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Proverbs 8:35 (AMP) For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.This Scripture talks about divine wisdom from God. If we find it, there is life from it. When we draw wisdom from the Heavenly Father, we will obtain favour; a supernatural favour that is beyond human favour, given to you unconditionally. The difference between supernatural favour and natural human favour is that the one from God will influence people to give you favour beyond what they would usually give. They do so without them even knowing the reason why. In other words, people like you for no reason at all.The Heavenly Father Who created the heavens and the earth has infinite wisdom, which is far beyond what we can comprehend or imagine. His is simply inexhaustible. Even the wisest man on earth should still ask Him for it. When we ask the Father for wisdom, we will have both His wisdom and our wisdom that we possess, and combining both the supernatural and the natural to tackle every issue of life. James says we can ask God for wisdom, for we will always lack in comparison to Him.James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.Ask the Father for specific wisdom; for example, if you are facing a very challenging task that you have never come across before. Ask Him for wisdom to handle the challenges at hand. Then He will give you specific wisdom to deal with that issue. Proverbs 2:3–6 (KJV 1900)3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, And liftest up thy voice for understanding;4 If thou seekest her as silver, And searchest for her as for hid treasures;5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.“To cry after knowledge” is like someone who cries out of his heart for knowledge. It is a passionate and honest appeal; not a casual asking. There is a longing for this knowledge of the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus. “To lift up” means to surrender to someone. In this Scripture, it says surrender to the Lord for understanding because ours is futile, so we need the Lord’s. However, before that, there must be a surrendering of yourself to His understanding. Seek His knowledge and understanding because they are more precious than silver, and are like hidden treasures that need to be dug deep to retrieve them. As a result, we will have reverence for the Lord because there is no knowledge or understanding higher than His. When we begin to have reverence for Him, then we will find His knowledge.Hence this passage of Scriptures tells us to have a longing cry for deeper knowledge and understanding of the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus, with an attitude of surrendering to Him. This attitude of the soul that seeks the Father and the Lord Jesus will result in much deeper wisdom, knowledge and understanding. With this comes a greater measure of His favour, together with wisdom. Prayer: Heavenly Father, by Your grace, grant us this deeper cry in our spirit and soul that we may have a deeper knowledge and understanding of You, and deeper wisdom from You. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Proverbs 8:35 (AMP) For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.

This Scripture talks about divine wisdom from God. If we find it, there is life from it. When we draw wisdom from the Heavenly Father, we will obtain favour;  a supernatural favour that is beyond human favour, given to you unconditionally. The difference between supernatural favour and natural human favour is that the one from God will influence people to give you favour beyond what they would usually give. They do so without them even knowing the reason why. In other words, people like you for no reason at all.

The Heavenly Father Who created the heavens and the earth has infinite wisdom, which is far beyond what we can comprehend or imagine. His is simply inexhaustible. Even the wisest man on earth should still ask Him for it. When we ask the Father for wisdom, we will have both His wisdom and our wisdom that we possess, and combining both the supernatural and the natural to tackle every issue of life. James says we can ask God for wisdom, for we will always lack in comparison to Him.

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Ask the Father for specific wisdom; for example, if you are facing a very challenging task that you have never come across before. Ask Him for wisdom to handle the challenges at hand. Then He will give you specific wisdom to deal with that issue. 

Proverbs 2:3–6 (KJV 1900)
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, And liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, And searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

“To cry after knowledge” is like someone who cries out of his heart for knowledge. It is a passionate and honest appeal; not a casual asking. There is a longing for this knowledge of the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus. “To lift up” means to surrender to someone. In this Scripture, it says surrender to the Lord for understanding because ours is futile, so we need the Lord’s. However, before that, there must be a surrendering of yourself to His understanding. Seek His knowledge and understanding because they are more precious than silver, and are like hidden treasures that need to be dug deep to retrieve them. As a result, we will have reverence for the Lord because there is no knowledge or understanding higher than His. When we begin to have reverence for Him, then we will find His knowledge.

Hence this passage of Scriptures tells us to have a longing cry for deeper knowledge and understanding of the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus, with an attitude of surrendering to Him. This attitude of the soul that seeks the Father and the Lord Jesus will result in much deeper wisdom, knowledge and understanding. With this comes a greater measure of His favour, together with wisdom. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, by Your grace, grant us this deeper cry in our spirit and soul that we may have a deeper knowledge and understanding of You, and deeper wisdom from You. 

