Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

This is a work in process, so please feel free to comment on verses that you mediate on when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

As I ponder over these words, there are some overall points that the spirit moves in my heart:

  • Be assured that God is with you, expect to be cared for, have an expectation of good.
  • When God leads – there is always a way!
  • Before we even call he hears us (Isaiah 65:24)!
  • God is our refuge and a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)!

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

Exodus 14:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Sea Is Divided

13 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

Numbers 14:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

1 Samuel 17:41-49 Amplified Bible (AMP)

41 The Philistine came and approached David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked around and saw David, he derided and disparaged him because he was [just] a young man, with a ruddy complexion, and a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherd’s] staffs?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a [a]javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”

48 When the Philistine rose and came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort andconsole me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the houseand in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 28:6-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
The Lord is their [unyielding] strength,
And He is the fortress of salvation to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Psalm 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • Orthodox Jewish Bible translates this as follows:

Tehillim 29:11Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

11 Hashem will give oz (strength) unto His people; Hashem will bless His people with shalom.

  •  Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.10 
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”11 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.

Psalm 61:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Confidence in God’s Protection.

To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Psalm 112:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear
While he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries.

Dr. Paul Ellis – Escape to Reality Blog

I recently came across the blog “Escape To Reality.” It is written by Dr. Paul Ellis. He says that “Reality is found in Jesus Christ!” I say Amen to that. I spent some time this morning reading about Tithing and also about Paul Ellis’s own story on how he found that grace is a person named the Lord Jesus Christ.

I suggest that you take a look. I am sure that you will be blessed by it. Here is the link:

“Reality is found in Jesus Christ.”

We have God’s favor

When we accept the Lord Jesus into our life, we have God’s favor.  That is because at the cross Jesus took all our sins, faults, failings, everything that displeased God upon Himself. How big and great a factor our Lord Jesus is in our lives, when we let Him! I am convinced that one of the battles of faith in our lives is to see the greatness of our God and Lord Jesus, to see and know that God surpasses anything and everything that we face in life. That we need to see Jesus and His greatness and not the problem! Because of Jesus all the blessings of Heaven are raining upon us and blessings are chasing us down (Deuteronomy 28:2). The key is our faith in this, our belief in this. Remember, because of Jesus, we are no longer ourselves but have Christ’s identity. We are now a new creation. God’s favor gives us an advantage.  With God’s favor the impossible things will become possible.  We read in Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.”  The key ingredient to unlock the favor of God in our life is faith and belief in Christ. Simply look to Jesus because He is the answer and the end of your struggles. God has a place and a plan for each of us.  It doesn’t matter how difficult a situation or how bleak it looks, just look to Jesus and know that He has the answer and that all things are under His feet!  God has a beautiful future for each one of us.  We can even find comfort in Job. He did not have Jesus to look to, but put his trust in God. In this manner, whatever we are facing, let us put our trust and our hope in the finished work of Jesus!

The book of Job runs 42 chapters.  We do not know how long Job’s suffering lasted, but we know that it was more than a week (Job 2:13), and possibly months (Job 7:3).  There is no question that Job went through great suffering.  Before his suffering, the bible says that he was the greatest of all the people of the East (Job 1:3).  What did he lose, what happened to him?

  • His oxen and donkeys were stolen by the Sabeans and his servants killed (Job 1:13-14)
  • Fire from heaven came down and burned up his sheep and servants (Job 1:16)
  • The Chaldeans took his camels and killed more of his servants (Job 1:17)
  • The house where Job’s children were was blown down, and all his children and the people who were with them died except one. (Job 1:18-19)
  • Job got boils from head to toe (Job 2:7) and he turned black with fever (Job 30:30)

What was Job’s wife’s reaction to this?  “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity?  Curse God and die”!” (Job 2:9).  Did Job get negative, did he get down, and did he curse or blame God?  No, his faith and trust remained with God!  It says in Job 10:12, “You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.”  Job remained faithful to God in the middle of the storm, in the middle of difficulty.  At this point I am sure that Job didn’t see an end to his troubles; he didn’t know what God’s plan was for him, yet he remained in faith.  Job wasn’t restored until the 42nd chapter.  He was restored because he remained faithful to God.  “11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful (James 5:11).”  What was the restoration of Job?

Job 42:10-13

10 And the Lord restored Job’s losses[a] when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.  12 Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.

Let us not fear, worry, or fall apart.  Let’s remain and abide with God.  Let’s carry ourselves with confidence, not because of what we do or have but because of who we have, Jesus!   Let’s always remember and declare in our prayer life and our whole life, the favor of God, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done.  God’s vision and plan for us will be accomplished.

