6 Mar 2016 - Grace 2016 TBN Israel Tour (Tzemach Beach) - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
God wants to renew our youth like the eagles. Two heathen kings wanted Sarah to be part of their harem when she was already 92 years old.
Heathen kings use their eyeballs, not their spiritual discernment. It is a physical renewal of youth that happened for Sarah!
If you believe that God forgives all our iniquities, then you can receive healing from all your diseases. Believe right and you will live right.
Song of Solomon 5:15 - Jesus' very demeanor is like the cedars of Lebanon. The Lord Jesus is beautiful.
“His legs are pillars of marble Set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, Excellent as the cedars.” (Song of Solomon 5:15 NKJV)
You can be changed and transformed just by beholding the glory of the Lord Jesus.
We need to reveal the glory of the Lord so that people can be transformed. The transformation is by the Spirit, not by our efforts.
Some preachers in the pulpit have pulled people into the pit instead of out of the pit.
They reveal the congregation's gory instead of the glory of the Lord. The people's wives do a better job of making them feel guilty and condemned already.
We are righteous not because of what we have done, but because of what Jesus has done.
Romans 4:13 - We can't be the heir of the world while we're sick and flat on our backs.
If you are a wealthy person, you won't give the inheritance to the servant, you will give it to the son!
This promise is not obtained through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
“For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13 NKJV)
The very first area that Jesus redeemed us from, is sweat. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the very thought of becoming sin for us caused Jesus to sweat blood.
What started in one garden (the Garden of Eden) must end in another garden (the Garden of Gethsemane).
The Law is kindergarten. Grace is more than university. When Israel was a child, God put Israel under the Law.
When the Son came, Israel was no longer a child, so God put Israel under grace.
People aren't turned off by Jesus, they are turned off by religion.
The Law is holy, but it cannot make one righteous. The Law is righteous, but it cannot make us righteous.
The Law was a schoolmaster, but when Grace came, there is no longer a need for the schoolmaster.
Luke 2:25-38 - Simeon's name comes from the word "Shamar" which means "to listen".
Simeon represents the Law. The Law was glad to see Jesus. After Simeon left, Anna came and proclaimed that Jesus is here.
Anna means "grace". When the Law departed, grace came.
“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:25-38 NKJV)
Acts 9:17-18 - Ananias means "grace of God". Ananias prayed for Saul and the scales fell off his eyes.
The first thing that Saul saw when he regained his sight was the grace of God!
“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.” (Acts 9:17-18 NKJV)
The devil's name, "Satan", means the accuser. He points out what sins you have committed and he tries to point you to yourself.
The Holy Spirit points you to Jesus. Look within you and you'll be stressed, look around you and you will be depressed, look to Jesus and you will be at rest!
When you rest, God works for you. When you work, God rests.
Mark 8:13-21 - The economy of God is the opposite of man. He fed 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread, leaving 12 baskets as leftover.
He fed 4000 people with 7 loaves of bread, leaving 7 baskets as leftover.
The bigger the problem, the easier it is for God. God will not allow anything to come in that will give you the credit. All glory is due to Him!
“And He left them, and getting into the boat again, departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “ It is because we have no bread.” But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” “Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?” And they said, “Seven.” So He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?”” (Mark 8:13-21 NKJV)
If you are sick, you confess that by His stripes you are healed. If there is lack, you confess that the Lord is your Shepherd. If you sin, do you confess your sin?
You don't confess your sins in order to be forgiven. Instead, you confess your sins because you can be honest with God and you know that He loves you.
Acts 10:43-46 - Cornelius was a Roman centurion and he was also a Gentile. The Holy Spirit fell upon Cornelius and his family when the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ was preached by Peter.
The Holy Spirit delights when the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ is preached.
“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,” (Acts 10:43-46 NKJV)
Matthew 22:36-40 - What is the greatest commandment in the Law? The greatest commandment is that you shall love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. The second greatest commandment is like it, that you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
No one succeeded in keeping the Law. Even King David failed.
God sent His Son and showed us that He loves us with all His heart, all His soul and all His mind.
““Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”” (Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV)
1 John 4:10 - It's not about our love for God but it's all about His love for us. God sending His Son Jesus to die for us at the cross is the proof of His love for us.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (I John 4:10 NKJV)
Jude 1:21 - Keep yourself in the love of God for you.
“keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:21 NKJV)
Jesus loved John in a special way. John knew the love of Jesus for him. He practiced the love of Jesus for him.
5 is the number of grace. When Noah's name is mentioned for the fifth time, the Scriptures say that Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
When Ruth's name was mentioned for the fifth time, the Scriptures say that Ruth found favor in the eyes of Boaz.
Abram wasn't fruitful until his name had a "Hei" (5) added to it to become Abraham.
Sarah wasn't fruitful until her name had a "Hei" added to it to become Sarah.
John 13:22-26 - This is the first time John refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved.
When you lean on Jesus' bosom, you are not resting in your love for the Lord, but in the Lord's love for you.
John was the only one who knew who would betray Jesus.
The one who leans on Jesus' bosom has the closest communion with the Lord and hears the heartbeat of the Lord.
“Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it. ” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” (John 13:22-26 NKJV)
Matthew 26:31-35 - Peter boasted in his love for the Lord. He said that he would never betray the Lord and would even follow Him unto death.
But he couldn't even stand in front of a maid and confess that he knew the Lord Jesus.
“Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.” (Matthew 26:31-35 NKJV)
Judas hung himself. If only he had waited a few hours, because Jesus would have hung for him.
Self-righteousness is a great sin. The self-righteous Pharisees and scribes could not receive from Jesus.
Grace is higher ground. When you become self-righteous, you are fallen from grace.
John 19:25-27 - When you lean on Jesus' love for you, you will be of spiritual use to God.
