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WHEN WE SOW, WE WILL REAP SPIRITUALLY AND NATURALLY The Bible teaches us to sow, and we will reap. One term found in the Bible is seedtime and harvest, and another is giving and receiving. Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law that governs this universe. It is a law that was created by God. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.This law works for both Christians and non-Christians alike. It is a spiritual law that governs the natural realm. When we sow, we must do it by faith. What do I mean by faith? We must believe this law always works; when we sow, we will surely reap. We will reap not only in the realm of the spirit but in the natural realm as well. Let me give you a few examples. When we sow into a church or a ministry, we will reap in two ways:1. When we sow into a good ministry, we will see the fruit that the ministry bears. We get to witness a greater number of people whose lives will be touched by that ministry. This is reaping spiritual fruits.2. The spiritual law of sowing and reaping will multiply back to us the finances we sowed. Regardless where we sowed into (be it good or bad ground). When we sow our gifts and talents, our natural giftings and talents will increase in our personal lives. It is reaping in the natural. The law of sowing and reaping always works. But of course, we need to follow the Holy Spirit's leading and be wise as to where we should sow to reap both spiritually and naturally. It does not matter whether you sow into Israel, or the church or the lives of preachers, you will reap spiritual and natural fruits. The Jews were God's chosen ones to bring forth the Saviour, Jesus Christ. After Jesus died and rose again and ascended into heaven, we see the birth of the church. Every believer is a Jew spiritually, a son of the Heavenly Father whom He loves, a member of the body of Jesus Christ and Jesus is the Head of His own Body. We are one with Jesus for we are in Him because He is in us. Israel had their temples in the Old Covenant, a place where they went to worship. We are the temple of the Most High God, and we are the temple of the Holy Ghost. A Christian is not inferior to a natural Jew, nor is he inferior to Israel. Sowing into a preacher's life to help him or her in the ministry, or a pastor so that there is food for his family and they suffer no lack. Or sowing into the lives of full-time leaders and workers in the church, so that they will not be like some poor church mice having barely enough finances to live by, is no less than sowing into the Jews or the nation of Israel. The son of the Father's love (a believer) is not inferior to Israel's Jews. When you sow into the local church or sow into some ministry, you will not be less blessed than if you sow into Israel. The body of Christ whose head is Jesus, is not inferior or less than Israel or the Jews of Israel. Sow where the Holy Spirit leads you, and you will be walking in the obedience of faith, and you will access His grace of sowing and reaping.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

WHEN WE SOW, WE WILL REAP SPIRITUALLY AND NATURALLY 

The Bible teaches us to sow, and we will reap. One term found in the Bible is seedtime and harvest, and another is giving and receiving. Sowing and reaping is a spiritual law that governs this universe. It is a law that was created by God. 

2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) 
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

This law works for both Christians and non-Christians alike. It is a spiritual law that governs the natural realm. 

When we sow, we must do it by faith. What do I mean by faith? We must believe this law always works; when we sow, we will surely reap. We will reap not only in the realm of the spirit but in the natural realm as well. Let me give you a few examples. 

When we sow into a church or a ministry, we will reap in two ways:

1. When we sow into a good ministry, we will see the fruit that the ministry bears. We get to witness a greater number of people whose lives will be touched by that ministry. This is reaping spiritual fruits.

2. The spiritual law of sowing and reaping will multiply back to us the finances we sowed. Regardless where we 
sowed into (be it good or bad ground). When we sow our gifts and talents, our natural giftings and talents will increase in our personal lives. It is reaping in the natural. The law of sowing and reaping always works. 

But of course, we need to follow the Holy Spirits leading and be wise as to where we should sow to reap both spiritually and naturally. 

It does not matter whether you sow into Israel, or the church or the lives of preachers, you will reap spiritual and natural fruits. 

The Jews were Gods chosen ones to bring forth the Saviour, Jesus Christ. After Jesus died and rose again and ascended into heaven, we see the birth of the church. Every believer is a Jew spiritually, a son of the Heavenly Father whom He loves, a member of the body of Jesus Christ and Jesus is the Head of His own Body. We are one with Jesus for we are in Him because He is in us. Israel had their temples in the Old Covenant, a place where they went to worship. We are the temple of the Most High God, and we are the temple of the Holy Ghost. A Christian is not inferior to a natural Jew, nor is he inferior to Israel. 

Sowing into a preachers life to help him or her in the ministry, or a pastor so that there is food for his family and they suffer no lack. Or sowing into the lives of full-time leaders and workers in the church, so that they will not be like some poor church mice having barely enough finances to live by, is no less than sowing into the Jews or the nation of Israel. The son of the Fathers love (a believer) is not inferior to Israels Jews. 

When you sow into the local church or sow into some ministry, you will not be less blessed than if you sow into Israel. The body of Christ whose head is Jesus, is not inferior or less than Israel or the Jews of Israel. 

Sow where the Holy Spirit leads you, and you will be walking in the obedience of faith, and you will access His grace of sowing and reaping.

