When you look at Jesus, you can’t help but be transformed from gory to glory.
Look for hesed in a man
Having hesed means having a heart opened to God’s heart and your heart will be full
With Jesus, you will get every good thing in your life.
The question is: do you have Jesus?
When you have Jesus, you will always walk with more than enough.
When you walk with Jesus, you have the creative miracle working power of God
- Genesis 1:1
- barashith, first word, bar = Son
In the Son, from & via the Son, God created the heaven and the earth.
- Gold & silver = part of the earth
- Favor = part of the heaven
11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
16 Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” 17 And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.
- the greater force will always swallow up the lesser force.
- v. 11:
- Jesus coming from Capernum after healing with a crowd (exuberant atmosphere)
- "Nain" = beauty
- the woman lost both her husband and son, she was literally in double trouble
- when you feel like you’ve lost everything, you’re at the end of the line, it’s sometimes hard to see Jesus, to see through the tears/pain/fear/sorrow that blinds you
- when you are consumed with your pain, there is also Someone (Jesus) consumed with your pain
- the saddest day of her life would also be the day she receive something she’ll never imagined
- what happens when you are blinded by your pain and can’t see Jesus?
- what happens when you have no strength to look to Jesus?
- 1. ”the Lord sees you”
- He comes right to you, even when you could not see
- She didn’t come to Jesus, Jesus came to her
- compassion = deep awareness of the sufferings of another followed by a strong desire to relieve it
- His heart is tied up with yours
- He feels for you and strongly wants to relieve you of all sufferings
- He gives you the power to stop crying
- He is about to do something to stop your tears
- watch Jesus, watch what He is about to do
- If Jesus didn’t touch death, we’d still be lost
- the people around Him were shocked because He touched the unclean
- when Jesus touches the unclean, the unclean becomes clean
- when Jesus touches the dead, the dead comes alive
- Jesus was born to die that we might live
- in actual translation: young man, I AM (name of God) saying to you, arise.”
- v. 15:
- Grace came to present the dead ones back to His Father, alive.
- Grace came to love us, to bring us back home to the Father.
- You cannot find your way home, you can only be brought home.
- He is the good shepherd, He will leave the 99 to find the 1.
We had Unlimited Praise yesterday and the presence of God was so so AMAZING throughout the entire service. Wish it would never end. Just such a privilege to be there soaking in Jesus’ glorious presence.
It was also our last youth service at Rock Auditorium *sobs*, gonna miss the place where I first saw Jesus unveiled in all His glory and grace and that place where blessed kingdom friendships were forged.
Pst Dan was super anointed (even more so than usual) during that service. Was talking to some people after the service and we all felt that what he ministered that night really spoke right into our lives. Awesome!
Love the short message he shared, simple, but powerful!
- You’re not just a face in the crowd. Jesus called you by name and brought you here for a fresh impartation of His heart.
- There is so much more. He always does exceedingly, abundantly, above all you can ask or imagine.
- Jesus is closer to you than you can ever imagine
- It doesn’t matter how the week has been, Jesus is here and He loves you
- Jesus is here to lift you up.
- When you are in Jesus’ presence, you cannot stay the same. You are being transformed from glory to glory. He has so much more in store for you. No eye has seen, no ear has heard.
- Luke 13:10-17
10Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.11And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.12But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her,“Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” 13And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.14But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd,“There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”15The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? 16So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” 17And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
- v. 11:
- "could in no way raise herself up" (what she couldn’t do, Jesus did with one touch [v.13])
- if you feel like you’re bowed down, that you could in no way raise yourself; that is not God’s heart for you
- 18 - number of bondage (6+6+6), it’s the devil’s work
- v. 12:
- Jesus looked and saw her
- Jesus was likely in a two level synagogue, where the men were at the lower level and the women were at the upper level, the balcony
- She’s bowed down, she’s hard to spot, but Jesus still saw her and her need
- you cannot get out of the range of Jesus
- Jesus saw and He was not silent, He wanted to release grace into her life
- v.13: What she could not do, one touch from Jesus did - she was made straight. Only Jesus can raise your hands for you, only Jesus can lift your head for you, only Jesus can pick up the shattered pieces of your heart and put it back together and it’s even better than before. Only Jesus can do that.
- The woman responded by glorifying Jesus
- the way to glorify Jesus is to consent to let Him love you, to let Him in to free you
- v.14: the ruler of synagog objected to the healing
- his heart is all about laws, traditions and lines drawn
- v.16: Jesus answered using the same word “ought not”
- Jesus heart has only one purpose, it is to see you blessed
- "ought not you, being a child of the most high God, inherit all that your heavenly Father has for you? receive all that He has? Be freed from everything that the enemy has put you through. Ought not you be freed, be loosed, be blessed?"
