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THE GOODNESS OF THE FATHER WILL LEAD YOU TO MAKE THE TURN Romans 2:4 (NKJV) Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? The Greek-English Lexicon Dictionary of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains gives this meaning of the word “repentance,”, saying: "the emphasis seems to be more specifically the total change, both in thought and behaviour, with respect to how one should both think and act." The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament gives these meanings to the word "repentance": "metanoia" meaning change of direction, conversion, repentance; turn around, change one's mind, repent. The word "repentance" can be in a good or bad sense. When the goodness of God leads us to change our direction because the season is due for a turning in our lives, then it is in a good sense. Also, we can be heading in the wrong direction without consciously knowing it; therefore, God leads us to turn around, then it is not in a bad sense. But the important message in the above scripture is that the goodness of God leads us to nothing bad. His goodness is His nature, and His goodness will always lead us to something good, something better, something greater, bearing more and more good fruits in our lives and the lives of others. The goodness of God will lead us. He could be leading us to make a "right turn", a "left turn", or a "turn around". Whichever way He is leading us, we know there is going to be a good outcome, and you will see the fruits of His leading. The goodness of God is rich; the Father is rich in His goodness. There is no limit to His riches, and there are no boundaries to His goodness. If we dare to come before the throne of grace to obtain His compassion, we will find grace to help in every situation. There is no telling what the Father can do for us. We will be utterly amazed by what He is going to do for us, as the riches of His goodness leads us. Dare to follow Him, dare to "fly" like the eagle in the sky, and we will soar very high in this life. Other birds hide themselves, but the eagle thrives amid a stormy sky. In other words, follow His good Holy Spirit.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

THE GOODNESS OF THE FATHER WILL LEAD YOU TO MAKE THE TURN 

Romans 2:4 (NKJV) Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 

The Greek-English Lexicon Dictionary of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains gives this meaning of the word “repentance,”, saying: the emphasis seems to be more specifically the total change, both in thought and behaviour, with respect to how one should both think and act. 

The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament gives these meanings to the word repentance: metanoia meaning change of direction, conversion, repentance; turn around, change ones mind, repent. 

The word repentance can be in a good or bad sense. When the goodness of God leads us to change our direction because the season is due for a turning in our lives, then it is in a good sense. Also, we can be heading in the wrong direction without consciously knowing it; therefore, God leads us to turn around, then it is not in a bad sense. 

But the important message in the above scripture is that the goodness of God leads us to nothing bad. His goodness is His nature, and His goodness will always lead us to something good, something better, something greater, bearing more and more good fruits in our lives and the lives of others. 

The goodness of God will lead us. He could be leading us to make a right turn, a left turn, or a turn around. Whichever way He is leading us, we know there is going to be a good outcome, and you will see the fruits of His leading. 

The goodness of God is rich; the Father is rich in His goodness. There is no limit to His riches, and there are no boundaries to His goodness. If we dare to come before the throne of grace to obtain His compassion, we will find grace to help in every situation. There is no telling what the Father can do for us. We will be utterly amazed by what He is going to do for us, as the riches of His goodness leads us. 

Dare to follow Him, dare to fly like the eagle in the sky, and we will soar very high in this life. Other birds hide themselves, but the eagle thrives amid a stormy sky. In other words, follow His good Holy Spirit.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

