15 March 2015 - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - Pastor Joseph Prince's TBN Israel Tour 2015
(Pastor Joseph Prince standing in Yad Hashmona - the Biblical Gardens...)
Habakkuk 2:1-4 - Sometimes God speaks to us through inner visions. When preaching the gospel, make it plain, not complicated. God is a God who does things in a simple way yet powerful. When someone reads the vision of God, they will run for Him. Wait for the manifestation of God's promises - it will surely come. If you're proud, you can't live by faith. The more humble you are, the more faith can operate. The more proud you are, the more self-reliant you will be, and you will feel that you don't need faith. If you're being corrected by God, just take your place. Humility and faith go together.
"I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith." (Habakkuk 2:1-4 NKJV)
(Pastor Joseph Prince standing in Bethsaida...)
Matthew 10-12 - The finality of the rejection of Jesus. The letter of Matthews was written to the Jewish people. In Matthew 12, Jesus was rejected in His threefold office of Priest, Prophet and King. Jesus is greater than any priest, greater than Jonah the prophet and greater than Solomon the king.
Matthew 4:17 - The "kingdom of heaven" is not same as the "kingdom of God". Jesus has a double-claim to the throne of David through the lineage of both Mary and Joseph. Jesus is the promised Messiah that the Jewish people were looking forward to but the rulers of Israel (Pharisees, scribes, etc) rejected Him. The kingdom of heaven is at hand because Jesus the King was here on earth.
"From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”" (Matthew 4:17 NKJV)
Matthew 11:20-30 - Jesus did many mighty miracles in Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum but the people rejected Him and did not believe. These cities are in ruins today. Where great grace is given, there is a huge responsibility on people to give the right response. There are degrees of punish in hell and there are degrees of rewards in heaven. We must be like babies in our relationship with God - Babies are trusting. When we read the Bible, we must pray for the Father to reveal Jesus His Son to us. Jesus is offering rest to all who are laboring under the Law. If you learn from Jesus in becoming gentle and lowly, you will find rest for your soul (mind and emotions). Restlessness comes from pride and is eradicated through humility.
"Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”" (Matthew 11:20-30 NKJV)
Micah 6:8 - The word "mercy" here means grace, in the context of the New Testament. God wants us to love grace.
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8 NKJV)
(Pastor Joseph Prince squatting in front of a Sycamore Tree in Bethsaida...)
Luke 17:6 - A sycamore tree (also known as the "fig-mulberry tree") is big and has very deep-seated roots and is an analogy of our problems. We should keep on speaking in faith (just a small amount is enough - a mustard seed is very small) to our problems and sicknesses to be plucked up by the roots and be planted in the sea in Jesus's name.
""So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you." (Luke 17:6 NKJV)
Luke 18:18-23 - When the ruler asked Jesus what he needed to DO, Jesus replied with the Law. The Law will always reveal your lack. We must have no other gods other than our one true God. Money was the rich young ruler's god.
"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)
Luke 19:1-10 - The Holy Spirit put these stories (Rich Young Ruler, Zacchaeus) side by side to show the difference between the Law and grace. When you have a heart to see Jesus, Jesus will answer you. Jesus called Zacchaeus by name, showing His love and tender-hearted-ness towards him, and that's the way He speaks to us as well.
"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)
(Pastor Joseph Prince standing in Zorah....)
We have to be careful of what we hear and see, because it will encourage us to act on it.
Isaiah 9:6-7 - "Child" speaks of Jesus's humanity, while "Son" speaks of His divinity. Jesus is given because He already existed with God before He was born. "Wonderful" speaks of the miraculous.
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)
Judges 13:15-23 - The Angel of the Lord is the pre-incarnate Christ. When Manoah asked to detain and prepare food for Him, The Angel of the Lord said that His name is "wonderful" (pointing to the name of the Christ). The Lord Jesus died on the cross as our burnt offering. His act went up as a sweet fragrance to the Father, and as a result, blessings come down for us. Manoah's wife had more sense than Manoah and reasoned to her husband that if they were going to die, then God wouldn't have revealed that they were going to have a son. Manoah had a sin-consciousness which caused him to be afraid when he realised that he saw God.
"Then Manoah said to the Angel of the LORD, “Please let us detain You, and we will prepare a young goat for You.” And the Angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the LORD.” (For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the LORD.) Then Manoah said to the Angel of the LORD, “What is Your name, that when Your words come to pass we may honor You?” And the Angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?” So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it upon the rock to the LORD. And He did a wondrous thing while Manoah and his wife looked on— it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar—the Angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. When the Angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and his wife, then Manoah knew that He was the Angel of the LORD. And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!” But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.”" (Judges 13:15-23 NKJV)
Manoah was probably not a good father, which led Samson to have a lust problem. Whenever a man has a problem with lust or pornography, they have a rejection problem. As a father, remember to reaffirm the value of your child, and to encourage them to dare to be different - to shine bright like a diamond in the midst of pebbles.
(Pastor Joseph Prince at the Mount of Beautitudes...)
When grace meets sin, it forgives sin. When grace meets need, it meets that need. As a believer, when you fall into sin, you fall into grace.
Isaiah 9:1-3 - A prophecy of Jesus. Zebulun and Naphtali was cursed because of their idolatry. But where sin abounds, grace superabounds. If you reject Jesus, you'll be heavily-oppressed, but if you welcome Jesus, you'll be heavily-honored. There is a divine parenthesis of 2000 years before the people of Israel rejoice.
"Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil." (Isaiah 9:1-3 NKJV)
Matthew 4:12-16 - Many people are demonized because they engage in 'New-Age' practices, such as idol worship. Jesus is the great Light that has come into our lives.
"Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”" (Matthew 4:12-16 NKJV)
Psalm 23:4 - Jesus is the one that is with us when we walk through the valleys. With Him we need not fear anything. Even if we have received a bad report from the doctor regarding a condition or sickness, trust God and keep on speaking to the problem to be uprooted and cast into the sea in Jesus's name.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me". (Psalms 23:4 NKJV)
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