John 10:18 He chose to lay down His life for us
John 10:18

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

John 10

He Calls His Sheep by Name

10 1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

19-21 This kind of talk caused another split in the Jewish ranks. A lot of them were saying, “He’s crazy, a maniac—out of his head completely. Why bother listening to him?” But others weren’t so sure: “These aren’t the words of a crazy man. Can a ‘maniac’ open blind eyes?”

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22-24 They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”

25-30 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

31-32 Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”

33 The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”

34-38 Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

39-42 They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and stayed there. A lot of people followed him over. They were saying, “John did no miracles, but everything he said about this man has come true.” Many believed in him then and there.

These are notes on the sermon, All Things Work For Your Good, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 11 April 2021, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work
  2. God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by
  3. Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future
  4. You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor
  5. God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good
  6. God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life
  7. Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory
  8. Closing prayer
  9. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work

We are continuing from last week’s sermon, Stand On Favor Ground.

“Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”


— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was delivered up because of our offenses

— Jesus was sent into this world to die for our offenses (sins). The reason Jesus came in the form of a human body was so that He could sacrifice Himself for us at the cross. Though He took on the likeness of sinful flesh, He had no sin in His flesh (Rom. 8:3).

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, there were times people tried to kill Him but were unsuccessful because it wasn’t His time yet. As Jesus held all power and authority, no one could kill Him without His consent. He chose to lay down His life for us (John 10:18). When the time came and the guards went to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was the One who stepped forward and allowed Himself to be captured (John 18:6).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life (zóé) through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
— Romans 6:23 KJV

For the wages of sin is death

— Man fell when Adam chose to listen to the voice of the enemy who hated him instead of submitting to the voice of God who loved him. Subsequently, all of mankind had sin in their blood; all of us were like sheep who had gone astray (Isa. 53:6) and needed saving.

eternal life” — Though sin was man’s fault, God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die at the cross for all our sins and give us eternal life. “Life” here is the Greek word “zóé,” which refers to the highest form of life—the life that God Himself lives by.

We go back to Romans 4:

“. . . and was raised because of our justification.”
— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was raised because of our justification” — Through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we have not only been delivered from our sins but we have also been justified. Jesus’ work was to remove our sins in the presence of a holy God so that when God looks at us today, there is no more sin on us. While there is still sin in our physical bodies, God sees no sin on us. When Jesus comes again, we will receive our glorified bodies with no trace of sin or its effects.

Jesus has done a perfect and eternal work, one that is efficacious forever—and we stand in that value of work before God. This is why through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we can come boldly to God and receive what we need.

The Young’s Literal Translation translates Romans 4 this way:

“. . . and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.”

— Romans 4:25 YLT

was raised up because of our being declared righteous” — If we were not declared righteous, God would not have raised Christ from the dead. Jesus was not raised because of His position as the Son of God (that He always was), but because of His perfect work at the cross. Because He has borne all our sins in His own body, today we stand righteous and without sin before God. As believers, we need to receive and believe this truth in our spirit.

The perfect work that Jesus did at the cross includes bearing our sins and everything that is a result of sin—including sickness, disease, depression, and pains.

There are people who struggle to believe that Jesus did this perfect work. They believe that He bore their sins but are unsure of whether He bore their sicknesses and pains. So when they are trying to trust God for their breakthrough, they say, “I can’t believe. I don’t have enough faith.”

Beloved, it’s not about the amount of faith you have, but about the trustworthiness of the Person you have faith in. Don’t look at your faith; look at Jesus. He is perfect. Because Jesus is perfect, there is no doubt that He did a perfect work at the cross and purchased the healing or provision breakthrough you need.

God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”

— 1 John 5:13 NKJV

These things I have written to you . . . that you may know that you have eternal life” — The Bible doesn’t deal with “perhaps” or “maybe,” the Bible says “these things are written that you may know that you have eternal life.”

that you may know that you have eternal life” — Eternal life is your portion as a child of God. Eternal life is not about living eternally (all mankind are already spirit beings that cannot die). Those who refuse to accept Jesus and end up in hell will also live eternally. Eternal life refers to the quality of life (zóé life)—the life that God Himself lives by. When we are born again, God imparts His zóé life to us (Rom. 6:23).

Plants, insects, animals, and humans all have varying degrees of life, but the life of God Himself is the highest form of life (zóé life—eternal life). You and I have this eternal life that comes through Jesus, who came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10)!

The Christian walk is about learning to allow the Spirit to lead you in life. This is how we practically live by the tree of life. When Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that was when all the problems started. Today, living according to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to live by natural reasoning and logic. On the other hand, living by the tree of life is to be led by the Spirit.

When you are led by the Spirit (the tree of life), you will produce many good works and exceed the standards of the law. You will live with moral excellence. You will not only give what is sufficient to others but have the Spirit’s prompting to be generous. When you trust that God is your supply, you will be generous because you know He provides in abundance. This is contrary to natural thinking (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), which tells you to limit your kindness.

Pastor Prince shares a story of two farmer neighbors (one a Christian, one a non-Christian) who grew crops in paddy fields. The farmer who lived on the lower part of the hill (the non-Christian) used crafty methods to benefit from the flow of water that his neighbor above (the Christian) used to water his crops. Though this was unethical and upsetting to the Christian farmer, he felt the Holy Spirit on the inside tell him to be generous and water his neighbor’s field before his own. Shortly after, his neighbor realized what was happening and asked him about it, to which he replied, “I just felt the Lord tell me to do it.” In the end, his neighbor got saved because he experienced the goodness of God. This is a testimony of what happens when you allow the Lord to lead you in life—you see supernatural results that go beyond what you could have imagined.

Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
— Romans 5:1–2 NKJV

having been justified by faith . . . rejoice in hope of the glory of God” — As believers, we were sinners before we were saved by grace, but now we are sons and daughters of God who are justified by faith. We are not perfect in our flesh but we have been made perfect in the Spirit. God doesn’t just want to save and justify us, but He also wants us to have a glorious future!

“Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
— Romans 8:30 NIV

he also justified . . . he also glorified” — Jesus is the first One whose glorified body rose from the dead, and our lives are patterned after His. When Jesus comes again for us, our bodies will be exchanged for a glorified body—a body where we will never feel fatigued, sick, or die. While we wait, we rejoice in hope and anticipation. Even right now, we have already entered into His glory (it’s just that the last thing for us to possess is our glorified bodies).

When Jesus raised Lazarus after he had been dead for four days, the power that raised Lazarus was not resurrection life, for Lazarus still died physically later on. Resurrection life and power came when Jesus was raised from the dead—where He would die no more.

In His glorified body, Jesus still has flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Jesus’ glorified body also transcends time and space and can be anywhere in an instant. Yet His body is made of matter and can be touched and felt. This is a picture of our future, where our glorified bodies will be like His glorified body after being changed by His power (Phil. 3:21).

To live in our glorified bodies is God’s plan for us. He never intended for man to grow old and die because He counts death an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26). When Jesus comes again in the rapture, God will put the final enemy—death—under His feet (and our feet) once and for all. Death has already been defeated at the cross, but it will finally be under our feet experientially when we receive our glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:52). On that day, we will be with the Lord forever.

He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
— Matthew 8:17 NKJV

He Himself” — Jesus didn’t entrust His work to an angel, but He Himself willingly bore our infirmities upon His own body. Only Jesus can do a perfect work, and everything He does carries an eternal effect—one that remains efficacious once and for all.

You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor

“By whom we have also access by faith into this favour in which we stand.”
— Romans 5:2 (DARBY)

There were many Biblical figures who saw God’s favor at work in their lives. David had favor; Esther had favor before the king; Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord; Ruth found favor in the eyes of Boaz who redeemed her from poverty; and Joseph had favor with Pharaoh though he was someone who initially had nothing to his name and was even cast out by his own brothers. All of them had their own faults and failures, yet God gave them favor with people.

we have also access . . . into this favour in which we stand” — Today, we have access into this favor in which we stand because we are declared righteous through the cross.

As God’s beloved, you can declare you have favor with God and with man. Not every man will find you favorable (e.g. people against the gospel of grace), but God promises that you shall find favor with many people.

Likewise, Jesus had favor with countless people He met. He even found favor with Pontius Pilate even though He was eventually delivered up to be crucified due to Pilate’s fear of Caesar. The only people that Jesus didn’t have favor with were the Pharisees—the religious people of that day. The Pharisees shunned Jesus because they despised the grace and accessibility He gave to sinners.

Wherever you go, remember that you are living under the unclouded favor of God!

God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good

“And we boast on the hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we also boast in the tribulations.”
— Romans 5:2–3 YLT

boast in the tribulations” — Even if you’re going through a troubling time, the Bible says you can still boast in your tribulations, knowing that God is working every trouble for your good.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

we know” — God doesn’t want us to have some fleeting hope that all things will work together for good. He wants us to know it as a fact!

all things work together for good” — Even as you persevere through tough times, know that every trouble will work for your good. It won’t happen because of your good deeds but because you have the unmerited favor of God upon your life. The word “work” here is the Greek word “synergos,” which means “synergy.” Synergy is an employment of different parts that work together to produce the total desirable effect.

If there seems to be all sorts of challenges that you’ve been facing for a long time (e.g. this pandemic and all its negative repercussions), remember to fall back on God’s Word that reaffirms your standing on favor ground. No matter what you’re going through, big or small, there is always something good that God is doing behind the scenes that will benefit you.

When it comes to the COVID-19 virus sweeping the globe and bringing about lockdowns such that churches had to move online, one positive change the church has seen is the increased number of salvations over the past year. We rejoice knowing that Jesus is being unveiled to more people and more lives are being transformed by His grace.

When the Bible says “all things,” it means all things. Believe that God is synergizing everything for you and your family’s good!

While God is not behind the pandemic or the challenges that you face, these bad things that happen don’t catch God by surprise. We are living in a fallen world—bad things that happen in this world are the consequences of Adam’s sin.

We go back to Romans 8:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

those who love God . . . those who are called according to His purpose” — This describes everyone who is born again. They are characteristics, not conditions. All those who are born again love God, though we love Him in varying degrees. When you are redeemed by Jesus’ work, you will come to love God and know Him (Heb. 8:11). And all those who are born again are called according to God’s purpose.

Knowing the hope of our calling is part of the prayer in Ephesians 1.

God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life

As a child of God, you will discover your God-given purpose that He has called you to fulfill.

This year, Pastor Prince has encouraged us to pray this prayer from Ephesians 1 daily:

“May give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling.”
— Ephesians 1:17–18 NKJV

you may know what is the hope of His calling” — God has a purpose and a calling for your life that only you can fulfill. This calling is not based on your right doings, but it is a destiny that God has called you to before you were formed in your mother’s womb.

Though the apostle Paul said that God had separated him from his mother’s womb (Gal. 1:15) with a calling to preach the gospel of grace, he first grew up to be a Pharisee of Pharisees. Not only that, but Paul was also instrumental in the torture and persecution of many believers, going as far as sanctioning the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Though Paul seemed to miss his purpose and go off-track in his earlier years, God brought him back to His intended purpose.

Pastor Prince addresses a commonly asked question about destiny and predestination: Has God predestined those who will be saved?

Us having God-given destinies does not mean that God has predestined those who shall be saved.

When it comes to Paul and his God-given destiny, we can see the way God set him apart by looking at Paul’s upbringing. Many things in Paul’s life were God-arranged. God caused Paul to be born a Jew in that day and age in order for him to have accurate knowledge of Scripture. He also caused Paul to sit under the teaching of Gamaliel, one of the best Bible teachers of that time. Paul was also fluent in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, and he was a very intelligent man. All these things were to prepare him for his ministry in the future.

Later on in life, Paul realized that all these achievements and accolades were nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ. Yet he needed to have them to come to this revelation.

We, too, cannot be satisfied by achievements, status, or worldly pleasures. Our spirits are God-breathed, and this is why the things of this world can never satisfy us the way our Lord Jesus can. He is the bread of life.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
— Romans 8:29 NKJV

foreknew” — To have foreknowledge is to know what will happen in the future, which God does. In His foreknowledge, God knew whether you would receive Christ or not based on your free choice. God always gives us free choice; He will never manipulate it. If He was going to manipulate man’s free choice, He would have made sure Adam did not make the wrong choice in the Garden of Eden.

predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” — To believers: Because God foreknew that you would accept Christ, He has predestined you for the good intent He has for your life—which is to be conformed to the image of His Son. This is predestination.

We are predestined to become more like Jesus, the Son whom God dearly loves.

Look at Jesus, look at His moral beauty and glory. He doesn’t see things the same way everyone else does.

When you fail or make a mistake, Jesus doesn’t see the filth on you. Instead, He sees you clean, righteous, and welcomes you with open arms for you are His sheep and He is your Shepherd. For sinners who are not yet saved, Jesus views them as sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). His heart as a good Shepherd is to feed them and receive them into His sheepfold.

Everything in your life—the good and the bad things, the big and the small things—has all been predestined to conform you to the image of Christ. That is what it means for all things to work toward your good.

When you are like Christ, your character starts to be like His. And the results you see in your life are like the results Jesus had when He walked on earth.

Look at Jesus—whatever He touched prospered. When Jesus touched the leper, the leper was completely healed. When Jesus touched the five loaves and two fish, it multiplied in plenty to feed five thousand people. When Jesus touched the poor, they became rich. When Jesus touched a sick body, it became healthy and vibrant. To be conformed to the image of Christ and to have His results is true success in life!

Success is not about being famous or earning lots of money. If you live to please man, that bondage only brings about the fear of man. When you trust in the Lord, you shall be safe (Prov. 29:25).

God is working out every detail and circumstance in your life for your good.

One example in the Bible is the life of Joseph. Joseph went through trouble after trouble, but ultimately God worked every trouble for his good. Joseph, who started off with nothing to his name after his brothers betrayed him and sold him off, rose to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Not everything that happened along the way was of God, but everything working out for his good was of God.

Joseph’s story is also a picture of our heavenly Joseph—our Lord Jesus. When Joseph’s brothers came to meet him to ask for food during a time of great famine, Joseph revealed himself to them as their long-lost brother whom they had sold as a slave. Instead of using his power to execute vengeance against them, Joseph used his power to draw them near to him (Gen. 50:20–21). Like Joseph, Jesus was rejected by His brothers (the Jews) but loved by His Father. Jesus came as the Bread of Life and became provision to the Gentile world. Jesus first came as a lowly and humble man but will come again as the glorious King of Israel.

God forgives every mistake you’ve made and works them all out for your good. This doesn’t mean that you should keep on sinning because that is unwise. God will bring you to the place where you fulfill your calling, but if you carry on living in sin, you will take a longer time to be led to that place.

God has so much good and glory in store for you—greater than all the things this world offers.

As a child of God, you can always have the attitude that you are favored. Judgment, death, and all the effects of the curse are behind you. The symptoms you feel in your body are only temporary, for your bodily redemption is drawing nearer and you will receive a brand-new glorified body (1 Thess. 1:10; Luke 21:28; 1 Cor.15:52).

The apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians:

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
— Philippians 1:21 NKJV

to die is gain” — Regarding our loved ones who have gone to heaven: Know that they are happy, free, liberated, and in perfect shalom peace. Feeling sad over the loss of a loved one is only human, but know that they are in a better place than you and I are. One day, we will meet them in heaven and be with them for eternity. We will even have fun exploring the vast universes (see Zech. 12:1) God has designed for us to enjoy!

Here is some advice for parents: It is understandable that you want the best for your children (e.g. for them to grow up educated, get a good job, and earn a good salary, etc.), but true joy and success are not found in these things. True joy and success happen when your children know the Lord. Encourage your children to attend the children’s ministry or the youth ministry and do what it takes to get them to attend it. This upbringing will produce fruitful results at the opportune time. They may not understand the Word fully now, but one day their eyes will be flooded with light and be filled with the revelation of who Jesus is to them in a personal way.

The enemy wants your children. When Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh agreed but wanted the children to stay behind (Ex. 10:11). The reason why Pharaoh wanted the children to be left behind was that he knew the parents would come back for them. Moses didn’t allow that to happen, and all the Israelites left Egypt, children included. It is important we don’t leave our children in Egypt (the world) but raise them up in the ways of the Lord!