THE FATHER PROSPERS OTHER NATIONS TO PROSPER US Jeremiah wrote a letter to the Jews exiled in Babylon, revealing they would be in captivity for seventy years. The Lord also wanted Jeremiah to tell them one other thing.Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV) Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”The Lord wanted them to seek, which also means work, for the peace and prosperity of Babylon, the city of their enemy. God did not say to plan a revolt against King Nebuchadnezzar. Instead, He told them to pray for the prosperity of the city. In other words, to pray for their enemies. A prosperous Babylon would mean the Jews in captivity there would also prosper. It is a spiritual law and universal principle. When you help someone else prosper, you will prosper as well. As the other nation prospers, you prosper. Oppressing another country to suppress their prosperity, we will be stifling our progress and prosperity. The ways of the devil opposes God’s way. God’s way is to pray for that nation or city to prosper. And then it will prosper us. In today’s day and age the nations are so much more interconnected, so when other nations prosper, we will prosper. God prospered Babylon for the sake of the Jews, though they disobeyed Him; it caused them to live in exile. The love of the Lord propelled Him to instruct the Jews to prosper the city that held them captive. God loves everyone the same, and He will do the same for anyone who prays to prosper the city they live in.Why would God prosper Babylon to prosper the Jews there? It was because He had to bring the Jews back to Jerusalem, to be in the land of Promise. The place where the Seed of Abraham, Jesus, was to come to fulfil the covenant God made with Abraham. To keep the promise of the covenant, God would have to prosper Babylon. In other words, Babylon became part of the purpose of God. When we stay relevant to God’s plan and purpose, He will prosper the nation, the city, or the company you work for, to prosper you. The Heavenly Father will prosper those around you to bless you. The Heavenly Father is prospering China for His plan and purpose. It would be devilish and foolish to suppress China’s rise. Poverty is never the Heavenly Father’s will for the human race. It is inflicted by the devil when he took dominion over the earth. As China prospers, she will be taking millions of people in the country out of poverty. To suppress China is to suppress the Father’s will for China. Jeremiah 31:23 (NIV)This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity, the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The Lord bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.’God predicted the Jews would come back from exile. They had cried out to Him for deliverance. The Lord told Jeremiah that when they returned to the land of Judah, where Jerusalem was, the people in that land and towns would prosper again. Others would see it as a prosperous city. It was the promise God made in the covenant with Abraham. He told Abraham that He would bless him and make him a blessing. However, the Jews were exiled to Babylon, a result of their disobedience to God. Therefore, He told them to pray for the prosperity of Babylon so that they would also prosper. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11-12 to instruct the Jews to pray. He would bring them back to the land of Judah.You are the seed of Abraham, and Abraham’s blessings are yours. The Heavenly Father prospers you, so that others be blessed. The Father prospers this nation because we are here. He prospers the nation and towns we live in, the company we work for, and the schools we attend, because we are relevant to His plan and purpose. We must stay in the plan and purpose of God, and always pursue His ways.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

THE FATHER PROSPERS OTHER NATIONS TO PROSPER US 

Jeremiah wrote a letter to the Jews exiled in Babylon, revealing they would be in captivity for seventy years. The Lord also wanted Jeremiah to tell them one other thing.

Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV) Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

The Lord wanted them to seek, which also means work, for the peace and prosperity of Babylon, the city of their enemy. God did not say to plan a revolt against King Nebuchadnezzar. Instead, He told them to pray for the prosperity of the city. In other words, to pray for their enemies. A prosperous Babylon would mean the Jews in captivity there would also prosper. 

It is a spiritual law and universal principle. When you help someone else prosper, you will prosper as well. As the other nation prospers, you prosper. Oppressing another country to suppress their prosperity, we will be stifling our progress and prosperity. The ways of the devil opposes God’s way. God’s way is to pray for that nation or city to prosper. And then it will prosper us. In today’s day and age the nations are so much more interconnected, so when other nations prosper, we will prosper. 

God prospered Babylon for the sake of the Jews, though they disobeyed Him; it caused them to live in exile. The love of the Lord propelled Him to instruct the Jews to prosper the city that held them captive. God loves everyone the same, and He will do the same for anyone who prays to prosper the city they live in.

Why would God prosper Babylon to prosper the Jews there? It was because He had to bring the Jews back to Jerusalem, to be in the land of Promise. The place where the Seed of Abraham, Jesus, was to come to fulfil the covenant God made with Abraham. To keep the promise of the covenant, God would have to prosper Babylon. In other words, Babylon became part of the purpose of God. 

When we stay relevant to God’s plan and purpose, He will prosper the nation, the city, or the company you work for, to prosper you. The Heavenly Father will prosper those around you to bless you. The Heavenly Father is prospering China for His plan and purpose. It would be devilish and foolish to suppress China’s rise. Poverty is never the Heavenly Father’s will for the human race. It is inflicted by the devil when he took dominion over the earth. As China prospers, she will be taking millions of people in the country out of poverty. To suppress China is to suppress the Father’s will for China.  

Jeremiah 31:23 (NIV)This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity,  the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The Lord bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.’

God predicted the Jews would come back from exile. They had cried out to Him for deliverance. The Lord told Jeremiah that when they returned to the land of Judah, where Jerusalem was, the people in that land and towns would prosper again. Others would see it as a prosperous city. 

It was the promise God made in the covenant with Abraham. He told Abraham that He would bless him and make him a blessing. However, the Jews were exiled to Babylon, a result of their disobedience to God. Therefore, He told them to pray for the prosperity of Babylon so that they would also prosper. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11-12 to instruct the Jews to pray. He would bring them back to the land of Judah.

