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HOW DO YOU SEE GOD?!

Posted by George Chandiwana May 25, 2015

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HOW DO YOU SEE GOD? --God blesses me not because I am good, but because He is good. He is my loving Father in heaven.

Matthew 7:11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"

Our enemy the devil is well aware that the moment you learn to receive God's grace, you will start to reign in life. So he has been working hard to prevent you from receiving the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. The devil has been using controversy as a device down through church history to prevent believers from having access to the most powerful truths of God. He has built fences of controversy around healing, prosperity, and grace (calling them heresies) to keep believers from reigning over sickness, poverty, and sin. You can always tell how powerful a truth is by the number of controversies the devil surrounds it with!

Please pay close attention to what I am saying. Not all controversies are based on the truth of God's Word. We have to test everything against what the Bible says. Nevertheless, controversy is a tool that the devil uses to prevent God's people from accessing His truths. He is a crafty liar and deceitful thief, so we have to base what we believe on the Scriptures and test everything against it. If you know the truth about God's grace, study His Word yourself and see what it has to say about grace!

Pastor Prince you are one of those "prosperity gospel" preachers?

My friend there is no such thing as “prosperity gospel.” There is only one gospel in the Bible - the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, when you believe the gospel of Jesus, which is based entirely on His grace, it will result in health and abundance of provision. In fact, the gospel of Jesus Christ leads to blessings, success, healing, restoration, protection, financial breakthroughs, security, peace, wholeness, and much more!

God blesses you not because you are good, but because He is good. It is based on His faithfulness and goodness toward you. It is not contingent on your performance, but on His undeserved favour. If it were contingent on how good you are, then it would no longer be grace but the law. It would be deserved favour. This is the difference between the old covenant of law and the, new covenant of grace:

Law is deserved favour - When you obey the commandments perfectly you will be blessed.

Grace is undeserved favour - Jesus obeyed God perfectly, and you will be blessed by believing in Him.

My friend, which covenant are you under today? Law or grace? Deserved favour or undeserved favour? How do you see God-as your Judge or loving Father? If you think that being blessed by God today is dependent on your doing, your ability to keep the law, and your ability to make yourself righteous, I ask you to test your understanding of grace against the Scriptures. Read today's Scripture again and open your heart to what it says about God and His grace toward you: God is your loving Father in heaven who loves you and has nothing but good gifts for you. He sent His Son to die for you so that you enjoy every one of these good gifts. Today, receive His abundant grace!

Today's Prayer
Dear Father in heaven, open my eyes to always see You for who You are and to see Your love and compassion for me. I thank You that though I have done nothing to deserve Your love and blessings in my life, You have given me the covenant of Your grace that is completely unmerited. I humbly receive the abundance of Your goodness and grace and Your precious gift of righteousness in Jesus' name. Amen.

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ONLY GRACE BRINGS HOPE!-- It's time for me to rest from my own efforts and rest in Jesus' finished work!

Isaiah 61:1, 3 “…the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound ... to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Over twenty-five years of ministry, I have found that only the preaching of God's radical grace brings hope to believers. Only the finished work of Jesus can bring us wholeness, shalom-peace, and freedom from condemnation and a painful past. Let me share with you a heartfelt praise report I received from Alena, who lives in New Zealand. Listen to how God put her heart back together:

"Pastor Prince, I grew up in a home with an abusive father whose difficult ways strained our family relationships to the breaking point. When his health deteriorated with multiple diseases, the Lord placed in my heart my parents' need for help. I asked Him, "Why me? I can't stand my father's ways!" In the end, I told God that although I didn't want to, I would do it for Him.

My care for my parents lasted many, many years, and I sacrificed much to take care of my father. I put my entire heart into it, praying for him and keeping him company when he was lonely. Yet, right up to the moment he died, all I received from him was rejection. Whenever I went to him, he would just turn his face away. He never relented, not when I asked him for forgiveness for anything I may have done to cause him hurt, and not even on his deathbed.

