logic it out you see it before you can explain it to other people many times we cannot explain but we see

it stop trying to explain to your friends or your your colleagues things of the

spirit because the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of god

and stop arguing with people all right telling them about uh discover archaeological archaeological

discoveries or or scientific discoveries and using mind against mind dialogue

gizmos with dialogism there's no wind stick to the heart

the guy knows he's lost and he's trying to throw all this logic in front of you

hoping hoping that you will not answer and that will persuade him or they see that i don't think there's life of the

dead he can answer me this question no no no don't answer that go for the heart

the heart knows it as sin the heart knows there is a being out there

most people do i'll tell you this even the eighties when the atheist comes right to the corner where uh you know

during the war time and all that they're saying they say it's there there are no atheists in the foxhole

they cry either for god or for their mama and daddy

this real war huh at the end the reality is that

many of them on the death beds you read accounts where they are struggling

and they realize that they're not ready for it but deep down the spirit knows there's

life beyond this grave beyond the grave they know it

are you with me so far okay watch this god made a new covenant with us am i right i think god made a new covenant with us

okay and what did god say before i make a new covenant not according to the covenant that i made with israel mount

sinai i gave them the ten commandments not according to that covenant but this is the new covenant i'll make with the house of israel the house of judah in

those days amen i'll put my laws in their hearts and on their minds let's

read that okay this is your covenant people i said this is your covenant okay

this is a covenant that i'll make with the house of israel after those days says the lord i'll put my laws in their mind now this loss obviously is not the

ten commandments that's outside amen these laws are not man's advice

that's again outside these laws are god's instruction the will of god will be known from now

on on the inside amen are you listening and it says this i'll put my laws in

their minds and write them on their hearts write them where on their hearts put my laws where in their mind and

write them on their hearts obviously both of them are about the same location forgot to mention this and i'll be their

god and they shall be my people so i'll put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts now look at this i'll

put my laws my instructions like for example the tank and mamas don't tell you how to treat your children how to

parent them how to deal with a crisis situation how it doesn't

amen but today you because of the resurrection life of jesus you have the

moral power to do more than don't steal your gift

you can don't steal and still be a stingy person the 10k mamas don't cover that you can

don't commit adultery and not be in love with your wife your husband

so we have we've gone beyond that the life within will tell you to love the life within will will impel you to

give but again i use the word impel actually it's like the love of christ constrains

us you know what the word constraint you know like like uh you are walking this way you know you're going this way and

then the crowd comes up from the stadium as you walk in they walk out so when they walk out you can't go in anymore

amen hey man you do a moon walk amen

this is my best attempt on this special day

why you laugh so loud laurence ah you can do it

come come gum gum

so you're pushed back you know what that call the crowd constrain you you are

constrained by the crowd the flow or you're swimming upwards and all of a sudden you turn and one corner has a

strong current i don't care how good a swimmer you are you are constrained by

that stream now you understand for the love of christ constrains us

and where does it come from the heart you feel compassion that's how i give to people that something i don't even know

you know if you listen carefully sometimes even the

the one that cleans your table and you know moves your used

cutlery and all that you know what i'm talking about and this small for singapore right we have them don't we cleaning the

table and all that and you're supposed to clear yourself by the way

sometimes you look at them and and the world knows them you know you've got something in your heart give them something

give them something and probably they remember you more than you know all the faces they see

and but let the love of christ you know teach you when to give when not to give

there are people who come to you with a soft story and all the while you don't feel like giving but you feel like as a christian in logic

it's a logic as a christian i must give but yo what what does your heart say your heart says no

but very beautiful no his story is very beautiful look look and it's must pass the magno

okay i must give a disclaimer just for illustration pastor matt never asked for

money one uh he just takes it from me no i'm just kidding no no yeah he never no i'm just

i like teasing him you all know that right hey man i love this guy

amen and the guy who just laughed at me just now when i did my moonwalk anyway

you know why you know why it was unsuccessful i cannot do a good one walk because as a

christian i'm not supposed to backslide that there is no

there is no flow there's no flow in backsliding there's only a flow

all right in front sliding amen we gotta walk with jesus no don't look backwards amen amen praise the lord

hallelujah thank you thank you thank you

so look at this word i'll put my laws in their mind what what do you think that what mine is look and behold it is the word dia no

yeah dear no yeah god is not gonna talk through your logic

god is gonna put his wisdom where in your day i know yeah yeah that's where you say i see it this is the

normal christian life this is the life of a believer on earth we are depending

so much on people's advice we are looking so much into the social media for direction we are looking so

much to authorities outside us instead of listening to what god is

saying on the inside we have a condition in our body we'll google it

after we google it we are more fearful than before we google it all right and then this advice comes

from this person but this advice contradicts the first advice but both of them are doctors

now you are more confused and more confounded you do not know what to do why because you're not supposed to be

looking outside now i'm not talking about going to doctors and all that amen even then

listen on the inside who to go where to go god will still lead you

but you start depending outside and it says here very clearly i'll put my laws in india not via logies on my but in the

idea no yeah in the imagination realm where you see it on the inside right and i write them

on their hearts i write them on their hearts and one of the i show you just now that paul says you are the episodes

of christ ministered by us so many times god also writes as the preacher like

paul said i'm preaching and god is writing stay under the writing

amen but also on your own listen guidance comes from within

deep down your mind says something but you can sense the mind is more superficial you can sense it the logic part the reasoning part is

more your your spirit is faster than your mind you meet someone you don't feel good about this person but the

person's oozing honey oozing sweetness oozing

oh you know it's sweet

but something inside you say something is not right

wives are very good at this they are more sensitive that's why the devil went for the wife the guy is like