You are the seed of Abraham, and Abraham’s blessings are yours. The Heavenly Father prospers you, so that others be blessed. The Father prospers this nation because we are here. He prospers the nation and towns we live in, the company we work for, and the schools we attend, because we are relevant to His plan and purpose. We must stay in the plan and purpose of God, and always pursue His ways.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

DON'T LOSE WHAT WE HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ACHIEVE2 John 1,4-6 (NLT)1 1 am writing to the chosen lady and to her children,4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.Apostle John wrote a letter to a lady who was living in the truth. Commending her for her children, who were also doing the same thing. In this letter, John reminded them about the three most important things:1. To continue walking in the truth2. To love God by doing what God commanded3. To love one anotherThe reason was because of the deceivers and anti-Christ who had gone out into the world.2 John 7 (NLT) I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. What was John’s advice to the lady and others?2 John 9–11 (NLT)9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God.10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.John said to avoid three things:1. Don’t invite them to your house2. Don’t encourage such people3. Don’t be partners with themJohn gave three reasons:1. They were deceivers2. They were the instruments of Satan3. They do the evil work of SatanWhy did John advise her and others to stay away from these deceivers and anti-Christ? They would cause not only her, but her children, and others to lose the truth of God’s Word that John taught them. It would cause them to stop obeying God and from loving one another. John told them the consequences if that were to happen.2 John 8 (NLT) Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.If the lady and others allowed the deceivers and anti-Christ to sway them from the truth, then they would lose what they and John had worked so hard to achieve. The lady, her children, and others had appropriated the spiritual truths into their natural lives and achieved success. They had worked hard to incorporate spiritual truths into the natural issues of life, and achieved success. But they could lose what they had worked for, if they allowed the deceivers and anti-Christ to deceive them into abandoning the truth and stop obeying God and loving one another. Therefore, John warned her to watch out for and avoid those who were deceivers and instruments of Satan, doing his evil works. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

DONT LOSE WHAT WE HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ACHIEVE

2 John 1,4-6 (NLT)
1 1 am writing to the chosen lady and to her children,
4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.
5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 
6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

Apostle John wrote a letter to a lady who was living in the truth. Commending her for her children, who were also doing the same thing. In this letter, John reminded them about the three most important things:

1. To continue walking in the truth
2. To love God by doing what God commanded
3. To love one another

The reason was because of the deceivers and anti-Christ who had gone out into the world.

2 John 7 (NLT) I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 

What was John’s advice to the lady and others?

2 John 9–11 (NLT)
9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God.
10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 
11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

John said to avoid three things:
1. Don’t invite them to your house
2. Don’t encourage such people
3. Don’t be partners with them

John gave three reasons:
1. They were deceivers
2. They were the instruments of Satan
3. They do the evil work of Satan

Why did John advise her and others to stay away from these deceivers and anti-Christ? They would cause not only her, but her children, and others to lose the truth of God’s Word that John taught them. It would cause them to stop obeying God and from loving one another. John told them the consequences if that were to happen.

2 John 8 (NLT) Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.

If the lady and others allowed the deceivers and anti-Christ to sway them from the truth, then they would lose what they and John had worked so hard to achieve. 

The lady, her children, and others had appropriated the spiritual truths into their natural lives and achieved success. They had worked hard to incorporate spiritual truths into the natural issues of life, and achieved success. But they could lose what they had worked for, if they allowed the deceivers and anti-Christ to deceive them into abandoning the truth and stop obeying God and loving one another. Therefore, John warned her to watch out for and avoid those who were deceivers and instruments of Satan, doing his evil works. 