You can imagine how heartbreaking that was. During his funeral preparations, I was so devastated that I couldn't even think straight. I was totally broken. I couldn't breathe through the pain and overwhelming guilt in my heart.

Reading your book has brought a healing release that I needed so much because of all the guilt and condemnation that had built up inside me. The release was so tremendous that I jumped for joy, cried my heart out for days, and felt God's peace in my heart and life. I feel so free! Free from the weight of legalistic teachings, rejection, and bondage. The weight that came off me was phenomenal. My heart that was once so full of pain became so light, so at peace.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your finished work on the cross! I am free from condemnation! Every day, I confess over my family and myself that I am greatly blessed, highly favoured, and deeply loved! Hallelujah!"

You may be familiar with the guilt and condemnation Alena experienced during that devastating period in her life. Perhaps condemnation has also imprisoned you in a suffocating grip over some things that may have happened in your past. Beloved, God in His love and grace wants to set you free today. What you need to know is that no amount of trying to fulfil God's law can ever bring you the wholeness and restoration you need. But where you could not and cannot, Jesus fulfilled the law on your behalf and paid the price for your sins at the cross.

Today, your part is to believe in your Saviour and receive from Him the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. That's how you receive healing for your broken heart and body, wholeness for your mind, and His strength and victory to overcome every area of defeat and darkness in your life. It's time to step into a life of rest in Christ Jesus and His finished work, and watch Him give you the breakthrough you need.

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for unveiling Your great heart of love and grace that bring me hope. I praise You for how much You love me no matter what my failings are. I believe that only Your grace can bring me lasting wholeness, completeness, and shalom-peace. Today, I rest in Your love because it is based on the sure foundation of Your unchanging Word. Because You love me, You are with me and for me today, supplying all that I need to reign in life. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

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THE PRICELESS GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!—I am clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, and it is God's gift to me.

Romans 3:20- Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Beloved, understanding the purpose of the law is critical to your relationship with God. He gave the law for one purpose: that you would have the knowledge of sin and recognize your need for a Saviour.

Without the law, there would be no sin (Rom. 4:15). For example, if there is no law on how fast you can drive on a particular road, that is, if there is no speed limit, the state trooper cannot stop you and give you a ticket for speeding. In simple terms, no law equals no sin. No recognition of sin equals no need for a Saviour!

The law was thus given to bring man to the end of himself so that in his despair, he would see his need for Jesus. Because of the law, no man can say that he is not a sinner and no man can say that he doesn't need Jesus. That is the purpose of the law. It was not designed to make you godly, but to expose your ungodliness.

What the devil wants to do is keep the law over your head all the time so that you constantly feel condemned and guilty. That is how he keeps you trapped in a cycle of defeat. The devil is the master legalist who constantly reminds you of how unworthy you are of God's blessings. Known as the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10), here are some of his common attacks:
You call yourself a Christian, with how you live your life?
You are hypocrite!
Forget about praying. God will never listen to your prayers.
Look at your life. How dare you step into church?

My friend, these are lies, all lies! The devil is using the law to make you conscious of all your shortcomings. But through Jesus Christ, you are no longer under the condemnation of the law. The devil has been disarmed by the power of the cross! Jesus, who knew no sin, was condemned on your behalf on the cross. Through Jesus Christ, you are now made righteous apart from the works of the law. So when you hear the voice of the accuser condemning you, remind yourself that you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Declare it out loud! Come on, say it with me three times, each time louder than the first:
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ!

Righteousness is a gift. It is not a reward for perfect obedience to the law. You are clothed today not in your own righteousness, which is self righteousness, but with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. God sees you as righteous as Jesus Himself. This is your permanent, eternal standing before Him because of what Christ has done for you.

