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When Jesus went into the region of Tyre and Sidon and entered a house, He did not want anyone to know he was there. But then came along a Canaanite woman who had a daughter who was demon possessed and needed healing. She came into the house begging Jesus to heal and deliver her daughter (Mark 7:24-25). This Canaanite woman was an outcast to the Jews at that time, yet she was bold enough to walk into a Jewish home. Her encounter with Jesus and His disciples was not encouraging at all, if not devastating. Firstly, Jesus would not answer her. Jesus ignored a needy mother whose daughter was been tormented by demons.Secondly, Jesus’ disciples chased her out of the house.Thirdly, Jesus would not minister to her needs because He said He was not sent but to the Jews only.Fourthly, Jesus told her it was not good to take the children’s bread to throw it to the dogs. In other words, Jesus inferred here that it was not right to take spiritual gifts to give it to the Gentiles. It was not meant for her daughter.Fifthly, she was referred to as a little pet dog. The Jews generally considered the Canaanites as dogs. Not only was there no hope for her daughter, this mother was also looked down upon.Under such circumstances many would have walked away wounded, dejected, discouraged, and lost all hope, never to step back into church again. But how did this Syrophoenician woman respond? She responded with humility and said that even dogs would eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table. Observe Jesus’ reply to her.Matthew 15:28 (NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.Humble people will not get easily offended. They will lower themselves to get what they have come for from the Heavenly Father.Faith comes by hearing the spoken Word of Christ (Romans 10:17) and everyone can have faith but if you get offended, it will hinder you from receiving from the Heavenly Father. 1 Peter 5:5 (NKJV) Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”The scripture says He gives grace to the humble. Then He must have given grace when the Syrophoenician woman humbled and lowered herself like a dog. Many Christians would rather let their children die of demonic torment than to humble themselves to receive the truth of God’s Word. The humble one is able to receive grace from the Heavenly Father. Great grace is received with great faith and great faith comes from people with great humility. Faith comes by hearing the spoken word of Christ (Romans 10:17) and anyone can have faith once they have heard from Jesus, because it is by grace Jesus speaks to us through the Holy Ghost. But for our faith to grow exceedingly and become great faith, it takes more than just hearing. It takes humility to receive greater grace to develop great faith.Faith comes by hearing, great faith comes from humility!- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

When Jesus went into the region of Tyre and Sidon and entered a house, He did not want anyone to know he was there. But then came along a Canaanite woman who had a daughter who was demon possessed and needed healing. She came into the house begging Jesus to heal and deliver her daughter (Mark 7:24-25). This Canaanite woman was an outcast to the Jews at that time, yet she was bold enough to walk into a Jewish home. Her encounter with Jesus and His disciples was not encouraging at all, if not devastating. 

Firstly, Jesus would not answer her. Jesus ignored a needy mother whose daughter was been tormented by demons.

Secondly, Jesus’ disciples chased her out of the house.

Thirdly, Jesus would not minister to her needs because He said He was not sent but to the Jews only.

Fourthly, Jesus told her it was not good to take the children’s bread to throw it to the dogs. In other words, Jesus inferred here that it was not right to take spiritual gifts to give it to the Gentiles. It was not meant for her daughter.

Fifthly, she was referred to as a little pet dog. The Jews generally considered the Canaanites as dogs. Not only was there no hope for her daughter, this mother was also looked down upon.

Under such circumstances many would have walked away wounded, dejected, discouraged, and lost all hope, never to step back into church again. But how did this Syrophoenician woman respond? She responded with humility and said that even dogs would eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table. Observe Jesus’ reply to her.

Matthew 15:28 (NKJV) Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Humble people will not get easily offended. They will lower themselves to get what they have come for from the Heavenly Father.

Faith comes by hearing the spoken Word of Christ (Romans 10:17) and everyone can have faith but if you get offended, it will hinder you from receiving from the Heavenly Father. 

1 Peter 5:5 (NKJV) Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

The scripture says He gives grace to the humble. Then He must have given grace when the Syrophoenician woman humbled and lowered herself like a dog. Many Christians would rather let their children die of demonic torment than to humble themselves to receive the truth of God’s Word. 

