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Seeing Jesus

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In this care group session, our Pastoral Overseer, Pastor Darren Sim, and our GRCO Pastor, Pastor Josh Holohan, talk more about the theme: Seeing Jesus. What is the greatest hazon vision God wants us to have this year? What does an intimate relationship with the Lord look like? Grab your Bible and journal and join the conversation as our GRCO pastors break down these questions and share more about their personal journeys.

Feel free to take part in this digital care group session on your own or together with your friends and family. We have specially created a guide that you can easily follow along as you join in the conversation with our pastors, use for your own personal time of study, or use to facilitate more conversations with your friends and family.

This session is based on the messages:

  • Joseph Prince—Position Yourself to Receive His Hazon Vision (10 Jan 2021) [Sermon Notes]
  • Joseph Prince—Answers for a Distracted World (7 Feb 2021) [Sermon Notes]

1. What distracts us from seeing Jesus?

In our daily lives, there are many things demanding our attention. Take a moment to think about the things that take up most of your time in a day:

  1. Text messages

  2. Emails

  3. Television (Netflix, YouTube)

  4. Mobile/Computer games

  5. Social Media

  6. News

  7. Overwhelming to-do lists

What are your top three? The typical social media user now spends 2 hours and 25 minutes on social media each day [source] and in 2020, Americans spent 4 hours on their phones daily [source]. While these things are not inherently bad, being addicted to them is destructive.

The greatest joy that our distractions rob from us is the opportunity to see Jesus, to be intimate with Him, and to spend time with Him.

2. What does an intimate relationship with Jesus look like?

“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,” —Ephesians 1:15–17

The spirit of wisdom and revelation is found in the knowledge of Jesus. This knowledge is not knowledge that you acquire from reading books about Jesus; it is first-hand, personal knowledge and revelation of the Lord and His goodness.

The greatest knowledge you can have is to know Jesus.

This year, have a hazon vision (godly vision) of how an intimate relationship with Jesus can look like. Sometimes the best way to move away from a realm of distractions is to be enamored with something or Someone who is far more beautiful and life-transforming than all the things we can get distracted with—our Lord Jesus.

But it first begins from a place of right believing. Take some time to think about these three questions, whether with your group or in your own time of reflection.

1. Do you believe that Jesus cares for you?

What His Word says: “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

2. Do you believe that Jesus is near and close to you?

What His Word says: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13

3. Do you believe that you have direct access to His throne of grace?

What His Word says: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

When you believe right about your Savior, you will begin to walk in the fullness of an intimate relationship with Him.

3. What are some practical tips to spend time with Jesus in your daily life?

There is no one formulaic way of spending time with Jesus. Here are just a few ways you can start to involve Jesus in your everyday life:

  • Listening to a sermon

  • Journaling

  • Going on walks with Jesus

  • Talking to Jesus on your daily commute to work

As you journal to the Lord, you are giving space to the Lord for Him to speak to you.

4. Own the word

Check your weekly screen time report on your phone. Does your total screen time surprise you? Our pastors talked about what distracts them from spending time with the Lord and the truth is, we all struggle with different distractions in our lives. One way to move away from these distractions is to refocus and prioritize on the One who is far more beautiful and captivating than all these distractions

Challenge: This week, be intentional about carving out pockets of time in your day to be with the Lord—whether it’s setting aside some time in the day or evening to meditate on a scripture verse from God’s Word, listening to a sermon, going for a short walk around the block, or journaling.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

  • Pick a verse that is relevant to your situation right now and meditate on it. Write down in your journal or notes app the nuggets you’ve received from meditating on it throughout the week!
  • Looking for a sermon to listen to? Check out these 20-minute sermon snippets on the Joseph Prince Ministries YouTube channel or get the Joseph Prince app here
  • Journal your responses to the three questions Pastor Darren posed to all of us during the care group. Begin to list down different examples of 1) Jesus caring for you, 2) Jesus being near and close to you, and 3) Jesus answering a need that you came to Him for.

As you spend time daily in His presence and behold the beauty and glory of Jesus, there is no way you will not be gloriously transformed as well!

Questions about Seeing Jesus

For this digital care group session on Seeing Jesus, we have received some questions from our members. Here are our thoughts on Seeing Jesus that our team would like to share with you. 

  • I spend a lot of time reading the Word and praying but I still don’t feel close to the Lord. How can I experience the intimacy that you talk about in this session?

It’s easy to see spending time with Jesus as an item on our to-do list to be checked off daily or the mark of a “good Christian” that we should all aspire to achieve. However, having the right beliefs is important as misconceptions about Jesus can hinder us from having an intimate relationship with Him.

