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Daniel was a young man when King Nebuchadnezzar captured the Israelites and brought them into exile in Babylon. He lived through a few kings, and was about 84 years old when King Cyrus ruled. One day, Daniel had a vision.Daniel 10:1-2 (NLT)1 In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship.2 When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks.When we receive such a vision of hardship, what do we do? God gives us a vision for a purpose. Ask ourselves what the Word of God says in the vision. What does the Heavenly Father want us to do? Always take the Word of the Lord seriously in our hearts. If we have the grace, then fast and pray like Daniel did. Daniel humbled before God, fasted and prayed for understanding of the vision, for twenty-one days. And an archangel appeared and spoke to him.Daniel 10:12 (NLT) Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. The first day Daniel prayed, his prayer was heard and answered. Our prayer is the same, the moment we pray, God hears and answers our prayer instantly. Faith in prayer knows the Father hears and answers immediately. Then we wait in faith for the answers to come. When God gives us a vision, He will provide us with the understanding. If we set our hearts in prayer for understanding; it will come. Daniel 10:13-14 (NLT)13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. 14 Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”The spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia was not a man, but a demonic power which influenced the prince of the kingdom of Persia, to control it. This demonic power blocked the archangel for twenty-one days, from coming through to Daniel with a message from God, concerning the future of Israel. But Daniel continued to fast and pray. He was determined to get an understanding from God who gave him the vision concerning the times of war and great hardship in the future. He prayed till the archangel came through to him.Prayer opens the way for the angel to come through to reveal the future to us. Prayer also sends forth angels to make way for us to walk into the future. We must pray the angels through, like Daniel did. Daniel prayed the angel through, once he received the vision concerning the future, which would be a time of hardship and suffering.Here are the crucial points of prayer; we pray through: 1. Till we hear from God 2. Till the situation changes 3. Till the burden liftsThere is a war going on in the heavens. We need to pray the angels through for various assignments.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Daniel was a young man when King Nebuchadnezzar captured the Israelites and brought them into exile in Babylon. He lived through a few kings, and was about 84 years old when King Cyrus ruled. One day, Daniel had a vision.

Daniel 10:1-2 (NLT)
1 In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship.
2 When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks.

When we receive such a vision of hardship, what do we do? God gives us a vision for a purpose. Ask ourselves what the Word of God says in the vision. What does the Heavenly Father want us to do? Always take the Word of the Lord seriously in our hearts. If we have the grace, then fast and pray like Daniel did. 

Daniel humbled before God, fasted and prayed for understanding of the vision, for twenty-one days. And an archangel appeared and spoke to him.

Daniel 10:12 (NLT) Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. 

The first day Daniel prayed, his prayer was heard and answered. Our prayer is the same, the moment we pray, God hears and answers our prayer instantly. Faith in prayer knows the Father hears and answers immediately. Then we wait in faith for the answers to come. When God gives us a vision, He will provide us with the understanding. If we set our hearts in prayer for understanding; it will come. 

Daniel 10:13-14 (NLT)
13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. 
14 Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”

The spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia was not a man, but a demonic power which influenced the prince of the kingdom of Persia, to control it. This demonic power blocked the archangel for twenty-one days, from coming through to Daniel with a message from God, concerning the future of Israel.  

But Daniel continued to fast and pray. He was determined to get an understanding from God who gave him the vision concerning the times of war and great hardship in the future. He prayed till the archangel came through to him.

Prayer opens the way for the angel to come through to reveal the future to us. Prayer also sends forth angels to make way for us to walk into the future. 

We must pray the angels through, like Daniel did. Daniel prayed the angel through, once he received the vision concerning the future, which would be a time of hardship and suffering.

Here are the crucial points of prayer; we pray through: 

1. Till we hear from God 
2. Till the situation changes 
3. Till the burden lifts

There is a war going on in the heavens. We need to pray the angels through for various assignments.