The humble one is able to receive grace from the Heavenly Father. Great grace is received with great faith and great faith comes from people with great humility. 

Faith comes by hearing the spoken word of Christ (Romans 10:17) and anyone can have faith once they have heard from Jesus, because it is by grace Jesus speaks to us through the Holy Ghost. But for our faith to grow exceedingly and become great faith, it takes more than just hearing. It takes humility to receive greater grace to develop great faith.

Faith comes by hearing, great faith comes from humility!

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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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 blessing the work of the hands of the people who worshipped Him. And God never changes. When Israel was delivered from Egypt, they had forgotten the ways of God. One of the things God reminded them in the Law of Moses was…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 to meet their needs. They would even have more than enough to lend to others and they need not have to borrow. God is our Heavenly Father who loves us with an unfailing love. His love for us never fails and will 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 it is the Lord who 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 not only myself and my family members, but to others and beyond, in the Name of Jesus.”Not only did God bless the work of Job’s hands, He also increased Job’s possessions. God increased His blessings upon Job so as to increase his possessions. This is the goodness of the Heavenly Father and this nature of God never changes. The Heavenly Father’s desire is to bless the work of your hands; surely He will increase His blessings to increase your possessions too. You cannot help but be increasingly blessed. In the Law of Moses God said….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, His blessings will be increased in such a manner that it 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. This is how He will bless you. - Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

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 blessing the work of the hands of the people who worshipped Him. And God never changes. When Israel was delivered from Egypt, they had forgotten the ways of God. One of the things God reminded them in the Law of Moses was…

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 to meet their needs. They would even have more than enough to lend to others and they need not have to borrow. 

God is our Heavenly Father who loves us with an unfailing love. His love for us never fails and will 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 it is the Lord who 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 not only myself and my family members, but to others and beyond, in the Name of Jesus.”

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

In the Law of Moses God said….

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, His blessings will be increased in such a manner that it 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. This is how He will bless you. 

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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Acts 13:42–43 (NKJV)42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.Both the Jews and Gentiles heard Paul preach at Antioch in Pisidia (this is not Antioch where Barnabas and Paul were sent to). After hearing Paul preach, the Gentiles begged him to preach again the following Sabbath.Acts 13:44–46 (NKJV) 44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.On that day almost the whole city came to hear Paul. Among them were many Jews who accepted the Gospel. Salvation began with the Jews because Jesus was born a descendant of the Jews and salvation was first preached to them. However God sent Paul and Barnabas to bring the good news to the Gentiles instead when the Jews rejected the Gospel. God will never force anything on us because He has created us with a free will to make choices; to accept or to reject His grace. There is another story that Jesus told and the principle is still the same as in Paul’s story. Jesus said there was a certain man who invited many to his great banquet. He told his servants to bring those invited to come. But all of them were busy and gave some excuse not to attend. So the master sent his servants to bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.Luke 14:21–24 (NIV)21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 22 “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ 23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ”Even though this is the story about salvation which is offered to many, those who do not take it will not be meeting the Lord when He comes. The spiritual principle is similar to the story of Paul. The Heavenly Father of mercy and grace will not force anyone to take His grace. Those who reject the opportunity given to them, this same opportunity will be given to someone else. This principle applies to individuals as well as to churches. It even applies to the whole nation. The first time Nineveh accepted the grace of God, they were delivered. The second time they did not and were destroyed.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Acts 13:42–43 (NKJV)
42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 
43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Both the Jews and Gentiles heard Paul preach at Antioch in Pisidia (this is not Antioch where Barnabas and Paul were sent to). After hearing Paul preach, the Gentiles begged him to preach again the following Sabbath.

Acts 13:44–46 (NKJV) 
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 
45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

On that day almost the whole city came to hear Paul. Among them were many Jews who accepted the Gospel. Salvation began with the Jews because Jesus was born a descendant of the Jews and salvation was first preached to them. However God sent Paul and Barnabas to bring the good news to the Gentiles instead when the Jews rejected the Gospel. 