How we see Jesus affects our relationship with Him because fear and love cannot coexist in a healthy relationship. If deep down in your heart you feel like a hypocrite or as though you are always treading on eggshells when it comes to your walk with the Lord, perhaps this is hindering you from drawing close to Him.

Jesus is neither a stern judge waiting to condemn you whenever you make a mistake, nor Someone far away whom only pastors or certain special people can draw close to. He is your Savior, Friend, and your ever-present help in times of need. He longs to have a deep and personal relationship with you, just like any of your relationships with your loved ones.

This is the reason that He went to the cross for you, so that nothing could stand between you and Him—not even sin, fear, condemnation or death (see 2 Cor. 5:21). Receiving salvation is just the beginning of your journey with Him. What He truly wants is to know you intimately and to do life together with you each day. When you know Jesus as a Person, you’ll understand His heart for you and appreciate Him even more. And as you receive His unconditional love and finished work, every area of your life will begin to experience His grace and life-giving power!

Check out these sermon snippets from Pastor Prince:

  • I’ve tried many times to spend more time with Jesus but it’s very difficult to make time for it in my daily life. How can I do it?

There are so many distractions around us vying for our time and attention and causing us to be drawn away from spending time with the Lord. Often, getting carried away with these distractions can cause us to feel condemned or drive us to put in more effort to be disciplined in our habits. However, sometimes the best way to overcome distraction is simply to be enamored with something far more beautiful and life-transforming than the distractions around us—the Person of Jesus.

Even when you haven’t spent time with Jesus recently, He doesn’t condemn you (see Rom 8:1) and is always close to you (see Acts 17:27–28). There is nothing that can separate you from Him or His love (see Rom. 8:38–39). Why not take some moments to talk to Jesus during your day, perhaps while journaling, worshipping, taking a walk, doing housework, or driving? As you spend time with Him, see Him near to you, pursuing you just like the Shepherd leaving His flock to look for the one sheep that has wandered off (see Matt. 18:12–13).

Just talk to Jesus as you would talk to a friend over coffee! You can thank Him for something good that has happened recently or share about whatever is troubling you. As you read the Bible or listen to a sermon, you can ask what He is impressing on your heart from the Word today and talk to Him about it. You can be real and honest with Him. Jesus is not afraid of your weakness or mistakes!

As you behold Jesus’ beauty, loveliness, and His extravagant love for you, you can’t help but fall in love with Him more and more. Spending time with Him will bring you joy and become something you look forward to each day!

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Rose Karlebach

Thank you both, Pastor Josh and Pastor Darren. My husband, Paul and I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and we are so thankful for this GRC online care group. For me, the thing that distracts me most is the stress that I feel from my job. I have been working at home for the last year, and the demands are very high. I have felt peace, however, when I have invited the Lord into my workday, and asked Him to help me do my job. And He has been faithful. He has taught me strategies for being less stressed, and guided me practically, in making sure that I get enough sleep and spend quality time with my husband and family away from the job. I also meet with friends twice a month and we talk about Jesus, which has actually been very refreshing. Jesus has met me where I am at, and helped me in so many ways. I appreciate that you shared that He is always near, and that we are the branches and He is the vine, so there is nothing that can separate us from Him. And there is no condemnation, whether we have had a lot of time with the Lord or a little. My husband and I also like to take walks and get out in nature, so that has helped too. Thank you so much For taking the time for this care group. We appreciate it!

Kimberly

I have been on a spiritual journey for the past year. Sermons JP reading his books reading the KJV Bible . I’m hungrier every day to learn to grow in him him in I . My lord has given me miracles. I know Satan trying his best to distract me from Jesus our Lord. It is not happening nore will it. I am the righteous in God in Jesus Christ I love him my lord and my God

Gretchen Renders

The answers to the 3 questions and Pastor Prince’s snippets are very helpful. No matter how much I think I’ve got it, there’s always more. Bless you PastorJosh and Pastor Darren.

Carla

I love the Digital Care Group. I learned so much from both sessions. I was led to Pastor Prince in 2012. I was struggling with my faith at that time after watching my Mom die. She suffered through 2 rounds of cancer, lung disease, and heart disease. I struggled to work and care for her. During that time, I lost my job and my home. Mom and I had no choice but to move in with my sister in another state with whom I had a rocky relationship. I couldn’t find a job, but I was able to stay home to care of my Mom in her last few months. When my Mom died in 2012, I felt as if the Lord had abandoned me completely. I had nothing left to lose. Then I was guided to Pastor Prince. From the first sermon I watched, I felt different. I felt hope. I kept watching. I read “Destined to Reign.” This was preaching like I had never heard and it touched something inside me. Today, I have a real relationship with my sister and her children. I have a job that I love. For the first time in my life, I am truly happy. And most of all, I have a relationship with Jesus. I have found my church home here at Grace Revolution Church Online. Thank you to Pastor Prince for opening my eyes, my ears, and my heart to the Glory of God and thank you to all who make this church possible.

