Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Abundance Through Jesus’ Poverty by Joseph Prince

Abundance Through Jesus’ Poverty by Joseph Prince

2 Corinthians 8:9
9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

When we think of God, we think of the most powerful and richest being in the whole universe. But do you know that our Lord Jesus was actually born into a poor family? We know this from the offering His mother Mary brought to the temple after Jesus was born, according to the Law for purification. (Luke 2:22–24) She brought a pair of turtledoves or young pigeons, which was the only type of offering the poor could afford. (Leviticus 12:2, 8)

But with Jesus in their lives, Mary and her husband Joseph didn’t remain poor. Wise men came to Jesus with treasures — “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)

Jesus’ presence brought gold, frankincense and myrrh — two of the most expensive spices — to His family. The wise men must have come with quite an entourage for the Bible records how all Jerusalem was fearful when the wise men came to the city. (Matthew 2:3) Can you imagine the amount of gold, frankincense and myrrh which accompanied that entourage, and which was given to Jesus’ parents?

My friend, the moment you are born again, you have Jesus in your life. And when you have Him in your life, get ready for His abundant supply to come your way! But don’t look for the blessings, look to Jesus — He is the power to get wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18) The presence of the Son of the living God in your life attracts good things. Because of His grace toward us, Jesus, though He was rich, was made poor at the cross for your sake so that “you through His poverty might become rich”.

Beloved, when you have Jesus in your life and when you know that He has paid the price for your abundance, you can boldly declare, “Jesus was made poor at the cross for my sake so that through His poverty, I am made rich in all things!”

Friday, December 18, 2015

See Your Situation Through God’s Eyes by Joseph Prince

See Your Situation Through God’s Eyes by Joseph Prince

Psalm 1:3
3He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither;and whatever he does shall prosper.

When darkness covered the face of the earth, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3) When a certain man paralyzed for 38 years lay helpless at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and immediately, the man was healed, took up his bed and walked. (John 5:8–9)

You don’t say such words unless you see something others don’t. God does not see the way man sees. Man, however, must see the way God sees. We must see the vision of the Almighty.

The prophet Balaam saw the vision of the Almighty when the Spirit of God fell on him. As he looked down from a mountain at the camp of the Israelites, he found himself saying, “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, like gardens by the riverside, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters.” (Numbers 24:5–6)

Balaam would not have said this unless he saw Israel not in the natural, but as God saw it. At that time, the Israelites were a discontented lot, always murmuring and complaining in the wilderness. But when God looked at them, He saw them like flourishing gardens planted by the rivers — fruitful and prosperous.

Beloved, God wants you to see yourself the way He sees you — “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper”. So see yourself like a tree planted by the rivers of water, bringing forth fruit in your season. See yourself as one who will not wither, whose health will not fail. See whatever you do prospering!

See the vision of the Almighty. That vision is always a good vision. Whenever you see your situation through God’s eyes, you will find that your situation will change because when you see as He sees, you allow Him to work as the Almighty in your life!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Don’t Look Around, Look Up! By Joseph Prince

You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above…
Genesis 6:16

Don’t Look Around, Look Up!
By Joseph Prince

If you were to build a large ship, where would you put the windows? Most likely, you would put them at the sides of the ship so that the passengers and crew can look outside, wouldn’t you? God, on the other hand, told Noah to put the window of the ark at the top. God said, “You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above…”

I believe that God didn’t want the ark to have windows at the sides for three reasons. First, God didn’t want Noah and his family to hear all the mockery of the people outside: “Noah’s building a boat on dry land. Silly old man!” Second, He didn’t want Noah and his family to look at all the corruption and pollution on the outside either. Lastly, God didn’t want Noah and his family to look at the death and destruction all around them. He wanted them to look up—toward heaven, toward Him.

My friend, it’s the same for you today. God doesn’t want you to focus on the naysayers, who may mock the dreams that He has birthed in your heart. He doesn’t want you to focus on the death and destruction that’s happening in the world and become afraid. God wants you to look upwards to Him. He is your peace, your provider, your healer, your protection, your refuge—He is your true ark! Keep looking to Jesus and you will be at rest and enjoy His blessings no matter what is happening all around you today!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Matter Of Spirit By Joseph Prince

For years, The Spirit has always been there to point me to the right "truth" of who and what our Almighty God really is.

In this mad, fallen world.

I could be alone.

Even if will be surrounded with lots of friends and relatives or families,
emptiness will never stop poking me.

But alas!

I kept praying Jesus to guide me always. No matter what.

And forward to this day, a veil has been taken out.

I realised, you could do whatever you like in this world (I'm talking about good and positive things here. Or if you've done something as a mistake. Do not worry. As long as you keep Jesus in your heart. He will fix it for you) for the truth that sets you free from all fears is knowing that God is your heavenly Father and He wants a solid and unshakeable relationship with you.

If you are not there yet,
do not be frustrated. We, as Christians are always work in progess.

I suggest, you ask Jesus to always guide you. Do not always depende on feelings if He is there or not cuz feelings deceive.

Sharing another powerful devotional from Joseph Prince.

Be blessed everyone!

God sent forth His Son…to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4–5

A Matter Of Spirit
By Joseph Prince

As an heir of God, you have a rich inheritance. All the blessings of your heavenly Father are yours!

“Well, Pastor Prince, if it’s true that I am an heir of God because I’m His son, then why am I still not seeing the blessings?”

I asked the Lord the same question once. I said, “Lord, why is it that there are believers who don’t seem to be blessed despite the fact that they are Your sons and heirs?” The Lord said this to me, “It’s a matter of spirit.” Then, He pointed me to Romans 8:15, NIV—“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” He was telling me that walking in His blessings has to do with having a spirit of sonship.

How does the spirit of sonship operate? By the cry, “Abba, Father!” The Holy Spirit left the word Abba, meaning “Daddy” or “Papa,” untranslated in Romans 8:15 so that we will know that God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him. Seeing God as Daddy and calling Him “Daddy” or “Papa” removes any distance and breaks down every barrier between you and God. It brings you into an intimate relationship with God and that’s how the spirit of sonship operates.

So beloved, have a spirit of sonship. Don’t see God as an impersonal, distant being who doesn’t really care how you feel. He isn’t just Almighty God, He is also your Daddy! Have this sense of intimacy with Him all the time and start to walk in a greater measure of your Daddy’s blessings!

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