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
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Proverbs 3:1–4 (NIV)1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.Proverbs tells us not to forget His Word (teaching) but to keep it in our spirits. The Word is God and God is the Word. The Word is Jesus and God is love, and the Word is love. When we keep His Word in our spirits, it will prolong our lives many years and bring peace and prosperity. When we obey His Word, it will not only prosper us spiritually and physically, but materially and financially as well. The Word of God will not make us fail; instead, it generates success. God is not a God of failure but success and prosperity. People put on precious jewels and gold around their necks. When the Scripture tells us to bind love and faithfulness around our neck, it is telling us how we should treat the Word. Be faithful in keeping it like precious jewels and gold. Let keeping the Word and faithfulness in obeying the Word, be seen as precious ornaments around our necks. Then we will have favour with both God and man. Notice the Scriptures consistently say that once we have favour with God, we will also have favour with man. We must seek to obey the Word of God so that we may have favour with Him. Consequently, favour with man follows. We must not seek the favour of man but disobey God; having favour with man does not mean you have favour with God. Since grace is favour from God, it is therefore multiplied through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ as seen in this Scripture. 2 Peter 1:2 (AMP) May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.Knowledge that does not reveal God and the Lord Jesus does not multiply God’s grace to us. This kind of knowledge only puffs a person up. Knowledge that reveals the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus must be believed and obeyed, then the favour of God will be multiplied to you. The knowledge of God not kept, is rejected knowledge. When you reject the knowledge from the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus, you reject His favour. So determine in your heart to seek this knowledge. Believe the knowledge revealed to you, and then obey the knowledge entrusted to you. Thereupon, the favour of God multiplied to you will be seen, and you will have favour with God. Subsequently, others will be influenced by the favour of God upon you. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Proverbs 3:1–4 (NIV)
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs tells us not to forget His Word (teaching) but to keep it in our spirits. The Word is God and God is the Word. The Word is Jesus and God is love, and the Word is love. When we keep His Word in our spirits, it will prolong our lives many years and bring peace and prosperity. When we obey His Word, it will not only prosper us spiritually and physically, but materially and financially as well. The Word of God will not make us fail; instead, it generates success. God is not a God of failure but success and prosperity. 

People put on precious jewels and gold around their necks. When the Scripture tells us to bind love and faithfulness around our neck, it is telling us how we should treat the Word. Be faithful in keeping it like precious jewels and gold. Let keeping the Word and faithfulness in obeying the Word, be seen as precious ornaments around our necks. 

Then we will have favour with both God and man. Notice the Scriptures consistently say that once we have favour with God, we will also have favour with man. We must seek to obey the Word of God so that we may have favour with Him. Consequently, favour with man follows. We must not seek the favour of man but disobey God; having favour with man does not mean you have favour with God. 

Since grace is favour from God, it is therefore multiplied through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ as seen in this Scripture. 

2 Peter 1:2 (AMP) May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Knowledge that does not reveal God and the Lord Jesus does not multiply God’s grace to us. This kind of knowledge only puffs a person up. Knowledge that reveals the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus must be believed and obeyed, then the favour of God will be multiplied to you. The knowledge of God not kept, is rejected knowledge. When you reject the knowledge from the Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus, you reject His favour. So determine in your heart to seek this knowledge. Believe the knowledge revealed to you, and then obey the knowledge entrusted to you. Thereupon, the favour of God multiplied to you will be seen, and you will have favour with God. Subsequently, others will be influenced by the favour of God upon you. 

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

The Heavenly Father is good. And His goodness always leads us. What is His goodness? His goodness is His unfailing love in action. As a result of His love, He will surely work something good out for us. He will work everything together, and something good will come out from it because we are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose … 
We have established the fact that the Father summons us into His kingdom and places us in the Body of Christ (the local church), to build His local church. The next two things the Father has summoned us to are:#3 God’s Plan for Your Life and Your FamilyJeremiah 29:11–13 (NET)11 For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. 12 When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. 13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, Jeremiah 31:9 (AMP) They will…pouring out prayers [for the future]. I will lead them ...
If you choose to follow Him, He has a predestined plan for you. The Heavenly Father sees the days ahead, and He knows you and knows how to fit you into the world you live. However, if you choose to plan your future, He will leave you alone to do so. 
People who pray for the future of their careers are people who seek God’s plan. It allows Him to work something good out for them. He may even lead us into a place, to lead us to something greater. The Heavenly Father has a plan for our lives to prosper us. Therefore He desires that we pray. He would like to summon us into His plan, and refusal is not an option because His plan is perfect and a great blessing. Our natural minds may plan, but life is full of uncertainties because we do not know the days ahead. #4 God Called Us for a Greater PurposeGod called Abraham for a greater purpose. 
Genesis 12:1–2 (NKJV)1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,….to a land that I will show you.2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
God’s purpose for Abraham was to bring forth Jesus Christ to the earth; the ultimate and greatest purpose for Abraham’s life. Through Jesus Christ, Abraham became a blessing to the whole of humanity. 
We are all in Christ and the seed of Abraham. We are blessed to be a greater blessing. God is building this church for this nation, Greater China and other nations. His greater purpose for us is to pray for this nation and other nations, preaching and teaching in China. The Father’s unfailing love is sending His Word of Faith and Grace into these places.
God’s purpose is not just for ourselves and our families. Know that we are called for a purpose, and a greater purpose. And He will always work together all things for good, to those who are summoned.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Heavenly Father is good. And His goodness always leads us. What is His goodness? His goodness is His unfailing love in action. As a result of His love, He will surely work something good out for us. He will work everything together, and something good will come out from it because we are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose … 

