spirit all right now emotions can affect your body and that's the thing that we're going to look at as well but then look at the will the will is actually in your soul you decide in your soul okay so these are the functions of the soul and what are the functions of the spirit the spirit is communion intuition and conscience now communion is communion with god that's where you commune with god you don't communicate with your body okay you don't like oh i feel god it's true sometimes we feel god that's fine and good but don't rely on it amen you commune with the father in spirit those the father seek of such to worship him those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth all right so that's where you commune with god and it's the most intimate communion amen even bodily if you sense him what's going to happen when you don't sense him bodily the bodily sensations are no longer there i know people cry sometimes in the in the tangible presence of god and i'm not you know i i want people to have experiences like this and i've seen them and i'm not knocking that okay but i don't want us to depend on those things god says we walk by faith in the spirit realm and not by sight okay and then you can also contact god with your emotions god i i want to feel you lord in my emotions so if i feel i feel joy i feel i feel peace and all that feelings of felicity you know i i feel that you are near no no don't depend on that because your feelings can go up and down amen but in your spirit man you are you have communion with god just realize it and that's why the pray pray in tongues it's actually praying in the spirit whereas praying with the understanding is praying with your soul with your mind your understanding so the deepest part of communion with god is actually your spirit that's one of the functions and then intuition now intuition even even though people are dead spiritually but certain functions you know the word date is doesn't mean cessation of all the the spirit functions even the people are not safe they still have a certain amount of convenience that there are times they they they sense god all right in the communion but it's instead of uh it's dayton that's a better word to use it's dayton like the bible says a widow you know talking about a certain widow all right certain widow that lives in in sinful pleasure she's dead while she lives the prodigal son when he was living in sin the father says right my son was dead but is now alive so the same thing we are cut off from god in the sense that you know but but the functions are still there you know but they lie dormant but we are born again they all come alive amen full amen in full force praise the lord they are resurrected hallelujah so there are people of the of the world even they can sense in their intuition long before their mind understands something so that's why it's important for us to know the intuition amen and the bible tells us that for those who are born again those who are believers on christ there's a new covenant established with them in christ and is that god will lead you from within amen god will put your spirit in you and lead you from within and how does god do that intuition amen if you're about to sign on a business deal and and you you're contemplating about it and and there is an unrest inside deep down there's an unrest you can't explain it you don't know why listen stop pause and pray again amen before you rush into it amen don't rush listen to your spirit listen to what god is saying to you confirm with your make sure your wife is is on board if your wife is safe born again she also has the holy spirit in her amen and if both of you agree and there's rest and there's peace a green light on the inside all right go on but if there's restlessness in both of you do not proceed that's how god leads us but your mind might be saying this is a great deal hey you know this is a good deal come on take it up all right but your mind is telling you all this is good but it's your mind amen and that's why if you're led by what you see by your body even by what you hear people tell you uh recommending you to invest in this but deep down when you're about to invest you find that there is a restlessness obey that you'll be so glad you did because your intuition is quicker amen than your mind and your body because it is in contact with the eternal spirit god's spirit and he knows things even before it happens praise god so we must learn to live by our intuition amen parent by your intuition amen deal with your children by your intuition listen to what god tells you amen um we shall even eat amen eat by your intuition your body your intuition says enough your intuition says okay today you can eat more right don't go even go by i always eat less okay if you're your body telling you that by preparing you for some some energy uh depleting task you know ahead of you but whatever it is just follow the intuition on the inside until the more you practice that just like with the muscles of the arm and all that it becomes stronger and stronger but spiritual strength hallelujah praise the name of jesus and now we see uh conscience conscience is the part where actually the word conscience in the greek is the same as consciousness like the bible tells us in hebrews stand for the law having a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of those things can never with those same sacrifices which they offer year by year continually make the karma's thereunto perfect for then would they not have ceased to be offered why because the worshipers once pushed one's cleanse should have no more conscience of sins in other words if all those uh sacrifices of the old testament the burnt offering the sin offering they bring a lamb off as a sin offering they bring a goat for a sin offering and and those goats die in their place and they are forgiven for a a day or a week you know and it's how you done it they offer daily even the bible tells us as well as also uh yearly right where they bring the bullock on the day of atonement the bible says all this is temporal it's impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins and god says that if those sacrifices had worked the worshipers would have no more conscience of sins do you see that but the word conscience is the word consciousness in the greek and that's why the translations like esv and a new king james version puts it as those who are once purified once cleansed should have no no longer should have any consciousness of sins so in other words if my debt has been paid my i should not be conscious of my debt my my conscience should not have debt on it i should not have a conscience that tells me hey you got to pay you got to pay you got to pay right especially you owe someone and all that but if it's paid if you don't know it's paid you can still have debt on your conscience so likewise the sin debt has been paid at the cross but we still have sin on our conscience why is that so if jesus did a perfect work and the bible says in the same chapter hebrews 10 it says by one sacrifice as contrast with the previous verse those priests stand daily ministering and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices notice they stand daily daily offering offering repeatedly the same sacrifices which can never take away sins but jesus one sacrifice for sins forever but this man having offered one sacrifice for sins forever sat down the priests every day daily they were standing ministering offering repeatedly the same sacrifices this man offered one sacrifice for sins forever that means what it's good it's good for eternity it's once and for all the work amen and he sat down he sat down because his work is done his work is finished praise god he sat down and said the bible says having purged our sins he sat down so if that is so why are we having this consciousness of sins why are we sin conscious whenever we are still conscious consciousness of sin is actually saying that jesus didn't do a good job we are saying that god's word light you keep on reading he goes on later on he says the holy spirit even in verse 17 even the holy spirit witness to us saying their sins and their lawless deeds i will remember no more now this is a quotation the last clause of the new covenant amen that god has established through his son christ with all of us amen the new covenant says the reason that all of it works all right i will i will i will i will because i'll be merciful to the unrighteousness and their sins and lawless deeds i will remember no more so the holy spirit bears witness without saying to us hey your sins are forgiven god god is not dealing with you based on your sins god is dealing with you based on christ amen and but yet we are so conscious of our sins and christianity today for the most part is preaching sin for the most part instead of preaching the answer amen the lord jesus christ his finished work the grace