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

WHEN GOD RESTORES, YOU WILL COME OUT GREATERGenesis 15:13-14 (NIV)13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 
When God cut a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15, God also told him that his descendants would be in bondage in Egypt for 400 years. God saw into the future events before it happened and foretold them. Well, it was not God who kept them trapped in Egypt. Why would God do that when He promised Abraham that through him, a Seed would come and all the nations be blessed? It was God’s plan for Abraham’s descendants to be in the land of Canaan but not for them to remain in Egypt. Besides, God had a purpose for them. 
God used Egypt to save the nation of Israel from the severe famine, but it was never God’s intent that they remain in Egypt after the seven years of famine. People often mistook it was God who sent the Israelites into Egypt to be oppressed and kept them in bondage for 400 years. No, it was Jacob, Joseph and his brothers who stayed beyond the time of famine. They should have left soon after, as in the case of Abraham.
It was difficult for Joseph to leave Egypt when the pharaoh favoured him. Moreover, he was the prime minister at that time. Joseph had, indeed become very successful and was greatly blessed there. Life was comfortable, and Jacob, his father, and his brothers had the best land given to them in Goshen; they became cattle farmers. 
During the 400 years, new pharaohs ascended the throne, and they no longer knew about Joseph as he had also passed away. One such pharaoh began to oppress the Israelites and caused them to live in bondage. By that time, the Israelites had already forgotten the ways of God. They stopped worshipping Him and ceased making sacrificial offerings. When they could not bear the oppression any longer, they cried out to God to deliver them. God raised Moses to send him back to Egypt to deliver the nation of Israel. Israel was in slavery in Egypt, having nothing to their name. But when God delivered them, they came out with great possessions. 
This is the nature of our Father’s unfailing love, as seen in the Old Testament. When He restores us, it will be even better than before. When God restored Job, He doubled what Job lost. When God restored the heathen King Nebuchadnezzar, he turned out greater than before. When Abraham went down to Egypt to avoid the severe famine, he came out richer. 
When we have faith in the Father’s unfailing love, we are confident He will restore us and the future will be brighter and better. We may have lost wealth in the former years, but the nature of the Father’s unfailing love is such that He will restore to you what you have lost and the years ahead will be better than the past years. 
If God has restored your life from destruction, then it will only get better. You will be more blessed, and others will be blessed through your blessings. 
Have faith in the Father’s unfailing love that never fails. Believe the Father’s redeeming love will redeem you from any miry pit. Believe in the Father’s restoration love that restores you after He delivers you. Believe the Father’s great love will make you greater than before. Believe the Father’s extreme compassionate love will always have compassion on you, to lead and guide you to help you live life successfully on this earth. The Father’s unfailing love will never leave nor forsake us. He is always beside us even when we do not feel He is around. He is always working something good out for us even though we may feel He doesn’t care. 
The Father’s unfailing love is always there with us!Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

WHEN GOD RESTORES, YOU WILL COME OUT GREATER

Genesis 15:13-14 (NIV)
13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 
14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 


When God cut a covenant with Abraham in Genesis 15, God also told him that his descendants would be in bondage in Egypt for 400 years. God saw into the future events before it happened and foretold them. Well, it was not God who kept them trapped in Egypt. Why would God do that when He promised Abraham that through him, a Seed would come and all the nations be blessed? It was God’s plan for Abraham’s descendants to be in the land of Canaan but not for them to remain in Egypt. Besides, God had a purpose for them. 


God used Egypt to save the nation of Israel from the severe famine, but it was never God’s intent that they remain in Egypt after the seven years of famine. People often mistook it was God who sent the Israelites into Egypt to be oppressed and kept them in bondage for 400 years. No, it was Jacob, Joseph and his brothers who stayed beyond the time of famine. They should have left soon after, as in the case of Abraham.


It was difficult for Joseph to leave Egypt when the pharaoh favoured him. Moreover, he was the prime minister at that time. Joseph had, indeed become very successful and was greatly blessed there. Life was comfortable, and Jacob, his father, and his brothers had the best land given to them in Goshen; they became cattle farmers. 


During the 400 years, new pharaohs ascended the throne, and they no longer knew about Joseph as he had also passed away. One such pharaoh began to oppress the Israelites and caused them to live in bondage. By that time, the Israelites had already forgotten the ways of God. They stopped worshipping Him and ceased making sacrificial offerings. When they could not bear the oppression any longer, they cried out to God to deliver them. God raised Moses to send him back to Egypt to deliver the nation of Israel. Israel was in slavery in Egypt, having nothing to their name. But when God delivered them, they came out with great possessions. 


This is the nature of our Father’s unfailing love, as seen in the Old Testament. When He restores us, it will be even better than before. When God restored Job, He doubled what Job lost. When God restored the heathen King Nebuchadnezzar, he turned out greater than before. When Abraham went down to Egypt to avoid the severe famine, he came out richer. 

When we have faith in the Father’s unfailing love, we are confident He will restore us and the future will be brighter and better. We may have lost wealth in the former years, but the nature of the Father’s unfailing love is such that He will restore to you what you have lost and the years ahead will be better than the past years. 


If God has restored your life from destruction, then it will only get better. You will be more blessed, and others will be blessed through your blessings. 


Have faith in the Father’s unfailing love that never fails. Believe the Father’s redeeming love will redeem you from any miry pit. Believe in the Father’s restoration love that restores you after He delivers you. Believe the Father’s great love will make you greater than before. Believe the Father’s extreme compassionate love will always have compassion on you, to lead and guide you to help you live life successfully on this earth. The Father’s unfailing love will never leave nor forsake us. He is always beside us even when we do not feel He is around. He is always working something good out for us even though we may feel He doesn’t care. 


The Father’s unfailing love is always there with us!