We have established the fact that the Father summons us into His kingdom and places us in the Body of Christ (the local church), to build His local church. The next two things the Father has summoned us to are:


#3 God’s Plan for Your Life and Your Family

Jeremiah 29:11–13 (NET)
11 For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. 
12 When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. 
13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, 

Jeremiah 31:9 (AMP) They will…pouring out prayers [for the future]. I will lead them ...

If you choose to follow Him, He has a predestined plan for you. The Heavenly Father sees the days ahead, and He knows you and knows how to fit you into the world you live. However, if you choose to plan your future, He will leave you alone to do so. 

People who pray for the future of their careers are people who seek God’s plan. It allows Him to work something good out for them. He may even lead us into a place, to lead us to something greater. The Heavenly Father has a plan for our lives to prosper us. Therefore He desires that we pray. He would like to summon us into His plan, and refusal is not an option because His plan is perfect and a great blessing. Our natural minds may plan, but life is full of uncertainties because we do not know the days ahead. 


#4 God Called Us for a Greater Purpose

God called Abraham for a greater purpose. 

Genesis 12:1–2 (NKJV)
1 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country,….to a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.

God’s purpose for Abraham was to bring forth Jesus Christ to the earth; the ultimate and greatest purpose for Abraham’s life. Through Jesus Christ, Abraham became a blessing to the whole of humanity. 

We are all in Christ and the seed of Abraham. We are blessed to be a greater blessing. God is building this church for this nation, Greater China and other nations. His greater purpose for us is to pray for this nation and other nations, preaching and teaching in China. The Father’s unfailing love is sending His Word of Faith and Grace into these places.

God’s purpose is not just for ourselves and our families. Know that we are called for a purpose, and a greater purpose. And He will always work together all things for good, to those who are summoned.

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

The Father’s unfailing love will work all things together for our good. His unfailing love will do good. His goodness will always work something good out for those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 
The word “called” has the meaning of “summoned”. For example, Paul was called or summoned to be an apostle. Paul could not change this call or summon. This is the reason why we cannot change God’s calling to be in the ministry. When the court of law sends someone a summon to appear in court, that person cannot refuse to attend. The definition of summon is:
Summoned adj. — denoting someone whose participation or presence has been officially requested (for something); especially a request to which refusal is not an option.
God called or summoned us for His purpose. Let us determine what the Father’s purpose for us is.
#1 Summoned into His Kingdom:God called or summoned us into the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. Our presence as part of the body of Christ when we are born again. God has officially requested us; a request to which refusal is not an option. It is also not an option not to accept Jesus because we will end up in hell. God sent Jesus to die on the cross to summon us to come into His kingdom. When we are born again, we accept His call and His summon into His first purpose.#2 God Placed Us in the Body of Christ - the Local ChurchIt is God who calls or summons those to be pastors. He builds the local church for you, and then summons you into that local church, which is not an option too. 
1 Corinthians 12:18 (NET) But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as he decided. 
God is the One who builds the local church and places you in that local body of Christ as He decides. When you become part of that congregation, especially from day one or from the early years of that church, He has called and summoned you into His second purpose, which is to build this local church of His. 
For instance, our church embraces the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the gift of speaking in unknown tongues. We pray for the future, fulfilling our mission as a praying church, as prayer is our mission. Prayer precedes every revival. We believe Jesus heals to do good to mankind. We embrace the gifts of the Holy Spirit that come into manifestation as the Spirit wills. We teach the Word of Faith because, without faith, it is impossible to please God. We also teach that by faith, we have access to every aspect of the Father’s grace. We put all these in the perspective of the Father’s unfailing love. There is a great move of the Holy Spirit that magnifies the Father’s unfailing love. And faith and grace flow from our Father’s unfailing love. 
We need to understand God calls or summons us according to His purpose, for His purpose, to fulfil His purpose. It is God who calls or summons us by placing us in the local body of Christ (local church), for His purpose. Then all things will work together for good, even when things seem to work against you. God summons us, and refusal is not an option. All of us should build our local church for our children and grandchildren…why shouldn’t we? Our purpose is to perpetuate His truth to the next generation, so that the truth of God will not be lost. There will always be someone to carry on His truth. The Father’s plan will continue to be fulfilled because the devil cannot thwart His plan. We will fulfil His purpose in this local church.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Father’s unfailing love will work all things together for our good. His unfailing love will do good. His goodness will always work something good out for those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 

The word “called” has the meaning of “summoned”. For example, Paul was called or summoned to be an apostle. Paul could not change this call or summon. This is the reason why we cannot change God’s calling to be in the ministry. When the court of law sends someone a summon to appear in court, that person cannot refuse to attend. The definition of summon is:

Summoned adj. — denoting someone whose participation or presence has been officially requested (for something); especially a request to which refusal is not an option.

