24 July 2016 - Possess the Power to Prosper in All Things (Part 2) - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
Some people believe that they are saved by good works. No, we are saved by believing in Jesus Christ.
However, man looks at our works.
When a boss accesses the performance and is deciding on how much bonus to give to his employees, he bases it on their works.
Can a boss access their performance by grace and give all of them equal bonus and give all of them the highest CEO position, disregarding their works?
No it's not possible. In life you are rewarded based on your works.
The reason someone can do his job with a smile is because of knowing the revelation that God's grace is working and flowing through him/her, and the grace given to him/her is not in vain.
God will teach you from within. You don't need to play Pokemon anymore now that you are 20 years old.
Live a holy life that is taught by grace, and be zealous for good works. Dead works are works that are done to try to justify oneself before God.
In almost every epistle of the Apostle Paul, he refers to the Rapture, and the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Rapture is "harpazo" in Greek which means "snatching away".
There will be a judgment but it will not be on believers. It will be on the world.
The Rapture was a mystery. It was hidden but now is revealed to believers.
In the Rapture, we are not going up to heaven with just our spirit and soul, but with a new spiritual body that cannot die, cannot decay, and cannot feel tired.
Some people believe that only obedient believers will go up in the Rapture,
but the Apostle Paul said that all believers who are alive and remain will go up in the Rapture. That's the only criteria to go up in the Rapture.
Animals all fell when Adam fell, because Adam was the appointed ruler of the earth.
Animals became carnivorous when Adam fell. But animals will no longer devour each other when Jesus returns to rule.
The Scriptural position is not to look back to death but to look forward to the "Blessed Hope", which is the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you say sorry to others or to God, it is not what makes God forgive you.
You were forgiven of all your past, present and future sins when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
We should focus on confessing that we are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Our salvation doesn't hinge on confessing all our sins.
We don't confess our individual sins to be forgiven by God, but we do it for our own psychological need.
When you sin, confess that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. That's how you can overcome sins and addictions.
It's not your repentance that makes God good to you.
Under the Old Covenant, you have to repent first before you can experience God's goodness.
Under the New Covenant of Grace, it's God's goodness that leads you to repentance.
When God unleashes prosperity and blessings your way upon your career and/or ministry, no one can stop it.
Your healing has nothing to do with what you have done, but it's because of what Jesus has done at the cross.
III John 1:2 - There's never been a health and wealth gospel. There's only the Gospel of grace and peace.
However the gospel produces health and provision!
God doesn't promise everyone that will become a multi-millionaire. Rich doesn't mean becoming a multi-millionaire but it does mean being fully-supplied.
You're blessed to be a blessing. Not just for yourself.
This prayer is prayed by the Apostle John. We can all agree that John will not pray contrary to God's will.
Prosper in ALL things includes finances, marriage, relationships, children, etc!
"just as" in the verse is the Greek word "kathos" which means "in proportion to".
Soul prosperity has to do with Jesus.
The soul is the mind, will and emotions. Man is a spirit who has a soul and in living in a body.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (III John 1:2 NKJV)
II Corinthians 8:9 - This is in the context of giving.
Jesus was made poor at the cross - the Roman soldiers took His only material possession left - His expensive clothes, and were gambling for them.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (II Corinthians 8:9 NKJV)
III John 1:1-8 - Gaius' soul was prospering because he knew how to walk in the truth.
In the Apostle John's epistles, "the truth" always refers to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Being generous is not the truth. It is the result of the truth. Right believing causes one to become generous.
“The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 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. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.” (III John 1:1-8 NKJV)
Romans 16:23 - Gaius is a very generous person.
“Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.” (Romans 16:23 NKJV)
Luke 18:18-23,19:1-10 - The rich young ruler tried to flatter Jesus by calling Him "Good Teacher". Jesus was saying that if the rich young ruler wants to call Him good, then he must first acknowledge Jesus as God.
Jesus gave the rich young ruler a great opportunity to become one of His disciples.