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

1 Corinthians 9:9–10 (NLT)9 For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? 10 Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest.Paul quoted Moses' law in the Old Testament to apply it to the New Testament church. If the ox comes to a point where it has nothing to eat, and not being able to plough the field and having seeds not being sown, there will not be a harvest in due season. If the ox is partially fed and is half weak, it can only plough half the field, hence the yield will be halved, figuratively speaking. In other words, when they fully or partially muzzle the ox, it will affect their harvest too.In the Old Testament, the way they supported the high priest and priests, and the maintenance of God's temple were through tithes and offering. If they do not bring their tithes and offerings, the high priest and priests would have nothing to meet their needs, and the temple will suffer ruin. God had Moses instruct them in Deuteronomy, not to muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. God knew there would be times the Israelites would not bring in their tithes and offerings. Paul quoted Moses' law to apply it to the church; that they must not muzzle the ox. He instructed the church in Corinth not to muzzle the pastors; instead, they are to be supported. The way to support the pastors, staff, and the church's maintenance is through tithes and offerings. Tithes belong to God, and offering is the seed we sow. Figuratively speaking, the church is the field. 1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.If the people in the church do not support the pastors and staff, the field will suffer; just like the field the ox ploughs will suffer no harvest.Kenneth E. Hagin said in his book published in 1994, Biblical Keys to Financial Prosperity: I’ve been in the ministry since 1934. Let me tell you something that I have learned about honouring those God has placed in the office of pastor. This is not something I think. It’s not something somebody told me. It’s something I know! The reason you should honour the office of the pastor and honour the man who stands in that office is that those who do will prosper in life!Paul went on to say this.1 Corinthians 9:11–12 (NLT)11 Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink? 12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?The pastors and teachers in the church sow spiritual food for the people to grow strong spiritually. They watch over the field in prayer and water it with the Word, so that the field produces a good harvest - that you may prosper and have success in your life. They are entitled to receive from the church to meet their natural needs. In the Tabernacle of Moses, the tithes and the offerings of the people of Israel met the needs of the priests. They also helped in the temple's maintenance. Similarly today, the tithes and offerings of the people help meet the needs of the pastors, teachers, and supporting staff, and pay for the church premises' maintenance.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

1 Corinthians 9:9–10 (NLT)
9 For the law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? 
10 Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest.

Paul quoted Moses law in the Old Testament to apply it to the New Testament church. If the ox comes to a point where it has nothing to eat, and not being able to plough the field and having seeds not being sown, there will not be a harvest in due season. If the ox is partially fed and is half weak, it can only plough half the field, hence the yield will be halved, figuratively speaking. In other words, when they fully or partially muzzle the ox, it will affect their harvest too.

In the Old Testament, the way they supported the high priest and priests, and the maintenance of Gods temple were through tithes and offering. If they do not bring their tithes and offerings, the high priest and priests would have nothing to meet their needs, and the temple will suffer ruin. God had Moses instruct them in Deuteronomy, not to muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. God knew there would be times the Israelites would not bring in their tithes and offerings. 

Paul quoted Moses law to apply it to the church; that they must not muzzle the ox. He instructed the church in Corinth not to muzzle the pastors; instead, they are to be supported. The way to support the pastors, staff, and the churchs maintenance is through tithes and offerings. Tithes belong to God, and offering is the seed we sow. Figuratively speaking, the church is the field. 

1 Corinthians 3:9 (NKJV) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

If the people in the church do not support the pastors and staff, the field will suffer; just like the field the ox ploughs will suffer no harvest.

Kenneth E. Hagin said in his book published in 1994, Biblical Keys to Financial Prosperity: 

I’ve been in the ministry since 1934. Let me tell you something that I have learned about honouring those God has placed in the office of pastor. This is not something I think. It’s not something somebody told me. It’s something I know! The reason you should honour the office of the pastor and honour the man who stands in that office is that those who do will prosper in life!

Paul went on to say this.

1 Corinthians 9:11–12 (NLT)
11 Since we have planted spiritual seed among you, aren’t we entitled to a harvest of physical food and drink? 
12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?

The pastors and teachers in the church sow spiritual food for the people to grow strong spiritually. They watch over the field in prayer and water it with the Word, so that the field produces a good harvest - that you may prosper and have success in your life. They are entitled to receive from the church to meet their natural needs. 

In the Tabernacle of Moses, the tithes and the offerings of the people of Israel met the needs of the priests. They also helped in the temples maintenance. Similarly today, the tithes and offerings of the people help meet the needs of the pastors, teachers, and supporting staff, and pay for the church premises maintenance.