God called or summoned us for His purpose. Let us determine what the Father’s purpose for us is.


#1 Summoned into His Kingdom:

God called or summoned us into the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. Our presence as part of the body of Christ when we are born again. God has officially requested us; a request to which refusal is not an option. It is also not an option not to accept Jesus because we will end up in hell. God sent Jesus to die on the cross to summon us to come into His kingdom. When we are born again, we accept His call and His summon into His first purpose.


#2 God Placed Us in the Body of Christ - the Local Church

It is God who calls or summons those to be pastors. He builds the local church for you, and then summons you into that local church, which is not an option too. 

1 Corinthians 12:18 (NET) But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as he decided. 

God is the One who builds the local church and places you in that local body of Christ as He decides. When you become part of that congregation, especially from day one or from the early years of that church, He has called and summoned you into His second purpose, which is to build this local church of His. 

For instance, our church embraces the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the gift of speaking in unknown tongues. We pray for the future, fulfilling our mission as a praying church, as prayer is our mission. Prayer precedes every revival. We believe Jesus heals to do good to mankind. We embrace the gifts of the Holy Spirit that come into manifestation as the Spirit wills. We teach the Word of Faith because, without faith, it is impossible to please God. We also teach that by faith, we have access to every aspect of the Father’s grace. We put all these in the perspective of the Father’s unfailing love. There is a great move of the Holy Spirit that magnifies the Father’s unfailing love. And faith and grace flow from our Father’s unfailing love. 

We need to understand God calls or summons us according to His purpose, for His purpose, to fulfil His purpose. It is God who calls or summons us by placing us in the local body of Christ (local church), for His purpose. Then all things will work together for good, even when things seem to work against you.
 
God summons us, and refusal is not an option. All of us should build our local church for our children and grandchildren…why shouldn’t we? Our purpose is to perpetuate His truth to the next generation, so that the truth of God will not be lost. There will always be someone to carry on His truth. The Father’s plan will continue to be fulfilled because the devil cannot thwart His plan. We will fulfil His purpose in this local church.

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

Only goodness comes out of the Heavenly Father’s unfailing love. Acts 10:38 (NKJV) how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.Another way of saying God anointed Jesus, is unfailing love anointed Jesus to go about doing good. The Father’s love will do good, and this is the goodness of the Father. He will only do good, not bad. The Father’s unfailing love will lead us, and in His strength, He will guide us.Exodus 15:13 (NIV) In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling. Romans 2:4 says the goodness of God leads us. 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 goodness of God is His unfailing love in action. When we are going the wrong direction, it is His goodness that will lead us to repentance (or turn around). Goodness is His love leading; in His goodness, He will lead. The definition of goodness:It signifies “not merely goodness as a quality; rather, it is goodness in action, goodness expressing itself in deeds…” [Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 2, p. 274). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.]The love of God causes Him to do good because goodness is expressed in deeds. Out of the abundance of His love, there is goodness. The love of the Father is seen in His goodness in action. When He heals us, it is goodness in action. His goodness flows from His love for His children. We know that God is good. So we rest in His love because He will do something good, or work something good out for us. From the love of the Father, will come the goodness of God. The goodness of the Father will lead us to turn around (repent). He will lead us into the future. He will lead us out from where we have been trapped in. He will lead us through the most difficult times, deliver us out of bondage and when we are going nowhere in life.Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose …His unfailing love will do something and work something good out of any situation for us. The Father will always do something, so that something good will come out. It is the goodness of God and His unfailing love for us. Goodness is His unfailing love in action.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Only goodness comes out of the Heavenly Father’s unfailing love. 

Acts 10:38 (NKJV) how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Another way of saying God anointed Jesus, is unfailing love anointed Jesus to go about doing good. The Father’s love will do good, and this is the goodness of the Father. He will only do good, not bad. 

The Father’s unfailing love will lead us, and in His strength, He will guide us.

Exodus 15:13 (NIV) In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
 
Romans 2:4 says the goodness of God leads us. 

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 goodness of God is His unfailing love in action. When we are going the wrong direction, it is His goodness that will lead us to repentance (or turn around). Goodness is His love leading; in His goodness, He will lead. The definition of goodness:

It signifies “not merely goodness as a quality; rather, it is goodness in action, goodness expressing itself in deeds…” [Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 2, p. 274). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.]