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

PROMPT TO OBEY AND DO HIS WORD When the Lord speaks to us to do something, or when the Word of God instructs us, and we obey Him promptly, then we are not giving the devil time to speak to our minds, to contradict what the Lord is saying. We are also not giving time for doubters, and negative people, who try to put thoughts into our minds to sway us from obeying and doing what the Lord tells us.By doing the Word of God, we do not give the devil time to plant thoughts that will sway us from walking by faith.Hebrews 3:1,2,5,7,8,15 (NLT)1 …think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger [Apostle] and High Priest.2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him…5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant…7 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,8 don’t harden your hearts15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”Jesus was faithful, and Moses was faithful. Why were they considered faithful? Because when they heard God the Father’s voice, they obeyed and did promptly. They avoided the hardening of their hearts. Harden means to be stubborn and obstinate, especially with regards to the truth. The dictionary meaning of obstinate is, “stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.” God’s voice could not persuade the Israelites in the wilderness to go into Canaan, the promised land. When we hear His voice, the moment the Holy Spirit speaks in our spirit, we obey Him. We decide with our will to do what we just heard - whatever He says. By doing so, we do not give time for the devil to persuade us. Our protection against the oppression of the devil is not to give him time and space to deceive our minds with his lies. We also do not give others the opportune time to contradict the Word of the Lord spoken to us. And stop others from being used by the devil to deceive us with the devil’s lies. Our strategy against the devil is to keep the hedge of protection over our minds by not giving the devil time and space to put his deceiving thoughts and lies in our minds. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

PROMPT TO OBEY AND DO HIS WORD 

When the Lord speaks to us to do something, or when the Word of God instructs us, and we obey Him promptly, then we are not giving the devil time to speak to our minds, to contradict what the Lord is saying. 

We are also not giving time for doubters, and negative people, who try to put thoughts into our minds to sway us from obeying and doing what the Lord tells us.

By doing the Word of God, we do not give the devil time to plant thoughts that will sway us from walking by faith.

Hebrews 3:1,2,5,7,8,15 (NLT)
1 …think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger [Apostle] and High Priest.
2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him…
5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant…
7 That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,
8 don’t harden your hearts
15 Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.”

Jesus was faithful, and Moses was faithful. Why were they considered faithful? Because when they heard God the Father’s voice, they obeyed and did promptly. They avoided the hardening of their hearts. 

Harden means to be stubborn and obstinate, especially with regards to the truth. The dictionary meaning of obstinate is, “stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.”
 
God’s voice could not persuade the Israelites in the wilderness to go into Canaan, the promised land. When we hear His voice, the moment the Holy Spirit speaks in our spirit, we obey Him. We decide with our will to do what we just heard - whatever He says. By doing so, we do not give time for the devil to persuade us. 

Our protection against the oppression of the devil is not to give him time and space to deceive our minds with his lies. We also do not give others the opportune time to contradict the Word of the Lord spoken to us. And stop others from being used by the devil to deceive us with the devil’s lies. 

Our strategy against the devil is to keep the hedge of protection over our minds by not giving the devil time and space to put his deceiving thoughts and lies in our minds. 