Let us not bypass this opportunity to let our children know the Lord, for the very things you see the Lord do in your life, you also want your children to experience in their lives.

God’s purpose will always cause everything to work for good for you and your family!

Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory

“Because as He is, so are we in this world.”
— 1 John 4:17 NKJV

as He is, so are we in this world” — This is a promise that is happening right now (not sometime in the future). As Jesus is (present tense), so are we in this world (not just in heaven).

Today, God sees you as one with Jesus. As Jesus is above all principalities, powers, might and dominion, and every name which is to come (Eph. 1:21), so are you in this world right now. As Jesus has no unhealthy flesh, so are you in this world (Eph. 5:30). You can declare that you are healthy, for Jesus is healthy. As Jesus is free from disease, having borne your diseases at the cross, so are you free from sickness in this world!

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
— 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

beholding . . . the Lord . . . transformed into the same image from glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord” — When you behold Jesus, you will see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory. This transformation will not happen by your own efforts but by the Spirit of the Lord. When you have an image of Jesus that is based on eternal facts and truth found in His Word, you will be transformed into that same image through that hazon vision (vision from God)!

When Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on water just as Jesus was doing, Jesus said, “Come” (Matt. 14:28–29). With that one word, there was more than enough power to bring about the miracle of Peter walking on water. As long as Peter’s eyes were focused on Jesus, seeing Him above the storm and transcending the waves, Peter was able to carry on walking on water. This depicts our Christian walk on earth today—we are to walk with our eyes on Jesus. When you do this, you will begin walking above every fear, challenge, and dire circumstance, and you will start being conformed to the image of God and experience the results that Jesus experienced!

Peter only began to sink when he was distracted by the howling winds and fear caused him to take his eyes off Jesus. What was supernatural (Peter being kept buoyant by the Spirit), became natural (Peter began sinking).

What we need today is a hazon vision, one that turns our eyes and focus back on Jesus. While Peter looked away, Jesus never stopped looking at Peter.

How do you behold Jesus today? You behold Him in His Word and the preaching of the gospel of grace.

Pastor Prince shares a powerful healing testimony of a lady in our church who had been diagnosed with lumps in her breast many years ago. Filled with faith after hearing a sermon that Pastor Prince preached on 1 John 4:17, she wrote on her medical report: “As Jesus does not have lumps in His breast, so am I in this world.” When the lady went back to the doctor, she found that the lumps were no longer there!

The results of your testimony are not produced by you but by the Holy Spirit in you. Your part is to keep your eyes on Jesus and let the Holy Spirit transform you supernaturally into Jesus’ image.

Pastor Prince closes the sermon by emphasizing how God wants us to come to a place where our eyes are flooded with light and understanding (Eph. 1:17–18), and we flow and cooperate with what He is doing. Remember, all things work together for good for a child of God! Learn to flow with God so as to move according to His purposes for your life.

Pastor Prince prays for these conditions:

  1. Neck condition that is linked to the shoulder
  2. Diabetes
  3. Blurred vision that occurs on-and-off
  4. Kidney conditions

Closing prayer

“This coming week, the Lord bless you and your families, and the Lord keep you and your loved ones from the COVID-19 virus, from every infection, from every disease, from every danger, harm, accident, and from all the power of the evil one. The Lord preserve you and keep you for His glory. The Lord make His face shine on you and your loved ones, prosper you in everything that you do, prosper your way and make all the crooked places straight. And the Lord grant you His shalom peace and favor, in Jesus' name. And all the people said, Amen.”

Own The Word (life application)

What trouble or challenge are you going through today?

Friend, God is working every detail and circumstance in your life together for your good (Rom. 8:28), even if it doesn't feel like it right now. While that difficulty you’re facing in your career, your health, or your family is not from God, He is able to cause all things to propel you into His glorious purpose for your life—that is, for you to be more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29).

To be like Jesus is to have every enemy of sickness, disease, and depression under your feet. To be like Jesus is to have everything you touch prosper. To be like Jesus is to have favor with God and man. To be like Jesus is to be wise and led by the Spirit. To be like Jesus is to have moral excellence and glory. To be like Jesus is to be beautiful in every way. To be like Jesus is to be truly happy and successful in life!

The way we are transformed into His image is by simply beholding Him (2 Cor. 3:18). So in the midst of that negative situation you’re in, will you turn your eyes upon Jesus? See Him in His Word or listen to anointed sermons that reveal more and more of who He is. He is the hazon vision (prophetic vision) God wants you to see.

Just like the lady whose healing testimony Pastor Prince shared, you can also fix your eyes on Jesus by applying 1 John 4:17—“as He is, so are we in this world”—to your own situation. You can personalize this verse and write it plainly where you will see it often. Here are some suggestions:

“As Jesus is healthy, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is successful, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is far above every storm in life, so am I in this world.”

This is one practical way you can remind yourself of how God is working all things for your good such that you become more like His Son!

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became the captives and he waited for

them to

rise up to arrest him no one can heal

him

without his permission he came for the

purpose to lay down his life

on that cross because we have all sinned

all we like sheep have gone astray we've

rebelled against

the love of god for us we have we have

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listened to the voice of the enemy who

