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Praise God, hallelujah. He is the Lord of time and space, amen? The Lord of time and space. I want you sit back, relax, and watch this video of the theme of the year. The year of time and space. And once again, you know, when the Lord gave me the theme for the year, usually I would just seek the Lord towards the end of last year. Every year, I'll do that to find the theme of the year, and this time when the Lord gave me the theme of the year, in my heart I really felt like, "Lord, why not give me something more scriptural, more spiritual"? You know, time and space sounds scientific, you know? And the Lord says, "Son, it's gonna be the year of time and space".
And who would've thought that this year, time would be constrained in a manner like the world has never seen it, at least in modern times? And then space would be restrained, limited. But he is the Lord of time and space. We see space being limited, people staying at home, people not going out, people not traveling. For the first time, you know, the world has come to a standstill. Space is no longer like we used to boast, like in a short time. Space is nothing when you travel. You know, within a day, you can reach, within a night, the next morning, you can reach London from Singapore. But here we go. We are in a time where space is being restricted. But he's the Lord of time and space, amen?
In his first two miracles, Jesus demonstrated he's the Lord of time and space. In Cana of Galilee, his first miracle when he turned water into wine, you know, he constrained, he compressed or accelerated time, because we know what it takes to get excellent wine. We know that the first two or three years is the time for the grape to come forth, but even to get good grapes it's about the third or the fourth year. And to get grapes for good wine, you need another two to three years. And then excellent wine, once wine has been made, you still have to keep it aside, amen, usually in the cellar. And the longer it takes, the better is the wine. It's like men. The older they become, hallelujah, it's like excellent wine. Amen. So the Lord compressed time in one fell swoop and gave to the wedding couple excellent wine, amen.
It was a miracle of acceleration of time or compression of time. Right now we want that, don't we? We want time to be accelerated, amen? Let's look to the Lord of time and space. Not only can he accelerate time, he can reverse time, amen. He can multiply time. You know, you feel like there are days like you have a lot of time and there are days like, you know, it's still the same 24 hours but time seems to be like it's flying, amen. And sometimes, like my son says, you know, sometimes time flies and sometimes it just takes a walk. I think he's trying to express sometimes he's enjoying himself, time just flies, but it's the same 24 hours. Let's believe God that this will, in spite of the experts and all that, we thank God for them, but let's believe because we put our trust in the Lord of time and space. Can I have a good amen? Amen?
So right now, in Jesus's name, Lord Jesus, we look to you alone. You are the Lord of time and space, and we ask in Jesus's name that you bring to an end this COVID-19 virus plague that has come upon the world, Lord. Bring it to an end in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be it, Lord, supernaturally, or even, Lord, through the means of vaccination, for you are the Lord of time and space. Thank you, Lord. We trust you. We rest in you in Jesus's name, hallelujah.
And the second miracle was in the same town of Cana of Galilee, where there was a nobleman that came to Jesus, and the Bible says this is the second miracle. And the nobleman asked the Lord for healing for his son. Now, Cana, where he met Jesus, is 25 miles away from Capernaum, 25 miles. And he asked Jesus for healing and the Lord spoke the Word. The very next day, it was confirmed because they take about 25 miles away. It takes time for him to go back. So, obviously he trusted the Word of the Lord. He didn't go back the same day. Once the Lord says, "Go your way, your son lives", he spent the night in Cana. We know because we know that the next day then he went back, and then he heard from the servants that came out that, "Your son has recovered. Your son is well". He asked for the timing. It was exactly the time yesterday Jesus spoke the Word.
So that demonstrates that the Lord of time and space. He's the Lord of space. He can magnify space, enlarge space, amen? And we learned that the word yesha, the name of Jesus is Yeshua. The name yesha is the verb of the name of Jesus, which means rescue, save, deliver. According to Gesenius's lexicon, the word rescue, deliver, in Hebrew, yesha, is the word for ample space. The idea of ample space is actually to rescue, to heal, to deliver. That's what it means, ample space. And the idea of constrained space is affliction, bondage. And that's why the name of Egypt, where God rescued his people from, the name of Egypt, Mizraim in Hebrew, Mizraim means double constraint, double stress, a place of tightness, a place of narrowness, amen. And we know that the Lord brought them out of that place.
And in the name of Jesus, Lord, we ask you to bring us, Lord, to a larger place, Lord, a bigger place, Father, in Jesus's name, a place of enlargement, Father, in the name of Jesus, for you are the Lord of time and space. In the name of Jesus, amen, enlarge our worlds, Lord, that we might preach your Word, Lord. Enlarge, in Jesus's name.
And it's already happening right now. As we go online, the Lord is enlarging space for us, amen? And you saw just now the Temple of Solomon, which is the church at its best. It's a picture of the church at its best, amen. They had three chambers on the sides. Jesus says, "In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you". Isn't it wonderful to live just next door to God, amen? And that's our place right now. We are seated in Christ next to the Father, and that's our position, amen?
So in those days of the Temple of Solomon, in the chambers they would dwell on the second floor. The first floor is the storage of the grain and wine. The first floor is where they would bring in all the tithes of the grain, the wine, the oil, and they would store it here. And it seems like grain, wine, and oil, it seems like God is opening up this first chamber in the first part of this year. When the Lord gave me this, little did I know how the world, especially his people, would need the grain, the wine, and the oil, amen.
Now, do you think for one moment it's the natural grain, natural wine, natural oil he's talking about? Those days, yes, but we know that the Old Testament are just types of the substance, the real. They are shadow of the real, of the substance. They are the antetype, amen? The antetype is actually found in the New Testament. The antetype is grain is the bread, wine is what we partake in the Lord's Supper, amen, the blood of Jesus, and oil is the anointing oil. Oil always symbolizes the Holy Spirit, the power of the Holy Spirit.
And friend, I believe that in the first part of this year, God is saying the solution to this COVID-19 virus is in the grain, the wine, and the oil. Keep on partaking of the grain, the wine, and the oil. Keep on partaking of the Lord's Supper and keep on anointing yourself, amen. Keep on anointing yourself with the anointing oil, amen. Don't feel as if, like, you know, you need to be sick and then you take the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is prevention as well, because as often as you do this... It doesn't say as seldom. As often as you do this, you proclaim the Lord's death. You proclaim what? The Lord's death. You know, every time the people of God proclaim the Lord's death, they bring a burnt offering, they bring a suckling lamb, God gives the victory.
One time, the enemies, the Philistines, were surrounding Israel, and Prophet Samuel offered a suckling lamb as the burnt offering. The Bible says the Lord thundered from heaven, amen, and delivered Israel, why? Because Israel deserve it? No, because of the suckling lamb, because of the burnt offering, which is a symbol of the cross and the true Lamb of God who died on that cross. That is the basis. That's the righteous foundation for victory. Through the cross of Jesus Christ, God is righteous in making you righteous. How can a holy God, a thrice-holy God, receive and accept sinful man? And we who there is no soundness in us, in our flesh dwells no good thing, we who are sinners through and through, how can a holy God accept us? The cross of Jesus Christ. At the cross, God is righteous. When you put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, God is righteous in receiving you and in making you righteous, amen.