We sang Sanctuary during worship yesterday, I was actually kinda surprised (and also very surprised to see Weisheng playing!), turns out it was the first time the song was sung. It’s special cos it’s one of the first songs I’d ever heard in my first church, it was just written at that time and they were recording videos for the DVD…
Singing it again at our last youth service at the Rock brought back so many memories, and I am just completely convinced that Jesus is so so faithful; it’s been about 2.5 years since I came over to NCC and that’s about the same period as a lot of my friends as well, it’s just amazing to see how Jesus is restoring and has restored our hearts, lives, faith, friendships, ministry, career, etc. A lot of us felt like we would never want to serve again, being burnt out and hurt (at one point, I’d even decided to never step into church again), but now (and a lot faster than any of us expected), we see each other serving (out of the overflow) in various ministries again or even wanting to be a part of a CG again and that is just so awesome cos it means healing and restoration has taken place. He’s truly a God who restores everything and His restoration is always better in quality and/or quantity than what we’ve lost. And so timely that near the end of the service, Pst Dan prayed for restoration as well.
When my world was in darkness
You spoke Your word
Night turned into day
Your beauty filled this place
When my world stood in silence
You filled my heart
With songs that never end
Forever I will praise
To think that the universe
Could not withhold Your glory
You choose to live in me
I’m so amazed
(and) I worship you lord
My life in You restored
Here is my heart
Make it Your sanctuary
For nobody else
But Jesus only (You)
You are faithful and true
All my life
It is You I adore
You’ve touched my soul
Completed my world I surrender to You
Benjamin, one of our translators from mission trip this year came to visit! Had a great time hanging out with him and some of the mission trip dears yesterday and today!
2 Timothy 1:8So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
- v. 8: there’s some affliction for people serving in ministry especially in Paul’s time and season, but whatever that they go through, it is the power of God that uphold them and sustain them
- v. 9: you are both saved and called. God did not save you so that you will live an aimless life.
- A called life means that there is someone calling you into something
- God has designed everyone of you uniquely.
- You are uniquely you.
- God has marked you for a unique purpose.
- The Benjamin generation has 5 changes of garments; which means you can function at different times under different anointing, there will be different gifts that will flow as you step into different offices, whether it’s in the church or in the world. God is not limited.
- "holy life" simply means a set apart life
- when everybody is loosing jobs, you got a position, when the world is suffering from sicknesses, you are strong and healthy, that is a set-apart life.
- God saves us from destruction and He puts us on the path that drip with His abundance and our future can only get brighter and brighter.
- Under grace, God is the initiator, you have no part in His calling you.
- Everyone has a longing to be part of something greater than ourselves.
- when you live a life greater than yourself, you are not the dead sea, but like the sea of Galilee where there is life. God calls us to a life of freely receiving and freely giving.
- You are saved by grace, called by His purpose.
- There is a grace inside you that God has given before the beginning of time
- Vocation comes from the word “voice”, when you find your vocation, you will be very fulfilled, that you found your voice in your generation, and everything was designed from the beginning of time.
- you just need the manual (the Word) to learn how to operate you
- There is a way of God that is found in His Word
- When God calls you, He places within you desires (what you like to do) and (grace) gifts that will equip and assist you
- Grace gifts: It will not always be easy but there will be an ease about it.
- Take time and pray, ask the Lord what your gifts are. Talk to people in your care group, must be people who love you & people of wisdom, ask them what they think you like and can do.
- There must be a willingness because God works in you the willingness and the ability (Philippians 2)
- It is an impossible life to live if you try to be someone else; don’t compare yourself with others. You are not designed to be your neighbour, you are designed to be you. Everybody’s purpose is unique.
2 Timothy 1:6
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands
- v. 6: there are gifts in our lives that God wants us to fan into flame
- it is not the Lord fanning the flames, it is you fanning into flames the grace gift that He has given you
- It is ok to make mistakes, just make intelligent ones
- When there is a purpose in your dreams, there is stability, and you will go towards a direction that God has designed for you, towards His portion for you.
- The gifts in your life will show you your calling.
- Find out what you are graced for, then pursue that in the courses that you take or career path that you choose, don’t go for courses and then hope that the gifts will drop
- You also need to know the season and the time
- Impartation come through the laying on of hands.
- God uses man to impart
- Grace gifts will bring promotion, expansion in your life
- It is more important to lay hold of an understanding of the gifts than pursuing certificate after certificate
- Sometimes, it’s not gifts that are imparted, but gifts that are awakened, that’s what the anointing can do.
- God is the initiator, you are the receiver. And you fan into flame the gifts by praying in tongues.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues# as the Spirit enabled them.
- Praying in tongues is liken to fire (v.3) and it lights up the other gifts in your life
- Praying in tongues stills your emotions and gives you clarity, the effects may not be immediate
- It is the gifts, not skills or experience, that will bring you before kings.
