Jesus Loves Me

"Jesus Loves Me" by Listener Kids - YouTube

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Lyrics

Jesus loves me! This I know,

For the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to Him belong,

They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died,

Heaven's gate to open wide;

He will wash away my sin,

Let His little child come in.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,

When I'm very weak and ill;

From His shining throne on high,

Comes to watch me where I lie.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He will stay,

Close beside me all the way;

He's prepared a home for me,

And some day His face I'll see.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

"Jesus Loves Me" by Listener Kids - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owx3ao42kwI

Lyrics

Jesus loves me! This I know,

For the Bible tells me so;

Little ones to Him belong,

They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died,

Heaven's gate to open wide;

He will wash away my sin,

Let His little child come in.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,

When I'm very weak and ill;

From His shining throne on high,

Comes to watch me where I lie.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He will stay,

Close beside me all the way;

He's prepared a home for me,

And some day His face I'll see.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.


 

March 5, 2022

“Jesus Loves Me! This I Know”

“Jesus Loves Me! This I Know”

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

Jeremiah 31:3

I heard a story of a minister from Oregon who was assigned to provide counseling in a state mental institution. His first assignment was to a padded cell that housed deranged, barely clothed patients. He couldn’t even talk to the inmates, let alone counsel them—the only responses he got were groans, moans, and demonic laughter.

Then the Holy Spirit prompted him to sit in the middle of the room and for a full hour just sing the famous children’s hymn that goes, “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong; they are weak, but He is strong.” Nothing happened at the end of that first day, but for weeks he persisted to sing the same melody with greater conviction each time: “Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”

As the days passed, the patients began singing with him one by one. Amazingly, by the end of the first month, thirty-six of the severely ill patients were transferred from the high-dependency ward to a self-care ward. Within a year, all but two were discharged from the mental institution.

As one of the best-known and loved hymns of all time, this hymn’s ongoing popularity lies in its succinct elegance in unveiling Jesus’ heart. It beckons one to recognize that no matter what challenges, failures, and misdeeds one might be dealing with, the love of Jesus remains a constant.

“Jesus loves me! This I know.”

How so?

“For the Bible tells me so.”

So simple, yet so powerful.

Whether you feel it or not, Jesus’ constant love for you rests in the truth and on the foundation of His unchanging Word. It proclaims that His love for you and me is based utterly and completely on Him—on His promises, His work, and His grace. Today, let healing and rest for your soul come as you allow your heart to be anchored on this truth.

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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






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These are notes on the sermon, The Stars Tell The Story Of Jesus, preached by Pastor Joseph Prince on Sunday, 22 December 2019, 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: Discover the story of redemption
  2. The story of redemption begins with free choice
  3. God can righteously forgive us because of Jesus' redemption at the cross
  4. Nothing can prevent the story of redemption from unfolding
  5. God created the stars to tell this story of Jesus, our Savior
  6. Closing prayer

Introduction: Discover the story of redemption

This Christmas service, let’s remember that we are celebrating because the SAVIOR was born.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
—Luke 2:10–11 NKJV

God is judge, but more than anything else, the Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:7–8). Because of God’s great love for us, He sent Jesus down to earth to save us. Jesus took not only our sins, but also our sicknesses on the cross so that we might walk in His abundant life.

When we stand before God, we stand before Him as our Savior. Jesus’ name means “salvation.”

The Christmas story is actually the story of redemption, and we are all caught in it.

The story of redemption begins with free choice

Before God created man, He created angels. The highest-ranking angels are called cherubs. There were 3 of them: Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer (before he fell and became Satan).

Lucifer’s name means “light of the morning” or “son of the morning.” Lucifer’s appearance was supposed to be dazzling, bright, and beautiful.

Cherubs are very powerful beings. They were created to be guardians of God's righteousness and holiness. If there was any deviation from God’s righteousness and holiness, their swords would come down on the guilty one.