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

Human beings are divided into three parts - spirit, soul and body. To have the hedge of protection around our mind against demonic attack, we need to approach it from this perspective.Our spirit man is created new, righteous, holy, and worthy. We are children of light, and there is no darkness in our spirit. We are a spirit and have a soul. The soul is made up of the mind, the will and the emotions. RIGHT AND WRONG THINKING We need to guard and protect our minds against wrong thinking. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah tells us if we keep our minds on the Word because the Word is God, the power of His Word will keep us in perfect peace. Having renewed our minds with His Word is having the power of right thinking. Right thinking develops right believing. Right believing will keep our minds in perfect peace. Regardless of circumstances, if our minds can stay on the Word, we will have trust in Him. Here is the test of whether someone trusts in God. Amid adverse circumstances, if the person can keep his mind on the Word, and have perfect peace, then he is a man who trusts in the Heavenly Father. We are to keep our minds and thoughts “stayed” or centred on God. To do that we are to put the Word of God into our minds daily, and obey and act on His Word promptly. Then our thinking will be in line with the Word of God, and Satan will not be able to gain a foothold in our thinking.In every situation, we should ask, “What does the Word of God say about this?” If we train ourselves to always turn to the Word of God, in our spirit, we will not fall into the devil’s traps of:1. Depression2. Guilt 3. CondemnationA renewed mind thinks on the Word of God. An unrenewed mind continually thinks on the devil’s thoughts. As a result, it weakens us mentally, and opens us to doubt, unbelief, worry, fear, guilt, and condemnation. Our mind influences our will - the seat of decision. When our spirit receives a word from God, and if our mind is renewed, it will agree with the spirit. Our mind will then influence our will.The two greatest defence against demonic oppression:1. Do not continue to think wrong thoughts as they will open the door of your mind to oppression.2. Do not harbour unforgiveness in your soul. Believers must come out of this emotional turmoil. Praying much with unknown tongues will powerfully release you from such emotions.Philippians 3:13–14 (NLT)13 …I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. To press means to strive energetically for the purpose. We push ahead and through the emotions of unforgiveness, to move on with Christ.As we renew our minds daily with the Word and be deeply rooted in the Word, we do not give the devil any space to fill our minds with his thoughts and ideas.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Human beings are divided into three parts - spirit, soul and body. To have the hedge of protection around our mind against demonic attack, we need to approach it from this perspective.

Our spirit man is created new, righteous, holy, and worthy. We are children of light, and there is no darkness in our spirit. We are a spirit and have a soul. The soul is made up of the mind, the will and the emotions. 

RIGHT AND WRONG THINKING 

We need to guard and protect our minds against wrong thinking. 

Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 

Isaiah tells us if we keep our minds on the Word because the Word is God, the power of His Word will keep us in perfect peace. Having renewed our minds with His Word is having the power of right thinking. Right thinking develops right believing. Right believing will keep our minds in perfect peace. 

Regardless of circumstances, if our minds can stay on the Word, we will have trust in Him. Here is the test of whether someone trusts in God. Amid adverse circumstances, if the person can keep his mind on the Word, and have perfect peace, then he is a man who trusts in the Heavenly Father. 

We are to keep our minds and thoughts “stayed” or centred on God. To do that we are to put the Word of God into our minds daily, and obey and act on His Word promptly. Then our thinking will be in line with the Word of God, and Satan will not be able to gain a foothold in our thinking.

In every situation, we should ask, “What does the Word of God say about this?” If we train ourselves to always turn to the Word of God, in our spirit, we will not fall into the devil’s traps of:

1. Depression
2. Guilt 
3. Condemnation

A renewed mind thinks on the Word of God. An unrenewed mind continually thinks on the devil’s thoughts. As a result, it weakens us mentally, and opens us to doubt, unbelief, worry, fear, guilt, and condemnation. 

Our mind influences our will - the seat of decision. When our spirit receives a word from God, and if our mind is renewed, it will agree with the spirit. Our mind will then influence our will.

The two greatest defence against demonic oppression:

1. Do not continue to think wrong thoughts as they will open the door of your mind to oppression.

2. Do not harbour unforgiveness in your soul. Believers must come out of this emotional turmoil. Praying much with unknown tongues will powerfully release you from such emotions.

Philippians 3:13–14 (NLT)
13 …I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 
14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. To press means to strive energetically for the purpose. We push ahead and through the emotions of unforgiveness, to move on with Christ.

As we renew our minds daily with the Word and be deeply rooted in the Word, we do not give the devil any space to fill our minds with his thoughts and ideas.