of god the righteousness of god which is a gift hallelujah we're actually emphasizing on sin as if the debt has not been paid so friend if you look at the bible carefully you'll find that the bible tells us very clearly that the gospel that paul preached is a gospel that declares the righteousness of god as a gift very clear look at romans 1 verse 16 here for i'm not ashamed of the gospel of christ the gospel means good news right it just simply means good news for it is the power of god to salvation what is the power of god to salvation the gospel the gospel of christ is the power of god the word power there is dunamis where you get the word dynamite amen it is the power of god to salvation salvation is so terria and strong defines it like this preservation wholeness prosperity deliverance right it covers all those areas healing prosperity welfare deliverance preservation wholeness in fact the verb form is used by jesus more than once in the gospels like the woman the issue of blood jesus turned to her and said your faith has healed you the greek word there is so so from so terria he used the verb form your your your sins have forgiven you all right as well as your faith has saved you hallelujah hallelujah so so the big word the noun so is the verb the noun is so terria so so god wants for terrier to happen to you but what is the power that releases it the gospel but what is the gospel then we want to make sure that we get the right gospel in this gospel the next verse says in this gospel in it the righteousness of god is revealed from faith to faith as it is written the just shall live by faith notice that in the gospel the paul preached paul reveals the righteousness of god which is a gift chapter 3 he talks about but now the righteousness of god apart from the law has been revealed amen a righteousness that comes by faith praise the lord on anyone that believes on jesus they receive that hallelujah and and paul's sermons it's not just forgiveness of sins many are times when people say preach the gospel or preaching the gospel means this is the idea that most christians have preaching the gospel means telling them that jesus died for their sins and they can be forgiven they can receive forgiveness of sins but it's more than just forgiveness of sins it is justification now there's a theological word there but the word justification is the word righteousness and righteous by faith god justifies his people by faith hallelujah amen you see um for a long time i used to read the just shall list by faith and the idea i wonder if you you have the same impression as me the idea is that the just we know is the righteous the righteous shall live by faith in other words they will trust god for their finances and their supply especially those who are you know full-time ministry for the lord they are living by faith you know they just shall live by faith but actually that's not the emphasis in the greek the greek structure actually says the righteous by faith shall live those who are righteous by faith they will live i like the entity new english translation it brings it out it says the righteous by faith will live notice who will live who will live and not die the righteous by faith amen they'll have an abundance of life now if you are sick and you believe that you are righteous by faith because of your trust in the lord jesus christ and you have received the gift of righteousness and confess i am the righteousness of god in christ guess what's going to happen to the death to the sickness you will live if you live that thing dies hallelujah amen the righteous by faith shall live i even like the revised standard version better it says he who true faith is righteous shall live notice it is a far cry from from saying the righteous will live by faith it's actually he who true faith is righteous shall live amen if you believe you are the righteousness of god in christ and we've been encouraging people to confess that because why that's how faith operates amen you confess i am the righteousness of god in christ and what happens after that the bible tells us the first time you confess that amen you are safe you confess jesus christ it's my lord you believe in your heart god raised him from the dead for with the heart man believes unto righteousness amen praise god and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation hey praise the lord so now you and i we have put our trust in christ amen we are born again we are born righteous amen we are born righteous just like when we are born sinners we're all born sinners but sometimes even as a sinner we still do good things nice things but those things don't change our status as a sinner we were born sinners right so likewise today we are born again born righteous amen you are the righteousness of god in christ amen and now that you're born righteous there are times you might fall into sin you might do something amiss and all that yeah and you don't like it we're not encouraging you to continue in it okay definitely not okay but those things don't change your status you are still righteous in the eyes of god hallelujah come on praise the lord now if you believe that the bible says then the power of god is released if you believe that but notice that this gospel the paul preached has the righteousness of god being revealed not just forgiveness of sins but the righteousness of god you know forgiveness of sins is great amen god removed but you know if you're just forgiven of all your sins and you still the same person but you're no longer the same person god has put you in christ and you are the righteousness of god in christ confess that amen second corinthians 5 21 says for he made him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of god in him for he made him who knew no sin that's jesus to be seen for us where at the cross that we might become the righteousness of god in him so now you are the writing of god but you need to confess it amen you need to confess it in fact prophet isaiah saw you and i he saw the future and he saw a generation of people that will confess that i am the righteousness of god in christ look at isaiah 45 surely shall one say in the lord have i righteousness and strength now even to him shall men come and all that are infants against him shall be ashamed in the lord where in the lord shall all the seed of israel be justified made ighteous and shall glory so once again surely shall once say in the lord i have righteousness and strength in fact the apostle paul quoted this in philippians when he says that the name of jesus every knee shall bow he's actually drawing from here confessing jesus as lord is to confess that you have righteousness in him and only in him hallelujah are you with me so far praise the lord thank you lord and the bible says when you establish in righteousness god wants you to be established not just know it in your head your pastor i've heard this so many times and you have preached on it so many times but pastor you know what you know i know enough right you know and and i don't think i need to be told again that i'm the no you need to be told until you establish in it amen the word established in the hebrew is khun is to be fixed it's really to be to be rooted in it grounded established unmovable amen and it says here in isaiah 54 and isaiah 54 comes after the work of jesus in isaiah 53 right and the result is you are established in righteousness and what happens you shall be far from oppression for you shall not fear remember oppression includes sickness how god anointed jesus of nazareth who went about doing good healing all that were oppressed of the devil you shall be far from oppression for you shall not fear and from terror for it shall not come near you look at the verse before that it tells you all your children shall be taught by the lord he will teach them directly and great shall be the shalom of your children shalom here includes not just peace of mind but their health their wholeness their well-being it will be great not just to have it but it'll be great shalom amen for your children in righteousness you shall be established indeed they your enemies your opponents they shall surely assemble god says but not because of me in other words if people assemble against you they collectively come together against you it is not me who is directing them whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake look at the last verse of this chapter no weapon form against you shall prosper you know when isaiah said all this we don't have uh computers and we don't have social media and all that but you know what it's all covered in this word formed no weapon formed whatever weapon if people are attacking you on social media people are attacking you and other modern ways and all that or even weapons right modern weapons god's promise is no weapon form god doesn't just say the weapon of the present time he says no weapon that's