The love of God causes Him to do good because goodness is expressed in deeds. Out of the abundance of His love, there is goodness. The love of the Father is seen in His goodness in action. When He heals us, it is goodness in action. His goodness flows from His love for His children. We know that God is good. So we rest in His love because He will do something good, or work something good out for us. 

From the love of the Father, will come the goodness of God. The goodness of the Father will lead us to turn around (repent). He will lead us into the future. He will lead us out from where we have been trapped in. He will lead us through the most difficult times, deliver us out of bondage and when we are going nowhere in life.

Romans 8:28 (NET) And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose …

His unfailing love will do something and work something good out of any situation for us. The Father will always do something, so that something good will come out. It is the goodness of God and His unfailing love for us. Goodness is His unfailing love in action.

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

There are two things one needs to do to receive and accept the Father’s will. Paul prayed for the Colossian churches to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Paul also wrote to the church in Rome to renew their minds so that they could accept the will of God. Ask God to Fill You With the Knowledge of His Will 
Colossians 1:9–10 (NET)Paul’s Prayer for the Growth of the Church9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects—bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God,
Paul never ceased praying for the churches in Colosse. He prayed that the Father fill them with the knowledge of His will. In His will is His wisdom to use His knowledge, and the understanding to apply it. As a result, they would bear fruit and grow in the knowledge of God. 
The Father will give us the knowledge of His will when we ask Him, so that by His grace (not our effort and works), we please Him. The Father’s unfailing love gives us His grace to please Him. We please the Father, not by our effort and works which are without grace. We please the Father by His grace, for the Father loves us. Then we will see the fruit of the knowledge of His will in our lives and will grow in the knowledge of His will. As we live according to His will, it pleases the Father.Renew Your Mind with the Word
Romans 12:2 (NET) Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.By the grace of the Father, the Word of the Lord will come into our spirits. He enlightens and illuminates our spirits. If our minds are not renewed, they will go against the illumination in our spirits. Our emotions will be stirred up by our unrenewed minds, and together will reject the Word and the will of God. Information floating up from our spirits will not gel with our thinking, if our thinking has not been renewed with the Word of God. 
Proverbs 20:27 (NIV) The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
Our spirits are like lamps. In the olden days, people would light their oil lamps in the night. Likewise, the Lord lights our spirits to give us light, and in turn, we will have illumination in our spirits. The Holy Spirit is in our spirit, and He illuminates our spirit man. Our spirit sheds light that comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not speak to our mind. He does not illuminate our mind, but our spirit. When we renew our minds with the Word of God, and when the Holy Spirit illuminates our spirits, then our minds and spirits will be in unity or one accord. Else the mind will reject the will of God. One cannot know and understand the Father with his or her mind. A renewed mind will readily receive and approve the will of the Father, which comes to the mind from the spirit. That's how we can know the Father’s will.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

There are two things one needs to do to receive and accept the Father’s will. Paul prayed for the Colossian churches to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. Paul also wrote to the church in Rome to renew their minds so that they could accept the will of God. 


Ask God to Fill You With the Knowledge of His Will 

Colossians 1:9–10 (NET)
Paul’s Prayer for the Growth of the Church
9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 
10 so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects—bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God,

Paul never ceased praying for the churches in Colosse. He prayed that the Father fill them with the knowledge of His will. In His will is His wisdom to use His knowledge, and the understanding to apply it. As a result, they would bear fruit and grow in the knowledge of God. 

The Father will give us the knowledge of His will when we ask Him, so that by His grace (not our effort and works), we please Him. The Father’s unfailing love gives us His grace to please Him. We please the Father, not by our effort and works which are without grace. We please the Father by His grace, for the Father loves us. 

Then we will see the fruit of the knowledge of His will in our lives and will grow in the knowledge of His will. As we live according to His will, it pleases the Father.

Renew Your Mind with the Word

Romans 12:2 (NET) Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.


By the grace of the Father, the Word of the Lord will come into our spirits. He enlightens and illuminates our spirits. If our minds are not renewed, they will go against the illumination in our spirits. Our emotions will be stirred up by our unrenewed minds, and together will reject the Word and the will of God. Information floating up from our spirits will not gel with our thinking, if our thinking has not been renewed with the Word of God. 

Proverbs 20:27 (NIV) The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

Our spirits are like lamps. In the olden days, people would light their oil lamps in the night. Likewise, the Lord lights our spirits to give us light, and in turn, we will have illumination in our spirits. 