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

2. PROTECT OUR SOUL - IMPLANTING THE WORDOur mind, emotions, and will are part of the soul. When we were born again, the soul was not created new. We still have the same mind. In writing to the believers, James, the pastor of the church in Jerusalem, said this …James 1:21 (AMP) …and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.Plant the Word of God into the soul, and it will save your soul.Implant the Word into your soul means to root itself like a seed in the heart, which in turn causes spiritual development or growth. Save here means, “save from death, delivered, healed, be made whole, preserved, keep alive.” On earth, we need to preserve, keep safe, and keep alive our mind. It is done by implanting the Word. In doing so, we are renewing our mind with the truth. The Word in our soul will deliver our mind from wrong thinking and wrong believing; from Satan’s thoughts. The Word of God is powerful. It preserves our mind from thinking about things that lead to depression and oppression. The Word will keep you alive. It keeps your mouth from speaking death because life and death lies in the power of the tongue. You will know when to use your authority against suicidal thoughts.Feeding our spirit with the Word and renewing our mind with the Word will give us the ability to stand firm against the devil’s thoughts. With the truth of God’s Word in our mind, we know how to reject the devil’s thoughts. With the Word rooted like a seed, it renews the mind.Romans 12:2 (AMP)…be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind.With the implanted Word, firstly it will rid our mind of wrong teachings. Then the Word being rooted itself like a seed will cause growth as it continues to renew the mind; as a result, strengthens our mind. When we have the truth deeply rooted, we will be able to distinguish the truth from falsehood - wrong thinking of the devil.To protect our soul (the mind), the first thing we need to do is to receive and let the Word of God be implanted like a seed, and take root. We do it by having devotions, meditating and receiving teachings of the Word consistently.Our greatest defence is to hedge our mind in with the implanted Word of God. We must let the Word of God be our protective wall around our mind because this is where the devil primarily attacks.If the devil cannot lie to you, he will deceive you with his thinking. Only the Word of Truth can repel every thought of the devil successfully.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

2. PROTECT OUR SOUL - IMPLANTING THE WORD

Our mind, emotions, and will are part of the soul. When we were born again, the soul was not created new. We still have the same mind. In writing to the believers, James, the pastor of the church in Jerusalem, said this …

James 1:21 (AMP) …and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.

Plant the Word of God into the soul, and it will save your soul.

Implant the Word into your soul means to root itself like a seed in the heart, which in turn causes spiritual development or growth. Save here means, “save from death, delivered, healed, be made whole, preserved, keep alive.” On earth, we need to preserve, keep safe, and keep alive our mind. It is done by implanting the Word. In doing so, we are renewing our mind with the truth. The Word in our soul will deliver our mind from wrong thinking and wrong believing; from Satan’s thoughts. 

The Word of God is powerful. It preserves our mind from thinking about things that lead to depression and oppression. The Word will keep you alive. It keeps your mouth from speaking death because life and death lies in the power of the tongue. You will know when to use your authority against suicidal thoughts.

Feeding our spirit with the Word and renewing our mind with the Word will give us the ability to stand firm against the devil’s thoughts. With the truth of God’s Word in our mind, we know how to reject the devil’s thoughts. With the Word rooted like a seed, it renews the mind.

Romans 12:2 (AMP)…be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind.

With the implanted Word, firstly it will rid our mind of wrong teachings. Then the Word being rooted itself like a seed will cause growth as it continues to renew the mind; as a result, strengthens our mind. When we have the truth deeply rooted, we will be able to distinguish the truth from falsehood - wrong thinking of the devil.

To protect our soul (the mind), the first thing we need to do is to receive and let the Word of God be implanted like a seed, and take root. We do it by having devotions, meditating and receiving teachings of the Word consistently.

Our greatest defence is to hedge our mind in with the implanted Word of God. We must let the Word of God be our protective wall around our mind because this is where the devil primarily attacks.

If the devil cannot lie to you, he will deceive you with his thinking. Only the Word of Truth can repel every thought of the devil successfully.