He didn't say "follow Me" to many people.
God is not against you having money, but in money having you.
Jesus pointed to Zacchaeus the tax collector who was on the tree and called him by his name.
Zacchaeus' name in Hebrew is pronounced as "Zakkay" which is the Hebrew word for "acquitted".
Jesus went to Zacchaeus' home and ate with him, showing him grace.
Jesus gave the rich young ruler the Law because he was looking at his works.
When the rich young ruler was given the Law, he could hardly give one shekel. Zacchaeus was never given the Law by Jesus, but he opened his wallet.
Jesus said that "salvation has come" because salvation is "Yeshua" in Hebrew which is Jesus' name.
Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. (Luke 18:18-23, NKJV)
Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:1-10, NKJV)
When we pray for healing, it is the Healer that heals. When we lay our hands on the sick, that simple act is powerful.
Our part is only to lay hands on the sick. God is the One who heals. Our part is the simple part. It's simply obedience.
Peter simply obeyed Jesus' command to let down the net to catch fish and it resulted in a net-breaking, boat-sinking load of fishes.
God takes care of the supply.
II John 1:1-9 - When Paul writes to churches, he writes grace and peace.
When Paul writes to individuals, like Timothy, he writes grace, mercy and peace.
Individuals are more liable to make mistakes so they need mercy.
The truth that abides in us is the Holy Spirit.
“The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” (II John 1:1-9 NKJV)
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 - If the wealth came in a spectacular way, everyone will know that it's God.
But if it came in a supernaturally-natural way, you might forget that it is the Lord.
Always remember that it is the Lord that gives you the power to get wealth.
The reason that He gives you that power is not to establish you, but to establish His covenant.
If you're smart, position yourself to glorify Jesus and exalt Him. God's heart is all about His Son.
“then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NKJV)
Jesus is Aleph (the first alphabet of the Hebrew letters) and Tav (the last alphabet) - Aleph is in the shape of an ox head and Tav is the shape of a cross.
It's talking about Jesus being the sacrificial offering at the cross.
Aleph Tav is Jesus' signature. Jesus has the first and last word in your life.
If Jesus is not God, then His blood is just human blood, and it's just martyrdom.
Gnosticism says that Jesus and the Christ are two separate things.
It says that the Christ came upon Jesus when He was baptized at the River Jordan.
It says that the Christ departed from Jesus when He died at the cross.
Gnosticism also says that Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh. This is all blasphemy.
I John 4:1-4 - Today the problem is not anti-God, but the problem is anti-Christ. Some preachers keep saying God but they hardly mention Jesus.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:1-4 NKJV)
John 17:3 - Jesus is the One who first called Himself Jesus Christ when He was praying the high priestly prayer. He established that He is the Christ.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV)
John 1:1-4 - Jesus pre-existed with God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4 NKJV)
John 1:10-18 - The Greek language has masculine, feminine and neuter words.
The first "His own" is neuter which is referring to Jesus' own possessions/things which is referring to the world - the stars, the moon, the animals, nature.
The second "His own" is masculine which is referring to people.
All of Jesus' creations attested to and proclaimed His glory, except for man.
Jesus did not proclaim His own glory when He was on earth, but He veiled it.
But some people were able to penetrate through that veil with their faith and see His glory.
Jesus came in the flesh. Jesus was always in the bosom of the Father - He knew that He was loved by the Father.
He operated all miracles and did everything in the bosom of the Father.
Jesus has given us His bosom so that we can always dwell in and rest in the Father's love for us.
“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ” And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:10-18 NKJV)
John 21:20-22 - John was already following Jesus without being told.
Peter needed an imperative to be given to him before he followed Jesus.
The difference was that John relied on Jesus' love for him, whereas Peter depended on his love for Jesus.
“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”” (John 21:20-22 NKJV)
We are not looking at the times, we are looking at Jesus. Nothing catches Jesus by surprise.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and tell Him all your problems and needs.
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