Bob Arnzen

Hello all. I am from New York. Grew up on Long Island (I understand you’re from there as well Paster Josh), but now live in White Plains, NY….Westchester County. I am so thankful for this new venue, GraceRevOnline. I’ve been jealous (in a Godly way) of Dallas Fort Worth for being Pastor Prince’s landing place here in the US and had been praying about how I wish he’d plant here in the North East as well. Well this is His answer to prayer and I’m blessed to be a part of the group.

I was baptized in 1980 when I came to “know” Jesus….even though I grew up a Catholic. I can’t say I knew Him all those years. But the amazing thing is, that a dear friend introduced me to Pastor Prince’s ministry about 5 years ago and I felt the same as before……I came to “know’ Jesus in a much deeper and meaningful way, and felt almost like I did in 1980. I was amazed how God opened my eyes through Pastor Prince with his in-depth insight into the WORD. I was blown away and have not stopped consuming ever since. Thank you Pastor Prince.

Let me ask you…..after learning from Pastor Prince, I feel like the Ethiopian at times, when Philip said, “do you understand what you’re reading? And he said, “how can I unless someone teaches me?” I could never glean from scripture what Pastor Prince has opened my eyes to see. I feel I could never read the word on my own and get the same blessing. Is this wrong of me ? Can you share your thoughts ?

Thank you!!!

Pastor Josh Holohan

Hello Bob!

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your heartfelt thoughts with us here. We greatly value it! Love your question too. I really believe at the heart of GRCO, all we are set out to do, and all we desire to see, are the precious lives of all who are impacted by this ministry continuing to mature in your own personal walk, and journey with the Lord, and going from Glory to Greater Glory. We believe as you continue to hear the gospel of Grace preached by Pastor Prince, and invite the Lord to personally speak to you as you read His word, He will continue to reveal more and more of His beauty, and excellencies that touch the very personal, and practical areas of your life in such special ways. I don’t think it’s wrong at all for you to expect to see some more amazing things in His word up ahead that are linked to what you’ve been hearing through Pastor Princes ministry. So our encouragement is to continue to ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart with the prayer from Ephesians 1, and as you open up to his written word be expectant for Him to release His now (Rhema) word specific to you Bob! Hope this helps, and look forward to seeing you more and more here at GRCO 🙂

God Bless!
Pastor Josh

Cathy Richardson

Hello from Columbus, Ohio!

Gretchen Renders

The Holy Spirit has been phenomenally instrumental in my life. Studying with Pastor Prince is so establishing me in Grace. But I study The Word knowing The Holy Spirit is my teacher. Thank you for this Care Group. Between your presentation and prayers this blessing is abundantly flowing into my life..

Kat D

thank you for the reminder that He transcends time and space- I love that!
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Elizabeth

I am always amazed by the power of our precious Lord, Jesus, to find a way into the very struggle I am having at any time. When I pray for answers He always comes through and today He brought me this “Seeing Jesus” care group. The subject was an answer to my latest struggle!. I love your description of “things that come against you” for that is exactly what it is…guilt, driving forces, pushing me to feel not quite worthy enough due to other distractions and responsibilities. Thank you so very much for your presentation today and the beautiful reminder that He is our ever-present help in time of need. May you be rewarded abundantly for your efforts to make this available to your community. I feel you did it just for me.

Patricia Urtecho

I just watch the second digital care group on demand and I had to write to let you know that it ministered to me in a very powerful way. Even now the tears of gladness fill my eye because I feel Jesus close to me. I believe He cares for me and I am worthy to access the throne of grace. Hallelujah!
Thank you pastors and all who make this online community possible. I am blessed to have found you.

Delvon Worthy

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the prayer at the end. I have never felt God’s presence digitally the way that prayer did. It was so Spirit-Led and you can tell there was an openness for God to direct the words that needed to be said. Appreciate you all!

Pastor Josh Holohan

So refreshing to hear how you were ministered to Delvon 🙂

Gretchen Renders

Seeing Jesus is key to me to connect with Him in the Word. So good. Thank you Pastor Prince.