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

WHY DO BELIEVERS SUFFER WHILE DOING GOD'S WILL? Hezekiah did three things that fulfilled the law of Moses, which pleased God. He was a good king, reinstituting the celebrations of the feasts. Although he had the best things in life, life was not without any difficulty. Hezekiah fell terminally ill because of pride. Another severe problem he faced was the attack from the Assyrian army. 
ASSYRIA INVADES JUDAH 2 Chronicles 32:7–8 (NLT)7 "Be strong and courageous! Don't be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! 8 He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!" Hezekiah's words greatly encouraged the people.King Hezekiah removed all the idols of the other gods, and restored worship to the Almighty God. He reinstituted tithes and offerings to take care of the priests and the temple. Spiritually, they were strong; the king was strong.
2 Chronicles 32:20–21 (NLT)20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to God in heaven. 21 And the Lord sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace to his own land. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with a sword.
The Assyrian enemy was a type of the devil that attacked the Kingdom of Judah; God's people. But both King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah prayed. Also, when he was afflicted with a terminal disease, he prayed. When someone prays, he is submitting his challenges to God who will undertake on his behalf. When Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed, God sent the angel away from the Assyrian camp, and they were without angelic protection. This led to their defeat.
Even though we are doing God's will and the things that please Him, there are demonic powers around. They will find ways to attack us; stirring others to persecute us, and put obstacles across our paths. But we have authority over the demonic powers in the mighty Name of Jesus. They have already been defeated by Jesus, and have no dominion over us. We can always use our authority against them, and they must submit to the name of Jesus. 
We can deduce four causes that lead people into difficulties, even though they may be walking and doing God's will. 
The four causes are:PRIDE - pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Hezekiah almost died of sickness because of his pride. The humble can receive the grace from God, whereas the proud cannot.
DEMONIC POWERS - since the fall of Adam and Eve, the earth is cursed by Satan. This world is set up to fail because of the curse. But Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, and has given us His authority to take dominion over the devil. In difficult times, we pray, and as the Holy Spirt leads us, we use our authority in the Name of Jesus to bind every demonic force that tries to array against us. 
LACK OF WISDOM - For example, Kenneth E. Hagin shared an incident when he was soaked with sweat after preaching. He walked out into the cold without wearing an overcoat. So he caught a cold and fell sick. Well, you do not walk out into the cold winter without wearing a coat. Similarly, you do not walk out without wearing a mask when the Covid-19 virus is spreading. People can get into much difficulties in life due to their lack of wisdom, or no wisdom, in dealing with life issues. Always ask God for wisdom to rely on His wisdom, though we may have some wisdom.
MAKING WRONG CHOICES - Making the wrong choices can get us into trouble, even though we are doing God's will. It is essential that we pray, seek, wait, and follow the Holy Spirit's leading concerning major life decisions. But we cannot avoid making wrong choices. If we always do the things that please God, He will turn our situation around. Meeting the right people, at the right time, and the right place, and doing the right thing, are the four rights we must not get wrong. They will influence and affect our lives for the better or may ruin our lives and retard us from moving forward. We cannot guarantee we will always make the right choices. Therefore the vital key is always seek to do God's will, and always do what pleases the Heavenly Father. And He will send the angel to fight your battle; He will turn your situation around. And you will receive your healing every time. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

WHY DO BELIEVERS SUFFER WHILE DOING GODS WILL? 

Hezekiah did three things that fulfilled the law of Moses, which pleased God. He was a good king, reinstituting the celebrations of the feasts. Although he had the best things in life, life was not without any difficulty. Hezekiah fell terminally ill because of pride. Another severe problem he faced was the attack from the Assyrian army. 


ASSYRIA INVADES JUDAH 

2 Chronicles 32:7–8 (NLT)
7 Be strong and courageous! Dont be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! 
8 He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us! Hezekiahs words greatly encouraged the people.


King Hezekiah removed all the idols of the other gods, and restored worship to the Almighty God. He reinstituted tithes and offerings to take care of the priests and the temple. Spiritually, they were strong; the king was strong.


2 Chronicles 32:20–21 (NLT)
20 Then King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to God in heaven. 
21 And the Lord sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army with all its commanders and officers. So Sennacherib was forced to return home in disgrace to his own land. And when he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with a sword.


The Assyrian enemy was a type of the devil that attacked the Kingdom of Judah; Gods people. But both King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah prayed. Also, when he was afflicted with a terminal disease, he prayed. When someone prays, he is submitting his challenges to God who will undertake on his behalf. When Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed, God sent the angel away from the Assyrian camp, and they were without angelic protection. This led to their defeat.


Even though we are doing Gods will and the things that please Him, there are demonic powers around. They will find ways to attack us; stirring others to persecute us, and put obstacles across our paths. But we have authority over the demonic powers in the mighty Name of Jesus. They have already been defeated by Jesus, and have no dominion over us. We can always use our authority against them, and they must submit to the name of Jesus.  


We can deduce four causes that lead people into difficulties, even though they may be walking and doing Gods will.  


The four causes are:
PRIDE - pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Hezekiah almost died of sickness because of his pride. The humble can receive the grace from God, whereas the proud cannot.


DEMONIC POWERS - since the fall of Adam and Eve, the earth is cursed by Satan. This world is set up to fail because of the curse. But Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, and has given us His authority to take dominion over the devil. In difficult times, we pray, and as the Holy Spirt leads us, we use our authority in the Name of Jesus to bind every demonic force that tries to array against us. 


LACK OF WISDOM - For example, Kenneth E. Hagin shared an incident when he was soaked with sweat after preaching. He walked out into the cold without wearing an overcoat. So he caught a cold and fell sick. Well, you do not walk out into the cold winter without wearing a coat. Similarly, you do not walk out without wearing a mask when the Covid-19 virus is spreading. People can get into much difficulties in life due to their lack of wisdom, or no wisdom, in dealing with life issues. Always ask God for wisdom to rely on His wisdom, though we may have some wisdom.


MAKING WRONG CHOICES - Making the wrong choices can get us into trouble, even though we are doing Gods will. It is essential that we pray, seek, wait, and follow the Holy Spirits leading concerning major life decisions. But we cannot avoid making wrong choices. If we always do the things that please God, He will turn our situation around. Meeting the right people, at the right time, and the right place, and doing the right thing, are the four rights we must not get wrong. They will influence and affect our lives for the better or may ruin our lives and retard us from moving forward. We cannot guarantee we will always make the right choices. 