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

THE FOUR BASIC NEEDS OF MAN AND THE PROVISION OF GOD (2) 3. MAN NEEDS A PLACE TO CALL HIS OWN Genesis 2:8 (NKJV) The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.Adam needed a sense of belonging and ownership. God met those needs by designing a place for him and put him there. The Heavenly Father gave him a place - a specific place - before He gave him a wife. When the Heavenly Father created the heaven and the earth and planted a garden where He put man, God gave man the title deed for the earth. Psalm 115:16 (NKJV) The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.4. MAN NEEDS PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BYGenesis 2:17 (NKJV) but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”In God’s garden, there were rules. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was there to remind him that there were other things he could not touch. There were rules to govern Lucifer before he sinned against God. He had his rightful place and purpose when he was created. The rules defined the boundary within which he should function. But Lucifer got into pride and became ambitious. He wanted to leave his place of abode to ascend into the throne of God. He forsook the very purpose he was created for. Lucifer sinned against God. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was the tree that brought Adam and Eve down. If the tree was not there, could it be they would not have sinned against God? Actually, without the tree, they would still fall into sin. The tree was not the cause of their downfall. The tree was to remind them of the principles they must live by. God made a perfect environment with provisions to meet every of man’s needs. The Heavenly Father created man on the sixth day. There was nothing incomplete in His creation, and God rested from all His work on the seventh day.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

THE FOUR BASIC NEEDS OF MAN AND THE PROVISION OF GOD (2) 

3. MAN NEEDS A PLACE TO CALL HIS OWN 

Genesis 2:8 (NKJV) The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

Adam needed a sense of belonging and ownership. God met those needs by designing a place for him and put him there. The Heavenly Father gave him a place - a specific place - before He gave him a wife. When the Heavenly Father created the heaven and the earth and planted a garden where He put man, God gave man the title deed for the earth. 

Psalm 115:16 (NKJV) The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.


4. MAN NEEDS PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY

Genesis 2:17 (NKJV) but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

In God’s garden, there were rules. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was there to remind him that there were other things he could not touch. 

There were rules to govern Lucifer before he sinned against God. He had his rightful place and purpose when he was created. The rules defined the boundary within which he should function. But Lucifer got into pride and became ambitious. He wanted to leave his place of abode to ascend into the throne of God. He forsook the very purpose he was created for. Lucifer sinned against God. 

The tree of knowledge of good and evil was the tree that brought Adam and Eve down. If the tree was not there, could it be they would not have sinned against God? Actually, without the tree, they would still fall into sin. The tree was not the cause of their downfall. The tree was to remind them of the principles they must live by. 

God made a perfect environment with provisions to meet every of man’s needs. The Heavenly Father created man on the sixth day. There was nothing incomplete in His creation, and God rested from all His work on the seventh day.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

THE FOUR BASIC NEEDS OF MAN AND THE PROVISION OF GOD (1) Why did God create man and woman on the sixth day and then rested on the seventh day from all His work? Why were the last creatures God created man and woman? The Heavenly Father knew exactly what the four basic needs of Adam and Eve were. He created everything else to make provision to meet their needs first, before creating them. When they were created, the provisions were already there, ready to fulfil their needs. The Heavenly Father’s love is perfect, and His creations are perfect. Therefore perfect provisions were made available to meet their every need. His creations were perfectly completed, hence the Heavenly Father could rest from all His work. The Father would not have left anything incomplete.As it was with Adam and Eve, so it is with mankind today. If any of these needs are not met, man will face many problems and struggles in life. The Heavenly Father knew what the four basic needs of man were; therefore, His love made provisions to meet them. The Father did not create man and then left him to fend for himself. Instead, He vested him with authority and power. Neither did the Father leave man to his own devises, with no place to call his own. Let’s find out how the Father’s unfailing love meets the four basic needs of man.1. MAN NEEDS A PURPOSE FOR LIVING Though Adam was perfect, he needed a purpose to live. The Father’s unfailing love gave Adam the responsibility of tending, guarding and keeping the garden (his home). The Heavenly Father made Adam a beautiful garden, and he was responsible for taking care of it (the Garden of Eden).Genesis 2:15 (AMP) And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.Another purpose was for Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply to fill the earth with the human race. The Heavenly Father did not create the whole human race. The Father also gave Adam and Eve the sovereign and supreme authority to have dominion over the earth. Their purpose was to subdue it, take dominion over the fowls of the air and everything that were on the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Adam’s purpose for living was to take charge of the environment and not allow Satan to rule over it. The Heavenly Father lovingly made all the animals, and had Adam name them (Genesis 2:19). Though the Heavenly Father created a perfect environment for Adam, yet he was given the purpose for living. What is our purpose of living on this earth? We have a purpose in this world. Our purpose is to provide for our natural family. We have a purpose in the Body of Christ - our spiritual family. We are to live for the Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, to fulfil His plans and His purposes on this earth; to raise a new generation of believers for Him to carry forward His love to the next generation. If we are occupied with fulfilling the Heavenly Father’s purpose as He told us to do, we will not have time to do the things which we are not supposed to do. Therefore live life purposefully on this earth. Put the Heavenly Father’s purpose as the highest priority and life will be more meaningful. See the purpose of God unfold and by grace through faith, accomplish it for Him.2. MAN NEEDS RESOURCES FOR LIVINGGenesis 1:26 (NKJV) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God vested man with His authority and power to have dominion over the earth. The power of God was released through Adam to take dominion over the earth. God did not intend for Adam to fellowship with God and God alone. Adam still needed someone else to fellowship with; hence God created a woman for him to be his helper and companion (Genesis 2:21-22). Besides the woman, God created the animals also for their companionship. God created every tree (except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) in the garden for their food to meet their physical needs.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