Notice the term is a legal term. It is not a term like, "God is merciful". No, God is merciful. His mercy sent his Son. His love sent his Son, amen? But in making us righteous, God is righteous in making us righteous. There's a righteous foundation now. For God to reject someone who believes in Jesus would be unrighteous of God, amen? And I say that reverently. And God wants you to know he is righteous. All his attributes are glorified by the death of Christ at the cross. And that's why the death of Christ is not just manward. We always think of what is in it for me, but primary reason Jesus died is to glorify God, to fully meet all his wonderful attributes to the point that God is satisfied, God is glorified by what Christ has done.
And that's why the Bible says that the sin offering, this is a wonderful mystery. In the book of Leviticus, the sin offering is called most holy. How can someone who bore our sins on the cross be holy? And yet the Bible says it's an offering most holy. It's not said that the burnt offering is most holy. It doesn't say that the peace offering is most holy. But in the book of Leviticus, it says the sin offering is most holy. Because when we think of Jesus as the burnt offering, we don't think of him bearing our sin because the character of the burnt offering is to glorify God, amen. The meal offering is his life on earth that glorifies God. The peace offering is his inward riches demonstrated at the cross, amen. Sin offering is because he was carrying our sins.
Perhaps there might be a thought in our hearts and our minds that there's something amiss about the Lord. There is some defect in him and God makes sure that we all understand that in him is no sin. In Christ he did no sin. How many understand that? Christ did no sin, in him is no sin, and he knew no sin. And that's so beautiful because the Bible says you've gotta put the head of the lamb on the altar. He knew no sin, the head. All right, and take his inwards, wash it with water, and burn it on the bronze altar, the place of the cross. His inwards, in him is no sin. And it says take the legs and then put it on the altar. The legs demonstrate your walk, your performance, what you do, your deeds. He did no sin. Instead, he went about doing good, and I love this, healing all. How he pleased the Father. He went about doing good, healing all. He went about doing good. With those legs, he went about doing good, healing all that were oppressed of the devil. And he's the same yesterday, today, and forever, amen?
So God is righteous in making you righteous, so stand tall and say, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ", amen. Receive that gift and reign in life. When you reign, Corona doesn't. Even though the name Corona comes from the Latin which means to crown. It's a garland, it's a wreath, to crown. That's the word Corona, amen? So the devil wants Corona to reign, but I want you to know that those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through Jesus Christ. Can I have a good amen?
You know, the Lord spoke to me, and the Lord said to me this past week, the Lord said to me, you know, people are talking about clusters all over the world. In some places they call it hotspots, clusters. Most of the time, clusters. In Singapore it's called clusters. There's a cluster here, the cluster there. And the Lord says where it is a term of infamy, where it is a term of, like, fear, to denote something bad, amen, a cluster, there's a cluster there, God says he's gonna change that. He's gonna raise clusters all over the world, clusters of blessings.
And now there are all kinds of clusters all over the world, all over Singapore, all over the world, that people are tuning into this cluster. Let me show you how he spoke to me when I was spending time with the Lord and how he spoke to me about this cluster. And he brought me to this portion in Numbers 13. It says, "They came". The children of Israel, they sent spies to spy out the promised land. "They came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there they cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole". That's amazing, isn't it? That is some grapes, bro. Look at a picture here, all right? That's how huge these grapes was. Amazing. And they came to, back to the verse again, the Valley of Eshcol. Eshcol in Hebrew means cluster. And God says, "Where the world thinks of cluster in a negative way, they're gonna see me demonstrate clusters of blessings, clusters of wine, clusters of joy, clusters of anointing, amen, clusters of healing, clusters of provision, amen", amen?
New Creation Church and many other churches here in Singapore and all over the world right now, God is setting us to become clusters of wine that'll bring great joy to people. It's very interesting because this place... by the way, can you see a picture of this, go back. Show them the picture again. One time I was meditating on this, and I saw that this cluster of grapes, if you crush it, that's how you get wine. Before you can get wine, you have to crush it, right? Amen? There was once someone who was crushed between two persons, also on a pole, and that's how you get the cluster, the cluster of blessing, amen? By the way, this was the valley. The Valley of Eshcol is where this happened. Watch this, next verse. Numbers 32, "Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Kadesh Barnea".
Now, Moses is talking and telling the children of Israel. He's rehearsing what happened to them in times past, amen. He's now in the book of Numbers. He's now reviewing what happened. He says, "I sent your fathers. They went away from Kadesh Barnea to see the land". We all know that the sin of Israel, the sin of unbelief, when God told them to go into the land. "And I'll bring you to a land flowing". It didn't say the land has milk and honey. That's good enough. It says the land is flowing. The idea of superabundance. The land is flowing with milk and honey. "And I'll bring you to a land where you will eat from vineyards you did not plant. You will drink from wells you did not dig", amen? "And you will live in houses you did not build".
All this speaks of the land being a place of rest. Today, that was a type of a blessing, and God wanted his people in. In fact, when his people refused to go in or the people didn't believe that God is able to bring them in, God was very grieved, very grieved. Imagine God wanting us to rest and we refuse, amen. Rest in the finished work and we refuse. Rest is our promised land. How do we know that? Hebrews 4 tells us, "I swore in my wrath", referring to this incident, "they will not enter my rest". Instead of saying, "My land", in Hebrews 4, it shows us the antetype of what is the land today for the believer. It's a place of rest. Child of God, God wants you to be at rest.
Now, rest doesn't mean inactivity. It means Spirit-directed activity. Rest means, "Lord, you've got this covered. I rest in you". With every fresh challenge, your first response is, "You've got this. I rest in you", amen? And your position, your position of blessing, starts with rest, amen? Ephesians 2, let's review that again. By the way, let me show you the verse first where this happened. "When they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land", notice, where were they? They were sent from Kadesh Barnea, so we know this is a sin of Kadesh Barnea, but they were not looking at the giants in Kadesh Barnea. They couldn't see the giants. They had to cross over. You understand? But where were they when they saw the giants? They were in the Valley of Eshcol. So there's a choice. Ten of the spies saw the giants. Two of them saw the cluster. It's your choice.
"Pastor Prince, this COVID-19 is so big". Something so small has become so big. Think about it, something that is invisible has become so visible for the world. It's encompassing the vision of the world. You can't turn the news today without, you know, every other news being COVID-19 virus, something about, you know, and it's so full of it. Now, I'm not saying that, you know, we have to shut down on the news. No, no, just watch what you need to know, the headlines, but don't get into the details on social media. It has a withering effect on your faith. It has a drying effect on your soul. It's not good. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs, "A good report maketh fat the bones", amen? A bad report is rottenous. A bad word, amen.
So make sure you listen to good words, listen to good words, amen. That's why horror movies have a bad effect, amen, a withering effect on your soul. So make sure you focus on that which is bread indeed, amen? So, notice, "They were in the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, but they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, so that they did not go into the land which the Lord had given them". So, friend, our position starts with the rest. We are now in the land. We are not trying to get into the land, we are in the land. Ephesians 2, the Bible tells us clearly, "God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us".