Therefore the vital key is always seek to do Gods will, and always do what pleases the Heavenly Father. And He will send the angel to fight your battle; He will turn your situation around. And you will receive your healing every time. 

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

HEZEKIAH PLEASED GOD BUT WHY WAS HE TERMINALLY ILL? King Hezekiah removed idol worship and other pagan gods from the Temple of God. He brought the people back to worship the Almighty God, and celebrate the different feasts. He also reinstituted tithes and offerings that met the needs of the priests and the Levites and maintained the temple. All these pleased God, and Hezekiah carried out His will. Then King Sennacherib of Assyria and his army attacked Hezekiah and the Kingdom of Judah. About this time, Hezekiah became sick. Isaiah 38:1–3 (NLT)1 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.’ ”2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly. Though Hezekiah was carrying out God’s will, and always doing what pleased the Lord, he became terminally ill. If God wanted Hezekiah to die, then there was no need to send prophet Isaiah to speak to him; leave him alone, and he would surely die. The Lord sent Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to put his house in order and invoke him to pray and plead his case, for God to heal him. Hezekiah faced the wall and argued his case giving three valid reasons. Isaiah 38:4-6 (NLT)4 Then this message came to Isaiah from the Lord: 5 “Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, 6 and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city. Then God said He would heal Hezekiah, defeat his enemy, the Assyrian army, and allowed him to live another 15 years.Isaiah 38:21–22,7-8 (NLT)21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”22 And Hezekiah had asked, “What sign will prove that I will go to the Temple of the Lord?”7 “ ‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised:8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!’ ” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps.But Hezekiah asked God for a sign. Why did he not simply believe the Word of the Lord? Why did he have to ask God for a sign?PRIDE WAS THE CAUSE Pride is always the cause of destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Hezekiah asked God for a sign because of his pride. 2 Chronicles 32:24–26 (NLT)24 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the Lord’s anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime. Even though Hezekiah was carrying out God’s will, pride was the cause of his sickness eventually. Hezekiah was a proud man before he was sick and after the Lord spoke to him. However, he repented of his pride. God could see that Hezekiah would repent. So He sent Isaiah the prophet to speak to Hezekiah to pray and plead his case.Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.We may be doing the will of God and everything that pleases God. But if we are in pride, it will bring about our destruction. A haughty spirit (showing contempt and a lack of respect) will cause one to fall as in the case of Hezekiah. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

HEZEKIAH PLEASED GOD BUT WHY WAS HE TERMINALLY ILL? 

King Hezekiah removed idol worship and other pagan gods from the Temple of God. He brought the people back to worship the Almighty God, and celebrate the different feasts. He also reinstituted tithes and offerings that met the needs of the priests and the Levites and maintained the temple. All these pleased God, and Hezekiah carried out His will. Then King Sennacherib of Assyria and his army attacked Hezekiah and the Kingdom of Judah. About this time, Hezekiah became sick. 

Isaiah 38:1–3 (NLT)
1 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him. He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.’ ”
2 When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 
3 “Remember, O Lord, how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.” Then he broke down and wept bitterly. 

Though Hezekiah was carrying out God’s will, and always doing what pleased the Lord, he became terminally ill. If God wanted Hezekiah to die, then there was no need to send prophet Isaiah to speak to him; leave him alone, and he would surely die. The Lord sent Isaiah to tell Hezekiah to put his house in order and invoke him to pray and plead his case, for God to heal him. Hezekiah faced the wall and argued his case giving three valid reasons. 

Isaiah 38:4-6 (NLT)
4 Then this message came to Isaiah from the Lord: 
5 “Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, 
6 and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city. 

Then God said He would heal Hezekiah, defeat his enemy, the Assyrian army, and allowed him to live another 15 years.

Isaiah 38:21–22,7-8 (NLT)
21 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”
22 And Hezekiah had asked, “What sign will prove that I will go to the Temple of the Lord?”
7 “ ‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised:
8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!’ ” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps.

But Hezekiah asked God for a sign. Why did he not simply believe the Word of the Lord? Why did he have to ask God for a sign?

PRIDE WAS THE CAUSE 

Pride is always the cause of destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Hezekiah asked God for a sign because of his pride. 

2 Chronicles 32:24–26 (NLT)
24 About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. 
25 But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the Lord’s anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem. 
26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime. 

Even though Hezekiah was carrying out God’s will, pride was the cause of his sickness eventually. Hezekiah was a proud man before he was sick and after the Lord spoke to him. However, he repented of his pride. 

God could see that Hezekiah would repent. So He sent Isaiah the prophet to speak to Hezekiah to pray and plead his case.

Proverbs 16:18 (NIV) 
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

We may be doing the will of God and everything that pleases God. But if we are in pride, it  will bring about our destruction. A haughty spirit (showing contempt and a lack of respect) will cause one to fall as in the case of Hezekiah. 