And hey, when you are clothed in Jesus' righteousness, any obstacle that tries to obstruct you from living your life to the fullest, whether it's an addiction, sickness, fear, lack, or depression, has to go!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for disarming the accuser of the brethren and rendering every condemnation from the devil powerless and untrue. I thank You that You have clothed me in Your righteousness and it is a priceless gift that can never be earned! Help me to keep growing in the revelation of how my righteousness is a gift from You. I believe that as I keep receiving Your grace and gift of righteousness, You will cause me to reign over any obstacle to living my life to the fullest for Your honour and glory. Amen.

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THE GREAT DISARMAMENT!-God has disarmed the enemy of the right to use the law to condemn me!

Colossians 2:14-15 ... having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

For all the talk of "nuclear disarmament," are you aware that there is someone more sinister who has already been disarmed of his power over your life? The Bible says that God has "disarmed principalities and powers," referring to Satan and his cohorts (Eph. 6:12). So the devil has already been disarmed. But do you know what weapon he was wielding before his forced disarmament?

Today's Scripture gives us the answer clearly: the devil was armed with the "handwriting of requirements that was against us." On Mount Sinai, God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone. The "handwriting of requirements" was thus a reference to the law that was written by the finger of God. Let me stress that the law is holy, just, and good. It was designed by God to expose man's weaknesses, sins, and inability to be holy, just, and good so that man would see his need for a Saviour. You need to understand that no amount of keeping the law can make you holy. Only the blood of Jesus can do that.

The devil then armed himself with the law to accuse and condemn man. Now, listen carefully to this: God didn't give the law to arm the devil, but the devil, knowing that the law was against us, took advantage of it and has been using it as his weapon to further alienate us from God. That's why when God nailed the law to the cross, He made a public spectacle of the devil and all the powers of darkness! Once the law was nailed to the cross of Jesus, God knew that the law no longer had the power to condemn us as long as we believed on Jesus. Therefore, when you know and believe that Jesus has fulfilled completely the righteous requirements of the law on our behalf, the devil cannot use the law to condemn you every time you fail.

Today, if the enemy uses the law to point out your sins, look to the cross of
Jesus and reject the condemnation. You may want to say, "But no one can blot out God's
handwriting." Yes, you are right. No man can, but God can! And God did it righteously. My friend, you have been redeemed from the curse of the law. The devil and his crew have been disarmed. Hallelujah!

Refuse to subject yourself any longer to the old covenant system of the law. Don't put the weapon of the law back into the devil's hands. Every teaching that says, "You have to keep the law or do something to be blessed by God," is doing just that. Reject such legalistic teachings and rest in the truth of God's disarmament and grace. The more you believe and embrace the truth of His grace, the more you are empowered to experience victory over your failings and challenges. This is how you reign, and when you reign, the devil doesn't!

Today's Prayer
Father, I thank You that the "handwriting of requirements" that was against me was nailed to the cross when Jesus fulfilled every righteous requirement of the law for me through His death. I therefore believe that no devil, principality, or power has the right to use the law again as a weapon to judge or condemn me. I stand forgiven and accepted before You because Christ has fulfilled the law for me and was judged and condemned in my place. Amen.

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ARE YOU TRYING TO FIX YOURSELF?!--Jesus paid the full price for me to have a real, personal, and intimate relationship with Him where I can freely receive His love and grace.

Matthew 5:17 NIV "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

Allow me to emphasize what I said in the previous reading: Christianity is about having a relationship with a loving God. My friend, it is when you get a revelation of God's desire to have a personal, loving relationship with you and how Jesus has forever made secure this relationship that real transformation from the inside out begins to happen to you.

Listen to how this revelation led fifty-year-old Jarvis, whose personal life was a daily struggle, to his breakthrough:

"I have gone to church for as long as I can remember. I have run the sound at church for nine years, painted, cleaned, donated time, and done everything I was able to. I gave 10 percent and more of my money. I also sang praises, read books, and spoke in tongues. I did all this and yet was miserable. I lived in lack, had no confidence, and had no relationship with Jesus. I always wondered what was wrong with me.