Now, have you noticed that God has been emphasizing this for the past few weeks to our church? Amen, that he wants you to sit down. What's the response? Sit down. What does it take for us? You know, Israel literally, the land had to come to a standstill, because for every seventh year, they were supposed to let the land rest, and they refused to let the land rest. And one of the reasons, through the Prophet Jeremiah, God said they'll be taken into captivity in Babylon is so that the land would rest. For every year they didn't let the land rest, they will serve 70 years in Babylon, and the land rested. It was interesting that my wife told me that she saw a news that showed that even the fishes are coming back into the rivers of Venice, you know? And everything is like healing itself. Everything is coming forth. They showed a satellite image of China, before and after, and China was, like, polluted in many of the cities, but now the pollution is clearing, you know?
So this virus thing is not from God, but God can allow the land to rest. God can force people, because he loves you, and he wants you to live long, to sit down and rest, even physically. You don't like to stay home? Now you gotta stay home, amen? Amen? We are such social creatures. I understand that. We wanna be together, and I would love to have the entire church come physically and all that, but we cannot do that, so you know what? Let's flow with what is happening, but let's make good use of it.
Once I was listening to the news, this was during the time of the financial downturn, right, a number of years ago, and I was listening to this news, and there was this jingle that was on. And then after that, the guy says, "And don't forget this seminar, Crisis In The Marketplace". But I misheard, I had Christ is in the marketplace, amen? Crisis is, Christ is. Crisis with this COVID-19 virus, amen, Christ is, amen, and he's gonna turn this around, amen. Christ is in the crisis, hallelujah. And he's gonna bring us through. Praise the name of Jesus. Can I have a good day amen? Come on.
We learned last week that the position is very important. God gives you the position before the provision, amen, we saw that last week, right, amen? We saw that and the Bible says that we are seated with Christ. Even when we are dead in trespasses made us alive, by grace you've been saved and raised us up together and made us sit together. Have you noticed that all these terms are past tense, in the Greek, aorist tense. It has happened. It has happened. We have been raised. We're not being crucified, we were crucified. We were raised, amen? We were made to sit together. It's all past tense. We were raised.
"But Pastor Prince, how can I, I'm not even seated yet. I've not been raised in the Rapture, amen. I'm not seated with Christ yet". He's the Lord of time and space. God lives outside time. As far as God is concerned, you're already seated. Learn to see reality the way God sees. If just in one day we learn to see as God sees, our life will never be the same, amen. We learn to see the way the media wants us to see, you know, the way, and I just want to say this that men, the way man sees is limited, all right, they can only see what's visible. If I don't see it, it won't happen, all right, it's not real, amen? You cannot, you know, the things that are eternal are actually unseen. The things that are seen are temporal. The Bible says that the things that are seen are temporal.
But I'll tell you this, the Lord of time and space, as far as he's concerned, let me tell you this, there's no such thing as a future. Right where you are seated right now, right where I am right now, as far as God's concerned, we are seated. We made it already. We are in Christ risen at the Father's right hand. Because there's no concept of time, we are already there. Do you understand? I think it was Einstein that said, if man can invent a time machine, right, that will travel at the speed of light, what's the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, somewhere around there, okay? And he spends like a few minutes out there in the timeless place, timeless zone, and he comes back just a few, a few minutes. He comes back, all his friends would have grown old because in that timeless zone, you don't grow old, right, but all your friends have.
We need to understand when Jesus says when you are praying, believe that you have received and you shall have. That's why the Bible says that when you partake, that's a timeless zone. You already have it. "But I don't see, I don't see the manifest. I feel the pain, Pastor Prince. I still see the growth". God says you already have it. Learn to speak the way God speaks, and learn to see the way God sees, amen? The world will say, "It's not reality. I can't see it. It's not real", amen?
My son says this, yesterday he told me, "You know, Abba, do you know why science cannot prove God"? I say, "Why"? "They're using different instrument". He say that, "You cannot go to the thermometer and try to find the weight of a person. It's the wrong instrument". So I said, "You know what? I might just preach that". And he told me last night, "Remember to preach that". You're using the wrong instrument, amen, amen. It's revelation from God. God gives you a revelation and you know it, amen, because you are spirit being. Everything that's spirit is eternal. The chair that you sit on, you can touch, you can see it. It's temporal. This building is temporal. Everything you touch and feel is temporal.
"Pastor Prince, your body, you can see your body, is it temporal"? Yes, we are not going to heaven with this body, amen. And the Christian posture is not looking to the grave either. We are waiting for his Son from heaven, amen. The Apostle Paul says, we wait for his Son from heaven. We are looking forward. As all these signs are happening right now, all the more, we see the day approaching, amen, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. All the more as you see the day approaching and we are all assembling online, amen, we are all together in the spirit and there's no time, no space, amen. With the Lord of time and space, there's no space that can limit him.
And that's why when you partake of the Lord's supper, the Bible says this, the peace offering, which is the flesh, you know, the breast meat that the priests get to eat with their family, is one offering in the Book of Leviticus that the priests get to eat with his sons and daughters, and the other offerings only the priests can eat, their sons cannot eat, their daughters cannot eat. But what is the breast of that of that lamb that is roasted, that becomes the food for the priests and his household. It is the love of Jesus. It's the love of Jesus. Many a times, we are trying to feed on our own breasts. How many know that your breast has no nourishment? What am I saying? I'm saying that we are depending on our love for the Lord. We are looking at our love for the Lord. Feeding on your breast means you're trying to find nourishment from your love for the Lord, but there's no nourishment there.
They ate from the roasted lamb and the part they ate was the breast. You feed on his breast, his love, his love, his love for you. There's food there. Every time once in a while stop for a while, when you're fearful say, "The Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me", amen? Can I have a good amen? Praise the Lord. And there's no time or space. And then, I want to say this that when they partake of the meat, they are allowed to eat the meat for three days and after that, it must be burned. What does that tell you? That tells you God is saying, stick close to the cross, stick close. When you partake of the Lord's Supper, all right, just partake as if he died just now because it's in the timeless zone, the cross is in the timeless zone, that's why Christ can die for those who lived before him from Adam, and those who will live in the future like all of us, but with God there is no, you know, future nor past. He's the eternal I Am.
So, he told Martha, when Martha said to him at Lazarus's tomb, "If you had been here", she put the Lord in the past, "my brother would not have died". Remember that? And Jesus says, "Martha, I am the resurrection and the life". Amazing. You know, when Martha said to the Lord, "If you had been here, my brother would not have died". Same words that Mary would say later on, but with Mary, Jesus wept. With Martha, she received a gentle rebuke. Notice that, same words. You know, we have different, we are all righteous before God in Christ. We all have equal standing, but there are those who come close to Jesus. And don't forget, this is a being as well with emotions and affections, amen.
You can draw close to Jesus. Don't neglect that part of your relationship, amen. Don't just rest on the fact that you are in Christ and you're righteous in Christ. Draw close to him every day, amen. Tell him, "My family and I today, we take refuge underneath your wings, Lord, under your wings". Remember the same one that you're talking to, remember that he said to Israel, to Jerusalem, "Oh Jerusalem", he wept, "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I wish I could have gathered you under my wings like a mother hen would gather her chicks". He's speaking Psalms 91, he's saying that my faithfulness will be your shield and buckler.