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

THREE THINGS HEZEKIAH DID THAT PLEASED GOD King Hezekiah’s father closed the Temple of God and worshipped other gods. On the other hand, Hezekiah, the King of Judah, got rid of the idols and other gods, and reopened the Temple for his people to worship the Almighty God. He carried out the will of God and pleased Him. Hezekiah did three things to revive the worship in God’s Temple. What were these three things Hezekiah did that so pleased God?REMOVED ALL THE IDOLS AND OTHER GODS 2 Chronicles 31:1 (NLT) When the festival ended, the Israelites who attended went to all the towns of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh, and they smashed all the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherah poles, and removed the pagan shrines and altars. After this, the Israelites returned to their own towns and homes. Hezekiah led the Kingdom of Judah to turn back to God; they must have had to turn away from other gods - it has to be. Whatever draws us away from God, must be turned away. REVIVED WORSHIP IN THE TEMPLE 2 Chronicles 31:2–3 (NLT)2 Hezekiah then organized the priests and Levites into divisions to offer the burnt offerings and peace offerings, and to worship and give thanks and praise to the Lord at the gates of the Temple. 3 The king also made a personal contribution of animals for the daily morning and evening burnt offerings, the weekly Sabbath festivals, the monthly new moon festivals, and the annual festivals as prescribed in the Law of the Lord.Hezekiah brought about religious reform to the Kingdom of Judah, and reinstituted the Passover celebration. This celebration was about Jesus, our Passover. It was a very significant and prophetic feast celebrated to proclaim the first coming of Jesus. Hezekiah had the people bring offerings to worship, to give thanks and praise to the Lord. He also personally contributed to the offerings, to revive worship in the Temple of God, and keep the feasts instructed by God in the Law of Moses. He restored offerings and the offering of sacrifices to the Temple, and the feasts were practised again. REINSTITUTED TITHING TO THE TEMPLE 2 Chronicles 31:4–6 (NLT)4 In addition, he required the people in Jerusalem to bring a portion of their goods to the priests and Levites, so they could devote themselves fully to the Law of the Lord. 5 When the people of Israel heard these requirements, they responded generously by bringing the first share of their grain, new wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields. They brought a large quantity—a tithe of all they produced. 6 The people who had moved to Judah from Israel, and the people of Judah themselves, brought in the tithes of their cattle, sheep, and goats and a tithe of the things that had been dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them up in great heaps.Hezekiah also reinstituted tithing to the Temple to meet the needs of the priests and the Levites, so that they could fully devote themselves to serving the Lord, and the Temple be maintained.The people were very generous and brought abundance to the Temple. Even the people who migrated from the Kingdom of Israel to the Kingdom of Judah, did the same.2 Chronicles 31:10 (NLT) And Azariah the high priest, from the family of Zadok, replied, “Since the people began bringing their gifts to the Lord’s Temple, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare. The Lord has blessed his people, and all this is left over.”Hezekiah asked where all these gifts came from. The high priest, Azariah, replied that the people brought so much that even after they were eaten and distributed, there were still leftovers.When Hezekiah removed other gods, and restored worship to the Temple, God blessed His people. In other words, when they made God as their Lord again, the Lord blessed them. They also took care of His priests and the Temple so that they could continue worshipping, bringing sacrifices to the altar, and the high priest could hear from God for the people. Furthermore, Hezekiah ordered that storerooms be prepared, and the gifts stored and distributed to the priests and those who served in the Temple (2 Chronicles 31:11–12,14 (NLT)).The Tabernacle of Moses is a type of the church today. God prospers the people in the church so that there is continuous worship, and support for the pastors, staff, and maintenance of the church. By taking care of the temple (the church), and the people who serve there, they in turn can serve the congregation. God will bless those who are part of this temple. When they had a good king, the nation prospered. The people also prospered, and the Temple was maintained; the high priest and the priests had abundance.In the next article, we will study although Hezekiah did the things that pleased God, he was terminally ill. Why? Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

THREE THINGS HEZEKIAH DID THAT PLEASED GOD 

King Hezekiah’s father closed the Temple of God and worshipped other gods. On the other hand, Hezekiah, the King of Judah, got rid of the idols and other gods, and reopened the Temple for his people to worship the Almighty God. He carried out the will of God and pleased Him. Hezekiah did three things to revive the worship in God’s Temple. What were these three things Hezekiah did that so pleased God?

REMOVED ALL THE IDOLS AND OTHER GODS 

2 Chronicles 31:1 (NLT)     When the festival ended, the Israelites who attended went to all the towns of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh, and they smashed all the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherah poles, and removed the pagan shrines and altars. After this, the Israelites returned to their own towns and homes. 
Hezekiah led the Kingdom of Judah to turn back to God; they must have had to turn away from other gods - it has to be. Whatever draws us away from God, must be turned away. 

REVIVED WORSHIP IN THE TEMPLE 

2 Chronicles 31:2–3 (NLT)
2 Hezekiah then organized the priests and Levites into divisions to offer the burnt offerings and peace offerings, and to worship and give thanks and praise to the Lord at the gates of the Temple. 
3 The king also made a personal contribution of animals for the daily morning and evening burnt offerings, the weekly Sabbath festivals, the monthly new moon festivals, and the annual festivals as prescribed in the Law of the Lord.

Hezekiah brought about religious reform to the Kingdom of Judah, and reinstituted the Passover celebration. This celebration was about Jesus, our Passover. It was a very significant and prophetic feast celebrated to proclaim the first coming of Jesus. 

Hezekiah had the people bring offerings to worship, to give thanks and praise to the Lord. He also personally contributed to the offerings, to revive worship in the Temple of God, and keep the feasts instructed by God in the Law of Moses. He restored offerings and the offering of sacrifices to the Temple, and the feasts were practised again. 