My friends in church were like me too and we all acted as if life was wonderful when, in fact, it was the complete opposite, miserable. In the end, I was mentally and physically drained with all things concerning God. I read numerous books on how to fix ME. I prayed and had people pray for me but nothing changed! I thought that I had a problem and even wondered if I had a mental issue. I felt like the worst husband and father even though I love my wife and have the two greatest kids in the world.

One day, just before going to bed, I discovered your television program. I saw only three minutes of preaching before your broadcast ended, but I heard enough to want to know more. I picked up my Kindle Fire and typed in "Joseph Prince." I downloaded a free preview of one of your books, read one chapter, and bought the book.

I read three chapters that night and was SET FREE before I went to bed. I have never experienced anything like this in my entire life. "The law has been fulfilled by Christ ..." Oh man, GLORY TO GOD! What a blessing this book has been. My life is forever changed. I am back to reading the Word, worshiping with CDs as well as in church, and praying in the tongues. I'm in love with Jesus, I am on FIRE, and I am not a fake trying to impress others. I have an intimate relationship with Jesus that I didn't know was possible and that has been the greatest blessing of all. I know my life will never be the same!"

I pray you will discover, as Jarvis did, that the answer to your struggles does not lie in you trying to fix yourself. If you go down this route, you will never see an end in sight. The truth is, because of Jesus' perfect sacrifice, nothing you have or have not done can hijack or derail the loving relationship God wants you to have with Him. Let this truth sink into your heart and begin to enjoy a relationship with your heavenly Father where you can freely receive His love and grace for you. All your fears, confusion, and struggles to receive from Him will come to an end. You won't be struggling to love Him. Instead, your heart will be fired up with love for Him, and like Jarvis, you will know and see how your life will never be the same!

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for fulfilling the law and paying the full penalty for my sins at the cross. Thank You for doing everything that was needed for me to always have a real and loving relationship with You that is based purely on Your unmerited favour. I believe that nothing I have or have not done can ever forfeit this relationship You want me to have with You. Thank You, Jesus, for Your amazing sacrifice and love for me. I ask that You make Your grace so real to me that my life will never be the same. Amen.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

 

 

In the New Testament, we live the Word! We see the glory of God in His Word; that glory impacts our spirits and reflects outwardly as we study and meditate on the Word. This happened to Moses in the Old Testament; He had been in the presence of the Lord for forty days and forty nights receiving God’s Word. The words he heard completely transformed him, and the skin of his face literally began to glow (Exodus 34:29).

 

 

All the time Moses was in God’s presence, all he heard was God’s Word. God didn’t touch Moses or give him any physical food! Nothing else happened on that mountain, except that God was there giving him the commandments. Yet, when God was through talking to him, his face radiated the glory of God such that the children of Israel couldn’t look at his face (2 Corinthians 3:7).

 

 

This is what happens whenever you yield yourself to the ministry of God’s Word; the glory of the Word inundates your spirit and rests upon you. In our case, in the New Testament, it’s even more glorious than what Moses experienced. The glory of His Word in us far exceeds what Moses had: “For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth” (2 Corinthians 3:9-10).

 

 

This inherent glory in you is what Apostle Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 3:18 saying, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” As we behold or contemplate the glory of God in the Word of God, we’re metamorphosed; we’re transfigured into the same glory that we see in the Word. Blessed be God!

 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

Dear Father, I thank you for the glory of your Word in my life, and the manifestation of that glory in and around me! Your power, beauty, and excellence are revealed through me to my world, and my life is aglow with your presence; my light shines ever so brightly, drawing men to righteousness, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

 

2 Corinthians 3:7-9

7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

 

 

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

 

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

 

 

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

 

 

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 9

2 Kings 4-5

 

 

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 11:27-33

Numbers 23

 

 

 

 

Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

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GRACE IS A PERSON, NOT A DOCTRINE!--Grace is a person - Jesus Himself He paid the full debt for my sins with His own life so that I can reign in life today.