[Music] oh i see and you know he knew that

she's more perceptive so he went for the heart

amen it's like women have a spiritual feeling and my wife i'm sure your wife also

yeah the first one said i don't sense this is right what do you mean baby the guy is a

christian you know i mean and and and these people endorse him amen

yeah what's wrong with this investment what's wrong with that i don't feel good

and every time she says that and i don't listen to her but she never come back and say i told

you she's a lovely woman amen

so they sense things and we most men i know it's the other way as well

most women perceive men reason

what is god saying about your situation is god telling you to eat lesser

then stop going to google stop asking for this expert

what is god asking you to eat god is telling me once a while eat a bit of sweet i i've cut off all

sweetness from my life if god tells you once a while you can taste something sweet go ahead follow when god says go ahead

but as a law i will not eat anything sweet you'll make me fat fat fat

the bible says eat honey honey is sweet the land flowing with milk and honey

amen now if you have a medical thing and all that listen of course

if you listen to your spirit god will tell you also most likely the same thing the doctor is telling you but for the

ultimate resolution to your problem is actually listening to your spirit

because you can see that you still have this condition after all these years you need to ask god

what do i need to do it might not be eating might not be exercising it might be something else

it's a stress and you don't even know you are being stressed you don't know what the triggers

by the way you know something when you follow the spirit right every time you follow the spirit oh man i'm telling you

it sort of like frees you from stress like for example you know you can be stressed like i i look at all of you

right and you're very hungry spiritually you know you're hungry for god's word right

i'll try again i'll try again okay

i'll try grc all right you're all hungry for god's word right you're all hungry for god's word

amen so because of that that puts pressure on me sometimes if my mind is not right it puts am i right lawrence

you're bad it can put pressure on you right is it am i right uh mark yes it was pressure

before you know it right you are demand-minded instead of supply oriented and you always need to be reminded what grace is all about

but because of that it's like you know you better give me a good sermon all right i forget about all the

moonwalk we're not looking at that give me a good german every week every week must be good every week it's gonna be

you know and it i used to have that pressure on me and i'm telling it's not easy i began to

have symptoms like uh irritable bowels you know syndrome you know ibs you need to

rush to the toilet all the time i don't know why but it happened during a time when i i felt stressed about

preaching then it's not so much you know but preaching is part of it's my ministry

the ministry god has given me right but you need to prepare days and days in preparation

so when i prepare i found out that the stress happened in my preparation because there are times

i've learned that down to the years there are times that i'm preparing and get so intense in my study preparing

that i find that the joy is no more there it's like you're just doing it mechanically am i right mark

am i right lawrence all right these are people who preach the word of god so they understand you

become mechanical and then you hear the the how i want to call it

right god put his laws on your diana you see it god is saying get up

leave it aside go outside play with justin

go outside look far look at the trees amen but i need i i cannot be lazy i

must really be because they look out there amen or he will tell you spend time

with your family just a while amen then you go back right

it becomes the flow so what's god doing god is trying to really relieve me from that stress

before i realize it even something good you can get stressed by it

you ladies for example you you have 10 list

okay maybe 20 more yeah 20 singaporeans 50 on their grocery list

50 items to buy you go to buy right and after that halfway you spend three

hours maybe four hours at the at the mall and then you start feeling a

bit tired but you don't know you're tired right but there's a there's a leading within enough really

enough time to go back right you know you know what i'm saying or not many of

you know i'm talking about how many of you without putting up your hands when you're talking to your wife or your your

husband you're talking and there's a place where it becomes a bit heated disappear

it's coming to a place where it's a bit heated right and then you know you heard it stop

here stop talking but the way you interpret god's word is like this when god says

stop talking that means i can put in three more sentence or four more

and that was the killer that was the killer how many have been through this before don't put up your

hands if your spouse is beside you just just say your heart man because

you hear this all the time stop now but

one more word lord i know it means stop i'll stop after how many have you been watching tv right and they

nowadays whatever western shows uh uh asian shows whatever it is they always have a series

now and it ends on a cliffhanger

right and then the next one hangs i mean it ends with another cliffhanger

i'm not a cliffhanger and you keep on watching and you keep on watching but there's something that your health is

more god loves you and god is telling you enough

it's enough now come away with me contemplation meditation solitude time for you to

relax and receive from me and now you can't even sleep because of

all the screen light and and the blue light

and you are you wonder why i can sleep well you know i go to the doctor i can sleep well he gives you medicine a sleeping

table that is not going to help you in the long run you can make an ethic actually out of

you so you here you are you know otherwise because it can be resolved god loves you

he gave you stop now and when you get up you realize oh my goodness

it was an addiction whenever you follow the lord he frees

you from stress

all his paths are peace when you follow him it means you're

following the paths of peace not stress

are you with me so far are you learning people

so god writes his laws on your diagno you see on the inside expect that

the pastor prince you've shared on this before and now and i've tried

to sense you know on from from within but there's nothing there

you do sense it if you're a child of god you do know it you do know when you say something