Joseph Prince Easter Service – See Jesus in the Passover and Be Delivered (Exodus 12:1-14)

Exodus 12:1-14  New American Standard Bible   (NASB)

The Passover Lamb

12 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of [a]Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a [b]lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a [c]lamb for[d]each household. Now if the household is too small for a [e]lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the [f]number of persons in them; according to [g]what each man should eat, you are to [h]divide the lamb. Your [i]lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.[j]You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it [k]at twilight.Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel [l]of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread [m]and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. 10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover. 12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you [n]live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you [o]to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Feast of Unleavened Bread

14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as[p]a permanent ordinance.

  • Beginning of Months (Exodus 12 vs 1)
    • Passover season is a new beginning
    • Passover is the first month of the new year
    • Jewish people have spiritual and civil calendar
    • Civil calendar begins in September.
    • When you put your trust in Jesus it is a new beginning
  • 10th of the month to take a lamb – 1 lamb per house
    • When God sent His son He meant for your entire family to be saved
    • Because of your belief there is an open door for all heaven to flow into your family, despite what they think of your faith. Don’t be discouraged or disheartened. Because of you, your parents will see Jesus.
  • Thief on cross only said, Lord Jesus “remember me” and he was saved. It doesn’t take a lot to be saved. Only believe and you will be saved. This does not mean it wasn’t costly for us to be saved.
  • If lamb is too big for house share between houses
    • The lamb is too large for the house
    • Jesus is too big
    • Jesus has more resources than you have problems
    • Jesus has answers before you have questions
    • When He fed 5000 He made too much food, there were 12 baskets full left over
    • Like the catch of fish that Peter experienced, it is a wonderful day when you call for help because the blessings of God are too big
    • If God blesses someone else it doesn’t mean you get less. God has enough to bless everyone.
    • Your heart doesn’t need to be stingy, be a giver, be a blessing. This will enlarge your heart to be able to receive more from God
  • Exodus 12 Vs 5 – Lamb without blemish
    • It has to be perfect since it is a symbol of Gods son. He was perfect, therefore the lamb must be perfect
    • Male of 1st year is cute and adorable – why doesn’t God choose a mature lamb?
      • God made lamb stay with them. Taken on 10th and killed on 14th
      • The lamb bonded with the children
      • On 5th day, father has to kill it
      • Why?
        • God gave us His adorable son to dwell with us
        • We beheld His glory
        • Jesus was examined 5 days in the temple before He was crucified and no fault was found in Him
  • Exodus 12 Vs 7 – Blood on door posts
    • Blood on door posts and lentil – sign of the cross
    • It is not inside but outside the house
      • God sees it not family
      • It is for God to see
      • We need to have faith and believe in the blood
      • Vs 13 – God pass over when he sees blood
        • Not when He sees good family name
        • Not when He sees works
        • Jews had covenant with God but still needed the blood
        • Not about you or what you do, it is about Jesus
  • Eat meat roasted in fire (Exodus 12 vs 8-9)
    • Why?
      • Mixed multitude that joined the Jews that night
      • Egyptians joined the Jews that night some were saved
      • When Jesus hung on cross He carried everything (all our sin, transgressions, etc)
        • Jesus bore wrong doings,
        • God’s fiery indignation fell on Jesus at the cross
          • If we feel guilty it is wrong since Jesus already was punished for what we did wrong. It fell on Him for every single sin.
          • For us to take our sin on ourselves is for us to try to become our own Savior. This is pride.
  • Psalm 105:37 – “He brought them out with silver and Gold and there was none feeble.”
    • If the Israelites can have that, how much more can we have who have the true lamb of God, the Lord Jesus – none sick amongst us
    • We should have super health and super prosperity.
    • Is there a promise of prosperity?
      • Yes, He brought them out with silver and gold!
    • There were those in 80s and 90s, but none feeble. God renewed their youth like the eagles.
  • Exodus 12:10-11 – eat belt on waist, sandals on feet and staff in hand
    • What does this mean?
      • How we are to take the Lords supper
        • God is saying to Israelite’s “Get ready to get out of Egypt (physical deliverance)”
        • Every time you take Lord’s Supper are you expecting your physical deliverance?
  • Exodus 12 (vs 14) – Jesus walked into temple 5 days before He was crucified
    • He was examined and found without blemish
    • Jesus took Passover on an earlier night (this was allowed)
    • He was arrested after this and taken to temple on Passover morning
    • Jesus died on Passover
    • As Passover lamb was brought to temple up a ramp to altar by Priest, Jesus carried the cross up to Golgotha
      • Jesus fell as He fell so that we could raise higher
    • Priest tied the lamb to the post at 9 AM at same time Jesus was nailed to the cross
      • At this time there was a loud blast of the Rams horn
      • All in Jerusalem knew lamb was bound
    • At noon darkness fell over the earth (noon-3 pm). This darkness is recorded by Chinese historians
    • At 3 PM Priest carried knife up to the lamb and killed it
    • At 3 PM end of darkness Jesus cried “it is finished”
      • At same time the Priest cried “it is finished”
      • Rams horn was sounded
      • When rams horn was sounded all Jerusalem knew that the lamb had died
      • The Rams horn is the preaching of Jesus, proclaiming you have been redeemed by Jesus
      • Jubilee starts the moment the Rams horn is sounded – debt is cancelled
      • All sin is cancelled by Jesus death – you have truly been redeemed
      • You have no right to feel guilty, judge yourself or others
      • Stop complaining and look at all the blessings, receive the gift of no condemnation for yourself and others
      • Be more merciful
      • We judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intentions