REINSTITUTED TITHING TO THE TEMPLE 

2 Chronicles 31:4–6 (NLT)
4 In addition, he required the people in Jerusalem to bring a portion of their goods to the priests and Levites, so they could devote themselves fully to the Law of the Lord. 
5 When the people of Israel heard these requirements, they responded generously by bringing the first share of their grain, new wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields. They brought a large quantity—a tithe of all they produced. 
6 The people who had moved to Judah from Israel, and the people of Judah themselves, brought in the tithes of their cattle, sheep, and goats and a tithe of the things that had been dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them up in great heaps.

Hezekiah also reinstituted tithing to the Temple to meet the needs of the priests and the Levites, so that they could fully devote themselves to serving the Lord, and the Temple be maintained.

The people were very generous and brought abundance to the Temple. Even the people who migrated from the Kingdom of Israel to the Kingdom of Judah, did the same.

2 Chronicles 31:10 (NLT)                          
And Azariah the high priest, from the family of Zadok, replied, “Since the people began bringing their gifts to the Lord’s Temple, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare. The Lord has blessed his people, and all this is left over.”

Hezekiah asked where all these gifts came from. The high priest, Azariah, replied that the people brought so much that even after they were eaten and distributed, there were still leftovers.

When Hezekiah removed other gods, and restored worship to the Temple, God blessed His people. In other words, when they made God as their Lord again, the Lord blessed them. They also took care of His priests and the Temple so that they could continue worshipping, bringing sacrifices to the altar, and the high priest could hear from God for the people. Furthermore, Hezekiah ordered that storerooms be prepared, and the gifts stored and distributed to the priests and those who served in the Temple (2 Chronicles 31:11–12,14 (NLT)).

The Tabernacle of Moses is a type of the church today. God prospers the people in the church so that there is continuous worship, and support for the pastors, staff, and maintenance of the church. By taking care of the temple (the church), and the people who serve there, they in turn can serve the congregation. God will bless those who are part of this temple. 

When they had a good king, the nation prospered. The people also prospered, and the Temple was maintained; the high priest and the priests had abundance.

In the next article, we will study although Hezekiah did the things that pleased God, he was terminally ill. Why? 

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

JESUS DID NOT WANT TO WALK IN JUDEA The Jews were obligated to attend three major feasts in Jerusalem; Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. 
John 5:1–5,8,9 (NET)Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda1 After this there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool called Bethzatha in Aramaic, which has five covered walkways. 3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralysed people were lying in these walkways. 5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 
Grace came when Jesus walked into the pool of Bethesda, but no one recognised Him. Even though there was grace, there was no faith. By the gifts of the Holy Spirit, only one man received his healing. Often unbelievers without faith, get healed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 
John 5:15–16 (NKJV)15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.The man told the Jews Jesus healed him. The religious Jews sought to kill Jesus because He had done good. The religious spirit will always want to kill and destroy someone who does good, who does the work of God. 
John 7:1 (NKJV) After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.
After what happened, Jesus did not want to walk in Judea. Jesus walked away from the people who came against Him, those who wanted to kill and destroy Him. It is the work of the devil whose objective is always to kill, steal, and destroy. 
The Jews in Judea did not benefit from the miracles of God. They could not receive the blessings of God, so many went to Galilee to look for Him. 
Would you say that Jesus was not walking in love when He did not want to walk in Judea? Love is patient, kind, and long-suffering. Why wasn’t Jesus kind and patient and why didn’t He suffer long, by continuing to walk in Judea to minister to the sick, the lame, the poor, and all those with other sicknesses? 
Do not feel condemned to walk away from someone who comes against you and your church. Please do not feel bad for ministering to someone because he would receive your ministry. Do not allow others to say you are not walking in love and make you feel condemned. Check your spirit; if you have peace, then you are walking by the Spirit. 
We minister by the Holy Spirit and His power. We are wholly dependent on the Holy Spirit of grace to minister His power and love. When we make a decision, and have the peace in our soul, then we have the favour of the Holy Spirit. When someone says something, and we feel condemned, what is said is not from God. For He never condemns His own children.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

JESUS DID NOT WANT TO WALK IN JUDEA 

The Jews were obligated to attend three major feasts in Jerusalem; Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. 

John 5:1–5,8,9 (NET)

Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
1 After this there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool called Bethzatha in Aramaic, which has five covered walkways. 
3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralysed people were lying in these walkways. 
5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 
8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 
9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 


Grace came when Jesus walked into the pool of Bethesda, but no one recognised Him. Even though there was grace, there was no faith. By the gifts of the Holy Spirit, only one man received his healing. Often unbelievers without faith, get healed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 


John 5:15–16 (NKJV)
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.


The man told the Jews Jesus healed him. The religious Jews sought to kill Jesus because He had done good. The religious spirit will always want to kill and destroy someone who does good, who does the work of God. 


John 7:1 (NKJV) After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.


After what happened, Jesus did not want to walk in Judea. Jesus walked away from the people who came against Him, those who wanted to kill and destroy Him. It is the work of the devil whose objective is always to kill, steal, and destroy. 


The Jews in Judea did not benefit from the miracles of God. They could not receive the blessings of God, so many went to Galilee to look for Him. 