- Sometimes, you may feel that the gift is dormant, but when you pray in tongues, you fan it into flames again
- When it’s a grace gift, God does not take back
- "fan into flames" = pray until there’s a combustion
Whenever you pray in tongues, you are taking a spiritual paintbrush & painting your future.
God calls you, He will equip you.
It doesn’t mean that when God calls you, there won’t be any challenges.
Sometimes, God allows challenges to build us up, to make us realise what we have inside us.
Temptation & testing come not because you don’t have it, but because you already possess the ability to resist the temptation. The devil is trying to distract you and persuade you otherwise, he is always playing catch up to God.
If you don’t know what is doing in your life, look at what the devil is doing and reverse it. If you have lying symptoms of sickness in your life, know that God has already released a tsunami of health in your life.
When you face challenges, don’t give up!
Just because God calls you doesn’t mean there won’t be a storm.
22Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23#And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. #Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.25Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26And when the disciples saw Him #walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good #cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”28And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”29So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”31And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of #little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.33Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly #You are the Son of God.”
- v. 22: Jesus was the initiator, He asked them to get into the boat
- He knew that the storm would come. To them, it’s the perfect storm, to Jesus, it’s walking on water.
- When there’s storms in your life, learn how to dance in the rain
- v. 23: even the Son of God took time out to pray
- v. 25: whether there is a storm or not, you cannot walk on water, but Jesus has called us to let His life live through us and His life is one of walking on water.
- if your life is troubled today, you are designed to walk on water
- Mark 6:48
- 48Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and #would have passed them by.
- When you are straining, the Lord sees you and He will come to you
- "passed them by" = "theophany" = God appearing to man, God appearing to select and choose man for a good work
- Your storms are just routes for Him to come to you. He is never here to judge or condemn you, but to help you and lift you up above the storm.
- In our storms, God is there.
- Sometimes, the storms in our lives, cause us to come to a place of nothingness, of realising that it’s none about us and all about Christ
- v. 28: Peter knew it wasn’t about a place, but about Jesus.
- When you know that the Lord is with you, you will be successful
- It is who you are with, not what you do, that will bring the blessing. As long as the Lord is with you, you will step out and you will walk on water
- We are called to be storm riders.
- v. 30: what causes us to sink is when we put our eyes on the storm and not on Jesus.
- See Jesus as grace personified, see Him in His Word
- Fear comes in when you see that the wind (teaching) was boisterous; don’t look at other types of teaching, focus on the gospel of grace and you will not sink.
- When you focus on grace, you will walk on water and go towards Jesus
- v. 31: When you cry out “Lord, save me!”, He will save you. He doesn’t rebuke first.
- His rebuke comes after He has you secure in His hand
- v. 32: the moment the Lord comes into the boat, the wind ceased, He didn’t need to say anything
- There may be storms, but that is not the end. Every stumbling block is your new stepping stone. With every test, there is a testimony.
- v. 33: When we ask Jesus to save us, and step out as we see Him on the water and follow Him, that with Jesus in our boat the storm will cease, people around us will see that He is the Son of God. You are His written epistle.
- Sometimes, the hardest trails in our lives are those we created, bad decisions made because of foolishness, but even in that, God is still in the business of saving. That is His heart, that is why we can take courage in our storm.
- You may be sinking, it doesn’t matter whether you are on water or on sand, wherever Jesus walks on is solid ground, so when you are with Him, you walk on solid ground too
As you empty yourself of you, God comes in and fills you with His grace.
When you receive His favor, His grace, His gifts, it’s like oil and oil is always above the waters.
Don’t underestimate what God can do when He impregnates the life of a young person.
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
- I am the Lord’s servant
- May it be to me as you have said
- She’s putting God’s Word over her life above God’s will in her life, saying that who I am is more important that what I experience.
It may not go like what I am expecting, but I am obsessed with who I am becoming.
Anxiety comes when you obsess with what may or may not happen to you.
You are going to live your life defined by what you go through or who you belong to.
It’s not my expectation of what I’ll go through BUT my confidence of who I belong to that identifies me.
If You need to interrupt my plans with an inconvenience that is actually an invitation to an opportunity to see You work in my life this year, go right ahead!
The path may be uncertain, but the ground I’m standing on is firm because I am Jesus’!
Don’t obsess with why is this happening but look at who God is shaping you into.
It’s what He does in you and through you.
It may feel lonely to stand for Christ but you are never alone as you walk with Him.
Confirm your identity before you’re ready for the activity of dating.
Sometimes God has to put you in isolation to give you revelation.
When Christ is in you, it sets you apart.
Not everyone will like you when you stand for Christ.
If you don’t draw boundaries in your life, you will be pulled into mediocrity.