hates us instead of

submitting ourselves to the voice of god

who loves us perfectly

and as a result the bible says the wages

of sin is death

but the gift of god is eternal life

through jesus christ our lord

so the bible says christ was delivered

up for our offenses on that cross

now think of the glory of that person

who bore our sins

and his own body on the cross can he

do anything else but a perfect work

if you know who he he is you cannot

question

the value and the efficacy of his work

you know

when we look at work of somebody and in

order for us to

gain satisfaction our confidence in that

work

we must know who is the who did that

work

amen it's all about the person who did

the work

if we look at a masterpiece a painting

and you know it's it's painted by

michelangelo okay it's painted by

rembrandt

amen you know the world's gonna be good

it's gonna be something that only a

master can produce

so likewise when we know the work of

jesus

we know who is the one that did the work

it cannot be but a perfect work so what

was the work the work was

to remove our sins amen uh in the

presence of a holy god

so when god looks at us he does not see

sin on us

even though even today there's sin in us

but god does not see sin

on us we can come to god boldly amen

praise the lord and the sin in us will

be removed when we receive the glorified

body

in christ hallelujah but until then god

does not see sin on you

child of god and you can come to god

boldly because christ did a perfect work

at the cross

when he laid down his life on that cross

amen

he brought all our sins away and it's a

perfect

and eternal work we stand in the value

of that work before god amen

we stand righteous by the blood of jesus

which is the very next line

he was raised because of our

justification

he was raised like young's translation

brings out the

the greek word here for justification

declared righteous he was

raised from the dead because we have

been declared righteous

in other words if we are not declared

righteous

god would not have raised christ from

the dead amen

god cannot raise christ from the dead

even though he is the son of god

and that he always is god raised his son

from the dead

because he has done a perfect work at

the cross

in effectively efficaciously removing

all our sins hallelujah and because he

bore all our sins

all away one clean sweep we stand

in that in that clearness from all sin

hallelujah before the sight of a holy

god

thank you lord jesus you need to receive

this in your spirit you need to believe

that

amen you know people have problems

sometimes uh believing

uh the work of jesus whether he bought

away our sins or

he bought away our diseases he brought

away our oppression

depression and they have a belief

problem they believe

they'll say things like you know i have

a problem believing god

i don't have enough faith when i look

into myself i don't have enough faith

well since when do you decide that you

have enough faith by looking at yourself

the question is not whether it's not the

amount of

your faith it is the trustworthiness of

the person

you have faith in who is it that you

have faith in

if someone says you know i can't believe

i just can't believe

well who is it exactly that you can't

believe

amen it's not about the amount of your

faith it's about the trustworthiness of

the person

you have faith in if god said it

the bible says these things are written

that you may know

you have eternal life amen the bible

deals with

veracities it deals with with absolute

truths

amen it deals with sureness

there's no maybes perhaps but

you know if if you are lost all right

you're driving around and you're lost in

the countryside somewhere

and you see a man by the side of the

path and you

uh roll on the window and you ask him

you know can you please tell me where's

this location

i i'm lost and the person says you know

perhaps you might take this path

and and maybe at the end you can turn

right instead of left

and maybe after that you can would you

trust his word

do you have confidence in his word no

why because he's using perhaps

maybe so the bible doesn't deal with

perhaps and maybe the bible says

that these things are written that you

may know

you have eternal life hallelujah these

things are written that you may believe

in the name of the son of god and that

you may know that you have

eternal life hallelujah the eternal life

my friend is your portion and mind today

having put our trust in christ we have

eternal life

now eternal life is not living eternally

amen all those who are in hell are also

living eternally

because they are spirit beings when god

made us remember our bodies come from

the dust of the ground

but god breathed into man and man became

a living soul and he's now tripartite

which means he's

there's three parts to him just like god

god is a triune god

man has a spirit a man in fact who he is

is a spirit

he has a soul which is his mind and his

emotions

and he lives in a body amen

now when he dies he leaves his body

behind but he's alive

and and he needs to be housed somewhere

whether it's heaven

or hell he needs to be held somewhere he

lives forever so eternal life cannot be

living forever because those in hell

also live forever

eternal life is the quality of life it

is the very life

zoe life zoe ionos with eternal life

zoe is the life that comes from god god

himself

his life is that zoe life so when we are

born again

god imparts that zoe life to us

hallelujah the wages of sin is death but

the gift of god is eternal life and the

word eternal life is zoe life

zoe life amen the life of god himself in

all of us

praise the lord you know the life you

know plants also have life

right but it's the lowest form of life

then we have

insect life insects are alive

they have a form of life then we have

animal life

and all the way to human life but human

life is still not the life of god

it's human life and then the highest

form is the life

that god himself lives by amen and

that's the life that you and i have it's

called

eternal life so whenever you see eternal

life from now on think of the life of

god

himself hallelujah and that's what you

and i have praise god eternal life to

jesus christ our lord

amen jesus says i come that you might

have zoe life

you might have life and have that life

more abundantly amen more abundantly

praise the name of jesus

you know the the thing is about our

christian life is that we are we are

learning to allow that life to dictate

to us

in everything that we do it is walking

in the spirit we live by

the tree of life today we don't live by

the tree of knowledge of good and evil

that's where all the problems started

right man sin

because man uh partook from the tree of

knowledge of good and evil

you know contrary to uh you know

common opinion people say that you know

god made man perfect

god made man perfect yes god made man

perfect but not complete

there's a part of man that god allowed

him to have a choice

to choose whether he wants to open his

spiritual eyes and

live by the tree of life which is the

life of christ

himself or to eat from the tree of

knowledge of good and evil

thereby living independently of god

knowing good and evil

knowing good and evil that's like a life

of ethics

you know uh situational ethics or living

in the morality of the moment

knowledge of good and evil which is

dangerous because the tree of life

don't don't think for one moment to

treat your life when you leave by it

your morals

are lower than the tree of knowledge no

nothing could be further from the truth

the truth of knowledge good and evil may

tell you all right it's good for you not

to

go beyond in your kindness and all that

but the tree of life will tell you

pour out amen and give to others you'll

not be impoverished

god will supply you with more and it's

contrary to uh

natural thoughts it's contrary to your

your natural thinking i remember years

ago

i had a story about in china in ancient

china

um a believer a believer who was a

farmer

uh he was tending to his farm and and

they lived like on a

on a slight hilly side of the country

and what happened is that there are two

uh petty fields

in that in that hill and one belongs to

his neighbor who is not a believer

but he is a believer and and he lives

higher up

so what the unbeliever the the other

neighbor of his

uh did was that every time you know he

would water his

paddy fields and it takes a lot of work

because he has to channel the waters

from the river

and then bring it to his uh uh channel

it to his farm

amen to his paddy fields but what the

other anxiety the neighbor did was to

break

and to break a hole a hatch to break the

age where it separates the

the his father feel from the neighbors

and he broke a little

hole so that the water will come into

into his field as well

now that that that is kind of you know

something uh

that he should not be doing of course

but but the thing is that he did it time

and time again and and the

the christian neighbor was feeling

telling the lord lord i

every time i water my my field you know

the water gets less and lesser because

all the water and because it's on a

slope the water goes to the neighbor's

uh paddy field and i'm getting tired of

enduring this

you know i'm doing my best that i can

and the law says since when i told you

just to endure it

since when i told you to just be doing

the bare minimum

what is that life on the inside telling

you to do

and he says well the life is telling me

and he prayed say lord

what are you telling me to do and and

the life came up

and told him from now on water your

neighbor's plants first

water his fuel first deliberately water

is filled then water your field

so you started doing that and after some

time the neighbor noticed what's been

happening

and the neighbor approached him and

asked him why why are you doing this

and after all that i did to you and he

says well guess what the lord told me to

do

and the neighbor got saved because of

that praise the lord hallelujah that's

living by the

tree of life amen so christ was

delivered

at the cross for our sins for our

offenses and he was raised

when you and i were declared righteous

now look up here

after we are declared righteous in

romans 5

verse 1 it says therefore having been

justified

or declared righteous by faith

we have peace with god through our lord

jesus christ

now we have peace with god through our

lord jesus christ so that the next verse

tells us

we have access through home we also we

have access by

faith into this favor into this grace in

which we stand

and rejoice in hope of the glory of god

in other words

our future is the glory of god

hallelujah do you know the bible says in

romans 8 that this is the plan of god

for you and i

god doesn't just want to save us amen

some people just preach like

you know we are safe and that's it we

are we are sinners saved by grace

listen my friend we were sinners we are

saved by grace we are now sons and

daughters of god

hallelujah we're not perfect in and of

you know in the flesh we're not perfect

but we're not in the flesh we're in the

spirit amen and god's plan and purpose

in romans 8 is that it's not just

sinners saved by grace once you're safe

god wants to justify you those he's safe

right he says

moreover those who say what he says

those he justified

and those he justified he also

glorified notice that glory is in your

future

the first glorified man who rose from

the dead is our lord jesus he's the

patent man

the man that god planned for all other

men to follow

that's the pattern man amen and that's

our lord jesus so as we follow the lord

jesus

hallelujah he's our pattern man and

we'll enter into the glory of god we'll

be glorified hallelujah and

of course we are waiting for the rapture

where the lord comes for us

and death will be put under our his feet

which is our feet also in him

and uh death will be no more in you know

there's no more physical death

praise the lord and and not only that

the bible tells us

will forevermore be glorified hallelujah

you cannot sin in that body you cannot

feel bored in that body

you're gonna feel tired for thick in

that body you'll never have disease in

that body

and you'll never ever die hallelujah

what a future

there is for you and i child of god

those he justified

he also glorified that's our future so

we rejoice in hope

in anticipation in expectation of that

glory

when jesus comes again praise the lord

but right now we enter into the glory

already praise the lord

the only thing the glorified aspect that

we're waiting for is our bodies

our glorified bodies like jesus body

when he rose from the dead

you know the resurrection is not like

the resurrection life is not like the

life that jesus

uh when he raised lazarus from the dead

in a sense lazarus was resurrected

actually the correct term is

resuscitated now lazarus was dead

okay dead he was dead for four days

when jesus raised him from the dead but

that

life that jesus uh uh exerted into

into uh lazarus when he says lazarus

come forth that power is

is not the resurrection life by which he

was raised from the dead

because when he resuscitated that date

man lazarus from the dead

after he was dead for four days lazarus

would die

again okay so the resurrection life is

not like the life of

lazarus when he was raised from the is

the life of jesus when he was raised

from the dead

he dies no more and this resurrection

life is something that lazarus did not

possess

when he rose from the dead when jesus

rose from the dead he has a body

he told his disciples feel me touch me

a ghost a spirit they were afraid that

he was a ghost he says a spirit

does not have a body amen a spirit does

not have flesh and bones as you see me

have

obviously there's no blood all the blood

his blood was shed at the cross

and he's all taken up to heaven sprinkle

on the mercy seat

and he says touch me amen he's still

flesh and bones by his glorified body

and the bible says he shall change our

bodies when he comes again he will

change

our bodies our vile bodies like unto his

body

by his power hallelujah and and right

now we don't wait for that to happen

right now we already have resurrection

life in us

praise the lord the life of god himself

we have the resurrection life that that

transcended death

now that's the difference between jesus

when he rose from the dead

unlike lazarus he was able to transcend

geography and time transcend

time and space he appeared and he

disappeared

that you know in the resurrection

there's not coming and there's no going

you will see him appearing and then

disappearing

i don't even want to say he's at this at

a realm where it's faster than the speed

of light

you know it is beyond the speed of light

amen he

in the in the resurrection form yet his

body is matter

yet it is a body you can touch and feel

and that's the kind of body you and i

will have

amen we we will transcend all the the

matter

and even space even the geographical

space

in the universe the whole universe is

our playground praise the lord that's

the plan that god has for man from the

very beginning

god never meant for man to have sin in

his body

weakness sickness growing old and then

dying

all these god counts as an enemy and the

last

enemy that we put under jesus feet is

death and we are looking forward for

that that's what the rapture is all

about

hallelujah you know pastor prince you

talk about rapture the word raptured is

not in the bible

neither is the word trinity but trinity

the triune god is a reality

and then we use it to describe in fact

the greek word there is harpazo

that's catching away the seizing away

of his church he'll come in a twinkling

of an eye he's gonna transform our

bodies like his body and so we shall

forever be

with the lord it's going to happen so

fast the world will not see us transform

it will happen in the twinkling of an

eye in the great in an atomic second

atomos

in an atomic second is going to happen

we'll be transformed we'll be out of

here

you'll just see us disappear hallelujah

and that's what we are looking forward

to

and we will forever be with the lord and

that's the greatest joy

i love it the bible says himself

took our infirmities it's himself it's

not an angel

he does not entrust that work to any

other

amen he himself took our infirmities

and bore our sicknesses and if he did it

if such

a person has done such a work

it cannot be but perfect

and eternal work everything that jesus

touches

becomes eternal amen he touches the

priesthood

of levy amen and he becomes the high

priesthood of

melchizedek forever hallelujah

he touches the offerings of the lambs

that never could take away sins only

cover it

he touches with the one perfect offering

of his body on the cross

and he becomes an eternal offering once

and for all

hallelujah with the efficacy that lasts

for all eternity

hallelujah everything that jesus does

has an eternal effect

praise the name of jesus only he

can do a perfect work amen but many

times you know when we

god says now we are declared righteous

we are

we have access into this favor in which

we stand we are the favor of god

and every time the the jewish people in

times past when they read about the old

testament

how david had favor how esther had favor

before the king

how uh noah found grace in the eyes of

the lord how

roof found grace favor in the eyes of

the near kinsmen

the one who could redeem her poverty

could redeem her situation

all this there would be even joseph as a

slave

with nothing to his name stood before

pharaoh in an

hour he had favor with pharaoh and

pharaoh made him the most powerful man

next to him over all egypt so

favor is something that god gives and

for all the saints of the old times

under the old testament

they'll be longing for that favor but

alas

they're all too aware of their weakness

and their

their shortcomings and their sins and

then they forfeit themselves

of that favor they know that you know

it's only for the josephs and the davids

and the roofs but my friend you and i

today we have access

into this favor in which we stand we

should be confessing every day

before we leave our house i have the

favor of god on me

i have favor with god and i have favor

with men

now not with every man of course because

of man's weakness and

and his fallen state not every man you

know will find you

uh favorable hallelujah but the same

people that

that did not favor jesus the bible says

jesus had favor

with with a lot of people multitudes

followed him

he had favor with pontius pilate in fact

uh pilate tried his best to release

jesus until the crowd shouted out for

caesar's name

and he was afraid of caesar and he

delivered jesus

all right so he was a coward but

nonetheless jesus had so much favor

the only ones he didn't have favor with

are the self-righteous religious people

of his day

those who felt like by their own works

they can become righteous

and here jesus is making god so

accessible to all the common folk

it makes god so real and so near to all

the people who have sinned us

and he ate with sinners they they saw

jesus forgiving sinners

forgiving sins while they themself were

complaining

about the sinners they'll say he eats

with he's a friend of sinners whereas

they themselves

have a holier than doubt attitude they

saw jesus receiving sinners

and then they themself will reject this

sinners

and will go for a pile of stones as as

soon as they can

to stone these people for their sins and

they saw

grace and they didn't understand grace

so only those who are against grace

will not favor you because like jesus

so are you right the disciple is not

above his master

now back to this again we are under the

favor of god under his unclouded favor

and we enjoy this favor every single day

it doesn't mean there's no suffering in

fact the very next verse says

we don't just rejoice or boast in the

glory of god the word there's both

actually

but we also both in troubles tribulation

why not tribulation workers for us

troubles work for us amen trouble should

not have troubled you because

because trouble troubles you now you

have it's like throwing you a lot of

stones and others and the stones never

reach you but falls at your feet

and that makes the foundation for you to

step on higher and higher

to where god wants you to be god caused

all things to work together for good

to them that love god look at that verse

just one more time romans 8 28 because

it's so true

for those who are the favor of god we

rejoice in troubles because troubles

work of perseverance a work of good in

your life and this verse says in romans

8 28

and we know do you know it do you know

it

not just a theory in your head not i

hope to know it

i hope to believe it but we know that

all things work together for good

doesn't say all these things are good

not all things that happen to you are

good but all things

work together for good and this word

work together

is one great word word which is

the word we get our english word synergy

you know synergy

synergy is the the employment of all the

different parts

that that produces a total effect amen

but it is a lot of individual parts the

synergy of those in

you know that produces the total effect

hallelujah

the total desirable effect praise god so

god causes

all these troubles and all these uh

things that's happened in our life big

troubles small troubles amen

challenges that that stay you in the

face uh uh

for quite a long time now and you're

wondering why is this happening this

pandemic

why is this happening to the church

we're not able to come together and all

that

and you're asking me to believe and it's

happening to churches everywhere

so it cannot be there all of us have

fallen you know and god is punishing us

for our sins no no no my friend

we must fall back to god's word where it

says we are standing on

favor ground with god so what is

happening this pandemic something good

is happening

well i know one thing good is that we're

we are seeing more and more people

come to christ amen to this online we

are seeing more people than ever before

uh in our church our physical church

we're not able to contain all the people

that we would have now if they come to

church physically

so that's something that's happening

that i know that jesus is being unveiled

to more people

praise the lord more people are getting

saved more people

are receiving the touch of jesus and

their lives are being transformed for

that i give praise

but there's a lot of other things that

god is doing in this pandemic but it all

comes in this

all things all things means all things

in your life so perhaps you're thinking

of something in your life

that has happened right now it might be

there for a few days i've been there for

quite some time now

but it's all working together for good

for good it's all sunigel it's all a

synergy

working together and god didn't say that

all these things are good god did not

say that he sent all the

things no no this pandemic is definitely

not from god

right god god did not say i'm

responsible for all things in your life

he did not say that i know some

christians believe in this

sovereignty to the point that all things

that happen to you is from god

i don't believe that this is a fallen

world amen god never meant for men to

die

so obviously man is dying why because

man's own free choice

he chose to rebel against god like i

said before you know you put your hand

in the fire you can choose to put your

hand to fire

but you can't choose the result the

result remains the same you cannot say

i i choose not to burn no finger in fire

equals burn you cannot choose the result

you cannot choose an

opposite result amen so likewise

god god knew when man sinned against him

that

god will plan everything it doesn't

catch god by surprise this pandemic

doesn't catch god by surprise

amen all the bad things that happened in

your life didn't catch god by surprise

those things that happened to joseph

when his brothers betrayed him and sold

him

uh for for those money that they were

longing for

and uh betrayed him his love his trust

in them

and then sold him off to the midianites

and then they brought him to egypt and

all these are bad things that happened

to joseph

the lie of potty first wife all this is

bad god didn't cause these things to

happen so that

good things will happen to joseph no god

is not behind these things

but god works all things god's

synergizing

everything to work together for joseph's

good say for good say three times for

good

for good amen say for my good

for my good hallelujah say for my family

is good

amen so god is working everything even

though he's not behind

everything especially when they're bad

stuff amen god is a good god

but he is working all things for your

good amen

and then he goes on to say for good to

those who love god to those who are the

call according to his purpose now some

people jump on this and say notice it's

only for those who love

god now friend all those who are born

again they love

god and all of us love god the moment we

know him

because all our sins are forgiven in the

new covenances all of us know him from

the least

to the greatest we all love him although

our love

is at varying degrees god doesn't say

when your love is eighty percent uh

there for me

then this promise will work for you no

no no it's saying every believer those

who love god is

a characteristic of people who are

born again people who have eternal life

people who are

safe and redeemed by the work of jesus

hallelujah i'm getting a revival here

right now in jesus name

praise the lord so god is saying and as

well as the next line who are called

according to his purpose now to say

something here but

according to his purpose if you are a

child of god

you are beginning to discover your

purpose now one of the prayers that

i've encouraged you all to pray

beginning of this year

is the prayer of ephesians 1 where it

says

that god will give you the spirit of

wisdom and revelation in the knowledge

of him the eyes of your understanding

being flooded with light being

enlightened

that you may know what is the hope of

his calling

what is the hope of his calling his

purpose for your life

you are born with a destiny there is a

purpose for which no one else can

fulfill but you

and if someone doesn't fulfill his

purpose it is a loss it is a loss to

heaven

heaven doesn't just say you know what

you know it's just one loss

no no for for the lord out of a hundred

sheep

one sheep is lost he considered a loss

and he will

seek for it i love this until he finds

it hallelujah that's how god esteems

so it's a real loss to heaven if you

don't fulfill that purpose so god has a

purpose for you

and that purpose wasn't something god

decided later on as you

observe your obedience or your life of

it then he gives you a purpose no no the

purpose is from your mother's womb

when you were there when god placed you

there you were

given a purpose a destiny if you would

say it like this

god separated me in my mother's womb

god separated me in my mother's womb but

we all know that he grew up

and uh became a pharisee of pharisees

set at the feet of gamaliel

and uh he was instrumental in many

believers being tortured

being persecuted and even was there uh

giving his uh tested approval to the

stoning of stephen

the first martyr of the church in the

book of acts we saw that and

and yet you know it was misdirected but

he was separated

from his in his mother's womb separated

to the calling in his mother's womb

in other words though he missed it for a

number of years

god brought him back to his purpose and

everything was working

god allowed him to be born what does it

mean then pastor prince does that mean

that

god has predestined some people to be

saved and some not to be saved from

their mother's womb

no my friend is not saying that what is

saying when god separated him that means

god

separated him to become a jew not

another race but a jew in that day and

age they will have the accurate

knowledge from the scriptures god

caused him to be sitting at the feet of

gamaliel one of the best

bible teachers of that day you know he

was a pharisee but one of the best

teachers of the bible

he was privileged to sit at the feet of

gamaliel not only that he knew the bible

and he knew greek

and he knew hebrew back to back he knew

aramaic

and uh he was an intelligent man god

allow him to have all the

the the the teaching that he would have

all that okay so that

he's prepared not to rely on these

things because later on he considers all

these things as done

right but to prepare him to see that all

these things

cannot achieve that greatest revelation