John 1:17- For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Do you know what makes Christianity unique and gives it the power to free people from all fears, condemning thoughts, and addictions? Many of the world's belief systems are governed by moral codes, rules, and laws. But Christianity is unique in that it is not about an impersonal list of dos and don'ts. It is about having a relationship with Almighty God. And it is God working in us and for us through this relationship that brings transformation in our lives.

Beloved, God is all about having a relationship with you today. The apostle John tells us that "the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). Notice also that the law was GIVEN. This implies a sense of distance. In contrast, grace CAME! Grace is personal and came as a person-the person of Jesus Christ. The law is hard, cold, and impersonal. You cannot have a relationship with two tablets of stone. But grace is gentle and warm. Grace is not a teaching or doctrine. Grace is a person, and you can have a relationship with a person. God is not interested in mere obedience and submission, He wants your heart. He is a God of love and He longs to have an intimate relationship with you.

Jesus came and died a cruel death on the cross, paying the full debt of sin with His own life so that you and I can reign in life today. His sacrifice fulfilled every requirement of the law perfectly on our behalf (Matt. 5:17 NIV). All that we were unable to do, He did on our behalf. When you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you are made holy and righteous by His blood once and for all. You can enter into a relationship with Almighty God and come boldly into His presence without any guilt, condemnation, or expectation of punishment.

You see, when you have fulfilled your debt to the lender for the mortgage on your house, you stop sending in your monthly payments because the debt has already been fulfilled. If the lender sends you a letter demanding additional payment, all you have to do is produce the title deed to your home. In the same sense, the debt that you and I owed to the law has already been fulfilled by our Saviour, Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!

When the devil comes to accuse you with the law and shows you how you have fallen short and failed, turn your eyes away from yourself and point to the payment that Jesus made on the cross. Christ is your title deed, which is why you are called a "Christian" today. You are not your own. You have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. His blood, shed for you, is what makes your relationship with God secure. It is what gives you the basis to reach out and receive your freedom from your loving Saviour today!

Today's Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You that You fulfilled every requirement of the law perfectly on my behalf. Thank You for making me holy and righteous by Your blood once and for all. I've been purchased with Your precious blood and I belong to You. Because of Your perfect sacrifice, I can enter boldly into God's presence without fear, guilt, condemnation, or expectation of punishment. Keep me growing in the revelation of Your finished work. Let me receive more and more of Your love, grace, and goodness so that I may truly walk in Your liberty in all areas of life. Amen!

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you (John 20:21).

 

 

It’s important to understand what Jesus meant when He said, “...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus isn’t the Christian’s way to the Father. In fact, a Christian isn’t on the way to the Father; he doesn’t need that. The sinners need “the way” to the Father, and Jesus is that way. When you were born again, you were born in God’s presence. Jesus was the way through which you were brought into God’s presence. You’re there now; you don’t need the way anymore. You’re now to show others the way!

 

 

Understand this: Jesus came as man’s intermediary, as a mediator between God and human beings. That’s why He brought salvation, and now that He’s brought salvation, and we’ve received that salvation, we’re now the bona fide offsprings of God; we don’t need a mediator anymore! However, the world, the non-Christians, need a mediator, and that’s why we’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation, to lead them to Christ. Therefore, we’re now the mediators, working together with the Lord to bring men into salvation.

 

 

Never become oblivious of what the Lord has made you. As you preach the Gospel, and reconcile people to Christ, you’re fulfilling your ministry, as a saviour from Zion. Remember, He said, “...saviours shall come upon mount Zion...” (Obadiah 1:21); not “a Saviour,” which would have meant the Lord Himself; but “saviours,” referring to you and me. He saved us to save others. As the Father sent Jesus, so has Jesus sent us to lead men to righteousness. Live for this cause.