there's something restraining you not to say that or gossip about someone have you heard

you know you can't you just cannot wait to just bring the topic to the gossip

thing and allah saying don't don't do that don't do that stop

right now but then i got nothing interesting to say already [Applause]

and that's the life we live in some people's life is like that when they get together it's nothing but gossip

that's not good don't let god demonstrate that to you by

putting you on the receiving end of that gossip

then you know it's best you don't

are you with me so far are y'all learning amen the bible tells us that

uh next verse this new covenant none of them shall teach his neighbor none his brother saying know the lord

for all shall know me from the least of them to the greatest of them so you don't need listen you don't need

direction from outside now many a times even my life today even we need confirmation

from outside notice what i said confirmation not direction

sometimes someone says something wow that's what allah has been saying to me how many of you again your your wife

says something doesn't know that you're meditating along these lines and you're thinking about a change in your life or doing something and your wife happened

to say something or your friends happen to say something that why do you say that you ask them out of the blue

it's exactly what i've been thinking about that ticket that is a confirmation of what you already

have inside so today don't receive it if a so-called prophet

come to you and say god told me that you are to do this and do that it doesn't have any confirmation in your spirit

it doesn't ring a bell you know what say bye-bye if he tells you to go to korea he tells

you to go to japan he tells you to go to america or go to africa or wherever you and and be a missionary there but

there's no confirmation in your spirit you don't don't don't sense it you've never heard that before from the lord and it's a direction but you're afraid

because this person is a reputed prophet so-called prophet and all that then i suggest you bring him along

whenever you know the supply doesn't come ask him how you heard that i should come here and not hear how to get the

supply and you must hear him when to go back also because if he tells you when to go he must tell you when to come back

better bring him along he don't want to go okay then i tell you this all right stone him

he's a false prophet okay we don't stone people anymore okay all right so

be careful and people come to you right they want you to invest you know what they use on you christians

sheep sheep all sheep are like my mother

baba family baba okay

we look innocent but we have a good shepherd who watches us we look gullible

christians sometimes look gullible but we have a good shepherd who will lay down his life for us don't mess with us

we might look like we are defenseless but i'm telling you we've got the greatest power in the whole universe

behind us amen but they'll come to scheme be christians they know how they do it they use god's name

they use god's name on you because they know only god's name will get your heart

there's a lot of things going on in in the name of charity or name of god

and for us we determine we will not allow that in this church we'll not allow that if something is

genuine you want to give to a missionary give direct amen but our church is here as a safe

god it's the life of the church if you're not not sure about the person amen is it valid or not

you can direct you to the place and let go through us we'll make sure that they receive every

dollar but at the same time if something that we know about that side we'll come back to you and say no

i remember last time our church got you know really caught up about evangelizing israel getting them safe and all that so

with people stop putting money there and it's not even putting money on one ministry in israel that the person talks

the christian lingo he speaks the christian lingo this is in israel and getting a lot of money from

america and all over the world you know for his work and now his work is charitable work but he used christian

lingo he knows how to get the christians only when i talk to him face to face he came to singapore he gets a point i talk to him face to face and i ask him

questions about jesus and realize that he doesn't see jesus as the messiah

he doesn't see jesus as son of god how in the world can this be turn to

someone gets help he will point him to jesus no he'll point the person to himself

are you listening people there's a lot of things going on there there's safety in the church

so when you give you're still giving to them but you give through the church we can watch over your giving

to make sure it goes on good ground now just a side track here but back to this god confirms things where in your spirit

how many of you okay i'm bringing you so close how many of you when i'm preaching all right it's not the first time you

heard it you know maybe it's the first time you heard it but it's i i felt this before i know this

this is right i can't logic things out i know grace is real and this is what god's been telling me i've been looking

i've been looking for a church like this that's probably what you said when you received the grace message how

many of you are in that category now on a show of hands

you actually knew it long before you heard it outside you knew it in the sight

and what you heard outside only confirm what you have on the inside

so first john two we'll bring this for close it says you have an anointing from the holy one and you know all things

wow you know all things you know not reason all things logic all things

think all things you know i have not written and i watch this i have not written to you because you do

not know the truth but because you know it and that no lie is of the truth can you imagine me preaching to you i'm not

preaching to you because you do not know the truth but because you know it i'm preaching because you know it

my voice is a confirmation to what god has already said in your heart

where wisdom dwells his wisdom

amen church start locating that

start being more conscious of that in all your dealings

and when you know if you find it was a mistake you thought it was god it wasn't god

don't be discouraged get up and walk again when you first learn to walk right

you fall down but then i never walk again and your baby might never walk again

i'll never walk again mama i'll never walk again

that's it today i fell five times

yesterday i fell seven times don't you know seven is the number of great of perfection i felt perfectly mama

and three five times which means i fell from graves i'll never walk again

i'll never walk again did you do that yes bastard

no you got up your mother always encouraged you come come come

right you can do it it's okay yeah you start crying right get up walk again can you

just apply the same wisdom to your walk with the lord don't be

discouraged just because from now i'm not gonna listen to the the wisdom in my heart i