when the truth comes you know it

praise god the things you've been

looking for in your hedonistic pursuit

of pleasure or fulfillment

through wealth accumulation all those

things when you find that you have those

things

it doesn't mean much when you have

little

it means a lot to have things

right but when you have a lot as

testified by those people who have a lot

even billions all of a sudden

it doesn't mean much it is

so true that you were created for

greater things your heart is

too big to be satisfied by wealth fame

by by pleasures of sin

right your heart is too big it can only

be filled with divine things because

you are you are breathed in your real

person the spirit

was breathed in into your body

by god himself amen you are a spirit

being

amen things that are of the flesh

material things can never

truly satisfy you the way the lord jesus

came

that's why he's called the bread of life

hallelujah

so all these things is working together

for good

hallelujah now watch this according to

his purpose

what does that mean all things work

together for good

to those who love god to those who are

called

according to his purpose and the next

verse tells us the purpose for whom he

for knew

he also predestined to be conformed

to the image of his son jesus

that he might be the jesus might be the

firstborn

among many brethren notice the purpose

is tied up with what god for knew

it is tied up with the predestination to

be conformed to the image of jesus

and what it means is that some people

you know they teach

foreign knowledge and predestination

these are big words i know

maybe for some of you not interested in

these things but there are a lot of

believers who ask me also

what do you think about predestination

what do you think about fall knowledge

so i think it's a good time for me just

to share with you

all right what it means um in a simple

way

so for knowledge is actually prognosis

it's for before knowledge of the future

you know it before

so god of course has the four knowledge

but so that's for knowledge

predestined means god has destined you

by i'm going to say by hook or by crew

but you know the ways of god is by

straight and by straight

do you end up by the with the good

intent that he has for your life

so but some people have thought

predestination in such a way

that they say you are either possession

to be saved

or you are predestined to be lost now i

don't believe that

i don't believe the scriptures bear that

out i believe that god foreknew

that you will accept jesus christ he

foreknew now god did not manipulate your

free choice he gave you the free choice

if god had manipulated your free choice

he would have done it with the first man

and woman adam and eve in the garden

when adam is about to partake of that

tree that he's not supposed to

god can stop his hand right make it into

a

a little uh a flat hand

that will go a great velocity across his

own face and slap him

a man slap him three times at god once

god manipulate his free choice no god

did not manipulate his free choice my

friend

if god had done god could have done that

god could have made adam kick himself

even

but god did not stop adam from partaking

of the very tree that he knew is going

to bring

death to man so

god will not manipulate your free choice

but god foreknew

that you by your choice would accept the

lord jesus christ

god foreknew that long before you were

born god foreknew

in that in that timeless eternity god

foreknew

that you will come forth into this world

god foreknew that

what you would choose even before you

have chosen this that's why he's god

so before you have chosen to accept

christ or to believe on christ

god foreknew that you would do that and

those whom he fought you

would believe on christ he predestined

this

not others to go to hell no he

predestined those

who would believe on christ whom he for

knew would accept christ

he predestined them to end up conformed

to the image of his son the son that he

loved

that he loved dearly amen we look at

jesus

how beautiful he is isn't he we look at

his

moral beauty his moral glory

you look at him his eyes full of love

for sinners he sees things the others

don't

you know he sees beauty where others

sees ugliness

he sees the cry in a sinner's heart

whereas others see the filth and the sin

and the uncleanness jesus will welcome

you

with open arms because he loves you and

he sees

you as his sheep hallelujah

he loves you he loves you long before

you know him

praise the lord he looks at sheep

people actually by the side of the

mountain and the bible says they were

distressed

they were going astray and he saw them

as sheep

having no shepherd now other people see

them as

these are just rebellious people that's

why they're going astray

they're just rebellious they're full of

sin they have no heart for god

you know criticize you know and and just

criticize and condemn and condemn

as opposed to jesus he saw them

rebellious going astray

confused distress because they were like

sheep

having no shepherd and he is the

shepherd

amen he is a shepherd and he proceeded

to teach them

he proceeded to feed them he proceeded

to

bless them and bring them into his foe

hallelujah because he is the good

shepherd so how do we view

sinners how do we view people who don't

know jesus even though they are using

their

their voice to blaspheme his holy name

he never stops loving them he sees them

as

what he declared at the cross father

forgive them

for they know not what they do they

don't realize what they are doing

and even paul himself says i was the

chief of sinners

you know i was a blasphemer but god in

his grace and his mercy saved me

that in me there might be for other

believers

a pattern they will see a pattern of

god's

patience long suffering in my life

hallelujah because god can save me

the chief of sinners paul says god can

save you

hallelujah so god god's purpose is that

everyone that would believe in jesus

whom he foreknew would

believe on christ he predestined every

one of them

those believers to end up being

conformed to the image of jesus so

everything in your life

good things bad things amen small things

big things whatever it is all that is

happening in your life

is so that you it's all predestined you

are predestined no those things are not

predestined

but you are pretty destined those things

are working

towards the predestination for you to

end up

just like jesus

you will end up looking like jesus

you'll be conformed to the image of

jesus and my friend i'll tell you this

jesus is no failure everything he

touched prospers

he touched the leper ugliness becomes

beauty

he summons a beauty for the ashes of the

leper

when when there is little in his hands

he touches the five loaves and two small

fish

and they become plenty to feed the

hungry

hallelujah he touches the poor

and the poor becomes rich he touches the

sick

and the sick body becomes healthy

not just healthy vibrant with health

with the energy to serve him with

just like peter's mother rose from her

sick bed

to serve them hallelujah i'm telling you

friend

whatever jesus touches prospers and

to be conformed to the image of jesus

with his character

his beautiful person hallelujah and to

have the results that he has

hallelujah that itself is true success

it's not getting you know so much money

in your life

that one day i come to a place that

others can look at me and say wow i'll

be like him

really is that really your heart's

desire will that really satisfy

fame i want to be famous i want people

to know my name you know

being famous is not very peaceful i'll

tell you that

all right it is not you will find

yourself always waking up

wandering living for the crowd or living

for one for the audience of one

amen is much more peaceful as opposed to

trying to please men

it's a bondage to please men you fear

their opinion you feel what they'll say

the fee of men brings a snare the bible

says

whoever trusteth in the lord is safe

so everything in your life just like

joseph's life

you know if he wasn't soul to egypt

he will not end up in portiva's house if

he was not

lied about he would not end up in the

prison where he

interpreted the dream of the butler and

that became the stepping stone for him

to be in the palace

of pharaoh

if pharaoh had not had that dream

he would not see the need for joseph's

gift

everything is working together for

joseph

but not everything is of god

but everything working for good

is of god god is orchestrating

everything he's

synergizing everything to work for

joseph's

good until one day joseph stood before

his brothers

and they saw the good that god has done

in his life and this is what he told

them

and they were so afraid that he might

you know execute vengeance on them and

this is what he says you men

evil against me but god meant it for

good

and he brought them all near him with

all the power that he has and he was the

most powerful man besides pharaoh

in that day and age with all the power

he has to execute vengeance on them what

did he do

with all the power he forgave them and

with that power he drew them near to him

and he says to them with the power in

his mouth

that he has he uses that to say i'll

provide for you

and your little ones no vengeance in his

heart and this is our heavenly

joseph our lord jesus today and the

story of joseph

is is like the story of jesus right and

joseph reminds me of jesus

and rejected by his brothers loved by

his father

so is our heavenly joseph our lord jesus

rejected by the jewish brothers

but loved by his father dearly he came

as the bread of life and he became the

bread of life

through the gentile world because his

jewish brothers rejected him and became

the bread of life for 2

likewise

joseph became the bread of life to egypt

the gentile world

whereas his father's house was

languishing until they would see him

face to face and he would provide for

them and that's going to happen in the

second coming of jesus

right the first coming he came as savior

same as the lamb of god

lowly humble but in the second coming

he's gonna come

as the glorious king of israel king of

kings and lord of lords

hallelujah praise the name of jesus and

and the story of joseph is so beautiful

so much like

jesus praise the lord so back to this

again

everything in your life my friend all

your mistakes all your missteps

all your sins even amen god forgives

them

and god works them for good now that's

not to say i'll make more mistakes

i'll go on sinning that is called

stupidity right

and i know i'm sure that god can use the

stupidity but you'll take more time

right you're just going around the

mountain one more time praise the lord

so

no i'm not saying that i'm saying we

need to know god's purpose for our life

that everything in our life is working

together for our good

and what's the greatest good that we can

have to end up like

jesus in every way praise the lord

amen to look and sound like jesus having

the results of jesus in our life because

he's the patent man

that the father always dream of and now

he's become the firstborn

among many brethren of which you are one

of them hallelujah

thank you jesus praise the name of jesus

so i hope you're getting this idea of a

full

knowledge and predestination it's not

that god for new

and then god planned to predestine some

to be safe

and some to be lost and there are people

who teach that it was very popular in

the 17th century

um teaching in the church at that time

but it's not true

okay god there's not predestined people

to be to be lost

or to be safe amen in fact

predestination is a secret

a family secret it's like the offer is

whoever will come and take the water of

life freely

jesus says whoever believes in him

should not perish but have everlasting

life

whosoever whoever will praise the lord

he's it's always for everybody amen

but the the door says everyone is

welcome whoever believes

you step into the door you close the

door you are now in the family

environment amen you look at the back of

the door it says predestined

before the foundation of the world i

mean it's a family secret

then you realize you're one of those who

believe and god

that you would believe and now you are

predestined so relax my friend

everything in your life right now even

this pandemic is working together

for your good hallelujah

thank you lord jesus and always have

this

attitude that you are now a child of god

you are standing on favor ground

and death and judgment is behind you

it's not in front of you for for the

believer it's not in front of them

it's behind them but but pastor i feel

something i feel like

like uh tired and fatigued and uh uh i

feel

feverish i feel sick and i feel this

pain and that egg and that egg

and you're telling me that death is

behind me yes it is my my friend listen

what you're feeling is your body and

that body won't be going to heaven with

you

now don't be afraid the bible says i'm

not saying that you would definitely die

the in fact the christian posture is not

to look to the grave in your future but

look to the sky

he's coming for you amen the bible says

our posture is

looking for his son looking for his son

from heaven

that's our posture when the signs are

happening like this pandemic and all

that

we are to lift up our heads not look

down to the grave

that's not our future look up to the sky

lift up your heads for your redemption

draws near

referring to your bodily redemption it's

drawing near with each passing day

it's drawing nearer and nearer and

nearer

it's even at the doors hallelujah and

and once you realize that once you can

live your life with confidence

knowing that death and judgment is

behind you that doesn't mean if jesus

tarries

should jesus tarry that doesn't mean

that we will live on and on

right because like i said even if jesus

comes he's going to give us a brand new

body those who are alive

the bible says in the twinkling of an

eye our bodies will transform

light unto his body so this body will

not go to heaven

and don't worry about heights and all

that when he ceases you up there

amen because all fears will be gone

including the fear of heights

praise the lord in that new body and you

have a brand new body

all those in the in the grave

they'll be they'll be raised up first

with a brand new body

amen and they are not with jesus they

are spirit and soul with jesus

eternally happy amen completely

liberated

your loved ones who have gone before my

friend

they are not lost the apostle paul has

such a revelation of this he says for me

to leave his christ

to die is gain you hear that to die is

gain so

actually your loved one is in heaven and

and

they can't express to you how how happy

how free how liberated

they are and in their future there can

be

no sickness no falling sick you know no

sick days for them

no no depressed days and no headaches

even

their future is completely perfect

perfect felicity shalom

completeness happiness

hallelujah and and many times i feel

like they look down on us and they feel

for us

i know we we miss them and we feel for

them but don't feel for them as if

that we are in a better place they

should be here with us

you know if we feel sad it's very human

it's uh

god understands that praise the lord we

understand that

but it's not because of them it's not

because we think that they're in a

worse off place no they are in a better

place than you and i are

in amen and one day we'll go back and

forth

in our new bodies in heaven the hq as

well as the whole universe

praise the lord god has universes beyond

this universe

and science is now beginning to discover

that the universe is still expanding

what 186 thousand miles per speed of

light per second

all right it's it's expanding so fast

that there are stars beyond

our milky way that we have not even uh

discovered

and i believe that's all our playground

their uh universe beyond our universe

praise the name of jesus and god is the

bible says god stretches the heavens

and he's still stretching it hallelujah

amen to prepare

for all the souls that are safe and and

that's going to be our playground

in the future amen

thank you jesus friend are you ready for

this

when it happens going to happen quickly

and all of a sudden you look down and

you realize that all your pursuits

with things that are futile things that

are useless you know the priorities that

we have even for our children

we say that we want them to get a good

education to go to a great school

why so they get a great job why

so they have lots of money why

so that they'll be happy oh yeah so

finally you believe that all these

things will make them happy

no friend yes you want them to study you

want them to to

have to be educated is for their own

good

amen and if that is your desire it's no

problem but to to say that this will

give them happiness

that's not true my friend that's not

true it's best

you you cause them to watch

the rock kids every sunday amen and get

the word of god because the word of god

will

allow them to have the wisdom of god

from a very young age some people say

pastor prince

my child does not want to watch rock

shits then bribe them and i'm sorry i

used the word pride but

you know they're they're your child your

children they're under your household

they make us say things like all right

if you don't watch there's no games and

all that but they'll make them dislike

no no no friend

let me tell you this one day they will

be hearing

something they also don't bang their

eyes are open their inner eyes are

flooded with light

and they see something they never saw

before and from then on the desire will

be there

many times we are learning how to play

the violin we are learning how to play

the piano we dislike what we are doing

we we felt we feel compelled by our

parents to study that

but there comes a day we realize hey i

love the flow of this

hey it's a revelation and all of a

sudden you start writing songs also you

enjoy

uh playing the piano you enjoy the the

the pleasure you give people when you

play the piano it's not a revelation

but when you first start it it is

something they have to keep on doing

right so i don't know why i'm saying

this but uh he knows parent

you're a child of god how can you be

you know delivered from egypt and you

leave your children behind

amen you know one time the children of

israel one of the compromises that

pharaoh offered moses was this when

moses says let my people go he says you

know what

leave your children behind all those

adults you you guys go in

you guys go and worship god but leave

your children behind

now he's very cunning he knows that if

the parents leave their children behind

they'll come back to

egypt and moses says no way jose

no way right i i'm we are going in

all of us not one who will be left

behind

okay so one of the compromises of satan

is that yeah you know you're gonna be go

all

out for jesus you're gonna be radical

for jesus that's fine

and use terms like this radical for

jesus but you know what don't touch your

children

all right let let them be no friend if

you love your children

this is what you want for them the very

things that you see

about the lord amen you want them to see

amen

and perhaps your growing up years you

didn't have the opportunities that your

children have

don't don't don't let it go my friend

don't

don't bypass this opportunity to give

your children

the true education that they need to

know

the lord hallelujah praise the lord

thank you jesus thank you jesus so all

things are working together

for good to them that love god

to them who are called according to his

purpose and his purpose is to cause

all these things to work for your good

to cause you to end up

looking sounding like jesus

with all the results of jesus and that's

why we sing the song

that we just wrote recently as he is

so are we the resurrection life

is in me right why because you know

some time ago i got this revelation from

the word of god that says because as

jesus is

so are we in this world

god sees you one with jesus

John 10:18

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

John 10

He Calls His Sheep by Name

10 1-5 “Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good—a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.”

6-10 Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep rustlers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

11-13 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”

19-21 This kind of talk caused another split in the Jewish ranks. A lot of them were saying, “He’s crazy, a maniac—out of his head completely. Why bother listening to him?” But others weren’t so sure: “These aren’t the words of a crazy man. Can a ‘maniac’ open blind eyes?”

* * *

22-24 They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”

25-30 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

31-32 Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”

33 The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”

34-38 Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”

39-42 They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and stayed there. A lot of people followed him over. They were saying, “John did no miracles, but everything he said about this man has come true.” Many believed in him then and there.

These are notes on the sermon, All Things Work For Your Good, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 11 April 2021, at The Star Performing Arts Centre, Singapore. We hope these sermon notes will be an encouragement to you!

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Overview

  1. Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work
  2. God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by
  3. Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future
  4. You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor
  5. God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good
  6. God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life
  7. Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory
  8. Closing prayer
  9. OWN THE WORD (life application)

Introduction: You can come boldly to God and receive what you need because of Jesus’ perfect work

We are continuing from last week’s sermon, Stand On Favor Ground.

“Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”
— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was delivered up because of our offenses” — Jesus was sent into this world to die for our offenses (sins). The reason Jesus came in the form of a human body was so that He could sacrifice Himself for us at the cross. Though He took on the likeness of sinful flesh, He had no sin in His flesh (Rom. 8:3).

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, there were times people tried to kill Him but were unsuccessful because it wasn’t His time yet. As Jesus held all power and authority, no one could kill Him without His consent. He chose to lay down His life for us (John 10:18). When the time came and the guards went to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was the One who stepped forward and allowed Himself to be captured (John 18:6).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life (zóé) through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
— Romans 6:23 KJV

For the wages of sin is death” — Man fell when Adam chose to listen to the voice of the enemy who hated him instead of submitting to the voice of God who loved him. Subsequently, all of mankind had sin in their blood; all of us were like sheep who had gone astray (Isa. 53:6) and needed saving.

eternal life” — Though sin was man’s fault, God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die at the cross for all our sins and give us eternal life. “Life” here is the Greek word “zóé,” which refers to the highest form of life—the life that God Himself lives by.

We go back to Romans 4:

“. . . and was raised because of our justification.”
— Romans 4:25 NKJV

was raised because of our justification” — Through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we have not only been delivered from our sins but we have also been justified. Jesus’ work was to remove our sins in the presence of a holy God so that when God looks at us today, there is no more sin on us. While there is still sin in our physical bodies, God sees no sin on us. When Jesus comes again, we will receive our glorified bodies with no trace of sin or its effects.

Jesus has done a perfect and eternal work, one that is efficacious forever—and we stand in that value of work before God. This is why through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross, we can come boldly to God and receive what we need.

The Young’s Literal Translation translates Romans 4 this way:

“. . . and was raised up because of our being declared righteous.”
— Romans 4:25 YLT

was raised up because of our being declared righteous” — If we were not declared righteous, God would not have raised Christ from the dead. Jesus was not raised because of His position as the Son of God (that He always was), but because of His perfect work at the cross. Because He has borne all our sins in His own body, today we stand righteous and without sin before God. As believers, we need to receive and believe this truth in our spirit.

The perfect work that Jesus did at the cross includes bearing our sins and everything that is a result of sin—including sickness, disease, depression, and pains.

There are people who struggle to believe that Jesus did this perfect work. They believe that He bore their sins but are unsure of whether He bore their sicknesses and pains. So when they are trying to trust God for their breakthrough, they say, “I can’t believe. I don’t have enough faith.”

Beloved, it’s not about the amount of faith you have, but about the trustworthiness of the Person you have faith in. Don’t look at your faith; look at Jesus. He is perfect. Because Jesus is perfect, there is no doubt that He did a perfect work at the cross and purchased the healing or provision breakthrough you need.

God wants you to enjoy eternal life—the abundant, quality life that He Himself lives by

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”
— 1 John 5:13 NKJV

These things I have written to you . . . that you may know that you have eternal life” — The Bible doesn’t deal with “perhaps” or “maybe,” the Bible says “these things are written that you may know that you have eternal life.”

that you may know that you have eternal life” — Eternal life is your portion as a child of God. Eternal life is not about living eternally (all mankind are already spirit beings that cannot die). Those who refuse to accept Jesus and end up in hell will also live eternally. Eternal life refers to the quality of life (zóé life)—the life that God Himself lives by. When we are born again, God imparts His zóé life to us (Rom. 6:23).

Plants, insects, animals, and humans all have varying degrees of life, but the life of God Himself is the highest form of life (zóé life—eternal life). You and I have this eternal life that comes through Jesus, who came to give us life more abundantly (John 10:10)!

The Christian walk is about learning to allow the Spirit to lead you in life. This is how we practically live by the tree of life. When Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that was when all the problems started. Today, living according to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to live by natural reasoning and logic. On the other hand, living by the tree of life is to be led by the Spirit.

When you are led by the Spirit (the tree of life), you will produce many good works and exceed the standards of the law. You will live with moral excellence. You will not only give what is sufficient to others but have the Spirit’s prompting to be generous. When you trust that God is your supply, you will be generous because you know He provides in abundance. This is contrary to natural thinking (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), which tells you to limit your kindness.

Pastor Prince shares a story of two farmer neighbors (one a Christian, one a non-Christian) who grew crops in paddy fields. The farmer who lived on the lower part of the hill (the non-Christian) used crafty methods to benefit from the flow of water that his neighbor above (the Christian) used to water his crops. Though this was unethical and upsetting to the Christian farmer, he felt the Holy Spirit on the inside tell him to be generous and water his neighbor’s field before his own. Shortly after, his neighbor realized what was happening and asked him about it, to which he replied, “I just felt the Lord tell me to do it.” In the end, his neighbor got saved because he experienced the goodness of God. This is a testimony of what happens when you allow the Lord to lead you in life—you see supernatural results that go beyond what you could have imagined.

