(Sermon excerpt and unofficial sermon notes for reference
Joseph Prince sermon excerpt – Got a weakness? God can use you!
Milton Goh Blog – Boasting in our weakness attracts God )
Now this reminder is a little more complicated to explain…well for me anyway, maybe you know the topic better? It’s based on the topic of 1 of the 5 offerings in the book of Leviticus, and I have to admit that I am not as familiar with most of them as I should be. My personal favorite for a while now has been the burnt offering, just because I needed that reminder daily, knowing that when God looks at me He sees Jesus and not my many faults makes it easier for me to not be too stuck in self-condemnation…remember the second reminder that there is No more condemnation in Christ Jesus?
Here are some links to some devotionals that talk about this offering if you are interested:
- JESUS IS YOUR SWEET AROMA TO GOD by Joseph Prince Ministries
- HAVE A LARGE REVELATION OF JESUS! By Joseph Prince Ministries
Two other offerings of the five that come close after this one in my everyday awareness are the sin offering and trespass offering. I would like to believe most us as the Bride of Christ live somewhat conscious of these two, daily. I once heard Pastor Prince say that these two sins offerings were the compulsory offerings. And when taking note of what they stand for, it’s safe to say they are the ones we definitely cannot live without. We definitely cannot be Christians without them.
This devotional has a little bit of all three:
- ALL THAT JESUS IS BEFORE GOD, YOU ARE by Joseph Prince Ministries
Leviticus 6 : 4 -7
4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:
7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein
The reminder starts with Pastor Prince explaining the difference between the two offerings. There is Sin offering, which is who you are, but that part is born again, and then Trespass offering or Guilt offering is for what you have done – actions. So sin offering is for your identity as a sinner, and guilt offering is for the actions you take because you are a sinner. In guilt/trespass offering, a person was supposed to give a ram to God and to also give back whatever they stole, they had to do restitution, 100% plus 20% more on top.
Pastor Prince explains how there is both bloodshed through the ram as a guilt offering and restitution towards the person you injured. And now the injured party has become a gainer. Pastor then talked about a law of restoration that says that is someone still a cow, he must restore to the injured party four cows. So God makes sure that the injured party is overcompensated, restored more than the full price.
I don’t know about but I am so glad I am under the new covenant because I find sometimes I am on the injurer end as much as I am on the injured one.😅 😌
Pastor then goes to talk about Psalms 69 which he explains is a Messianic Psalm. He mentions four of the verses in Psalm 69, and talked about their New Testament equivalent:
- Psalm 69: 4 – John 15 : 25
- Psalm 69: 9 – John 2 : 17
- Psalm 69: 9 – Romans 15 (Pastor added that if you are insulted or reproached, this is a good verse to claim)
- Psalm 69: 21 – when He was crucified on the cross
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
Psalm 69 verse 4 ends by saying, then I restored that which I took not away. Pastor explains that at the cross, the Lord Jesus restored that which He took not away. Today the restoration comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of you paying as the one who does wrong, Jesus pays, and if you are the injured, He took the place of the injurer so you receive from Him. He took the place of the injurer and the injurer.
Like I said before, thank the Lord I am under the new covenant.🤩 Jesus knew I couldn’t do it so He is doing it for me💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Hallelujah!!!🙌🏽🙏🏾
Pastor then explains how the trespass/guilt offering has two parts, Jesus Christ restored to God and to man. He restored to God all that we robbed Him of, praise and worship, honor and glory. Jesus Christ has restored to God what we robbed of Him a 120% more worship, 120% obedience, 120% honor, joy, and glory. He is now glorified because what Christ has done. God has become a positive gainer, before He was creator and man wasn’t His son, man wasn’t filled with the Holy Spirit, but now because of Jesus Christ, man is the son of God and is at the right hand of God. Now we much more because of this restoration.
Here is another devotional that talks about this, (PS- I linked part 2 but you should read the other part too, they are also about His restoration):
- EXPECT TO RECEIVE GOD’S MUCH-MORE RESTORATION – Part 2 | by Joseph Prince
🤩I bet we are all glad for that one, maybe you never the injurer from person to person, but you are a liar hands down if you think you are giving God all that’s due to Him. 🤔Do you love Him with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind? We all have vices that sometimes distract us from God, including worry, fear, and self-righteousness …which by the way, is as filthy rags…food for thought🤷🏾♀️?
What about horizontally, was Pastor’s question, when it comes to between men? His answer was that whatever you have experienced, whether you have been robbed, lied about, hurt or cheated on by someone, don’t look to the person who has wronged you for restitution, look to Jesus. Forgive the person because now you’re a candidate for the 120% restoration that will come from the Lord.
All I can say about that is He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it…🙏🏾🙌🏽
Pastor went on to explain that when Jesus died on the cross, it wasn’t a payment to Satan, Jesus and the Father owe Satan nothing. The cross is the love of God making payment to the justice of God, it is a payment to get us out of the market of sin, sin is the problem, Satan is just taking advantage. Pastor said that the cross is the love of God paying the redemption price, to the justice of God. Now the justice of God cannot punish us for the sins that He has punished our substitute. For there is now, therefore, no condemnation because our sins have been condemned in Christ. (Here is a link to the second reminder, No more condemnation in Christ Jesus where I touch a little on this.)