God will never force anything on us because He has created us with a free will to make choices; to accept or to reject His grace. 

There is another story that Jesus told and the principle is still the same as in Paul’s story. Jesus said there was a certain man who invited many to his great banquet. He told his servants to bring those invited to come. But all of them were busy and gave some excuse not to attend. So the master sent his servants to bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.

Luke 14:21–24 (NIV)
21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 
22 “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ 
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 
24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ”

Even though this is the story about salvation which is offered to many, those who do not take it will not be meeting the Lord when He comes. The spiritual principle is similar to the story of Paul. 

The Heavenly Father of mercy and grace will not force anyone to take His grace. Those who reject the opportunity given to them, this same opportunity will be given to someone else. This principle applies to individuals as well as to churches. It even applies to the whole nation. 

The first time Nineveh accepted the grace of God, they were delivered. The second time they did not and were destroyed.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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After the shipwreck at sea, Paul went to Rome. Paul called the local Jewish leaders to meet him and shared the gospel with them. Acts 28:17,20,22-25 (NIV)17 Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled,…20 …I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.” 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.” 23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.25 They disagreed among themselves…Paul was anointed by the power of the Holy Ghost to preach and to stand in the office of an apostle. Paul called to meet with the Jewish leaders in the Roman empire and after talking with them, the leaders arranged to meet Paul on another day. Many more Jews came to hear Paul where he preached Jesus to them expounding from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.Even though Paul was greatly anointed by the Holy Ghost to be an apostle, yet only some accepted what he preached. Verse 25 says that there was disagreement among the people. It is obvious there was a split.Acts 28:28–29 (NKJV)28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.Paul said as they did not want the Gospel, it was then sent to the Gentiles who would receive the good news. The word “hear” in verse 28 has this definition: to believe something and to respond to it on the basis of having heard —‘to accept, to listen to, to listen and respond, to pay attention and respond, to heed.’(Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 372). New York: United Bible Societies.)Paul said the Gospel was sent to the Gentiles because when they heard it they would believe and respond to it; they would accept and respond to it.The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was first delivered to the Jews in Rome but they rejected God’s grace. Till this day most of the Jews would not accept Jesus as the Messiah as recorded in the Law of Moses and spoken by the Prophets. This is one of the most ironical phenomena with the human race. The ones who are the closest reject what is true and good, but people who are outside the circle readily accept it. The Jews are the closest to accepting Jesus as their Messiah yet they are the ones most adamant in rejecting Him. When you reject God’s grace, He will give His grace to someone else. Usually that person will gladly receive His grace and be blessed by it.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

After the shipwreck at sea, Paul went to Rome. Paul called the local Jewish leaders to meet him and shared the gospel with them. 

Acts 28:17,20,22-25 (NIV)
17 Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled,…
20 …I have asked to see you and talk with you. It is because of the hope of Israel that I am bound with this chain.” 
22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect.” 
23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus. 
24 Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe.
25 They disagreed among themselves…

Paul was anointed by the power of the Holy Ghost to preach and to stand in the office of an apostle. Paul called to meet with the Jewish leaders in the Roman empire and after talking with them, the leaders arranged to meet Paul on another day. Many more Jews came to hear Paul where he preached Jesus to them expounding from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.

Even though Paul was greatly anointed by the Holy Ghost to be an apostle, yet only some accepted what he preached. Verse 25 says that there was disagreement among the people. It is obvious there was a split.

Acts 28:28–29 (NKJV)
28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” 
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.

Paul said as they did not want the Gospel, it was then sent to the Gentiles who would receive the good news. The word “hear” in verse 28 has this definition: to believe something and to respond to it on the basis of having heard —‘to accept, to listen to, to listen and respond, to pay attention and respond, to heed.’
(Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 372).  New York: United Bible Societies.)

