23 July 2017 - Boasting in Our Weakness Attracts the Grace of God - Pastor Joseph Prince Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
Rainfall is a sign of God's blessings. Famine is a sign of His judgement.
There is a wave of fresh unmerited favor coming towards you everyday when you wake up.
Wave after wave of undeterred, unabated blessings are coming towards you.
It doesn't come by fasting or doing something. It's not by earning it, it's by grace!
We are standing on righteous ground.
When you worry about a particular area of your life, you are constricting God's supply in that area.
It's like blocking God's pipes of supply.
We have lots of grace in areas that we don't worry about.
Let go of your worries and let God take over - He will provide the supply!
John 1:16 - Grace for grace is "Grace anti grace". Anti doesn't only mean against. It also means in place of.After we use up one wave of grace, a wave of fresh grace comes in its place!
The more you try to make grace flow, you are spoiling the grace that is already available.
When your prayer is desperate, it's frustrating the grace of God.
Your prayer should be just affirming and declaring the grace that is already flowing.
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” (John 1:16 NKJV)
God is constantly supplying us with the Holy Spirit. We can't leak and run out of the Holy Spirit.
It is not faith to cry out to God and ask Him to do something that He is already doing.
In King David's case, that sin was commiting adultery with Bathsheba.
Despite that, God still chose Solomon (Bathsheba's son) to succeed David as king.
The world says that a bird with a broken wing cannot ever fly as high again.
But God is showing us that your sin is not your final destination, that your life will be marked by grace.
When You Are Weak, Then You Can Receive God's Strength
II Corinthians 12:9-10 - The Apostle Paul's greatest trouble was the judicial people who were following him and persecuting him in every city.
They were like a thorn in his flesh.
God's grace IS all you need in every situation.
"Dunamis" is the miracle-working power of God. Dunamis is made perfect in our weakness.
Grace is not attracted to our strength. It is attracted to our weakness!
To God, put your worst foot forward. Don't hide your weakness from God.
"most gladly" is one word in Greek. It is seldom used in the Bible. It is a radical thinking indeed -
we should boast in our weaknesses, not in our strengths, so that the Holy Spirit can tabernacle upon/over us to perform a task for God.
When we rejoice in our weaknesses, the tabernacle is over us. God's divine protection is upon us.
In God's economy, it's our weakness that we have to boast about.
Paul has the revelation that it's in our negatives that God's pluses can manifest.
Be conscious of God's supply coming towards you rather than your negatives.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (II Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV)
God left us with the flesh to remind us that we need Him.
Galatians 2:21 - Are you frustrating God's grace when you're showing your strength when God wants to see your weakness?
We do not frustrate the grace of God when we sin. We frustrate it by our performance.
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21 KJV)
Every new believer is born in the Holy of Holies. We are seated with Christ in the heavenly places.
When you pray, know that you are already there with God.
Don't pray as though God is unreachable and so far away.
When you rest, God works. When you work, God rests.
Trying your best can go on for years and years.
Jacob tried to wrestle with God. You cannot wrestle with God.
When Jacob was struggling with his strength, God wanted to leave.
When Jacob was struggling with his weakness (after his hip was touched by God), God could not leave.
Love is pained when you don't allow him to love.
The glory of God cannot be seen if a man appears strong. God gets the glory if a man appears weak and shows forth strong.
Pastor Prince believes that Samson was a skinny/scrawny looking man, not a muscular man.
That's why Delilah was sent to find out the secret to Samson's strength.
If Samson was muscular, then there's no need to find the secret: it would be his muscles.
Leviticus 6:4-6 - Sin offering is atonement for who you are (we were sin throughout). Trespass offering is for what you have done (your actions).
In the trespass offering, the injured party is restored more than the original. He becomes a gainer.
You become a candidate for 120% restoration if you have been stolen from!
“If you have sinned in any of these ways, you are guilty. You must give back whatever you stole, or the money you took by extortion, or the security deposit, or the lost property you found, or anything obtained by swearing falsely. You must make restitution by paying the full price plus an additional 20 percent to the person you have harmed. On the same day you must present a guilt offering. As a guilt offering to the Lord, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value.” (Leviticus 6:4-6 NLT)
Psalm 69:4 - Psalm 69 is a Messianic Psalm. It's prophesying about what happened to Jesus.
Jesus already took our reproach at the cross. If you're being socially-attacked by people, perhaps on social media, claim this verse.
Jesus has restored to God 120% of what God has lost.
God has become a positive Gainer by what Jesus has done at the cross.
God owes Satan nothing. The cross is the love of God making payment to the justice of God.
The cross is to bring us out of the market of sin. It's not a payment to Satan.
Now the justice of God cannot punish us because our sins have already been punished in Jesus who is our Substitute.
“Those who hate me without a cause Are more than the hairs of my head; They are mighty who would destroy me, Being my enemies wrongfully; Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it." (Psalms 69:4 NKJV)
Your Weakness is Your Qualification for Grace
Mark 10:29-30 - If you suffer for Jesus and the gospel of Grace's sake, you will receive a hundredfold restoration in this life, with persecutions.
“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30 NKJV)
Matthew 19:29-30 - What does the last line mean?
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Matthew 19:29-30 NKJV)
Matthew 20:1 - The landowner represents Jesus. A denarius is a full day's wage.
““For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1 NKJV)
Matthew 20:16 - Jesus is sandwiching the subject with the saying "The last will be first and the first last."
“So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”” (Matthew 20:16 NKJV)
Matthew 20:1-16 - Jesus is talking about grace. We are the eleventh-hour grace generation!
Grace allows God to show His goodness.
The early morning laborers bartered with the landowner, using their work to exchange for payment, like the Law.
However by grace, the eleventh-hour workers agreed to receive whatever is right to the landowner, and received abundance.
God chooses those who trusts in Him to receive His goodness.
““For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’ “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”” (Matthew 20:1-16 NKJV)
Psalm 132:13-15 - Sinai speaks of the Law. Zion speaks of grace. God loves Zion, not Sinai.
“For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.” (Psalms 132:13-15 NKJV)
Psalm 78:68 - When you depend on your works, you always receive lesser than what is in God's heart to give to you.
Depend on grace instead.
“But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.” (Psalms 78:68 NKJV)
Matthew 13:31-32 - The mustard seed is the tiniest of seeds.
“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”" (Matthew 13:31-32 NKJV)
Luke 17:5-6 - "have" is in the active tense. We have to actively possess our faith. Keep on seeing your faith as a small grain of mustard seed - ask yourself: "Is my faith as little as a mustard seed? Yes!"
"say" is in the imperfect tense which means we should keep on saying to see the manifestation.
You don't need big faith to speak to your problems and get results. It's that belief that causes your faith not to work.
You need to get the revelation that you only need very little faith for it to work!
“And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 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 17:5-6 NKJV)
When you're last, you have the grace to become first.
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