God is a God of miracles. Amen. Perhaps you came here today and,
you know, your spirit is downcast. You are feeling depressed, because you have had a bad report from the doctor.
You’ve tried all kinds of things and, even the medicines they gave you, they’d say that it is just to maintain and to control
it. But God is a God of miracles. God can touch you and heal you. He made your body. Not only that He made your body, He
redeemed your body, Amen? By the blood of Jesus. God loves you.
Remember that you are not alone, you are not just a face in a crowd. God loves you. He knows your number, He knows the
numbers of hair on your head and He knows exactly what you are going through even now. That you don’t even share with your
closest partner. He knows it and He loves you. You say “Pastor
Prince, you might not know what I have done pastor”. I know, God knows everything about you and He loves you. That’s the best
kind of love. You are never very secure with someone that you are putting your best foot forward. During dating for example, you
are always putting your best foot forward and the person falls in love with you. You are never really secure because you are wondering in your heart whether the person loves you,
for you as you really are, or because you have been putting your best front. God knows all about you, and God loves you. He
send His Son to die for your sins. And because today, two
thousand years ago, Jesus rose from the dead, as a testimony that all your sins have been put away, you and I can sing that
song, Amen? Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Amen! Give
Him praise church and you may be seated. Hallelujah! Take some
time to know the person on your right and on your left, because for the next three hours, ok I am just kidding. Say something
good like this to them ok, “hey ehh, you look good”. But pastor
I cannot lie, then say, “you know what, you look good just now in the dark”. Alright, look at somebody else and say,
“something good is going to happen to you”. Amen. The law
was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. One of my favourite, if not my favourite
verse because this marks my ministry. It’s a ministry of
differentiating for people law and grace. Even among Christians, among believers, we still have a erroneous idea that
God demands from us, God demands from us. You know when you worship God, and you feel like God is stern, God is angry. I
remember years ago, I was praying and I was praying and I try to imagine, because He is my heavenly Father, right? God is
my Father. I imagine to myself, an old man with white beard, white hair. And then, I was just praying and then God stopped me
and He says, “Why are you, why do you see me like this?”. I said, “like what?”, “like an old man”. I said that “because you
are Father?”. And my father at that time had white hair
already. And He says, “Son, up here in heaven, nobody is old.
Growing old is because of sin.” Man began to age, his body gets
weaker, greys hairs come out and then they die. Is because of
sin, the wages of sin is death. But God says, “up here we all are forever young”. I literally heard that, up here we are
forever young. And then I began to see a God who is dynamic, a God who is young. You know what if you live in Him, you’d be
forever young. Just like the old hymn says, “Forever young, I
wanna be forever young” (singing). You know that old church hymn? “Do you really wanna live forever, forever”
(singing). Anybody? You can live forever and you can live forever young, today amen in Jesus name! Hallelujah! Eternal life is
living forever with a quality of life because you know because those who end up in hell, they also live forever. When you
think about it, it’s still life right, forever. But it is not eternal life. Eternal life is the life of God, the life that
God lives by. That uncreated, that disease free, that, that
ageless life. That eternal life, that quality of life becomes yours through Jesus Christ. The Bible says that the wages of sin
is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. All of us have sin, we sin because the Bible
says, we sin because we are sinners. We don’t become sinners because we sin. All of us when we were born into this world, we
were born in sin. You see Pastor Prince that’s not fair. You see if you think about it, our lives are intricately linked with our
father, our grandfather and on and on. You see that, ya but ahh
you are saying I receive my sin from him? Yes, God has designed it such a way that our lives are linked. Think about it, if your
grandfather died when he was five years old, you wouldn’t be here today. Think for a while. Amen. If your grandfather didn’t
exist, you wouldn’t be here. Our lives are linked. So when the first man Adam and Eve, God gave them a choice. In fact, God is
so generous. Always remember, God is not holding back on you. God will give you everything and in fact, God always gives you
more than enough. And when the first Adam and Eve, when God first made the first man and woman, God put them in a
beautiful place called Eden. Amen. Man tried to paint it and
try to illustrate it, no one can picture Eden. It is everything that is beautiful to the eyes. Everything that is good to eat.
Amen. And then in the middle of the garden God put the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil and God told
man do not eat from one tree. Now that means, God says eat freely from every tree. You see the generosity of God, but don’t
eat from one tree. The day you eat of it, you will surely die. Now why did God do that, and why was the tree there? You might
ask, “Eh Pastor Prince might as well don’t put the tree there right?”. But you see if God made man, not like a robot. God can
make man like a robot. “Worship me, obey me”. And today the world will be functioning perfectly. But then, is that
what God wants, a robot to love Him? No, God made man, the Bible says, “let us make man in our image”. Man is made in God’s
image and God gave man something called free choice. So to
exercise that free choice. You cannot just give someone with free choice everything good and then you say, “you know
something else, I give you free choice”. And then but everything he chooses is good. Then there is no demonstration or exercise
of that free choice. So God put one tree down there, God says don’t eat from that tree, “the day you eat of it, you will
surely die”. And you know what happened, man choose that tree. Now when you chose that tree, when you choose sin, you chose
to disobey God, you cannot, you cannot have your cake and eat it. The wages, we call wages salary right, penalty of sin is
death. And not just death physically, death eternally. But
when man took from that tree, God knew that man is cut off from Him. You cannot just say, well Pastor Prince, you know man
took from the tree and you know boys will be boys, why not just sweep everything under the carpet. If God did that, yea He
is a God of love, but He is not a righteous God. If there are no
laws and orders in this universe, this universe will collapse. If the judge says “you know what, I know you have
murdered three ladies and all that, no problem, you know what you had a bad childhood. Boys will be boys, never mind,
acquitted”. Then you know what, he’s not a righteous judge. We
cannot respect a judge like that. So God is holy, righteous, but God is love. God loves you. Do you know something, today we
celebrate resurrection day, Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered death for you and I. But do you know that God never
meant for man to die. It is not in God’s heart, in fact God counts death as an enemy. That’s why people cry at funerals. Deep
down in our hearts we know, even Jesus wept at Lazarus funeral.
Right, Jesus wept because He knew that this is not His Father’s plan for man in the very beginning. Death is foreign
to us. We don’t want to grow old, we don’t want to have sickness, that’s why we go to the doctor and we don’t want to
die. It is inherent in every man. But every time you pass by a funeral, you know a service is going on somewhere, under the
void deck, here in Singapore. Alright, it reminds you again, people don’t like to talk about death, they don’t like to talk
about funerals and all that. But I want you to know something, death has been conquered by Jesus Christ. Today we celebrate
resurrection. He didn’t rise up spiritually, He rose up bodily. And do you know why He rose up bodily? Because our sins have
been put away. Sin is the problem that separated men from God. Just like if you love someone that you love very much,
your child or whatever, and the child has cancer and the cancer is in the child, you don’t love the cancer, but the cancer is in
the child. But you hate the cancer, you love your child. God
hates sin, but God loves you. Amen. Sin is destroying
everything beautiful that God has for you. Amen. The good life
and we see it all the time. Even celebrities are taking their lives now. You thought that if they become famous, they become
wealthy, everybody you know, there are millions of people tuning in to their social media and all that, large following.
But then they take their life. You wonder to yourself, if I have fame and fortune, I won’t be doing that. Are you sure?
Maybe that’s not everything to life. Jesus Himself says, “what shall it profit a man. He gains the whole world, but he lose his
own soul”. Amen? So how much do you hate the cancer in your
child? The same amount that you love you love your child. If you love your child a lot, you will hate that disease a lot. You
say, “why does God hate sin so much?”, because God loves you very much. Can I have a good Amen? So there had to be a
solution. God can just say, “you know what, I’m done with Adam and Eve, I’m done with all the generations that will come out
from them. You know what I will make a new creation. After all, I have made angels”. I’m not referring to our church, Amen?
“I have made angels, I’ll make a new creation”. Amen. “I’ll just
wipe them out”. God could have done that. Amen and today people won’t use the breath that God gave them to blaspheme Him, to
speak against Him. Resolve, Amen? I mean I’m glad I am not God. So we know in our hearts, that you know, we pass by a
cemetery, no one likes to pass by a cemetery, am I right? We still have cemeteries here in Singapore right? Nobody likes to
go down there for a date or a picnic. One time a pastor was at a cemetery and he heard crying. So he looked around for that
direction. Then he saw a man holding a tombstone crying, sobbing, body wrecking sobbing. You know and he went over and
says, “sir, I’m a pastor, can I pray for you?”. He was crying
and he says, “someone you love?”. By the way he was saying, “don’t leave, why did you leave, why did you leave?”
And the pastor says. “someone you love”, he says, “no my wife’s first husband”. Ok anyway, the point is no one
likes to be in a cemetery ok. I’m in trouble with my wife now.
My wife don’t have a first husband, okay. This is the first husband and the last woman, Amen! Better be the last. I
don’t think she can ever have anybody else once she’s had.
Amen. So God ordained a system, God could have wiped out man, but God ordained a system by which God could be righteous in
forgiving man of his sin and treat man like righteous. Alright the system is called, even though we say the law was
given by Moses, Moses is a servant, not the Son of God. In
a house the servant don’t have the standing with the father
that a son does. Jesus is the Son. The law, the Ten Commandments was given through a servant, but grace and truth
came through the Son, Jesus Christ. The law was given. I can give something from a distance, I can send nowadays, Amazon.
Amen. Free advertisement again, as if he needs it, Mr Beszos.
And we can give from a distance but if I come to your place personally, if I come, that’s personal. That’s getting real
close. Well the law was given, when God gave the law, God says thou shall not kill, thou shall not commit adultery, thou shall
not murder. All that right, God spoke from a mountain and through an intermediary, the Bible says through angels and
the mountain was veiled in dark clouds. And it was, there was an
earthquake, there was lightnings and the sound of voices and even the Bible says the best of them of all Israel, Moses says, “I
exceedingly fear and was trembling”. Not just fearing and trembling, but exceedingly he said. He was trembling and the
Bible says in that kind of atmosphere, God gave the Ten Commandments. So that’s the law, but we are not under the law
now. We are under grace. The law demands, grace that came through
Jesus Christ, true grace, this grace and truth is true grace, supplies. The law demands, thou shall not, thou shall not, thou
shall not. Grace says, “here receive the supply.” Under law God demands righteousness from sinful man. Then man says, “I
can’t I tried to be righteous, I cannot”. Amen. But under grace,
God says, “take the gift of righteousness”. It’s only to be received. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord. That’s why the first miracle, public miracle of Moses was to turn water into blood, resulting in death.