Loneliness is not an indication of abandonment, it is an invitation to intimacy with the One who knows you better than anyone else.
It may be costly to do God’s will, but I am confident in His reward.
There’s a responsibility, but there’s also a reward, and the reward often outweighs the responsibility.
In many ways, the responsibility is a reward.
The benefits of following Christ far exceeds the liabilities.
Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
- God is a rewarder
- God isn’t trying to take something away, He is trying to bring something forth, something that is bigger than you
- Jesus doesn’t just give the reward, He is the reward
Nothing else matters when you know who you belong to.
The Lord wants to use your life as a trophy of His grace and favor.
Your life can’t look anything but blessed!
God will make the impossible possible, you are not meant to look at yourself but at Jesus
You are the center of Jesus’ world, the One who holds the whole universe together. WOW.
Laughter is heaven’s medicine, you can laugh yourself to wholeness.
God wants to promote you.
- You’re marked by His favor! There’s no way anything can hold you down, you will always be the head and not the tail, always rise above.
- When you are marked by favor, you cannot help but be promoted.
- Promotion both on the inside and outside.
- What you find difficult to do before will now be easy, you will find that God’s power helps you do it
When favor comes upon you, you will be effortlessly transformed. It’s not about you trying or fighting. You will just be fruitful and happy.
Why are you everlastingly favored?
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
- Jesus came to serve and in serving, He gives.
- you cannot serve without giving
- In your life, Jesus comes to give to you, He takes only your sins, cares and worries
- Jesus is always giving to you. He gave what is most precious to Him - His life.
- He gave His life; He will not withhold anything from you
- Don’t look at yourself to qualify for your blessings, look at Jesus giving you Himself
- He has given you His best and with that, comes all the rest
13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
14 Just as many were astonished at you,
So His visage was marred more than any man,
And His form more than the sons of men;
15 So shall He sprinkle many nations.
Kings shall shut their mouths at Him;
For what had not been told them they shall see,
And what they had not heard they shall consider.
- v. 13: Jesus is that servant
- He will be lifted up high
- not just referring to Jesus being exalted but also Jesus at the cross (v. 14)
- v. 15: what does He sprinkle with?
- His blood
He shall see the labor of His soul,and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
- Jesus comes through the work of the Cross to serve you righteousness and justification by faith
- 2 Corinthians 5:21
- For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- the righteousness of God, not of man
It’s all Jesus, none of us.
We are now the righteousness of God in Christ forever.
It’s not about how you are feeling or what you’ve done.
“Seventy weeksare determined, For your people and for your holy city,To finish the transgression,To make an end of sins,To make reconciliation for iniquity,To bring in everlasting righteousness,To seal up vision and prophecy,And to anoint the Most Holy.
- everlasting righteousness; it never ends.
- You will NEVER be unrighteous
- You were never in the equation, it wasn’t your work or your merit.
- What He did, He gave to your account, you’re just disgustingly blessed!
- Believe it even though you don’t feel it and when you believe it, you will feel it.
You are favored BECAUSE of the cross.
If you can believe and see that you are everlastingly righteous, then the favor that is on your life is everlasting favor.
Righteousness is the foundation for favor.
You don’t need to feel favored to be favored; you are forever favored.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”Says the Lord, your Redeemer. 9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.For as I have swornThat the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,So have I swornThat I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.10 For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.And the hills be removed,But My kindness shall not depart from you,Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
- "everlasting kindness (hesed)" = favor
- "with a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment" = Jesus at the Cross
- Why is favor everlasting? Because your righteousness is everlasting
- v. 10: “My kindness (favor) shall not depart from you”
- Favor cannot ever depart from you
- "Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed"
- can you change the covenant of Jesus? No.
- God’s covenant of peace shall never be removed, the work of Jesus shall never be removed, then the favor on your life shall never be removed
- No man can change that, no man can rob favor from you
- You are favored forevermore and it cannot leave you
“O you afflicted one,Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,And lay your foundations with sapphires.12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal,And all your walls of precious stones.Your gates of crystal,And all your walls of precious stones.
- v. 11: sometimes, you feel like you’re tossed with tempest and not comforted, God says “behold…”
- Some of you need to change what you’re looking at
- God did not mean for you to look at yourself or the devil’s accusations, but to Jesus
- The secret to no longer being afflicted, tossed with tempest and uncomfortable is to behold God building the temple
- v. 11-12: God talking about how He will build the temple
- 1 Chronicles 29:2
- Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver forthings of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stonesto be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance.
- "for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might"
- refers to you, the afflicted one, tossed with tempest, no comforted
- You are the temple of God
- Behold. Jesus will build you with all His might, fill you with precious things, with gold, silver, sapphires, onyx stones as your foundation, beautify you, fortify you, bless you, give unto you
- And how does He do it? WITH ALL HIS MIGHT
- Your body is the temple of God.