Come, come and get protected. There was a farmer who experienced like what happened in Australia recently. There was a farmer like that in America in the Midwest where, you know, fires rage on, you know, and finally it came to a standstill, and he went back to his farm. And he was, you know, he was dejected, broken, looking around at all the things that has now burned to a crisp. And then he saw one of the chickens that in the coop outside that used to belong to the coop, the obvious tried to flee, too late, was burned to a crisp. And then just absentmindedly, he just used his foot and shifted the chicken, and underneath out came little chicks scurrying out. They were alive. The mother covered them from the fire, amen? So, the Lord says, "How I wish I could have gathered you like a mother hen would gather her chicks", amen. The Bible says, take refuge, he's your refuge, amen? And we take refuge under his wings, under the shadow and the protection of the Shaddai, amen. Let's do that right now in Jesus's name.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I bring my family and I underneath your wings, under the shadow of the Almighty. We are now in Christ, the risen Christ, at your right hand, far above the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, no evil will befall me and my family all day today. And no COVID-19 virus, no plague will come near me and my family, but with long life, you satisfy me, amen, amen. That's how you pray every day, amen?
Pray that every day. Don't go through the motions, just know, stop for a while, pause, and look at the Lord like he wants to cover you, he wants to protect you more than you want to be protected, amen? He's raising clusters of protection all over the world. He's raising clusters of blessings, clusters of lighthouse. You remember that when darkness, one of the plagues, second last plague of Egypt that God brought before the final plague was actually darkness that covered the earth, darkness so thick you can't even see in front of you, remember that? But watch this, it says that they did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. Wow, that sounds like stay home. But the Bible says all the children of Israel had light in all their dwellings. Children of Israel had light in their dwellings. The children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Now, you might think, "Well, Pastor Prince, yeah, they just, you know, they took some match and they started a light. All right, the olive oil and they just started the light". Well, if they can start a light through natural means, wouldn't the Egyptians avail themselves of it also? So obviously, this is not natural light. It is supernatural light, just like the darkness is supernatural. You cannot light away the darkness. The children of Egypt cannot do that, amen. But the children of Israel had light. It's supernatural light. So whatever this means, I believe it's happening because darkness is covering the earth.
You know what? We should not be so surprised. We've been preaching that all this time, right? Darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the peoples, but the glory of the Lord will arise upon you. Amen, in Hebrew, arise and shine for the glory of the Lord has come upon you, amen, and his glory, listen, same passage says that his glory, Prophet Isaiah prophesied of these days, he says his glory will be seen upon you. It is obvious he's not talking about the millennium. In the millennium, there's no darkness, amen. He's talking about the times we're living in, the end times. Darkness will cover the earth, not the church, not the clusters that God is raising all over the world, amen. But darkness will cover the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine on you.
Light is never so prominent as when it shines, even in a little light in the darkness. You switch off all the light here, and just a trickle of light, just a flicker of light, you will see it from afar. That's what we learned in the army, isn't it? Do not do anything that will spark light in the dark, right, amen? So, our light is never more seen, never more visible than when in the midst of darkness. So, let us shine with the love of Jesus. For the people during this time, let us demonstrate that we are different.
Let us not run around like chicken with their heads cut off, you know, panic buying, make sure I come to your house. Your house has a pyramid of other toilet rolls, you know? God knows how to take care of you. If he feeds the birds of the air, hey, he will surely clothes you, all right? I'm sure that the birds are all laughing their heads off, you know, thinking, looking at us running around with panic buying, amen? I think we're all guilty somehow, we don't want to say, amen, so you look straight. It shall be well. It shall be well. If God has to send ravens, amen, we fillet mignon in its mouth, he will do it, amen. Our trust is in God. We don't ask for the means, we ask that whether we are trusting the Lord at this time, amen? Praise the Lord.
Now, friends, position before provision. Even in the blessings of Deuteronomy 28, God said this, the blessings, for example, "Blessed are you in the city", by the way in the original, Young's brings that out. There is no future tense in the Hebrew. There's no blessed shall you be, it's blessed are you. You're already blessed . As the word "blessed" says, "blessed", amen. Blessed are you in the city, blessed are you in the country, blessed is the fruit of your body, those are your children. Blessed is the fruit of your body, amen. Blessed is the fruit of my body, amen, my children, your children, amen? And blessed is the produce of your ground.
God takes care of the grain, the wine, and the oil, the produce of your ground, which is staple diet of what they have, and that's why I'm saying it's spiritual because when Isaac blessed his two sons Jacob, thinking that it was Esau, the only difference between later on when Esau came in with the venison and Isaac realized that, you know, he has blessed the wrong son, amen. But Isaac says, "I have blessed", and it cannot be reversed. "I have blessed and he shall be blessed". But notice the difference. What ingredients are missing? There's one, God blessed you with the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth. The other one he says your dwelling will be far from the heavens, from the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth, but this one was glaringly missing. God gave you the firstborn blessing, plenty of grain and wine, whereas for Esau, there's no mention of that.
If you are sick, I encourage you, take plenty of grain and wine, not just you say, "Pastor Prince, I took it last week". Take it every day. You take medicine every day, sometimes you take it three times a day. How about giving God that same honor and respect? Plenty means plenty, plenty of grain and wine is a blessing, amen. You don't feel good, start taking it. I took I took it twice yesterday, amen. I took it twice yesterday, amen. Why? Because I feel that there were like attacks coming on my body, for example, not all the time, okay, but yesterday I felt that, and I took it again, amen. Why? Because my inheritance, plenty of grain and wine. Don't worry, it's not sore throat, it's not coughing, it's not running nose, okay? Just remember that that position comes before that.
So, here are all the blessings, and it's a blessing. Your enemy comes against you one way, drop down, your enemy can bless your basket, your kneading bowl, blessed shall you be when you come in, blessed when you go out. Your enemy come against you one way, flee before you seven ways, Hallelujah, that goes for the COVID-19 virus, amen. The Lord will command, by the way, just let you know, God waits until the enemy is in front of your face. "The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated", where? "Before your face". We all wish, we all wish we don't have to see the enemy. The enemy is far from us, but sometimes they are not defeated until they are in front of your face so that you know it is the Lord who delivered you.
Many times when God keeps us, and he does still, keep us from dangers we don't even know, amen, we don't even give him praise. But when it's in front of our face and bang, God delivers us, we know, that we know, that we know, that it's him, amen, give him the praise, amen. So, God waited for Israel, unto Israel. The enemies came back so close, then God opened up the sea, amen, so that they'll know it is the Lord that delivered them, amen? Praise God.
And I pray in Jesus's name that this COVID-19 virus will come to an end in such a way that you will glorify one name, the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I don't want man to get the glory. I want the Lord Jesus alone to get the glory, amen, amen. And I pray in Jesus's name that Israel will also have its place because they are still God's covenant people, amen. Praise God.