Remember when he struck the river Nile? The first miracle of Jesus, the first miracle of grace, is to turn water into
wine. Resulting in celebration. Remember the story the wedding,
they ran out of wine? He can do the same in your marriage. He can turn what is simple and bland like water into
intoxicating wine. Amen? Praise God. Under law, God said, “I’ll
by no means pass by your sins, but I’ll visit your sins to the third and fourth generation”. That’s what God said under the
law. But under grace God says, “I’ll remember your sins no more”. So there’s been a change. I mean anyone can see that
there’s been a change. The law says “do do do”, grace says,
“done”. At the cross one of the last words of Jesus, “it is
finished!”, finished, done. What is finished? Man’s sin is
forgiven, all of God’s holy requirements fulfilled on our
behalf. The law magnified and fulfilled, Amen. The law was
given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. When God gave the Ten Commandments, God knew man would sin and man says, “all that God says we can give”. Wow, sounds
very noble, sounds very solid. But you know something, that is confidence in your flesh. And God knew, that’s the reason why
God gave man the Ten Commandments. God knew if there is no Ten Commandments, if I say you’re a sinner, you say,
“what’s a sinner”. But if God gave the Ten Commandments, even the best of us will fail. And Jesus came and Jesus showed man,
that’s what Moses meant when he says, not just committing adultery, thou shall not commit adultery. It’s not just committing adultery like going bodily with a person who is not
your partner, is not your life partner, is not your wife, not your husband. Bodily, it’s not just bodily doing it, it’s even
when you lust for someone in your heart, that’s adultery, Jesus said. Murder is not taking a knife and plunging into
someone’s heart physically. Murder is hating someone in your
heart, even though the person is still alive. Why did Jesus say all that? To bring all of us, to the end of ourselves. So that we
see our need for Him, the Savior. But man is so proud that
man would not want to, “I’m a self-made man, I’m this”, listen my friend, a hundred years from now speaking naturally, not a
single person under this room will still be alive. Death is total. Amen like I said, God never meant for man to die. It’s
not His dream for man to grow old even. But man are growing old. Amen. They grow old, they become decrepit and they die. Is
this God’s dream for men? No! Sin came in, that’s why I am saying, sin mars, sin defiles, sin destroys. Sin will cause you
more than you want to pay. Is like cancer, don’t mess with sin, Amen. Amen. Get Jesus in your life. Praise the Lord, what
did Jesus do. So in the Old Testament, before Jesus came, there was a tabernacle like a small temple where God use this
illustration. To help man understand. And for this I need some volunteers, real fast come on. I need my lamb and I need my
priest. Ok? Pastor, wow so fast already ok. I think you’ll be on
this position ok? Now I’ll be the sinner, I’ll be all of you. You are represented here in me ok? This is me, this is you. Yes
ok. This is the high priest, this is the priest. The priest of Israel. So in the Old Testament, when you read the Old
Testament, you find that there is a priest in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ today is our High Priest, alright. But in
the Old Testament, God uses this for visual aid, amen? It is illustration of what is to come. These are shadows. What Jesus
did at the cross is the substance, amen? So every time someone sins, he will bring his lamb. Follow me lamb. This is a
black lamb by the way. Ok, alright say something, “Baa, Baa, Baa, whatever”. Are you from peranakan family? Ok,
anyway, come, follow me. So this the sheep alright, and I bring my sheep to the priest in the temple, ok. Now I bring my sheep
to the temple amen? Alright, so look at him, look at him, the
priest does not look at me. I sinned. The reason I bring the lamb is my sacrificial lamb, I sinned. You and I have sinned.
This priest, priest represents God. So his eyes right now are like the eyes of God, representing God, looking for
blemishes, looking for sins, looking for what is not holy.
Amen? Notice he doesn’t check me out? He doesn’t look at me notice that? When I bring my lamb, he doesn’t look at me.
It’s redundant to look at me. Why? It will serve no purpose. It’s very obviously why I’m there. Why am I here? I have
sinned. So no point examining me. The reason I’m saying this because a lot of people when they come to God, they think God
is examining them. Ok? Watch this now. So, I bring my lamb
here to the priest and the priest checks the lamb for any blemishes. It must be without blemish, why? Because it
represents Jesus Christ. Jesus is sinless, amen? No sin, no
imperfection, no blemishes. Amen? Praise the Lord. That’s why I believe that Jesus is the most good looking person that
ever walked on this earth. He cannot grow old, amen? Because you know there is no blemish in Him. There is no imperfection.
His whole body actually, given by Mary, but there is no sin in His body, so there cannot be anything that defiles. So I
believe that Jesus is the most good looking. Amen. The Bible says in the Songs of Songs, He is the most attractive of ten
thousands. An expression of the most attractive of all. Amen? So praise God. So he looks for blemishes because this lamb
represents Jesus Christ. Ok? So examine. The hair too long? Ok
can. Acceptable. Ok acceptable. And then the priest will pass me. All the while he doesn’t look at me. Remember this, when
you come to God. When you come to God, God is not asking, “How good are you?” God is asking, “How good is your lamb?” ok? So
if it’s good, he has a knife by the way. He says, “Good”. He gives me the knife. This is what they do in those days. You’ll
read about this on Yom Kippur, which is the Hebrew way of saying, ‘The Day of Atonement’. Amen. You find this also, the
Day of Atonement is done by the priest. But every other day is done by the person who comes to bring the lamb. This is what he
does. He must know that his sins caused the death of the lamb.
Ok? Now before I kill I forgot one more thing. Must lay hands. Ok? Now this is, can I touch your hair? Serious business with
him ok? Alright so, so, this is what we do, the offeror, I am
the offeror, representing you and I, I lay hands on him. Now watch this all my sins, this is a picture of identification.
Laying hands is picture of identification. Amen? When I do this that means in the eyes of God, all my sins are now
transferred, like transferred. Just imagine something dark and
sinful, and all my filth and all that all transferred to him, plus my diseases transferred. Ok? Now, the lamb that is
without blemish, without imperfection, is now blemished.
Blemished not in himself but because of my sins. He’s bearing my sins you understand? He is carrying my sins. Then the
priest will pass me the knife and this is what happens, I kill the lamb. Because this is a picture of, we must know that
when Jesus died on the cross it is our sins that He bore. He died for us because God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son. A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love is not love until you give
it. Amen? Love gives. God so loved the world that He gave His
Son. God gave His Son when the world don’t care about Him, when the world was rebelling against Him, God gave His Son. Amen? And
this is what we said to God in essence, this is what we think of God of your Son. We took Him and we put Him on the cross.
Amen? And God used the cross as the means, that was His plan all the while, that Jesus will become the Lamb of God. Ok? So
all these sacrificial lambs they can only cover sin like your credit card. Ok listen, especially the young people,
your credit card is not a payment alright, you got to tell your teenagers that if they have a credit card. It is not a
payment. Your credit card is not a payment. Some of you need to cut your credit cards, if you know. Credit card is not a
payment. It’s actually like the lamb. This lamb is waiting for the final payment amen. So this lamb carries my sin is like sin
is covered, every year sin is covered. Every year sin is covered in Israel. Every year sin is covered, sin is covered.
That’s our Old Testament in the Bible. Sin is covered. Until one day a young Jewish rabbi amen, the son of a carpenter, at least
they thought, but He is the Son of God. He came so humble. God could have chosen a palace for Jesus to be born in but He chose
the smelly manger, with all the bleating of the lamb and the ox,
and there He was born. And 30 years after that, He was the young man, and He came by the river Jordan in Israel and John
the Baptist saw Him and said, “Behold, look the lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world”. So now it’s not just
covered, it is taken away. Right ladies? It’s not just sweeping
sweeping under the carpet. One day the day come, lift the carpet vacuum everything. Amen? Now is no more covered. Your sin
is no more covered, your sin is taken away by the blood of Jesus because He is the final payment. He is the true Lamb of God.
Amen? So I take the knife and I kill him. I love the way he,
you’re messing your hair bro. Ok. So the lamb is taken and put
on the altar, ok on the altar where it burns. The altar has 4 corners representing the cross of Jesus Christ. Amen? And when
Jesus died on the cross, the altar of all altars, the final altar, the final payment. God doesn’t want any more payment
for sin because Jesus’ one is perfect. Amen? When Jesus cried, “Finished”, it was completely finished. And for this lamb
right now he is no longer himself. He is actually me and you because I laid hands on him right? So actually the fire
comes on him and burning at the altar. The fire represents God’s judgment. In the Old Testament you know when fire comes on
someone, that means that not only he’s fired from his job,
that means he is under God’s judgment, alright, in the Old Testament. So today there is no more fire from God, you know why? Because at the cross Jesus consumed all of God’s fiery
judgment in His own body for you and I. And God designed it to be so, so that His righteousness, that part of Him, that righteous
nature of God is satisfied because there has been a payment. The wages of sin is death. Jesus took your death and
my death. Jesus took your punishment and my punishment. This is not religion. This is reality. This is relationship
with the God of heaven and earth. This is love. Now, the judgment is consuming my sacrifice and I walk away a free
man. Not only that, I walk away with something I never had. When I came I was a sinner under God’s judgment amen, things were
going bad in my life, my crop was failing, you know and I was getting sick all the time, there is no blessing in my life. Amen?
Because the Bible says, show them Proverbs real quick, “The blessings are on the head of the righteous”, somewhere.
“Blessings are on the head of the righteous”. Say ‘Blessings are on my head’. Thank God I have a big head ‘Tua Tau’. Amen.
“Blessings are on the head of the righteous”, is expression of blessings and blessings will come on you when you are righteous. Now this is what God did. Today those who believe on
Christ in the eyes of God you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Amen? So, I came just now bringing the lamb under
God’s curse, under God’s judgment, and my life is depressed amen. I am introspective. I am seeing all
kinds of terrible things in myself. Amen? And my life is so
you know so frustrating. I don’t call this is good life. I may have plenty of money, amen, but I am a rich poor man. I am a
poor man with plenty of money. Amen. Now watch this, after the sacrifice is being consumed. I walk away. Now I walk away
different. I walk away, He took my place, I take his place now.
Now the blessings of God shine on me. The sunlight of God’s
favor shines on me. Everywhere I go amen, I find that favour abounds. I have favour with God and with man. I find the
blessing of God abounds in my life. Best of all there is peace in my heart. Amen. Peace with God, which translates to peace
of mind, peace of soul. Can I have a good amen? Amen? So praise the Lord. You walk away different than when you first
came. Why? The transfer took place amen. Alright. Give him a good hand. Thank you very much. Praise the Lord. Ok? We are
about to close. So don’t worry it a very short sermon amen. Blessed are the short-winded for they shall be invited back amen.
You know people who talk and talk and talk and talk? Right? You don’t like that right or not? One of them may ask you,
“Eh, do you have a cure for insomnia?” Just tell them, “Try talking to yourself”. You have friends like that? Anyway. Right
now sit back. I am going to show you what transpired at the cross. Many years ago I saw this in my spirit. It’s like a vision
the Lord gave me of what happened at the cross. The Bible says, “Jesus became the Lamb of God to take your sins and mine”.
Amen? And this is what happened in the spirit world. Looking behind the scene this is what happened. And the Bible says,
“Exactly this happened”. Sit back and watch.
"Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do..."
"My God, my God. Why have you forsaken Me?"
Praise the Lord. This is the avenger of all avengers. Amen. He avenged your
sins, amen. He avenged your enemy who hates you. Satan
himself at the cross. He loves you. He defended you. He is truly the endgame. Finished. Amen. All our sins cancelled.
