30 April 2017 - How to Have a Clear Conscience Before God - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
The Bible is the 'Manufacturer's Handbook' - all the answers in life are in this handbook. It is God-breathed.
Proverbs 4:20-22 - There is a physical effect on our bodies when we read the Bible - Life and health to all our flesh!
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22 NKJV)
Pastor Prince recommends us to have a wide-margin Bible, so that we can jot down notes as God speaks to us through His word.
Generally speaking, the Old Covenant is the Law and the New Covenant is grace.
In the Old Covenant, the new is concealed, and in the New Covenant, the old is revealed.
Proverbs 25:2 - God knows our nature of wanting to seek things that are hidden.
As believers, we are kings and priests to God. It is the glory of kings to search out a matter.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2 NKJV)
The Hebrew word for "Complain" is "Lun" which means "to stay the night".
If you complain, you will remain. If you praise, you will get a raise!
When the children of Israel complained, the hedge of protection around them departed and they were bitten by the fiery serpents in the wilderness.
God told the children of Israel to look at the bronze serpent on the pole, and they would live and not die. Looking is the easiest thing to do.
The bronze serpent on the pole represents Jesus on the cross Who was judged for all our sins.
By partaking of Holy Communion, we are looking to Jesus at the cross and we will live and not die!
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)
Proverbs 17:15 - Anyone who condemns the righteous is an abomination. Abomination is a strong word.
As a believer, when you condemn yourself, you are an abomination.
God has justified you and you say that you haven't been justified.
There has been a change and you say there's no change.
If you are a sinner (unsaved) and you try to justify yourself, you are an abomination.
Our righteousness has nothing to do with our works.
“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.” (Proverbs 17:15 NKJV)
Hebrews 10:1-4 - The blood of bulls and goats does not take away Israel's sins, it just covers their sins.
It's like a Visa card, it's not a true payment.
Man tries to avoid God because they have debt on their conscience.
Jesus is an overpayment for our sin debt.
The messenger preaching the good news that our debt is paid has to preach it clearly in order to remove the debt on our conscience.
When we were sinners, nothing good can make us righteous.
When we are believers, nothing bad we do can define us. We are righteous apart from our works.
A butterfly may fall into a rubbish heap but it does not become rubbish.
A gold bar that falls into a rubbish heap is still a valuable gold bar. It doesn't change its value.
Once Jesus has died for us, we should NOT be having a reminder of sins.
“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:1-4 NKJV)
People say that Pastor Prince's grace preaching is giving believers a license to sin.
But people don't need a license to sin, they are already sinning.
The strength of sin is the Law.
Hebrews 10:12 - Jesus sat down because His work is finished.
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,” (Hebrews 10:12 NKJV)
Hebrews 10:17-22 - Don't go into full-time ministry to make up for something wrong you did.
Only go into full-time ministry if you love Jesus and are called into full-time ministry.
When you tithe, give it as a seed you sow, not a debt you owe.
Don't tithe to make up for something wrong you did last night.
No offering of your own can atone for your sins. Jesus already paid for all our sins.
Under the Law, it was an old and dying way. The priests approached God with fear and trepidation - they had to clean themselves and make sure that they did not sin or they would die.
Now, coming to God is a new and living way - the more we come to God, the healthier we get.
“then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:17-22 NKJV)
The meaning of "Christians" is "The Anointed Ones".
Isaiah 45:21-25 - The next step after being righteous is glory. The next step is us manifesting God's glory!
Strength comes after righteousness.
“Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me. “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. He shall say, ‘Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him. In the LORD all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.’ ”” (Isaiah 45:21-25 NKJV)
Philippians 2:10-11 - Every time you say that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, you are glorifying God!
“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11 NKJV)
In the Old Testament, you will find the type. In the New Testament, you will find the antitype, the substance.
For example: The bronze serpent on the pole is a type. Jesus on the cross is the antitype.