formed in the future even all right no weapon whatever weapon is this form no weapon that's formed shall prosper against you and every time that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn this is the heritage of the servants of the lord and their righteousness is from me says the lord hallelujah praise the lord like i said the apostle paul uh in his sermon if you look at it in the book of acts you know it'd be great for us to have a sermon cd by the apostle paul don't you think so i'll definitely grab it right but you know what we actually have the recording of paul preaching a god the gospel in the book of acts here in presidio antioch acts 13 you have the entire discourse of paul panned down amen through look by the holy spirit he was there and he panned down what paul preached amen are we having the same gospel as paul today paul at the end of it the whole sermon he talks about the history of israel in the in the synagogue in in antioch basidia and pastor mark and i have been there with our families many years ago we were there on the location where the synagogue was and in that synagogue paul preached to them and he came to this conclusion he says therefore let it be known to you brethren that through this man jesus is preached to you the forgiveness of sins now is that all the gospel is no look at what he says and by him everyone who believes is justified or made righteous from all things from which you cannot be justified or declared righteous by the law of moses in fact the youngst bring this out from the greek and from all things from which you were not able in the law of moses to be declared righteous in this one jesus everyone who is believing is declared righteous hallelujah so the the gospel paul preach hey man we have a sample of it preserved for us so that we can compare with the gospel we preach today you know we have a partial gospel and we think we have the full gospel you know we preach the forgiveness of sins but we don't preach the gift of righteousness and we don't tell people to really use that gift of righteousness amen favor it if god gives you a gift how can we just treat it lightly amen it's the greatest gift of all is the blessing of abraham abraham was justified by faith hallelujah so we have a sample here the apostle paul actually preached not only forgiveness of sins but also being declared righteous or justification by faith hallelujah praise the name of jesus let's go back to romans 8 verse 8 so then those who are in the flesh cannot please god somebody say well pastor prince the believers there are believers who are in the flesh well my friend the bible says you are not in the flesh those who are in the flesh cannot please god but you are not in the flesh you hear being the believer you are not in the flesh but in the spirit if indeed the spirit of god dwells in you now if anyone does not have the spirit of christ he is not his do you see that do you say that you are not in the flesh you are in the spirit and what are you in the spirit the righteousness of god you are righteous in fact in in efficiencies you are created the spirit man the new man is created in righteousness and true holiness you are the righteousness of god in christ amen we are righteous in his sight not by our works but by his blood amen by faith hallelujah in what christ has done thank you lord jesus hallelujah doesn't that trill you i want to read you a testimony i trust you're going to bless you and this lady from texas and she shares this pastor prince i first heard about your ministry some years ago when i was locked up in prison my mother shared with me about your teachings on the gospel of grace and god's love for me i would love to tell you that when i got released from prison i ran back to god and started living right but i did no such thing drugs and alcohol had such a hole in my life that it seemed as though i would die with a needle in my arm or a bottle in my hand or both after many bad decisions i was at a place where i had reached rock bottom i failed at being a wife mother daughter friend and person i was completely lost and broken one day i remembered your sermons and began to watch them daily they filled me with a hope and knowledge that jesus loves me and died for my sins so that i can be brought into his family i realized that god was not angry with me and loves me more than i can imagine today i've been free from heroin for two years and alcohol for over a year i have seen my life changed dramatically just by trusting in god and being conscious of his love for me instead of being conscious of my sins the lord is continually changing me from the inside out and helping me grow my relationship with my parents and son have been restored in full i also have a wonderful godly man in my life who prays for me and watches your sermons together with me we plan on getting married and buying a house soon i'm also planning to go back to school to become a paralegal and help others who are as lost as i was thank you pastor prince for your ministry i still listen to your messages daily to god be all the glory people hallelujah thank you jesus now let's go back to romans chapter 8. in verse 10 it says and if christ is in you the body is dead because of sin but the spirit is life because of righteousness okay the body is dead because of sin do we agree on that every time you experience depression you're experiencing death in your in your soul that's a manifestation of death death manifests as depression in your body death can manifest as sickness disease constant fatigue all right these are signs of weakness and death okay friend do not be worried in fact for the child of god even though the body is dead because of sin we still have the old body when jesus comes again we're gonna have a brand new body right amen praise the lord hallelujah he's going to transform our body light to his body but until then we have this body and the bible says even though christ is in you the body is dead because of sin but the spirit is life because of righteousness the spirit is life because of righteousness now that righteousness is not something that you do it is who you are amen you are the righteousness of god in christ amen so your spirit is life because of righteousness so the thing is this if only i can get that life in my spirit to touch my mind and then to flow into my body how is that possible the very next verse tells you but if the spirit of him so although your body is dead because of sin and your spirit is life because of righteousness but if the spirit is the holy spirit here if the spirit of him who raised jesus from the dead dwells in you he who raised christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in you hallelujah do you hear that the holy spirit who raised jesus from the dead he indwells you right he's gonna quicken give life to your mother body amen now this is not referring to the rapture it is not referring to us having a glorified body because here the the making a life of giving life is to giving life to our mortal body do you see the word mortal there so in other words it's not referring to our glorified body in fact all of us were uh we are looking forward for jesus we're going to have a glorified body when jesus comes again right but that's a transformation it's a transformation because when jesus comes again for us our bodies will be transformed light unto his glorious body notice it's not the mortal body being given life like this verse tells us no it is the mortal body no longer mortal amen becoming immortal a glory being transformed into a glorified body so this verse is not referring to the rapture amen we receive our our glorified bodies but this referring to your life right now in your body right now you can receive life from the holy spirit who raised jesus from the dead amen how does that work now back to the uh my chart again on the spiritual body so what's happening right now what do you have in your spirit righteousness can you see that the bible says your spirit is life because of righteousness now what you want is that you want the life in that spirit because you are righteous you want that life to touch your soul to permeate your soul you want it not just to be contained in your spirit but to come out and touch your soul and then after that touch your body that results in healing health wholeness amen renewal of youth and strength hallelujah but notice it all starts with your spirit your spirit is born again your spirit is righteous and god wants you to be conscious now where are you conscious you're conscious in your spirit right so exercise that being conscious that you are the righteousness of god in christ and you do that by confessing i am the righteousness of god in christ so the more you confess it come to the place where you even feel it in your emotions amen because your emotion is your soul realm now you want that life that life is already in you that zoe