Apart from being the guardian of God’s righteousness and holiness, God gave Lucifer other gifts. One of them was the ability to make music to worship God. But as Lucifer led the angels to worship God, he wanted to receive the worship for himself.

When Lucifer became proud and attempted to take God’s place, God exiled him to earth (see Isa. 14:12). On earth, Lucifer developed an extreme hatred toward God, and he became Satan.

This was before man was created.

When God made Adam, God told Adam to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. The word “replenish” means that there once existed life and on the earth.

When God created man, God created man in His image. God never created the angels in His image.

God made us in His image before man fell. Today, we all have traces of the fall. The fact that you fall sick, grow old, and experience pains in your body is because of the fall.

God never meant for us to go through pain and suffering. God’s heart is never for us to suffer, just like your heart is never to see your children suffer nervous conditions, depression, and fears.

Pain and suffering were never part of God's plan for us. His plan was and is still for us to walk in perfect health and peace.

When God made man in His image, He created both, male and female and called them Adam.

When God made man, He made man with free choice. God did not make robots. If God made us robots with no free choice, we would live in a perfect world, free of rebellion and strife. But He didn’t want robots. He wanted us to have the choice to respond to His love.

God, so full of love, created man to be a recipient of His love and to walk in His best plans for us. But man, with their free choice, chose to sin and rebel against God by eating from the tree that God said not to eat from.

Why did God have to create that tree? Because if God had created everything good, there would have been no way for man to exercise their free choice because there would have been nothing to choose from. There had to be an option where man could exercise their free will and show they love God.

God gave man free choice because God doesn’t want forced relationship or worship from us. God doesn’t want us to obey because we have to, but because we genuinely trust Him.

God is a good God and He’s always looking out for us. He wants us to obey because we know that He has our best interest at heart.

When man sinned and rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden, the result was death. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.”

But it doesn’t stop there. The verse continues: “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (see Rom. 6:23).

Even though man sinned against God, God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior—to take the punishment of sin for us at the cross.

But let’s rewind to the moment when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree. Satan tempted them to do it because he was waiting to see if God would still accept man despite their sin. If God were to do so, He would compromise on His righteousness, and the foundation of His throne would be shaken (see Ps. 89:14).

God hates sin and cannot allow it to dwell in His presence.

Sin is like cancer. You need to remove it completely before it spreads.

What happens if cancer is found in a loved one? How do you separate the two?

You love the person, but you hate the cancer. How much you hate the cancer is how much you love the person.

In the same way, God loves man but hates the sin. Because God loves man deeply, He hates sin vehemently. He knows that sin will ultimately destroy us.

So how can God accept sinful man without compromising on His righteousness?

God instituted the divine exchange. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God demonstrated a shadow of the divine exchange by killing animals in their place.

God can righteously forgive us because of Jesus' redemption at the cross

In the Old Testament, a sinful man would bring a blemish-free lamb to the altar. His sins would be transferred to the lamb, and the innocence of the lamb would be transferred to him. The lamb would take the man’s place and be killed and burnt. The man would walk away free from judgment because he had the lamb’s righteousness.

This practice was a picture of how God would one day send His Son, the true lamb of God, to take away the sins of the world.

The Christmas story is all about how God so loved the world that He gave us His Son—the best heaven has.

Jesus existed even before He came down to earth as a man (see John 1:1–14).

When God made man, He gave dominion over the earth to man. But when man sinned by listening to Satan, man gave that dominion to Satan.

Because of sin, man gave the authority of this earth to Satan, who brought in death, disease, and sickness.

Sickness and disease are not from God.

When Jesus was born and grew up, one of the first things He did was to heal people. Jesus cleansed the lepers, unstopped deaf ears, and raised the dead to show God's will in action.

You want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus. He never made one person sick. He made sick people well.

Jesus came to make all of us, who were spiritually dead, come alive. Jesus came to resurrect us first spiritually and later physically in the rapture.

