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AFTER PRAYING, DIRECTION YET NOT CLEAR, WHAT DO WE DO? (2)

Another principle we can learn from the apostles' experience was when they took the first step of nominating Joseph. Then, the Holy Spirit led them to select Matthias.In seeking God for direction, if one senses an option, take the first step towards it. Nevertheless, after making that decision, the choice may be wrong. Then, this presents an opportune time for the Holy Spirit to lead and to guide. Sharing my experience, I heard the Lord telling me it was time to go to Kenneth E. Hagin's bible school in America. My first step was to rent out my apartment to a friend. After contacting the friend, the Holy Spirit began to lead me to another friend instead, a pastor, who was the one who rented it. The apostles knew they had to find a replacement for Judas. So, they took the first step of nominating Joseph. The Holy Spirit then led them to select Matthias. What did the apostles do after choosing Joseph and Matthias? How could they clearly distinguish the right one? They prayed again.Acts 1:24–26 (NET)24 Then they prayed, "Lord, you know the hearts of all. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to assume the task of this service and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place."26 Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.The Holy Spirit eventually led them to cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. In summary: 1. Jesus did not leave any instructions with the apostles as to who to pick to replace Judas Iscariot2. The apostles prayed in one accord and supplication3. The Holy Spirit reminded Peter that they needed to find someone4. They needed someone who had been with Jesus and a witness to His resurrection (God's standard for the next apostle)5. They stepped out in faith and picked Joseph6. The Holy Spirit led them to choose Matthias7. The apostles prayed again8. The Holy Spirit led them all to cast their lots, and Matthias was selectedRev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

AFTER PRAYING, DIRECTION YET NOT CLEAR, WHAT DO WE DO? (2)

Another principle we can learn from the apostles experience was when they took the first step of nominating Joseph. Then, the Holy Spirit led them to select Matthias.

In seeking God for direction, if one senses an option, take the first step towards it. Nevertheless, after making that decision, the choice may be wrong. Then, this presents an opportune time for the Holy Spirit to lead and to guide. Sharing my experience, I heard the Lord telling me it was time to go to Kenneth E. Hagins bible school in America. My first step was to rent out my apartment to a friend. After contacting the friend, the Holy Spirit began to lead me to another friend instead, a pastor, who was the one who rented it. 

The apostles knew they had to find a replacement for Judas. So, they took the first step of nominating Joseph. The Holy Spirit then led them to select Matthias. What did the apostles do after choosing Joseph and Matthias? How could they clearly distinguish the right one? They prayed again.

Acts 1:24–26 (NET)
24 Then they prayed, Lord, you know the hearts of all. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 
25 to assume the task of this service and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.
26 Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.

The Holy Spirit eventually led them to cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. 

In summary: 
1. Jesus did not leave any instructions with the apostles as to who to pick to replace Judas Iscariot
2. The apostles prayed in one accord and supplication
3. The Holy Spirit reminded Peter that they needed to find someone
4. They needed someone who had been with Jesus and a witness to His resurrection (Gods standard for the next apostle)
5. They stepped out in faith and picked Joseph
6. The Holy Spirit led them to choose Matthias
7. The apostles prayed again
8. The Holy Spirit led them all to cast their lots, and Matthias was selected

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

AFTER PRAYING, DIRECTION YET NOT CLEAR, WHAT DO WE DO? (1)

