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.
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Promises of God – No fear!

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (Amplified Bible)

  • Fear has no place in our hearts as believers!
    • Read Romans 8:15
    • Consider our status as “joint heirs” with Christ, our sense of His love for us (Read: 1 John 4:18)
    • Read Ephesians 3:17 – 19
  • We have a spirit of power! I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ!  (Philippians 4:13)
  • We have a spirit of love! (Romans 5:5)
  • Through the Holy Spirit we have a sound mind. Strong’s Concordance says that “sound mind” here is discipline and self-control. We also have the promise of peace (John 14:27).

Next Steps

Meditate on these bible verses and incorporate them into your prayers. This will cause fear to dissipate.

  • Father I thank you that I do not have a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power of love and a sound mind!
  • Father I thank you that I have the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ according to his promise and I receive this peace right now in this situation that I face.
  • Abba Father, I thank you for your love for me and pray that I may have a fresh revelation of this love and of the knowledge of my place as a joint heir with Christ. I know that you go with me into this situation with me right now. In this knowledge let me not be fearful but bold and full of wisdom and a sound mind!

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Reflections on Entering God’s Rest

Hebrews 4:10 – 16 (Amplified Bible)

For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness]. 12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [b]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [c]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account. 14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. 16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

  • The work is complete, all that we need in life has already been provided by and through the Lord Jesus. As Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.”
  • This covers spiritual, physical and natural needs
  • We should rest and expect all enemies to be brought under the feet of Christ (Psalm 110:1-2). This is because Jesus conquered sin and death
  • Ephesians 1:20, 22-23
  • Whatever we need God to do for us has already been done at the cross (just as God had provided the Israelites everything they needed in the promised land)
  • When we rest, God works

Additional Resources on Entering the Rest of God

“…The riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power”!

Ephesians 3:16-19

May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, indwelling your innermost being and personality, 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; and that you may come to know practically, through personal experience the love of Christ which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience, that you may be filled up throughout your being to all the fullness of God so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself.

This word is so full and covers so many facets:

1) Because of our faith, we humbly look to Jesus in every situation of life. We know that He is greater and more powerful and is the key to master every situation. He is the one true way and answer to all that life brings. He loves us with an everlasting and faithful love, great is His faithfulness. He alone provides and brings strength, energy and power through His in dwelling in our hearts. In and of ourselves we are lost, but with Christ we are more than conquerors, we are in fact the victors!

2) When we look to Jesus and Him alone, we personally experience the never ending love of Christ and the Father in our heart, soul and mind. This love is perfect and it casts out all fear. The key is to see the risen Lord and His power and might, not the circumstance that we face.

3) Since God is love the more we experience His love for us, the more Gods presence and power expands in our life. Never feel you are alone or forgotten, turn to His word, turn to Him in prayer, turn to Him in thought and meditation, and see Him answer in a powerful way!

Powerful Promises of God!

I hope that these verses, these promises of God over us all, encourage you like they do me.  Please feel free to add additional verses in the comment section.

Deuteronomy 7:6-15

For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. 10 But

those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction;
he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.

11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.

12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young. 15 The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.

Deuteronomy 15:6

For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.  “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.  “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.  “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.  “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Job 22:23-30

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents.  24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.  25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold[a] And your precious silver; 26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God.  27 You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.  28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person.  30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”

Psalm 2:7-8

“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Psalm 30

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.[a]  4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.[b]
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 34

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.   15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.  17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.  18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.

Psalm 139:7-10

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.

Proverbs 1:33

33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10 

fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 61

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.  Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.  Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear[a] when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

2 Esdras 2:20-32

Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked, Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness. Keep the old and young within thy walls.
Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection.  Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come.  Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet.  As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number.  Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness cometh, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry and have abundance.  The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord.  My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell.  Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord.  Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty.  Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.

 1 Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

2 Corinthians 9:6-12

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:

“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now may[b] He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,

Matthew 11:28-29

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 19:26

26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Romans 8:37-39

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 1:6

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

 Philippians 4:19

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:4

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

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.