The Holy Spirit is in our spirit, and He illuminates our spirit man. Our spirit sheds light that comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not speak to our mind. He does not illuminate our mind, but our spirit. When we renew our minds with the Word of God, and when the Holy Spirit illuminates our spirits, then our minds and spirits will be in unity or one accord. Else the mind will reject the will of God. One cannot know and understand the Father with his or her mind. A renewed mind will readily receive and approve the will of the Father, which comes to the mind from the spirit. Thats how we can know the Father’s will.

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

The Word of God was first spoken before it was written. We should not pray against what is written and found in the Bible. For example:1 Corinthians 7:39 (NET) A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes (only someone in the Lord).2 Corinthians 6:14–16 (NET)14 Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15 And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? 16 And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, telling the believers not to marry the unbelievers or those who were not in the Lord. It still applies to us today. If it is found in the Bible, do not pray or ask the Heavenly Father concerning whether one should marry this or that unbeliever. Whatever is written in the Word of God, is the perfect will of the Father and He does not change. If anybody comes before the Father praying and asking whether he or she can marry (you date to marry) the unbeliever, then that person is asking for something that is entirely not His will. Dating and marrying an unbeliever is not even in His permissive will.When we know what is written in the Word, yet ask for something that is against it, it only means:1. We do not believe what the Word of God says2. We do not want to accept what is written, i.e., the perfect will of God3. We are open to deception4. The Heavenly Father will not answer our prayer because it is not His perfect willRegarding other matters in life, even though it is not explicitly written in the Word of God, once we know on the inside (our spirit) that it is not the will of God, then do not continue to pray or ask the Father for it. The Heavenly Father will not answer the prayer. We will know what the Father’s will is because it is written in the Word. Adam knew God’s will concerning eating from the tree in the centre of the Garden of Eden. When both he and Eve took the fruit, God was silent. Eating from that tree was not the will of God, not even His permissive will. Jesus asked the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane to let the cup of going to the cross of suffering pass Him by, but God was silent again. It was neither the will of God nor His permissive will.The Father will never speak to us concerning marrying an unbeliever because it is outrightly against His Word, both spoken and written.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Word of God was first spoken before it was written. We should not pray against what is written and found in the Bible. For example:

1 Corinthians 7:39 (NET) A wife is bound as long as her husband is living. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes (only someone in the Lord).

2 Corinthians 6:14–16 (NET)
14 Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 
15 And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? 
16 And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, telling the believers not to marry the unbelievers or those who were not in the Lord. It still applies to us today. If it is found in the Bible, do not pray or ask the Heavenly Father concerning whether one should marry this or that unbeliever. Whatever is written in the Word of God, is the perfect will of the Father and He does not change. 

If anybody comes before the Father praying and asking whether he or she can marry (you date to marry) the unbeliever, then that person is asking for something that is entirely not His will. Dating and marrying an unbeliever is not even in His permissive will.

When we know what is written in the Word, yet ask for something that is against it, it only means:

1. We do not believe what the Word of God says
2. We do not want to accept what is written, i.e., the perfect will of God
3. We are open to deception
4. The Heavenly Father will not answer our prayer because it is not His perfect will

Regarding other matters in life, even though it is not explicitly written in the Word of God, once we know on the inside (our spirit) that it is not the will of God, then do not continue to pray or ask the Father for it. The Heavenly Father will not answer the prayer. We will know what the Father’s will is because it is written in the Word. 

Adam knew God’s will concerning eating from the tree in the centre of the Garden of Eden. When both he and Eve took the fruit, God was silent. Eating from that tree was not the will of God, not even His permissive will. 

Jesus asked the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane to let the cup of going to the cross of suffering pass Him by, but God was silent again. It was neither the will of God nor His permissive will.

The Father will never speak to us concerning marrying an unbeliever because it is outrightly against His Word, both spoken and written.