On the day of Pentecost, the 120 disciples of Jesus were baptised with the Holy Ghost in the upper room. They were united, with one purpose and one mind, praying and supplicating by the Spirit of grace. The Holy Spirit gave Peter an understanding of the Scriptures in the Book of Psalms concerning finding a replacement for Judas, who betrayed Jesus. The apostles knew they were to look for someone according to God's criteria. Acts 1:21–22 (NIV) 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection."Interestingly, notice something here in the following Scripture.Acts 1:23 (NIV) So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.They nominated two people and eventually selected one to replace Judas. Why did they choose two? Why did the Holy Spirit not reveal to them precisely who the right person would be? First, Jesus did not instruct them to find somebody to replace Judas. Secondly, the Holy Spirit gave Peter an illumination of the Scriptures in the book of Psalms concerning Judas' replacement. Thirdly, the Holy Spirit did not show them specifically who was the one. Therefore, they nominated two persons. First, they selected Joseph. Even though they had prayed with prayer and supplication, they picked someone not of God's choice to replace Judas. Then, however, the Holy Spirit led them to select Matthias. The reason for choosing two men was because it was not evident in their spirit who was the one. If they knew it was Matthias, beyond the shadow of a doubt, then there was no need to select Joseph. Nevertheless, at the very start, it looked good to nominate Joseph. As believers, we often seek the Lord for direction and find ourselves in a situation similar to the apostles. After praying much and for quite some time, two or more options may appear before us, but we still do not have it clear in our spirit which is the right choice to make or which direction to take. For example, someone may like two girls, and both seem good to him. However, another person may have two job offers, and a student has to decide between two universities, or a pastor does not know in which city to start a church. They are all in a dilemma.We do not fully know the ways of God or why He does things the way He does. However, as we look back at His ways of leading us, we can trace God in our lives and the lives of others.Can we understand why the Heavenly Father did not have Jesus leave instructions regarding Judas' replacement? Why didn't the Holy Spirit make it known to them that Matthias was the one? We learn that God does things in different ways. So it is always good to keep a teachable and open attitude, ready to be confounded by His dynamics. Else, we may miss God.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

AFTER PRAYING, DIRECTION YET NOT CLEAR, WHAT DO WE DO? (1)

On the day of Pentecost, the 120 disciples of Jesus were baptised with the Holy Ghost in the upper room. They were united, with one purpose and one mind, praying and supplicating by the Spirit of grace. The Holy Spirit gave Peter an understanding of the Scriptures in the Book of Psalms concerning finding a replacement for Judas, who betrayed Jesus. The apostles knew they were to look for someone according to Gods criteria. 

Acts 1:21–22 (NIV)
 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 
22 beginning from Johns baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.

Interestingly, notice something here in the following Scripture.

Acts 1:23 (NIV) So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.

They nominated two people and eventually selected one to replace Judas. Why did they choose two? Why did the Holy Spirit not reveal to them precisely who the right person would be? 

First, Jesus did not instruct them to find somebody to replace Judas. Secondly, the Holy Spirit gave Peter an illumination of the Scriptures in the book of Psalms concerning Judas replacement. Thirdly, the Holy Spirit did not show them specifically who was the one. 

Therefore, they nominated two persons. First, they selected Joseph. Even though they had prayed with prayer and supplication, they picked someone not of Gods choice to replace Judas. Then, however, the Holy Spirit led them to select Matthias. The reason for choosing two men was because it was not evident in their spirit who was the one. If they knew it was Matthias, beyond the shadow of a doubt, then there was no need to select Joseph. Nevertheless, at the very start, it looked good to nominate Joseph. 

As believers, we often seek the Lord for direction and find ourselves in a situation similar to the apostles. After praying much and for quite some time, two or more options may appear before us, but we still do not have it clear in our spirit which is the right choice to make or which direction to take. For example, someone may like two girls, and both seem good to him. However, another person may have two job offers, and a student has to decide between two universities, or a pastor does not know in which city to start a church. They are all in a dilemma.

We do not fully know the ways of God or why He does things the way He does. However, as we look back at His ways of leading us, we can trace God in our lives and the lives of others.

Can we understand why the Heavenly Father did not have Jesus leave instructions regarding Judas replacement? Why didnt the Holy Spirit make it known to them that Matthias was the one? We learn that God does things in different ways. So it is always good to keep a teachable and open attitude, ready to be confounded by His dynamics. Else, we may miss God.