it doesn't work so you start depending on social media what a place to get

[Laughter] you start stupidity

for outside in fact it tells you no one no one could no need to teach you in

this new covenant how to know the lord all right the law is like this you know

why you will know it every time i describe jesus many of you already see it inside

is apostle prince you're right that's how i see him oh you see her somebody else preaching

another jesus doesn't sound like jesus i know you see it inside

i'm not preaching because you do not know the truth but because you know it

amen you drop down it says these things i have written to you concerning those who try to deceive

you those who try to scam you those who try to uh manipulate you

you see the anointing is there but the anointing which you have received from him this word here anointing is a

gerund gerund g-e-r-u-n-d which is actually a verbal noun a verbal noun

all right it's a a noun but it's a verbal noun that means it's a name is a noun by the

movement noun this anointing is always anointing it's always annoying even right now as

you sit down there you know your heart probably is you think yeah yeah this is a new covenant yes

this is what god wants me to receive yes and many times you say amen right at the

end amen so the bible says the anointing

which you have received from him abides in you and you do not need that anyone teach

you but as the same anointing that doesn't mean you don't need teachers because the bible says when jesus went up he gave

apostles pastors teachers evangelists prophets right so pastors

teachers are there right but they only confirm many times what you have they delineate make it

clear what you receive on the inside amen in fact many times god also writes

like paul says on you letters of christ through us

you do not need anyone tissue but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is no lie and

just as it has taught you you will abide

in him the key to jesus saying in the upper room abide in me and you will bear fruit

more fruit much fruit it's the same would abide by how to

abide by the anointing within every time you follow the anointing not your logic let your logic serve you

don't let it lead you after everything is done you can logic out how to plan for this how to plan but

that's okay no problem at all but let that not be the dominant factor

in your decision listen within before kovit hit i'll close with this

we canceled an already established appointment for groups to go to israel

at the time there was nothing it was the year before 2019. they keep on asking me and many of them are

witnesses here the leaders pastor let's confirm the date for israel next year i say i don't know

why every time i think about it there's something telling me no not to go right ma

right lawrence somebody's telling me not to go not to go so we cancel it only to find later on

thank god we cancel it like more money be lost you know people will be disappointed but they realize

all of a sudden god is in the house i've lived my life like that i pray in

jesus name that you'll be more conscious of that and leave your life like that will you amen give praise to jesus hallelujah

amen every head about every eye closed all across this place and everywhere that's watching this

all those in mbs and all those uh in grc

praise the lord now your heart has been touched

by this wonderful jesus deep down the holy spirit's been ministering to you throughout the sermon

but you've never made jesus your savior your lord you've never made that quality

decision to say yes jesus is my lord from now on and i accept all that he did for me on

that cross which is he bore your sins took your condemnation in your place and

gave you his righteousness his right standing with god so that if that is you and say pastor pray for me i want to be

safe i want jesus christ to be my lord and savior pray this prayer with me right now say heavenly father

i confess jesus christ is my lord

and i believe in my heart you raised him from the dead thank you father

you have forgiven me of all my sins remove them

forevermore and i thank you i stand before you

as the righteousness of god in christ and that's my identity from now on

in christ in jesus name and all the people said

amen so if you pray that prayer you're now a child of god all things have passed away all things have become new

stand to your feet church praise the lord thank you jesus thank you lord amen amen amen have you been blessed

all right praise the lord [Music] once you pray the prayer make your way to the connect points okay share with

them that you pray to prayer for the first time amen or if you're rededicating your life to jesus you may

do so as well lift your hands all across this place and everywhere that's watching this right now

say heavenly father i thank you you're right

your instructions your leading your law in my heart

on my mind and i thank you i can fully expect

to walk in it to abide in christ throughout this week

in jesus name amen will you start practicing that

we start doing that amen all right god bless you

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These are notes on the sermon, Under Attack? Put On The Armor Of God!, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 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: You are standing on victory ground in Christ
  2. Knowing you are the righteousness of God in Christ protects you from the accusations of the enemy
  3. Fight your fears and anxieties by praying in the Spirit
  4. Receive a rhema word from God for your season when you pray in the Spirit
  5. Jesus’ finished work allows you to come into God’s presence and have constant communication with Him
  6. Knowing that you are forgiven by God forever protects you from the enemy’s attacks
  7. You are protected because of what Christ has done for you, not by your own effort
  8. Praying in tongues builds you up and keeps you in the love of God
  9. Knowing you are unshakably the righteousness of God in Christ is the foundation of right believing
  10. Salvation Prayer
  11. Closing Prayer

Introduction: You are standing on victory ground in Christ

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
— Ephesians 6:11–12 NKJV

against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” — Our warfare is against the devil and his spirits. When it comes to sickness, not all sickness is caused by a demonic spirit, but at times sicknesses can manifest as a result of a spirit of infirmity. One example is the woman Jesus ministered to who was bound by a spirit of infirmity and bowed down for 18 years (Luke 13:11). An evil spirit can also manifest as a depressive spirit, causing dark and foreboding thoughts that are difficult to break free from.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
— Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

to stand” — All we need to do is to stand because we are already on victory ground.

The book of Ephesians outlines ‘the 3 Ws’ that sum up what a believer possesses in Christ:

  • The wealth of the believer — This refers to all the spiritual blessings, riches, and wealth we have in Christ. This is represented by the position of “sitting” as we are in a position of resting in the Lord.
  • The walk of the believer — We are called to walk worthy of the high calling given to us by God; in other words, to walk like a prince or princess.
  • The warfare of the believer — This is represented by us “standing” because we already have the victory ground.