 

 

 

 

PRAYER

 

 

Dear Father, thank you for calling me into the glorious ministry of reconciliation. You’ve made me a saviour from Zion, and I experience the demonstration of the character of your Spirit as I bring others into the Way, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

 

Obadiah 1:21

And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:19

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

 

 

 

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

 

 

1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 8:48-59

2 Kings 1-3

 

 

2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Mark 11:12-26

Numbers 22

 

 

 

 

Excerpt From: http://rhapsodyofrealities.org

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TAKE YOUR SEAT AND BEGIN TO REIGN!--I can rest today, fully trusting in Jesus' finished and complete work on the cross, and reign in life through Him.

Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

There are many believers, like Colton whom we read about yesterday, who are defeated because they are struggling to qualify for God's blessings through their own works or efforts. What you need to understand is that self-effort will rob you of reigning in life by God's grace. You cannot earn your salvation, healing, or financial breakthrough by your own efforts. If the greatest miracle--being saved and made alive with Jesus--comes by grace through faith, and not by your works, how much more the lesser miracles, such as healing, provision, and restored marriages?

It is not about your work or performance, but Jesus' work and performance. Only His work is a finished work. And not only did He sit down at the Father's right hand, but today's Scripture states that He also MADE US SIT WITH JESUS! What does this mean? Well, my friend, "sitting down" in the Bible is a picture of the believer resting in the perfect and finished work of Jesus. Christ has finished all the work on the cross on your behalf and is now seated at the right hand of God. As it has all been accomplished on your behalf, this means that you can stop depending on your self-efforts to earn and qualify for God's blessings in your life. You can sit down with Jesus at the Father's right hand!

Now, listen carefully to what I am saying. I am not advocating a life of passiveness and laziness regarding the study of God's Word, prayer, or worship. When it comes to success in your job, I'm also certainly not saying that you shouldn't be diligent or seeking to develop your abilities. God's grace does not make you lazy and unproductive. On the contrary, it makes you labour more abundantly for His glory. The apostle Paul, a preacher of God's grace and the finished work of Jesus, said that he "laboured more abundantly than they all" (1 Cor. 15:10). What you need to realize is, in the new covenant, God's way is to bless you first, and the knowledge of His blessing then empowers you to labour more abundantly. In other words, we do not labour to be blessed, but rather WE HAVE THE POWER TO LABOR BECAUSE WE ARE ALREADY BLESSED. Can you see the different premise for labouring in the new covenant?

My friend, Jesus has accomplished everything for us on the cross. Our part is to trust in His perfect work. Receive with open arms His abundance of grace and His gift of righteousness, and sit down and begin to reign in life through Him. Today, let it be your prayer that you will stop trying to earn God's grace and righteousness. Let the Holy Spirit teach you to start depending on Jesus' finished work and to start receiving by His grace. This is God's way to success, wholeness, and victorious living!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You for the great love with which You have loved me and made me alive together with Jesus, and even to sit with Him at Your right hand. I choose to cease from trying to earn Your grace and righteousness, and to enter into the rest found only in the finished work of Your Son. I gladly receive the abundance of Your grace and Your gift of righteousness to reign in life through Jesus. I believe that Your way to success, wholeness, and victory in life is not by my self-efforts, but by Christ's finished work! Amen.

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NOT YOUR PERFORMANCE BUT HIS!--The more I am conscious of Jesus' performance and not my own performance, the more I will reign in life.

Romans 5:19; For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.

Do you often feel as though God is displeased with you because you can't seem to break out of a bad habit? Are you facing a situation that just seems impossible to overcome? Let me share Colton's testimony with you to show you how believing in Jesus' finished work and receiving His grace, are key to receiving your breakthrough.

Since Colton was a little boy, he tried to please God by his performance and obedience. Whenever he sinned by doing or not doing something, he would feel totally condemned and depressed. He found that the more he tried to get rid of certain bad habits by self-discipline, the more he continued in them.

Right after graduation from high school, this young man from Texas received one of my books. Through reading the book, he understood that God is fully pleased with him-not based on his works, but on the perfect, finished work of Jesus at the cross.