Would you say that Jesus was not walking in love when He did not want to walk in Judea? Love is patient, kind, and long-suffering. Why wasn’t Jesus kind and patient and why didn’t He suffer long, by continuing to walk in Judea to minister to the sick, the lame, the poor, and all those with other sicknesses? 


Do not feel condemned to walk away from someone who comes against you and your church. Please do not feel bad for ministering to someone because he would receive your ministry. Do not allow others to say you are not walking in love and make you feel condemned. Check your spirit; if you have peace, then you are walking by the Spirit. 


We minister by the Holy Spirit and His power. We are wholly dependent on the Holy Spirit of grace to minister His power and love. When we make a decision, and have the peace in our soul, then we have the favour of the Holy Spirit. When someone says something, and we feel condemned, what is said is not from God. For He never condemns His own children.

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

SEEK A PROPHET, RECEIVE A PREDICTION.SEEK GOD, RECEIVE A REVELATION.Hebrews 1:1–2 (NKJV)1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; …
From the day we are in Christ, the Heavenly Father speaks to us through His Son because we have become His sons and daughters. Our Father and child relationship is higher than one between a prophet and God. A prophet is just a servant of God. In contrast, a son of God is seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father. From then onwards, the Father speaks to us directly through Jesus. And Jesus will reveal things to us by the Holy Spirit. For Jesus already said this in the Gospel of John. 
John 16:14–15 (NKJV)14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
The Father shares with Jesus every thought and plan, and everything else. If deemed appropriate, Jesus will primarily have the Holy Spirit reveal it to us. The Heavenly Father already said He speaks to us through His Son. When we seek a prophet for revelation, we might receive a lie, deception, or even a prediction from the devil. But if we seek the Heavenly Father, we may receive revelation from a prophet in the Name of Jesus. 
Why should you go around seeking to hear from a prophet when you are His son, and have a higher status than a prophet? The Heavenly Father will speak to His sons; there is no doubt about that. We only need to spend time in His presence, waiting upon Him, praying with unknown tongues, and in the Word. As we spend long enough time in His presence, we will hear from the Holy Spirit. And we will know for sure it is the Heavenly Father speaking to us by the Holy Spirit. 
In the book, Seven Steps for Judging Prophecy, Kenneth E. Hagin wrote in chapter 5:“It’s certain that genuine prophecies from God are not going to be used to predict who is going to win a horse race or a political race! We need to judge and rightly divide such so-called prophecy.”
Seek a prophet, and you will receive predictions. Seek God the Father, and you may receive a revelation from a prophet. If we constantly seek prophets to speak to us, the tendency is the prophet will be open to a lying spirit. What we get will be lies. 
As we seek God the Father through praying with unknown tongues in the name of Jesus, even if God sends a prophet, he will receive the revelation from the Holy Spirit to give us an answer. We will know whether it is from God because we, too, have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, to guide and to teach us all things.
Romans 8:14 (NKJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Sons of God should seek God the Father, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is unscriptural to seek to hear from a prophet. Seek God, and He might use a prophet. The prophet will receive from the Holy Spirit, and whatever the prophet says by the Holy Spirit, we, too, will have a witness in our spirit because we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

SEEK A PROPHET, RECEIVE A PREDICTION.
SEEK GOD, RECEIVE A REVELATION.

Hebrews 1:1–2 (NKJV)
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; …


From the day we are in Christ, the Heavenly Father speaks to us through His Son because we have become His sons and daughters. Our Father and child relationship is higher than one between a prophet and God. A prophet is just a servant of God. In contrast, a son of God is seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father. From then onwards, the Father speaks to us directly through Jesus. And Jesus will reveal things to us by the Holy Spirit. For Jesus already said this in the Gospel of John. 


John 16:14–15 (NKJV)
14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 
15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.


The Father shares with Jesus every thought and plan, and everything else. If deemed appropriate, Jesus will primarily have the Holy Spirit reveal it to us.  


The Heavenly Father already said He speaks to us through His Son. When we seek a prophet for revelation, we might receive a lie, deception, or even a prediction from the devil. But if we seek the Heavenly Father, we may receive revelation from a prophet in the Name of Jesus. 


Why should you go around seeking to hear from a prophet when you are His son, and have a higher status than a prophet? The Heavenly Father will speak to His sons; there is no doubt about that. We only need to spend time in His presence, waiting upon Him, praying with unknown tongues, and in the Word. As we spend long enough time in His presence, we will hear from the Holy Spirit. And we will know for sure it is the Heavenly Father speaking to us by the Holy Spirit. 


In the book, Seven Steps for Judging Prophecy, Kenneth E. Hagin wrote in chapter 5:
“It’s certain that genuine prophecies from God are not going to be used to predict who is going to win a horse race or a political race! We need to judge and rightly divide such so-called prophecy.”


Seek a prophet, and you will receive predictions. Seek God the Father, and you may receive a revelation from a prophet.  
If we constantly seek prophets to speak to us, the tendency is the prophet will be open to a lying spirit. What we get will be lies. 


As we seek God the Father through praying with unknown tongues in the name of Jesus, even if God sends a prophet, he will receive the revelation from the Holy Spirit to give us an answer. We will know whether it is from God because we, too, have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, to guide and to teach us all things.


Romans 8:14 (NKJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.


Sons of God should seek God the Father, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is unscriptural to seek to hear from a prophet. Seek God, and He might use a prophet. The prophet will receive from the Holy Spirit, and whatever the prophet says by the Holy Spirit, we, too, will have a witness in our spirit because we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.