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

Job had thoughts of losing all he had. These thoughts led to the oppression of his mind. He was also continuously sin conscious, and together with the oppressive thoughts, they led to fear. This gave Satan a foothold in his life. Christians can always think the devil’s thoughts and be oppressed by them. But when you start verbalising those thoughts, it will lead to giving the devil a foothold in your mind, and he will instil fear in your soul.To stand against the oppression of the devil, we need to understand that we are a spirit, we have a soul (mind, will, emotions), and live in the body. Knowing that human beings have a three-fold nature will help us to identify whether our problem is in the spirit, soul, or body. We are responsible for keeping our hedge of protection up. And to guard ourselves against oppression and fear, we must understand the devil primarily attacks our mind.There are two things we need to do to keep the hedge of protection up.1. STRENGTHEN & BUILD YOUR SPIRITTo stand firm against the devil, you need to know that the Holy Spirit dwells in your spirit and His power protects your spirit. However, you still need to build up your spirit man with strength. There are three ways:(a) Pastor and Others Praying for YouThe pastor, the church, the prayer groups, and others pray that you be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in the inner man, as Paul prayed for the churches.Ephesians 3:14–16 (NLT)Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (b) Parents pray for their children as Paul prayedCharge your spirit up - When you pray with unknown tongues, you are building up or charging your spirit with spiritual strength.1 Corinthians 14:4 (ESV)The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.(c) Feed your spirit with the Word of GodMatthew 4:4 (NET) But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”The spirit man needs to live on spiritual food; that is the Word of God. Without spiritual food, the spirit man will weaken in strength. Feed your spirit man daily like you feed your body with natural food.As the Holy Spirit dwells in your spirit, He will renew your spirit man with strength; He will charge your spirit man up as you pray by the utterance given by Him in unknown tongues. He will nourish your spirit man with the Word of Truth, your spiritual food.When your spirit is strong then you, the spirit, will have the spiritual strength to pull your mind away from thinking the devil’s thoughts, and have the strength to release the power of your authority in the Name of Jesus against any oppression of the devil.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Job had thoughts of losing all he had. These thoughts led to the oppression of his mind. He was also continuously sin conscious, and together with the oppressive thoughts, they led to fear. This gave Satan a foothold in his life. 

Christians can always think the devil’s thoughts and be oppressed by them. But when you start verbalising those thoughts, it will lead to giving the devil a foothold in your mind, and he will instil fear in your soul.

To stand against the oppression of the devil, we need to understand that we are a spirit, we have a soul (mind, will, emotions), and live in the body. Knowing that human beings have a three-fold nature will help us to identify whether our problem is in the spirit, soul, or body. 

We are responsible for keeping our hedge of protection up. And to guard ourselves against oppression and fear, we must understand the devil primarily attacks our mind.

There are two things we need to do to keep the hedge of protection up.

1. STRENGTHEN & BUILD YOUR SPIRIT

To stand firm against the devil, you need to know that the Holy Spirit dwells in your spirit and His power protects your spirit. However, you still need to build up your spirit man with strength. There are three ways:

(a) Pastor and Others Praying for You
The pastor, the church, the prayer groups, and others pray that you be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in the inner man, as Paul prayed for the churches.

Ephesians 3:14–16 (NLT)
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 
15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 

(b) Parents pray for their children as Paul prayed
Charge your spirit up - When you pray with unknown tongues, you are building up or charging your spirit with spiritual strength.

1 Corinthians 14:4 (ESV)The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.

(c) Feed your spirit with the Word of God

Matthew 4:4 (NET) But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

The spirit man needs to live on spiritual food; that is the Word of God. Without spiritual food, the spirit man will weaken in strength. Feed your spirit man daily like you feed your body with natural food.

As the Holy Spirit dwells in your spirit, He will renew your spirit man with strength; He will charge your spirit man up as you pray by the utterance given by Him in unknown tongues. He will nourish your spirit man with the Word of Truth, your spiritual food.

When your spirit is strong then you, the spirit, will have the spiritual strength to pull your mind away from thinking the devil’s thoughts, and have the strength to release the power of your authority in the Name of Jesus against any oppression of the devil.