"The Lord commanded a blessing on you in your storehouses". Don't worry about the financial famine that's coming, God will command his blessing on your storehouses. Now, all this happens, look at, let's go back to verse 1. "Now shall come to pass, if you're diligent obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you this day. The Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth". You say, "Pastor Prince, we have to obey God, all of God's law"? No, you cannot obey all of God's law. Even you obey outwardly, it is not true obedience inwardly. No man can do that, amen? And God realized that, but Christ is the fulfillment of the law. Because we are in Christ, God gives you an A plus straightaway in terms of law keeping as if, you understand, amen?
So, we are already there. We already there but notice this, position before blessings. The Lord your God, the end of the end part of verse 1, "The Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth, and all these blessings shall come upon you", position. The Lord your God will set you high above all nation. Like someone will say, "Well, Pastor Prince, that's what I want. I want to be higher. I'm praying for that to happen. I'm trying to obey my way to that place". No friend, you're already there. We read Ephesians 2 just now, right? You're seated with Christ, what? Far above all principality and power, far above all might and dominion, and listen, far above every name that is named, including COVID-19 virus, not only in this world, but also in the world to come. We are far above it.
Oh, I feel so good preaching that. I feel, I feel like, like we are saved because we are truly there. We're not trying to get there, we are there. Can I have a good amen? The Christian life begins with you are there. You are complete in Christ as a starting post, amen, like I shared last week, amen. That's your starting post, and then you walk out your completeness, amen. You are already righteous in Christ. You walk out that righteousness, amen.
You see, some people say, "Well, Pastor Prince, all this sitting business and all your teaching, resting and all that, will not produce, will not produce activity". Well, I beg to differ. When no one is more rested than Jesus. Have you ever read through the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and notice our Lord when you read with the eyes of the Spirit? He's so calm, he's so relaxed. He has time for the crowd, but he also has time for individuals, amen. He has time to stop while a girl was dying, turn around and say, "Daughter, be of good comfort. Your faith has made you well". He has time, he has time. It's only we who don't have time, amen? There is a move, a cadence, a rhythm of rest that the Lord seems to walk in; and yet, no one is more active than him. He accomplished everything the Father sent him to accomplish and cried, "It is finished", at the cross in three-and-a-half years, amen.
The secret of true activity, Paul says, "I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me". Notice that. He's very quick to say, "Yet not I, but the grace of God". Grace does not make people lazy. Watch this, even the Old Testament in the least of David's mighty men, this sounds like a Chinese movie, you know? One of them can lift a spear and kill 800 at one time, amen, except this is not fiction. This is real. Look at this 2 Samuel 23, "These are the names of the mighty men whom David had". Watch this, yashav. I hope you got the Hebrew last few weeks already. We've been teaching yashav, yashav, yashav, yashav, remember that? He who dwells, show them again he who dwells real quick. He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, this dwells there is the word "sit" in Hebrew, which is the word yashav. Literally, all the promises of Psalms 91 is for the one who is seated, and we are all are seated.
This is secret place is not like, "Wah, Pastor Prince, it's a mysterious place. And you know what? Only the elite few will find that place. Only elite few who are extra holy will find that place". No friend, if you're born again, truly born again, not a professor, but a possessor of eternal life, all right, you are there. You're already in the secret place of the Most High. Back then, it was secret because the Messiah was hidden. They knew he was coming, but he was hidden. Now he's no more hidden, amen, hidden from the world because he's in the Father's right hand, one day the whole world will see him, amen. He will come bodily for us. There'll be nothing they will hurt and destroy ever again, amen. And we'll come with him, praise the Lord. In other words, we are going up first.
See, I don't believe we are going through the tribulation. I don't believe that as seven years of tribulation, the Lord comes for us. The Bible says we will rise to meet him in the air, and then he says okay, reverse, went down again. Okay, I don't believe that. I believe that we are coming back because we are raptured first. The rapture can happen any time, amen. So, the word for sit is what? Yashav, yashav, sitting down, position before protection, position before protection. So, so already in God's eyes, we are seated, not going to be, already seated. But experientially, our soul may not feel it. We are still stressed, worried.
Now, God wants even your soul to line up and feel secure. Tell the Lord, "I'm seated", amen. "Thank you, Lord, I'm far above the COVID-19 virus, far above, far above sin, depression, addiction, far above ignorance, blindness, far above all principality and power". You are in Christ, amen. And, you know, it's a grace gift. How can you be proud as if you achieved this position? No one can say they are a self-made man. We're all Christ-made men, amen? So, sit down, amen? Position before protection and also position before provision. Can I have a good amen, church?
Come on, hallelujah, and there's something we need to watch out for is that the enemy always comes when you are rested, the enemy comes. Go back to David's mighty men, I didn't forget. These are the names of mighty men of David, Josheb-Basshebeth, he's a Tachmonite. Now, he's a tech guy, okay? He's very good with now with I.T. and all that. Now, Tachmonite, what's his name here? The name is given Josheb-Basshebeth. Now, he was called Adino also because he had killed 800 men at one time. Can you imagine that, killing 800 men at one time? What's his secret? He accomplished so much in a short time, time and space. Right, what's his secret? It's in the name. The Holy Spirit hides truths even in names. These are the names of the mighty men. This man led the rest. He's the first one mentioned.
Now, in your New King James, it says, "Josheb-Basshebeth", give you the name. Actually the King James gave you straightaway this man Tachmonite that sat in the seat. Means the one who sat in the seat, the one who sat in the seat will accomplish more than the one who doesn't. The one who sat in the seat will accomplish much more than the one who didn't, and where you find in the Old Testament is killing 800, today the truth is we'll save 800, amen. All the mighty men of David, when you read, when they fight against a lion, today we are fighting against the enemy, amen, who goes about like a roaring lion, amen, right? There's one guy who fought with a lion in a snowy pit. Imagine snowing, you hardly can move. You gotta lift up your leg to move right, amen? And the lion and him met in the pit. There's a fight, "roar", you can hear the fight and all that, only one can come out. Poor lion. I mean, the mighty man of David came out.
So, today was the truth. The truth is even though you're restricted in space, I think a pit is a place of restriction, don't you? But the Lord of time and space can give you the victory and rescue you from the lion's mouth. He can roar all he wants, amen, but he has to look for whom he may devour. Notice, the devil doesn't just go around devouring whom he wants, that goes for this COVID-19 virus. The Bible says clearly he walks about seeking whom he may. Let's keep him seeking as far as we are concerned, as far as our families are concerned, amen. He's looking for people not at rest.
See, the devil, one of the ways the devil works in your life is to bring worry, cares, concern. When you realize that you are full of worry or you're full of care and all that, stop in Jesus's name, cease, be still. And the word be still there is the word "raphah", rest. Raphah is the etymology of the word "raphah" for healing. The root word of raphah is raphah with a hei, and it means rest. And that verse says, "Be still and know I'm God". It is the word "raphah", rest and know. In the midst of all this COVID-19 thing all over the world, in the midst of all the financial famine that seems looming near, God says, "Be at rest. Cease, be still", in the King James, raphah and know, know what? "I am God".
