3 Jan 2016 - The Year of Possessing Our Possessions! - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
The church (The Body of the Living Christ) is the most successful, glorious organization on earth. It is eternal!
Long after all organizations on earth have crumbled, the church will go marching on.
We are called out of darkness to be living stones.
God will never violate man's free choice.
The world is getting worse, but it seems like the blessings of God upon us believers are getting greater!
The theme of the year in New Creation Church is for those who come under Pastor Joseph Prince's ministry.
If you attend a different church and sit under the ministry of a different shepherd, then the theme of the year does not apply to you.
The devil wants you to see the obvious, the prominent, the visible. God wants you to see what He wants you to know.
It took 10 plagues to get the children of Israel out of Egypt. It took the last cut - the blood, to get them out.
The devil cannot resist the blood of Jesus Christ.
On Christmas Day, manna came quietly - Jesus came as a Baby. He is the heavenly Manna.
"Egypt" in Hebrew literally means double straits/pressure/stress. God brought the children of Israel out of the place of double stress!
God wants to bring us out into a BIG place this year! It's not true that God wants us to have small lives.
The stronger you feel your weakness, the greater God's grace is on you. God's strength is made perfect in your weakness.
Deuteronomy 2:14 - 40 years in the wilderness - For the first 2 years, the children of Israel walked with God in the wilderness. Then they wandered in the wilderness for 38 years.
Are you walking with God or are you wandering?
Walking with God now is even more tight and closer than even Abraham did.
“And the time we took to come from Kadesh Barnea until we crossed over the Valley of the Zered was thirty-eight years, until all the generation of the men of war was consumed from the midst of the camp, just as the LORD had sworn to them.” (Deuteronomy 2:14 NKJV)
John 5:5 - The man represents Israel. What religion could not do to heal the man, Jesus did!
“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.” (John 5:5 NKJV)
Moses could not look in God's face and live. We now behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Our walk with God is in the spirit.
The wisdom that God gives us in one split second is greater than all the advice that the world can give us.
Deuteronomy 8:7-9 - The fruits of Canaan grow on trees (example: olives, pomegranates) and are easy to be picked.
The blessings of God are easy and ripe for the picking. Trust that God has your best interests at heart.
“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.” (Deuteronomy 8:7-9 NKJV)
Pastor Joseph Prince doesn't believe in selfish prosperity, but he declares confidently that our God is an abundant God.
Deuteronomy 6:10-11 - God promises that we will eat and be full! This is a picture of rest!
““So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant— when you have eaten and are full—” (Deuteronomy 6:10-11 NKJV)
Hebrews 4:1-3 - This is the only place in the Bible that God tells us to fear. Keep one fear this year - the fear of not being restful.
Focus on what Jesus has done - that is how we can enter into a place of rest.
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:1-3 NKJV)
This year will be a year of enjoying things restfully! God loves it when His people rests in what His Son has done.
Numbers 13:1-2 - This wasn't God's original design for the children of Israel.
Because the children of Israel wanted to send men to spy out the land of Canaan and did not trust in God's words, therefore God allowed them to do so, just like how the Law was given.
The Law was not God's original plan for the children of Israel.
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”” (Numbers 13:1-2 NKJV)
Deuteronomy 1:21-22 - What can mortal men do when God has already spoken? There is a propensity of the human flesh to be wise in their own understanding.
“Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.’ “And every one of you came near to me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we shall come.’” (Deuteronomy 1:21-22 NKJV)
Numbers 13:23-33 - Eshcol means "cluster". Grapes represent joy. They represent the joy aspect of the Holy Spirit.
God's world is far greater than what the world can offer. Egypt is referred to as going down to Egypt, whereas Canaan is referred to as going up to Canaan.
The place of Canaan (God's provision and plan) is higher and greater than Egypt (the world).
"Flows with milk and honey" shows abundance. Canaan is a land of abundance.
The spies said "nevertheless". Men always try to judge the things of God. If God said it, that settles it - there is no "but".
The cities are great, but God is greater! The walls are high, but God is higher! The giants are strong but God is stronger!
"Hittites" comes from the word that means fear. "Jebusites" comes from the word that means crushing down. These are spiritual enemies.
If you look to the great cities, the walls and the giants, you will be in fear. But if you look at Jehovah (God), you will have victory.
This year, FOCUS is extremely important. You can't lose your salvation but you can lose the joy of your salvation.
The spies did not once mention God.
“Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”” (Numbers 13:23-33 NKJV)
God separates the goats from the sheep.
Faith is not reckless, it is not indifferent. Faith looks through the difficulties, into the face of Jehovah (God). Faith looks at God.
When you fix your eyes on what is visible and tangible, it will bind you. Human fleshly nature wants religion that is visible.