Come on, give Him praise. Hallelujah. You know many years
ago, probably in the early 1800s. When the settlers, think
of cowboy ok, the settlers in the Midwest they were trying to find homestead, and places to build their families and to have
a home in their ranch and all that, they would travel in wagons. Many of them will travel in wagons for safety and also to
find help with each other. Usually they travel as families and close friends. So they will travel in wagons. It’s a true
story and one particular instance, the day after they traverse a long river, the next day as they were travelling,
they saw from afar billows of smoke, dark smoke, and the smoke
was travelling in one straight line and they knew that it was
wild fire. And the fire was consuming the dry grass. It’s very dry, it’s very hot, and the fire was coming very fast they
knew even though it’s far away, there is no way they can outrun with their wagons and their children. They knew that there
was a river that they crossed yesterday and all that, there is no way they can reach the river. If they can reach the river
they’ll be safe, but there is no way because it’s too far back. But one of them stood up. Some guy with some experience and he
said this, “Quickly, take your light”. Your lighters whatever they have in those days. Said, “Strike fire behind you”. So
behind them they were all in this straight line, the fire was coming this way. It was obvious the wind was blowing really
strong this way, so he says, “Build a fire at the back, alright, the whole stretch”. So they started the fire that burn
this way, not towards them because the wind was blowing this way. So it was burning all the way, creating a path here. A
complete spot here that is dried up, that is completely burnt. The parch area. “And quickly”, he says, “Bring all the wagons,
and everyone, the women and children, and all of you stand in the burnt place”. So they all went to the burnt place and they
stood down there. A little girl was crying and she was telling the leader of the group saying, “Are we going to get burnt, are
we going to get burnt”. He says, “My little child, don’t be afraid, we will not be burnt because we are standing where
the fire has been”. You and I we stand before God. Even God is
holy amen? We are standing where the fire has burnt for all our
sins, your sins and my sins. And friend, we stand before God today, not only our sins are transferred to Jesus Christ on
the cross, but Jesus’ righteousness is transferred to you. You walk away as if you are Jesus, and God will treat you as
if you are Jesus, as if you are fully obedient. And all the blessings of God will come on you and smack you, amen, left
right centre. The blessings of God will overtake you. You can’t run fast enough to escape it. Goodness and mercy will hunt you
down. Amen. You will find goodness in your life. Praise the Lord. Because the Lord Jesus says, “I come that you might
have life and have it more abundantly.” So friend, the law
was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The law says, “If you are a sinner,” and leprosy…
Those days they have people who are lepers. You know? They are white all over and they have patches and all that. And people
with leprosy, you cannot touch them or else you become unclean. So that’s the law of Moses. The law of Moses is that sin,
uncleanness is more powerful. Sin, uncleanness can contaminate you. Everyone in this world is under sin. And sin is rampant,
right? So who will be a champion? Who will be the avenger against sin? Who will be the one that can overcome all
these for us? Jesus came. Amen. Now watch this. When Jesus met
the leper. He preached the Sermon on the Mount. And I was just there last month, the very spot where He preached the
Sermon on the Mount. A number of years ago, I was at the same spot where He preached the Sermon on the Mount, that very area. Right now, there is banana plantation down there. The
mountain is still there. And one of those huge rocks is where I believe Jesus sat on. And after He preached the Sermon on the
Mount, the Bible says He went the other way and the crowds followed Him. So I was going the other way. I left my pastors
there for a while. I went the other way. And then I saw there was some huge rocks here and there. And I thought to myself.
The Bible says right after this instance of preaching to the crowd, a leper was probably hiding, came out from hiding and
met Jesus and says, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” The Bible says Jesus says, “I am willing.” Everyone
one of you, listen. You come to Jesus and you say, “Lord, I am unclean but you can make me clean. I am diseased. You can
set me free. Lord, I am depressed. But you can give me
Your peace.” Whatever it is, He will never let you off saying, “Today I am not in a good mood.” It is always, “I am willing.”
People always wonder. They know God has the power. So the leper didn’t ask, “If You have the power,” He says, “If You are
willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus says, listen to these words, “I am willing.” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today and forever. And Jesus touched the leper. Now watch this. Under law, you touch the leper, you become unclean. But
here, the unclean became clean. It’s reversed. Amen. Which means
Jesus’ grace is greater than all our sins. Amen. Are you listening or not? Don’t be so shocked with your sin. Don’t be
so shocked with your, whatever you see in yourself. Jesus’ grace is greater. It will overwhelm it. Amen. And for the
final one and then I’ll close. Sit back and watch this scene that we did because of what I saw down there. I came back and
I asked my team to come up with this beautiful video. It is going to touch your heart. It is going to speak to you.
And you know something, all of us are like the leper. We are sin. Because leprosy is a picture of sin on us. And Jesus
came a long way to find us. Sit back. Enjoy.
The Bible says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
We are not talking about a religion. Christianity should
never be made into a religion. Amen. It is grace and truth. It
is a relationship. Amen. This is God reaching out to you. Not man trying to keep the Ten Commandments. Man trying his
best. Man doing this. Man doing. No, no, no. It is God coming down and declaring His love for us. Amen. Dying for our sins.
God cannot just forgive without payment. Amen. Or else He is not right. Like a judge. Cannot just presumptuously let a prisoner,
criminal free unless there is a payment. Amen. Usually he pays for it with time. You do the crime, you do the time. Right?
But Jesus took our place, died in our place. And today we celebrate resurrection because He rose from the dead. And the
Bible says in Romans 4 and I will close with this. It says that Jesus was delivered… Look at the last part. Jesus was
delivered up because of our offences, our sins. But He was raised up, why? Because of our being declared righteous. Woah.
Did you hear that? Why did Jesus, why was Jesus delivered to the cross? Because of our offences, our sins against God,
against a holy God. Amen. But why was Jesus raised from the dead? Because we were declared righteous. By whom? By God. In
other words, Jesus’ resurrection means you are acquitted. You are
righteous. How do you know a prisoner has fulfilled his
obligations, alright, to the law? How? By him coming out.
Amen. He has paid for it. So Jesus came out of the grave bodily and God declared us righteous. That’s why God raised
Jesus from the dead. God didn’t raise Jesus because He is God’s Son. He always is that. But God raised Jesus because we were
declared righteous. Because the same body that carried your sins and mine at the cross three days ago now rose from the dead
without our sins. What does that mean? That means God is satisfied with what He did, God accepts it and God imputes
righteousness to you. If you believe on Him, God declares you righteous. And all the blessings of the righteous will come on
your head. Amen. Praise the Lord. Give Him praise, church. Hallelujah. Thank You, Lord. But just like back to the choice
thing, you’ve got to choose to believe. Amen. Only those who believe. God so love the world that He gave His only begotten
Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Believe. Don’t try to reason. Believe. Don’t
try to put in your own effort to be your own saviour. Amen. Don’t
grow old and die and miss the very essence of what life is all about. It is a gift from God. Amen. Praise the Lord. Remember
this. There is an enemy out there called Satan, the devil. And he is the one behind all the world’s sorrows. Because one day
this earth, by the way… That’s another message. Keep on coming. I’ll be preaching why there is so much mess in this earth.
Amen. It is not God’s doing. God gave the earth to man and man gave the earth to the devil. So the devil’s lease is running
out, by the way. Amen. God never made earth with earthquakes and
all kinds of tsunamis and things like that. Even disease and all that. You all heard just now. It came because of sin. But that’s
another message altogether. But just suffice to say this. Jesus says the thief, that is your enemy, the devil, he comes to
steal, kill, destroy. But Jesus says, “I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” Amen. So I don’t
offer you a dead Christ. I offer you a living Christ. He is alive today and He loves you. Amen. Thank You, Lord Jesus. All
across this place and everywhere that is watching this right now. If you put your trust in Christ. It is a matter of decision. You
say, “Pastor, I believe. Father God, I believe Your word and I believe that You love me. And I believe that You gave Your Son
to die for me.” If that is you, wherever you are right now, pray this prayer with me right now from your heart. Heavenly
Father, I thank You for Your gift. The greatest gift of all.
Your Son, Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for my sins. Took
all my judgement, my condemnation upon Himself and
finished it all. There is no more judgement from You in my
life. No more condemnation. From now on, I thank You that You see
me in Christ as if I am Jesus. And you bless me accordingly.
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour. And You raised Him from the dead because You declared me righteous. Acquitted. Thank You,
Father. In Jesus’ name. And all the people say amen. Praise God
Stand to your feet. I am going to dismiss you with the blessings of God and the protection of God. You know we
do this in our church every week. We dismiss people with the blessings of God because prayer is not just to soothe you. It is
really to position, even cause events to go into motion for this week. To put you at the right place at the right time.
In the world we live in today, our smarts is not enough. Only God can put us at the right place at the right time. Amen. I
am going to pray that for you that God protect you and your family from harm and danger. Amen. Lift your hands all across
this place. Father in heaven, I thank You, Lord, because we are righteous in Your eyes. All the prayers of the people here, when
they pray, You hear. Amen. It’s the prayers, the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man that avails. Thank You,
Father. And right now in the name of Jesus, the Lord bless you and your families this coming week. The Lord bless you
with the blessings of Father Abraham. The Lord bless you. All that you touch, prosper. The Lord protect you from every
harm, you and your loved ones. From every danger, from every sickness. From all the power of the evil one through the blood
of His Son. Through that blood that has remitted your sins. Through that same blood, You have divine protection. I
confess that and I declare that over you and your families. You will see good. Good days ahead of you. The Lord lift up His
countenance and grant to you and your loved one His shalom peace.
In the name of Lord Jesus Christ. And all the people say
amen. Keep coming again. Alright. We look forward to have you in the church. It’s a blessed time. You will always
leave with this kind of wonderful pumped up, fired up feeling. Amen. God bless you. Love you.
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Turn to your neighbor, smile at somebody and say "Something good is going to happen to you in this service". I believe it, it's not a cliché, I believe it. I really believe it. The gospel is all about God's goodness. The gospel is all about God's goodness. When God's goodness is being preached it is amazing how man responds. Now we say that we respond to the goodness of God, but actually man in the natural, I'm speaking about man in the flesh, they cannot receive the goodness of God. They suspect, they doubt, they do anything but receive the goodness of God. That's why when grace is being preached, man is still asking, is it that good? Can God be that good? Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
Man in his flesh does not think well of God. Man in his flesh only has hard thoughts about God. And the devil has throughout the years down through history, ever since he tempted the first man, the number one way that he causes man to leave the presence of perfect love is to put the thought that God is not that good. He's holding out something. He doesn't want you to have, when God gives you restrictions, it's because God is not interested in you. God is not that good, and he has succeeded in making people think that God is not good. So man in the flesh cannot think well of God. So beware of that. It is the manifestation of the flesh. Today I want to share with you the goodness of God. The goodness of God leads us to repentance. Can I have a good amen?
But before I do so, I want to answer some questions that is very prevalent. In fact I've answered all these questions time and time again. By the way, I would recommend highly that series that was shown just now "What About" series, because it answers a lot of questions that people are asking about grace: What about Ananias and Sapphira? What about Hebrews chapter 6? What about Hebrews chapter 10? What about working out your salvation? What about Paul's sufferings? What about those who are not healed? What about, what about, what about, what about, what about? So I would encourage you, especially if you are a preacher to get that series and compare Scripture with Scripture You don't have to take everything that I say but compare Scripture with Scripture Amen? Can I have a good amen?
And one of the things I want to share before I start preaching the Word that God has placed in my heart, I want to answer a few questions first. Number one, the first question, there is this thing coming back again and I've answered this many years ago, but it's coming back again. And it is this, that people are saying: the Lord Jesus said "Many will come to Me in that day". At first He says, "Not everyone who calls Me 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven. But he that doeth the will of My Father who is in heaven". Let's read that okay, so you don't think I'm just quoting it "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven But he who does the will of My Father in heaven". So the idea that these people are trying to portray is that just because you call Jesus "Lord" does not mean you'll make it, does not mean you'll be saved.
Now we're here standing at a precipice because if justification by faith is not the gospel, if grace is not the gospel, and if Jesus said, "I give My sheep eternal life", John 10 "And they shall never perish". And here it says that people who call the Lord 'Lord' can still lose their salvation okay, we have to study a little bit closer. So remember that He says, "Not everybody who says to Me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven. But he who does the will of My Father in heaven Many will say to Me in that day 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, done many wonders in Your name"? And then I'll declare to them, 'I never knew you.' not I do not know you at the present moment. You have changed so much, I do not know you present tense. No 'I never'. This is not present tense, 'I never knew you'.