Notice he's always I am. He's a very present help. And just like Martha said to Jesus after she pushed him to the past, she will say, "Lord, I know that my brother will arise again in the last day". Now, she pushed Jesus to the future. What did Jesus say? "I Am", not I was, not I will be. "I Am". He live in a timeless zone. Amen, "I am the resurrection and the life", amen, amen? Amen, don't put him the past, don't put him in the future. "I know, I know the Lord did mighty miracles, even healings when he was on earth, went about doing good, healing all. But in the future, Pastor Prince, we also know there'll be no sick people and all that in the millennium and all that. But now, now, now is where we live". And now is where he lives, amen. "I Am that I Am", he says, amen?
So, let's go right now to something that I want to show you that I believe is gonna bless you. Time is just flying, isn't it? Sometimes the devil attacks because we have allowed the devil to attack because in a sense that, you know, if you neglect to feed your soul on the Word of God, you're opening up yourself an attack. Realize this, the word "attack", for example, the wor, let me give you this verse, Amalek came in, give them Exodus 17. "Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim". The word "fought" is the word "lacham, lacham". Let me show you the word "lacham". Lacham is spelled like this, right to left Hebrew, lamed chet mem, lacham. Say, "lacham". It's the word fight. The enemy comes and fight with you. Usually in the Hebrew, within the word is also the answer. What's the answer for fight? It's the word "lacham", same spelling, lechem means bread, feed. Bethlehem is bet, is house, lehem, Bethlehem, house of bread. Jesus was born in the house of bread to be the bread of life and to all of us.
Now, lechem, notice the spelling. So, the pronunciation is different because of the punctuation marks, but the spelling is the same. Within the problem is the answer. In the crisis, Christ is, amen? Lacham, fight; lechem, feed. When you feed, you are fighting. Remember the Lord, in Psalms 23, the Lord, what does he do for us in the midst of our enemies, in the face of our enemies? He prepared a table. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence, not the absence, while your symptoms are still attacking your body, while the financial problem is still staring you in the face, while your son is still under that addiction, while you find yourself struggling with sinful habit and you don't seem to find victory, God says, "Don't wait until victory, then you feed. Feed in the presence of your enemies. I prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies". Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
One time I was reading, I was meditating on Psalms 23, and this came to me, and I never realized, never heard anyone preach this and all that, but it came to me that when he spoke about the Lord at first it's in the third person. The Lord is my shepherd, right? Okay, if I speak to you, it's what? Second person, am I right? I'm the first person, second person, third person. I'm speaking to somebody else. Notice when you talk about the Lord, he's talking to someone. David is saying, "The Lord is my shepherd. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his namesake. Yea", now watch this, he's about to go through the valley now.
When a trial is before you, you are going through a trial right now, you're going through a valley of darkness. You're are going through a trial. The whole world is going through a trial now. I'm talking about you now. Whatever trials you're going through right now. Notice the prayer changes. I never realized that, never heard anyone preach this. For years, I never saw that, until one day I was meditating on it. The whole day I was meditating on it, and the Lord showed me when it comes to a trial, you no more talk to your friend about Jesus. You talk to him straight. Instead of saying, "He makes me lie down, he restores my soul", right? "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because you are with me".
Notice, now it is the second person. "Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over". Maybe, maybe just for a while with all this social distancing and all that, we are no more looking to men horizontally. We are looking to the Lord and that's where our answer comes, all right? And what does he do? The very first thing, you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my hate with oil. My cup runs over. Hallelujah, amen. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me, amen? So, when you're going through a trial, talk to him.
"Pastor Prince, I do not know how to talk". He loves to hear your voice. He loves to hear your voice. Amen, like Song of Songs, he says, "Oh, let me see your face, let me hear your voice". Notice, face comes first. I don't want my son to just talk to me from next door. I can hear his voice and, boy, he's got a voice, amen. "Abba", you know. I say, "Justin, come over here". Why? "Come in front of Abba". Many times I do this, "come in front of me", then I'll just hug him. Now he's a captive of love. I just love hugging this boy, amen. I don't want just to hear his voice, I want to see his face. The Lord is the same. The Lord says to the bride in Song of Songs, amen, to the woman, the church, his lover, his spouse. He says, "Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice".
Notice the order. The Lord loves to have you come to him. I'm talking about it in an experiential way. We are all there already at the Father's right hand, but it's so easy for us not even whisper and we know we are so close. We are truly living in Goshen. Goshen means drawing near. The word "goshen" means drawing near. We are there where we have light in all our dwellings. Yes, hallelujah! By the way, the word "lacham" means fight. Lechem means bread. We know that bread, I believe, speaks a lot also of the communion. As we partake, we are actually battling. But also during this time, the way you fight is to spend more time in the Word, listening to the Word of God, amen, tuning into the podcast, tuning into the... I don't know people listen to podcasts anymore, but listen on digital, online, just listen to the Word, amen. Praise the Lord. And make sure that it's the Word that's based on Scripture and Christ-centered, amen? The only way out of this is to eat your way out, eat your way out of your trial, eat your way out to the other side, a larger space, a wealthier place, a bigger place, that God has for you. Can I have a good amen? Amen.
Let me close with this, by telling you this, go back to Exodus 17. "Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim". Rephidim, Israel is Rephidim. I was saying just now, sometimes you don't do anything wrong and you attack, doesn't mean that people are attacked because they do something wrong. Listen, rephidim means resting place. Rephidim means resting places, plural actually. Israel was in a resting place and Amalek came. Amalek come from the word amal. Amal means, listen, amal means painful, stressful labor. It means stressful labor. Amal came to attack, amen? Amalek came to attack. The enemy will come trying to push you into stressful labor. Nothing wrong with labor.
Like I said, Paul says, "I labored more abundantly than they all", all the other apostles even, all right, "yet not I but the grace of God that's with me", but labor should not be painful labor. Christ redeemed us when he sweat blood in the garden of Gethsemane. All right, he redeemed us from that curse of Eden. When God says, "By the sweat of your face, you will eat bread". And because he sweat blood, there's a redeeming quality to Jesus's blood. When his blood was shed, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of human sweat, the curse of painful labor, stressful labor. We labor, but we have no stress. In Jesus's name, hallelujah, amen. Praise the Lord.
Now, let's go back to John 6 in closing. Last week, we covered that the Lord said to the people, "Sit down, make the people sit down". And they all sat down in ranks in multiples of five, by the way. In Mark's version it says, "Make them sit down in companies of groups on the green grass", you know? Imagine someone come and says, "Hey, this is very familiar". The green grass, the Lord, the Lord is my shepherd, makes me lie down. And the word "sit down" in the Greek even in Jesus's day is the word "recline". They reclined to eat. Position yourself as if you're about to eat. You know, whenever you want a miracles to happen, you know, don't act like there's not enough food, running around, you know, with toilet paper and all that. You're not positioning yourself, amen? Position, but I don't see the bread multiply yet. I only see five loaves down there.
And the Lord says position yourself first, recline, position, make them all sit down. In fact, some versions says, "Command them all to sit down". Here it says command. "Command them to make them all sit down in groups". You know, what is it that God has to command us to rest? What is it about, God has to command us to rest, huh? So, they all sat down in ranks in hundreds and in fifties, okay? Now, he fed them. He fed them, and the Bible says in John 6, go to John 6. It says that, the last part here, it says in verse 11, "He gave them the loaves and fishes, as much as they wanted". He gave to those who are sitting down, those who are running around didn't receive. Those who are sitting down received, how much, as much as God's will? Doesn't say about God's will here. As much as they wanted. The moment they say, "enough", the supply stop. The supply is always greater than your need. I said, the supply is always greater than your need. The person of Jesus is greater than all the sinners that will ever be or will be in the future, amen?
