17 May 2015 - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - God Loves Us Even In Our Unbelief
III John 1:2 - Even though it is God's will to heal, we must pray to ask Him for healing. Prayer is cooperation with God.
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." (III John 1:2 NKJV)
During Jesus's ministry on earth, everyone who came to Him was healed.
God does not chastise His people with sickness and disease. God correct us with His words.
Mark 9:14-29 - Sometimes when we pray for the sick and they don't get healed, it's because of our unbelief. We can ask God to help us with our unbelief.
"And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”" (Mark 9:14-29 NKJV)
We are not justified by our feelings. We are justified by faith.
Our belief sets us in alignment with the facts. It helps us flow with what is happening. It has repercussions on our actions, it doesn't change the facts.
If you don't see the results of your prayers yet, continue to fight the good fight of faith - keep praying.
The gospel of grace and peace will produce health and abundance. It does not produce sickness and poverty.
III John 1:3-4 - God's People are suffering because preachers are not preaching the truth.
"For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (III John 1:3-4 NKJV)
Luke 15:20-24 - In the parable of the prodigal son, the father did five actions of love towards the son and the son did nothing. There is no withholding of fellowship from the father. The animosity is in the mind of the son.
"“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry." (Luke 15:20-24 NKJV)
The blood of Christ reconciled man to God.
I John 2:12 - "Forgiven" here is in the perfect tense, which means this forgiveness is once and for all. "Little children" is a family term, not a judicial term. The gospel of Jesus Christ in its true essence is forgiveness-based.
"I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake." (I John 2:12 NKJV)
James 5:14-15 - Some people don't receive healing because they don't believe that their sins are forgiven. Unbelief holds them back from receiving the healing.
"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15 NKJV)
The will of God is for all people to be well and saved. Just because there are people around who are sick and unsaved, it does not mean that it is not God's will.
Psalms 103:2-3 - Forgiveness comes before healing. When people know that they are forgiven, they can receive healing.
"Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases," (Psalms 103:2-3 NKJV)
I John 1:8-10 - "Confess" here is "homologio" which means "say the same thing" that God is saying. God says that by Jesus's blood, we are forgiven of all our sins. We must say the same thing as God.
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." (I John 1:8-10 NKJV)
Unbelief is the greatest sin.
Mark 9:44 - Hell is real. There is a lake of fire. The One who warned us most about it is our Lord Jesus Christ. God does not send anyone to hell. We send ourselves to hell by not choosing to receive salvation from Jesus.
"where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’" (Mark 9:44 NKJV)
James 5:16 - We confess our sins to each other for healing.
"Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." (James 5:16 NKJV)
God's love for us is an unnatural love. He loved us before we even knew what love is.
Revelation 21:8 - The cowardly (fearful) and unbelieving are the first groups of people who are mentioned in this group of the people who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior that will burn in the lake of fire.
"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”" (Revelation 21:8 NKJV)
II Corinthians 5:19 - While Jesus was on earth, it seemed as though He did not impute the people's sins to them.
"that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation." (II Corinthians 5:19 NKJV)
Every repentance (change of mind) happens after receiving a fresh revelation of Jesus.
John 20:19-22 - The disciples were in fear. Jesus sought them out while they were in their fears. Jesus wants to be in the midst of our life. Jesus's scars on His hands and His side are divine receipts (the proof of payment) that show us that we are indeed forgiven of all our sins. Every time we see Jesus in His beauty and goodness, we have gladness and joy. The testimony of believers should be peace and joy. Our radiance will convict people of their need for Jesus. God sees people in the light of His finished work.
"Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:19-22 NKJV)
As believers we suffer persecution from others, but not sickness and disease.
John 20:25-29 - Jesus met His disciples on Sundays before He ascended. There's something special about Sundays where Jesus comes to meet us. Thomas was in unbelief. Jesus came to Thomas in the midst of his unbelief, and corrected Thomas with a fresh revelation of Himself so that Thomas would believe. Thomas was not out of fellowship with Jesus. We are blessed because we believe!
"The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”" (John 20:25-29 NKJV)
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