Can the Lord say that of us? Once He knows us, we are born again He knows us, can He say, "I never knew you"? So first and foremost you just got the answer, alright, the first part of the answer. "I never knew you depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness". So these are people who are not saved, people who didn't put their trust in Christ. But in that day, verse 22, "Many will say to me in that day". Now that's the key, that's the key. When Jesus returns, alright, with one blast of His mouth the fiery sword of the Lord destroys the anti-Christ. And all the armies that follow him are destroyed. Their spirits cast into the lake of fire. He will set this earth right. Amen.
Righteousness will once again reign on this earth. There'll be no more sex trafficking, there'll be no more children being abused, there'll be no more murders, there'll be no more children dying before their time, there'll be no more people dying early, there'll be no more hospitals, when the Lord Jesus comes back. So we all think of the meek and lowly Lamb, the Lord who came in His first coming. He came yes, as the Lamb to die for our sins. But if you read the book of Revelations, He's not coming back as a Lamb, He's coming back as the Lion. He's coming back to destroy. Now some of you who are politically correct you don't like that, you say "Well I think that, you know Jesus should be loving and understanding of people and the different lifestyles and different kind of opinions and all that".
Let me tell you this, God never created a democracy, God created a theocracy when God made the earth. The reason why sin is sin because we have someone to answer to. He never made us lone rangers and you know anyhow you can just function the way you want to. Everything you do has repercussions in the universe it affects one person, it affects the animals it affects everything around you. But the world has come to a place, they don't want to acknowledge God, and yet they need God's power, God's love, God's grace. Are you listening, people? Okay, anyway when He returns, all dominion, all empires, all kingdoms will fall, before the One who is the center of the creation of God. The One that God so loved the world God sent Him to die for our sins., He could have let us perish and go to hell all of us, and create another creation. Amen?
He did not choose to do so. In fact, for Him to create He only had to speak. But for Him to redeem He had to bleed. He chose to bleed. He came to where we were. We saw last week He took on human flesh, the likeness. Not sinful flesh, but the likeness of sinful flesh. There was no sinful flesh in our Lord Jesus. And He dwelt where we dwelt, just like God of old with Israel in the wilderness. Israel would go from place to place, God went in a pillar of cloud, in a pillar of fire from place to place. When they had the tabernacle, when they all lived in a tent, God lived also in a tent called "mishkan", the tabernacle. When finally they crossed the river Jordan and they had to attack Jericho, the stronghold Jericho, the Lord Jesus appeared with a sword in His right hand. Why? He appeared as a warrior, because His people are in warrior mode.
He always wants to be where you are Amen, are you listening people? And finally, by the way when they were suffering under the furnace of slavery in Egypt, crying out in their fiery trial, being oppressed and bullied by the Egyptians, the Lord appeared in a burning bush as if to say, "I'm feeling your heat I am come down to deliver you". I want you to know something. This God is a wonderful God. He is a good God. He is a holy God. He has righteousness. He has standards for the universe. He tells the storm and the waves of the sea "Hitherto you shall come, up till now you can come here, but no more". Even the tsunami finally hears the cry of God from heaven, say "Stop! Enough"! Alright, God ordained it. Everything in the universe obeys God except man. Amen?
So here we have, the world will be set right when He, the One deserving of the throne of David, He will sit on that throne and reign in righteousness, in love, and we'll have heaven on earth, amen. That's called the millennial rule of Christ. And that has been on my heart these few weeks as you can tell. So remember this. And those of you who are against you say, "Whoa I can't imagine a Jesus who is violent". You must understand one thing, if your child is about to be harmed, you see a mother bear or a mother lion, fight even against animals that are bigger. Whether it's a lion, another lion or an elephant, the mother will fight to her death to defend the child. I call that love. You don't call that politically correct. I call that love.
And yet those of you, some of you who say "Whoa I can't worship a God you know, I cannot admire a God who kills people". You must understand, He is not out to kill people. He is out to save people. But there are people who refuse to come under His grace, under His love. And then they end up on the other side of anti-Christ. They are hell bent to kill. Well God is gonna kill those people in the book of Revelation. Amen? And you cannot say that, "Oh I cannot respect a God like that". Because deep down inside your heart you watch movies, where you want the hero to fight. You see the hero sees bad things going on, the hero sees a girl is about to be raped, he sees a small child is about to be beaten up. And the hero stands down there, you want him to respond you hypocrite!
But I'm not here, we're not there yet where the Lord returns, taking vengeance on the anti-Christ. And years and years of the cry of all the martyrs, and children going to heaven before their time, but He will come back, and He will... He's the kinsman-redeemer, He will redeem them, and He will avenge them. That is the Hero of heroes. I know some of you, you cannot imagine the Jesus of the Gospels and the Jesus of Revelation. I can, in fact that makes me worship Him. Amen, because I like watching shows where the bad guy gets a good hero whacking him up. I love shows like that. I love shows where a guy is abusing a girl, slapping her around then the hero comes, amen close the door whack all the guys and free the girl. I like shows like that. And you don't pretend, you like shows like that also.
But you come to church, "Oh I just want God, Jesus to be holding a lamb all the time". Not this church okay, and I'm a preacher of grace, I said I'm a preacher of grace. Are you listening, people? So how do you explain this? "Many will come", the key: "In that day". In that day when they see Jesus return, everybody panic! When they see Jesus is the One, nobody will profane His name anymore. So when they come to Him they say, "Lord, Lord". You think they will call Him "Lord, Lord"? In that day, yeah of course, of course! Every ruler on earth, everyone who has blasphemed Him, whatever they believe it is, those who don't believe in the Bible, those who don't believe in God, they will all when they see Him they will say, "Lord, Lord". "Hey Lord, we did a lot of good things in Your name".
In your name? That is what they said Jesus didn't say, "You did this in My name". They said they did things in His name. If Jesus said they did things in His name, it'll be the name of the Lord Jesus. But if they said they did things in His name, they did things they thought in the name of God, "I did things in Your name". No way, it is not in Jesus' name. Jesus says, "I'm sorry", no Jesus don't apologize. The days of apology are over. Are you listening, people? These people are not saved. Another thing you need to know is this "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of My Father in heaven".
So I have seen people stand behind the pulpit and say things like "Not everyone who says to Him, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven! But he who does the will of the Father". And then he never tells you what is the will of the Father, because that is control. If you want to know the will of the Father alright you keep on coming. Because now you might be on a shaky foundation, you might lose your salvation, "Not everybody who calls Me, 'Lord, Lord'". See people love to use this verse to control. But if the gospel of grace is true, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your house". Then how do you reconcile this? That means he who does the will of the Father, and what is the will of the Father? Believe on Jesus!
Not everyone who calls him Lord, Lord is saved in that day, but he who does the will, those who have proclaimed Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord. Not in that day when they realize He is God saying to Him in that day 'Lord, Lord'. But today, if you call him Lord, you believe in Him in your heart, you are doing the will of the Father! Okay? Proof, John 6:40, the words of Jesus "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day". Can you see that? Amen? What is the will of Him? The will of Him is that everyone who sees the Son, and many a times when you're preaching Jesus and people see Him in the sermon, and they believe in Him, guess what? They are saved. That is the will of the Father, that everyone believes in the Son.
What is the will of the Father? Everyone believes in the Son. And be careful of people who try to say that the will of the Father there is your works again, your behavior. If they do that, they are negating the gospel of Jesus Christ, it's the spirit of anti-Christ in the pulpit. There is no compromise, when it comes to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's the gospel of grace and peace. Amen people, are you with me so far?
Next question I want to handle is this "Pastor Prince, if I have a Christian company, not just a church, okay, a Christian organization. And everyone are Christians. I'm a Christian boss, and my people are all you know, have been influenced, impacted by the gospel of grace. And they all know that, and, you know, Pastor, people who believe in grace they are very humble people. When you talk to them they say, "You know boss it's really God's grace on my life". They are very humble people. It's easy to work with humble people. But my question is this: It's year end and I need to reward them. I need to give them their assessment for their remuneration". How many understand what I'm talking about so far, alright? I'm using a Christian organization because a worldly organization don't think about grace. You understand, there's no grace in their decision-making. But for a Christian boss, grace is there.
"Now Pastor Prince, if I give everybody by grace whoa, everybody get five months bonus. Because five is the number of grace what. And then next year, they'll get five hundred dollar increment. Again five what, Pastor. You know, is that what I must do, Pastor Prince, is that what I must do"? You know, friend, and these are the questions we get when we travel overseas, people ask that question. Pastor Mark traveled to Taiwan last week, they asked him the same question. I want to tell you this because I've given the answer here before, and I want to say it again, so that those who were not here you are able to take this home and keep it somewhere, Okay? The answer is here, in 1 Corinthians 15. How do we assess our employees? How do we assess people that are under us? "But by the grace", Paul is talking, "But by the grace of God, I am what I am. And His grace towards me was not in vain". Now listen, "His grace towards me was not in vain".
That means it is possible for the grace of God in your life to be in vain. That means God gives you the grace, you have the love… okay for example grace to work among children. Number one, you must have a love for children. God gives you the grace, then you have the love for children. When you look at children, there is a slight smile on your face, and you have ideas going in your head as to how to make Jesus more real in their lives. You have creative, innovative ideas to make the Sunday school more exciting. You have that grace every time you think about it. But then you think about your responsibility at work, you think about the amount of time you have, but the grace is there. And then finally there came a time where you decide, you know what, then you feel the passion. You think about God's work you feel the passion, alright, but God will never force you.
So God never force even though He's King. He will not knock your knees together and make you fall and say, 'Obey'. He'll never do that. Amen. Even right now you are free to get up and walk away. He will never force you and freeze your butt on the seat, amen? So the thing is this, He will give you the desire for children ministry. If someone don't have the desire for children ministry, sometimes Christians have this idea that God will ask you to do things in the ministry you have no desire for, and you have to take up your cross, I don't believe that for one moment. That cannot be applied for that. When it comes to ministry, there must be a gift. A gift will give you a desire to flow in that direction. Amen?
So if someone doesn't have love for kids, we don't want them among our kids. And the kids also don't want them among them. Okay? So what do we do then? You have this grace, it's coming on you, you feel it every time you think about children, you feel like "Yeah one of these days I must sign up. Yeah one of these days I must sign up One of these days I must sign up". But you didn't. You prioritize your work. You prioritize something else. And you do overtime, you're tired on Sunday. And then you want to work but then you cherish your partying on Saturday night, and you're not willing to lay down anything. Then the grace that God gives you, just for you, you know, He didn't give this grace to anybody else, He gave it to you, what an honor, was in vain. Then guess what? It dissipates. It dissipates.
Then he goes on to say, after he says "His grace towards me was not in vain". That means God can give you grace, but it was in vain, "But I labored", Paul says, "I labored more abundantly than they all". Now I assume from the context here they all refers to Peter, James, John, Bartholomew, Thomas and all the rest I labored more abundantly than they all "Yet not I", you see how quick he is to give honor where honor belongs? "Yet not I, but the grace of God who is with me". Are you listening, people? In other words, if the grace is there and you step in it, first of all, you see the grace, the calling, the wooing of grace to get involved in this ministry to go with Pastor Prince to Israel. You feel the grace to do it. You feel the grace to want to participate in this ministry. You find out, "Oh man, I can sing a better song. Hey hallelujah. You know, the guy up there, oh how terrible man, the way he sings. I can sing better".