The worth, the value of that one man is worth more than any other man that will ever live on this planet, or will ever live in the future. His sacrifice is more than all the sinners put together, and that's why we have much more left over, much more, much more, much more, amen. So, drop down. After that in John 6, "Therefore when Jesus perceived they were about to come and take him by force to make him king. He departed again to the mountain by himself alone".
Let's look at Mark's version of this. There's something very interesting that Mark mentioned that John doesn't mention, and there's some things that John mentioned that Mark doesn't mention, that's why we put all the four Gospels together, and they each have a reason, just like the Lord is in Matthew, the king, and in Mark, the strong ox, amen? Do you know an ox laboring, and when a ox labors, right, do you know there is a steady labor? An ox doesn't start and stop like some animals. It's a strong, steady labor. Strong, unceasing, steady labor. Strong labor. And our Lord is typified as an ox in the book of Mark. Luke, man. The phrase son of man appears so often in the book of Luke. John, the eagle, amen? Because he came from heaven, and the Word became flesh, hallelujah.
Friend, when evening, notice, "He had sent them away", the disciples. He put them in a boat, and head them towards Capernaum, opposite Bethsaida, "And he sent them there. When evening came". Now, what did he do? He departed to the mountain to pray. He went to the mountain to pray. Friends, listen, he went to the mountain to pray. This is a picture of our Lord today. Where is he? On a mountain at the Father's right hand. It's a picture of... mountains, usually, in the Bible, is a picture of kingdom. So where is Jesus now? At the Father's right hand, praying for you and I, making intercession for us. He's praying, right?
So, bodily, he's not with us. He's with us by his Holy Spirit. He's present with us, right, amen? But where is he bodily? At the Father's right hand. And he will stand up and come for us soon, I believe, amen. Keep looking up, hallelujah. So this is a picture right now. Where's the church? In the sea. Sea speaks of ocean. Sea speaks of... ah, sorry, sea speaks of nations. I was going to say ocean. So nations of the world is, the sea is full of turmoil and stormy. It's like the nations, they have no rest. And where's the boat? The boat's like a cluster, a church, in the midst of the sea. So what's happening now? When evening came, the boat was-... You know, the Lord is so cool, isn't it? They came to make him king, you know? Most people would just fall for that. He sent them away. There's no way. Go back home, amen.
And he went to the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, evening came. The boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land. "Then he saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them". The words straining at rowing is the counterpart in the Greek for the word amal. It's actually strenuous straining, strenuous work, stressful labor, amalek again. It's like the church getting into all these works, into all this labor, into all this stress, you know, they're trying to accomplish, they don't realize that if they rest, they will bless even 800 at one time, amen. But they're striving, they're striving at rowing. They mean well. They want to do what's right. The Lord told them to go to the other side.
They want to obey the Lord, but they're using their own efforts, and the wind is contrary. And the Bible says that in the last days, you know, there'll be all kinds of winds of doctrine, amen. The church is going to be tossed to and fro, amen, with every wind of doctrine, amen. Make sure that it's after Christ, the stature, the fullness, of the Son of God, amen. We all grew up into him, hallelujah. So the Lord saw them. When did he see them? In the fourth watch of the night. "Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea". "When the oceans rise and thunders roar I will soar with... above the storm Father, you are King over the flood I will be still know you are God". Be still. Hush to all your fears, worries, and apprehensions.
The Lord will see you through. The Lord will see you through. Not only see you through, make you unrecognizable where before you were a worrisome person, you'll be a person of poise and power to many. You'll be like a rock many will come to for help, for counsel, and you'll point them to Jesus but you'll be like a rock. I prophesy to you in Jesus's name, amen. Praise the Lord. "He saw them straining and rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night he came to them". Sometimes we can't come to the Lord, and we are so, always our mind say I must go to the Lord, I must go to the Lord, as if the Lord is not willing. But you know when he comes to us, we can go to him, but you know what? He can come to us. And you know when he comes to us? In the darkest times of our lives. The fourth watch.
Let's say there's a clock here right now, facing all of you, okay? So here's 12, here's 6. Am I right? So in the evening, during Jesus's time, this is how watches are reckoned: From six to nine is the first watch, nighttime already, right? Nine to twelve is second watch. Twelve to three is the third watch. Three to six is the fourth watch, darkest before dawn. That's the time Jesus came to them. He didn't come to them any earlier. He came to them at the darkest time, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. Now, drop down. "When they saw him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out".
Many a times, the Lord comes to you but you didn't recognize him in the darkest moments, and you think it's a ghost. You think it's something else. You think that it cannot be the Lord. Sometimes he speaks through your wife. I mean, he speaks through your child. But you're waiting for him to come the way you want him to come, amen? It's a character that they had never seen him before: walking on the sea. In our case, I see him walking on this COVID-19 virus. He's above it. This virus is not above him. I see the Lord calm at the Father's right hand like he knows what's going to happen, amen? He's calm, amen. He's going to work everything out for good.
Sometimes, and too soon, and man doesn't learn some things that he wants them to learn. He's not behind this virus, but boy, he will make use of it to glorify his name and for the good of men, amen. Not the virus itself, but he will make it, he didn't initiate it, but he will use it, amen, this time. He still has the answer. The devil cannot do anything. The devil even has to make sure the Lord approves, so for a while the world realize if God just had to lift a little finger, protection is no more there. You see what happens. Everything comes to a standstill. Imagine lifting two fingers, three fingers.
Friend, we need the Lord in our lives. Prophet Daniel says God holds your breath. He told the king, "God holds your breath in his hands", amen. We need to realize that. Praise God? Okay, and when they saw him walking, they all saw him and were troubled. "But immediately he talked with them and said to them". "Hey, guys, be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid". You know, in Hebrew, he would have spoken to them in Aramaic, in Hebrew, he would have said this, anokhi, I am. Show them the Hebrew New Version: "He said to them, 'I AM. Don't be afraid.'" I am. Is that familiar? Does that sound familiar? I am. "What shall I say? Who shall I say sent me"? Moses asked. "Tell them, 'I Am that I Am.'" It's a blank check, amen? Praise the Lord.
You want victory over this sinful habit? I am your victory, amen. You want supply during this time. I am your good shepherd, amen. You are sick. I am your healer. What about the COVID-19? I am your defender. I am your protector. And if you are sick with that, you've been infected, "I am your healer and you will not die". Literally, in Hebrew, anokhi, I am, al tirah, don't be afraid, amen. So go back to Mark's account: "Then he went up into the boat to them, the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled". The wind ceased. Now, look at John's version. All right, go back to John: "He said to them, 'Anokhi, al tirah, I Am.'" Literally it's not "It is I". You can find the word in italics there. It's actually "I am", he told them. "Don't be afraid". "Then they willingly received him". The first thing you gotta do, they belonged to the Lord already. They're the Lord's disciples. But here they willingly received him into their boat.
