For today’s Sermons Thoughts and Feelings, we are going to talk the sermon titled As Jesus Is, So Are You, by Pastor Joseph Prince. In this sermon, Pastor Prince talks about how as the Lord Jesus Christ is at the Father’s right hand, so are in this world, based on 1 John 4:17
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.1 John 4
While Pastor Prince had shared on this verse and this promise before this sermon, he said that the Lord had spoken to him, asking Him to emphasize this verse more than ever before. He said that he heard from God to emphasize the verse especially when it comes to our health. So as Christ is whole healthy and strong at the Father’s right hand, so are we in this world.
In this first part of this sermon, I am mostly going to be touching on the first 8 minutes of the sermon. In those 8 minutes, there are 2 minutes where Pastor Prince shared something that opened my eyes to areas in my life where I had been believing wrong. I had been concentrating on the wrong thing and all it was doing was to cause me more stress and anxiety. Right believing leads to right living, and the reminder in those two minutes definitely helped to change my mind to believe right. This is nothing new, but it was a much-needed reminder.
Be warned that the sermon is long I could not share on it in one blog post. It is packed with so many nuggets of wisdom, it would be wise to meditate on what we can.
So let’s get into it.
When the sermon starts Pastor Prince starts by talking about the gospel of grace and how important it is. He shares how there are a lot of verses in the bible that are God-breathed, but we need to rightly divide the word. Not everything that is God-breathed is the gospel, some of it is not for our day. He also shared about how the gospel is really about the Lord Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross for us. So if it’s the gospel, it should be about the person of Christ. And that is the testimony we should be giving to the world.
Pastor Prince then goes on to talk about something that impacted me before he even got to the sermon topic itself. He talks about how God uses the simple things, the weak things to confound the mighty. God used what they termed as the ‘weaker vessel’ to kill the general of the enemies of Isreal in the book of Judges. He used Gideon who was the least in his family, and He also used David, as a small boy, to defeat the giant. Pastor Prince says that God’s way is to use what man in their eyes considers of low esteem.
Pastor Prince goes on further to say that in His parables, Jesus’ heroes are usually the lost, the last and the least. The lost son was given the most favor, the lost sheep and the lost coin. The Lord Jesus said that the last would be first.
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For[d] many are called, but few chosen.”Matthew 20
Pastor Prince also said that even when it comes to faith, having a lot of faith is not the most important thing. It’s not about how much faith you have, it’s about who your faith is in. If you see more of Christ, He turns to you and says you have great faith, if you see little of Him, you have little of Him.
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Mark 11
It’s about Jesus Christ and not about us.
And oh how these two minutes were just what I needed to hear in a sermon that one and a half hours long?
I chose this sermon for this post because this is one reminder I have been needing for a while, and when Pastor Prince and his team chose this sermon for Facebook Live broadcast my eyes were opened. While I had this sermon in my audios, it had been a while since I had listened to it. It’s easy sometimes to say let’s look at the Lord Jesus for our provision, but living life part of it is not always easy. Especially in this time we live in where it’s all about what you do and what you have. There is a lot of talk about self-improvement, self-help and being your best self.
The honest truth I suck at all of those things and any mention of them causes me stress and leaves feeling anxious. I have spent the past few years looking at all the people around me who always find a way to get their eish together while I seem to fail all the time and am forever stuck in one place.
Could I be a little bit bitter about it…maybe? But what’s there to be bitter about, it’s not their fault that I suck living life right? And instead of suffering anxiety trying to be who I am not, this was a reminder that His grace is sufficient for me and all I need to do is let go.
The sermon became a reminder that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see how much I suck, He sees the Lord Jesus Christ, His perfect Beloved Son. And it re-inforced the other sermons I have been listening to that talk about His righteousness. One sermon is titled, Follow After Righteousness And Blessings Will Follow After You. And does not the bible say that Jesus is our righteousness? (1 Corinthians 1:30) Does it not say that when we receive the abundant provision of grace, & the gift of righteousness, we will reign in life in Christ Jesus? (Romans 5:17)
The second sermon is titled, Make Room For Grace, Know You Are Righteous, And Reign In Life! In this sermon Pastor Prince talks about how God challenged him about his need for praying perfect prayers. He talked about how he learned to give himself room for grace to work in His life. Jesus Christ is our High Priest and we pray through Him. Pastor Prince talks about how as our High Priest, Jesus takes all of our faulty prayers and they get to Father through Him, free of all things that needed to be removed. He is there at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us.
And so that faith thing? Questioning whether I have enough faith or if I am praying enough is something that can send you into the dumps. I sometimes find myself asking myself whether I am saying the right words? Is this what I should be praying about? Do I have enough faith? But in those two minutes, I was reminded that it’s not about how much faith I have, but who my faith is in. And I look to Him and pray through Him, that is when I have the most faith in His eyes. The Lord Jesus Christ did say we could move a mountain with faith as small as mustard seed.
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your [e]unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.Matthew 17
The promise that as He is, so are we in this world means that as He is productive, so am I in this world. When I feeling tired and exhausted, all I need to remind myself to keep going is that in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. As He is, so am I in this world. As the Lord Jesus Christ is healthy, whole and strong, so am I in this world.
In the sermon, Pastor Prince shares a number of testimonies of people healed by claiming this promise. He goes deeper into what it means for our health to be as He is.
So if you interested in knowing my thoughts on that, make sure to check out the next parts of this sermon.
Here is an excerpt from the sermon.
Until next time-
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