Okay you have the grace but don't have the humility, alright? Takes some time, let the grace work. So the thing is that the grace will start working. Will you say YES to the grace? Will you flow with the grace? Now, Paul flowed with the grace, and ended up doing much more than all the rest ever did. Yet it was not him, but the grace of God that was with him. So for a boss, for the employer, you cannot decide based on looking at people's grace. You decide based on, "I know your works. I know your works. I know your works. I know your works. I assess you based on what you produce. I assess you based on what you have brought forth. I assess you based on results". But you say, "But Pastor Prince, that is not grace"! No it is grace, listen carefully, if you use the grace there'll be the fruits. In fact it shows, my assessing your works, tells me you have been using the grace, that the grace has not been in vain! Are you listening?
Maybe you start off as a receptionist, but you love to answer calls in such a way that you have a ear to the Spirit when someone is in trouble, you don't just say, "Yes, oh yeah he'll be back, Pastor Lian is not around. Yes…" hang up. You have you know, "Well sister is there anything? We can always... I can try to contact someone, this pastor is available alright". And people hear that, and bosses see that, and they see the flow of grace is on this person, that person will not remain as a receptionist. Nothing wrong with starting as a receptionist. So bosses cannot judge based on, oh based on grace, everybody get five percent. No, it's based on works. Like Jesus looked at the churches in Revelation, "I know your works. I know your works". Works reflect whether the grace has been used in your life. God gives you the grace to do something. When you use and flow with the grace God gives you, God rewards you for using the grace He first gave you, Amen? So are you clear on that? Bosses are you clear on that?
Yeah, some people think that Pastor Prince allow everyone to stand in the pulpit or dancing or singing "You raise me up…" You know they think as long you got a voice like that you can all be... no, no they have all been assessed. I don't care how young they are. They have all been assessed. And that's why people in the platform ministry, once a while we give them a test. We purposely correct them, and we see how they respond, whether they allow correction or not. If they have a bad attitude, they cannot go further. I shouldn't be revealing my… You see the response people have. It always tells you whether they can go to the next level. Can I have a good amen? "But Pastor Prince you must understand I have the flow to do this, but I don't have the time". Isn't that interesting? Everybody has the same time, twenty-four hours.
This child was born yesterday in Kandang Kerbau hospital with extra fifteen hours. Nobody else gets it. There's no such thing right? In fact my Bible says that there are things that you do that God can add time. Jacob loved Rachel, served seven years for her, but they were like few days because of the love he had for her. Time passes fast sometimes, but it's still time. And the Bible says, when you spend time in the Word, He will add length of days, and then days of life in the same verse. So obviously both cannot be referring to longevity. Length of days my friend, it's not always long life. It means length of days. You have all the time to do whatever you want to do. It's a blessing. I said it's a blessing. Start your day wrong, and you see how short the day is, how frustrated you feel. How when you close your eyes you don't feel good. Start the day right, and you start the day right with God.
Andrew Murray says, he calls it the "inner chamber", the place where you spend time with God. You and God alone is amazing. Whatever fears you have, you are in the presence. Hey, if I got the chance to be in the presence of the Queen of England, I'll be making sure that I dress my best, I'll be making sure that everything is fine, and I'll treasure every moment, and I'll try to memorize every word she says. How about you got a chance to be in the presence of the King of kings? With all due respect to all the monarchs on earth, the King of kings that you spend time with can do something about your situation. And even talking to Him about all the problems in your life, knowing you are talking to the person who has all the power, who has all the love for you y'all, does something to your heart. And when you step out of the inner chamber, you find that there is a fragrance that is being diffused. And you find the whole day you carry the anointing of His presence. Start the day wrong, and you know that you're on your own, even though God loves you, okay? Amen. "Amen Pastor Prince".
Alright, third question, does it help the bosses here alright? So if you get one month, one and a half months, you get three months, that is how bosses assess, based on your performance, based on… and performance is brought about by how you flow with the grace. You flow with the grace, it will be great performance, it'll be fruit of the Spirit, right attitude even. Amen? The third thing I wanna handle is this, Holiness. "Pastor Prince, what is holiness"? And number one, do not confound holiness with righteousness. I had a lady who is very famous in America, she's quite advanced in her years, an amazing Bible teacher. She texted me the other day and she said this "I watched your program, and I'm beginning to realize the difference between holiness and righteousness". People confound the two you know. Even many people who have gone through Bible school, they confound the two.
You ask them what is holiness? They say, "You know, don't do this, don't do that, don't do this". Yes, I mean it can involve certain lifestyle behavior, but holiness is actually being set apart. The opposite of holiness is not sin. The opposite of holiness is commonness. You are like anyone in the world. The people of the world sleep around with no compunction of sin, they indulge and eat and eat. Let me give a word of advice to the believers here, okay? Something is wrong if you have a passion for eating, eating eating alright, it's nothing new you know? It was the downfall of Rome, the downfall of the Greece empire. All the downfalls in history, you'll find they love eating before it happened. Another thing they love is fornication, sexual immorality.
Let me tell you this, God gave food, say amen. God gave sex, say amen. But sex is something that God wants us to have within the confines, sometimes when you confine something it explodes. When you don't confine something, it dissipates. One more time, sometimes you confine something it explodes. If you give it a lot of room like the Padang, the field, it dissipates. Use it all the time, it dissipates, have self-control, self-control, and then when you use it, explosive. He that have ears to hear, in the first floor, in second floor, in the third floor, all over the place, all over Singapore that's watching this right now, and also those that will be watching by way of television, amen. God's ways are best. God had a smile on His face I believe when God created sex. God made sex.
In fact technically speaking God's first commandment He said, "Go have sex". God told man Adam, his first commandment to Adam "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth". What? Just stand down there and throw up, and then Seth comes, and then Cain comes, Abel comes? I'm so glad God could have made it that way, you know. I said, God could have made it that way, you know. And ladies, He could have made you sort of like go one corner and lay the eggs. Or God can actually give the act, God can give the act without any pleasure. It is amazing that at the point of greatest pleasure is the greatest creation, that Man can ever produce this side of heaven. It's not done with pain, it's done with pleasure. And God created it. I tell you what God does. God is a good God.
Okay, the devil comes along. He wants to bring marriage... Marriage is God's idea, and God means man, woman, husband, wife within the confines where it becomes explosive. Alright, real, fulfilling sex. The devil comes and brings sex out of the marriage confinement, and the devil wants it to be something that will cause man not only to affect his body, but affects his mind, and he sleeps around, and then they think that there's nothing to it, but let me tell you this: If I put a piece of paper and I glue it to another piece of paper, I leave it for one hour and I pass the paper to you and tell you to try to separate them as accurately as possible, you cannot do it. Some things in this paper will get stuck to this paper, and some things in this paper will be on the other side of the paper, because they have become one. God ordained for Man to be one.
You can argue your case until you say "I don't believe in God and all that", but you are still going away the same way, in a box or in a fire, the way God ordained it, amen, for believers, the rapture. Because there are three time zones of the grace of God in Titus chapter 2, "The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men". That's the past, Jesus came. Notice he's called the grace of God. I always say grace is a person, the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation. That's past. So three time zones of grace. That's the past time zone, Jesus came. Grace appeared, bringing salvation. Great news? Then the present time zone. "Teaching us" what is teaching us? Who is teaching us? The grace of God. Context. The grace of God teaches us. I teach you grace, grace teaches you from within. Pastors and leaders who don't preach grace because they are afraid of it, they cannot think well of God, God's goodness, do not allow grace to teach. Ended up, they teach. And when they teach, they don't teach as good as God's grace teaching. When Man teaches it's behavior modification, when grace teaches, it is heart transformation.
So, the present zone, the present time zone of grace is grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, and to live soberly, righteously, presently, in this present time. Then we come to the future of the time zone, future time zone of grace, "Looking for the blessed hope of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ". The three time zones. See, a believer, I told you last week, a believer does not look forward to death. That's not a scriptural position. The scriptural position is the believer looks forward for the rapture. In every letter of Paul, the rapture is either described, elucidated, or inferred. We have forgotten that. Ok, that's another message altogether. Are you all learning? Now you sit down there and say, "Well, Pastor Prince I'm living together with my girlfriend, and what's the big deal? We are both happy. Happy? What's wrong with that"?
Well, the thing is this, I'll be happy if you're happy and it just ends with us, you know. But there is a God, a God who is perfect goodness, who knows that in the heart, in the heart of the woman, maybe not the guy, she cannot feel the security until she knows that you love her within the confines of marriage. Even though right now she's speaking out of her head, she is not speaking out of her heart. People change, and God knows that people need to be in an environment where they are secure. God's way ends up spirit, soul and body. And I'm telling you church, if you wanna live to 120, you wanna live a long good life, this is one area you will have to watch out for, ok? Sexual purity.
God gave Joseph dreams when he was 17 years old. Even though he had the dreams, he was going around saying, "uh, you know, I saw you all bowing down before me, you know, you also, and, uh…" He had no wisdom he was not able to interpret the dream. But he had the dream. You know when he started interpreting the dream? When he was cast in the dungeon, alright, because Potiphar's wife lied about him, and in the dungeon there were two men who gave him their dreams that have been haunting them, and he was able to interpret the dream accurately, and the events unfold just as he interpreted. So, between the gift and the interpretation, which is wisdom there's one test. Your family is not around. Between the gift and the wisdom to use the gift, to interpret the dream that God gives you, there's a test.
You are far away from your family. Your boss's wife likes you. Nobody is in the big mansion, just you and her. She's young, she's dynamic, she's beautiful, because bosses like Potiphar would choose a beautiful one. You are young, you are virile. Just say YES, and you'll get special favors. Come on, yeah I mean, your father is not around, just say YES. For all you know, God may be far away doing something else, taking care of all the giraffes and elephants in Africa. Alright, come on, this lady is coming on strong, just say YES. Joseph said, "How can I do this great wickedness"? Before the ten commandments was given, Joseph lived before the ten commandments were given and he calls adultery "great wickedness". This is before the ten commandments was given. How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God? He was practicing God's presence, God was there with him.
Then she grabbed his jacket He ran because the only way to respond to lust is run. Run, Forrest, run! In everything else, the Bible seems to say that you know, you can apply this, apply that. When it comes to temptation, run. Sexual temptation, run. Amen. I say Amen. Don't ever say "I can handle it". In every temptation, it's always this cycle. First of all, alright, you are tempted. You're watching something, you're tempted. You didn't mean to be tempted, you woke up that morning, you didn't plan to be tempted, you planned to walk with God, you planned to read your Bible by the end of the day or whatever you had good intentions but you were tempted. Alright, we're talking about sexual here.
And then the biggest blunder comes along. You are tempted, you are watching a movie that has a lot of scenes that you know, it's not Christ-exalting for you to be sitting in that cinema. Especially when you're a pastor. And you still sit through. Why? Because you paid for it. Now, then comes the next problem – "I can handle this". The Bible calls that confidence in the flesh The next one is "I can handle it" Ok? So.. Temptation and then comes "I can handle it". I can handle this movie, I can handle this, I know there are some parts, I can handle this. I can handle her, she just asked for a lift. You know, she's beautiful, I know that, but I can handle it, it will stop there, it will stop there. It will stop there... wow short skirt... stop there I'll just send her back. No problem, no problem.
Ya, I know she's another man's wife, but she wanna talk to me this long, so I talked. She asked for my number also, so I give it to her. I can handle this, man. Everyone who says that, they mean well. Many of them, they mean well. They never plan to fall into adultery. After you handle it, you say, "I can handle it", Bible calls it confidence in the flesh, it leads to a breakout of sin, Ok, breakout of sin, you fall into sin. And when you fall into sin, guess what? You feel guilty. You feel guilty. 99.999% of people feel guilty except for one – that 000.1 heedless. Because you have a conscience, you can never escape your conscience, you will feel guilty. So now you feel guilty, and psychiatry, psychology, they say that if you are guilty, you are feeling perpetual guilt, whether it's actual guilt or pseudo-guilt, you are feeling guilty, you are doomed to repeat the behavior.
