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EXPECT GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO YOU   Leave a comment

EXPECT GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO YOU – Joseph Prince Ministries

Ephesians 6:17; And take the helmet of salvation…

When the phone rings at odd times, most people think, “Oh dear, it must be bad news.” They don’t think, “I wonder what the good news is that it cannot wait till morning!”

When we hear, “The boss wants to see you,” instinctively, we think, “Oh dear, this is not good.” But how do we know that it is not going to be about a promotion?

Our minds are inclined toward the negative. So to guard our minds against negative thoughts, we are to put on “the helmet of salvation”, which is “the hope of salvation”. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

If you are going through a trial right now, putting on as a helmet the hope of salvation means that you have a confident expectation of good coming your way. It means that you choose to believe that this trial that you are going through is only temporary because God will see you through it. It means that you believe that this difficult period will end with your salvation—your preservation, wholeness, wellness and health!

You may not know what is going to happen this week. But one thing you can do is to put on the helmet of the hope of salvation and tell yourself that you are going to have a fantastic week!

“Well, you know, Pastor Prince, you never know what to expect. We hear so much bad news these days—another flu outbreak, another company retrenching its workers…I really hope that I will not be retrenched next. But I cannot be sure. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”

No, my friend, biblical hope is not “I hope so” but “I know so”! You can have a confident expectation of good happening to you because you are not like the people of the world. You are a child of the living God. You have a Savior watching over you. There are more angels given charge over you than there are demons against you. And greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) There is every reason for you to have a confident expectation of good happening to you!

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Hope That Does Not Disappoint   Leave a comment

Hope That Does Not Disappoint – Joseph Prince Ministries

Romans 5:5; Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Today, we express hope as if we can’t be sure what will really happen. We say, “I hope I will win that prize. I hope it won’t rain tomorrow. I hope everything works out well.”

But “hope” in the Bible is a confident and positive expectation of good. God wants you to have a confident expectation of good because as His child, He favors you. Because Christ is in you, the hope of glory (Colossians1:27), you can expect the glory of God to shine into every area of your life, including your family, job, ministry, health and finances!

God’s Word says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” You may have experienced disappointed hopes, but there is a hope that does not disappoint when you are conscious of how much God loves you. It is a hope that springs from the heart of God, who loves you very much.

It is interesting that the first mention of the Holy Spirit in the book of Romans is tied up with the love of God. The book of Romans is considered foundational for Christians. Could it be that the first thing the Holy Spirit wants to do is to establish in our hearts that God loves us? Many people think that the Holy Spirit has come to teach us about power. But the truth is that the Holy Spirit has come not to reveal the love for power, but the power of love!

My friend, you may have just lost your job. But if you can say, “Jesus loves me this I know,” you can also say, “I believe that I will get a better job tomorrow.” Your girlfriend may have just left you for your best friend. But because you can say, “Jesus loves me this I know,” you can also say, “I’ll meet a better girl.”

When you believe that God loves you, you will have a positive expectation of good. You will have a hope that does not disappoint. So be careful what you hope for because you are bound to get it!

Double For Your Trouble   Leave a comment

Double for your Trouble – Joseph Prince Ministries

Zechariah 9:12; Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.

I am sure that you have heard the expression, “When life throws lemons at you, make lemonade!” Well, I want you to know that when the devil throws lemons at you, God Himself will make lemonade for you! After all, the Bible says that God works all things together for your good. (Romans 8:28)

And He does it with style—He restores double for your trouble! Beloved, if you have lost a husband or wife through divorce, or a precious child through death, God can restore double to you, so that you end up having more than before, if not in quantity, then in quality!

Consider Job in the Old Testament. When he lost everything, his wife told him to curse God and die. He refused and, instead, responded to God in faith, and “the Lord gave to Job twice as much as he had before”. (Job 42:10)

When David lost the child he had with Bathsheba, he stopped pleading and started worshiping God because he trusted in the mercies of God. Later, God blessed David and Bathsheba with another son named Solomon, who became the wisest and richest king the world has ever known.

Today, God promises to restore double for your trouble—“Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” If He declared it, He will do it! So you cannot but have hope that things will be even better than before. That is why in the same verse, He calls you “prisoners of hope”. My friend, hope in the biblical sense means a confident expectation of good things happening in your life. You are a prisoner of that! You can’t help but wake up feeling hopeful. You can’t help but expect good things to happen to you!

So when trouble comes from the devil, don’t give up and say, “It is hopeless!” Don’t worry or get angry. Worship God like David did and see that trouble as an opportunity for God to bless you with more than what you originally had. And because God has declared it, be confident that you will get double for your trouble!