Nothing can prevent the story of redemption from unfolding

When Adam sinned, God said this to Satan who took the form of a snake:

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel."
— Genesis 3:15 NKJV

enmity between you and the woman” — The devil hates men and women, but he has a special hatred for women. If he can, he will put in place laws that subjugate women. He will oppress women emotionally and mentally with illnesses like depression.

He hates women because it’s from a woman that the Champion would come and conquer him.

We can see throughout history how Satan tried to prevent this prophecy of the Messiah’s coming from coming to pass. For example, when he influenced Cain to kill Abel, and when he influenced Pharoah to kill all the Hebrew babies in Moses’ time.

Make no mistake that Satan is real. One of his greatest accomplishments is making people think he doesn’t exist. Just because you cannot see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Before atoms were discovered, we couldn’t see them. But they existed.

And even today, science cannot explain the force that holds the atoms together. But the answer is in the Bible, where it says, “In Christ, all things are held together” (see Col. 1:17).

What is seen is temporal, but what is unseen is eternal.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel."
— Genesis 3:15 NKJV

her Seed” — Women don’t have seed; it is the man that has seed. So this is the very first prophecy in the Bible where God prophesied the virgin birth. God was saying that a champion would come to rescue man and God would do it without compromising on His righteousness.

So the devil knew that a woman would bring forth the champion and down through the years, he tried to prevent the birth of Jesus.

When Jesus was born, there were three Persian kings who studied the stars. This study is not the same as the astrology we know today.

Today, we do not need to look to the stars to guide our lives. We can look to the One who created the stars.

The stars don’t have a heart for you. The Creator of the stars does.

"He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name."
— Psalm 147:3–4 NKJV

He counts the number of the stars” — God counts the numbers of stars. This is something that even with the advancement of science and technology, man is unable to do.

"He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.

He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name."
— Psalm 147:3-4 NKJV

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” — This God who counts the stars and calls each of them by name heals our broken hearts and binds up our wounds.

God is very close to those who are brokenhearted. When Jesus came to earth, He declared that the Spirit of God had anointed Him to heal the brokenhearted (see Isa. 61:1).

Even at the most glamorous and luxurious party, you’ll find people with broken hearts. And God cares for them and wants to heal their hearts.

Just like Christ holds the atoms together, He wants to hold our lives together. We need Christ in our marriage, in our families, because He will hold our relationships together.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel
."
— Genesis 3:15 NKJV

He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” — The word “bruise” in Hebrew is actually “crush.” So the dragon-slayer who will come will be hurt, but He will bear that price to save us by crushing the serpent’s head.

God created the stars to tell this story of Jesus, our Savior

The first man whom God used the stars to show the story of Jesus to was Abraham.

“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
— Genesis 15:5–6 KJV

if thou be able to number them” — The Hebrew word for “number” is “saphar” which means “to tell the story” or “to declare.” It is the same word for “book” in Hebrew.

“The heavens declare (“saphar”) the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.”
—Psalm 19:1–3 NKJV

People from different parts of the world are able to see the same stars in the night sky. God ordained it this way.

The Australian flag is a picture of the Southern Cross. The Southern Cross belongs to the constellation of Libra. When men were lost out at sea, the mariners would steer their way home by looking for the cross. Once they located the south, they were able to find their way back home.

God made the stars for a purpose.

During Bible times, the Hebrews had a word for the 12 zodiac constellations, and it was called “Mazzaroth.”

“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?”
—Job 38:31–32 KJV

Mazzaroth” — This is the Hebrew word for Zodiac. Zodiac means “steps” or “the way.” In the book of Acts, Christianity was called “the way.” Jesus said, “I am the Way.”

We know that each of the 12 constellations form a picture (refer to slides to see the formations). Each constellation is made of 3–4 clusters of stars.