When the devil comes to accuse you or lie to you about areas of your life such as healing (e.g. making you feel like it is difficult to be healed), remember that you are already standing on your possession (healing has already been paid for at the cross (Isa. 53:5)). The enemy is simply attacking you in an attempt to move you from your position of victory.

Know that you are not praying in order to take the ground—this is praying from defeat. Instead, you are already on victory ground. You already possess healing, peace (Rom. 5:1), and every other blessing.

We pray from victory, not for victory!

In times of trouble, it is normal and fine for us to cry out to God when we are feeling desperate. However, when we pray desperate prayers pleading with God to help us, we move ourselves out of the position of victory. Instead, see God’s love reaching out to you and moving in your situation as you pray.

Knowing you are the righteousness of God in Christ protects you from the accusations of the enemy

The armor of God is not something we mentally visualize ourselves putting on each morning before we begin our day. Instead, each piece of the armor has to do with doctrines based on the gospel of grace. It has nothing to do with the old covenant, but rather, the new covenant. If you have a wrong belief in any of the areas represented by a piece of the armor, it can become an area where the devil can attack and try to shake you from your position of victory in Christ.

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
— Ephesians 6:14 NKJV

girded your waist with truth” — Back in that time, Roman soldiers used their belts to hold their sword, small daggers, and other possessions. So the belt was important for keeping their weapons with them. Today, the belt of truth is the gospel—the truth that sets you free. If you have heard the truth of the gospel and it has set you free, leading to you being saved, your waist is girded with the belt of truth.

the breastplate of righteousness” — The breastplate protects a soldier’s chest in war and is very important because the chest is a critical area to avoid injury in.

Some people teach that the breastplate of righteousness represents a person’s moral integrity and right behavior. However, this is not true. Every piece of armor has to do with objective truths of the gospel, not subjective truths such as our actions. The breastplate of righteousness represents Jesus’ own righteousness that we have put on as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). It is not your inward righteousness which you work out that gives you the breastplate. If you think this way, you will never be sure if you have your breastplate on.

You are the righteousness of God in Christ—this truth is your breastplate protecting you from the accusations and fiery darts of the enemy.

The breastplate of righteousness protects your heart. The heart of man consists of the soul and spirit and is known as the “hidden man of the heart” or your “inward heart.” The enemy will often aim at your heart to try to condemn it, hence it is so important to protect it by knowing that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.

“and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
— Ephesians 6:15 NKJV

shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” — The word “preparation” in the Greek is the same word used for “foundation” in the Septuagint. According to WE Vines, what this verse actually means is that the gospel of peace is your foundation or your firm footing. The gospel of peace is unshakable because it does not depend on you, but rather, it depends on Christ. It’s not about how obedient you are. You are righteous by the obedience of Christ and that is what we must bring our thoughts to—the obedience of Christ, not our own obedience.

“above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
— Ephesians 6:16 NKJV

the shield of faith” — God’s idea of a shield seen in other portions of Scripture such as the Psalms carries the idea of all-encompassing protection that covers your back as well as the front of your body.

the fiery darts of the wicked one” — The Greek word for “darts” here is “belos,” which is the word for “javelin”, “arrow,” and is also the word from which “ballistic” (missile) is derived. This shows us that the devil attacks us by shooting missiles of condemnation into our minds.

“(For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.””
— Hebrews 12:20 NKJV

shot with an arrow” — This verse quotes what happened to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai where the law was given. God had taken care of the Israelites and provided for them not because their behavior was good, but because He is good. Yet, they presumed on their own strength, confident that “all that God says to us, we can do it.” As a result, the law was given, and God told Moses to tell the people that if a man or a beast touched Mount Sinai, it would die by being stoned or shot with an arrow. This speaks of the fiery arrow of the law as the Bible says when God came down, there was an appearance of fire.

Today, God does not send fiery arrows of judgment down on us because Jesus took all divine judgment for our sins at the cross. But the devil attacks with fiery arrows, sending thoughts and emotions of condemnation and guilt into your heart. 1 Peter 5:8 refers to the enemy as “your adversary the devil.” The word “adversary” is the word “Satan” in Hebrew. It literally refers to “your opponent” or “your prosecutor at law.”

The devil is your prosecutor and seeks only to find fault with you and tear down all your defenses. Your only plea is the blood of Jesus. All of the enemy’s arguments fall flat the moment you look to Jesus. However, once you justify yourself with your own actions done to obey the Lord, the devil will continue pointing out the things you have not done or fallen short in.

Beloved, make sure that you have put on the armor of God by having the right beliefs about the gospel so that the enemy’s fiery darts cannot prevail against you.

Fight your fears and anxieties by praying in the Spirit

“above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
— Ephesians 6:16 NKJV

One way to quench the fiery darts of the enemy is by “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18). Praying in tongues quenches the fiery darts of the enemy just as water puts out fire. Though the enemy may put all kinds of negative thoughts and images in your mind, as you pray in the Spirit, you will quench all of his fiery darts.