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:25-27 NKJV)
You never know how much God loves you until you know how much God loves His Son.
Luke 3:21-22, 4:1-3 - The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the surface of planet earth.
That is where God affirmed His love for Jesus saying, "You are My Beloved Son; in You I am well pleased...".
In the wilderness, the devil came to Jesus and said to Him "If you are the Son of God..." and he dropped the word "beloved".
If the devil wants to tempt you to sin, he knows he must make you feel unloved.
It is counterproductive for the devil to remind you that you are God's beloved son or daughter.
“When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”... Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”” (Luke 3:21-22, 4:1-3 NKJV)
Luke 9:28, 34-36 - At the highest place in Israel, Mount Hermon, God again told Jesus that He is His "Beloved Son".
At the highest and lowest points in Israel, God affirmed Jesus with His love.
We must affirm our love for our loved ones at both the highest and lowest points of their lives.
When we experience God's vertical love for us, only then can we give horizontal love for the people around us.
“Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray... While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone. But they kept quiet, and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.” (Luke 9:28, 34-36 NKJV)
Don't be afraid to say the name "Jesus". Even the world, when they can't find a strong expression, they blaspheme the name of Jesus because they know there's something powerful in that name.
Luke 22:54-62 - After Jesus was captured by the chief priests, Peter denied Jesus three times just as Jesus had foretold Peter.
After that happened, Jesus looked at Peter as if to say "I still love you".
That broke Peter's heart. Stone cannot break a man's heart, but love can.
“Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.” But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.” And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:54-62 NKJV)
John 21:6-7 - When Jesus tells you to do something, watch out, because you will have net-breaking, boat-sinking results!
The first thing that a person instinctively responds to God if He appears before him is to be conscious of God's holiness, and of his own sinfulness.
But it takes the Holy Spirit to be conscious of God's love for him.
If Peter was conscious of Jesus' holiness instead of His love for him, he would have jumped the other way instead of jumping towards Jesus.
“And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some. ” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.” (John 21:6-7 NKJV)
Luke 24 - The whole scene of how Jesus restored Peter is veiled from us.
“So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”” (Luke 24:33-34 NKJV)
I Corinthians 15 - After He rose from the dead, Jesus met with Peter first before meeting with the other disciples.
There was a private conversation and restoration that took place between Jesus and Peter that is veiled from us.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.” (I Corinthians 15:3-5 NKJV)
John 21:10-17 - The Lord believes in feeding you before requesting something of you.
Peter truly learnt his lesson and had become humble. He didn't dare to boast of his own love for Jesus anymore.
“Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”—knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” (John 21:10-17 NKJV)
Every true teaching with point you to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 8:1-3 - When Jesus finished preaching the Sermon on the Mount, there was a leper there. How could the leper be there with the multitudes there?
Jesus went down the Mount towards Capernaum, which is not towards the crowd, but towards the one person who needed him.
What do you reckon the leper heard? He heard Jesus preaching, and it caused faith to arise in his heart.
The leper was probably thinking "I can't wait to get to you Lord". You don't have to wait to get to Him. Jesus will get to you.
The leper said to Jesus "If you are willing, I will be made clean". Jesus touched and cleansed the leper. By the time the crowds came, they saw a whole man. Hallelujah!
Under the Law, the unclean makes the clean, unclean. Under grace, the clean makes the unclean, clean!
"When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed." (Matthew 8:1-3, NKJV)
Numbers 5:2 - By the shore of Galilee, all three corresponding miracles happened there.
Jesus cleansed the leper, healed the woman with the issue of blood from her hemorrhage, and raised Jairus' daughter from the dead!
““Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.” (Numbers 5:2 NKJV)
We can receive all the good from God because Jesus received all the bad from us.
Luke 9:58 - The word "lay" means resting. The Divine Servant had no rest so that we can rest.
“And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”” (Luke 9:58 NKJV)
Jeremiah 23:4-6 - In this generation, God will set shepherds over us to feed us, causing three great blessings to happen:
we will fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor be lacking.
Jesus is our righteousness!
“I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:4-6 NKJV)
Like 24:27 - This is the secret to helping people who are slow to believe: See Jesus in the Scriptures.
This is an equal opportunity for everyone in every generation. When you put Jesus in the center of your life, everything will be held together!
“And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27 NKJV)
Mark 5:25-42 - 12 is the number of government. The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years represents the church.
As long as she was bleeding, she couldn't be fruitful. As long as she trusted in her own righteousness, she couldn't be fruitful.
When she touched Jesus' robes with faith, and relied on Jesus' righteousness, she was healed.
Out of the crowds touching Jesus, Jesus asked who touched His clothes because she touched it in faith.
Jairus' twelve year old daughter represents Israel raised from the dead. Jesus took Jairus' daughter by the hand and said "Talitha, cumi!" ("Little girl, arise!") and she awoke.
If we will take the righteousness of Jesus as a gift and propagate it, this generation will come alive.
“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.” (Mark 5:25-42 NKJV)
Isaiah 64:6 - All our righteousness are like filthy rags, like soiled menstrual napkins.
“But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV)
The Scriptures often mention these three disciples of Jesus in this order: Peter, James and John.
Peter means "stone". James means "to supplant". John means "grace". Put together: the Law has been replaced by grace.
John 19:30 - Nowadays young people want a superhero. Marvels superheroes are getting even more popular. But those are not real.
Jesus is real. Jesus is our Savior and Superhero. Jesus chose to give up His life. No one can take His life from Him without His permission. The manner of His death on the cross was Kingly - He bowed His head and dismissed His spirit.
In the garden of Gethsemane, when the soldiers asked for Jesus, Jesus said "I AM", and they all fell.
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NKJV)
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