But they have no answer, with all due respect. Only Jesus has the answer. There is therefore now no condemnation, and by doing that he destroys the connection. Are you listening? Because the more guilty you are, you will say "Might as well I go all the way". That's the vicious cycle, alright? Now, look up here. Some of you... "Pastor Prince, I think all sin is sin. I don't think there's this sin is greater, that sin is greater". No, no. Sexual sin is greater "Ah, Pastor Prince, you are putting degrees on sin". Ya, I am. Make no mistake about it. There are some sins that are smaller, there are some sins that are greater. Do you remember what Jesus told Pontius Pilate? When he said, "Your people delivered You to me", Jesus says "He who delivered Me to you has the greater sin". Did he say that? Yes. "He who delivered" He was referring to Caiaphas the High Priest, "He who delivered Me to you has the greater sin".
Pontius Pilate has sinned, for the comparison greater sin, that means the sin of Pilate is still sin, "But he who delivered Me to you"... the leader of the Jews, Caiaphas, has the greater sin. Are you listening, people? There are some things you'll... one sin, let me say this, one sin will send anyone to hell. Thank God for Jesus. And God has no time for your emails. You can write to Him and tell Him, "hey, God"... it's like this. God cannot impugn on His own righteousness and holiness. Ok, keep that in mind. Now comes to sexual purity, people, I want to tell you this. When you sin against your body, it's different from sinning other sins, I'm gonna prove that from Scripture. Look at 1 Corinthians 6 "Do you not know that he who was joined to a harlot"... a prostitute is one body with her for the two, He said, shall become one flesh. But He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him... next flee, flee sexual immorality, like Joseph.
Why did he run? I submit to you, I believe he ran because he was afraid he might change his mind. He didn't hang around and say, "I can handle this beautiful woman". I can handle this beautiful woman. Wow, she smells good, she smells nice, I can handle this beautiful woman. Wow, she is beautiful. Hmm, I can handle this beautiful woman. Her eyelash are beautiful, I can handle this beautiful... You see, he didn't hang around there, he ran. But she grabbed his jacket, you see. Joseph is always losing his jacket, you notice that? His brothers threw him into the pit, they took his jacket, and put it with blood and tell the father he is dead. And now he lose this jacket. But finally, he has a jacket that was put by the monarch of the land, and became the most powerful man.
Always remember this, if you lose your jacket for testimony's sake for glorifying the One who redeemed you, there will be a new jacket for reigning. Before that, he cannot interpret the dream. But after he says NO, and he was actually punished for it, he was actually... I don't believe that Potiphar believed the story of his wife. If Potiphar believed the story of his wife, he won't be thrown into the dungeon. His head will roll. I think the guy suspect his wife, but he's not strong enough like most men today to stand up to his wife. So you must throw him somewhere. Alright, so there he was, everything in Joseph's life works out for good. He was there, and for the first time, for the first time we see him being able to interpret. When he received dreams earlier in his father's house, he was not able to interpret. Ability to interpret, what God tells you is wisdom.
There are people who have messages from God until the angels say, "Wah, give up… from January onward I've been telling him the same thing, he still…" God even sent, you know on Nat Geo God sent a buffalo with a name, alright, National University of Singapore. And the guy still, "which, which university should I go, Lord"? I'm just saying there are people like that And what makes a person "duh", "blur", "ooh", "duh", "hmm"? Have you seen guys... and I've seen teenagers, and I shared this with our teenagers. I tell them, if you are a teenager you look at other teenagers, if they're always indulging themselves physically, if they are watching pornography, if they are always masturbating, and they're always thinking of all that, they have no self-control, what happened is that when you look at them, they look like zombie.
Long before the movie Zombie became famous, Pastor Prince used the word "zombie", many years ago. They look like... now don't look around ok, please, give these people a chance. Revival is about to... they cannot think straight, and they are very slow, they become sluggish, they become slow. Amen. But people who say NO – "but, but if the passion comes, I have to let it go, or I'll explode"! Friend, you will not implode, you will not explode. Trust me, okay? Many successful people will tell you, your sexual energies is not released, it is transmuted into creativity, into areas of innovation, and people who are creative are highly sexed people, but they are not people who will give in to their passions all the time. And then, when they step into a room, people just feel this guy is in control. They don't know why.
God wants to bring you to that place It's called the glory of God. You understand? God loves you. Hey, God loves you Ok, back to the proof that sexual immorality is the sin that has a class of its own Every sin that a man does – by the way, the word sexual immorality is "porneia". Porneia. Sounds familiar? Porno, porneia This sexual immorality includes anything outside marriage that is not a husband and a wife. Full stop. Flee. Run. "Every sin that a man does is outside the body", so that includes fear, concern, worry, complaining, murmuring every sin that a man does is outside his body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Friend, do you know something? God is showing some sins have certain like effects, some sins have other effects. You know what affects your body and gives you chronic sickness and problems?
Now, I want to say, first and foremost, Pastor Prince is not saying, and thousands of you are witnessing I did not say if someone is sick, alright, there's sexual immorality I did not say that. But when you read this Scripture, the Bible is saying that if you commit sexual immorality, you are sinning against your own body. Not your mind, not your spirit - your body. Body to me means, where the sickness manifests – body. You want divine health? "Pastor Prince, I take communion everyday". Yeah, but you are sleeping with that man. I do not know, you know, I'm just saying only, alright. I'm just speaking by the Spirit. "And Pastor Prince you know we do your devotional, and then we sleep". Are you married? "No, but we do your devotional"! You are sinning against your own body.
And next time you go to the doctor or you come to a pastor and you say "Why did God let this happen"? God didn't let it happen. God didn't want it to happen. You sin against your own body. You didn't sin against anybody. Your own body, maybe the person you sinned with, but it's your own body. Can you see that or not? Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Now here is where – where some pastors and I differ. They will say that "this person needs deliverance. This person needs to confess his sin". Now, I'm not against confessing your sins, I told you before, I'm against confessing in order to be forgiven. I believe in confessing because you have been forgiven. It's a claiming.
So watch this. When it comes to sin Paul's response is always, "or do you not know that your body is" people, "is" is present tense or past tense? The way some people teach is like... by the way, the Corinthian Christians were going into the temple harlots, prostitutes ok? That's the scenario here. Now, Paul is saying, we should be saying based on contemporary charismatic deliverance teaching, that once you sleep with a harlot you are now filled with evil spirits. But Paul didn't do that. Paul said to them, "your body still is the temple of the Holy Spirit". Hope is not lost. If you are saved, you are saved. And notice the Holy Spirit did not leave you when you were sleeping around? That's why He can be grieved. Because He has visions of grandeur for your body. He has visions of radiance for your body. He has visions of the outshining for your face. He has visions of sparkling eyes for you.
He has a vision of you being at the age of 70, 80 years old, people say, "my goodness, you still look like 50, you still look like 40". He has visions of grandeur for you. Anything less is sin, because it comes short of the glory that God has for you. Do you understand that, people? And the more you... listen, guys... you think that if I give in, I'll be satisfied this time. No, the more you give in, the more you give in, it's a bondage. Start saying NO. When it comes to sexual sin, you must say NO somewhere. I will not watch this TV series, I will not do, I will not, because for me other people can, they've no problem with that, you know. But for me, I don't know why I keep on stumbling, because I like this girl whatever, then I won't. Praise God. Ok?
Isn't it wonderful that you still have the Holy Spirit in you? "Is" is present tense. Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. What a price? "You see, Pastor Prince, I can do whatever I want with my body". Not if you're a Christian, you were bought. You were bought. A lot of people, they go to the market, a lot of unbought goods. Unbought. Nobody wants to buy them. But you were bought. You are bought. And you are not bought with a million dollars. A million dollars pales in comparison with the price that was paid for you, with the vision of glory that God has for you. You were bought with something the whole world cannot equate - the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, because you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God – where? In your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. How do I glorify God in my body? God says, keep yourself sexually pure, and I'll see to it that people will look at your body and see My glory. Amen? Wow. And pastors and leaders you know, instead of jumping up and down, "Yeah, it's time to whack the people"! Paul didn't whack. Paul didn't even say "confess". Paul says, "Don't you know"? Paul's response to people who are living in sin is always "don't you know, your body is", still is. Brother suing brother in court "don't you know, we shall judge angels"? There's party spirit, there's pride, there is divisions: I'm of Apollo, I'm of Paul, I'm of Pastor Prince, and I'm of this speaker, I'm of that, and Paul says, "hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! Don't you know they are all yours"? It's always "don't you know".
Brother suing brother in court, don't you know? We all shall judge angels! Not heavenly ones, fallen ones. We shall judge... what a calling that we have in our future. So the world out there... the Bible says don't be involved in the lust of the Gentiles. They can afford to be lustful, but not us. We are called to glory y'all... we are called to virtue. And if there is anyone watching me, and you are in fact right now, I don't care if you're Christian or not a Christian, but you are actively trying to seduce another man's wife, God has a special word for you. I'm serious. And by the way, in case you're wondering, all these writings are the writings of the apostle of grace, preached by a pastor of grace. The Apostle Paul wrote this. The warning I must... come on, aren't you glad it says "you are bought at a price therefore glorify God in your body"? Not just spiritually, in your spirit, but in your body, there must be something there, people.
I salivate when I look at that kind of thing, spiritually you know what I'm saying? You understand or not? I look at some verses and I salivate. Like Jabez Prayer, I salivate. I wanna be like that. Ok, if you are actively trying to seduce another man's wife or you have done it, I got a word from the Lord for you. This is by the apostle of grace also. 1 Thessalonians 4 "For this is the will of God… your sanctification", – your holiness there's one thing that God – "the will" of God. One thing that you can be practically holy, God says, watch out for your sexual area. In fact, this sin is a sin that really affects every area of your life.
A guy can be angry and still be reinstated in the ministry. A guy can be untidy and callous and still be reinstated. A guy can be a lot of problems and still be reinstated. But if a guy commits adultery, even the world will not allow it. Back to the one that's trying to seduce another man's wife, special word: 1 Thessalonians 4, "This is the will of God… your sanctification that you should abstain from sexual immorality". You see, the holy, the apostle of grace emphasized it so strong that "each of you should know how to possess his own vessel" – your body – "in sanctification and honor". Have respect for your body. Amen. Ladies, don't dress to lure. Dress to be pure. That doesn't mean you look like an old goat, but it means you shine, you look good, you look wholesome, you look healthy, Amen.
"Not in passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God". We are not like the Gentiles who do not know God. You know what I'm saying? If there is someone down here and if you wanna write something about me and all that, and they do not know God, I don't give two hoots about it. I cannot be bothered, they don't see what I see. You see, the people outside the tabernacle don't see the beauty of the supernatural light of the menorah in the tent, they don't see the four face of Jesus in the tent, it's all covered from them. Blessed are your eyes for you see. So don't be like them, don't be like the people of the world, they don't believe in marriage anymore. The thing is this, people. Don't be like the people of the world. We are born again, we are redeemed.
And the Bible says, not in passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God. Now watch this, watch this. Next verse, "that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter". The context talk about sexual immorality. If you deceive or you take advantage of his wife, alright, "because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified". I tell you what, I don't know what... I don't claim to understand everything in this verse, but I tell you one thing, God will always take sides. If Ananias and Saphira come to cheat His people, even they drop dead, God will let them drop dead because He is protecting His people. You can say that His mercy endures forever. Who sings that? Israel, not Egypt. Egypt, their people died, their Pharaoh died, they have no song. Who are the ones singing, "Praise the Lord for He is good"? Who is God good to? His people.