Jesus’ resurrection life and power are working in your life to give you a glorious future

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
— Romans 5:1–2 NKJV

having been justified by faith . . . rejoice in hope of the glory of God” — As believers, we were sinners before we were saved by grace, but now we are sons and daughters of God who are justified by faith. We are not perfect in our flesh but we have been made perfect in the Spirit. God doesn’t just want to save and justify us, but He also wants us to have a glorious future!

“Those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”
— Romans 8:30 NIV

he also justified . . . he also glorified” — Jesus is the first One whose glorified body rose from the dead, and our lives are patterned after His. When Jesus comes again for us, our bodies will be exchanged for a glorified body—a body where we will never feel fatigued, sick, or die. While we wait, we rejoice in hope and anticipation. Even right now, we have already entered into His glory (it’s just that the last thing for us to possess is our glorified bodies).

When Jesus raised Lazarus after he had been dead for four days, the power that raised Lazarus was not resurrection life, for Lazarus still died physically later on. Resurrection life and power came when Jesus was raised from the dead—where He would die no more.

In His glorified body, Jesus still has flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Jesus’ glorified body also transcends time and space and can be anywhere in an instant. Yet His body is made of matter and can be touched and felt. This is a picture of our future, where our glorified bodies will be like His glorified body after being changed by His power (Phil. 3:21).

To live in our glorified bodies is God’s plan for us. He never intended for man to grow old and die because He counts death an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26). When Jesus comes again in the rapture, God will put the final enemy—death—under His feet (and our feet) once and for all. Death has already been defeated at the cross, but it will finally be under our feet experientially when we receive our glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:52). On that day, we will be with the Lord forever.

He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”
— Matthew 8:17 NKJV

He Himself” — Jesus didn’t entrust His work to an angel, but He Himself willingly bore our infirmities upon His own body. Only Jesus can do a perfect work, and everything He does carries an eternal effect—one that remains efficacious once and for all.

You have access to God’s unmerited and unlimited favor

“By whom we have also access by faith into this favour in which we stand.”
— Romans 5:2 (DARBY)

There were many Biblical figures who saw God’s favor at work in their lives. David had favor; Esther had favor before the king; Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord; Ruth found favor in the eyes of Boaz who redeemed her from poverty; and Joseph had favor with Pharaoh though he was someone who initially had nothing to his name and was even cast out by his own brothers. All of them had their own faults and failures, yet God gave them favor with people.

we have also access . . . into this favour in which we stand” — Today, we have access into this favor in which we stand because we are declared righteous through the cross.

As God’s beloved, you can declare you have favor with God and with man. Not every man will find you favorable (e.g. people against the gospel of grace), but God promises that you shall find favor with many people.

Likewise, Jesus had favor with countless people He met. He even found favor with Pontius Pilate even though He was eventually delivered up to be crucified due to Pilate’s fear of Caesar. The only people that Jesus didn’t have favor with were the Pharisees—the religious people of that day. The Pharisees shunned Jesus because they despised the grace and accessibility He gave to sinners.

Wherever you go, remember that you are living under the unclouded favor of God!

God makes all things, including your troubles and mistakes, work for your good

“And we boast on the hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we also boast in the tribulations.”
— Romans 5:2–3 YLT

boast in the tribulations” — Even if you’re going through a troubling time, the Bible says you can still boast in your tribulations, knowing that God is working every trouble for your good.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

we know” — God doesn’t want us to have some fleeting hope that all things will work together for good. He wants us to know it as a fact!

all things work together for good” — Even as you persevere through tough times, know that every trouble will work for your good. It won’t happen because of your good deeds but because you have the unmerited favor of God upon your life. The word “work” here is the Greek word “synergos,” which means “synergy.” Synergy is an employment of different parts that work together to produce the total desirable effect.

If there seems to be all sorts of challenges that you’ve been facing for a long time (e.g. this pandemic and all its negative repercussions), remember to fall back on God’s Word that reaffirms your standing on favor ground. No matter what you’re going through, big or small, there is always something good that God is doing behind the scenes that will benefit you.

When it comes to the COVID-19 virus sweeping the globe and bringing about lockdowns such that churches had to move online, one positive change the church has seen is the increased number of salvations over the past year. We rejoice knowing that Jesus is being unveiled to more people and more lives are being transformed by His grace.

When the Bible says “all things,” it means all things. Believe that God is synergizing everything for you and your family’s good!

While God is not behind the pandemic or the challenges that you face, these bad things that happen don’t catch God by surprise. We are living in a fallen world—bad things that happen in this world are the consequences of Adam’s sin.

We go back to Romans 8:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28 NKJV

those who love God . . . those who are called according to His purpose” — This describes everyone who is born again. They are characteristics, not conditions. All those who are born again love God, though we love Him in varying degrees. When you are redeemed by Jesus’ work, you will come to love God and know Him (Heb. 8:11). And all those who are born again are called according to God’s purpose.

Knowing the hope of our calling is part of the prayer in Ephesians 1.

God’s divine purpose is for you to be more like Jesus—in character and in the results you see in your life

As a child of God, you will discover your God-given purpose that He has called you to fulfill.

This year, Pastor Prince has encouraged us to pray this prayer from Ephesians 1 daily:

“May give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling.”
— Ephesians 1:17–18 NKJV

you may know what is the hope of His calling” — God has a purpose and a calling for your life that only you can fulfill. This calling is not based on your right doings, but it is a destiny that God has called you to before you were formed in your mother’s womb.

Though the apostle Paul said that God had separated him from his mother’s womb (Gal. 1:15) with a calling to preach the gospel of grace, he first grew up to be a Pharisee of Pharisees. Not only that, but Paul was also instrumental in the torture and persecution of many believers, going as far as sanctioning the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Though Paul seemed to miss his purpose and go off-track in his earlier years, God brought him back to His intended purpose.

Pastor Prince addresses a commonly asked question about destiny and predestination: Has God predestined those who will be saved?

Us having God-given destinies does not mean that God has predestined those who shall be saved.

When it comes to Paul and his God-given destiny, we can see the way God set him apart by looking at Paul’s upbringing. Many things in Paul’s life were God-arranged. God caused Paul to be born a Jew in that day and age in order for him to have accurate knowledge of Scripture. He also caused Paul to sit under the teaching of Gamaliel, one of the best Bible teachers of that time. Paul was also fluent in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, and he was a very intelligent man. All these things were to prepare him for his ministry in the future.

Later on in life, Paul realized that all these achievements and accolades were nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ. Yet he needed to have them to come to this revelation.

We, too, cannot be satisfied by achievements, status, or worldly pleasures. Our spirits are God-breathed, and this is why the things of this world can never satisfy us the way our Lord Jesus can. He is the bread of life.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
— Romans 8:29 NKJV

foreknew” — To have foreknowledge is to know what will happen in the future, which God does. In His foreknowledge, God knew whether you would receive Christ or not based on your free choice. God always gives us free choice; He will never manipulate it. If He was going to manipulate man’s free choice, He would have made sure Adam did not make the wrong choice in the Garden of Eden.

predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” — To believers: Because God foreknew that you would accept Christ, He has predestined you for the good intent He has for your life—which is to be conformed to the image of His Son. This is predestination.

We are predestined to become more like Jesus, the Son whom God dearly loves.

Look at Jesus, look at His moral beauty and glory. He doesn’t see things the same way everyone else does.

When you fail or make a mistake, Jesus doesn’t see the filth on you. Instead, He sees you clean, righteous, and welcomes you with open arms for you are His sheep and He is your Shepherd. For sinners who are not yet saved, Jesus views them as sheep without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36). His heart as a good Shepherd is to feed them and receive them into His sheepfold.

Everything in your life—the good and the bad things, the big and the small things—has all been predestined to conform you to the image of Christ. That is what it means for all things to work toward your good.

When you are like Christ, your character starts to be like His. And the results you see in your life are like the results Jesus had when He walked on earth.

Look at Jesus—whatever He touched prospered. When Jesus touched the leper, the leper was completely healed. When Jesus touched the five loaves and two fish, it multiplied in plenty to feed five thousand people. When Jesus touched the poor, they became rich. When Jesus touched a sick body, it became healthy and vibrant. To be conformed to the image of Christ and to have His results is true success in life!

Success is not about being famous or earning lots of money. If you live to please man, that bondage only brings about the fear of man. When you trust in the Lord, you shall be safe (Prov. 29:25).

God is working out every detail and circumstance in your life for your good.

One example in the Bible is the life of Joseph. Joseph went through trouble after trouble, but ultimately God worked every trouble for his good. Joseph, who started off with nothing to his name after his brothers betrayed him and sold him off, rose to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Not everything that happened along the way was of God, but everything working out for his good was of God.

Joseph’s story is also a picture of our heavenly Joseph—our Lord Jesus. When Joseph’s brothers came to meet him to ask for food during a time of great famine, Joseph revealed himself to them as their long-lost brother whom they had sold as a slave. Instead of using his power to execute vengeance against them, Joseph used his power to draw them near to him (Gen. 50:20–21). Like Joseph, Jesus was rejected by His brothers (the Jews) but loved by His Father. Jesus came as the Bread of Life and became provision to the Gentile world. Jesus first came as a lowly and humble man but will come again as the glorious King of Israel.

God forgives every mistake you’ve made and works them all out for your good. This doesn’t mean that you should keep on sinning because that is unwise. God will bring you to the place where you fulfill your calling, but if you carry on living in sin, you will take a longer time to be led to that place.

God has so much good and glory in store for you—greater than all the things this world offers.

As a child of God, you can always have the attitude that you are favored. Judgment, death, and all the effects of the curse are behind you. The symptoms you feel in your body are only temporary, for your bodily redemption is drawing nearer and you will receive a brand-new glorified body (1 Thess. 1:10; Luke 21:28; 1 Cor.15:52).

The apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians:

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
— Philippians 1:21 NKJV

to die is gain” — Regarding our loved ones who have gone to heaven: Know that they are happy, free, liberated, and in perfect shalom peace. Feeling sad over the loss of a loved one is only human, but know that they are in a better place than you and I are. One day, we will meet them in heaven and be with them for eternity. We will even have fun exploring the vast universes (see Zech. 12:1) God has designed for us to enjoy!

Here is some advice for parents: It is understandable that you want the best for your children (e.g. for them to grow up educated, get a good job, and earn a good salary, etc.), but true joy and success are not found in these things. True joy and success happen when your children know the Lord. Encourage your children to attend the children’s ministry or the youth ministry and do what it takes to get them to attend it. This upbringing will produce fruitful results at the opportune time. They may not understand the Word fully now, but one day their eyes will be flooded with light and be filled with the revelation of who Jesus is to them in a personal way.

The enemy wants your children. When Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, Pharaoh agreed but wanted the children to stay behind (Ex. 10:11). The reason why Pharaoh wanted the children to be left behind was that he knew the parents would come back for them. Moses didn’t allow that to happen, and all the Israelites left Egypt, children included. It is important we don’t leave our children in Egypt (the world) but raise them up in the ways of the Lord!

Let us not bypass this opportunity to let our children know the Lord, for the very things you see the Lord do in your life, you also want your children to experience in their lives.

God’s purpose will always cause everything to work for good for you and your family!

Keep your eyes on Jesus and see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory

“Because as He is, so are we in this world.”
— 1 John 4:17 NKJV

as He is, so are we in this world” — This is a promise that is happening right now (not sometime in the future). As Jesus is (present tense), so are we in this world (not just in heaven).

Today, God sees you as one with Jesus. As Jesus is above all principalities, powers, might and dominion, and every name which is to come (Eph. 1:21), so are you in this world right now. As Jesus has no unhealthy flesh, so are you in this world (Eph. 5:30). You can declare that you are healthy, for Jesus is healthy. As Jesus is free from disease, having borne your diseases at the cross, so are you free from sickness in this world!

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
— 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

beholding . . . the Lord . . . transformed into the same image from glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord” — When you behold Jesus, you will see yourself transformed into His image from glory to glory. This transformation will not happen by your own efforts but by the Spirit of the Lord. When you have an image of Jesus that is based on eternal facts and truth found in His Word, you will be transformed into that same image through that hazon vision (vision from God)!

When Peter asked Jesus to call him to walk on water just as Jesus was doing, Jesus said, “Come” (Matt. 14:28–29). With that one word, there was more than enough power to bring about the miracle of Peter walking on water. As long as Peter’s eyes were focused on Jesus, seeing Him above the storm and transcending the waves, Peter was able to carry on walking on water. This depicts our Christian walk on earth today—we are to walk with our eyes on Jesus. When you do this, you will begin walking above every fear, challenge, and dire circumstance, and you will start being conformed to the image of God and experience the results that Jesus experienced!

Peter only began to sink when he was distracted by the howling winds and fear caused him to take his eyes off Jesus. What was supernatural (Peter being kept buoyant by the Spirit), became natural (Peter began sinking).

What we need today is a hazon vision, one that turns our eyes and focus back on Jesus. While Peter looked away, Jesus never stopped looking at Peter.

How do you behold Jesus today? You behold Him in His Word and the preaching of the gospel of grace.

Pastor Prince shares a powerful healing testimony of a lady in our church who had been diagnosed with lumps in her breast many years ago. Filled with faith after hearing a sermon that Pastor Prince preached on 1 John 4:17, she wrote on her medical report: “As Jesus does not have lumps in His breast, so am I in this world.” When the lady went back to the doctor, she found that the lumps were no longer there!

The results of your testimony are not produced by you but by the Holy Spirit in you. Your part is to keep your eyes on Jesus and let the Holy Spirit transform you supernaturally into Jesus’ image.

Pastor Prince closes the sermon by emphasizing how God wants us to come to a place where our eyes are flooded with light and understanding (Eph. 1:17–18), and we flow and cooperate with what He is doing. Remember, all things work together for good for a child of God! Learn to flow with God so as to move according to His purposes for your life.

Pastor Prince prays for these conditions:

  1. Neck condition that is linked to the shoulder
  2. Diabetes
  3. Blurred vision that occurs on-and-off
  4. Kidney conditions

Closing prayer

“This coming week, the Lord bless you and your families, and the Lord keep you and your loved ones from the COVID-19 virus, from every infection, from every disease, from every danger, harm, accident, and from all the power of the evil one. The Lord preserve you and keep you for His glory. The Lord make His face shine on you and your loved ones, prosper you in everything that you do, prosper your way and make all the crooked places straight. And the Lord grant you His shalom peace and favor, in Jesus' name. And all the people said, Amen.”

Own The Word (life application)

What trouble or challenge are you going through today?

Friend, God is working every detail and circumstance in your life together for your good (Rom. 8:28), even if it doesn't feel like it right now. While that difficulty you’re facing in your career, your health, or your family is not from God, He is able to cause all things to propel you into His glorious purpose for your life—that is, for you to be more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29).

To be like Jesus is to have every enemy of sickness, disease, and depression under your feet. To be like Jesus is to have everything you touch prosper. To be like Jesus is to have favor with God and man. To be like Jesus is to be wise and led by the Spirit. To be like Jesus is to have moral excellence and glory. To be like Jesus is to be beautiful in every way. To be like Jesus is to be truly happy and successful in life!

The way we are transformed into His image is by simply beholding Him (2 Cor. 3:18). So in the midst of that negative situation you’re in, will you turn your eyes upon Jesus? See Him in His Word or listen to anointed sermons that reveal more and more of who He is. He is the hazon vision (prophetic vision) God wants you to see.

Just like the lady whose healing testimony Pastor Prince shared, you can also fix your eyes on Jesus by applying 1 John 4:17—“as He is, so are we in this world”—to your own situation. You can personalize this verse and write it plainly where you will see it often. Here are some suggestions:

“As Jesus is healthy, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is successful, so am I in this world.”

“As Jesus is far above every storm in life, so am I in this world.”

This is one practical way you can remind yourself of how God is working all things for your good such that you become more like His Son!