life that life from god is in you if that life can touch your depression that's the end of your depression that life can touch your sickness in your body amen it will heal your body praise the lord so that life needs to come out from our spirit and into our bodies but the problem is what it says the spirit is life because of righteousness and we are not righteous conscious so as long your soul realm your mind back to verse 6 again to set the mind on the flesh is death notice that but to set the mind on the spirit is life and peace so your your soul realm is the deciding factor are you going to focus on the fact that your spirit is now you are a and i'm i'm illustrating like i'm the soul okay the soul decide to set to set yourself focus on the flesh or to focus on the spirit your spirit my friend is life because why is righteous amen because of righteousness now the bible says get your mind to focus on that listen to teachings on it amen renew your mind to who you really are and then you set your mind on the spirit it's life and it's peace amen to your soulish realm you're gonna feel it even in your your mind in your emotions hallelujah it's gonna affect your will praise the lord so that depression where is it where is it found it's in your soul in your mind amen sickness is found in your body but the life and peace can touch that depression and remove it and flood your emotions amen flood your soulish realm with life and peace hallelujah so what where is the where's the point that there's a break is because we are not conscious we are righteous because that life is in that righteousness so the more you're conscious of it you're setting your mind on the spirit guess what the life comes out and touches your mind and then when your mind is touched it goes further and touches your body that's when you are healed hallelujah hey i preached myself happy amen so god wants that righteousness that life from that righteousness that's who you are in christ to you god wants to be conscious of it so that it permeates your soul your emotions amen you know i'm starting to tell people even that confess it until you feel it you're already righteous whether you feel it or you don't feel it once you're born again you are born righteous in god's eyes you are righteous amen that's the crux of the gospel righteousness by faith amen so you're already righteous whether you feel it you don't feel it you're still righteous but when you feel it notice that emotions when you start feeling it it's just one step away from your body amen so the moment you allow that righteousness consciousness to come into your soulish realm where you meditate on it where you start feeling even the feeling of righteous well pastor prince how do you explain the feeling of righteous you know i felt that a number of times many times in fact in my life even last night as a medical day i started feeling that again you know to feel that is life i i i i want to describe it by it transcends you know it my expression would just it would just better my expression because it is like a sense of authority a sense of newness a sense of that you are in company with god you feel like you know you have no no fear of the future you you feel like when you pray god hears you and many times you take authority not just praying all the time you feel a flow it's natural to take authority whereas when you're not righteousness conscious amen you fear taking authority right so when you pray now you pray instead of a survival spirit of bondage you pray in the spirit of sonship now that's how i'm trying you know but again these expressions cannot describe you need to experience it yourself confess it until you feel it amen i am the righteousness of god in christ let it permeate your soul let it permeate your mind your body and then it's just one step from the soul to the body when your soul experiences it amen your body experiences wholeness life and peace hallelujah hallelujah praise the name of jesus man i really preach myself happy thank you lord one more testimony before we close amen uh this is gonna bless you in case you have friends that are going through the same struggle listen to this testimony there's hope you know the sin does not have the final say righteousness god's righteousness does amen this lady says i was involved in an adulterous relationship for five years i was born again and i knew it was wrong yet i couldn't get out of it i was trapped in the relationship physically emotionally and mentally the more i tried to get out of it the more i got entangled in it i even became pregnant and got an abortion out of fear the guilt and condemnation i felt took away my peace then one of my friends sent me a video of one of pastor prince's sermons it was a short clip but it spoke volumes to me i started looking up more of his teachings at times it sounded too good to be true but pastor prince always backed up his statements with scriptures so i was assured they were based on the word of god i started confessing that i am the righteousness of god in christ more than once i heard pastors say that a true believer is not happy to stay in sin and how only grace can get us out of the dominion of sin he was describing my struggle i would break up with this man a number of times but would always end up going back to him then one day i heard pastor prince sharing about how we can pray to god to help us end bad relationships when i heard this i prayed the same thing i told god lord i cannot break this relationship you break it for me meanwhile i kept listening to pastor prince's sermons to build up my faith and to be free from the youth and condemnation i was going through i learned about god's forgiveness and the father's love for me ever every time pastor prince spoke about adultery something would stir within me it didn't happen immediately but one day we had a very ugly fight and our relationship ended i have been set free from that relationship since then and no longer feel guilt and condemnation thank you pastor prince for preaching jesus in such a beautiful way i'm enjoying all the blessings of the righteous one all glory and honor to god alone amen indeed praise the lord praise the lord hallelujah thank you lord jesus so my friend it's vital we confess just like isaiah saw you confessing amen surely in the lord i have righteousness in other words i am the righteousness of god in christ amen and the bible says that all those who are incensed against you will be ashamed all those who are angry with you will be put to shame and the bible says no weapon form against you will prosper so one of the devices of the enemy is always to bring in to bring in condemnation every time you do something wrong he will keep guilt and condemnation on you the last thing he wants to hear you say is to say i am the righteousness of god in christ you've got an addiction to porn the last thing he wants you to say is to say i am the righteousness of god in christ in the midst of your sin you know friend we are taught christianity is a great confession not confession of sin it involves confession of sin but the great confession there is not referring to a confessional sin it's confessing for example in hebrews 3 it says consider the apostle and high priest of our confession what confession is that go on next chapter chapter four it says uh let us hold fast the confession seeing then that we have a great high priest passed into the heavens let us hold fast our confession now you don't hold fast to a confession of sin you say it and that's it right what is this holy fast confession go on hebrews 10 it tells us let us hold first the confession of our hope king james says our faith without wavering amen so we confess i am the righteousness of god in christ without wavering amen keep on confessing until you feel it amen until you enjoy it even in your emotional realm amen and it won't make you proud because it's a gift you you are made the righteousness of god in christ it's not something that you made yourself you're not a self-made righteous man amen which is a problem with the grace of the promise against grace is always self-righteousness is the mother of all sins long before israel produced the golden calf at the foot of mount sinai israel said all that god commands us we can do it that's self-righteousness amen if you know the the pure the purity and holiness of the law you will never say that amen we cannot we cannot keep the law outwardly and inwardly especially amen but thanks be to god a righteousness apart from the law has been revealed and being proclaimed by the law and the prophets the righteousness which is a gift if you receive that amen you confess that and you believe that friend you're born again amen you confess jesus christ as your lord as your righteousness you are safe and then you are created in righteousness being saved means you are recreated amen once upon a time you were born a sinner and