Pastor Prince shares a testimony of a sister whose doctor detected an irregularity in her mammogram. She was called back for a follow-up medical appointment where new images and an ultrasound were taken. The sister felt nervous but remembered Pastor Prince’s teaching on how praying in tongues quenches the enemy’s fiery darts, and she began praying in tongues. The doctor was not able to find what he was looking for despite taking three new sets of images and eventually confirmed that her mammogram was normal. All glory to God!

One of the best ways to fight your fears and anxieties is to pray in the Spirit.

Receive a rhema word from God for your season when you pray in the Spirit

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;”
— Ephesians 6:17 NKJV

take the helmet of salvation” — In the Greek translation, this is a command—an imperative. To “take” the helmet of salvation means to actively receive it.

How do we actively receive the helmet of salvation? The next verse tells us it is by praying in the Spirit:

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints —”
— Ephesians 6:18 NKJV

In total, the armor of God consists of seven pieces (which represent gospel truths):

  1. Gird your waist with truth
  2. Breastplate of righteousness
  3. Shod your feet with the gospel of peace
  4. Shield of faith
  5. Helmet of salvation
  6. Sword of the Spirit
  7. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit

through all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit, and in regard to this same, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints --”
— Ephesians 6:18 YLT

through all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit” — Most English versions of the Bible do not include the first word “through,” but it is there in the original Greek. It is the Greek word “dia,” which means “by means of,” or “through the channel of.” This means that you receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, through (“dia”) praying in the Spirit—this is praying in tongues.

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit . . .”
— Ephesians 6:17–18 NKJV

the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” — The word “word” here is the Greek word “rhēma,” which refers to a specific word in season spoken by God. How can you receive the one word from God that you need in your fight? You can receive it by praying in the Spirit.

As you pray in tongues, you become sensitive to the Holy Spirit and through Him, God gives you the spoken Word in your heart. While the spoken word will never contradict the written Word, we need the rhema (spoken word) of God as it is what we live by daily.

Jesus’ finished work allows you to come into God’s presence and have constant communication with Him

“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV

as a helmet the hope of salvation” — When you pray in the Spirit, the first thing you will receive is the helmet of salvation (Eph. 6:17–18), which refers to the helmet of the hope of salvation here in 1 Thessalonians 5:8.

When we teach people that they can do something to lose their salvation, this results in damage to their helmet. Once a person is not assured that they are saved, it is as if there is a hole in their helmet and it no longer protects their minds.

The Ten Commandments were once what God’s people had to be under, but we are no longer in that day and age. Today, we have only one commandment: to love one another as Jesus has loved us (John 13:34). It is the only commandment that we can keep because the last part makes it possible—“as I (Jesus) have loved you.” The more you find out how much Jesus loves you, the more you are able to, and will, love one another.

It is important to know that all the pieces of God’s armor have nothing to do with Old Testament law or truths. Instead, they have to do with new covenant truths of today—the gospel truth which sets you free (John 8:32). The gospel truth is that Christ came to die for our sins. By that one offering on the cross, Christ has forever sanctified us (Heb. 10:12) and we are perfected forever, not in terms of our behavior but in our conscience. In other words, when we come to God, we no longer have an imperfect conscience due to sin-consciousness that makes us afraid to go into God’s presence. The more we believe this and enjoy communion with the Lord, the more sin loses its hold on us.

Many people don’t spend time with God because they are afraid they will be punished if they think a bad thought or say something wrong in His presence. This is an Old Testament mentality! In the Old Testament, the people had an old and dying way of reaching God because the more they came to Him, the more chances they had of being punished by death. Today, Jesus has opened up a new and living way for us by His blood (Heb. 10:19–20 KJV), which allows us to freely enter into God’s presence without fear of judgment.

The more you come to Jesus, the more you receive life from Him.

In a war, you can lose your weapon, lose your way, or find yourself surrounded by enemies, but as long as you have your communication line still open, you can ask for help. Praying in the Spirit keeps your communication line with Headquarters (God) open. Beloved, even when you are besieged by the enemy, don’t feel like you are alone. God is just a prayer away!

Knowing that you are forgiven by God forever protects you from the enemy’s attacks

Today, are you believing right when it comes to God and the gospel? When you have a wrong belief in an area, that area is vulnerable to the devil’s attack.

Pastor Prince shares that years ago, the helmet of salvation was not working too well for him because he started believing he had committed the unpardonable sin. He traced the start of this wrong belief to the day he read a Christian book that stated that a person could lose their salvation. Once he read that, it was as if his helmet of salvation broke open. He had been enjoying the Lord’s love and peace, but the hope and confident expectation of his salvation was now gone. He began to worry about losing his salvation and this led to blasphemous thoughts against God constantly appearing in his mind.

This was followed by a fiery dart from the devil that accused him of committing blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, according to Mark 3:28–29. Child of God, know that while the devil is able to quote the Bible, it is never accurate as he uses it to mislead you. In the case of Pastor Prince’s experience, he hadn’t read the verse accurately and was thus convinced that he had committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and there was now no more forgiveness for him.