Have you ever said, Lord Jesus, I willingly receive you into my family? I willingly receive you into my career. I willingly receive you into my... But Pastor Prince, he knows that he is the Lord of my life. Yeah, but he wants to know that you want his involvement in all these areas. They willingly receive him. We read just now that he would have passed them by. If they didn't want to receive him, he would have passed them by. Remember that? So they had to willingly receive him, and the moment they received him, the wind ceased, amen?
And watch this. Not only that, they willingly received him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. Immediately, the boat was at the land. When you willingly receive the Lord, listen, let me show you the picture here from Mount Arbel. Show them Mount Arbel in closing. Right, this is Mount Arbel. I love this spot. You can see the Sea of Galilee on the right and looking towards Capernaum, okay? Jesus sent them from here. Sent them down. Look at the map, okay? Magdala is where Mount Arbel is. They're going towards Capernaum so this is how they went. They went towards this way, but the wind started blowing, amen?
And some people say it's from the East, the wind blew from the East, but I believe if it blows from the East, they'll go to shore, not much problem. They're not scared. I think the wind blew from this side, westerly wind, through the Mount Arbel. Mount Arbel is like a gorge, like a channel. The Via Maris path is there, and strong winds would come and hit the waves, right? Pushing them more and more towards this side. So the more they rowed, the more they were being pushed by the wind and not meeting their destination. It's how the world feels right now. But I'm speaking to God's people. You have a lot of time and space, amen, and the Bible says: they willingly received him into the boat. And what happened? Immediately, immediately the boat was at the land.
Now, halfway in the middle. Show them the map again. They're going towards Capernaum, all right? When he walked on the water, somewhere in the middle there, he got into the boat, immediately they were at Capernaum. Don't miss that. Let me read that again. All right, "Immediately the boat was at the land". You know what that means or not? The Lord of space, the Lord of time. Do you see that? The moment you receive him, you don't operate your family, your business, whatever area you bring him in, your ministry, your church, whatever areas you willingly receive him into and say, Lord, have your way in this area. Whatever areas you bring him into, listen, has the quality of timelessness and spacelessness. Immediately the boat was there. What happened to the wind? Gone. What happened to the devil who opposed them? It obviously was the devil, amen? Gone. Are you listening, people?
I want to close by saying this. Friend, it's not a matter of, like, "I'm doing my best to pray. I'm doing my best to, you know, claim all the promises of Psalms 91". But you're doing it in stress. You're doing it like, you know, you want it to work, but you're not sure. You know, friend, he loves you. Take time to enjoy his love. Come to him every day. There are times that I feel fears, worries, anxieties try to attack me, try to attack my emotions, and the only way out is for me to come down before him, go somewhere you can't, you know, your house is busy, drive your car, go somewhere in a park, just spend time.
Lord, I come to you right now. Take a deep breath, Lord, it is you, Lord. What you say is most important in this trial. Lord, it's your presence, Lord. And you know what? What's gonna happen after that? You take some time, however long you want to, just linger in his presence. Enjoy his love more than anything else. Listen to something edifying like a Joseph Prince message, okay? There are many other good messages, but I know myself, so I know he's good. I think he's pretty good, amen? Listen to the message. Fight this fear, worries, all these enemies, by feeding, and I listened and talk to God. I guarantee you'll go home to your family different. Like the Bible says, you look for your fear and find fear no more. You cannot psych your fear away. You cannot, you know, affirm your fear away. You can only spend time with the Lord, and his perfect love cast out fear. Amazing. You don't even know you're being transformed, amen?
Friend, he's the Lord of time and space. When the Amaleks come against you, he stands ready, and he says to you, "I am". You need to willingly receive him into your situation. What is the area of your life that you have not willingly received him into? Perhaps, you know, it's a shadowy area, an area you don't want him to be involved in. Is there a dealing, a business dealing that you don't want the Lord to be in? Well, friend, it will always be toss, amen, until you willingly receive him into that area, amen. Is there a relationship that you have that, you know, you know it's not right, amen. The person time and time again refused to believe on the Lord Jesus, refused to value the same things that you do. Well, friend, you cannot willingly receive him there, right? You know in your heart, right?
Friend, why don't you just bring your life to a place of peace, your rephidim, your resting place, and sit down? The Lord is more than able to provide you with a better boyfriend. The Lord is able, more than able to provide you with more than enough in another business, in another dealing, amen? The Lord is more than able. And friend, if you are here today and you're watching this, perhaps you say I didn't plan to watch this, you know, there's no such thing as accidents with God. There's no such thing as coincidence, there's only God incident. God caused you to watch this because he loves you, and he wants salvation to come unto your house today, amen. So if you are watching this at home, or wherever you are, or you're not assured that salvation is your portion, that you are saved, at any time your heart should stop beating, you know heaven is your home.
You know you'll see the Lord face to face. If you're not sure about all that, or you know you have never received Jesus, pray this prayer with me right now. Would you? He stands ready, the I Am is before you, amen? I am your salvation. I'll save you. I'll save you from everything that would hurt, that would destroy, I'll save you, amen? The only thing he promised in the Word he wouldn't save us from, he will allow us to go through, is persecution. All that live godly in Christ will be persecuted. But you know what? It's a joy to be persecuted for his name, amen? But even then, the Lord will make sure that we have the grace is go through it. So, friend, pray this prayer with me right now.
Lord Jesus, I thank you that you died on the cross for all my sins. The fires of God's judgment fell on you for my sake. Because it was my sins, my curse, my judgment, that you bore at that cross, and when the fires of judgment fell on you, it consumed all my sins, all my diseases that you will carry at the cross, and you cried, 'It is finished.' It's all gone. Thank you, Lord Jesus. And on the third day the Father raised you from the dead. You are alive today, and Jesus Christ is my Lord now and forevermore. I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Thank you, Father, in Jesus's name.
And all the people said amen, amen, praise the Lord, hallelujah. Let's all stand, and I'll pronounce a blessing over you wherever you are at home. Praise the name of Jesus. Aren't you glad, (really, I'm so glad) for the Lord of time and space, amen? That, you know, you can be listening to a sermon last year and be healed today? We have so many testimonies of people writing to us, telling us they listened to a sermon that was preached some time ago and they receive today because there's no time with the Lord. So, right now there's no space either. The Lord is right there with you, and he can impart the blessings on you. Lift your hands, amen.
The Lord bless you this coming week with the blessings of Father Abraham, the blessings of Deuteronomy 28, and all the blessings that he has in his heart for you. This coming week, may they all manifest in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord keep you, preserve you and your families, defend you, preserve you, from the COVID-19 virus, from every sickness and disease, from every danger, harm. From all the power of the Evil One. Thank you, Lord, amen. The Lord preserve you. You are in the place of refuge throughout this week. The Lord make his face to shine on you, give you favor everywhere you go, favor first with your families, favor with everyone that you meet. The Lord grant you favor. The Lord lift up his countenance on you and grant to you and your families his shalom, wellbeing, wholeness, and peace, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and all the people said amen.