These are notes on the sermon, Inside-Out Transformation, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 2 May 2021, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: Your testimony glorifies God and encourages others
  2. We now live by a new law—the law of the Spirit of life—which brings abundant life
  3. Speak out in faith and experience God’s abundant life
  4. God sees you as a new creation in Jesus, completely forgiven and righteous
  5. God’s life-transforming power is released when you truly believe you are righteous in Christ
  6. No weapon formed against the righteous shall prosper
  7. The revelation of your righteousness in Christ is first received in your spirit, then impacts your thoughts and emotions
  8. When your thoughts are occupied with Christ and His righteousness, you will experience life, strength, and transformation in your physical body
  9. Salvation Prayer
  10. Closing Prayer
  11. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: Your testimony glorifies God and encourages others

Pastor Prince encourages us to continue sharing our testimonies with one another. What God has done for others, He wants to do for you as well. Even as we hear testimonies from others each Sunday, be encouraged because your breakthrough is next!

One of the reasons why we share our testimonies is because it is how we overcome the devil— by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:11a). Every time you testify to someone, you are sharing God’s grace with them. No one can reason away your experience.

Reading the many praise reports and testimonies from others builds up our faith with the confident expectation of good for our future.

We now live by a new law—the law of the Spirit of life—which brings abundant life

We are continuing from last week’s sermon, Your Failure Is Not Final.

“Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
— Romans 8:1–2 NASB

no condemnation at all” — The word “no” is the Greek word “oudeis,” and it describes a scenario where there is no exception. This means that there is no condemnation whatsoever in any shape or form for those who are in Christ Jesus.

The law of sin and death entered when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. God never desired for us to live a life subjected to sickness and disease, growing old, or dying. God’s dream for man is to live in health, strength, youthfulness, and to enjoy all the good that He has in store for them.

The devil has nothing but destruction for man but Jesus came to bring life and life more abundantly (John 10:10b).

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” — When Jesus died on the cross, He introduced a new law—the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Here, “the law” is not referring to the Ten Commandments or a rule of conduct made by a government but it is referring to a mode of operation, e.g. the law of physics or the law of gravity. Under the law of gravity, what goes up must come down. Likewise, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus releases God’s abundant, “zóé” life into the life of the believer.

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” — When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we came under this new law and so we were freed from the law of sin and death. Similar to how the law of thrust and lift frees a plane from being subjected to the law of gravity, the law of the Spirit of life has freed us from being subjected to the law of sin and death. God gave a greater and higher law, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, which transcends the law of sin and death. Today, we are no longer subjected to this law but we are subjected to the law of the Spirit of life.