Ephesians 1:17–21 – Our Daily Prayer

Ephesians 1:17-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [a]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the[b]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength 20 which He [c]produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.

  • Proverbs 4:7 says “Getting wisdom is the most important thing that you can do!” (The Living Bible)
  • The knowledge of Jesus is defined in the text as wisdom! “… [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].…”
  • Do we truly know and believe the grace and power that is in our life the unmerited favor because of Jesus act on the cross?
  • Do we know how much we are loved?
  • Jesus knew He was the beloved son of God! Do we know that we are the beloved sons and daughters of God?
  • Focus on Jesus and see Jesus, know He is with you and loves you deeply, trust in His active power in your life!
  • This is key for us to achieve victory through Christ!

 

Activate God’s Favor in Your Life – Joseph Prince Sermon #447

  • God is a good God, He is a generous God and wants to see your life prosper in every way
    • Prosperity is not popular to hear in some circles. Despite that, the bible is full of it, such as in 3 John 2, “ Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
    • Imagine 3 John 2 is God’s heart. The Apostle would not write this if it wasn’t God’s heart
  • What I share will bless you, sometimes medicine is not good to take, but it will help you
  • 1st give a faith picture
    • Look to the substance of the bible and we see that the bible is photo album – faith pictures
      • Psalm 1:27 is a faith picture for the family, children in the hand of God hitting the mark.
      • Happy will your wife be she will be like an olive tree planted around your house – picture of prosperity also in Psalm. Olive is so needed, means that your wife is full of anointing.
      • Psalm 1, “you are like a tree planted.” Someone cared enough to plant you (God), by the waters – continued supply; you will bring forth fruit in season, fruit for every season. Don’t confuse works with fruit. Works are your self-effort; fruit is produced from God’s life in you. Moses, his eyes were not dimmed nor his natural force was not abated (Deuteronomy 34:7).
      • Psalm 1 – whatsoever he does shall prosper. Don’t get the wrong idea. Does not mean that you won’t make mistakes, but you will be launched off from that mistake. However, that does not justify sin. God will use sin when we fail however. God used David’s sin to bring forth Solomon. God can take your mess and create good.
      • Joseph in Genesis 39. Joseph sold by brothers who were on way to Egypt. In Egypt he was sold as a slave like a cow. The beloved and favored son that had a coat of many colors (destined to be a ruler), now he is likely stripped naked. All sense of special favor stripped from him. Genesis 39:2 tells us that the Lord was with Joseph. When you have nothing, not even the cloths on your back but the Lord is with you, you will get it all back. When the Lord is with you, you have everything and will be successful. The Hebrew bible says, “…the Lord caused him to be successful…” The Lord can cause you to be successful. He had no connections, he was a slave, the Lord caused his success. Genesis 39:3 “…his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did…
        • Joseph had favor from God
        • It is not looks, works or anything else that success comes from, it is God’s undeserved and unearned favor.
        • Genesis 39:5 …the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph…”
        • Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with him – some say if I have God’s favor, why do I get into trouble?
          • The trouble is designed by God as a stepping stone and led to him standing in the presence of the Pharaoh, Led him to be second in command of Egypt.
          • When God causes you to prosper there will be trouble, but the trouble will be a stepping-stone.
          • Bad things turn for good.
        • Joseph couldn’t commit this evil act, so he resisted and ran away. He was able to resist since he had a sense of God’s divine favor on him. Are you willing to do things right and expect God’s favor to make up the difference? If you compromise than you cannot say God prospers you. God doesn’t want you depending on your works. If you want to be like Joseph do not compromise.
  • One thing that will stop grace from flowing.
  • In early church there was great grace (Acts 4:32-34)
    • Healings
    • Raisings from the dead
    • No one lacked
    • Great grace is great power!
    • Great grace produces the wisdom that you need – Solomon understood grace and the favor of God and asked for wisdom
    • Favor empowers you to go and sin no more