Pauline Lwando Chalansi

Hello from Lusaka Zambia in Africa

Janny

Thank you for the word of the Lord
Janny from the nederlands

Gretchen Renders

Amen

Debbora Blank

“Hei” “Hei” “Hei” “Hei” “Hei” Pastor Darren 😇🤩. Sooo thrilled to find you in this venue of Time and Space! Hallelujah 🎺 I can’t forget to bring my tickets 🙃! In case u forgot….I’m the one who forgot my tickets in 2019! ♥️ & like 👍 what GRCO is opening up and bringing forth! These dimensions are an exquisite answer to 1 of my 3 requests from Abba 💗 for 2021! 2Pt 1:2 to all of u and us Huperperisseuo 🙏♥️✝️

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FL
Kibby Dalton

I am sooooooooo grateful for this community and GRC Online. Thank you Jesus, this is such a blessing. I have not had a church home in awhile, but have followed Pastor Prince’s teaching and preaching for several years. I am so thankful. Thank you so much.

City, State
Easton, Md.
Lynette Williams

Wow, I love the digital church and care group. This is the first time I participated in the care group and I will be back. I have been distracted by tv but this was a great call from Daddy that He wants me to spend time with me. Thanks to Pastor Darren and Pastor Josh for serving the Lord!!!!! I love Pastor Prince and his heart for the Lord! It is contagious.

City, State
FLORIDA
Leah E. Williams

These answers really help me it is practical and is what I believe the body of Christ needs so much! Just having a conversation with Him wherever we are! That is attainable ♡

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Mullica Hill
Toni Rhodes

Thanks for having the care group

City, State
Stephenville TX
Marti J Paige

Hatton North Dakota

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Hatton
Jean L Gabrieli

Hello from Delran, New Jersey

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Delran
Jim

I just recently joined GRO as there are no grace-based churches in my area. As a disabled person it is difficult to travel any distance. I am very grateful for the online services and the care group.
Where is the chat that they keep referencing in the video? I want to actually participate in the discussion and not just watch as a spectator. Thanks.

Joey O

Hi Jim, we are so glad that you are here! The chat that is referenced in the video is the live chat that happens during our Sunday services at watch.gracerevonline.com 🙂 You can tune in and be part of the live chat for our next digital care group that is happening on June 27 after all of our Sunday services. Our services are streamed at 8.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm, 11.30pm ET every Sunday, we hope to see you there!

Jim

Thank you Joey O! I will definitely be there!😎🙏

Paulette Gill

Lincoln, nebraska

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Lincoln, ne
Deborah

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have received the gift of righteousness. I have been listening to Pastor Prince for the last 4 years, and I have learned that right believing leads to right living. It has truly began a new journey in my life. I will be so ever thankful for the understanding of Grace, communion, the Cross and the love that our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of us if we only believe. I believe and I have received.

City, State
McDonough Georgia
Dorothea Walker

Hi….Im with you from Northern MI….Houghton Lake, MI.

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Prudenville
Derek Oredina

Lovin’ this from Alberta, Canada!

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Canada
Patricia Santa Maria

Napoleon, Ohio
I listen to Pastor Prince daily. Through his teaching, I now know that I am the righteousness of God in Christ. My confidence has grown 100 fold as I rest in His love and care. Im no longer afraid that I’m not enough.

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NAPOLEON
Gary

Hello, Thank You Pastors & everyone at GRCO for making this resource of encouragement & inspiration available at anytime so viewers can watch it whenever they want. Out of curiosity, is the first Seeing Jesus care group video available to watch? If so, where would I find it? I missed it & would like to watch it. Thank You.

City, State
San Diego, CA
Joey O

Hi Gary, you can view and take part in our first digital care group here https://gracerevonline.com/caregroup/hazon/ 🙂

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I love these digital group sessions! Of the many take-aways available, the ones that stood out to me had to do with the practical, free flowing, non-formulaic ways we can spend quality time with God across the seasons of our lives. Hearing how Pastor Prince and GRC staff have us on their hearts made me feel loved and connected. Thank you pastors for being relatable, for sharing in authentic and humble ways, and for letting us know how you successfully face the same challenges we do! Looking forward to the next digital care group.🙌
Donna S.
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The digital care group discussion was so practical and helpful. I listened to it twice today and the activities are so very useful for me to put all this into practice. I'm so thankful to both of you (and of course Pastor Prince as well) for doing this!
joyfullyHuntersville, NC
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So glad to be part of GRC and this wonderful care group!!! 🙏😀❤️ So very blessed! The Lord bless you Pastors and your families!! I feel so loved and cared for! There’s no distance in the Spirit! I love and pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ🙏❤️...
Liz GAGeorgia
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We truly feel like we are valuable members of GRC though we are physically distant.
Wendy HAustin, TX
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This is awesome, I work two weekends out of the month, as I am not able to get to church. So now I am so blessed to have this gathering in my home.
LoneyVictoria, BC
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Thank you for the care group notes, that’s really great!! Something we can work on during the week - really appreciated.
Lisa W@username
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GRC online is an answered prayer for me. 🙏🏽 Thank you for a rhema word. Jesus loves me and I’m never alone.
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