Speak out in faith and experience God’s abundant life

While we have been freed from the law of sin and death through the finished work of Jesus, it does not mean that the law and its effects no longer exists. However, one of the ways we can actively claim this law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is to confess, “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed me from the law of sin and death.”

When you experience a symptom in your body, confess this law over yourself. The spirit of faith speaks. Just as David wrote in Psalm 116:10a (KJV), “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” And Paul who quoted David in 2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV), said, “We having the same spirit of faith . . . I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”

Faith is speaking what you have believed.

The Bible tells us that when God saw darkness, He called light into existence and called it good (Gen. 1:3). God didn’t speak about the darkness He saw; He spoke forth what He wanted to see. We, being made in God’s image and having the same spirit of faith as David, believe and therefore speak. This is how we operate in faith in our daily lives.

It is in this manner that we are saved: by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8 KJV). Similarly, how do we appropriate all that Christ has done for us? By faith, and faith operates through believing and speaking (Rom. 10:9–10).

The heart and the mouth are always engaged in the process of faith.

When you feel tired or weak in your body, say this: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.”

That is your rightful place in Christ, free and above the law of sin and death, in the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

God sees you as a new creation in Jesus, completely forgiven and righteous

It is essential that we are established in this truth: Because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross, God sees us in Christ today, one with Him and ensphered in Him. Today, when God looks at Jesus, He sees you. When God looks at you, He sees His Son, Jesus Christ. God will never see you apart from Christ.

In God’s eyes, whatever has happened to Jesus has happened to you as well. So when Jesus died at the cross, our old self was crucified with Him. When Jesus was raised from the dead, we were raised with Him. When God made Jesus sit at His right hand, we sat down with Him at God’s right hand.

We are now in Christ not by our own efforts and strength, but by God’s doing.

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”
— 1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV

Because we are in Christ, He becomes our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
— 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

All our sins have been forgiven through Christ’s blood, but because we still have the flesh (the sin principle that makes us inclined to sin) in us, we cannot help but fall into sin. However, even when we fall into sin (the Christian walk is an upward stumbling), we are still forgiven and righteous in Christ.

How can this be so?

Because of Adam’s sin, everyone was born a sinner. Even if a sinner does good deeds, he is still a sinner. But now, Jesus Christ, who is the last Adam, has made us righteous in Him. Our sinful nature has been crucified at the cross with Him and today, we are seated with Him at God’s right hand. Now that we are righteous in Christ, we cannot revert to being sinners even when we fall into sin.

So even when you see the flesh act up (e.g. when you have wayward thoughts or sinful desires), you don’t have to identify yourself with them.

Don’t judge yourself by your behavior; judge yourself by your standing in Christ—you are the righteousness of God in Christ! As you judge yourself by your righteous standing, your behavior will start to line up with this truth and you will find yourself reigning more and more over sin.

God’s life-transforming power is released when you truly believe you are righteous in Christ

The real you is a spirit. You are a spirit made in the image of God, but you live in a body and you have a soul (thoughts and emotions).

While we have a soul and we live in a body, God does not want us to be led by our minds and bodies. That is not to say that we don’t take care about these things, but God wants our spirit man to take precedence over our mind and body.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
— Romans 8:5–6 ESV

To set the mind on the flesh is death. To set the mind on the spirit is life and peace.

Throughout the Bible, there are instances where the “spirit” can refer to the Holy Spirit or our spirit man. Sometimes, the distinction isn’t as clear because God has made our spirit man and the Holy Spirit one (1 Cor. 6:17 KJV). The Holy Spirit dwells in our spirit and that is how God leads us from within and how He wants us to lead our soul and body.

In the spirit, we experience:

  1. Communion with God:
    We have communion with God in the realm of the spirit. We don’t commune with God physically but spiritually. It is in the spirit where we enjoy the most intimate communion with Him. While there are moments where we may feel God’s presence tangibly, we should not depend on them because those feelings can come and go.

  2. Intuition:
    The spirit is also where we find intuition. Even when a person is not born again, they still have this function, although it is dormant until it is awakened when they are saved. For those of us who are born again, our intuition is in the form of being led by the Holy Spirit.

    The Holy Spirit leads us on the wavelength of peace. Before you make an important decision, don’t rush, but take time to listen to what God is saying. If you feel restless about it, take time to pray about it. If you start doing something and there’s no peace, don’t pursue it. There may be instances where what you see and what others are telling you seem to be the right path to take, but if you feel uneasy about it, obey that prompting. Don’t rush to make the decision but take time to seek God about it.

    You can also parent by your intuition. Listen to what God is telling you on the inside and let the Holy Spirit lead you to guide and parent your child.

  3. Conscience:
    Lastly, our conscience is found in the spirit. It is in our spirit that we first receive the revelation that we have been forgiven and are righteous in Christ, and that gives us a clear conscience.

    In the Greek, the word “conscience” is the same word used for “consciousness.”

    “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”
    — Hebrews 10:1–2 KJV

    The sacrifices of the old covenant could atone for sins for a day or a year but it could never fully take away sins (Heb. 10:4 KJV). If your debt has been paid, you should not be conscious of your debt, your conscience should not have debt on it. Likewise, our sin debt has been paid at the cross, and so we should not have sin on our conscience.

    “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,”
    — Hebrews 10:11–12 NKJV

    What the old covenant priests had to do continually and repeatedly, Jesus accomplished in one perfect sacrifice. Jesus has paid for our sins fully and He sat down because the work has been finished. Today, we can have peace in our conscience knowing that our sins have been forgiven.