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

The prophet Agabus warned Paul by the Holy Spirit, not to go to Jerusalem but he would not heed. Paul was adamant about reaching Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.Acts 21:12–15 (NKJV)12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”15 And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.The Holy Spirit could not persuade Paul through the disciples and a prophet. At Caesarea, when Agabus and the disciples were not able to convince him, they said, “The will of the Lord be done.” Many thought this statement infers the Lord’s will for Paul to go to Jerusalem and be shipwrecked.What does, “The will of the Lord be done” mean? :1. It was the Lord’s will for Paul not to go to Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. 2. It was the Lord’s will that Paul avoid being arrested or suffer a shipwreck.3. It was the Lord’s will the Holy Spirit warn Paul through the disciples and the prophet Agabus.4. It was the Lord’s will to send an angel to Paul when rough seas tossed his ship.5. It was the Lord’s will that Paul be delivered.6. It was the Lord’s will to have the churches pray for Paul’s deliverance from the shipwreck.7. It was the Lord’s will for Paul to testify of Jesus in Rome. 8. It was the Lord’s will that those with Paul on the ship be saved also.The Heavenly Father intercepted Paul twice; once at Tyre, when the disciples warned and urged him, and again in Caesarea, when the prophet Agabus warned and told him that he would be arrested. Once Paul crossed Caesarea to Jerusalem, there was no turning back; there was no more warning. But the Heavenly Father is merciful; He sent Jesus to stand before Paul to encourage him that he would testify of Him in Rome. The Heavenly Father never leads us into tragedy. If we learn to heed the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will avoid every calamity in life. When the Holy Spirit prompts us, heed His voice and obey Him, and we will escape every crisis that is of our own doing.Paul did not heed the voice of the Holy Spirit in him. First and foremost, the Holy Spirit will always speak to us directly. When he ignored the Holy Spirit, He used the disciples (more than one) in Tyre, to urge him not to go to Jerusalem. Secondly, prophet Agabus heard the authoritative voice of the Holy Spirit, so he came from Jerusalem to Caesarea, and dramatically took Paul’s belt to demonstrate what would happen to him if he went to Jerusalem - Paul would be bound and arrested.The mercy and grace of the loving Father tried to prevent Paul from being arrested and shipwrecked for fourteen days. When the Father could not, He never gave up, but sent Jesus to appear before Paul to encourage him that his life would be preserved. The crucial factor why the Heavenly Father could preserve Paul’s life was because he was fulfilling God’s plan and purpose. Furthermore, he had not finished his course and run his race yet.Paul disregarded the Holy Spirit because he was adamant about being in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. Do not disobey God the Holy Spirit for any feast or it will be to our detriment. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The prophet Agabus warned Paul by the Holy Spirit, not to go to Jerusalem but he would not heed. Paul was adamant about reaching Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.

Acts 21:12–15 (NKJV)
12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. 
13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”
15 And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.

The Holy Spirit could not persuade Paul through the disciples and a prophet. At Caesarea, when Agabus and the disciples were not able to convince him, they said, “The will of the Lord be done.” Many thought this statement infers the Lord’s will for Paul to go to Jerusalem and be shipwrecked.

What does, “The will of the Lord be done” mean? :

1.  It was the Lord’s will for Paul not to go to Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. 

2.  It was the Lord’s will that Paul avoid being arrested or suffer a shipwreck.

3.  It was the Lord’s will the Holy Spirit warn Paul through the disciples and the prophet Agabus.

4.  It was the Lord’s will to send an angel to Paul when rough seas tossed his ship.

5.  It was the Lord’s will that Paul be delivered.

6.  It was the Lord’s will to have the churches pray for Paul’s deliverance from the shipwreck.

7.  It was the Lord’s will for Paul to testify of Jesus in Rome. 

8.  It was the Lord’s will that those with Paul on the ship be saved also.

The Heavenly Father intercepted Paul twice; once at Tyre, when the disciples warned and urged him, and again in Caesarea, when the prophet Agabus warned and told him that he would be arrested. 

Once Paul crossed Caesarea to Jerusalem, there was no turning back; there was no more warning. 

But the Heavenly Father is merciful; He sent Jesus to stand before Paul to encourage him that he would testify of Him in Rome. 

The Heavenly Father never leads us into tragedy. If we learn to heed the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will avoid every calamity in life. When the Holy Spirit prompts us, heed His voice and obey Him, and we will escape every crisis that is of our own doing.

Paul did not heed the voice of the Holy Spirit in him. First and foremost, the Holy Spirit will always speak to us directly. When he ignored the Holy Spirit, He used the disciples (more than one) in Tyre, to urge him not to go to Jerusalem. Secondly, prophet Agabus heard the authoritative voice of the Holy Spirit, so he came from Jerusalem to Caesarea, and dramatically took Paul’s belt to demonstrate what would happen to him if he went to Jerusalem - Paul would be bound and arrested.

The mercy and grace of the loving Father tried to prevent Paul from being arrested and shipwrecked for fourteen days. When the Father could not, He never gave up, but sent Jesus to appear before Paul to encourage him that his life would be preserved. 

The crucial factor why the Heavenly Father could preserve Paul’s life was because he was fulfilling God’s plan and purpose. Furthermore, he had not finished his course and run his race yet.

Paul disregarded the Holy Spirit because he was adamant about being in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. Do not disobey God the Holy Spirit for any feast or it will be to our detriment. 