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

LAYING HOLD IN PRAYER

1 Corinthians 12:28 (NKJV) And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.Prayer comes under the help ministry that helps the church and its members. Prayer supplies the government with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, and the Spirit of knowledge. The word 'help' can also be further explained as follows:1. To lay hold along with2. To strive to obtain with others3. To help in obtaining4. To take hold with another who is labouring, to helpThere is a 'laying hold' in prayer. For instance, we may sense that changes are coming up in our lives. The Holy Spirit will get this across and call us to pray.He wants us to start praying, and He will come alongside us to help and assist us in praying concerning these changes.Often, we do not know what to pray for as we ought. In the natural, everything may seem fine. There is no lack, and there may not be any evidential sign that things are about to change. But the Holy Spirit knows all things, and He knows what is coming up. He knows there is a change of season in our lives, and He is alerting us to pray. There are things the Holy Spirit wants to pray through us, and it is for us.As we lay hold of Him, He lays hold together with us and helps us pray. How, then, do we lay hold of things in prayer, and how does the Holy Spirit lay hold together with us to pray? The Apostle Paul said it here. Philippians 3:12 (NKJV) Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.In laying hold of God, there is a pressing in. To press in implies that we are not praying passively. We are not relaxing in our efforts. Imagine 1 or 2 men you have approached to help remove your fridge. They are striving and labouring together with you to move it. Will it be fair to them if you only stand and relax? No. It is the same; it is the Holy Ghost and yourself in a joint effort in prayer.To lay hold also means not letting go but having the tenacity of a bulldog. As we lay hold of what the Holy Spirit wants us to pray, He is also laying hold together with us to pray. For instance, in praying concerning the changes we are sensing in our hearts, we need to press in and tap in to pray. Often, it denotes straining and stretching, and a significant effort is involved. There is labouring and a contending in prayer.To contend in prayer means you would not let go of what you are laying hold of to pray. To contend in prayer for God's plan for your life means you will not let go but will latch on, and you will pray out and pray through in the spirit, the plan of God for your life or your children's lives. And the Holy Spirit will take hold together with you because God is a partner in your labour of prayer. He strives together with you. Remember, it takes faith to pray. Everything that we do in God, we do by faith. However, it is by faith through grace that we pray. We do not pray by our effort; otherwise, we can boast about it.When you lay hold of the Spirit in prayer like this, and He lays hold together with you, there will be such depths. It will accomplish what He desires to accomplish in prayer through you. The Amplified version of Romans 8:26 reads like this:Romans 8:26 (AMP) So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.Notice this phrase, 'He bears us up in our weakness.' The Holy Spirit helps in bearing. Let us say we have a burden to pray for, and it is in our spirit. The Holy Spirit takes a share in it and helps bear it. He lays hold with us, at our side, to assist us. Our prayers will become very effective when the Holy Spirit bears us up or lays hold of our spirit.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

LAYING HOLD IN PRAYER

1 Corinthians 12:28 (NKJV) And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

Prayer comes under the help ministry that helps the church and its members. Prayer supplies the government with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, and the Spirit of knowledge.  

The word help can also be further explained as follows:
1. To lay hold along with
2. To strive to obtain with others
3. To help in obtaining
4. To take hold with another who is labouring, to help

There is a laying hold in prayer. For instance, we may sense that changes are coming up in our lives. The Holy Spirit will get this across and call us to pray.

He wants us to start praying, and He will come alongside us to help and assist us in praying concerning these changes.

Often, we do not know what to pray for as we ought. In the natural, everything may seem fine. There is no lack, and there may not be any evidential sign that things are about to change. But the Holy Spirit knows all things, and He knows what is coming up. He knows there is a change of season in our lives, and He is alerting us to pray. There are things the Holy Spirit wants to pray through us, and it is for us.

As we lay hold of Him, He lays hold together with us and helps us pray. How, then, do we lay hold of things in prayer, and how does the Holy Spirit lay hold together with us to pray? The Apostle Paul said it here. 

Philippians 3:12 (NKJV) Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

In laying hold of God, there is a pressing in. To press in implies that we are not praying passively. We are not relaxing in our efforts. Imagine 1 or 2 men you have approached to help remove your fridge. They are striving and labouring together with you to move it. Will it be fair to them if you only stand and relax? No. It is the same; it is the Holy Ghost and yourself in a joint effort in prayer.

To lay hold also means not letting go but having the tenacity of a bulldog. As we lay hold of what the Holy Spirit wants us to pray, He is also laying hold together with us to pray. For instance, in praying concerning the changes we are sensing in our hearts, we need to press in and tap in to pray. Often, it denotes straining and stretching, and a significant effort is involved. There is labouring and a contending in prayer.

To contend in prayer means you would not let go of what you are laying hold of to pray. To contend in prayer for Gods plan for your life means you will not let go but will latch on, and you will pray out and pray through in the spirit, the plan of God for your life or your childrens lives. And the Holy Spirit will take hold together with you because God is a partner in your labour of prayer. He strives together with you. Remember, it takes faith to pray. Everything that we do in God, we do by faith. However, it is by faith through grace that we pray. We do not pray by our effort; otherwise, we can boast about it.