    • By grace you are saved through faith
    • Healing is by grace – unmerited and undeserved
    • You do not have to do anything, no works, nothing. It is unmerited, undeserved, unearned. Give Jesus the glory – we just need to receive.
  • When we receive it should inspire us to go and sin no more. The grace comes before.
  • What stops the grace from flowing?
    • Not sin – revival happens in the midst of sin
    • Self-righteousness stops it!
      • Devil doesn’t mind if you prosper when you do the works – that is not God’s favor.
    • We need to rely on the favor of God to prosper not works.
      • Don’t think it is you – e.g. I have always been good in this subject, etc.
      • Devil says “do your best.” 10 commandments are for today, do your best to keep it, knowing that if they do their best people will end up doing the very thing that the commandments say don’t do. However, following the spirit (Holy) you end up fulfilling the righteousness of the law without even trying to.
      • When we sin declare that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. This is where the power is, not in wallowing in the sin and condemning ourselves.
    • All of us have secret roots waiting to burst.
      • We have all broken the 10 commandments if not in deed in thought.
      • People often feel that they are ½ bad.
        • If you feel this way, you are in for a fall.
        • You don’t think you are all that bad – this is a problem, this is self-righteousness.
        • God wants us to learn that our flesh is really bad
        • We are a new creation we are not our flesh. However the flesh is in you and it will hurt you.
        • Apostle Paul said in my flesh is no good thing (Romans 7:18). Don’t trust your flesh. Don’t have confidence in the flesh.
        • We cannot have confidence in the flesh; think we are ½ bad, etc. We are not a criminal, not a drug addict, murder, etc. and we rely on the flesh and this stops grace (Galatians 5:4). The moment we are self-righteous we have fallen from grace.
        • Grace is a supplier, but we cannot receive grace when we are self-righteous.
        • Moment we are trying to be justified by the law we are fallen from grace – grace is higher than the law.
        • All sinners were healed when they came to Jesus. The only ones unable to receive were the Pharisees and Scribes who knew the bible. They boasted in their capacity to keep the law and follow it.
        • Receive righteousness as a gift don’t do things to receive
        • 2 Corinthians 6:1 – Don’t receive the grace of God in vain. How do we receive the grace of God in vain? Look at the preceding verse.
        • 2 Corinthians 5:21, we don’t accept that we are righteous through Christ. We do not declare this with our whole heart, because we aren’t ½ bad. We need to recognize we are all sinners and receive the righteousness.
        • Greatest thing we can do is to take the place that God has given you.
        • Often we sin and we say, “God I promise to never do that again.” We mean it; but it is the wrong thing to say. We can confess our sin, go ahead, but than declare that you are righteous in Christ, you are forgiven in Christ, take your place and rest. When you do this, you honor Jesus the one who became sin. Do not feel sinful feel loved, feel favored, feel forgiven, because of Jesus. Treasure what Jesus did for you. The place you take is that you are righteous. Not because of what you have done or who you are, it is a gift.
        • Grace can only reign through righteousness (Romans 5:21)
        • If you feel sin conscience that is a form of self-righteousness, trying to atone for your sins.
        • Grace cannot reign through shame or sin conciseness, or I will do my best. When we declare that we are the righteousness of God through Christ, grace and favor will reign especially when we sin (2 Corinthians 4:13). We believe so we speak.
        • Philippians 3:1-5 “Rejoice in the Lord.” Rejoice in the Lord not your flesh. “…we are the circumcision…and have no confidence in the flesh…”
        • Confidence in the flesh is being confidant in your accomplishments.
        • Have to kill the part that says “I am only 30% bad.”
        • Favor only reigns through the gift of righteousness of Christ.
        • “I am pretty, I smile and God does things for me.” This may be true but you don’t get the things you do from the favor of God. “My father is rich I can get things done.” Maybe, but again rely on your spiritual father not your natural father.
        • Your trust, your boast has no part. You worry and are concerned tells you that you trust in other things other than God.
        • Abraham had a secret root in his life; he didn’t trust God for his wife. He was afraid regarding this and it caused all sorts of problems for him.

Joseph Prince 1

        • Flesh can also manifest in shame, condemnation, defensiveness, or an inferiority complex.
        • When we sin there should be Godly sorrow, but not shame, we should not be occupied with our shortcomings and ourselves. We need to be occupied with God. We can be sorry horizontally (we disappointed someone or we are exposed in our failing) without being sorrowful vertically, to God.
        • We have no righteousness on our own it is all about Jesus.
        • The grace of God swallows up all shame
        • The flesh is preventing the favor of God in your life
        • If a sin is committed and no one sees it, is that okay? No we have sinned against God.
        • Isaiah 61:7 in place of your shame you will have double honor
        • The double honor swallows up the shame
        • Don’t worry about how you will face this one or that one because of what happened. Shame is self-occupation. Stop it and be Christ occupied.
        • You will be saved from the consequences if you return to the Lord and rest (Isaiah 30:15).
        • Maybe the devil tripped you up, but receive the righteousness of Christ and you will have quietness and confidence.

Joseph Prince 2

        • Self-confidence is born of self, we need to be Christ-confident. How did David react to Goliath verses what his brother said.
        • Did David have pride or confidence in the Lord?
        • People will say that we are proud, but that is not pride that is confidence in the Lord.
        • Joshua and Caleb wanted to go into the Promised Land but the people didn’t want to. Joshua and Caleb had confidence.
        • Defensiveness
          • Adam said the woman you gave me
          • The serpent
          • It is the government, my wife, my brother, etc.
          • We will blame everyone, but it is hard to say that we are sorry.
          • When our loved one says something negative about us, we hit back. When someone else says something negative about us, we hit back. The more we defend ourselves the uglier we look.
            • When we respond correctly the result is peace.
        • There is always a secret root – this is our flesh.
        • When shame and condemnation comes upon you, if you respond correctly, you are entitled to 120% restoration and double honor.
        • When we see other people and want to look down on them, understand that it is only by the grace of God that we are not like that.
        • Peter, he loved the Lord. Can the devil use that? When the Lord explained his fate, Peter said even if all these deny you I will never deny you (Matthew 26:35). The devil saw a root, and the root was he loved the Lord. Lord said, Satan has asked for you. Satan saw the root in Peter. Satan has asked for you to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail. He did not pray that Peter would not fail, but that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:31). John’s boast is the Lord loves him, Peters boast was that he loved the Lord. Only John was at the cross serving until the end. In this Peter equates to the law and John equates to grace.
        • (Luke 22:60–61) Peter denied Christ.
        • Peters root is exposed. The first of the 12 (Luke 24, 1 Corinthians 15) that the Lord appeared to was Peter to restore him.
        • John 21, Jesus rose from the dead at two weeks, when the Lord said to go to the mountain. However, Peter said let’s go fishing.
        • If you understand your righteousness you will find whatever you are looking for.
        • People that boast of the Lord’s love for them and depend on His righteousness.
        • What is the object of your heart? Are you occupied with something other than Jesus, is anything higher than Jesus?
        • The world will say a bird with a broken wing will never fly again. God says I made the bird, I made the heights and you will fly again.
        • David of all the sons and wives he chose the one from Bathsheba. Was the relationship right? No, was there sin, yes.
        • Have no confidence in your flesh, have confidence in God. Learn to hate the flesh.
        • Sin has a cost. It will take you further than you want to go and cost you more than you want to pay. The reason people fall is that they put confidence in the flesh. Don’t believe in determination, willpower, your efforts, but believe in the favor of your God.
        • Don’t beat yourself, don’t condemn yourself, but receive the righteousness of God. We put all confidence in Christ alone.

Because of Jesus

Isaiah 54 is such a beautiful chapter of the bible. It displays God’s heart for us once we enter the new covenant made possible by our Lord Jesus. Because of Jesus we are loved, we have peace and our Father promises never to be angry with us. Consider Isaiah 54:9-10.

Isaiah 54:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me,
As I swore [an oath] that the waters of Noah
Would not flood the earth again;
In the same way I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
Nor will I rebuke you.

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My loving-kindness will not be removed from you,
Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,”
Says the Lord who has compassion on you.

God is saying that because of what Jesus did for us, He will never be angry with us, never rebuke us, that His loving kindness will never be removed from us. His peace will also never be shaken from us.
When trials and difficulties come, when we have doubts or fears, what a beautiful word to rest in. We are loved, we have peace and do not have to fear for God is with us! Rest in Jesus finished work for you at the cross, rest in the great love of the Father and the Son, all because of Jesus!
I pray that this understanding may create in you renewed peace and rest.

 

Ephesians 3:17-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love];