However, when read in its correct context, this line was actually spoken by Jesus to people who saw Him in person and rejected Him, saying He had an unclean spirit (Mark 3:22–30). The only people who can commit the unpardonable sin are people who had seen Jesus in person or who will see Him in person when He returns during the second coming of Christ, and still reject Him. As a believer, you can be assured that your sins are forgiven as we have redemption through Jesus’ blood and the forgiveness of sins (Eph 1:7 KJV). When God put your sins on Jesus on the cross, stating “having forgiven you all” (Col. 2:13 KJV), God meant all your sins—past, present, and future—are forgiven. Contrary to some people’s belief, knowing that they are forgiven much will not cause people to have a propensity to sin because Jesus says those who know they are forgiven much will love Him much (Luke 7:47). In fact, it is for the lack of preaching this truth that we see sins rampant in the church.

Pastor Prince shared that he suffered great torment in the area of his mind during the period that he believed he had committed the unpardonable sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. This is because the helmet of salvation was no longer protecting him due to wrong beliefs about the gospel. It was then that God showed Pastor Prince the gospel of grace and that he was saved and had obtained eternal redemption as God had given him eternal life (Heb. 9:12).

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”
— John 10:28-29 KJV

I give unto them eternal life . . . no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand” — Indeed, when you are saved, no man can pluck you out of God’s hand because your salvation is eternal. A Christian can live a defeated life, but whether he is saved is not for us to judge. Once saved, God will deal with or chastise the person because He loves the person. However, that doesn’t mean the person is lost and needs to get saved again.

No one can move you from the position of being forgiven by God forever.

You are protected because of what Christ has done for you, not by your own effort

While Pastor Prince was still under the belief that he had lost his salvation, he began to confess every single sin, bad thought, and desire, even actions such as exaggerating stories he used in his preaching. He genuinely believed that if he had just one sin unconfessed, it would keep him out of fellowship with God.

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
— 1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV

God is faithful” — Child of God, you have fellowship with Jesus and it is not based on your faithfulness. Instead, it is because God is faithful, and it is by Him that you were called into fellowship with Him.

Praying in the Spirit is a gift that is unique to the new covenant. Only those who know they are forgiven of their sins can receive this gift. On the first Pentecost in the Old Testament, God gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and as a result, 3,000 people died. On the first Pentecost in the New Testament, God gave the Spirit on Mount Zion and 3,000 people were saved. From here we can see that the law kills, while the Spirit gives life.

When God gave the law, God spoke about man’s works. However, when God gave the Spirit, the people all spoke in tongues declaring the wonderful works of God. The emphasis is now on God, not on man. This is why the preaching of the Word needs to declare the beauty and glory of Jesus and what He has done. It is all about Him and who we are in Him. Beloved, instead of looking to yourself and your own ability, see yourself only in Him.

Today, why can you be assured that you are safely in the secret place of the Most High? It is because you are in Christ-risen. Our focus is that we are now found in Christ. But the moment it becomes a lifestyle message about you, your character, and what you need to do, beware! Too much emphasis on that leads to us becoming self-occupied instead of Christ-occupied.

“For He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head
;”
— Isaiah 59:17 NKJV

He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head” — The armor we have been learning about is God’s own armor. Here we see that He has put it on because He sees that truth has fallen in the street (Isa. 59:14 KJV), there is no more justice in the world, and people who depart from evil have made themselves a prey or victim (Isa. 59:15). Indeed, we see this in the world today, where those who stand for morality are mocked or even persecuted by the law in some countries.

He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay,
Fury to His adversaries,
Recompense to His enemies;
The coastlands He will fully repay.”
— Isaiah 59:17–18 NKJV

“He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing . . . Fury to His adversaries” — God is not taking vengeance against us but against our enemies, including the spiritual darkness that oppresses you or causes you physical or emotional pain. He will be an adversary to your adversaries. In doing this, the name of the Lord will be feared from the west to the east (Isa. 59:19).

“"The Redeemer will come to Zion,
And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,"
Says the Lord.
"As for Me," says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants' descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
— Isaiah 59:20–21 NKJV

My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth” — The covenant that we have with the Lord is that He will put His words in our mouths—this is Him giving us the gift of praying in tongues and us doing it. Here, God is also telling us not to worry about our children praying in the Spirit. If you pray in the Spirit and it does not depart from your mouth, then it will not depart from your children’s mouth or your children’s children’s mouth.

Praying in tongues builds you up and keeps you in the love of God

“And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.””
— Romans 11:26–27 NKJV

For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins” — Isaiah 59:20–21 is also quoted in Romans 11. Instead of mentioning God’s covenant of praying in tongues which is stated in Isa. 59:21 (“this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth”), it says here that God’s covenant with us is that He takes away our sins. Here, praying in tongues is portrayed as being equivalent to having sins taken away. This is why people who are not established in the fact that their sins are forgiven often have a problem praying in tongues.

We see an example of how closely praying in tongues is related to the truth of forgiveness found in Jesus. In Cornelius’ house, when Peter preached that through Jesus, all the prophets witnessed that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins, the Holy Spirit fell on the people (Acts 10:43–44 ESV). The Greek word for “fell” here is the word “embraced,” which was also used for the prodigal son’s father embracing him. As the Holy Spirit embraced everyone in Cornelius’ house, they all began to speak in tongues. Praying in tongues comes out of the flow of knowing that you are forgiven and God loves you.