When you lay hold of the Spirit in prayer like this, and He lays hold together with you, there will be such depths. It will accomplish what He desires to accomplish in prayer through you. The Amplified version of Romans 8:26 reads like this:

Romans 8:26 (AMP) So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

Notice this phrase, He bears us up in our weakness. The Holy Spirit helps in bearing. Let us say we have a burden to pray for, and it is in our spirit. The Holy Spirit takes a share in it and helps bear it. He lays hold with us, at our side, to assist us. Our prayers will become very effective when the Holy Spirit bears us up or lays hold of our spirit.

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

DESIRES - THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD

Desires are not burdens, for instance, like danger or life-and-death situations. You will be far better off if you pray them out and walk into them. Then, you will be incredibly blessed, and your life will not be the same again. You will move up higher both spiritually and naturally.Desires can be God's deep things for those who would draw them out from His depths. In prayer, our spirit draws out the deep things of God. The depths of our spirit, our innermost being, call out to those deep things of God. Psalm 42:7 (NET) One deep stream calls out to another at the sound of your waterfalls; all your billows and waves overwhelm me. Here, the verse refers to mountains, streams, and rivers. You can hear water flowing from the streams mixed with the sound of the rivers. The psalmist alludes to the loud rushing sound of mountain streams and cascading waterfalls. Poetically, he imagines the streams calling out to each other as they hear the sound of the waterfalls. [Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.]So the deep cries of our hearts are like streams, calling out or drawing out the depths of God, and when we draw them out from God, they will sound like waterfalls, thundering and roaring. The deep things of God will overwhelm you. We draw out the deep things of God when we pray deep in unknown tongues. Our spirits lay hold of the Holy Spirit as He lays hold of us and draws the deep things of the Heavenly Father. And God will reveal those things in our spirits by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9–10 (NET)9 But just as it is written, "Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him." 10 God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.There are things the Heavenly Father has prepared for each one of us. The future holds the deep things of God yet to be revealed. Our eyes have not seen, nor can our minds imagine, the deep things our Heavenly Father has precisely planned for us. But God will reveal them by the Holy Spirit when we pray with unknown tongues. The gift of speaking with unknown tongues is given to us for this very purpose: to pray out the mysteries of the deep things of God. Revelation will come. The mystery of the depths of God is not hidden against us but instead hidden for us. As we yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will give us the unction to pray, and the Heavenly Father will unfold them. The Holy Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. He searches them out to reveal them to us. Our spirits cannot search them out without the Holy Spirit because the depths of God are far beyond our reach. Therefore, pray much with unknown tongues and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in prayer. Do what He inspires you to do. Then, when the time comes, as He prompts you to pray deeper, yield to His promptings, and rely on the Spirit of grace to pray deep, plunging the depths of God by the Holy Spirit. When He reveals the deep things of the Heavenly Father to you, they will amaze you and confound others. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

DESIRES - THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD

Desires are not burdens, for instance, like danger or life-and-death situations. You will be far better off if you pray them out and walk into them. Then, you will be incredibly blessed, and your life will not be the same again. You will move up higher both spiritually and naturally.

Desires can be Gods deep things for those who would draw them out from His depths. In prayer, our spirit draws out the deep things of God. The depths of our spirit, our innermost being, call out to those deep things of God. 

Psalm 42:7 (NET) One deep stream calls out to another at the sound of your waterfalls; all your billows and waves overwhelm me. 

Here, the verse refers to mountains, streams, and rivers. You can hear water flowing from the streams mixed with the sound of the rivers. 

The psalmist alludes to the loud rushing sound of mountain streams and cascading waterfalls. Poetically, he imagines the streams calling out to each other as they hear the sound of the waterfalls. [Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.]

So the deep cries of our hearts are like streams, calling out or drawing out the depths of God, and when we draw them out from God, they will sound like waterfalls, thundering and roaring. The deep things of God will overwhelm you. 

We draw out the deep things of God when we pray deep in unknown tongues. Our spirits lay hold of the Holy Spirit as He lays hold of us and draws the deep things of the Heavenly Father. And God will reveal those things in our spirits by the Holy Spirit.  

1 Corinthians 2:9–10 (NET)
9 But just as it is written, Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him. 
10 God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

There are things the Heavenly Father has prepared for each one of us. The future holds the deep things of God yet to be revealed. Our eyes have not seen, nor can our minds imagine, the deep things our Heavenly Father has precisely planned for us. 