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

On Paul’s second missionary journey, he planted a church in Corinth. And on the way to Corinth on his third missionary journey, Paul wrote 1 Corinthians in Ephesus (in the province of Asia, which is Turkey), and 2 Corinthians in Philippi, to the Corinthians before going to Corinth.Upon Paul’s return from Corinth on his third missionary journey, he went back to Philippi to sail across to Troas and then to Miletus (Acts 20). He bypassed Ephesus because he was rushing to reach Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. At Miletus, he called for the elders (pastors and elders) of the churches in Ephesus to come down to meet him. They met and bid each other goodbye. Paul then sailed for Tyre of Syria.Tyre was a “T” junction in Paul’s life. He could go south towards Jerusalem, or he could go north back to Antioch where his base was.At Tyre, the Holy Spirit prompted the disciples to warn and urge Paul not to go to Jerusalem. But the Holy Spirit did not reveal to the disciples the reason why he should not go. On many occasions, this is the case; the Holy Spirit will not reveal further.Acts 21:3–4 (AMP)3 …we sailed on to Syria and put in at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo. 4 And having looked up the disciples there, we remained with them for seven days. Prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, they kept telling Paul not to set foot in Jerusalem.It is an essential lesson that once the Holy Spirit gives us instructions, even though we may not know the reason, we submit to Him and obey. We must adopt the obedience of the faith nature in us; follow once we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.At Tyre, Paul could have changed his mind about reaching Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, and turn northward, back to Antioch. But he insisted on travelling south towards Jerusalem, and arriving on the Day of Pentecost. We should seek God’s plan for our lives. And embark on His plan. But there are times when we may come to a “T” junction in our journey of life. We may be confronted with the dilemma of going northwards or southwards. If Paul had gone south from Tyre to Ptolemais, he could have still turned back and headed north back to Antioch. This is the characteristic of a “T” junction in our lives. After making a mistake of going south, it is still not too late to turn around and go north. In contrast with a “T” junction is the “Y” junction of life. If you are at a “Y” junction and take the left route (or direction) and it is the wrong choice, going back to the right path will be almost impossible. Unless you realise it very early in your journey, you can still come back to the junction point and take the correct path. In most cases, if someone takes the wrong direction from the “Y” junction, the final result will be distances apart, and there is no return. Always pause at the juncture if you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you to take another route. Obey His voice promptly, regardless of circumstances. If you are at a “T” and if you sense you have gone in the wrong direction, turn back and go the opposite direction. If you are at the “Y,” spend time praying and waiting upon the Lord, till you know in your spirit, which route to take. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

On Paul’s second missionary journey, he planted a church in Corinth. And on the way to Corinth on his third missionary journey, Paul wrote 1 Corinthians in Ephesus (in the province of Asia, which is Turkey), and 2 Corinthians in Philippi, to the Corinthians before going to Corinth.

Upon Paul’s return from Corinth on his third missionary journey, he went back to Philippi to sail across to Troas and then to Miletus (Acts 20). He bypassed Ephesus because he was rushing to reach Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. At Miletus, he called for the elders (pastors and elders) of the churches in Ephesus to come down to meet him. They met and bid each other goodbye. Paul then sailed for Tyre of Syria.

Tyre was a “T” junction in Paul’s life. He could go south towards Jerusalem, or he could go north back to Antioch where his base was.

At Tyre, the Holy Spirit prompted the disciples to warn and urge Paul not to go to Jerusalem. But the Holy Spirit did not reveal to the disciples the reason why he should not go. On many occasions, this is the case; the Holy Spirit will not reveal further.

Acts 21:3–4 (AMP)
3 …we sailed on to Syria and put in at Tyre, for there the ship was to unload her cargo. 
4 And having looked up the disciples there, we remained with them for seven days. Prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, they kept telling Paul not to set foot in Jerusalem.

It is an essential lesson that once the Holy Spirit gives us instructions, even though we may not know the reason, we submit to Him and obey. We must adopt the obedience of the faith nature in us; follow once we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

At Tyre, Paul could have changed his mind about reaching Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, and turn northward, back to Antioch. But he insisted on travelling south towards Jerusalem, and arriving on the Day of Pentecost. 

We should seek God’s plan for our lives. And embark on His plan. But there are times when we may come to a “T” junction in our journey of life. We may be confronted with the dilemma of going northwards or southwards. 

If Paul had gone south from Tyre to Ptolemais, he could have still turned back and headed north back to Antioch. This is the characteristic of a “T” junction in our lives. After making a mistake of going south, it is still not too late to turn around and go north. 

In contrast with a “T” junction is the “Y” junction of life. If you are at a “Y” junction and take the left route (or direction) and it is the wrong choice, going back to the right path will be almost impossible. Unless you realise it very early in your journey, you can still come back to the junction point and take the correct path. In most cases, if someone takes the wrong direction from the “Y” junction, the final result will be distances apart, and there is no return. 

Always pause at the juncture if you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you to take another route. Obey His voice promptly, regardless of circumstances. If you are at a “T” and if you sense you have gone in the wrong direction, turn back and go the opposite direction. If you are at the “Y,” spend time praying and waiting upon the Lord, till you know in your spirit, which route to take.  

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