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became the captives and he waited for

them to

rise up to arrest him no one can heal

him

without his permission he came for the

purpose to lay down his life

on that cross because we have all sinned

all we like sheep have gone astray we've

rebelled against

the love of god for us we have we have

uh

listened to the voice of the enemy who

hates us instead of

submitting ourselves to the voice of god

who loves us perfectly

and as a result the bible says the wages

of sin is death

but the gift of god is eternal life

through jesus christ our lord

so the bible says christ was delivered

up for our offenses on that cross

now think of the glory of that person

who bore our sins

and his own body on the cross can he

do anything else but a perfect work

if you know who he he is you cannot

question

the value and the efficacy of his work

you know

when we look at work of somebody and in

order for us to

gain satisfaction our confidence in that

work

we must know who is the who did that

work

amen it's all about the person who did

the work

if we look at a masterpiece a painting

and you know it's it's painted by

michelangelo okay it's painted by

rembrandt

amen you know the world's gonna be good

it's gonna be something that only a

master can produce

so likewise when we know the work of

jesus

we know who is the one that did the work

it cannot be but a perfect work so what

was the work the work was

to remove our sins amen uh in the

presence of a holy god

so when god looks at us he does not see

sin on us

even though even today there's sin in us

but god does not see sin

on us we can come to god boldly amen

praise the lord and the sin in us will

be removed when we receive the glorified

body

in christ hallelujah but until then god

does not see sin on you

child of god and you can come to god

boldly because christ did a perfect work

at the cross

when he laid down his life on that cross

amen

he brought all our sins away and it's a

perfect

and eternal work we stand in the value

of that work before god amen

we stand righteous by the blood of jesus

which is the very next line

he was raised because of our

justification

he was raised like young's translation

brings out the

the greek word here for justification

declared righteous he was

raised from the dead because we have

been declared righteous

in other words if we are not declared

righteous

god would not have raised christ from

the dead amen

god cannot raise christ from the dead

even though he is the son of god

and that he always is god raised his son

from the dead

because he has done a perfect work at

the cross

in effectively efficaciously removing

all our sins hallelujah and because he

bore all our sins

all away one clean sweep we stand

in that in that clearness from all sin

hallelujah before the sight of a holy

god

thank you lord jesus you need to receive

this in your spirit you need to believe

that

amen you know people have problems

sometimes uh believing

uh the work of jesus whether he bought

away our sins or

he bought away our diseases he brought

away our oppression

depression and they have a belief

problem they believe

they'll say things like you know i have

a problem believing god

i don't have enough faith when i look

into myself i don't have enough faith

well since when do you decide that you

have enough faith by looking at yourself

the question is not whether it's not the

amount of

your faith it is the trustworthiness of

the person

you have faith in who is it that you

have faith in

if someone says you know i can't believe

i just can't believe

well who is it exactly that you can't

believe

amen it's not about the amount of your

faith it's about the trustworthiness of

the person

you have faith in if god said it

the bible says these things are written

that you may know

you have eternal life amen the bible

deals with

veracities it deals with with absolute

truths

amen it deals with sureness

there's no maybes perhaps but

you know if if you are lost all right

you're driving around and you're lost in

the countryside somewhere

and you see a man by the side of the

path and you

uh roll on the window and you ask him

you know can you please tell me where's

this location

i i'm lost and the person says you know

perhaps you might take this path

and and maybe at the end you can turn

right instead of left

and maybe after that you can would you

trust his word

do you have confidence in his word no

why because he's using perhaps

maybe so the bible doesn't deal with

perhaps and maybe the bible says

that these things are written that you

may know

you have eternal life hallelujah these

things are written that you may believe

in the name of the son of god and that

you may know that you have

eternal life hallelujah the eternal life

my friend is your portion and mind today

having put our trust in christ we have

eternal life

now eternal life is not living eternally

amen all those who are in hell are also

living eternally

because they are spirit beings when god

made us remember our bodies come from

the dust of the ground

but god breathed into man and man became

a living soul and he's now tripartite

which means he's

there's three parts to him just like god

god is a triune god

man has a spirit a man in fact who he is

is a spirit

he has a soul which is his mind and his

emotions

and he lives in a body amen

now when he dies he leaves his body

behind but he's alive

and and he needs to be housed somewhere

whether it's heaven

or hell he needs to be held somewhere he

lives forever so eternal life cannot be

living forever because those in hell

also live forever

eternal life is the quality of life it

is the very life

zoe life zoe ionos with eternal life

zoe is the life that comes from god god

himself

his life is that zoe life so when we are

born again

god imparts that zoe life to us

hallelujah the wages of sin is death but

the gift of god is eternal life and the

word eternal life is zoe life

zoe life amen the life of god himself in

all of us

praise the lord you know the life you

know plants also have life

right but it's the lowest form of life

then we have

insect life insects are alive

they have a form of life then we have

animal life

and all the way to human life but human

life is still not the life of god

it's human life and then the highest

form is the life

that god himself lives by amen and

that's the life that you and i have it's

called

eternal life so whenever you see eternal

life from now on think of the life of

god

himself hallelujah and that's what you

and i have praise god eternal life to

jesus christ our lord

amen jesus says i come that you might

have zoe life

you might have life and have that life

more abundantly amen more abundantly

praise the name of jesus

you know the the thing is about our

christian life is that we are we are

learning to allow that life to dictate

to us

in everything that we do it is walking

in the spirit we live by

the tree of life today we don't live by

the tree of knowledge of good and evil

that's where all the problems started

right man sin

because man uh partook from the tree of

knowledge of good and evil

you know contrary to uh you know

common opinion people say that you know

god made man perfect

god made man perfect yes god made man

perfect but not complete

there's a part of man that god allowed

him to have a choice

to choose whether he wants to open his

spiritual eyes and

live by the tree of life which is the

life of christ

himself or to eat from the tree of

knowledge of good and evil

thereby living independently of god

knowing good and evil

knowing good and evil that's like a life

of ethics

you know uh situational ethics or living

in the morality of the moment

knowledge of good and evil which is

dangerous because the tree of life

don't don't think for one moment to

treat your life when you leave by it

your morals

are lower than the tree of knowledge no

nothing could be further from the truth

the truth of knowledge good and evil may

tell you all right it's good for you not

to

go beyond in your kindness and all that

but the tree of life will tell you

pour out amen and give to others you'll

not be impoverished

god will supply you with more and it's

contrary to uh

natural thoughts it's contrary to your

your natural thinking i remember years

ago

i had a story about in china in ancient

china

um a believer a believer who was a

farmer

uh he was tending to his farm and and

they lived like on a

on a slight hilly side of the country

and what happened is that there are two

uh petty fields

in that in that hill and one belongs to

his neighbor who is not a believer

but he is a believer and and he lives

higher up

so what the unbeliever the the other

neighbor of his

uh did was that every time you know he

would water his

paddy fields and it takes a lot of work

because he has to channel the waters

from the river

and then bring it to his uh uh channel

it to his farm

amen to his paddy fields but what the

other anxiety the neighbor did was to

break

and to break a hole a hatch to break the

age where it separates the

the his father feel from the neighbors

and he broke a little

hole so that the water will come into

into his field as well

now that that that is kind of you know

something uh

that he should not be doing of course

but but the thing is that he did it time

and time again and and the

the christian neighbor was feeling

telling the lord lord i

every time i water my my field you know

the water gets less and lesser because

all the water and because it's on a

slope the water goes to the neighbor's

uh paddy field and i'm getting tired of

enduring this

you know i'm doing my best that i can

and the law says since when i told you

just to endure it

since when i told you to just be doing

the bare minimum

what is that life on the inside telling

you to do

and he says well the life is telling me

and he prayed say lord

what are you telling me to do and and

the life came up

and told him from now on water your

neighbor's plants first

water his fuel first deliberately water

is filled then water your field

so you started doing that and after some

time the neighbor noticed what's been

happening

and the neighbor approached him and

asked him why why are you doing this

and after all that i did to you and he

says well guess what the lord told me to

do

and the neighbor got saved because of

that praise the lord hallelujah that's

living by the

tree of life amen so christ was

delivered

at the cross for our sins for our

offenses and he was raised

when you and i were declared righteous

now look up here

after we are declared righteous in

romans 5

verse 1 it says therefore having been

justified

or declared righteous by faith

we have peace with god through our lord

jesus christ

now we have peace with god through our

lord jesus christ so that the next verse

tells us

we have access through home we also we

have access by

faith into this favor into this grace in

which we stand

and rejoice in hope of the glory of god

in other words

our future is the glory of god

hallelujah do you know the bible says in

romans 8 that this is the plan of god

for you and i

god doesn't just want to save us amen

some people just preach like

you know we are safe and that's it we

are we are sinners saved by grace

listen my friend we were sinners we are

saved by grace we are now sons and

daughters of god

hallelujah we're not perfect in and of

you know in the flesh we're not perfect

but we're not in the flesh we're in the

spirit amen and god's plan and purpose

in romans 8 is that it's not just

sinners saved by grace once you're safe

god wants to justify you those he's safe

right he says

moreover those who say what he says

those he justified

and those he justified he also

glorified notice that glory is in your

future

the first glorified man who rose from

the dead is our lord jesus he's the

patent man

the man that god planned for all other

men to follow

that's the pattern man amen and that's

our lord jesus so as we follow the lord

jesus

hallelujah he's our pattern man and

we'll enter into the glory of god we'll

be glorified hallelujah and

of course we are waiting for the rapture

where the lord comes for us

and death will be put under our his feet

which is our feet also in him

and uh death will be no more in you know

there's no more physical death

praise the lord and and not only that

the bible tells us

will forevermore be glorified hallelujah

you cannot sin in that body you cannot

feel bored in that body

you're gonna feel tired for thick in

that body you'll never have disease in

that body

and you'll never ever die hallelujah

what a future

there is for you and i child of god

those he justified

he also glorified that's our future so

we rejoice in hope

in anticipation in expectation of that

glory

when jesus comes again praise the lord

but right now we enter into the glory

already praise the lord

the only thing the glorified aspect that

we're waiting for is our bodies

our glorified bodies like jesus body

when he rose from the dead

you know the resurrection is not like

the resurrection life is not like the

life that jesus

uh when he raised lazarus from the dead

in a sense lazarus was resurrected

actually the correct term is

resuscitated now lazarus was dead

okay dead he was dead for four days

when jesus raised him from the dead but

that

life that jesus uh uh exerted into

into uh lazarus when he says lazarus

come forth that power is

is not the resurrection life by which he

was raised from the dead

because when he resuscitated that date

man lazarus from the dead

after he was dead for four days lazarus

would die

again okay so the resurrection life is

not like the life of

lazarus when he was raised from the is

the life of jesus when he was raised

from the dead

he dies no more and this resurrection

life is something that lazarus did not

possess

when he rose from the dead when jesus

rose from the dead he has a body

he told his disciples feel me touch me

a ghost a spirit they were afraid that

he was a ghost he says a spirit

does not have a body amen a spirit does

not have flesh and bones as you see me

have

obviously there's no blood all the blood

his blood was shed at the cross

and he's all taken up to heaven sprinkle

on the mercy seat

and he says touch me amen he's still

flesh and bones by his glorified body

and the bible says he shall change our

bodies when he comes again he will

change

our bodies our vile bodies like unto his

body

by his power hallelujah and and right

now we don't wait for that to happen

right now we already have resurrection

life in us

praise the lord the life of god himself

we have the resurrection life that that

transcended death

now that's the difference between jesus

when he rose from the dead

unlike lazarus he was able to transcend

geography and time transcend

time and space he appeared and he

disappeared

that you know in the resurrection

there's not coming and there's no going

you will see him appearing and then

disappearing

i don't even want to say he's at this at

a realm where it's faster than the speed

of light

you know it is beyond the speed of light

amen he

in the in the resurrection form yet his

body is matter

yet it is a body you can touch and feel

and that's the kind of body you and i

will have

amen we we will transcend all the the

matter

and even space even the geographical

space

in the universe the whole universe is

our playground praise the lord that's

the plan that god has for man from the

very beginning

god never meant for man to have sin in

his body

weakness sickness growing old and then

dying

all these god counts as an enemy and the

last

enemy that we put under jesus feet is

death and we are looking forward for

that that's what the rapture is all

about

hallelujah you know pastor prince you

talk about rapture the word raptured is

not in the bible

neither is the word trinity but trinity

the triune god is a reality

and then we use it to describe in fact

the greek word there is harpazo

that's catching away the seizing away

of his church he'll come in a twinkling

of an eye he's gonna transform our

bodies like his body and so we shall

forever be

with the lord it's going to happen so

fast the world will not see us transform

it will happen in the twinkling of an

eye in the great in an atomic second

atomos

in an atomic second is going to happen

we'll be transformed we'll be out of

here

you'll just see us disappear hallelujah

and that's what we are looking forward

to

and we will forever be with the lord and

that's the greatest joy

i love it the bible says himself

took our infirmities it's himself it's

not an angel

he does not entrust that work to any

other

amen he himself took our infirmities

and bore our sicknesses and if he did it

if such

a person has done such a work

it cannot be but perfect

and eternal work everything that jesus

touches

becomes eternal amen he touches the

priesthood

of levy amen and he becomes the high

priesthood of

melchizedek forever hallelujah

he touches the offerings of the lambs

that never could take away sins only

cover it

he touches with the one perfect offering

of his body on the cross

and he becomes an eternal offering once

and for all

hallelujah with the efficacy that lasts

for all eternity

hallelujah everything that jesus does

has an eternal effect

praise the name of jesus only he

can do a perfect work amen but many

times you know when we

god says now we are declared righteous

we are

we have access into this favor in which

we stand we are the favor of god

and every time the the jewish people in

times past when they read about the old

testament

how david had favor how esther had favor

before the king

how uh noah found grace in the eyes of

the lord how

roof found grace favor in the eyes of

the near kinsmen

the one who could redeem her poverty

could redeem her situation

all this there would be even joseph as a

slave

with nothing to his name stood before

pharaoh in an

hour he had favor with pharaoh and

pharaoh made him the most powerful man

next to him over all egypt so

favor is something that god gives and

for all the saints of the old times

under the old testament

they'll be longing for that favor but

alas

they're all too aware of their weakness

and their

their shortcomings and their sins and

then they forfeit themselves

of that favor they know that you know

it's only for the josephs and the davids

and the roofs but my friend you and i

today we have access

into this favor in which we stand we

should be confessing every day

before we leave our house i have the

favor of god on me

i have favor with god and i have favor

with men

now not with every man of course because

of man's weakness and

and his fallen state not every man you

know will find you

uh favorable hallelujah but the same

people that

that did not favor jesus the bible says

jesus had favor

with with a lot of people multitudes

followed him

he had favor with pontius pilate in fact

uh pilate tried his best to release

jesus until the crowd shouted out for

caesar's name

and he was afraid of caesar and he

delivered jesus

all right so he was a coward but

nonetheless jesus had so much favor

the only ones he didn't have favor with

are the self-righteous religious people

of his day

those who felt like by their own works

they can become righteous

and here jesus is making god so

accessible to all the common folk

it makes god so real and so near to all

the people who have sinned us

and he ate with sinners they they saw

jesus forgiving sinners

forgiving sins while they themself were

complaining

about the sinners they'll say he eats

with he's a friend of sinners whereas

they themselves

have a holier than doubt attitude they

saw jesus receiving sinners

and then they themself will reject this

sinners

and will go for a pile of stones as as

soon as they can

to stone these people for their sins and

they saw

grace and they didn't understand grace

so only those who are against grace

will not favor you because like jesus

so are you right the disciple is not

above his master

now back to this again we are under the

favor of god under his unclouded favor

and we enjoy this favor every single day

it doesn't mean there's no suffering in

fact the very next verse says

we don't just rejoice or boast in the

glory of god the word there's both

actually

but we also both in troubles tribulation

why not tribulation workers for us

troubles work for us amen trouble should

not have troubled you because

because trouble troubles you now you

have it's like throwing you a lot of

stones and others and the stones never

reach you but falls at your feet

and that makes the foundation for you to

step on higher and higher

to where god wants you to be god caused

all things to work together for good

to them that love god look at that verse

just one more time romans 8 28 because

it's so true

for those who are the favor of god we

rejoice in troubles because troubles

work of perseverance a work of good in

your life and this verse says in romans

8 28

and we know do you know it do you know

it

not just a theory in your head not i

hope to know it

i hope to believe it but we know that

all things work together for good

doesn't say all these things are good

not all things that happen to you are

good but all things

work together for good and this word

work together

is one great word word which is

the word we get our english word synergy

you know synergy

synergy is the the employment of all the

different parts

that that produces a total effect amen

but it is a lot of individual parts the

synergy of those in

you know that produces the total effect

hallelujah

the total desirable effect praise god so

god causes

all these troubles and all these uh

things that's happened in our life big

troubles small troubles amen

challenges that that stay you in the

face uh uh

for quite a long time now and you're

wondering why is this happening this

pandemic

why is this happening to the church

we're not able to come together and all

that

and you're asking me to believe and it's

happening to churches everywhere

so it cannot be there all of us have