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
If you are the injured party, instead of responding in bitterness and anger, you are now a candidate, rejoice and thank you Lord instead. Pastor then said this prayer:
“Lord, I thank you for the 120% more favor in this area, I thank you I receive Lord right now because Jesus is now your trespass offering, guilt offering on the cross, Father I present Christ as my guilt offering on the cross, and because Christ said I restored that which I took not away. I have been wronged Lord, I have been robbed Lord of…(whatever you have been robbed of, whether it’s your health or anything else, Satan can be involved, can be attacking you but your dealings are between you and God in this transaction, all the trespass offering is to the Lord)
“Lord Jesus, I thank you, you are my trespass offering. Father God, because Christ is my trespass offering,(if it’s you health) I receive right now a 120% more health for my body.”
That prayer is a nice thing to have, I will pray as often as I remember…but once again, He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it…🙌🏽🙏🏾
Pastor Prince then said that if your health has not been robbed, you are not a candidate for the 120% restoration. He also said if you have mental challenges, whether its depression, wayward thoughts, a distracted mind, if you are battling with your mind, you are a candidate for the mind of Christ. Not just a sound mind but a 120% quality. You can say, ‘Lord I receive a 120% more healing and restoration for my mind.’🙇🏽♀️
Now if you have read any of diaries, or a lot of the other posts, or just my About, you know I need this, hands down, I qualify for this, no lies. It’s a constant confession of mine. And I am gonna keep praying it and confessing it because you know…He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it.🙏🏾🙌🏽🙇🏽♀️
Pastor Prince also added that if your marriage has suffered, you are a candidate for a 120% more restoration, because Christ on the cross, will restore that which He did not take away. The whole transaction is with God, not your spouse.
I am not married, but maybe someone needed to hear that. 🤷🏾♀️
Pastor Prince then gave a testimony and said that he thinks that this is something that glorifies Jesus. Then he touched on something I talked about in the third reminder, His Grace is sufficient for me . I talked about how I am not at a place where I can openly boast but Pastor Prince said that Paul must have had a revelation that made him say I take pleasure most gladly…I would rather boast! Pastor explains that language like this must be based on revelation, so once you know this revelation, it’s almost like please, more more more, because I am getting a 120% promotion, a 120% more favor, a 120% more wisdom, a 120% more success in my life and ministry, because I am now a candidate.
2 Corithians 12 :
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
I mean here is my thoughts are about this, it definitely adds a new dimension to the boasting thing if you know you will get 120% restoration coming from Christ would come to you, but guys…🤷🏾♀️ I am still going to need Him to work that willingness and ability into me. Like I said in that post, boasting or rejoicing in bad things still feels a lot to me. Let me be honest, I am not yet emotionally mature enough to be able to immediately ignore the pain and the hurt. Bitterness and anger, that comes so easy to me but I know God is working on me because I am now constantly reminding myself not to concentrate on it.
And I have this sermon to thank for that. While I may be writing on this sermon bit by bit as the sermon progresses, I have listened to it more than 10 times in the past month so I have been actively applying these reminders in my life from a month now. So these days sometimes I am able to stop the anger and just give it all to Christ when something that would have affected me before happens😅. Other times it creeps in and I have to remind myself when the feelings are already clouding my mind to let it go into His hands.🤷🏾♀️
Pastor then gave an example of Peter and Judas, Christ’s disciples who sinned against Him just before He was crucified at the cross. Judas killed himself, and Pastor said that it is self-righteousness trying to take your own life, and if he had just waited for a few more hours, Jesus’ hanging, would have been his hanging. Peter denied knowing Jesus, yet Peter was forgiven. In fact, of all the disciples, Jesus, when He rose from the dead, singled out Peter from the others in the message He left with the angel. Pastor added that two weeks later at the Lake of Galilee, Jesus made breakfast for them at the lakeside, and of all the disciples who were there, it was Peter who was given leadership, the place of responsibility, more than the others who did not fall.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
The very area of sin, the location where sin increased, grace, favor superabounds. And on the day of Pentecost, Peter stood and preached and 3000 were saved, when before he denied knowing Jesus three times. I would like to believe this can be linked to my previous posts, Where Grace superabounds and His Grace is sufficient for me.
When Peter was boasting about being able to follow Jesus, he followed that with denying Christ, but when he was now aware of His weakness and knew He could never love God with an agape type love, grace was extended to him and He did amazing things. I mean grace abounded to him from the moment where Christ singled him out to the moment he was given his own task among all the disciples.
John 21: 15 – 17
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
Pastor Prince has explained this verse before in other messages saying that the word Peter used to say, ‘yes Lord I love you,’ was not self-sacrificial love, when before he had claimed he would die for Christ. He also highlighted how it was the disciple who boasted of Jesus’ love for him and not his own love, who was standing at the cross when Jesus was crucified.
🤔So there you go guys, I hope I was able to bring across what I wanted to share. Comment down below if you understood anything from it, what are your thoughts and feelings about? Either comment in the comments section or send me a message. Let’s chat.