Colton began confessing that he was still righteous in Christ through His perfect sacrifice whenever he missed the mark or sinned. The result? Listen to what he says: "I was finally able to overcome many wrong habits and attitudes. I also went from a 1.76 grade point average (GPA) in high school to a 4.00 GPA in my first semester in college. As I began to be more conscious of Jesus and not my performance, faith was just there and things that held me back fell away."

When Colton decided to pursue further education in the field of medicine, it appeared to be an impossible situation as the tuition fee was simply unaffordable for his family. But as this brother continued to believe God and receive His grace through Christ Jesus, he began to see "obstacle after obstacle removed." He shared happily with me, "Today, half of my tuition fee has been paid off, and Jesus is already working on clearing the rest for me!"

Beloved, God still sees you righteous even when you fail, because you are forever perfect and accepted in Christ. God judges you not based on your imperfect performance, but on the perfect performance and sacrifice of Christ. The more you believe and receive this truth, the more you will, like Colton, overcome every bad habit and receive your breakthroughs.

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You that even when I miss the mark or sin, You still see me righteous in Christ. I am still loved and accepted by You, because all my sins have already been punished in the body of my substitute, Jesus, two thousand years ago. Because I stand totally forgiven and forever righteous in Christ, I can receive from You all I need to overcome every bad habit and temptation and reign in life for Your glory! Amen.

Reign In Life
PERFECTED FOREVER THROUGH JESUS' PERFECT WORK!--I have been totally forgiven and perfected forever by Jesus' cleansing blood!

Hebrews 10:12, 14 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God ... For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

As a believer, have you ever been plagued by thoughts of how you haven't been good enough or haven't done enough to deserve God's blessings? That your imperfection disqualifies you from receiving anything good from God?

If you've been struggling with these thoughts, I want you to read and reread today's Scripture, and let it saturate your heart, mind, and conscience. Let the knowledge of how you are completely forgiven and forever perfected by Jesus' finished work at the cross sink in. You are not going to be forgiven and perfected one day through all your hard work. No, my friend, the good news is, you already are forgiven and perfected-once and for all time-through Jesus' sacrifice.

And how long is forever? I checked the original Greek word for forever in the verse and guess what? "Forever" means forever! You have been totally forgiven and perfected forever by Jesus' cleansing blood, not by the blood of animal sacrifices that can never take away sins.

"Pastor Prince, how can I be fully assured that all my sins have already been forgiven?"

Good question! Notice that after Jesus offered His life as a sacrifice and payment for all our sins, He "sat down" at the Father's right hand. Jesus sat down to demonstrate to us that the work is indeed finished!

Under the old covenant, the priest who served in the tabernacle of Moses never sat down, but "stands ministering daily" because his work could never be finished. The blood of bulls and goats could "never take away sins" (Heb, 10:11). Interestingly, in the holy place of the tabernacle of Moses, there was not a single piece of furniture prepared for the priest to sit on. You would not find a single chair in the holy place. You would find the altar of incense, the menorah, and even a table of showbread, but not chairs. This was because the work of the priest was never finished. Only Jesus' work is a finished work.

My friend, you can rest easy in your heart and mind today. You can relax because Jesus has finished the work. In God's eyes, you are forever perfect, spotless, and washed whiter than snow by the precious, eternal blood of His Son. And it's permanent! Your part is simply to believe and receive all that Jesus has done for you. That's how you reign in life over sin, addictions, and whatever the enemy throws at you. That's how you come up tops in all of life's challenges!

Today's Prayer
Father, thank You that because of Jesus' cleansing blood in my life, You see me as forever spotless, perfect, and righteous in Christ. Help me to always see myself the way You see me so that I can come to You boldly and rest easy in Your presence. As I receive Your Word and rest in Your Son's finished work, I believe that I will walk worthy of my high calling and reign in life over every temptation and challenge. Amen.

We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear. Maybe some of our fears are brought on by your own experiences, by what someone has told you, by what you've read in the papers. Some fears are valid, like walking alone in a bad part of town at two o'clock in the morning. But once you learn to avoid that situation, you won't need to live in fear of it.