THE FOUR BASIC NEEDS OF MAN AND THE PROVISION OF GOD (1) 

Why did God create man and woman on the sixth day and then rested on the seventh day from all His work? Why were the last creatures God created man and woman? 

The Heavenly Father knew exactly what the four basic needs of Adam and Eve were. He created everything else to make provision to meet their needs first, before creating them. When they were created, the provisions were already there, ready to fulfil their needs. The Heavenly Father’s love is perfect, and His creations are perfect. Therefore perfect provisions were made available to meet their every need. His creations were perfectly completed, hence the Heavenly Father could rest from all His work. The Father would not have left anything incomplete.


As it was with Adam and Eve, so it is with mankind today. If any of these needs are not met, man will face many problems and struggles in life. The Heavenly Father knew what the four basic needs of man were; therefore, His love made provisions to meet them. The Father did not create man and then left him to fend for himself. Instead, He vested him with authority and power. Neither did the Father leave man to his own devises, with no place to call his own. Let’s find out how the Father’s unfailing love meets the four basic needs of man.

1. MAN NEEDS A PURPOSE FOR LIVING 

Though Adam was perfect, he needed a purpose to live. The Father’s unfailing love gave Adam the responsibility of tending, guarding and keeping the garden (his home). The Heavenly Father made Adam a beautiful garden, and he was responsible for taking care of it (the Garden of Eden).


Genesis 2:15 (AMP) And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.


Another purpose was for Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply to fill the earth with the human race. The Heavenly Father did not create the whole human race. The Father also gave Adam and Eve the sovereign and supreme authority to have dominion over the earth. Their purpose was to subdue it, take dominion over the fowls of the air and everything that were on the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Adam’s purpose for living was to take charge of the environment and not allow Satan to rule over it. The Heavenly Father lovingly made all the animals, and had Adam name them (Genesis 2:19). 


Though the Heavenly Father created a perfect environment for Adam, yet he was given the purpose for living. 


What is our purpose of living on this earth? We have a purpose in this world. Our purpose is to provide for our natural family. We have a purpose in the Body of Christ - our spiritual family. We are to live for the Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, to fulfil His plans and His purposes on this earth; to raise a new generation of believers for Him to carry forward His love to the next generation. 

If we are occupied with fulfilling the Heavenly Father’s purpose as He told us to do, we will not have time to do the things which we are not supposed to do. 

Therefore live life purposefully on this earth. Put the Heavenly Father’s purpose as the highest priority and life will be more meaningful. See the purpose of God unfold and by grace through faith, accomplish it for Him.

2. MAN NEEDS RESOURCES FOR LIVING

Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”


God vested man with His authority and power to have dominion over the earth. The power of God was released through Adam to take dominion over the earth. God did not intend for Adam to fellowship with God and God alone. Adam still needed someone else to fellowship with; hence God created a woman for him to be his helper and companion (Genesis 2:21-22). Besides the woman, God created the animals also for their companionship. God created every tree (except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) in the garden for their food to meet their physical needs.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

