The Power of Right Believing by Joseph Prince: reflection 6

rightPART 6: HAVE A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION OF GOOD

The central idea in this part is all about having hope: a confident expectation of good from God because He is gracious. It’s about what is hope, why it is important, how to have it, and bible examples of this truth in action.

CHAPTER 16: THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD

Joseph Prince used the famous battle that Jehoshaphat fought against enemies that formed an unholy alliance against God’s people (2 Chronicles 20). It demonstrated how hope comes, and how it works magic in impossible situations that God’s people finds themselves in. Inspiring chapter.

CHAPTER 17: GOD LOVES IT WHEN YOU ASK BIG

The story of Jabez’s prayer and God’s answer to him (1 Chronicles 4:9) was the basis of encouraging us to unashamedly ask big when we approach God in prayer. He tells the inspiring story of Olivia Lum, the entrepreneur who founded Hyflux, Singapore’s first water management company to be listed in the SGX.

CHAPTER 18: FINDING HOPE WHEN ALL SEEMS HOPELESS

Joseph Prince reminds us of the thesis of this book. There is power in right believing. And the secret to right believing is right listening. He demonstrates this principle by showing how listening to the stories of Jesus healing power raised the faith of the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years (Mark 5).

Well, I am surprised that I have actually come to this point. This is the second last part of the book. Most books remain unfinished on my book shelf. I am easily distracted when it comes to ideas. I move from one idea and interest to another quickly. You could say it was my earlier pledge to readers that has brought me to this point. Now I can see the finish line.

The insights in these chapters does not grab you like gems in the earlier chapters. But the stories are inspiring. I love the Olivia Lum story. Wonderful stuff. This part is an easy lap. It energises, it inspires. It is not rocket science. Hope is strengthened when we keep our eyes on Jesus and his love for us. God wants to bless us and we can have a confident expectation of good because of His unchanging love.

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  • lyn says:

    Hi blogpastor,

    in the midst of the Olivia Lum story, let’s not forget the Linas of this world (Please forgive me, Lina, for my previous writings).

    I also know two members of New Creation who used up all their life savings in the pursuit of this wonderful stuff. I’m related to one of them. One, as of last week, in his mid-forties just closed up his restaurant and said he has zero in his bank account.

    May His will be done in all situations.

  • Journeyman says:

    When one can monetize God, there is a fatal flaw in the belief system that can and will be exploited by many “professed people of God.” From the around the world many mega pastors have been indicted and convicted.

    Lyn your Lina and Olivia narrative is like much of the other personal accounts in the Bible

  • Non-Pentecostal. says:

    @ lyn …….What was it about Lina.???
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Our salvation towards heaven and reconciliation with God the Father is justified solely by our faith in Jesus the Christ/Messiah/Savior; …and NOT by the works of keeping Moses Law, either fully(=by Jewish Christians) or partially(=by Gentile Christians – ACTS.15:29).

    Notwithstanding this “non-workable” fact about salvation, the works of keeping Moses Law, are still very important for our lives on this earth, ie for the blessings or curses/punishments of God(DEUT.28, ROM.6:23, GAL.6:8).
    …….Bear in mind that our salvation will only come into effect when we die and leave this “rotten” earth – hence the Cross and the Resurrection.

    The Radical Grace or Hyper Grace teachings tend to cause their followers to be nonchalant or flippant about their willful sins/evil-deeds(=bad works) and over-confident about their salvation in-Christ. This may result in them being cursed/punished by God for foolishly and willfully committing sins, which may cause a few to lose their faith in Christ, eg the suffering wife of Job cursed God and died or like Judas Iscariot who was too ashamed of his sin of greed and betrayal of Christ to keep the faith.
    …….Hence, the warning of Jesus to a few early 1st-century Gentile Churches about their sinful/evil works(deeds) at REV.2-3 & 22:14-15.

    At MATT.7:15, Jesus has warned His people about false prophets/pastors coming to them in sheep’s clothing(=pretending or assuming to be ‘hearing’ and heeding the voice/Word of God) but inwardly they are ravenous wolves, ie ravage their Church-members financially, emotionally, sexually, etc.
    …….This is similar to foolish investors being conned by the masterminds of Ponzi or Pyramid schemes, Genneva Gold scam, MLM/Direct-selling or insurance/lottery ‘businesses’, Bitcoin craze, etc.

    Wise and big companies do due-diligence studies b4 they buy up a small company; prudent banks do credit history checks b4 they give out loans; careful girls do background and family history checks b4 they marry, etc. So, wise Christians conduct biblical checks on pastors b4 trusting them or following their teachings.

    The ministry Of Jesus is mostly about salvation or everlasting life in the after-life(=not about life on this earth).
    …….Whereas, the earlier ministry of Moses is about how to live righteously on this earth and be blessed by God(like for the mostly wealthy Jews of today), ie by following the laws/Word of God = do good and avoid evil-deeds/sins.(HEB.1:1-2)
    …….The former is a heavenly blessing(=faith in things that is not seen, eg our resurrection in-Christ – HEB.11:1) while the latter is an earthly blessing(=faith in things that will be seen on this earth, eg in general, prosperity or good health thru good works – Abraham & Job).

    I think some of the teachings of Ps Joseph Prince in this book are half-truths, do not jive with the laws/Word of God or are non-biblical.

    Peace.

    P S – Do not be like (rotten-)Apple’s Steve Job – an ‘evil’ dictator-boss.

 

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