“. . . building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God . . .”
— Jude 1:20–21 KJV

praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God” — How can we keep ourselves in the love of God (not our love for God), where we are aware and sensing that God loves us? We do this by praying in the Spirit. For example, when you are driving and someone suddenly cuts in front of you, though you may feel angry, pray in the Spirit. All of a sudden, you’ll realize that God loves you, that you are special, and that your joy and peace are too important for you to lose over someone who just cut into your lane. As you pray in tongues, you begin to feel the love of God and even love for others.

Knowing you are unshakably the righteousness of God in Christ is the foundation of right believing

“above all, having taken up the shield of the faith . . .”
— Ephesians 6:16 YLT

having taken up the shield of the faith” — In the original Greek translation of this verse, the word “faith” has a definite article. This shows that it doesn’t refer to general faith such as faith for healing, but rather refers to “justification by faith” or “righteousness by faith.” This is how we take up the shield of the faith—by resting in the truth that we are the righteousness of God in Christ.

Beloved, today, what do you believe deep in your heart? Do you really believe that you are the righteousness of God in Christ? Do you believe that you have a firm foundation under your feet because of the gospel of peace? Do you believe that you are justified by faith that becomes a shield that quenches all the enemy’s attacks? If not, let today be the day that you renounce all your wrong beliefs and start believing right!

You can be assured that once you are saved, you stand before God in all the fullness and the efficacy of the finished work of Jesus, and you are highly favored in the Beloved. God wraps you up in Christ—He is the armor of God. As you put Christ on, realize He is your new identity.

Your righteousness cannot be assailed or shaken because your righteousness is in heaven!

Salvation Prayer

Heavenly Father, I believe that You love me and that You sent Your Son to die for my sins on that cross. I believe that Jesus bore every sin and all the condemnation of those sins in His own body on that cross. When He cried “Finished!”, it was all finished. My sins are no more in Your eyes. And when I was justified in Him, You raised Him from the dead. Today, You have glorified Him. I confess Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior. And because You have glorified Him, baptize and fill me with Your Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Closing Prayer

This coming week, the Lord bless you and the Lord keep you. The Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and grant you shalom wholeness and peace. In Jesus’ name. And all the people said, Amen.

Own The Word (life application)

The armor of God in Ephesians 6:14–18 consists of seven pieces, which each represent gospel truths:

  1. “Gird your waist with truth”—the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ that has set you free.
  2. “Breastplate of righteousness”—the truth that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
  3. “Shod your feet with the gospel of peace”—the truth that you have unshakable peace with God based on the finished work of Jesus.
  4. “Shield of faith”—the truth that you are justified and righteous by faith, not by your own works.
  5. “Helmet of salvation”—the truth that you have eternal salvation in Christ.
  6. “Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”—the truth you receive by the rhema (spoken) word of God.
  7. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”—praying in the Spirit, a gift received by believing the truth that Jesus’ blood has paid for the forgiveness of all your sins.

Friend, two ways to effectively put on the armor of God is (1) by believing right about the gospel of grace—that all your sins have been completely forgiven, you are the righteousness of God in Christ, and you have eternal salvation through the cross—and (2) by praying in the Spirit.

This week, begin to practice these two things. You will begin to discern God’s word in season for your life and be led into victory, and you will see the enemy’s attacks on your mind, your emotions, and your health all fall to the ground!

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Joseph Prince — You Are Forgiven





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    There's one man who died who saw no corruption. And Paul says, "This Jesus whom God raised up saw no corruption. Therefore, let it be known to you, brethren, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins". Notice it starts with "therefore". That means what? Because Jesus was raised from the dead, "Therefore let it be known to you that through Jesus this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins". Notice unconditional proclamation, free proclamation. There are no provisos in it except to believe. But there's nothing for us except to believe, all right?

    Through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins and by him, by Jesus, everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you cannot be justified by the law of Moses or by the Ten Commandments. You are justified. You know how justified you are? You are as justified as Jesus is when he rose from the dead. The standing and justification of the risen Christ is as sure as your standing and justification in him. Can anyone condemn the holy risen Jesus? None, neither can anyone condemn you. That's why the Bible says, "Who is he who condemns"? It is Christ who died. Yea, rather that is risen again who is even at the right hand of God who makes intercession for us, hallelujah.

    Friend, if the bird is to be let go, the sinner, the leper must be pronounced clean. Jesus cannot be let go out of the prison of death until God pronounces us clean, righteous, amen? So, his resurrection is a divine confirmation. There are people that Jesus healed, lepers that Jesus healed in the gospels. There's one time he walked into a village near Galilee and Samaria, and there were ten lepers who stood afar off, the Bible tells us. They did not come near, of course. And they cried to Jesus, "Jesus, master have mercy on us". And Jesus says, "Go show yourselves to the priest".

    Now, wait a minute, they're not cleansed yet, right? You're supposed to go to the priest in the day of your cleansing. But Jesus told them, while they were still in their state, "Go show yourself to the priest". And the Bible says, I love this sentence in the Bible, "As they went, they were cleansed". The moment you take one step of faith towards God, God meets you, amen? So, God says to you, "I know you're still not perfect. I know that when you look at yourself you still see the leprosy and all that, but as you go to the priest, don't forget, you only go to the priest after you are cleansed". But then as they were going, ten of them, as they were going, they were cleansed. One of them came back to Jesus, only one out of nine and gave glory to God. He knew who the real priest was.






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