fallen you know and god is punishing us

for our sins no no no my friend

we must fall back to god's word where it

says we are standing on

favor ground with god so what is

happening this pandemic something good

is happening

well i know one thing good is that we're

we are seeing more and more people

come to christ amen to this online we

are seeing more people than ever before

uh in our church our physical church

we're not able to contain all the people

that we would have now if they come to

church physically

so that's something that's happening

that i know that jesus is being unveiled

to more people

praise the lord more people are getting

saved more people

are receiving the touch of jesus and

their lives are being transformed for

that i give praise

but there's a lot of other things that

god is doing in this pandemic but it all

comes in this

all things all things means all things

in your life so perhaps you're thinking

of something in your life

that has happened right now it might be

there for a few days i've been there for

quite some time now

but it's all working together for good

for good it's all sunigel it's all a

synergy

working together and god didn't say that

all these things are good god did not

say that he sent all the

things no no this pandemic is definitely

not from god

right god god did not say i'm

responsible for all things in your life

he did not say that i know some

christians believe in this

sovereignty to the point that all things

that happen to you is from god

i don't believe that this is a fallen

world amen god never meant for men to

die

so obviously man is dying why because

man's own free choice

he chose to rebel against god like i

said before you know you put your hand

in the fire you can choose to put your

hand to fire

but you can't choose the result the

result remains the same you cannot say

i i choose not to burn no finger in fire

equals burn you cannot choose the result

you cannot choose an

opposite result amen so likewise

god god knew when man sinned against him

that

god will plan everything it doesn't

catch god by surprise this pandemic

doesn't catch god by surprise

amen all the bad things that happened in

your life didn't catch god by surprise

those things that happened to joseph

when his brothers betrayed him and sold

him

uh for for those money that they were

longing for

and uh betrayed him his love his trust

in them

and then sold him off to the midianites

and then they brought him to egypt and

all these are bad things that happened

to joseph

the lie of potty first wife all this is

bad god didn't cause these things to

happen so that

good things will happen to joseph no god

is not behind these things

but god works all things god's

synergizing

everything to work together for joseph's

good say for good say three times for

good

for good amen say for my good

for my good hallelujah say for my family

is good

amen so god is working everything even

though he's not behind

everything especially when they're bad

stuff amen god is a good god

but he is working all things for your

good amen

and then he goes on to say for good to

those who love god to those who are the

call according to his purpose now some

people jump on this and say notice it's

only for those who love

god now friend all those who are born

again they love

god and all of us love god the moment we

know him

because all our sins are forgiven in the

new covenances all of us know him from

the least

to the greatest we all love him although

our love

is at varying degrees god doesn't say

when your love is eighty percent uh

there for me

then this promise will work for you no

no no it's saying every believer those

who love god is

a characteristic of people who are

born again people who have eternal life

people who are

safe and redeemed by the work of jesus

hallelujah i'm getting a revival here

right now in jesus name

praise the lord so god is saying and as

well as the next line who are called

according to his purpose now to say

something here but

according to his purpose if you are a

child of god

you are beginning to discover your

purpose now one of the prayers that

i've encouraged you all to pray

beginning of this year

is the prayer of ephesians 1 where it

says

that god will give you the spirit of

wisdom and revelation in the knowledge

of him the eyes of your understanding

being flooded with light being

enlightened

that you may know what is the hope of

his calling

what is the hope of his calling his

purpose for your life

you are born with a destiny there is a

purpose for which no one else can

fulfill but you

and if someone doesn't fulfill his

purpose it is a loss it is a loss to

heaven

heaven doesn't just say you know what

you know it's just one loss

no no for for the lord out of a hundred

sheep

one sheep is lost he considered a loss

and he will

seek for it i love this until he finds

it hallelujah that's how god esteems

so it's a real loss to heaven if you

don't fulfill that purpose so god has a

purpose for you

and that purpose wasn't something god

decided later on as you

observe your obedience or your life of

it then he gives you a purpose no no the

purpose is from your mother's womb

when you were there when god placed you

there you were

given a purpose a destiny if you would

say it like this

god separated me in my mother's womb

god separated me in my mother's womb but

we all know that he grew up

and uh became a pharisee of pharisees

set at the feet of gamaliel

and uh he was instrumental in many

believers being tortured

being persecuted and even was there uh

giving his uh tested approval to the

stoning of stephen

the first martyr of the church in the

book of acts we saw that and

and yet you know it was misdirected but

he was separated

from his in his mother's womb separated

to the calling in his mother's womb

in other words though he missed it for a

number of years

god brought him back to his purpose and

everything was working

god allowed him to be born what does it

mean then pastor prince does that mean

that

god has predestined some people to be

saved and some not to be saved from

their mother's womb

no my friend is not saying that what is

saying when god separated him that means

god

separated him to become a jew not

another race but a jew in that day and

age they will have the accurate

knowledge from the scriptures god

caused him to be sitting at the feet of

gamaliel one of the best

bible teachers of that day you know he

was a pharisee but one of the best

teachers of the bible

he was privileged to sit at the feet of

gamaliel not only that he knew the bible

and he knew greek

and he knew hebrew back to back he knew

aramaic

and uh he was an intelligent man god

allow him to have all the

the the the teaching that he would have

all that okay so that

he's prepared not to rely on these

things because later on he considers all

these things as done

right but to prepare him to see that all

these things

cannot achieve that greatest revelation

when the truth comes you know it

praise god the things you've been

looking for in your hedonistic pursuit

of pleasure or fulfillment

through wealth accumulation all those

things when you find that you have those

things

it doesn't mean much when you have

little

it means a lot to have things

right but when you have a lot as

testified by those people who have a lot

even billions all of a sudden

it doesn't mean much it is

so true that you were created for

greater things your heart is

too big to be satisfied by wealth fame

by by pleasures of sin

right your heart is too big it can only

be filled with divine things because

you are you are breathed in your real

person the spirit

was breathed in into your body

by god himself amen you are a spirit

being

amen things that are of the flesh

material things can never

truly satisfy you the way the lord jesus

came

that's why he's called the bread of life

hallelujah

so all these things is working together

for good

hallelujah now watch this according to

his purpose

what does that mean all things work

together for good

to those who love god to those who are

called

according to his purpose and the next

verse tells us the purpose for whom he

for knew

he also predestined to be conformed

to the image of his son jesus

that he might be the jesus might be the

firstborn

among many brethren notice the purpose

is tied up with what god for knew

it is tied up with the predestination to

be conformed to the image of jesus

and what it means is that some people

you know they teach

foreign knowledge and predestination

these are big words i know

maybe for some of you not interested in

these things but there are a lot of

believers who ask me also

what do you think about predestination

what do you think about fall knowledge

so i think it's a good time for me just

to share with you

all right what it means um in a simple

way

so for knowledge is actually prognosis

it's for before knowledge of the future

you know it before

so god of course has the four knowledge

but so that's for knowledge

predestined means god has destined you

by i'm going to say by hook or by crew

but you know the ways of god is by

straight and by straight

do you end up by the with the good

intent that he has for your life

so but some people have thought

predestination in such a way

that they say you are either possession

to be saved

or you are predestined to be lost now i

don't believe that

i don't believe the scriptures bear that

out i believe that god foreknew

that you will accept jesus christ he

foreknew now god did not manipulate your

free choice he gave you the free choice

if god had manipulated your free choice

he would have done it with the first man

and woman adam and eve in the garden

when adam is about to partake of that

tree that he's not supposed to

god can stop his hand right make it into

a

a little uh a flat hand

that will go a great velocity across his

own face and slap him

a man slap him three times at god once

god manipulate his free choice no god

did not manipulate his free choice my

friend

if god had done god could have done that

god could have made adam kick himself

even

but god did not stop adam from partaking

of the very tree that he knew is going

to bring

death to man so

god will not manipulate your free choice

but god foreknew

that you by your choice would accept the

lord jesus christ

god foreknew that long before you were

born god foreknew

in that in that timeless eternity god

foreknew

that you will come forth into this world

god foreknew that

what you would choose even before you

have chosen this that's why he's god

so before you have chosen to accept

christ or to believe on christ

god foreknew that you would do that and

those whom he fought you

would believe on christ he predestined

this

not others to go to hell no he

predestined those

who would believe on christ whom he for

knew would accept christ

he predestined them to end up conformed

to the image of his son the son that he

loved

that he loved dearly amen we look at

jesus

how beautiful he is isn't he we look at

his

moral beauty his moral glory

you look at him his eyes full of love

for sinners he sees things the others

don't

you know he sees beauty where others

sees ugliness

he sees the cry in a sinner's heart

whereas others see the filth and the sin

and the uncleanness jesus will welcome

you

with open arms because he loves you and

he sees

you as his sheep hallelujah

he loves you he loves you long before

you know him

praise the lord he looks at sheep

people actually by the side of the

mountain and the bible says they were

distressed

they were going astray and he saw them

as sheep

having no shepherd now other people see

them as

these are just rebellious people that's

why they're going astray

they're just rebellious they're full of

sin they have no heart for god

you know criticize you know and and just

criticize and condemn and condemn

as opposed to jesus he saw them

rebellious going astray

confused distress because they were like

sheep

having no shepherd and he is the

shepherd

amen he is a shepherd and he proceeded

to teach them

he proceeded to feed them he proceeded

to

bless them and bring them into his foe

hallelujah because he is the good

shepherd so how do we view

sinners how do we view people who don't

know jesus even though they are using

their

their voice to blaspheme his holy name

he never stops loving them he sees them

as

what he declared at the cross father

forgive them

for they know not what they do they

don't realize what they are doing

and even paul himself says i was the

chief of sinners

you know i was a blasphemer but god in

his grace and his mercy saved me

that in me there might be for other

believers

a pattern they will see a pattern of

god's

patience long suffering in my life

hallelujah because god can save me

the chief of sinners paul says god can

save you

hallelujah so god god's purpose is that

everyone that would believe in jesus

whom he foreknew would

believe on christ he predestined every

one of them

those believers to end up being

conformed to the image of jesus so

everything in your life

good things bad things amen small things

big things whatever it is all that is

happening in your life

is so that you it's all predestined you

are predestined no those things are not

predestined

but you are pretty destined those things

are working

towards the predestination for you to

end up

just like jesus

you will end up looking like jesus

you'll be conformed to the image of

jesus and my friend i'll tell you this

jesus is no failure everything he

touched prospers

he touched the leper ugliness becomes

beauty

he summons a beauty for the ashes of the

leper

when when there is little in his hands

he touches the five loaves and two small

fish

and they become plenty to feed the

hungry

hallelujah he touches the poor

and the poor becomes rich he touches the

sick

and the sick body becomes healthy

not just healthy vibrant with health

with the energy to serve him with

just like peter's mother rose from her

sick bed

to serve them hallelujah i'm telling you

friend

whatever jesus touches prospers and

to be conformed to the image of jesus

with his character

his beautiful person hallelujah and to

have the results that he has

hallelujah that itself is true success

it's not getting you know so much money

in your life

that one day i come to a place that

others can look at me and say wow i'll

be like him

really is that really your heart's

desire will that really satisfy

fame i want to be famous i want people

to know my name you know

being famous is not very peaceful i'll

tell you that

all right it is not you will find

yourself always waking up

wandering living for the crowd or living

for one for the audience of one

amen is much more peaceful as opposed to

trying to please men

it's a bondage to please men you fear

their opinion you feel what they'll say

the fee of men brings a snare the bible

says

whoever trusteth in the lord is safe

so everything in your life just like

joseph's life

you know if he wasn't soul to egypt

he will not end up in portiva's house if

he was not

lied about he would not end up in the

prison where he

interpreted the dream of the butler and

that became the stepping stone for him

to be in the palace

of pharaoh

if pharaoh had not had that dream

he would not see the need for joseph's

gift

everything is working together for

joseph

but not everything is of god

but everything working for good

is of god god is orchestrating

everything he's

synergizing everything to work for

joseph's

good until one day joseph stood before

his brothers

and they saw the good that god has done

in his life and this is what he told

them

and they were so afraid that he might

you know execute vengeance on them and

this is what he says you men

evil against me but god meant it for

good

and he brought them all near him with

all the power that he has and he was the

most powerful man besides pharaoh

in that day and age with all the power

he has to execute vengeance on them what

did he do

with all the power he forgave them and

with that power he drew them near to him

and he says to them with the power in

his mouth

that he has he uses that to say i'll

provide for you

and your little ones no vengeance in his

heart and this is our heavenly

joseph our lord jesus today and the

story of joseph

is is like the story of jesus right and

joseph reminds me of jesus

and rejected by his brothers loved by

his father

so is our heavenly joseph our lord jesus

rejected by the jewish brothers

but loved by his father dearly he came

as the bread of life and he became the

bread of life

through the gentile world because his

jewish brothers rejected him and became

the bread of life for 2

likewise

joseph became the bread of life to egypt

the gentile world

whereas his father's house was

languishing until they would see him

face to face and he would provide for

them and that's going to happen in the

second coming of jesus

right the first coming he came as savior

same as the lamb of god

lowly humble but in the second coming

he's gonna come

as the glorious king of israel king of

kings and lord of lords

hallelujah praise the name of jesus and

and the story of joseph is so beautiful

so much like

jesus praise the lord so back to this

again

everything in your life my friend all

your mistakes all your missteps

all your sins even amen god forgives

them

and god works them for good now that's

not to say i'll make more mistakes

i'll go on sinning that is called

stupidity right

and i know i'm sure that god can use the

stupidity but you'll take more time

right you're just going around the

mountain one more time praise the lord

so

no i'm not saying that i'm saying we

need to know god's purpose for our life

that everything in our life is working

together for our good

and what's the greatest good that we can

have to end up like

jesus in every way praise the lord

amen to look and sound like jesus having

the results of jesus in our life because

he's the patent man

that the father always dream of and now

he's become the firstborn

among many brethren of which you are one

of them hallelujah

thank you jesus praise the name of jesus

so i hope you're getting this idea of a

full

knowledge and predestination it's not

that god for new

and then god planned to predestine some

to be safe

and some to be lost and there are people

who teach that it was very popular in

the 17th century

um teaching in the church at that time

but it's not true

okay god there's not predestined people

to be to be lost

or to be safe amen in fact

predestination is a secret

a family secret it's like the offer is

whoever will come and take the water of

life freely

jesus says whoever believes in him

should not perish but have everlasting

life

whosoever whoever will praise the lord

he's it's always for everybody amen

but the the door says everyone is

welcome whoever believes

you step into the door you close the

door you are now in the family

environment amen you look at the back of

the door it says predestined

before the foundation of the world i

mean it's a family secret

then you realize you're one of those who

believe and god

that you would believe and now you are

predestined so relax my friend

everything in your life right now even

this pandemic is working together

for your good hallelujah

thank you lord jesus and always have

this

attitude that you are now a child of god

you are standing on favor ground

and death and judgment is behind you

it's not in front of you for for the

believer it's not in front of them

it's behind them but but pastor i feel

something i feel like

like uh tired and fatigued and uh uh i

feel

feverish i feel sick and i feel this

pain and that egg and that egg

and you're telling me that death is

behind me yes it is my my friend listen

what you're feeling is your body and

that body won't be going to heaven with

you

now don't be afraid the bible says i'm

not saying that you would definitely die

the in fact the christian posture is not

to look to the grave in your future but

look to the sky

he's coming for you amen the bible says

our posture is

looking for his son looking for his son

from heaven

that's our posture when the signs are

happening like this pandemic and all

that

we are to lift up our heads not look

down to the grave

that's not our future look up to the sky

lift up your heads for your redemption

draws near

referring to your bodily redemption it's

drawing near with each passing day

it's drawing nearer and nearer and

nearer

it's even at the doors hallelujah and

and once you realize that once you can

live your life with confidence

knowing that death and judgment is

behind you that doesn't mean if jesus

tarries

should jesus tarry that doesn't mean

that we will live on and on

right because like i said even if jesus

comes he's going to give us a brand new

body those who are alive

the bible says in the twinkling of an

eye our bodies will transform

light unto his body so this body will

not go to heaven

and don't worry about heights and all

that when he ceases you up there

amen because all fears will be gone

including the fear of heights

praise the lord in that new body and you

have a brand new body

all those in the in the grave

they'll be they'll be raised up first

with a brand new body

amen and they are not with jesus they

are spirit and soul with jesus

eternally happy amen completely

liberated

your loved ones who have gone before my

friend

they are not lost the apostle paul has

such a revelation of this he says for me

to leave his christ

to die is gain you hear that to die is

gain so

actually your loved one is in heaven and

and

they can't express to you how how happy

how free how liberated

they are and in their future there can

be

no sickness no falling sick you know no

sick days for them

no no depressed days and no headaches

even

their future is completely perfect

perfect felicity shalom

completeness happiness

hallelujah and and many times i feel

like they look down on us and they feel

for us

i know we we miss them and we feel for

them but don't feel for them as if

that we are in a better place they