Paul said the Gospel was sent to the Gentiles because when they heard it they would believe and respond to it; they would accept and respond to it.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was first delivered to the Jews in Rome but they rejected God’s grace. Till this day most of the Jews would not accept Jesus as the Messiah as recorded in the Law of Moses and spoken by the Prophets. This is one of the most ironical phenomena with the human race. The ones who are the closest reject what is true and good, but people who are outside the circle readily accept it. The Jews are the closest to accepting Jesus as their Messiah yet they are the ones most adamant in rejecting Him. 

When you reject God’s grace, He will give His grace to someone else. Usually that person will gladly receive His grace and be blessed by it.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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James 4:7 (AMP) So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. When we submit to the truth of God’s Word then the truth will be our shield, a covering over our spirits and minds. If we do not submit to the truth of God’s Word, it will only open the door of our minds to the devil’s deception. This is most serious because when the truth comes, the truth is God; when you reject the truth you are simply rejecting God. When you reject God in your mind it leaves a vacuum for the devil to fill it with deception. When we have the truth in our spirits and minds, though our minds may be bombarded by the devil’s thoughts, we are still able to stand firm against the devil and not be taken over by depression and oppression. It is only when we are submitted to the truth of God’s Word that we are able to stand firm in our minds. Notice James did not say we need to fight the devil because he is already defeated by Jesus Christ when He rose again; He overcame the devil’s power of dominion. When we submit to the truth of God’s Word, we will have the strength in our spirits and minds. In addition we will be shielded by the truth to resist the devil and he has to flee. The truth of God’s Word is powerful because God is Almighty. Having the truth in our spirits and minds is having the power of the Almighty which demonic powers can never withstand. Submitting to God is also submitting to the Holy Spirit because He is God too. When He speaks to us, leads us, and guides us, we have unconditionally yielded to Him and followed Him. If we do not let Him guide us, we will never reach that place He intended for us and we will never have the knowledge of the truth that He progressively unfolds to us by illumination. Submitting to the Truth of God’s Word and to the Holy Spirit is believing whatever He is revealing to us either through a teacher or by direct illumination. Often submitting to God does require obedience of the truth. When the truth of God’s Word comes by hearing, faith comes. Obedience of faith is required for His Word to produce any fruit. The obedience of faith (spoken Word) is submission in itself. Simply said, when God gives us instructions to follow, we cannot say we have submitted to His truth without following His instructions. John 9:6–7 (NKJV)6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). When Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam, what would happen if the man did not obey Jesus’ instruction? Would he be healed? Of course not because his healing was conditioned on his obedience of what he heard (faith). Submitting to God is submitting to His Word and His Spirit. To submit is to yield our will to the will of God. His will is revealed in His Word and by His Spirit.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

James 4:7 (AMP) So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you. 

When we submit to the truth of God’s Word then the truth will be our shield, a covering over our spirits and minds. 

If we do not submit to the truth of God’s Word, it will only open the door of our minds to the devil’s deception. This is most serious because when the truth comes, the truth is God; when you reject the truth you are simply rejecting God. When you reject God in your mind it leaves a vacuum for the devil to fill it with deception. 

When we have the truth in our spirits and minds, though our minds may be bombarded by the devil’s thoughts, we are still able to stand firm against the devil and not be taken over by depression and oppression. It is only when we are submitted to the truth of God’s Word that we are able to stand firm in our minds. 

Notice James did not say we need to fight the devil because he is already defeated by Jesus Christ when He rose again; He overcame the devil’s power of dominion. When we submit to the truth of God’s Word, we will have the strength in our spirits and minds. In addition we will be shielded by the truth to resist the devil and he has to flee. 

The truth of God’s Word is powerful because God is Almighty. Having the truth in our spirits and minds is having the power of the Almighty which demonic powers can never withstand. 

Submitting to God is also submitting to the Holy Spirit because He is God too. When He speaks to us, leads us, and guides us, we have unconditionally yielded to Him and followed Him. If we do not let Him guide us, we will never reach that place He intended for us and we will never have the knowledge of the truth that He progressively unfolds to us by illumination. 

Submitting to the Truth of God’s Word and to the Holy Spirit is believing whatever He is revealing to us either through a teacher or by direct illumination. 