And you can be His people before the day is over by putting your trust in Jesus Christ. But God will protect His people. What if there are two brothers, both are saved and this guy is seducing this guy's wife? It says, "no one should take advantage and defraud his brother. Even then the Lord is their avenger of all such" apostle of grace huh? "As we also forewarn you and testify". You say, "Pastor Prince, I don't think this is grace". This is apostle of grace, friend God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness, and all the people say… "Well Pastor Prince, I reject all this, I don't believe that you are preaching based on revelation". Next verse, "therefore he who rejects this", does not reject Pastor Prince, who is a man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. Are you listening, people?
Now let me close by bringing this. Friend, there are levels of sin. One sin is enough to send a sinner to hell, no matter how small, how big. But there are degrees of sin. It's like some sin cause bigger ripples, and sexual immorality is one such sin that has big, big, big ripples. But friend, sexual immorality. Once you learn to say NO, it gets easier and easier. Then all of a sudden you find that you are entering into a new world where your mind is clear, where, you know and when you see a beautiful girl, alright, you learn to thank God for her, you see her no longer as an object, you see her as a person. You thank God, alright, for her, and you focus – what a beautiful wife I have, Amen. And you know something? Your wife will get more and more and more beautiful. But if you are indulging in pornography, I'm telling you, your wife will get uglier and uglier, but no – she's not. She's not. In your mind she is.
Now for some reason, my ministry has brought – I should – now you know you know, when I say my ministry, you know what I mean, It's the ministry of the Lord, through what He has given me, has brought deliverance to people who are in drug addictions, and especially pornography. I was stunned because I didn't see carefully my testimonials, and I didn't have time, I just came back from London, and last week, last Sunday when they showed the highlights, many a times I only watched the highlights the day before, so I don't even know. And I was stunned to hear that one gentleman over there, a Hillsong delegate, was sharing openly his deliverance from pornography.
Now, friend, pastors and leaders, what would you want? People that are rejoicing over their victory over pornography, or people who are who are hiding, and then they're still sinning, and then they sit under your ministry, and you – you don't preach grace, you preach balanced grace which is a misnomer, like half Moses, half Jesus, half law, half grace. There's no such thing. But look at the testimonies of these precious people One person in the Philippines wrote this to me, and his name is Ariel:
"I was raised in a Christian family in the Philippines. My twin brother is a minister in our church where I am also serving as a worship leader and musician. After serving for many years we were both burnt out. We did not know why and we certainly were not aware that something was lacking in our lives. Thank God my brother chanced upon a YouTube video of Pastor Joseph Prince. The video excited him so much, he shared it with me. When I heard Pastor Prince preach that I am the righteousness of God in Christ, my tears immediately started to fall. I finally realized that this was exactly what I needed, to know that God is not angry with me. This really is good news. This amazing gospel of grace changed me. I had an addiction to pornography that started in my high school days. I tried to stop the addiction, but without success. I thought Christian music would help my behavior, but it did not and I felt so condemned. Whenever Sunday came, I tried to lead worship with a happy and anointed face, but in my heart I was crying and asking God to help me. Thanks to our Lord Jesus, after believing and confessing that He is my righteousness".
You see, friend, confessing sin all the time make you sin conscious and sometime, people, when they are confessing many a times, they are tempted again. I am not against confessing, I am just telling you the Bible confession of sin was under law, if I live under the law like Daniel, like Isaiah, like Nehemiah I will confess my sins because I am under that order, but to honor Jesus, I confess I am the righteousness of God in Christ. And at times, you are frank with God as a sin is a sin, but you thank God He has forgiven, you thank God, you are the righteousness, that is the New Testament. And that's what changed his life you see?
"I confess that He is my righteousness When I confess that, after believing and confessing that He is my righteousness, my desire to watch pornography has been replaced with a new desire to watch Pastor Prince program "Destined to Reign" on Trinity Broadcasting Network. I have also begun to read Christ-centred books including those by Pastor Prince and listen to all his MP3 sermons. At last I am free. Now I can lead worship without condemnation with all confidence in Jesus finished work, and most of all, with full knowledge of God's love for me. It has been two years now in case you are wondering and I know it has not been because of my self-control efforts. It is all because of God's love for me".
The testimonies that we have received, is always the same, "It is not me. It is not me". They always say it is not me. "In addition I was asked to preach for six months in my church. Everybody knows I am not an experienced preacher, but using one of Pastor Prince's books as my guide on what to preach I was able to finish the task. The result was that our pastor rediscovered the gospel and he is now preaching pure grace messages instead of a mixture of law and grace". Hallelujah.
Now sit back and watch this most recent testimony that I only got to see yesterday because I, we showed a small part of it. Praise God. -.:.- Like I said, I saw an excerpt last week when the team prepared you know, the testimony. And I said, my goodness you know, people are willing to stand up and say they had a problem last time with pornography. Most people will look down, you know. For me it's like that woman who went to the city of Samaria and said, "Come see a man, you know, who told me all that I did about my five husbands and me committing adultery at this time". And Jesus did not let that woman remain in sin. You say, "Pastor Prince, don't you love me the way I am"? Because I love you, and I know God has great things in store for you, not at this level. You know, the worst thing that can happen to my son Justin is to be two years old all the time. It is very cute, but not all the time. Something is wrong, God wants you to grow. Amen?
Let me close with this. let me close with this You know, when the Pharisees brought that woman caught in adultery, some people think she is a prostitute. No, she was caught in adultery. Say adultery. When the Pharisees brought her to Jesus, it was because the Pharisees… Now here is where all the pastors and leaders, when they listen to this "Ya it is about time Pastor Prince, you know, you got to tell them like it is". No it is not that! Many a times their approach, if their confidence is in the law, my confidence is in the grace of God. You see, the Pharisees, you know why they brought that woman caught in adultery? They caught here in adultery, think about it, the terrible thing that they would have done in that they waited until the act was done, they step in, they brought the woman without the man, because maybe it is one of them. The whole idea is that they brought the woman to contend about grace and law. This is about grace and law.
Answer me this question, do you think for one moment if they think Jesus' ministry is balanced, some grace, some law they would have brought that woman to Him? No. It must have been they knew all His ways talk about grace. It must have been, they see the way His grace is towards sinners, that they would have brought that adulteress. It is because they knew Him! That if there is a sinner who comes to Him, the sinner will never be condemned. They knew it, or else they would never have brought that woman to Jesus. They brought that woman, because they knew His ways of grace. Their confidence was in the law, they boasted in the law, but did they know the law? People who preach the law, the Ten Commandments, do they really know the law?
I tell you this, God has brought a revelation to me when I was eighteen years old that made me tremble, and I confessed every hour that any sin that almost remotely sounds like sin, I will confess it. I cannot understand Christians around me not doing it. You are looking at a man that has a revelation of the law being unbending, and those who say we can keep the law don't even understand, alright, and they have no respect for the law. If you read… So these are the Pharisees, they take the law as something they are proud of, gives them identity grace they despise grace that came through the Son of God, whereas the sinners' confidence is in God's grace. So they brought that woman to Jesus, and you know, threw her in the midst and say, "Master, Moses in the law". So they would have the Lord become Moses' enemy. That's what's happening to preachers of grace today. They want to portray us, people like Pastor Prince here as an enemy of Moses, as an enemy of the law.
Friend, listen, just because we are not under law doesn't mean the law is my enemy. Thank God for the law, without the law I won't see my need for the Savior. They try to bring the law in "Moses said that such should be stoned, what do you say"? They are trying to present, show Jesus up as Moses' enemy, but Jesus displayed Himself as Moses' Lord. You are about to see that. Now, they brought that woman to the Lord and their boast is in the law. Watch what the Lord does. Since you boast in the law, the Lord Jesus let out the heat of Mount Sinai, okay, in that entire place, since their boast is in the law, the Lord of the hill the Lord of Mount Sinai, let out the genuine heat of that place, and they all felt it when He… First of all He wrote on the ground as though He didn't hear their accusations of that woman, and I pray that you will always have this picture, whoever accuses you, your wife may be concerned, your best friend might be concerned Jesus does not hear it. He refuses to hear it.
The Bible says He wrote on the ground as though He heard them not. He is deaf, and Isaiah, I used to be puzzled with one thing Isaiah says about His servant Who is like My servant? God says. He is deaf. There is a verse there. I used to wonder, how can, how can Jesus be deaf? And after I read this kind of stories and all that, I realized, He is purposely deaf to some things. Amen. He is deaf to the accusations, and He wrote as though He heard them not. And the Bible says He put up and He let out the full heat of Mount Sinai. Yes, throw the first stone, but only the one without sin throw the first stone. Did Jesus impugn the law? No, He cannot. He cannot impugn the law, neither can I. Jesus didn't come to destroy the law, He came to fulfill! The reason we are not under law is because He fulfilled it. If you fulfill your contractual obligations, whether it is payment to the bank, stop paying! If you have fulfilled it! Jesus did not come to, to destroy. He came to fulfill!
We are not, we are no longer under law not because the law has been destroyed. We are not under law because it has been fulfilled! When the Lord Jesus was a baby, they brought Him to the temple to be circumcised. The Bible tells us that Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus and they brought a pair of doves. Now, if you study the book of Leviticus you will find that the very poor will bring doves. How the throne of David has so fallen to the point that (both of them are from the line of David), they become poor. That they brought a poor man's offering. Actually they had a lamb, the richest lamb there is. But they brought the baby and the poor man's offering, and when they came and offered, the Bible tells us that there was a old man in the temple at that time, the temple of Herod, he was always there, his name was Shi-mon, Simon, Shi-mon. You need to hear this.
Today when you go to Israel, they summarize the law all the rabbis, you know you ask them, give me one word as the summary of the law, you know what they will say? Shema, shema. Shema means the law, speaking the law. Shema Israel, Adonai eloheinu. Hear O Israel, our God is one God. Right? The Shema. The Shema is a picture of the law. So Shema was there. The law was an old man by the time Jesus came. Why did God bring the law first and not Jesus first? Because God is a good advertiser. Let people be under law for 1500 years, and then when they realize they can't they will see their need for the Saviour. Bring Jesus too soon and they won't see their need for Him. So the law is now old, Shema, and he saw the baby, and he took the baby, the Bible says he came by the Spirit to the temple, and he took the baby the Bible says, he said to the Lord "Lord, my eyes have seen your salvation".
Don't forget they are speaking in Aramaic, alright, he probably said "My eyes have seen your Yeshua". Call Him by name. "And now let your servant depart in peace". Even the law was happy to see Jesus, and the law said to God let me now depart in peace. The Bible says that he blessed Joseph and Mary. Notice, he never bless the baby. Why? The baby is greater than him. The baby is greater than Mary. The baby is greater than Joseph. He never bless the baby, he blessed the parents. And then, he departed. The Lord is just speaking to me. The Bible says in Psalms 91, "With long life…" How many want to live long? God promise you, "With long life will I satisfy him and show him my…" Salvation is? Yeshua. So this man lived a long good life, Shema was very old when he saw baby Jesus, then he says what? "Let me now depart, my eyes have seen Yeshua". God gives you a long good life so that you can see more and more of Jesus Amen?