Hope of Righteousness   Leave a comment

Galatians 5:5; For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

The Holy Spirit led me to read Galatians 5. When I got to verse 5 He showed me the last part of the verse “HOPE of righteousness”. Then He led me to look us the greek meaning of “hope”, which I’ve read before, but not all the way. The part He showed me was “expectation of evil, fear; expectation of good, hope”. We know hope is expectation. I never looked at hope having to do anything with evil. He said when we fear we hope/expect to happen. But when we have faith we hope/expect good to happen.

Good example is in the area of healing. When we believe His Word that we are ALREADY healed, then healing is visible. Each time we see in the Bible when people got healed, as soon as the Lord spoke it, it became visible. It was manifested (revealed; shown; visible; established; expressed) for all to see it. When the Lord spoke it, it happened right there at that moment. Faith in the Lord’s Words made it happen. Last year I met this lady from the homeless shelter spoke how she was called by God. But in another voice she talked a lot about sickness. She believed God allowed sickness to come on her to give her a “healing ministry”. That wasn’t the 1st time I heard that. There was another woman who told us (the congregation) that she got sick, so she could have the power to heal. The Holy Spirit said that’s a lie. When this woman from the shelter said that to me the Holy Spirit began to teach me and He said “WHY WOULD I ALLOW SICKNESS WHEN I GIVE HEALING”. That made so much sense. Why would God make anyone sick when His Son got beaten so we could have healing, deliverance, forgiveness of sins, wholeness, etc. If what they were saying were true, then that would make God double minded; And we know God IS NOT double minded. The Bible tells us “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways”. God is steadfast. God IS God. Well, this lady believed herself sick. She spoke it constantly and accepted it from God. She believed herself into cancer. The last time I saw her was when I visited her in the hospital after her surgery. She was still believing the same lie. When you look at most people, getting cancer is scary and causes some to look at their lives and see what’s wrong with it. I’m not judging her because she was blind. The god of this world (satan) blinded her from the truth of God’s Word which is BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. To be honest, there is no “healing ministry”. The Lord has given His disciples the power to heal. We already have that authority/power to cast or demons and heal a person of sickness. The ministry we are supposed to be a part of is to be disciples; who are FOLLOWERS of Jesus Christ. Disciples follow what Jesus Christ did. We ALL are called to be His disciples. The Lord told us we will do the greater than He did. Not saying we are greater, but we will be doing more because we will be healing more people than He did while He was on earth because He was going back to the Father (John 14:12; Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father). Not one disciple of Jesus Christ got sick so they will have the ability to heal someone. If that’s the case, then the Lord Himself would have gotten sick just to be able to heal someone. For the record, the Lord Jesus came down with ALL power. And that includes the power to heal. When you think about it, if we got sick so we could heal someone, won’t that cause the glory to come on us and not the Lord.

You may say then expectation also means to hope for healing and if I continue to hope for my healing, then I will receive it. I looked up “expectation” in the Bible and nowhere does expectation have anything to do with healing. Peter talked about expectation, but it was talking about the people had expectation for him to be removed from prison. Paul talked about expecting in Philippians 1, but it wasn’t about healing. Several months ago the Lord taught me about healing and how it is RIGHT NOW. I shared this before, but I’ll mention it again to help make this point. For months I had pain in my feet. The pain was so bad it was hard for me to stand. I could rest for hours and when I stood up the pain would still be there where I could barely walk. I would get up in the middle of the night and had to lean on chairs and dressers just to walk. After the Lord taught me about how healing is instant I spoke it and said my healing is instant. At that moment the pain left and I was able to walk with no help. It was because I believed. I had faith in the Lord’s promise that I am healed. I didn’t have to wait because the healing was already made possible for me. It was already made possible for us.

That lady (and others) expected sickness and got what they expected. She didn’t realize she was expecting evil. Sickness IS evil and not from God. It IS NOT His will for us to be sick. The Lord said He did not come for men to perish/die, but to save them. Sickness causes us to perish. Some sickness causes us to die naturally, but some aren’t deadly to the point it brings physical death. But it causes spiritual death. Waiting for sickness to leave can cause us to doubt. We waver and doubt it’s God’s will for us to be made whole. Not only is it His will, but it is His Word. It is His desire. Why wait for something that’s here for us right now.

Last week I heard a man give a testimony about being healed from cancer. He attributed his healing on the fact he exercised and believed God. But while he was telling his testimony, he was speaking more highly on the fact he exercised and then he mention in an “oh yeah” manner, Jesus. He gave more credit to working out than all the credit to Jesus. The Holy Spirit said that was wrong. The Word the Holy Spirit said was “bodily exercise profited little”. If this man’s exercise was the factor to his healing, then this man gets the glory and not God.