BLESSED IN THE HEAVENLY, RELEASED INTO REALITY (2) Ephesians 1:3 (NET) Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 1. Have the Knowledge of the Truth2. Believe the TruthThe next thing we need to do:3. CONFESS THE TRUTHConfess what you believe. Confessing the truth releases what’s in the heavenly realms into the natural realm. Confessing the truth releases tremendous power to bring about the blessings in the heavenly realms (spiritual realm) into the natural realm. One reason why we come to church is to constantly hear the truth. Under the covering of the church is where the truth is being released to you. We will be reminded about confessing the truth, which in turn releases tremendous power of life; for the power of life is in the tongue. Hebrews 10:23 (KJV 1900) Let us hold fast the profession [confession] of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Faith means reasonable and confident expectation of future events. Faithful means faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable. Promised means to announce with certainty as to what one will do [Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 420). New York: United Bible Societies.]
The Heavenly Father has blessed us unconditionally with every spiritual blessing. Then as we hold fast unwaveringly to the confession of His promise, the unchanging promise will come to pass.4. FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING THE SPIRITUAL TRUTH INTO REALITY The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. Because the Father of our Lord Jesus has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms, following the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit will bring what is in the heavenly realms into the natural realm. Every spiritual blessing remains in the heavenly realm; hence we need to be led by His Spirit of grace to bring those blessings in the heavenly realms into the natural realm. For example, the Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with a job, and with everything else, but we need to follow the Holy Spirit to guide and to lead us to that job, which is in the natural realm. It is the same in doing business. He has blessed us, but we need to follow the Holy Spirit in leading us to do the right business, with the right person, and at the right place. Then the blessings in the heavenly realms will be released into reality. The Heavenly Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. What a great Father. What a great blessing! Such is the grace of the Father’s love.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

BLESSED IN THE HEAVENLY, RELEASED INTO REALITY (2) 

Ephesians 1:3 (NET) Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 

1. Have the Knowledge of the Truth
2. Believe the Truth

The next thing we need to do:

3. CONFESS THE TRUTH

Confess what you believe. Confessing the truth releases what’s in the heavenly realms into the natural realm. Confessing the truth releases tremendous power to bring about the blessings in the heavenly realms (spiritual realm) into the natural realm. 


One reason why we come to church is to constantly hear the truth. Under the covering of the church is where the truth is being released to you. We will be reminded about confessing the truth, which in turn releases tremendous power of life; for the power of life is in the tongue. 


Hebrews 10:23 (KJV 1900) Let us hold fast the profession [confession] of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)


Faith means reasonable and confident expectation of future events. Faithful means faithful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable. Promised means to announce with certainty as to what one will do [Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 420). New York: United Bible Societies.]


The Heavenly Father has blessed us unconditionally with every spiritual blessing. Then as we hold fast unwaveringly to the confession of His promise, the unchanging promise will come to pass.

4. FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING THE SPIRITUAL TRUTH INTO REALITY 

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. Because the Father of our Lord Jesus has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms, following the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit will bring what is in the heavenly realms into the natural realm. Every spiritual blessing remains in the heavenly realm; hence we need to be led by His Spirit of grace to bring those blessings in the heavenly realms into the natural realm. For example, the Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with a job, and with everything else, but we need to follow the Holy Spirit to guide and to lead us to that job, which is in the natural realm. It is the same in doing business. He has blessed us, but we need to follow the Holy Spirit in leading us to do the right business, with the right person, and at the right place. Then the blessings in the heavenly realms will be released into reality. 

The Heavenly Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. What a great Father. What a great blessing! Such is the grace of the Father’s love.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

BLESSED IN THE HEAVENLY, RELEASED INTO REALITY (1) Ephesians 1:3 (NET) Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 
We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. But how do we bring those blessings into reality?1. HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH First and foremost, you need to know (have knowledge) that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (spiritual realm) because you are in Christ. You need to have this knowledge because the work of the devil is to curse this world. But we are blessed living in a cursed world. With the knowledge of the truth, we are able to withstand the power of darkness (power of Satan, the curse of this world). 
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge ...Coming to church regularly will help renew your minds with the knowledge of the truth. It will do two things:1. You will constantly come under the covering of the truth2. Your mind is constantly being renewed with the truthThe truth will bring light into your spirit and mind to guard you against the power of darkness.2 Peter 1:3 (AMP) For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).His divine power is spiritual and in the heavenly realm. All things that are for life and godliness is in the natural realm. Through knowledge, we know the Heavenly Father has given us all things according to His divine power. His knowledge is also spiritual in nature. Knowing and understanding this knowledge will translate what the Father has given us for this life into reality.2. BELIEVE THE TRUTHOnce we know the truth, we need to believe the truth. Believe the Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. If you do not believe this, the devil will sow seeds of doubt in your mind to contradict the truth; to keep you from receiving and believing the truth. Continue to believe, regardless of the circumstances or the situation you are caught in. If people cannot believe the truth, then it will only hinder them from appropriating (bringing) it into the natural realm.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

BLESSED IN THE HEAVENLY, RELEASED INTO REALITY (1) 

Ephesians 1:3 (NET) Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. 


We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. But how do we bring those blessings into reality?


1. HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH 

First and foremost, you need to know (have knowledge) that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms (spiritual realm) because you are in Christ. You need to have this knowledge because the work of the devil is to curse this world. But we are blessed living in a cursed world. With the knowledge of the truth, we are able to withstand the power of darkness (power of Satan, the curse of this world). 