- Matthew 21:12
- 12 Then Jesus went into the temple of Godand drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
- Jesus drove out ALL those who were selling and buying out
- Just as Jesus drove out every foreign impurity in the (physical) temple of God, the Lord will drive out every foreign impurity in your body
- The same zeal that Jesus has that cleared all that did not belong in the house of God, that is the same zeal that He looks at you today; anything that is in your emotions/body that is destroying you, Jesus is driving it out today and He loves you
- There are two times that Jesus cleanses the temple
- 1. He clears out all the bad
- 2. He healed the blind and the lame (those who can’t go anywhere)
- If you are blind, you can’t get anywhere. If you are lame, you can see it, but you can’t get there.
- Some of you can’t see the way ahead, some of you can see it, but can’t find a way to get there, but the Lord wants to heal you of that.
- The Lord wants to remove every paralysis and blindness from His people by His favor that is everlasting and His righteousness that can never change
The favor of God on you lasts a lifetime, it is from everlasting to everlasting.
It’s not about following a set plan. If the Lord moves, you move.
Sometimes, God is silent, and it’s only when you take the first step that He reveals the next one.
When a man has favor, he gets everything.
When you have favor, you become magnetic, you become attractive.
Favor brings preparation and promotion.
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
- reigning in life = place of promotion
- how to receive favor in abundance?
- 2 Peter 1:2
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
- through the revelation of Jesus; when you see Jesus, you receive grace and favor multiplied
- every time you see Jesus, your life gets more favored!
- when we behold Jesus, we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory
- Jesus is full of favor, He is the epitome of favor
- When you look at Jesus, you are transformed into the same image
- which means favor starts to increase in your life
- when you see Jesus in worship, sharings, fellowship, favor increases in your life
- when you share your testimonies, you are revealing Jesus’ love and faithfulness and the people who hear it see Jesus and receive favor
Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.
17 He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.
18 They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.
19 Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
21 He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.
- talks about Joseph’s humiliation (v. 16-18) and exaltation (v. 20-22)
- there are 3 verses talking about his humiliation and 3 verses talking about his exaltation, with v.19 in between
- v. 19: the key that turned everything around for Joseph
- until the time Joseph’s dreams came to pass, the Word (Jesus) tested him.
- tested = purified & refined, takes out the bad, puts in the good
- that’s favor
- when favor comes on you, favor brings what is good into your life, and if there’s anything that is bad, favor removes it
- v. 18: Genesis 39:20-21
- Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
- Joseph’s lowest point in life, he was in prison
- v. 21: first time mercy & favor is mentioned together; mercy is also favor
- when Joseph was at the lowest point in his life, the Lord showed him favor and put in the good and took out the bad
- picture of the Menorah (3 verses, 1 verse, 3 verses)
- center candle = shamesh
- Just as the center verse (v. 19) was the key to Joseph’s success, so is the center branch (Jesus) to ours
- servant lamp
- The servant lamp exist to serve you favor, especially when you are in a dark place, Jesus brings you light in the darkness, favor in hopelessness. Favor will light up your life, will light up your future
- Genesis 1:1
- the word in the center is את, aleph tav, Jesus
- right from the beginning, God ordained Jesus, to be a servant
- a servant cannot function alone, He needs people to serve
- right from the beginning, Jesus was created to serve the Father and to serve you
When you see Jesus as the eternal servant, for the purpose He was created, that is when you see the greatest amount of favor.
3 Types of Offerings
- Bird: picture of Jesus coming down from heaven (offering by the poor)
- Lamb: Jesus submitting Himself as the lamb of God to die for us (offering by the middle class)
- Ox: Jesus as a servant (offering by the wealthy)
The bird represents someone who is poor spiritually, ie. only knows Jesus as coming from heaven.
The lamb represents someone who is more matured, who sees Jesus as taking away his sins.
But there is more, the bullock size revelation is to see Jesus as the servant. When you have a revelation of Jesus as your servant, God calls you spiritually rich, ie. you have favor!
Jesus is the happiest when He is serving you, when you allow Him to serve you.
There were two servants in Mary and Martha’s house, one was Martha, the other was Jesus, He was serving Mary by washing her feet with the Word.
If you don’t allow Jesus to serve you, you will burn out. If you don’t take your place as the one He wants to serve, you will get frustrated & angry with Jesus, the one you want to serve.
Let Him serve you today.
Jesus said Mary chose the good part, and she delighted Jesus’ heart.
When you allow Jesus to serve you, one day, you will serve Him at the right place at the right time.