There are so many factors that cause us to not receive healing RIGHT NOW. Pride, unbelief, fear, deception, and not knowing we already have to power in us (His awesome Holy Spirit). Pride keeps us seeing we are not in faith. Some say things like “I’m the righteousness of God” and think just because they are the righteousness of God that healing is going to come just because of your stance. The key to healing is BELIEVING. So many pray without believing. So many pray with positions in mind and think that’s going to bring healing. Some also realize they don’t believe God’s Word and don’t think it’s His will for them. They think healing is for others but for them. That’s not fair to God. He has no favorites. He tells us in His Word. Then some have no knowledge of the truth that they can be healed at that moment. They feel it’s something they may have to wait for. Then there’s some like the lady who thought she had to get sick in order to have the power to heal someone. She was deceived by satan. Sadly, there are so many in leadership positions who believe that and teach it to others. They taught that lie to me. When we received Jesus as Savior, His Holy Spirit came inside us. And that means His power is inside us to cause healing to be manifested. The Lord tells us in Luke 10:19; “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. The Lord has given us power of that evil, sickness. Healing is already in our tongues. It’s already abides in us because Jesus (our Healer) Holy Spirit resides in us. We have authority over satan to tell him to leave. We don’t have to take it no more. This is our year because we are going to walk in our authority and receive what God has already given us.

Expect Good Things To Happen To You   Leave a comment

Expect Good Things To Happen To You – From Joseph Prince Ministries

Ephesians 6:17; And take the helmet of salvation…

When the phone rings at odd times, most people think, “Oh dear, it must be bad news.” They don’t think, “I wonder what the good news is that it cannot wait till morning!”

When we hear, “The boss wants to see you,” instinctively, we think, “Oh dear, this is not good.” But how do we know that it is not going to be about a promotion?

Our minds are inclined toward the negative. So to guard our minds against negative thoughts, we are to put on “the helmet of salvation”, which is “the hope of salvation”. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

If you are going through a trial right now, putting on as a helmet the hope of salvation means that you have a confident expectation of good coming your way. It means that you choose to believe that this trial that you are going through is only temporary because God will see you through it. It means that you believe that this difficult period will end with your salvation—your preservation, wholeness, wellness and health!

You may not know what is going to happen this week. But one thing you can do is to put on the helmet of the hope of salvation and tell yourself that you are going to have a fantastic week!

“Well, you know, Pastor Prince, you never know what to expect. We hear so much bad news these days—another flu outbreak, another company retrenching its workers…I really hope that I will not be retrenched next. But I cannot be sure. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”

No, my friend, biblical hope is not “I hope so” but “I know so”! You can have a confident expectation of good happening to you because you are not like the people of the world. You are a child of the living God. You have a Savior watching over you. There are more angels given charge over you than there are demons against you. And greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) There is every reason for you to have a confident expectation of good happening to you!

HOPE   1 comment

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I’m listening to Andrew Wommack talk about "The Power of Hope". Hope is seeing in your heart the things promised to us. Andrew said hope is positive imagination and I agree with him. The Holy Spirit is saying "Hope is a vision He puts in our hearts. Also, hope coupled with faith birth out belief." Once we believe a thing, that’s it; satan cannot take it from us. The truth of God’s Word is birthed in us. And we know the truth makes us free then we won’t be tormented with doubt no longer. An example the Lord showed me concerning hope is the Lord told me to build my grand-daughters their own little closet to put their dress up clothes in. When He told me, I was given the vision on how it will look; then given the instructions on how to do it. I didn’t have any blue print. I did not google on how to make it. I did not go get some "do it yourself" kit. I never built anything from wood. I saw it in a vision in my mind Jesus gave me. I imagined it. So I went to get the material for it and built it. With some help from my husband because he’s a husband (lol). Anyway, it started out as an image in my mind. Once I had that, I moved on to make it happen. Then I began to think, we can do this with EVERYTHING the Lord Jesus shows us. He shows us things in His Word; we imagine it; them follow the instructions to make it happen. Now that I’ve done that project, the Lord now showed me to do toy stand similar to the closet to place their toys on with shelves. He has already given me the vision. He also said to do a little table for them and showed me how. Now that I built that closet for them, I’m confident in the Lord I can do the others. I even looked at my dining room table and said I could do that. With God, ALL things are possible. It all started with a Word, then the vision. Whatever the Lord Jesus promised you, see it in your mind. If you are having a hard time seeing, use the authority Jesus gave you and command satan to loose your mind. Going back to the closet, my son saw it and I guess it looked professional, he asked me where are the instructions. I smiled and pointed to my head and said "it’s all up here" :). It’s so awesome how the Lord teaches through practical things. Be blessed in Jesus.

Website if you want to listen to the message:

http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1080

Philippians 4:8; Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Faith Tabernacle – SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS   2 comments

 

Faith Tabernacle – http://ft111.com/smallstraws.htm

December 26, 2012

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:

Rise up with renewed hope and faith that nothing is impossible with Me, says the Lord. Release your concerns and distress to Me.  I cannot deal with that which you do not give to Me. Trust Me for strength where you have been weak and peace where there has been turmoil. Do not be afraid; I am with you to bring you through every dilemma and cause you to be strong.

Isaiah 61:1-3; “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified."

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