    When we continue to have sin-consciousness in our spirit, we are unwittingly saying that Jesus’ work at the cross was not perfect and finished.

    The Holy Spirit in us also bears witness with us that God is not dealing with us based on our sins but based on what Jesus Christ has done for us at the cross (Rom. 8:14–16). Our sins were righteously punished in the body of Jesus Christ so that today, there remains no more punishment for us to bear.

    The way to bring peace to our conscience is not by trying to justify ourselves by our good deeds or our attempts at atonement, but it is to look to the cross and remember again what Jesus has accomplished for us through His perfect finished work.

No weapon formed against the righteous shall prosper

The Bible tells us very clearly that the gospel the apostle Paul preached is a gospel that declares the righteousness of God as a gift:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation (‘sótéria’) for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."”
— Romans 1:16–17 NKJV

the gospel of Christ . . . is the power of God to salvation” — The word “salvation” is the Greek word “sótéria,” which refers not only to salvation from condemnation, but also includes healing, wholeness, and well-being for your entire person. God wants this salvation to happen to you and it is through the gospel that the fullness of this salvation is released.

it is written, "The just shall live by faith."” — Pastor Prince shares that he used to think this verse was talking about faith as a way of life (for instance, when a person chooses to trust God for their finances and supply, that is living by faith). However, in the Greek, the sentence structure of this verse places a different emphasis that can be seen in the New English Translation:

“For the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel from faith to faith, just as it is written, “The righteous by faith will live.””
— Romans 1:17 NET

The righteous by faith will live.” — The New English Translation places emphasis on “the righteous by faith,” i.e. those who are righteous by faith will live. We see this in the Revised Standard Version as well:

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live."”
— Romans 1:17 RSV

He who through faith is righteous shall live.” — We have been made righteous not by our actions or deeds, but through the finished work of Christ. If you are the righteousness of God in Christ, you have Jesus’ abundant life in you.

If you believe you are the righteousness of God in Christ, confess it!

Confess that you are the righteousness of God even while the symptoms of sin are present in your mind and body—that is righteousness by faith.

The presence of these symptoms does not discount your righteous standing in Christ. A sinner can perform good deeds but that does not change his identity as a sinner. A righteous man may fail but that does not change his identity as the righteousness of God in Christ.

The gospel is more than just the forgiveness of sins but it is also about the righteousness of God revealed. You can be forgiven of your sins but never realize that you have been made righteous by God.

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace (‘shalom’) of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.”
— Isaiah 54:13–14 NKJV

great shall be the peace” — This peace is God’s “shalom” peace, which includes completeness, health, good success, safety, and one’s total well-being. It affects our spirit, soul, and body.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,"
Says the Lord
.”
— Isaiah 54:17 NKJV

God has promised that no weapon formed against you shall prosper—not just in the past or present, but also in the future. This promise is not dependent on our obedience or our own self-righteousness but it is dependent on Jesus and His righteousness.

The reason why no weapon formed against us can prosper is found in the second part of the verse: “ . . . This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me.’ says the Lord.”

When you know that your righteousness is from the Lord, no weapon formed against you will prosper!

Whatever the weapon or challenge may be, know beyond any doubt that this is God’s promise to you—no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Not because your behavior is perfect, but because of Christ’s finished work at the cross, your righteous standing in Him is perfect.

The revelation of your righteousness in Christ is first received in your spirit, then impacts your thoughts and emotions

“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
— Acts 13:38–39 NKJV

The power of the gospel that Paul preached is found in the forgiveness of sins for “everyone who believes.” We see this more clearly in the Young’s Literal Translation:

“and from all things from which ye were not able in the law of Moses to be declared righteous, in this one [Jesus] every one who is believing is declared righteous;”
— Acts 13:39 YLT

This gift of righteousness has already been given to you. Your only part to play today is to simply believe. The old covenant was based on justification by works (keeping the law of Moses—The Ten Commandments) but the new covenant is based on justification by faith (believing that Jesus Christ has received all the punishment for our sins and today, we are righteous in Him).

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
— Romans 8:9–11 NKJV

The born-again believer is no longer in the flesh but he is in the spirit. The born-again man is created by God in Christ (Eph. 4:24). We are righteous in God’s sight, not by our work, but by the blood of Jesus Christ. Our righteousness is founded on the incorruptible truth of the finished work of Christ.

Pastor Prince shares a testimony from a sister in Texas, United States, who experienced a 180-degree life transformation (she was delivered from drugs and alcohol, and experienced restoration in her relationships) when she became conscious of God’s love for her instead of her sins.

When your thoughts are occupied with Christ and His righteousness, you will experience life, strength, and transformation in your physical body

“And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
— Romans 8:10–11 NKJV

body is dead because of sin” — Death can manifest as thoughts of depression in your soul and it can also manifest as sickness or disease in your body.

the Spirit is life because of righteousness” — This righteousness is not something that you do, it is who you are when you accept Jesus as your Savior.

How do we get this life to touch our minds and physical bodies?

give life to your mortal bodies” — The Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead lives in you. That same Spirit quickens and gives life to your mortal body. This is not referring to the rapture where we will receive our glorified bodies (Phil. 3:21a ESV), but this is referring to the life that is present in our mortal bodies right now.

Today, what dwells in our spirit is righteousness and life.

Life is a result of righteousness.

The Spirit is life because of righteousness. It has to do with righteousness. For that life to permeate our soul and bodies—which results in health, healing, and wholeness—it all begins with our spirit. It all begins with being conscious of who you are in your spirit, that is, the righteousness of God in Christ.