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

It was God who blessed and made Job the richest man in the East and put up a hedge of protection over him and all he had. But Satan was able to destroy his children. Job lost all his animals and servants, and was losing his health. However, God protected Job’s life. So how did Job lower his hedge of protection that God put up?1. JOB WAS SIN CONSCIOUS AND RELIGIOUS Job 1:4–5 (NLT)4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.When Job’s children partied, sometimes for several days, he would offer burnt offerings to God on behalf of them. Burnt offerings were sacrificial offerings for sin. Job was a fearful man. He presumed his children could have sinned and cursed God. Job was very religious and sin conscious. He was not offering by faith, but did so more out of fear. It was not that Job did it once and it opened the door for the devil to afflict him. But he perpetually feared and was always conscious of sin. Prolonged fear and sin consciousness opened the door for the devil to destroy him.God blessed Job and made him rich. Even though while he was in fear and sin consciousness, God continued to bless him, and he continued to be rich. Job continued in this state till he gave Satan a foothold in his life. How did Job lower the hedge of protection that God put up around him?2. JOB WAS PERPETUALLY IN FEAR Job 3:25 (NLT) What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.All the burnt offerings he offered to God was not of faith, but out of fear. Job presumed his children had sinned against God; therefore, he was afraid to lose them. Notice Satan did not destroy all he had for a while. Seemingly the hedge was not lowered when he was in fear. But he was in perpetual fear for a long time, and that lowered his hedge of protection. That gave Satan a foothold in his life, and God had to allow Satan to destroy all he had. Do you know there is nothing God can do for you when you give Satan a foothold in your life?Ephesians 4:27 (NIV) and do not give the devil a foothold. God did not speak to Job during his time of suffering. Job regretted he was born, and wished he could die. Job blamed God for striking him. Then God spoke and dealt with Job, and he repented, and God blessed him with twice as much of what he lost. It was until Job repented then could God put the hedge up again. Is it possible for God to put the hedge of protection up again for you? Yes, He can. In the New Covenant we are now in, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all sin, unconditionally. However, we need to repent and close the door and not give the devil a foothold in our lives. God will put up the hedge of protection again for us.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

It was God who blessed and made Job the richest man in the East and put up a hedge of protection over him and all he had. But Satan was able to destroy his children. Job lost all his animals and servants, and was losing his health. However, God protected Job’s life. So how did Job lower his hedge of protection that God put up?

1. JOB WAS SIN CONSCIOUS AND RELIGIOUS 

Job 1:4–5 (NLT)
4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 
5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

When Job’s children partied, sometimes for several days, he would offer burnt offerings to God on behalf of them. Burnt offerings were sacrificial offerings for sin. Job was a fearful man. He presumed his children could have sinned and cursed God. Job was very religious and sin conscious. He was not offering by faith, but did so more out of fear. It was not that Job did it once and it opened the door for the devil to afflict him. But he perpetually feared and was always conscious of sin. Prolonged fear and sin consciousness opened the door for the devil to destroy him.

God blessed Job and made him rich. Even though while he was in fear and sin consciousness, God continued to bless him, and he continued to be rich. Job continued in this state till he gave Satan a foothold in his life. How did Job lower the hedge of protection that God put up around him?

2. JOB WAS PERPETUALLY IN FEAR 

Job 3:25 (NLT) What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.

All the burnt offerings he offered to God was not of faith, but out of fear. Job presumed his children had sinned against God; therefore, he was afraid to lose them. Notice Satan did not destroy all he had for a while. Seemingly the hedge was not lowered when he was in fear. But he was in perpetual fear for a long time, and that lowered his hedge of protection. That gave Satan a foothold in his life, and God had to allow Satan to destroy all he had. Do you know there is nothing God can do for you when you give Satan a foothold in your life?

Ephesians 4:27 (NIV) and do not give the devil a foothold.
 
God did not speak to Job during his time of suffering. Job regretted he was born, and wished he could die. Job blamed God for striking him. Then God spoke and dealt with Job, and he repented, and God blessed him with twice as much of what he lost. It was until Job repented then could God put the hedge up again. 

Is it possible for God to put the hedge of protection up again for you? Yes, He can. In the New Covenant we are now in, the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse us from all sin, unconditionally. However, we need to repent and close the door and not give the devil a foothold in our lives. God will put up the hedge of protection again for us.