But God will reveal them by the Holy Spirit when we pray with unknown tongues. The gift of speaking with unknown tongues is given to us for this very purpose: to pray out the mysteries of the deep things of God. Revelation will come. The mystery of the depths of God is not hidden against us but instead hidden for us. As we yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will give us the unction to pray, and the Heavenly Father will unfold them. The Holy Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. He searches them out to reveal them to us. Our spirits cannot search them out without the Holy Spirit because the depths of God are far beyond our reach. 

Therefore, pray much with unknown tongues and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in prayer. Do what He inspires you to do. Then, when the time comes, as He prompts you to pray deeper, yield to His promptings, and rely on the Spirit of grace to pray deep, plunging the depths of God by the Holy Spirit. When He reveals the deep things of the Heavenly Father to you, they will amaze you and confound others.
 

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

THIS IS HOW THE FATHER WILL BLESS YOU

Job 1:10 (NKJV) Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.Satan knew it was God who blessed Job. How did God bless Job? He blessed the work of his hands. Long before the Law of Moses was given, God's way was always to bless the work of the hands of the people who worshipped Him. And God never changes. When Israel was delivered from Egypt, they had forgotten God's ways. One of the things God reminded them from the Law of Moses was this.Deuteronomy 28:12 (NKJV) The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.God said He would bless the work of their hands, and the blessings would increase and go beyond meeting their needs. They would even have more than enough to lend to others, and they would not have to borrow. God is our Heavenly Father, Who loves us with unfailing love. His love for us never fails Him to be just as He was in the Old Testament (be it in Job's era or under worshipped Him. And God never changes. When Israel was delivered from Egypt, they had forgotten God's ways. One of the things God reminded them from the Law of Moses was this.Deuteronomy 28:12 (NKJV) The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.God said He would bless the work of their hands, and the blessings would increase and go beyond meeting their needs. They would even have more than enough to lend to others, and they would not have to borrow. God is our Heavenly Father, Who loves us with unfailing love. His love for us never fails Him to be just as He was in the Old Testament (be it in Job's era or under the law of Moses). If He blessed Job and the nation of Israel, He will bless us just the same because we are living in a better covenant. Especially if the Lord leads you to do what you are doing now, His grace will continue to bless the work of your hands. So stretch forth both your hands and say, "The Heavenly Father is blessing the work of my hands. I will be a blessing to myself and my family members, others and beyond, in the Name of Jesus."Not only did God bless the work of Job's hands, but He also increased Job's possessions. God increased His blessings upon Job to increase his possessions. This is the goodness of the Heavenly Father, and this nature of God never changes. The Heavenly Father desires to bless the work of your hands; indeed, He will increase His blessings to increase your possessions, too. You cannot help but be increasingly blessed. In the Law of Moses, God said this.Deuteronomy 28:2 (NKJV) And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:This scripture says all the blessings shall come upon you and overtake you. That is to say, God's blessings will be increased in such a manner that they will go beyond your current needs, and the blessings will be waiting there for you. To overtake you means to bypass you and be in front of you. You may not need it now, but the blessings will be waiting in front of you. This is what the love of the Heavenly Father will do for you, and this is how He will bless you. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

THIS IS HOW THE FATHER WILL BLESS YOU

Job 1:10 (NKJV) Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Satan knew it was God who blessed Job. How did God bless Job? He blessed the work of his hands. Long before the Law of Moses was given, Gods way was always to bless the work of the hands of the people who worshipped Him. And God never changes. When Israel was delivered from Egypt, they had forgotten Gods ways. One of the things God reminded them from the Law of Moses was this.

Deuteronomy 28:12 (NKJV) The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

God said He would bless the work of their hands, and the blessings would increase and go beyond meeting their needs. They would even have more than enough to lend to others, and they would not have to borrow. 

God is our Heavenly Father, Who loves us with unfailing love. His love for us never fails Him to be just as He was in the Old Testament (be it in Jobs era or under worshipped Him. And God never changes. When Israel was delivered from Egypt, they had forgotten Gods ways. One of the things God reminded them from the Law of Moses was this.

Deuteronomy 28:12 (NKJV) The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

God said He would bless the work of their hands, and the blessings would increase and go beyond meeting their needs. They would even have more than enough to lend to others, and they would not have to borrow. 

God is our Heavenly Father, Who loves us with unfailing love. His love for us never fails Him to be just as He was in the Old Testament (be it in Jobs era or under the law of Moses). If He blessed Job and the nation of Israel, He will bless us just the same because we are living in a better covenant. 

Especially if the Lord leads you to do what you are doing now, His grace will continue to bless the work of your hands. So stretch forth both your hands and say, The Heavenly Father is blessing the work of my hands. I will be a blessing to myself and my family members, others and beyond, in the Name of Jesus.

Not only did God bless the work of Jobs hands, but He also increased Jobs possessions. God increased His blessings upon Job to increase his possessions. This is the goodness of the Heavenly Father, and this nature of God never changes. The Heavenly Father desires to bless the work of your hands; indeed, He will increase His blessings to increase your possessions, too. You cannot help but be increasingly blessed. 

In the Law of Moses, God said this.

Deuteronomy 28:2 (NKJV) And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

This scripture says all the blessings shall come upon you and overtake you. That is to say, Gods blessings will be increased in such a manner that they will go beyond your current needs, and the blessings will be waiting there for you. To overtake you means to bypass you and be in front of you. You may not need it now, but the blessings will be waiting in front of you. 

This is what the love of the Heavenly Father will do for you, and this is how He will bless you. 

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

FIVE APPROACHES TO HIS WORD OF GRACE

Isaiah 55:10–11 (NKJV)10 "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.This is the grace of God's Word revealed in Isaiah 55:10- 11. The Word that comes forth from the Lord's mouth will accomplish what He pleases in your life, and it will be good and prosper you and your family. There are five approaches to His Word for His grace.SEEK THE LORDIn everything we do, our first thought should be, "What does the Word of God have to say about this?"We should maintain this attitude of the heart, always wanting to please the Heavenly Father in every aspect of our lives. Our primary objective of seeking the Lord is to please the Heavenly Father. For every major issue of our lives, we need to build this instinct into our soul; that is, immediately, our soul should turn towards God and ask Him what He has to say concerning these issues. WAIT UPON THE LORDThe purpose of waiting upon the Lord is to hear what the Heavenly Father has to say concerning any matter, whether specific or when we are entering a new season or phase of life.Often, when we wait upon the Lord, we quieten down our spirits, and not praying exuberantly or loudly.We quieten our spirits and minds to enter a state of rest. Then, softly speaking in unknown tongues, our attention is on hearing what the Father is saying through the Holy Spirit in us. Waiting upon the Lord can be when you sense the need to wait. It can also be a protracted, long period of waiting- not 24/7, but on and off waiting. It can also be a time of praying fast and deep into the spirit to hear from the Lord as the Holy Spirit enables you.HEAR FROM THE LORDThere are issues in life that you want to hear from the Lord and what He has to say. That means you wait upon Him till you have a knowing on the inside of your spirit before you move out to do a certain thing. Faith comes into your spirit when you hear from the Spirit of the Lord. Speak the word of faith that you receive, hold fast to the word of faith you receive, and do not change what you have heard.When we come before the Lord to wait upon Him, we come with one attitude and determination; that is, we must hear from Him, knowing we will hear from Him. Because your Heavenly Father, Who so loves you, will always speak to you to direct and guide you. As you wait upon Him, begin to thank the Father for speaking to you (thanksgiving of faith), and we will hear from His grace. As children of God, have this confidence you can hear from Him because He is your Heavenly Father.SPEAK THE WORD OF THE LORDWhen we hear from the Lord, faith comes into our spirit. We receive the spirit of faith and must therefore speak. Faith is released through actions; speaking and doing. 2 Corinthians 4:13 (NIV) It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak ...Paul quoted from the book of Psalms, saying they all had the same spirit of faith because they had all heard the same truth from the same Lord. When faith came to them, and they had the spirit of faith, they were to speak; speak their faith or speak the Word of the Lord they heard. It is very important when faith comes and we have the spirit of faith that we speak. Speaking the Word of the Lord, which gives us faith, will establish our minds, stabilise our emotions, and anchor our will. Then, we will not waver but be unmovable. Jesus gave us another crucial reason we should speak what we believe. Mark 11:23 (NKJV) For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.With the spirit of faith that comes from hearing the spoken Word of Christ and speaking what we believe, it will move obstacles the devil puts in our way. It will make a way when it seems there is no way. It will open doors of opportunities for us. The impossible will be possible. It is of utmost importance, then, that we speak what we believe. OBEY THE WORD OF THE LORDAnother determination and attitude of our hearts is that we must obey at all costs. Whatsoever the Heavenly Father says to us, we will not hesitate; we will not reason ourselves against it but simply obey. When we obey the Word of the Lord, He will accomplish what pleases Him, and it will prosper us. The Heavenly Father will be most pleased when His Word that comes out of His mouth prospers us. He sent His Word to prosper us in every aspect of our lives. These are the five approaches to His Word of Grace. Faith will access the grace of the Heavenly Father!Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