When you fix your eyes on what is invisible and eternal, it lasts! Learn to walk in the spirit, don't just wander.
The media chooses what they want you to focus on. The devil wants you to focus on what he wants you to focus on.
The devil wants you to focus on all the bad things going on this year, but Love (God) wants you to have a wonderful year!
Faith always reasons from God, to the difficulties. Unbelief always reasons from the difficulties, to God.
Don't be eloquent in the things of the devil. Be eloquent in the Bible.
Pastor Prince says that he is a revelation junkie - he is hopelessly addicted to Jesus!
Unbelief can give a thousand and one reasons. Faith only gives one reason - God.
Many of the television history channel documentaries about Jesus and the Bible don't bring God in it. That's what's wrong with them.
Joshua 2:9-11 - The spies that were sent out from the children of Israel thought that they were grasshoppers in the sight of the children of Anak,
when actually the inhabitants of the cities of Anak were SO AFRAID of the children of Israel!
“and said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:9-11 NKJV)
You will get what you say. The children of Israel who believed that the giants were stronger did not enter the promised land.
Joshua and Caleb who believed in God, entered the promised land!
This year, start living. Start loving. Start laughing. Start to be at rest and in peace. Keep your eyes on God!
Exodus 15:12-15 - The focus of the song is on God! The lyrics say "You" not "I". When the church today writes worship songs, the focus should be on God.
“You stretched out Your right hand; The earth swallowed them. You in Your mercy have led forth The people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength To Your holy habitation. “The people will hear and be afraid; Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia. Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; The mighty men of Moab, Trembling will take hold of them; All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away.” (Exodus 15:12-15 NKJV)
We're living in days where the minority is right. Stop worrying about what your enemy thinks about you.
When you do right, they will still think bad. Haters will hate. You live your life for God.
Numbers 13:20 - This is a picture of tithing and of firstfruits. The Holy Spirit is the firstfruits of what is to come in heaven.
The grapes also represents the cross of Jesus Christ. (The pole of grapes was carried between two men, just like how Jesus was crucified between two thieves.)
“whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.” (Numbers 13:20 NKJV)
Tithing is for people who want to put God first.
Numbers 14:6-11 - "Exceedingly good land" in Hebrew has a stronger emphasis of how good the land is. It is FANTASTIC!
You gotta know God's heart, not just God's hand.
Love (God) is supplying. He wants us to enjoy.
The sons of Anak are referred to as "people of the land". They are nothing to be afraid of.
The problems that we will face this year are for us to feed on. The bigger the problem, the fuller we will get after feeding on it!
The most frequently occurring words in the Bible are "fear not"!
The human heart has no place for truth. If you preach truth, humans will want to stone you. But don't fear, the protection is with you, not with them!
“But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.” And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel. Then the LORD said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?” (Numbers 14:6-11 NKJV)
Faith honors God, that's why God honors faith.
The devil wants you to think that your protection has departed from you. No, the reverse is true:
The protection has departed from the devil and his demons.
Sickness and disease tremble in fear as they approach believers. Use the name of Jesus against them!
Let's have a different spirit in 2016! Not like the spirit of the world. Let's have a spirit of FAITH!
Numbers 14:29-30 - By man's efforts, you will by no means enter the land.
“The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.” (Numbers 14:29-30 NKJV)
Numbers 15:1-3 - By God, it's just a matter of time when you will enter the land. God will never leave His original plan.
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you have come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving to you, and you make an offering by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or in your appointed feasts, to make a sweet aroma to the LORD, from the herd or the flock,” (Numbers 15:1-3 NKJV)
Deuteronomy 1:26-27 - This year we need to be strong in God's love for us! We need to forgive. Let people go. Don't drink the poison of unforgiveness.
Stop finding fault in other people except for yourself. Lean hard on the word of God this year.
““Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; and you complained in your tents, and said, ‘Because the LORD hates us, He has brought us out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.” (Deuteronomy 1:26-27 NKJV)
Numbers 20:16 - "The Angel" refers to Jesus. The same Angel that delivered the children of Israel out of Egypt was born as a Baby, to deliver the world out of their sins, and to give them life.
“When we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice and sent the Angel and brought us up out of Egypt; now here we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your border.” (Numbers 20:16 NKJV)
Obadiah 1:17 - In 2016, God wants us to possess our possessions. Own our possessions, and say that "This is mine".
““But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.” (Obadiah 1:17 NKJV)
The children of Israel saw the land but did not seize the land. Joshua and Caleb seized the land!
Every place that your feet treads upon, God will give it to you, Walk! You will find yourself possessing your possessions.
Pastor Prince's Prayer of Blessing:
"Do not take your protection for granted. Remember that? Some people think the devil takes holidays. He doesn't.
Just because you are on holiday, doesn't mean that the devil is on holiday.