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://faithchurch.sg
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Job Was the Richest Man in the EastJob 1:1–3 (NLT)1 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.Job had great reverence for God and shunned evil; he knew God though with limited knowledge because he lived during Abraham’s father's era, which was without all the commandments in the law of Moses. God did not cut a covenant with Job. In the sight of God, he was blameless. And God blessed and made him the richest man in the east.Satan Knew God Put a Hedge of Protection Over JobJob 1:9–11 (NLT)9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” There were two things Satan knew about God, and we, as the children of the Heavenly Father, ought to know:1. Satan knew it was God who put a hedge of protection around Job and all that he had; this was a wall of protection. 2. Satan knew it was God who blessed Job and made him the richest man in the East. When our Heavenly Father has a hedge of protection over our lives, Satan cannot lower it. God protects us with a divine supernatural protective wall. If God could protect Job, whom He did not cut a covenant with as with Abraham, and Job who did not have as much knowledge as we do, the Heavenly Father would surely have a hedge of protection surrounding us, we who are His children. We also ought to recognise that all our blessings come from the Lord. His grace gave us the opportunities for an excellent education, prepared us, trained us, equipped us, opened doors for us, and have people impart and mentor us. By His Spirit of grace, He led us to be in the right place, at the right time, to do the right thing, with the right people. By the unconditional grace of the Heavenly Father, He makes us rich and a great success. And the Lord Jesus has a hedge of protection over all that He has invested into our lives. Thus without reservation nor holding anything back, we worship and serve the Lord Jesus, build His local church, and serve others. Can the Hedge of Protection Be Lowered?You may ask, can the hedge of protection be lowered? You could have also observed that the hedge of protection was down in Job’s life, but how could that be? Similarly, can the hedge of protection be lowered in our lives?God is not going to lower your hedge of protection for Satan to attack you. In Job’s life, his hedge was down, though it had been put up by God. Since it was not God who lowered it, how did Job lower his hedge? The blood of Jesus continually cleanses and covers us; this is a symbol of His protective hedge over our lives. If we had lowered the hedge, we could bring it back up again, by the grace of God. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at faithchurch.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Job Was the Richest Man in the East

Job 1:1–3 (NLT)
1 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. 
2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 
3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

Job had great reverence for God and shunned evil; he knew God though with limited knowledge because he lived during Abraham’s fathers era, which was without all the commandments in the law of Moses. God did not cut a covenant with Job. In the sight of God, he was blameless. And God blessed and made him the richest man in the east.

Satan Knew God Put a Hedge of Protection Over Job

Job 1:9–11 (NLT)
9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 
10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 
11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” 

There were two things Satan knew about God, and we, as the children of the Heavenly Father, ought to know:

1. Satan knew it was God who put a hedge of protection around Job and all that he had; this was a wall of protection. 

2. Satan knew it was God who blessed Job and made him the richest man in the East. 

When our Heavenly Father has a hedge of protection over our lives, Satan cannot lower it. God protects us with a divine supernatural protective wall. If God could protect Job, whom He did not cut a covenant with as with Abraham, and Job who did not have as much knowledge as we do, the Heavenly Father would surely have a hedge of protection surrounding us, we who are His children. 
 
We also ought to recognise that all our blessings come from the Lord. His grace gave us the opportunities for an excellent education, prepared us, trained us, equipped us, opened doors for us, and have people impart and mentor us. By His Spirit of grace, He led us to be in the right place, at the right time, to do the right thing, with the right people. By the unconditional grace of the Heavenly Father, He makes us rich and a great success. And the Lord Jesus has a hedge of protection over all that He has invested into our lives. Thus without reservation nor holding anything back, we worship and serve the Lord Jesus, build His local church, and serve others. 

Can the Hedge of Protection Be Lowered?

You may ask, can the hedge of protection be lowered? You could have also observed that the hedge of protection was down in Job’s life, but how could that be? Similarly, can the hedge of protection be lowered in our lives?

God is not going to lower your hedge of protection for Satan to attack you. In Job’s life, his hedge was down, though it had been put up by God. Since it was not God who lowered it, how did Job lower his hedge?  

The blood of Jesus continually cleanses and covers us; this is a symbol of His protective hedge over our lives. If we had lowered the hedge, we could bring it back up again, by the grace of God.  

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