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge ...


Coming to church regularly will help renew your minds with the knowledge of the truth. It will do two things:

1. You will constantly come under the covering of the truth
2. Your mind is constantly being renewed with the truth


The truth will bring light into your spirit and mind to guard you against the power of darkness.


2 Peter 1:3 (AMP) For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).


His divine power is spiritual and in the heavenly realm. All things that are for life and godliness is in the natural realm. Through knowledge, we know the Heavenly Father has given us all things according to His divine power. His knowledge is also spiritual in nature. Knowing and understanding this knowledge will translate what the Father has given us for this life into reality.


2. BELIEVE THE TRUTH

Once we know the truth, we need to believe the truth. Believe the Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. If you do not believe this, the devil will sow seeds of doubt in your mind to contradict the truth; to keep you from receiving and believing the truth. Continue to believe, regardless of the circumstances or the situation you are caught in. If people cannot believe the truth, then it will only hinder them from appropriating (bringing) it into the natural realm.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread

WE REIGN ON EARTH USING OUR AUTHORITY We reign in life on this earth using the key, which is the Name of Jesus. Our spiritual authority is in the Name of Jesus; it belongs to us. We use it against any demonic power hindering or coming against our family and us, or anyone within our domain of influence.We reign over circumstances, poverty, disease, and everything else that would hinder us. We reign because we have authority given to us by Jesus for living on this earth.Romans 5:17 (NKJV) For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Romans 5:17 (AMP) ...reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ.When we receive the grace of God for salvation, we receive the gift of righteousness. It is the Holy Spirit who makes us righteous. From then on, more grace is multiplied to us as our knowledge in the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ increases.2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord ...When the knowledge of who we are in Christ increases, the abundance of grace is multiplied to us, and sets us free from the power of the devil.Furthermore, when we are taught the knowledge of the truth concerning the spiritual authority of the believer over the devil, the grace to use this authority to bind the devil and loose people from their bondage is multiplied to us. We, then, have the grace of God to exercise our authority over all the power of the devil. When we use our authority, the power of God is released to destroy his works.With knowledge, we receive the grace of God to reign over all the power of the devil, fulfilling Romans 5:17. When we acquire Biblical truth about finances, healing, and deliverance from the power of darkness, the abundance of grace from the truth will set us free to reign victoriously.We reign as kings through the abundance of grace which comes through knowledge. Because we have knowledge of our authority in Jesus' Name, grace is multiplied to us to reign. Without this knowledge, we would not know how to bind the devil, and we would not be able to reign over him. Hence the devil will continue to rule over our lives.God's plan is for us to reign over our lives, not the devil. Would the Father let the devil reign over us? No! We have the Name of Jesus; we have the grace to reign.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

WE REIGN ON EARTH USING OUR AUTHORITY 

We reign in life on this earth using the key, which is the Name of Jesus. Our spiritual authority is in the Name of Jesus; it belongs to us. We use it against any demonic power hindering or coming against our family and us, or anyone within our domain of influence.

We reign over circumstances, poverty, disease, and everything else that would hinder us. We reign because we have authority given to us by Jesus for living on this earth.

Romans 5:17 (NKJV) For if by the one mans offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 

Romans 5:17 (AMP) ...reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ.

When we receive the grace of God for salvation, we receive the gift of righteousness. It is the Holy Spirit who makes us righteous. From then on, more grace is multiplied to us as our knowledge in the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ increases.

2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord ...

When the knowledge of who we are in Christ increases, the abundance of grace is multiplied to us, and sets us free from the power of the devil.

Furthermore, when we are taught the knowledge of the truth concerning the spiritual authority of the believer over the devil, the grace to use this authority to bind the devil and loose people from their bondage is multiplied to us. We, then, have the grace of God to exercise our authority over all the power of the devil. When we use our authority, the power of God is released to destroy his works.

With knowledge, we receive the grace of God to reign over all the power of the devil, fulfilling Romans 5:17. When we acquire Biblical truth about finances, healing, and deliverance from the power of darkness, the abundance of grace from the truth will set us free to reign victoriously.

We reign as kings through the abundance of grace which comes through knowledge. Because we have knowledge of our authority in Jesus Name, grace is multiplied to us to reign. Without this knowledge, we would not know how to bind the devil, and we would not be able to reign over him. Hence the devil will continue to rule over our lives.

Gods plan is for us to reign over our lives, not the devil. Would the Father let the devil reign over us? No! We have the Name of Jesus; we have the grace to reign.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
#goodtoread
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