So after the old man departed, they were carrying the baby, someone came in, it was a woman from the tribe of Asher, that is reputed to have the most beautiful women of all the twelve tribes of Israel alright, the most beautiful… It was a tradition, they said that it came from the tribe of Asher, and her name was Hannah. And Hannah, Han means grace. Like if your name is John, in Hebrew it is Yo, Yahweh, Yo, Hannan, grace. God is grace. So Hannah came in, and Hannah said to everyone. Shema didn't talk to everybody because the law is not missionary. The law does not evangelize. Grace evangelize. Hannah said to everyone that is looking for redemption, "Look at this baby! This baby is our redemption". So law went, grace came in. Are you listening?
Back to this again, okay, Jesus let out the fullness of the heat of Mount Sinai, because He is the Lord of the hill, He is not Moses' enemy, He is Moses' Lord. He was the one that gave the Ten Commandments. When He stooped down and wrote on the ground, don't forget the place that He was writing was the place that inside the temple, the precinct of the temple, and it is not earthy ground, it is not muddy ground, it is actually stony ground. Look up here, stony ground. Jesus, finger, writing, stone, what does that tell you? The Ten Commandments. He is saying, you presume to talk to me about the Ten Commandments. I am the one who gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Are you listening people?
You see at the end of this chapter, this is chapter eight, John 8, they never understand Jesus People don't understand grace, it is bigger than their mind. You know what Jesus told them? Abraham rejoiced. Right after this, at the end of the chapter, Jesus says "Abraham rejoiced to see My day". Very plain words You know what they heard? "You are not yet fifty years old, you have seen Abraham?"! He didn't say I saw Abraham. He said Abraham saw me. Look at this, drop down the verse, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad". The Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, have you seen Abraham"? Did He say that? Did He say that He saw Abraham? No, Abraham saw Him, He is the greater one.
Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am". They can't take that, they can't take that, next verse tells us they took up stones to throw at Him, the midst of them and so passed by. But something about grace, even if one person rejects grace, grace cannot stop being grace, grace cannot stop giving, because that is the nature of grace. If you reject grace, you don't get from grace, because grace will understand, alright, your rejection, but you lose out and grace will just pass by. And when it pass by, the next chapter, chapter 9 says "Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man blind". And that blind man was healed and all of them could have been healed but you reject grace, grace will still go somewhere to give, Okay?
Grace doesn't say, "Oh don't reject me la please, I am trying my best to help you know"? Grace just goes around, have you notice? He walk in the midst of them and they can't see Him. Now He is walking as God. They were all blinded, He blinded them. He didn't walk at the side you know like a pole, that is what Pastor Lawrence does, He doesn't do that! He walk right in the midst of them, and they can't see Him, why? Because they reject the pillar of cloud, pillar of fire. And that's what happen when Egypt attacked Israel, and Israel was stuck at the Red Sea, talk about between a rock and a hard place. Behind, where the enemies alright, coming, charging on their chariots and you can see all the smoke, many of them have come to destroy! In front is the deep deep Red Sea. Moses cried! The first thing God did was not open the Red Sea, the pillar of fire was leading them all the while at night in front, the pillar of fire went backward, the Bible tells us the pillar of fire was light to the people of God but darkness to Egypt. They were stuck in darkness.
When Jesus let fly, "He that is without sin throw the first stone". You know something? Straight away they were all blinded. It was too bright. Only two persons can see. Jesus, and the condemned woman. He that is without sin… Yes the law can condemn! The devil can accuse! But who can execute? Tell me. There is only one person there who can execute, our Lord Jesus and He didn't say anything to her to condemn her. In fact He became a pillar of fire for her, put them all in darkness, and then made that very place that was for her when she first arrived, the darkness, the gate of darkness, the darkness of death, the valley of death became the gate of heaven! Because Jesus was there defending her. The Bible says one by one…
You see they people who talk about keeping the law, they do not know the purity of the law oh oh, they don't know, they don't know. And then now, they didn't expect, in their heart they say "Wait wait wait a minute, we actually want to use the law on Jesus and the woman what, but we didn't expect Him to put the law on us". It is very painful you know? For us, our conscience to feel it Ya you know right? And one by one the Bible says convicted by their own conscience, one by one they left leaving only Jesus and the woman. The only one that can stone her would not, they would if they could. He could, but He would not. And He looked at the woman, they all left. Has it ever occurred to you, let me ask you, those in the middle floor, because you all look intelligent from afar. When I can't see your face you all look intelligent. They all have God you know, glorified bodies right up there.
Let me ask you this question. They all left, all her accusers all left already, left! Left the place. Did Jesus ask her to stay? No. She could have left. She could have left with her sin. She could have left with her shame. But something happened, and, pastors and leaders, listen when we preach grace, this is the result. People are so afraid of grace, but they have confidence in the law. They exalt Moses at the expense of the Son of God. Friend, she could have left and join the rest outside or go home and continue her life. Jesus never tell her, "You stay here". Never. But now she didn't want to leave Him. That place of shame, that darkness of death has become the doorway of heaven, the gate of heaven, the light of life. No more darkness, but light of life. No more darkness of death, light of life! No wonder right after this Jesus says "I am the light of the world, he who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life".
She could go. She did not go. She could go, she did not go. She would not go, she could not go because of His love, His grace. She is willing to stand in front of Him, knowing He knows everything about her, and knowing best of all, He loves her just the way she is. So to those of you, you are living in sin let's say, and you say "Pastor Prince don't you love me the way I am"? I love you, Jesus loves you the way you are. And this woman, the Lord loves her the way she is, He never ask her to change before He protected her, He never ask her to change… Hey He never even ask her to confess her sins. The only confession He wanted from her is this "Woman where are those that accuse you"? He wanted her to say: there is no more condemnation. He made her said it. She looked around and said, "No man, Lord". He says, "Neither do I condemn you".
I am telling you this is the secret. Look at the cycle again of sin. You see guilt? Between sins and temptation? Before you go into another cycle, another binge, remember it is guilt, that is the biggest problem in the body of Christ that causes people to repeat the sin. And this is what Jesus did, Jesus look at the woman and says "Neither do I condemn you". He asked her, is anyone accusing you, condemning you? She said, "No one, Lord"! That was a confession – I have no more condemnation. Mind you, she was just caught a few hours ago in the act of adultery, but she confessed, "No one accuses me Lord". There is no more condemnation, in the presence and only in the presence of Jesus and please, the Lord cannot impugn the law, alright someone need to pay for her sin. But Jesus will go to the cross and pay for her sin.
Meanwhile, she is paid like... base on Visa card, Mastercard. The Master says, "Father, charge her sin to My account". And finally it was all paid at the cross. Do you understand people? He didn't forgive her presumptuously, He forgave her righteously. He has to pay for it. Amen? And what did He say to her? He made her confess. That's why I want people to confess, "I am the righteousness of God. There is no condemnation for me in Christ". Especially after you sin. And she says, "No man Lord". And the Lord says to her, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more". Look at this cycle, "neither do I condemn you", there is no more guilt there is no more condemnation, so no need for new resolutions. No need to say, "God, I promise you from now on I will attend all the four services on Sunday. From now on Pastor Prince will have someone cleaning the floor in every toilet from now on, instead of giving ten dollars, I give twenty dollars". God doesn't want all that, doesn't want your resolution, because those are sin offerings. There is only one final sin offering.
If you give you give out of love for the One who redeemed you If you serve, you serve out of love for the one who redeemed you. Amen? But where it was broken was here, guilt, when guilt is broken. Guys, you see a picture… Nowadays pictures are everywhere. You see a picture, and you know you are tempted, alright, straight away "I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus". This problem of, "Oh man I sin already. I am out of fellowship". Depend on what you believe, "I am out of fellowship. Now I need… I know I am judicially forgiven, but I am not Fatherly forgiven. Father does not deem me as a son anymore. I must confess then I become a son. Aiya, I have been doing this so many times already. Never mind la go all the way first la, watch la". That's the psyche of a lot of people who are in addictions. They think that it takes a long time for them to confess their sins or whatever because of the mentality we have taught them.
We don't confess our sins to be forgiven, we confess because we are forgiven. And even if we forget to confess, we have a Saviour who died for our forgetfulness. This message will make you Jesus conscious. Amen people? Amen? And right after that, look at this, we will finish with this, John 8 "No man Lord". "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more". You see, go and sin no more, a lot of people want to jump on that "You see Pastor Prince, Jesus says go and sin no more…" Oh by the way, by the way, can I ask you a question? Do you think after all the love that she has experienced, the grace and all that if she saw more than all the Pharisees. I said in one stroke she saw more of the ways of God than all the Pharisees. You think for one moment after she leaves Jesus' presence she will say "Now where was the man just now. Where is my boy-boy? Where is my honeycomb? Where is my darling"?
Do you think she goes… You can't imagine that right? Neither can I! No way no way. But we cannot preach: "Go and sin no more"! Without saying: "Neither do I condemn you". Because the gift of no condemnation is what causes people to go and sin no more! Probably the next day? Next two days? She met the same guy. "How? Baby? Should we go somewhere"? "Sorry man, I found the Man who really loves me". You see, at the end of the day friend, the guy wants to use you, but don't want to get married, tell him, "Hasta la vista baby". Maybe maybe not in that kind of tone but, you are a girl so, "Hasta la vista baby". Ok whatever it is. If the guy respect you… Don't allow a guy to respect only your body "Oh baby you got, you are the most magnificent body". Ok, you know, don't allow guys who are shallow to deal with you girls, you are worth gold. You are precious. Amen.
And our virginity? The world is making fun of people who are virgins? Because the world has lost it, and you haven't, so they can't take it. Alright? Amen. You know why we put some things in a treasure box in a safe box at home? Because they are precious. You know some things we put outside you know why? They are not so precious. Nobody have a lock on their toilet bowl. You really got to go man, "Darling which key! Darling which key"! No, you know you can't do that, right? Nobody cares for those things that you use for other things, but you see the thing is this, if you allow people to…
Like kids even will teach us a parable. Open your Christmas presents before Christmas, and all of a sudden on the same day, the joy is no longer there. Having said that, for those of you who have failed, who have sinned there is no condemnation for you but go and sin no more, Amen. Start living a life of the purity, the spirit of a virgin, Amen. So when the time comes, you can still feel the glory of being a virgin. Amen. It is still God's way. Don't forget, God is for glory, glory on your body. God is for glory on your face. God is for glory on your marriage. God is for glory. And those of you who are trying to seduce another man's wife, get ready, the Lord is the avenger. Come on give, Him praise, Hallelujah.
Alright, every head bowed, every eye closed all across this place, praise the name of Jesus, don't you love Him people? Don't you just love Him? Just like that woman who also was committing adultery in Samaria, but she had had five husbands, and currently she was living in adultery when Jesus met her. One moment with Jesus, one moment with grace made her an instant evangelist.
Friend, the world needs the grace of God. Yes, sin is sin, but sin will not be help by preaching the law, because the law is the strength of sin. The law is the strength of sin and not holiness. Grace is the strength of holiness. Perhaps you are not saved, perhaps you have no assurance if your heart stops beating heaven is your home, God is your Father, your sins are forgiven. My friend, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died for your sins and rose again without them, and the Father has glorified Him and sat Him at His own right hand. If you believe on Him, you will have everlasting life, and in the last days Jesus, our Lord Jesus will raise you up. If that is you, wherever you are watching this right now pray this prayer with me say this from your heart:
Come on, give Him praise! Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Amen. Remember this: Sin is stronger than your flesh and self-effort, only Christ can overcome it. Look to Him, Amen, look to grace. Praise the Lord. Stand to your feet, people. Lift your hands all across this place. Jabez said to God "Oh that You will bless me indeed". Oh that You will bless me indeed, it is a bless me prayer, and God calls that prayer an honorable prayer. That Jabez was more honorable. So say this: