Psalm 23 – Jesus is your Shepherd!

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I ·have everything I need [L will lack nothing].  He ·lets me rest [makes me lie down] in green pastures.He leads me to ·calm [quiet] water.  He ·gives me new strength [T renews my soul].He leads me on paths that are ·right [righteous; or straight] for the ·good [sake] of his ·name [reputation].Even if I walk through ·a very dark valley [or the shadow of death],I will ·not be afraid [T fear no evil], because you are with me.Your rod and your shepherd’s staff comfort me. You prepare a ·meal [L table] for me in ·front [the presence] of my enemies. You ·pour oil of blessing on my head [anoint my head with oil; C oil was a means of refreshment in a hot, dry environment];you ·fill my cup to overflowing [L make my cup overflow; C a cup of blessing].  Surely your goodness and love [loyalty; T mercy] will ·be with[pursue; T follow] me all my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord ·forever [L for length of days].

General Comments

  • David saw himself as a sheep led by God his Shepherd – he knew that he was loved by God and that he would not lack.
  • In a way, this portrays what 1 John 4:18 is saying
  • Key for us to do our best in life, but not in stress. Live life and love, in rest and peace, not stressed out.
  • We don’t need to defend ourselves, neither do we need to fight for open doors. If God opens the door, it is ours. If God doesn’t open the door, it’s not meant to be ours at this present moment.
  • Many think that this is a Psalm for death, however, when we read and understand the Psalm we come to know that it is about our life with our shepherd who loves, leads, cares and is always with us.

Vs 1 –  The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.

  • Other versions of the bible say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I ·have everything I need [will lack nothing].“
  • As you meditate on this simple verse, begin to realize that the Lord IS (present tense) your shepherd.
  • A shepherd provides for his sheep, feeds them and protects them. In the same way, Jesus your shepherd provides for you, feeds you, and protects you.
  • “I shall not want” = the Lord is our provider! One of the names of our God is Jehovah Jireh, which means “the all-providing One.” He provides more than enough. The God of more-than-enough came in the flesh and walked among His people. And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He did not give His disciples small blessings. That is why He said to Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets [plural] for a catch” (Luke 5:4), and not “let down your net [singular].” And what a catch it turned out to be—a boat-sinking, net-breaking catch! It was such a big and unexpected blessing that Peter and all who were with him were “astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken. He provided while on earth and he provides now for whatever we need.
    • {Health, Healing (“I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26))},
    • Finances,
    • Direction (Are you groping in the dark, not knowing what to do? He says, “I am the light of the world (John 8:12).) Success.
    • Are you looking for a way out of a bad situation? He says, “I am your deliverer. I will reach down from on high, take hold of your hand and draw you out of the deep waters” (see Psalm 18:2,16).
    • What is it that we are facing? Is it wisdom, favor or provision that you need? Rest assured that Jesus, our shepherd, will surely supply it, and you shall not be in want for anything.

Vs 2 –  He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

  • Since the Lord is providing for all our needs, He wants us to lie down and experience abundance (We are receiving based on His completed work!).
  • When you rest, it’s an act of faith. You’re saying, “God, all right, you have finished everything. And if there’s any area not finished, I’m resting so you can finish it in me, through me.” You are resting in work. It is not inactivity.
  • Are you going to work tomorrow saying, “Okay, there’s a deadline. Okay, my boss want to talk to me, or this”? Are you resting in him? Do you believe he will work in you? Or do you feel like nothing is happening? Let me tell you this, even when He’s sleeping, He’s controlling the storm.
  • The place of God’s rest is where you’ll find everything has been done for you. And if something’s left undone, it will be done in you. It’ll be done for you.
  • This is the essence of Jesus’ message in the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “Look at the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t struggle, they don’t strain, yet your heavenly Father clothed them. Are you not much better than those lilies?”
  • This brings to mind Jesus invitation to us in Matthew to follow Him and to leave a life of worry! Matthew 11:28-30 (Message Version) says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Vs 3 –  He refreshes and restores my soul (life); He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

  • Expanded version says this: He ·gives me new strength [ renews my soul]. He leads me on paths that are ·right [righteous; or straight] for the ·good [sake] of his ·name [reputation].
  • Voice version: He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.
  • Complete Jewish Bible: he restores my inner person. He guides me in right paths for the sake of his own name.

Vs 4 – Even though I walk through the [sunless] 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 and console me.

  • We are only walking through the valley we DO NOT STAY in the valley.  So much grace and love shown us.  We see also that it is but the shadow of death and not death itself.  Jesus conquered death for us at Calvary and defeated it forevermore.  No more fears (Psalm 91), instead we have His shalom peace (John 10:27-28).
  • Our Good Shepherd would never lead us into the valley of death (He came to bring life).   What happens is that we ourselves get into the valley of the shadow of death all on our own.  Our Shepherd, Jesus, who is always with us (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6, Romans 8:35-39) protects us and leads us through and out of this valley.

Vs 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 

  • Some may say, “Lord, how can you expect me to eat now? The symptoms are still in my body! My bank account still shows the lack! Lord, I will eat well and I will celebrate when all my problems are resolved.”
  • But the Bible says that God doesn’t follow human nature. God says, “I will prepare a table. You eat first! You eat in the presence of your enemies, and I will take care of your enemies.”

Vs 6 – 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 house and in the presence of the Lord.

  • “Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the day of my life” literally means “Surely goodness and mercy shall HUNT ME DOWN all the days of my life!”
  • Jesus is faithful and with us now, right here right now
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YOUR EVERY BLESSING IS FOUND IN THE PERSON OF JESUS – Joseph Prince

Great post on Joseph Prince Ministry site! I believe that there is also an audio and video sermon of this.

https://www.josephprince.org/blog/articles/your-every-blessing-is-found-in-the-person-of-jesus

Here are my notes and takeaways:

  • Whatever situation we are in, all we need is the Lord. It is not dependent on anything other than the Lord Jesus. Jesus fulfills our needs.
    • Jesus needs to become the focal point of our life.
    • Don’t focus on the gifts/things and what we want but focus on Jesus and being in His presence.
    • David did this (Psalms). David was concerned that he could remain in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 51:11).
    • The Lord however in the New Covenant will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), so we do not have to have this concern like David.
    • Don’t focus on the issue or what we want or need, focus on the fact that Jesus is bigger than the problem or need. Like David did when he faced Goliath.
    • When the Lord is with you, you will be a success (Genesis 39:2). It doesn’t matter what our standing is in life. Consider what Joesph’s standing was when the Lord said he was a success (Genesis 39:1). He was a slave!
      • Even Potiphar recognized that the Lord was with him (Genesis 39:3).
    • While Martha focused on the past and the future when she spoke to the Lord about Lazarus being dead, Jesus focused on the present (John 11:25).
      • The present help of the Lord, the focus on the Lord led to Lazarus being brought back to life.
    • Reminds me of when the Children of Israel were on the edge of the Promised Land.
      • 2 of the spies focused on God (Joshua and Caleb) and His ability to give them the Land
      • 10 spies focused on the giants and other aspects of the Land that seemed like great obstacles to them (Numbers 13:27-33)
    • Cultivate the Lords presence as you would a friend or spouse (Colossians 3:6)
      • In the presence of the Lord there is rest! (Exodus 33:14, Matthew 11:28)
      • What we have in Jesus is unshakable and unchanging.
  • Jesus is wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) (Proverbs 3:16 – wisdom has two hands. right hand length of days, Left hand riches and honor)
  • Jesus is righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • Jesus is sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30)
  • Jehovah-Jireh (Genesis 22:1–14) – the Lord, Jehovah is Jireh. Meaning Jesus is provision, prosperity and supply.
  • Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26) – Jesus is healing, Jesus is health!
  • Deuteronomy 30:19–20 …therefore choose life, that both you and your descendents may live…and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…
    • The Lord Jesus is length of days, the Lord Jesus is life

1 John 3:19-24 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him

Below are some notes and thoughts on a sermon by Leon Fontaine that was titled “Heart Faith.”

All things are possible for him who believes – This was before the cross.

Mark 9:20-27

20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”

And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

  • Beliefs are more important than actions. What you believe from the heart is the important thing.
    1. You can work at many things, but if your internal beliefs don’t support what you are working on you will not be successful
    2. Belief determines future actions
  • Rather than counsel with the mind and focus on what someone thinks focus on beliefs
    1. People may not know their own beliefs
    2. They may not have even put their beliefs in their hearts – upbringing, experiences, teaching all shape our beliefs
  • Do we believe that change is easy? Jesus never said that change is difficult
    1. Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
    2. John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”
  • We need to believe according to what God’s word says not what we see or experience.
  • God had to help many people in the Bible to think bigger.
    1. Gideon was thinking about getting some food and the safety to eat it
    2. Angel appeared and called him a mighty man of valor
    3. God gave him a vision for defeating the Midianites – he felt he was the least the smallest and couldn’t do it
    4. In the end Gideon defeated the Midianites, but only after he believed what God said.
    5. Anywhere God is going to take us in our life, He is going to have to help us to believe bigger, broader and even stretch us.
    6. The Devil can’t destroy us, but he can attack our beliefs and cause us to remain where we are. We have to believe that success is easy, and that we can achieve the things that God has told us we would
  • 1 John 3:19-24

1 John 3:19-24New Living Translation (NLT)

19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

1 John 3:19-24Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 By this we will know [without any doubt] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart and quiet our conscience before Him 20 whenever our heart convicts us [in guilt]; for God is greater than our heart and He knows all things [nothing is hidden from Him because we are in His hands]. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not convict us [of guilt], we have confidence [complete assurance and boldness] before God; 22 and we receive from Him whatever we ask because we [carefully and consistently] keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight [habitually seeking to follow His plan for us].

23 This is His commandment, that we believe [with personal faith and confident trust] in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and [that we unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who habitually keeps His commandments [obeying His word and following His precepts, abides and] remains in Him, and He in him. By this we know and have the proof that He [really] abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us [as a gift].

Points:

  • Whatever we ask we will receive – every prayer answered
    1. What are the qualifications?
    2. Our heart cannot condemn us. It doesn’t say we won’t receive however. It says that God is greater than the heart
    3. If we keep his commandments
      1. What commandment (not 10 commandments)
      2. Believe on the name of Jesus and love each other
  • Believe what Jesus did for us – we are the righteousness of God through Christ, we have been brought into right relationship with God –
  • Account in Acts

Acts 3:1-16New Living Translation (NLT)

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!”The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[a] get up and[b] walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

Peter Preaches in the Temple

12 Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? 13 For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.

  • Miracle came about from the name of Jesus
  • Have we mixed law and grace so much that we have come into condemnation, and guilt?
  • We do not and cannot live a perfect life without sin
    1. We rely on the grace of God this is how we were saved through Jesus
    2. Do we feel like we cannot achieve it? Through Christ all things are possible – heart belief!
  • Low self worth – God has made us more than a conquer – Jesus died for us! We have infinite value – we must believe it! There are no limitations to what God has promised us – only our beliefs limit us.
    1. Jesus has qualified us
    2. Jesus has forgiven us
    3. Through Jesus the promise is ours
    4. Do not let any limitation prevent you from what God’s will is
  • God is greater than your heart!
    1. If nothing is changing –
      1. Are you are condemning yourself or do you have a limiting belief?
      2. Pray to God and say “God you are greater than my heart”
    2. When we do this for whatever we are believing for
      1. The Holy Spirits role will lead us into the truth  into God’s promise
      2. What is the heart revealing through pictures? We need to develop mental pictures in our heart. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide us in this.
      3. Ask God to help with the heart because God is greater than the heart
      4. Caleb was 80 and accomplished great things! We too can accomplish great things and it is never too late!

Additional Takeaways:

  • The greatest battle is the desires of the mind verses the beliefs of the heart
  • None of the battles portrayed in the bible are battles against the evil one it is against our mind and beliefs. What we believe will always be attacked by the devil
  • Listen to the word, daily devotional time, declarations – don’t just deal with the mind, deal with the heart. We need to renew our mind.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus throughout Life

Matthew 14:22-33 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Walks on Water

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here![b]28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

  • The disciples were terrified when they saw him thinking He was a ghost. Jesus responded , “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! No matter what the circumstances let’s take courage knowing that Jesus is here with us in our present circumstances.
  • Peter walked out on the water, but “…when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink.” The Lord was there and reached out and grabbed him. Sometimes we make steps toward progress, and maybe have a slight setback and become discouraged. Since the Lord is with us, He will grab us and save us, often we are unaware of these times. At other times the odds may be against us, but let’s not consider what is against us, but who is for us (Romans 8:31)!
  • Finally when Jesus climbed into the boat all the winds and waves stopped. Remember they had been fighting the storm for many hours. It was 3 AM when they first saw Jesus and they left in the boat right after the feeding of the 5000. Some biblical scholars estimate that they were fighting the wind and waves for 9 hours! The point is they were exhausted, but then immediately when Jesus came in the boat there was peace.

The key is Jesus.   We want to rely on him, draw from Him and meditate on Him and be strong in our prayers. When we are tired and need encouragement, when we feel there is no hope, He is there and He is our hope, He is our saving, He is our healing and He will see us through difficult times. If we need peace He has it. Let’s remember who is for us and focus on Him and not the negative things that seem to be against us. With Him we know and are assured that we are secure.

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.”

New Blog Name

The Lord Jesus Christ alone is our all in all! As Isaac Wimberley says, “hope has a name, joy has a name, peace has a name, love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ. Praise his name forever!” Jesus alone unlocks the promises of God! Our heart has been moved to rename the blog, “Standing on the Sacrifice of Christ.” This replaces the old name of “Standing on the Promises of God.”

The grace that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ, the love that is of God the Father, and the fellowship that is ours in the Holy Spirit be with you all! (2 Corinthians 13:14)

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.