- Mary was the only one who anointed Jesus for burial and she did it at the right place at the right time; she didn’t even know it then, she unconsciously did it
When you allow the Lord to serve you, you will serve Him in a way that is beyond what you imagine, you will serve Him supernaturally naturally, sweeping others into the Lord’s blessings because you’re in the flow.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
- Jesus served the woman at the well
- the woman came to Jesus at the lowest point of her life, living with condemnation, guilt, etc
- the bible says that Jesus needed to go through Samaria for that woman, he took a detour
- at first, Jesus was tired, but as He served her, He was energized.
- she was undeserving, living currently in sin, but it did not stop Jesus from serving her
- if you are caught up in the cycle of sin, that’s precisely when you need to allow Jesus to serve you, because with His love, kindness, grace, He will break the chains off you and bring His light and favor into your heart, filling that dark heart of yours with the brightness of His glory
- the story ends with the city of Samaria being saved; the woman became an evangelist.
- when you allow Jesus to serve you, you will be exalted.
- Don’t underestimate the power of Jesus serving you
- v. 32: what did Jesus eat?
- He ate up the woman’s problems, her shame, darkness, brokenness.
- Jesus swallows up all your problems. When He refines, He takes out the bad.
“Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them: 2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. 3 If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5 But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.
- Exodus 20: giving of 10 commandments (law), because man presume that they can keep the law to merit God’s blessings.
- God knows that if His people come under the law, they will die, they will be swallowed up by darkness
- We were once in a prison of sin, bound by law that we could never fulfill
- in Exodus 21, immediately after Exodus 20, you see God’s heart, He gave a law regarding a servant
- this is the law regarding the Hebrew servant, Jesus
- Right from the foundations of the world, God has ordained Him to be a servant branch
- v. 4: Jesus could walk off free at anytime (He lived the perfect, sinless life), but He didn’t
- v. 5-6: He chose to stay because He loves His Father and He loves us
Jesus was pierced at the tree, at the gates of Damascus, outside the city.
Jesus was pierced so that He can wash away our sins.
The greatest way He has served you is that He’s washed away all your sins.
He ate up all our sin, unrighteousness, iniquities, guilt, shame, condemnation, all our sicknesses and diseases, every curse because He was pierced.
It is a season of preparation and of favor.
God is going to work in your heart, He wants to get His favor on the inside of you.
It’s one thing to have the favor of God outside, around you, but when you have the favor of God inside you, your circumstances don’t matter because you carry the favor of God into that place.
Preparation time is never wasted time, it always precedes promotion.
For who has despised the day of small things?For these seven rejoice to seeThe plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.They are the eyes of the Lord,Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
- don’t despise the days of small beginnings
Dreams are from God, visions and dreams are the language of the Holy Spirit, but be content and faithful at where you are at. Do what is in your hands and allow the dream to birth in your heart.
Faithfulness will position you for promotion.
Faithfulness is always part of God’s preparation; just do what God has placed in your hands.
The Lord is with you during the preparation, even through the challenging parts.
9 “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
- it doesn’t matter where you are, His favor will find you
- Favor found Joseph in the prison, found Moses in the desert
- Don’t look at the circumstances/challenges to determine whether God’s favor is on you
- Favor = God with you
- The key is being conscious of His presence with us
- When God is with you, He will deliver you out of ALL your troubles, even those of your own making
- God with you brings favor and wisdom
- Favor opens doors, but wisdom shows you which door to go through
- Favor doesn’t just promote you, it also protects you
- will keep you in the place of His good success for you
But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One.Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail.They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper.Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
- it is not about who you are but who’s (Jesus) with you
- when you are conscious of the Lord with you, your enemies flee seven ways
If the Lord delights (favors) in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.
- Because the Lord favors you, He will bring you into the promised land
- Joshua was conscious of the Lord with him, so the favor of God is upon his life
Joshua 6:1-21 (NLT)
Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” 7 And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of theLord.”8 So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lordfollowed them. 9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” 11 So he had the ark of the Lordcircle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of theLord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by theLord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, areconsecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
- Jericho was a huge city, they could run chariot races on the walls, it looked impossible, but they were conscious that the Lord is with them
- they carried the ark with them; they carried Jesus, walked with Jesus everywhere that they went
- "ram’s horn" = finished work
- when they blow the ram’s horn, they are proclaiming the finished work of Jesus, being conscious of Jesus and what He’s done in your life
- when you are conscious of the Lord’s presence with you, no wall will stand in your life
- it doesn’t matter how impossible the situation looks, when the Lord is with you, He will cause you to have good success and victory
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:“The Lord is my helper;I will not fear.What can man do to me?”
- The Lord is with you and He is your helper. There is potential to fear, but God is your helper.
Romans 8:31 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Jesus is the Word made flesh
When you meditate, you practice the presence of the Lord
Psalm 30:5 (NLT)
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
- His favor lasts a lifetime because the anger, wrath, judgement of God was consumed in the body of Jesus at the cross.