Fears, even the most basic ones, can totally destroy our ambitions. Fear can destroy fortunes. Fear can destroy relationships. Fear, if left unchecked, can destroy our lives. Fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us.

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Let me tell you about five of the other enemies we face from within. The first enemy that you've got to destroy before it destroys you is indifference. What a tragic disease this is. "Ho-hum, let it slide. I'll just drift along." Here's one problem with drifting: you can't drift your way to the top of the mountain.

The second enemy we face is indecision. Indecision is the thief of opportunity and enterprise. It will steal your chances for a better future. Take a sword to this enemy.

The third enemy inside is doubt. Sure, there's room for healthy skepticism. You can't believe everything. But you also can't let doubt take over. Many people doubt the past, doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the government, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worse of all, they doubt themselves. I'm telling you, doubt will destroy your life and your chances of success. It will empty both your bank account and your heart. Doubt is an enemy. Go after it. Get rid of it.

The fourth enemy within is worry. We've all got to worry some. Just don't let it conquer you. Instead, let it alarm you. Worry can be useful. If you step off the curb in New York City and a taxi is coming, you've got to worry. But you can't let worry loose like a mad dog that drives you into a small corner. Here's what you've got to do with your worries: drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get you, you've got to get it. Whatever is pushing on you, you've got to push back.

The fifth interior enemy is over-caution. It is the timid approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue; it's an illness. If you let it go, it'll conquer you. Timid people don't get promoted. They don't advance and grow and become powerful in the marketplace. You've got to avoid over-caution.

Do battle with the enemy. Do battle with your fears. Build your courage to fight what's holding you back, what's keeping you from your goals and dreams. Be courageous in your life and in your pursuit of the things you want and the person you want to become.

 

Remember 2 Corinthians 2:8-9 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work……


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Reign In Life
REIGN BY RECEIVING THE FINISHED WORK!--Success does not come by my striving to achieve God's blessings, but by my receiving His favor, healing, protection, and provision through Jesus' finished work.

John 19:30- So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing his head, He gave up His Spirit

Beloved you reign in life through Jesus Christ just by receiving two things from Him: the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). God's way is not about ACHIEVING, but about RECEIVING. But many Christians continue to live based on the world's system of achievement.

The world's system of success is built on the twin pillars of self effort and diligence. The world tells you that the more you do, the harder you work, and the hours you put in, the more success you will achieve. The world's way is to nag you to work harder, to forget about attending church on Sundays, to spend less time with your family, and to spend more time in the office working through the nights, weekends and holidays. I'm sure you have heard that you need to “pay the price,” after all, “no pain, no gain” right?

Yet, God's way is not for us to be blessed by our own efforts. You cannot earn God's blessings by your performance. God's blessings are entirely based on His grace.  His blessings over your life are undeserved, unearned, and unmerited.  In other words,  there is NOTHING you can do to deserve His blessings, for they are based entirely on RECEIVING JESUS, and through His finished work, the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. 

God wants us to stop trying to achieve and to begin receiving the favour, blessings, and healing that Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. When He hung on the cross some two thousand plus years ago, He cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished!” Everything you and I require to reign in life was accomplished at Calvary on our behalf. That's why we call what Jesus did on the cross His “finished work.” He finished it. He completed it. IT IS DONE!

My friend , the only thing that works is the finished work. So stop trying to do what's already done. Stop doing and start receiving what Jesus has done. Cease all striving and painful laboring to achieve your goals in your own strength and wisdom. Choose instead to see that Jesus had already finished the work. All you need in this life He has already provided for you through the cross. Rest in His unmerited favor and love for you. 

Today's prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your finished work on the cross. I thank You that all I need in this life, You have already provided for me and my family through Your sacrifice. I cease striving for the blessings I need and I rest in all that You have done for me. Thank You for for Your abundant love and unmerited favor toward me and my family. Amen.