should be here with us

you know if we feel sad it's very human

it's uh

god understands that praise the lord we

understand that

but it's not because of them it's not

because we think that they're in a

worse off place no they are in a better

place than you and i are

in amen and one day we'll go back and

forth

in our new bodies in heaven the hq as

well as the whole universe

praise the lord god has universes beyond

this universe

and science is now beginning to discover

that the universe is still expanding

what 186 thousand miles per speed of

light per second

all right it's it's expanding so fast

that there are stars beyond

our milky way that we have not even uh

discovered

and i believe that's all our playground

their uh universe beyond our universe

praise the name of jesus and god is the

bible says god stretches the heavens

and he's still stretching it hallelujah

amen to prepare

for all the souls that are safe and and

that's going to be our playground

in the future amen

thank you jesus friend are you ready for

this

when it happens going to happen quickly

and all of a sudden you look down and

you realize that all your pursuits

with things that are futile things that

are useless you know the priorities that

we have even for our children

we say that we want them to get a good

education to go to a great school

why so they get a great job why

so they have lots of money why

so that they'll be happy oh yeah so

finally you believe that all these

things will make them happy

no friend yes you want them to study you

want them to to

have to be educated is for their own

good

amen and if that is your desire it's no

problem but to to say that this will

give them happiness

that's not true my friend that's not

true it's best

you you cause them to watch

the rock kids every sunday amen and get

the word of god because the word of god

will

allow them to have the wisdom of god

from a very young age some people say

pastor prince

my child does not want to watch rock

shits then bribe them and i'm sorry i

used the word pride but

you know they're they're your child your

children they're under your household

they make us say things like all right

if you don't watch there's no games and

all that but they'll make them dislike

no no no friend

let me tell you this one day they will

be hearing

something they also don't bang their

eyes are open their inner eyes are

flooded with light

and they see something they never saw

before and from then on the desire will

be there

many times we are learning how to play

the violin we are learning how to play

the piano we dislike what we are doing

we we felt we feel compelled by our

parents to study that

but there comes a day we realize hey i

love the flow of this

hey it's a revelation and all of a

sudden you start writing songs also you

enjoy

uh playing the piano you enjoy the the

the pleasure you give people when you

play the piano it's not a revelation

but when you first start it it is

something they have to keep on doing

right so i don't know why i'm saying

this but uh he knows parent

you're a child of god how can you be

you know delivered from egypt and you

leave your children behind

amen you know one time the children of

israel one of the compromises that

pharaoh offered moses was this when

moses says let my people go he says you

know what

leave your children behind all those

adults you you guys go in

you guys go and worship god but leave

your children behind

now he's very cunning he knows that if

the parents leave their children behind

they'll come back to

egypt and moses says no way jose

no way right i i'm we are going in

all of us not one who will be left

behind

okay so one of the compromises of satan

is that yeah you know you're gonna be go

all

out for jesus you're gonna be radical

for jesus that's fine

and use terms like this radical for

jesus but you know what don't touch your

children

all right let let them be no friend if

you love your children

this is what you want for them the very

things that you see

about the lord amen you want them to see

amen

and perhaps your growing up years you

didn't have the opportunities that your

children have

don't don't don't let it go my friend

don't

don't bypass this opportunity to give

your children

the true education that they need to

know

the lord hallelujah praise the lord

thank you jesus thank you jesus so all

things are working together

for good to them that love god

to them who are called according to his

purpose and his purpose is to cause

all these things to work for your good

to cause you to end up

looking sounding like jesus

with all the results of jesus and that's

why we sing the song

that we just wrote recently as he is

so are we the resurrection life

is in me right why because you know

some time ago i got this revelation from

the word of god that says because as

jesus is

so are we in this world

god sees you one with jesus

Definitions of revenge

Noun

1

the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands.

other spurned wives have taken public revenge on their husbands

Synonyms:

vengeance retribution retaliation reprisal requital recrimination an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) redress satisfaction

Verb

1

inflict hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong done to (someone else).

it's a pity he chose that way to revenge his sister

Examples of Revenge

One of his losses was to Akira Oguchi, on whom he gained his revenge when he knocked the Japanese boxer out in five rounds in Bangkok in September 1961.

Synonyms of revenge

Noun

vengeance vengefulness retaliation

Verb

avenge

Jeremiah 50:28-32 - The Humiliation Of Babylon

28 There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His temple. 29 "Summon many against Babylon, All those who bend the bow: Encamp against her on every side, Let there be no escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become arrogant against the LORD, Against the Holy One of Israel. 30 "Therefore her young men will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD. 31 "Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Declares the Lord GOD of hosts, "For your day has come, The time when I will punish you. 32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall With no one to raise him up; And I will set fire to his cities And it will devour all his environs."

Jeremiah 49:1-6 - A Message Concerning Ammon

Jeremiah 50:41-46 - The Conquest Of Babylon

Jeremiah 51:1-64 - God's Judgment On Babylon

Jeremiah 52:31-34 - An Allowance For Jehoiachin

Jeremiah 66:27-32 - Jeremiah Rewrites The Scroll

Jeremiah 50:28-32 - The Humiliation Of Babylon

Lamentations 1:1-22 - The Desolate City

Lamentations 2:1-22 - The Lord Is Angry

Lamentations 3:1-66 - Israel's Affliction

Lamentations 4:1-22 - Zion Is Punished

Lamentations 5:1-22 - A Request For Mercy

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Revenge

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Deuteronomy 32:35

'Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.'

Micah 5:15

"And I will execute vengeance in anger and wrath On the nations which have not obeyed."

Isaiah 63:4

"For the day of vengeance was in My heart, And My year of redemption has come.

Luke 21:22

because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

Hebrews 10:30

For we know Him who said, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY " And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."

Psalm 58:10

The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

Ezekiel 24:8

"That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance, I have put her blood on the bare rock, That it may not be covered."

Proverbs 6:34

For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Isaiah 34:8

For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Revelation 6:10

and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"

Jeremiah 51:36

Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am going to plead your case And exact full vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.

Ezekiel 25:14

"I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel Therefore, they will act in Edom according to My anger and according to My wrath; thus they will know My vengeance," declares the Lord GOD.

Psalm 94:1

O LORD, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth!

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Jeremiah 51:6

Flee from the midst of Babylon, And each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, For this is the LORD'S time of vengeance; He is going to render recompense to her.

Ezekiel 25:17

"I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them."'"

Lamentations 3:60

You have seen all their vengeance, All their schemes against me.

Isaiah 35:4

Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you."

Genesis 4:15

So the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold " And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him.

2 Corinthians 10:6

and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

Isaiah 1:24

Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts, The Mighty One of Israel, declares, "Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries And avenge Myself on My foes.

Judges 15:7

Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit."

Judges 16:28

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

2 Thessalonians 1:8

dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

1 Samuel 24:12

"May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.

Psalm 140:12

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted And justice for the poor.

Jeremiah 15:15

You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that for Your sake I endure reproach.

Isaiah 59:17

He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.

Jeremiah 50:28

There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His temple.

Luke 18:7

now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?

Genesis 4:10

He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground.

Isaiah 47:3

"Your nakedness will be uncovered, Your shame also will be exposed; I will take vengeance and will not spare a man."

Jeremiah 20:10

For I have heard the whispering of many, "Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him."

Ezekiel 25:12

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,"

Psalm 149:7

To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples,

Jeremiah 20:12

Yet, O LORD of hosts, You who test the righteous, Who see the mind and the heart; Let me see Your vengeance on them; For to You I have set forth my cause.

Luke 18:3

"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'

Genesis 4:24

If Cain is avenged sevenfold, Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold."

Jeremiah 51:11

Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, Because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; For it is the vengeance of the LORD, vengeance for His temple.

Proverbs 24:17

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Numbers 31:2

"Take full vengeance for the sons of Israel on the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered to your people."

Jeremiah 50:15

"Raise your battle cry against her on every side! She has given herself up, her pillars have fallen, Her walls have been torn down For this is the vengeance of the LORD: Take vengeance on her; As she has done to others, so do to her.

Psalm 44:16

Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.

From Thematic Bible

Revenge » Forbidden

Revenge » Keep others from taking

Revenge » Forbidden by our lord

Revenge » Punishment for

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Trust in God

Revenge » Exemplified

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exhibit love

Revenge » Christ an example of forbearing

Revenge » Exemplified » By samson

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Overcome others by kindness

Revenge » Exemplified » By the chief priests

Revenge » Be thankful for being kept from taking

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exercise forbearance

Revenge » The wicked are earnest after

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Philistines, toward israel

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Ahab, toward micaiah

Revenge » Exemplified » Simon and levi

Revenge » Exemplified » Philistines

Revenge » Exemplified » Edomites

Revenge » Exemplified » Haman

Revenge » Exemplified » Ahab

Revenge » Exemplified » Joab

Revenge » Proceeds from a spiteful heart

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Herodias, toward john the baptist

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jezebel toward elijah

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Give place unto wrath

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Bless

Revenge » Exemplified » Herodias

Revenge » Exemplified » By absalom

Revenge » Rebuked by Christ

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Haman, toward the jews

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jews toward paul

Revenge » Exemplified » By herodias

Revenge » Rebuked by jesus

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Sanhedrin, toward the apostles

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Nazarenes, toward Christ

Revenge » Exemplified » James and john

Revenge » Exemplified » Chief priests

Revenge » Exemplified » By haman

Revenge » Exemplified » By the philistines

Revenge » Exemplified » By the edomites

Revenge » Exemplified » By ahab

Revenge » Inconsistent with Christian spirit

Revenge » Exemplified » By simeon and levi

Revenge » Exemplified » By jezebel

Revenge » Exemplified » By joab

Revenge » Jesus an example of forbearing

Revenge » Exemplified » By james and john

Revenge » Inconsistent with

Revenge » Forbidden

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Romans 12:17

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

1 Peter 3:9

not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

More verses: Proverbs 24:29

Revenge » Keep others from taking

1 Samuel 26:9

But David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against the LORD'S anointed and be without guilt?"

1 Samuel 24:10

"Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'

1 Samuel 25:24-31

She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant. "Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. "Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, since the LORD has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal. read more.

Revenge » Forbidden by our lord

Proverbs 24:17

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Proverbs 24:29

Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."

Revenge » Punishment for

Amos 1:11-12

Thus says the LORD, "For three transgressions of Edom and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, While he stifled his compassion; His anger also tore continually, And he maintained his fury forever. "So I will send fire upon Teman And it will consume the citadels of Bozrah."

Ezekiel 25:15-17

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity," therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. "I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them."'"

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Trust in God

Romans 12:16

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

Revenge » Exemplified

Acts 7:54

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Judges 16:28-30

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.

Judges 15:7

Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit."

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exhibit love

Luke 6:35

"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

Leviticus 19:18

'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Revenge » Christ an example of forbearing

Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

1 Peter 2:23

and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

Revenge » Exemplified » By samson

Judges 15:7-8

Samson said to them, "Since you act like this, I will surely take revenge on you, but after that I will quit." He struck them ruthlessly with a great slaughter; and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

Judges 16:28-30

Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Overcome others by kindness

Proverbs 25:21-22

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you.

Revenge » Exemplified » By the chief priests

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Acts 7:54-59

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." read more.

Revenge » Be thankful for being kept from taking

1 Samuel 25:32-33

Then David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Exercise forbearance

Matthew 5:38-41

"You have heard that it was said, 'AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.' "But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. read more.

Revenge » The wicked are earnest after

Jeremiah 20:10

For I have heard the whispering of many, "Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!" All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: "Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him."

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Philistines, toward israel

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Ahab, toward micaiah

1 Kings 22:27

and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'"

Revenge » Exemplified » Simon and levi

Genesis 34:25

Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male.

Revenge » Exemplified » Philistines

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Exemplified » Edomites

Ezekiel 25:12

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,"

Revenge » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 3:8-15

Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so it is not in the king's interest to let them remain. "If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king's business, to put into the king's treasuries." Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. read more.

Revenge » Exemplified » Ahab

1 Kings 22:26

Then the king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son;

Revenge » Exemplified » Joab

2 Samuel 3:27

So when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the middle of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the belly so that he died on account of the blood of Asahel his brother.

Revenge » Proceeds from a spiteful heart

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Herodias, toward john the baptist

Matthew 14:8

Having been prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jezebel toward elijah

1 Kings 19:2

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Give place unto wrath

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Revenge » Instead of taking, we should » Bless

Romans 12:14

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Revenge » Exemplified » Herodias

Mark 6:19-24

Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him. A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; read more.

Revenge » Exemplified » By absalom

2 Samuel 13:23-29

Now it came about after two full years that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons. Absalom came to the king and said, "Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; please let the king and his servants go with your servant." But the king said to Absalom, "No, my son, we should not all go, for we will be burdensome to you." Although he urged him, he would not go, but blessed him. read more.

Revenge » Rebuked by Christ

Luke 9:54-55

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Haman, toward the jews

Esther 3:6

But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Jews toward paul

Acts 23:12

When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul.

Revenge » Exemplified » By herodias

Mark 6:19-24

Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him. A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; read more.

Revenge » Rebuked by jesus

Luke 9:54-55

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Sanhedrin, toward the apostles

Acts 5:33

But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.

Revenge » Revenge, the spirit of, manifested » Nazarenes, toward Christ

Luke 4:29

and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff.

Revenge » Exemplified » James and john

Luke 9:54

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

Revenge » Exemplified » Chief priests

Acts 5:33

But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.

Revenge » Exemplified » By haman

Esther 3:8-15

Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws, so it is not in the king's interest to let them remain. "If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king's business, to put into the king's treasuries." Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. read more.

Revenge » Exemplified » By the philistines

Ezekiel 25:15

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,"

Revenge » Exemplified » By the edomites

Ezekiel 25:12

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,"

Revenge » Exemplified » By ahab

1 Kings 22:27

and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'"

Revenge » Inconsistent with Christian spirit

Luke 9:55

But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Revenge » Exemplified » By simeon and levi

Genesis 34:25

Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male.

Revenge » Exemplified » By jezebel

1 Kings 19:2

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."

Revenge » Exemplified » By joab

2 Samuel 3:27

So when Abner returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside into the middle of the gate to speak with him privately, and there he struck him in the belly so that he died on account of the blood of Asahel his brother.

Revenge » Jesus an example of forbearing

1 Peter 2:23

and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

Revenge » Exemplified » By james and john

Luke 9:54

When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?"

Revenge » Inconsistent with

Luke 9:55

But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;

Topics on Revenge

Revenge, And Retaliation

45;12;19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.

Revenge, Examples Of

42;6;11

But they themselves were filled with rage, and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.