It’s the time and season of preparation for what God is going to unleash into your life.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
- - v. 46: the favor of God is always found in the house of God "found Him in the temple"
- there is an increase in the favor of God in your life when you are found in the house of God.
- listening to them and asking them questions”
- - learn to listen and ask questions, people don’t like a know-it-all, learn to ask questions and draw things out of people.
- it puts you in a position of teachability. when you are teachable, it draws the favor of God into your life
- Jesus was teachable
- - v. 51: Jesus submitted to His parents even though He wasn’t in the wrong
- submission always unleashes the wisdom and favor of God into your life
- submission is not easy, if it were, it wouldn’t be submission
Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline;
whoever learns from correction is wise.
To learn, you must love discipline;it is stupid to hate correction.
- when you submit to correction, it brings favor
- be quick to submit to correction even though you might not understand it then
- correction is not easy or comfortable, but when you submit, God’s favor will elevate you, there will be a new level of anointing upon your life
- when you submit, you allow God to move in your life
A good man obtains favor from the Lord,But a man of wicked intentions He will condemnWhen you love discipline and embrace correction, favor is multiplied in your life
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.”6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
- humility = ability to submit to your parents, leaders, boss, etc, those in authority over your life
- humility = ability to receive correction
- if God puts that person in your life, they are there for a reason and God will use that person to speak into your life, He is not limited by whether that person is a believer or not.
- favor will bring you to the right place at the right time and exalt you.
11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.Eli’s Wicked Sons12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord 13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, 14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way. 15 Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.16 The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” 17 So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.18 But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest. 19 Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice. 20 Before they returned home, Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the Lord give you other children to take the place of this one she gave to the Lord.” 21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.
- - v. 11: when you serve that authority in your life, God sees it as serving Him and He unleashes His favor in your life
- - there’s a contrast between Eli’s sons and Samuel. The reason why their sin was so serious is because they had no regard for the finished work.
- - v. 18: linen = righteousness
- Samuel had a high regard for the finished work
- When you have a high regard for the finished work, it’s easy for you to receive favor.
- When you operate in the area of your giftings, there’s an ease and favor
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.- it’s easy to cast your cares to someone who cares for you
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
- when you have the revelation that you are always the righteousness of God in Christ, you become a favor magnet
- Favor promotes and protects
21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God[g] can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.
- practice the presence of God and His favor and wisdom will manifest in your life
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli (2nd mention of this phrase). Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God.
- v. 1: Samuel also went through a season of preparation, he didn’t get to his destiny overnight
- He served the Lord by assisting Eli. There’s a lot you can learn from assisting someone, you’d be amazed at what God will show you.
- Samuel still served Eli even after all we know about Eli, it doesn’t matter who you serve, when you serve that person, you are serving the Lord and God’s favor will be upon your life.
- v. 3: Samuel positioned himself to be in the position of the Ark - Jesus. Samuel had a hunger and heart for Jesus and he was sleeping (at rest) in the presence of Jesus. When you are at rest in the presence of Jesus, favor comes pouring into your life.
Proverbs 8:35For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
When your eyes/focus are on Jesus, favor follows you.When you are with Jesus, you can’t help but have favor rub off on you.
19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
- when the Lord is with you, the favor of God is in your life, nothing can stand against you, nothing can keep you down. You are victorious.
- the favor of God gives weight to your words
- the favor of God establishes you
The gospel is nothing more than good news.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
- the gospel of Christ is THE (definite article) power of God
- Salvation (is a very rich word) = health, wholeness, preservation, peace, prosperity, protection
- Salvation = sozo (Gr.)
- Yeshua (Jesus) from the word Yesha (salvation)
- the power of God to release salvation is in the gospel of Christ
14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”
16 Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: 17 The God of this people Israelchose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it.
- Antioch in Pisidia, different from Antioch in Syria
- Paul was the only one given the full gospel of grace by God. The rest of the disciples did not have the revelation Paul had. In fact, Peter stood up on the day of Pentacost and told the Jewish people that they killed the messiah, but it is God in His foreknowledge who delivered Him because Jesus wasn’t murdered, He laid down His life, no one could take His life from Him; the disciples didn’t fully understand the gift of righteousness and that He died for our sins.
- Paul was on his way to Damascus and was blinded by a light from heaven for 3 days. God sent Ananias = the grace of Yah (the grace of God) to open Paul’s eyes. The first person Paul saw was the grace of God and he was put on a street called Straight.
- He knows there is no compromise for the gospel of grace. (Galatians 1:8-9) Paul pronounced a double curse on those who preach any other gospel.
- Paul wrote 3/4 of the New Testament, if only we can hear him preach, but there are no CDs of his sermons, however, one sermon is documented.