Don't rush. If you're late, you're late. Never rush, and forget to pray. Never rush just because you're late for something.
The devil doesn't takes off days. Never rush, take time to pray. As a family, if you're on holiday, pray!
Don't take God's protection for granted. I said that earlier this year. I'm saying that now, I want all of you to come under His protection.
Now, if you have a woman besides your wife that you're living with, forget about this prayer until you repent. Amen?
God cannot give the wings for another woman besides your wife. There's no covenant relationship there. Alright? If she really loves you, she will come under covenant with God. Amen? And that means, she won't be with you, if she really loves you. Amen? And girl, if that guy loves you, he will give you his name. Don't be stupid in 2016. Start living, Amen?
Okay, praise the Lord. Are you ready for the protection? And also towards the last month last year in October after I came back from the States, I added something to my prayer, every time when I pray for you all. Add in this word, have you noticed? "God keep you from tragedy". Right? And God can. I said God can.
But Pastor, why must pray? Keep on coming, I'll tell you why. Why did Jesus tell us to pray that God lead us not into testing? Why did He look at the disciples in Gethsemane and say pray that you enter not into testing? Something about prayer. Don't neglect it. Don't neglect it.
Okay lift your hands all across this place and everywhere that's watching this.
This coming year, 2016, Father in heaven, we come before You, Your throne of grace, the throne of unearned, undeserved favor and we bring our families, we stand before You, we bring our families before You, we bring our loved ones before You, we bring our relatives before You Father.
We ask Father that this be a year where we walk in the promised land, we walk in Your rest, we possess our possessions! We possess it, we own it, we TAKE POSSESSION of all that Jesus died to give us.
And Father in heaven, that includes divine protection. Father I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for every person under the sound of my voice, that this entire year Lord, commencing from today, you bring every single one of us Father, under Your safekeeping, under the shadow of the Shaddai.
You bring all of us Father in the place where Joshua and Caleb lives, so close to You, that they live under the shadow of the Most High. Father we pray in the name of Jesus, that even though we are sometimes stupid, Lord, sometimes we make foolish decisions, Father, even in those times that we do that this year, Father be merciful, and rescue us, deliver us, even when the troubles are troubles of our own making.
Father in heaven, go throughout this year and make the crooked paths straight. Let every valley be exalted, and let every mountain be brought low, until Your people walk straight, Father, walking with You. And every place that the sole of their foot touches is theirs.
Thank you Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus we ask You, because Your Son said to ask You for deliverance from the power of the evil one. Father, deliver Your people, every family under the sound of my voice. DELIVER every one of our families, Father, throughout this year, from all the traps, from all the devices, from all the onslaughts, of the enemy.
And even naturally, Father, when the weather goes berserk this year, the sun shall not smite Your people, and the moon will not hurt them. Father, nothing in nature will hurt and destroy Your people.
Father in the name of Jesus, we have tasted the grapes of heaven, we have tasted the grapes of Your promised land, and Father, we thank You Father, for this appetite. I pray that You will cultivate, Father, this appetite for Your heavenly manna. And Father, give us a disdain, and a distaste, for melons, leeks, garlics, onions, the food of Egypt. Father give us a new taste Lord, for the things of Christ - sermons about Christ, books about Christ, feeding on Christ, singing about Christ - the Heavenly Manna.
And let Your people be SUPER healthy this year. Let this be the best year of their health, Lord. Let Your people be super healthy. Let the people in New Creation Church, Lord, and Grace Revolution Church, and all those watching, Lord, that's been following this ministry, let their life be a testimony, with people saying they are super healthy, and they are YOUNG like Caleb! Strong at 85, as strong as 40.
Thank You Father God, we pray for our loved ones, Father, we pray that our children, You will cultivate a hunger, and a thirst, Father, for Christ, for heavenly manna - for the figs, and the olives and for the grapes. I pray Father, that they will not have any taste liking, Lord, for the things of the world that perishes.
Father we pray that we will hold everything with a loose hand, everything that's of the world, and enjoy seeing the invisible, looking at You that's invisible, and let peace, stability, tranquility, calm, come to Your people this year, and everyone around them, when they are tossed to and fro, worried, frazzled, Your people will be unflappable, imperturbable, solid, like a rock, because their eye is on You, the Rock of Ages.
Thank You Father, in Jesus name, and Father, I pray that prosperity flow. Flow like milk and honey, that they'll have more than enough, not to be greedy, not to spend within, not to become insular, inward-looking, but to use it to promote Your kingdom, to get soul faith Lord, and to bless Your work, Lord. Prosper Your people, I pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus. We thank you Father.
The Lord bless you, and keep you, the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you in 2016. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and your families and grant to you and yours His wonderful shalom peace and well-being and wholeness, in 2016. In Jesus' name, and all the people said, AMEN!
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