You will find the details in the type.
Hebrews 6:18 - In the Book of Joshua, God told the children of Israel to set up cities of refuge to protect those who committed manslaughter.
The names of the cities mean lifting up on the shoulders, which represents Jesus lifting His sheep (us) up on His shoulders from all evil.
Jesus is the City for refuge for guilty people.
The details are in the Old Testament. The substance is in the New Testament.
“that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6:18 NKJV)
Romans 10:9-11 - Confess that Jesus is your righteousness.
The word "salvation" in Greek is "soteria" which means saved from everything that Jesus died to deliver us from, not just saved from hell.
Once we have received God's gift of salvation, we will never be lost.
Only with eternity security can joy exist. Draw near to God!
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”” (Romans 10:9-11 NKJV)
John 1:17 - The Law was given from a distance, but grace came near and close through Jesus Christ.
The Law is true, but it is not the truth. Grace is the truth that sets us free!
“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17 NKJV)
Moses could bring the people out of Egypt, but he could not bring them into the promised land.
He is a type of the Law.
It took Joshua (His name means Jesus) to bring the children of Israel into the promised land.
He is a type of Jesus (Grace).
Exodus 2:23-3:14 - God had respect for the children of Israel even though they were slaves.
Just one groan will reach God's throne.
To activate your unconditional Covenant with God, just groan. He will deliver you.
Salvation is received by opening your mouth.
Expect healing to happen at any time. Don't just wait.
Open your mouth to talk to God. King David talked to God about almost everything -
In the area he didn't talk to God about, he fell. That area was his sex life.
After the children of Israel groaned, God sent Moses - When God wants to bless you, He sends a person.
The devil is a copycat. When he wants to stop you, curse you, harm you, he also sends a person.
Avoid people who deplete you and spend time with friends who replenish you.
When the prophet Samuel came to anoint the new king of Israel, David was in the field, but God still found him.
Moses was in the back side of the desert and God still found him.
If He has a calling for you, God will find you no matter where you are.
The Angel of the Lord that appeared in the midst of the bush is the pre-incarnate Jesus.
The bush was on fire but it was not consumed by the fire.
See Jesus in the midst of your situation and you will not be consumed.
Moses was distracted by the unconsumed burning bush when God Himself was right there!
Sometimes we feel God's peace in the midst of our problems.
Don't even look at the good results of what God does for you (example: peace that you feel in the midst of your problem), but keep your eyes on Jesus.
Sometimes God will arrest your attention by calling out to you if you are distracted.
The first thing that God told Moses to do is NOT to draw near. Moses represents the Law.
Now under grace, we are asked to draw near to Him. There has been a change!
God comes down to first bring us out, in order to bring us UP!
The Law always point to who you are. Grace is about who God is.
God is "I AM" - God is giving us a blank cheque. He is WHATEVER we need.
Fill in the blank with whatever you need.
“Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”” (Exodus 2:23-3:14 NKJV)
I John 2:16 - In the parable of the prodigal son, in the pig pen, at the low point of his life, the younger son realised that everything he needed was back in his father's house.
As a believer, don't lust for the things of the world.
Everything you need is in the house of God. The world wants what you have.
As Christians, don't be like the world to win the world.
Every time you embrace the world, it will use you and then throw you out like a used tissue.
Your clothes don't determine whether you're worldly or not.
How do you determine worldliness? If you do things for the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
Ladies, let your chief attraction be your quiet confidence.
If you compromise for worldly things, you will lose out.
“For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” (I John 2:16 NKJV)
Luke 15:22-23 - Back then at the burning bush, Moses was asked to remove his sandals because it was holy ground.
Now, the son has a right to stand on family ground.
There has been a change!
Moses had to remove the sandals on his feet by himself, whereas the sandals are put on the son's feet!
It represents that believers are to live a life of rest.
There has been a change!
““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;” (Luke 15:22-23 NKJV)
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