FIVE APPROACHES TO HIS WORD OF GRACE

Isaiah 55:10–11 (NKJV)
10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

This is the grace of Gods Word revealed in Isaiah 55:10- 11. The Word that comes forth from the Lords mouth will accomplish what He pleases in your life, and it will be good and prosper you and your family. There are five approaches to His Word for His grace.

SEEK THE LORD

In everything we do, our first thought should be, What does the Word of God have to say about this?

We should maintain this attitude of the heart, always wanting to please the Heavenly Father in every aspect of our lives. Our primary objective of seeking the Lord is to please the Heavenly Father. For every major issue of our lives, we need to build this instinct into our soul; that is, immediately, our soul should turn towards God and ask Him what He has to say concerning these issues. 

WAIT UPON THE LORD

The purpose of waiting upon the Lord is to hear what the Heavenly Father has to say concerning any matter, whether specific or when we are entering a new season or phase of life.

Often, when we wait upon the Lord, we quieten down our spirits, and not praying exuberantly or loudly.

We quieten our spirits and minds to enter a state of rest. Then, softly speaking in unknown tongues, our attention is on hearing what the Father is saying through the Holy Spirit in us. 

Waiting upon the Lord can be when you sense the need to wait. It can also be a protracted, long period of waiting- not 24/7, but on and off waiting. 

It can also be a time of praying fast and deep into the spirit to hear from the Lord as the Holy Spirit enables you.

HEAR FROM THE LORD

There are issues in life that you want to hear from the Lord and what He has to say. That means you wait upon Him till you have a knowing on the inside of your spirit before you move out to do a certain thing. Faith comes into your spirit when you hear from the Spirit of the Lord. Speak the word of faith that you receive, hold fast to the word of faith you receive, and do not change what you have heard.

When we come before the Lord to wait upon Him, we come with one attitude and determination; that is, we must hear from Him, knowing we will hear from Him. Because your Heavenly Father, Who so loves you, will always speak to you to direct and guide you. As you wait upon Him, begin to thank the Father for speaking to you (thanksgiving of faith), and we will hear from His grace. As children of God, have this confidence you can hear from Him because He is your Heavenly Father.

SPEAK THE WORD OF THE LORD

When we hear from the Lord, faith comes into our spirit. We receive the spirit of faith and must therefore speak. Faith is released through actions; speaking and doing. 

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NIV) It is written: I believed; therefore I have spoken. Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak ...

Paul quoted from the book of Psalms, saying they all had the same spirit of faith because they had all heard the same truth from the same Lord. When faith came to them, and they had the spirit of faith, they were to speak; speak their faith or speak the Word of the Lord they heard. 

It is very important when faith comes and we have the spirit of faith that we speak. Speaking the Word of the Lord, which gives us faith, will establish our minds, stabilise our emotions, and anchor our will. Then, we will not waver but be unmovable. 

Jesus gave us another crucial reason we should speak what we believe. 

Mark 11:23 (NKJV) For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

With the spirit of faith that comes from hearing the spoken Word of Christ and speaking what we believe, it will move obstacles the devil puts in our way. It will make a way when it seems there is no way. It will open doors of opportunities for us. The impossible will be possible. It is of utmost importance, then, that we speak what we believe. 

OBEY THE WORD OF THE LORD

Another determination and attitude of our hearts is that we must obey at all costs. Whatsoever the Heavenly Father says to us, we will not hesitate; we will not reason ourselves against it but simply obey. When we obey the Word of the Lord, He will accomplish what pleases Him, and it will prosper us. The Heavenly Father will be most pleased when His Word that comes out of His mouth prospers us. He sent His Word to prosper us in every aspect of our lives. 

These are the five approaches to His Word of Grace. Faith will access the grace of the Heavenly Father!

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