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

JESUS PRAYED THE WHOLE NIGHT. WHY? Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda on a Sabbath, and the Pharisees wanted to kill Him. He then went back from Jerusalem to Galilee, and healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees in Galilee wanted to kill him too. 
When Jesus knew about this, He withdrew Himself. Meanwhile, a great multitude followed Him. Jesus taught and healed the people by the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 12:15–21). In those days, Jesus often went up to the mountain to pray.
Luke 6:12–14 (NET)12 Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, …
Jesus prayed the whole night up on the mountain. When morning came, He appointed twelve of His disciples to be the apostles of the Lamb. Why did Jesus, the Son of God and Son of man, need to pray the whole night since the Heavenly Father had already planned and known who the twelve were? Why didn’t the Heavenly Father reveal this to Jesus the moment He prayed? Why did the message come across to Jesus about who to appoint only in the morning? 
Why did Jesus need to pray the whole night? If Jesus knew the moment He prayed who the twelve were, there was no necessity to pray till morning. He could have appointed them the moment He knew. So Jesus did not have it clear in His Spirit, who the twelve were. There was a possibility as the night progressed, He only had partial revelation. And then when morning came, He had the full answer as who the twelve were. 
In praying and seeking God for direction for your life, the Lord may even direct you to move to a city in another country. But the time is not indicated. Then pray till you know the exact timing when you should leave. Pray till you have a knowing in your spirit. 
Some people could have thought they heard from the Lord that He wants them to move to a certain city. But it was not from the Lord. How can you be sure what you heard is from the Lord? Pray and wait upon Him till He indicates to you it is time to go. You may begin to make preparations, but be sure it does not cost you heavily. As you prepare, pray, wait, and seek the Lord, to get it clear when to make a move. 
A pastor-in-charge or a lead-pastor could be praying and seeking God for an assistant pastor to assist him in pastoring the youth or children. After praying much, there are perhaps two or three suitable candidates. The pastor-in-charge or lead-pastor should pray till he knows in his spirit for sure, who the right candidate is.
Jesus prayed the whole night, and it was until morning before He knew specifically who the twelve were. It was a major and crucial decision in picking the twelve. Likewise, we should emulate Jesus - pray and wait till we have a clear direction in our spirit for every critical decision.
Some of the significant decisions in life could be about our marriage partner or business partner. For students, the school to attend, their subject combination, or the course to major in the university. For others, it could be a decision to immigrate (within your own country or to a foreign country). For specific individuals, a call to the full-time ministry.
If Jesus needed to pray till He knew, how much more we need to do likewise - pray till we know in our spirit.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

JESUS PRAYED THE WHOLE NIGHT. WHY? 

Jesus healed the man at the pool of Bethesda on a Sabbath, and the Pharisees wanted to kill Him. He then went back from Jerusalem to Galilee, and healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees in Galilee wanted to kill him too. 

When Jesus knew about this, He withdrew Himself. Meanwhile, a great multitude followed Him. Jesus taught and healed the people by the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 12:15–21). In those days, Jesus often went up to the mountain to pray.


Luke 6:12–14 (NET)
12 Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God. 
13 When morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 
14 Simon (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, …

Jesus prayed the whole night up on the mountain. When morning came, He appointed twelve of His disciples to be the apostles of the Lamb. 


Why did Jesus, the Son of God and Son of man, need to pray the whole night since the Heavenly Father had already planned and known who the twelve were? Why didn’t the Heavenly Father reveal this to Jesus the moment He prayed? Why did the message come across to Jesus about who to appoint only in the morning? 


Why did Jesus need to pray the whole night? If Jesus knew the moment He prayed who the twelve were, there was no necessity to pray till morning. He could have appointed them the moment He knew. So Jesus did not have it clear in His Spirit, who the twelve were. There was a possibility as the night progressed, He only had partial revelation. And then when morning came, He had the full answer as who the twelve were. 


In praying and seeking God for direction for your life, the Lord may even direct you to move to a city in another country. But the time is not indicated. Then pray till you know the exact timing when you should leave. Pray till you have a knowing in your spirit. 


Some people could have thought they heard from the Lord that He wants them to move to a certain city. But it was not from the Lord. How can you be sure what you heard is from the Lord? Pray and wait upon Him till He indicates to you it is time to go. You may begin to make preparations, but be sure it does not cost you heavily. As you prepare, pray, wait, and seek the Lord, to get it clear when to make a move. 


A pastor-in-charge or a lead-pastor could be praying and seeking God for an assistant pastor to assist him in pastoring the youth or children. After praying much, there are perhaps two or three suitable candidates. The pastor-in-charge or lead-pastor should pray till he knows in his spirit for sure, who the right candidate is.


Jesus prayed the whole night, and it was until morning before He knew specifically who the twelve were. It was a major and crucial decision in picking the twelve. Likewise, we should emulate Jesus - pray and wait till we have a clear direction in our spirit for every critical decision.


Some of the significant decisions in life could be about our marriage partner or business partner. For students, the school to attend, their subject combination, or the course to major in the university. For others, it could be a decision to immigrate (within your own country or to a foreign country). For specific individuals, a call to the full-time ministry.


If Jesus needed to pray till He knew, how much more we need to do likewise - pray till we know in our spirit.

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