Virgo

  • Virgo is first sign of the Mazzaroth.
  • Virgo means “virgin,” which depicts Jesus who was born of a virgin.
  • Jesus’ sacrifice can pay for the forgiveness of our sins because He had sinless blood. Science has discovered that the baby’s blood comes from the father. Because Jesus was born of a virgin, His blood came directly from His heavenly Father.
  • The woman in the image is holding a branch and a shuck of corn
  • The brightest star in the shuck of corn is called “spica,” which means “seed.” This refers to the prophecy in Genesis that the woman would bring forth the Seed, Jesus.
  • On Virgo’s right is a woman carrying a baby called Coma. The baby has a star called "the desired one.”
  • Virgo has a man on the side, called Arcturus who is holding a shepherd’s rod and a sickle. This is a picture of Jesus, who harvests souls and then shepherds them (see Psalm 23).

Libra

  • Libra comes after Virgo.
  • Libra is a pair of scales. This is a picture of justice, equity, and righteousness. When God put man on the scales, man was completely sinful.
  • Right below the scales, there is a cluster of stars which forms a picture of a slain animal. That animal is a lamb, which represents Jesus as the lamb of God.
  • Next to the lamb is the cluster of stars called the Southern Cross.
  • What balances the scales of justice is Jesus on the cross.

Scorpio

  • Scorpio consists of a man holding a snake and stepping on a scorpion.
  • Both snake and scorpion are pictures of the devil.
  • Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
  • This man is not Hercules, it is Jesus, the Champion who conquered the devil at the cross.

Taurus

  • Taurus is a picture of a bull.
  • In the gospel of Mark, Jesus is depicted as an ox, which represents a tireless, powerful servant who never ceases in serving us.
  • Pleiades and Orion are in the cluster of Taurus.
  • Pleiades means “seven stars,” and they are found on the neck of the bull.
  • In the book of Revelation, Jesus holds the seven stars, representing the seven churches, in His hand. Jesus carries us.

Leo

  • Leo is the last sign of the Mazzaroth.
  • Picture of a lion, which speaks of Jesus, the Lion of Judah.
  • The brightest star in this constellation is found on the lion's foot. It is called “Regulus,” which means “the foot that crushes.”
  • The Hebrew word for “foot” is “regal.”
  • Right below Leo’s foot is a long cluster of stars that form a snake, Hydra. It looks as though Hydra is trying to get away but cannot because the foot of the lion is crushing it.
  • Leo reveals how the promised Seed will crush the head of the serpent, as prophesied in Genesis.

The story of the new testament opens with Virgo, the virgin birth, and ends with Leo, where Jesus is called the Lion of Judah in the book of Revelation.

But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."
—Revelation 5:5 NKJV

Jesus has prevailed by dying for our sins on the cross. There was no other way.

All our sins were transferred to Jesus and He suffered the full vengeance of God's punishment upon His person. He exhausted all of God's anger and punishment, all of God’s judicial righteousness against all lawlessness into His own person.

Now, Satan is silenced because God is righteous in making righteous any sinner who comes to Him and says, “Lord, I have no righteousness of my own.”

Abraham believed God's story of redemption written in the stars; he believed the same gospel we believe. He read the story from Virgo to Leo and God explained it to him. Today, we don't need to look at the stars anymore. We have the Bible.

When God showed Abraham the story of Jesus through the stars, God counted his belief for righteousness. Today He counts our belief in the gospel for righteousness too, and that is why we can always expect only good from Him.

God has gone ahead of us this coming year, and He wants us to take His hand and trust Him step by step.

Closing Prayer

“The Lord bless you, the Lord favor you, and the Lord grant to you and your families shalom-health, wholeness, and peace. The Lord keep you and your loved ones throughout this week from every danger, harm, accident, and tragedy. The Lord favor you and your loved ones. And the Lord grant to you and your loved ones health in every part of your being, in Jesus' name. Receive that right now. Amen. Thank you, Lord. God bless you.”

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