- v. 15: If you go to a synagogue today, you will hear the haftorah read on the Sabbath.
- v. 16-35: Paul gave them the Old Testament in a nutshell.
36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; 37 but He (Jesus) whom God raised up saw no corruption. 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
- God wants you to serve your generation.
- v. 37: there’s a verse in the OT that says the one who God raises saw no corruption and the Jews thought it was David but David saw corruption, while Jesus never did, His body never decayed.
- v. 38-39: By Jesus all who believe are JUSTIFIED from ALL things - has no conditions on man’s part. the proclamation comes in a full and unqualified manner.
- A lot of people will want to add to it and say ‘justified from all things for those who have a heart for God, etc”
- Nothing for you to do but believe. Jesus’ work on the Cross is finished, you cannot add to it.
- Many Christians think the forgiveness of sins is the beginning BUT it is the foundation and mother of ALL blessings.
- Before you can receive healing, you must have the assurance that your sins are forgiven. (eg. when they lowered the lame man from the roof top, Jesus said to him that his sins are forgiven first, and then healed him)
- Psalm 103:2-3 - Benefit 1. who forgives all your iniquities. Benefit 2. who heals all your diseases.
- Some Christians say forgiveness of sins is basic. The gospel is not basic. The bible calls the law the equivalent of childcare while the gospel is the HQ.
- The gospel is simple. Simple does not mean cheap.
- Some people are saying that grace shouldn’t be taught as the forgiveness of sins but as empowerment. How can you, if you’re not assured of your forgiveness, be empowered?
- Jesus told the lady caught in adultery “neither do I condemn you” (forgiveness of sins) then told her to go and sin no more.
- Unless you are assured that your sins are forgiven, you will go and sin somemore.
- Grace is NOT empowerment, but it empowers you to go and sin no more.
- God placed all your sins (past, present and future) on Jesus and you are completely forgiven.
- Understanding and believing you are forgiven is what produces obedience
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
- all true fear of the Lord is produced from the understanding of His forgiveness, it’s where there is true worship
- I’m forgiveness conscious, therefore I’m Jesus conscious and I’m closer to Him.
- When you feel you’re not forgiven, you feel distanced from Jesus and when you’re distanced, what power is there to overcome?
- We must always be forgiveness conscious.
1 John 2:12
I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
- "forgiven": perfect passive indicative - it is done to you, you don’t play any part.
- your sins are forgiven once and for all.
- there’s a lot of resentment in the church (universal, around the world) because people don’t understand this
- the reason we don’t forgive as much as we should is because we don’t understand how much we are forgiven.
- forgive as much as you’re forgiven
- if you think God only forgives you of your past sins, you will also measure it to others
- when you don’t realise you are forgiven, you won’t be forgiving
- when you don’t believe you are forgive, you withdraw from God; God does not see you the way you see yourself.
- it is possible for believers to be forgiven, yet not realise they’re forgiven and be sin-conscious.
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Himweeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped themwith the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
- Those who are forgiven much love Him much
40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:
41 ‘Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.’”
Blessing and Conflict at Antioch
42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit
- v. 40-41: despisers of grace, God will do a work through Jesus so good that the despisers will not believe
- v. 42: some words are worth repeating.
- "Where there is forgiveness of sin, there is life and all blessedness. We do not obtain forgiveness by good works, but through the forgiveness of sin come good works. First remove sin from the conscience, and it will also be dethroned in the heart." - Martin Luther
- Repentance does not produce forgiveness of sins; forgiveness of sins produces repentance!
- It is the goodness of God that leads you to repentance.
- v. 43: told them to “continue in the grace of God”
- v. 44-45: it wasn’t the message, it was the multitudes that caused the Jews to envy them and then for them to be persecuted.
- Almost the whole city turned up only because of the Word of God (grace)
- v. 51: if you share the gospel of grace to someone and they’re not open, simply share with someone else. It is not your loss.
Always have the sense that all your sins are forgiven.
2 Peter 1:5-9
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
- v. 5-7: Christian character
- v. 9: those who don’t manifest these traits are because they have forgotten that they are forgiven.
Focusing on forgiveness of sins is the key to victory over your sins.
Joseph is the character in the bible who speaks to us most of Jesus. Joseph was rejected by his brothers, so was Jesus (rejected by the Jews), Joseph was the beloved of his father, so was Jesus, etc
The Five Times Joseph Wept
- Genesis 42:24
- Genesis 43:30
- Genesis 45:2
- Genesis 49:33-50:1
v. 33: there’s life after death
- Genesis 50:15-23
v. 17: Jesus is grieved when we don’t believe we are forgiven.
- the Holy Spirit is grieved because we don’t speak words of grace, likewise, the Holy Spirit rejoices when we speak words of grace.