The more conscious you are of your righteousness in Christ, the more God’s “zóé” life flows into your mortal body. Once His “zóé” life touches that depression or anxiety in our souls, or that disease in our bodies, that’s the end of them. Where His life is, there can be no death.

But how do we receive that boost of resurrection life from the Holy Spirit?

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
— Romans 8:6 ESV

to set the mind” — The mind is part of your soul. In your soul, you decide whether you want to focus (mind) on the spirit (who you are) or the body (what you are experiencing). Get your mind to focus on who you are and what you have in the spirit—listen to teachings that expound on that truth. Renew your mind with who you really are in the spirit.

When you set your mind on the spirit (your righteousness in Christ), it is going to affect your soul (your emotions, thoughts, and will). The life-transforming power and peace in the spirit can touch your emotions and then flood your body with healing and wholeness.

You are already righteous in God’s eyes, whether you feel it or not. When you allow that righteousness-consciousness that starts in your spirit to take root in your soul (e.g. by meditating on it), it will eventually impact your body.

As the righteousness of God in Christ, you should feel righteous.

How do you feel that righteousness-consciousness? Pastor Prince shares that for him personally, it is like a sense of newness, a sense of being in close company with God, where there’s no fear of the future. It is a sense of assurance that when you pray, God hears you. He encourages all of us to experience that for ourselves.

Pastor Prince shares a testimony of a powerful life transformation from a sister who was caught in a vicious cycle of sin, guilt, and condemnation. Despite years of self-effort, it was only through the confession of her righteousness in Christ—not of her sin—that she was finally able to break the cycle of sin, and be set free from a constant state of guilt and condemnation.

One of the devices of the enemy is to heap guilt and condemnation on you. The last thing he wants you to say and believe is that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.

What are you confessing today?

Is it a confession of sin? Today, because of the finished work of Christ, we do not hold fast to a confession of sin but we hold fast the confession of our hope, a confident expectation of good to come because of all that Jesus, our great High Priest, has done for us (Heb. 10:23a, Heb 4:14).

True confession is to align what you are saying with what God says about you today.

Keep on confessing it until you experience it even in your thoughts and emotions.

“May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23 RSV

may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless” — When you receive His righteousness that gives you a peaceful conscience, when you confess it and believe it, you will see all parts of your being transformed—your soul (thoughts and emotions) and your body.

Pastor Prince prays for people with the following conditions:

  • Someone who has pulled a nerve in his/her neck and is unable to sleep at night due to the pain
  • Pain in the chest and shortness of breath
  • Constant pain in the lower back that affects the leg as well
  • Pulmonary valve
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • A young person who has been diagnosed with lupus

Say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ and I receive my healing, full and free, from my Savior.”

One of the ways to renew your mind is to keep on hearing the good news. Keep listening to sermons that remind you that your righteousness is a gift and that you are righteous apart from your works. The more righteousness-conscious you are, the more life from the Spirit touches and quickens your soul and body!

Salvation Prayer

“Lord Jesus, I thank You that You died on the cross for my sins. I thank You that when I was declared righteous by God, God raised You from the dead. I thank You, Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior, now and forever. Father God, I thank You, You have made me the righteousness of God in Christ. Thank You that all the blessings of the righteous are now mine. Thank You, Father God, that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed me from every sin. Thank You, Father, I'm a new creation, I'm born again and born righteous. Thank You, Father, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Closing Prayer

“This coming week, the Lord bless you and your families richly, plentifully, abundantly, because it is the blessing of the Lord that maketh rich and not your efforts, not your labor. The Lord make His face to shine on you and upon your loved ones, and be favorable to you. Open doors of favor throughout this week to you and your loved ones.

May you find yourself by the grace of God at the right place at the right time, always. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and your families, and grant to you and your loved ones His wonderful shalom peace, wholeness, and wellbeing, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And all the people say, Amen.”

Own The Word (life application)

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live."”
— Romans 1:17 RSV

The gospel declares the righteousness of God as a gift—and we have received this wonderful gift by faith. Today, God wants you to know that “righteousness by faith” is not just a nice thought, but it is a powerful truth that brings His life-transforming power into every area of our lives—our spirit, soul (thoughts and emotions), and body.

Maybe today, you find yourself struggling in your thoughts and emotions. Are you overwhelmed by depressive thoughts and feelings? Are you overcome by waves of anxiety about the future? Maybe you’ve been replaying past mistakes in your mind over and over again, and you find yourself unable to move on in life. Maybe you’ve been harboring negative emotions in your heart toward yourself or others, and you know this hinders you from living with joy and hope.

Or perhaps you’re facing a challenge in your body. It could be a chronic health condition or a pain you’ve been experiencing in recent days. It could be a sudden bad report from the doctor or an undiagnosable condition medical experts cannot understand. It could also be an addiction or habit you can’t seem to kick.

Friend, the revelation of your righteousness in Christ will bring life into all these areas where you’re seeing death.

This coming week, meditate often on the truth that you are righteous in Christ. When you declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ even while the symptoms of sin and death are present in your mind and body, you are practicing righteousness by faith. Meditate on this truth, mutter it under your breath, and speak it forth until you believe it in your mind and feel it deep down in your heart! Say, “Thank You, Lord, that I am the righteousness of God in Christ. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed me from the law of sin and death. I receive your zóé life in my thoughts and emotions and in my body!”

As the truth of your righteous standing in Christ becomes more and more real to you, you will begin to experience the life-transforming power of God touching your soul and body, making them whole (Rom. 8:10–11, 1 Thess. 5:23).

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