Often submitting to God does require obedience of the truth. When the truth of God’s Word comes by hearing, faith comes. Obedience of faith is required for His Word to produce any fruit. The obedience of faith (spoken Word) is submission in itself. Simply said, when God gives us instructions to follow, we cannot say we have submitted to His truth without following His instructions. 

John 9:6–7 (NKJV)
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 
7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). When Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam, what would happen if the man did not obey Jesus’ instruction? Would he be healed? Of course not because his healing was conditioned on his obedience of what he heard (faith). 

Submitting to God is submitting to His Word and His Spirit. To submit is to yield our will to the will of God. His will is revealed in His Word and by His Spirit.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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The Body of Christ is the local church. It is important we serve in the local church or the Body of Christ. When Jesus was asked how a person could be great, His reply was unexpected.Matthew 20:26 (NIV) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…Believers are to submit and serve one another. This is not a self-centred way of living. It is a lifestyle if practiced consistently, would lead to a series of mutual helping relationships. It will cause all believers to be concerned about bearing one another’s burdens, weeping and rejoicing together, and praying for one another. Paul encouraged the church to bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2 (NKJV) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.Bearing one another’s burdens does not mean we have to take upon ourselves the problems of others. We will not be able to bear them especially if they are spiritual in nature; wearing us down and burning us out spiritually. The way we as believers bear one another’s burdens is by totally relying on wisdom to counsel and help the other person, lifting all their burdens up to the Heavenly Father who loves us. When we lift them up to the Lord in prayer, casting them down at Jesus’ feet then we are bearing one another’s burdens. To cast the burden down at the feet of Jesus is not to be anxious nor fear, but to be at rest in our spirit and soul regarding the matter. At the same time, we do what needs to be done responsibly. Take the next step as the Lord directs us by the Holy Spirit in solving the issues of life and not be burdened nor let other people’s problems destroy us. Gilbert Bilezikian wrote in Christianity 101: During His ministry, Jesus viewed Himself as fulfilling a servant role among God’s needy creatures, and He commissioned the disciples to do likewise. He was overwhelmed with compassion whenever He came across the sick and the blind (Matt. 4:24; 20:34), the oppressed, the helpless (Matt 9:36), and the hungry and the bereaved (Matt. 15:32; Luke 7:13). He entered into their pain and, as a result, He was moved to action, dispensing relief, comfort, and healing.When people and needy people are willing to give and give as a genuine expression of caring, the greatest benefits often come to the giver. Givers receive a greater sense of stability and well being. In fellowship and service to the church you give, life will become more meaningful. There will be a greater sense of stability and all will be well with the giver. Serving in the local church and fellowshipping there will help the believers mature both spiritually and naturally. Many problems can be prevented when we worship God and through prayer, receive the truth of God’s Word, fellowshipping and serving in the local church. This is because tremendous power is released through the body of Christ and authority is exercised to stop demonic powers with the Name of Jesus.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoreadReference : How To Be A People Helper by Gary R. Collins ... See MoreSee Less

The Body of Christ is the local church. It is important we serve in the local church or the Body of Christ. When Jesus was asked how a person could be great, His reply was unexpected.

Matthew 20:26 (NIV) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…

Believers are to submit and serve one another. This is not a self-centred way of living. It is a lifestyle if practiced consistently, would lead to a series of mutual helping relationships. It will cause all believers to be concerned about bearing one another’s burdens, weeping and rejoicing together, and praying for one another. Paul encouraged the church to bear one another’s burdens. 

Galatians 6:2 (NKJV) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Bearing one another’s burdens does not mean we have to take upon ourselves the problems of others. We will not be able to bear them especially if they are spiritual in nature; wearing us down and burning us out spiritually. 

The way we as believers bear one another’s burdens is by totally relying on wisdom to counsel and help the other person, lifting all their burdens up to the Heavenly Father who loves us. When we lift them up to the Lord in prayer, casting them down at Jesus’ feet then we are bearing one another’s burdens. To cast the burden down at the feet of Jesus is not to be anxious nor fear, but to be at rest in our spirit and soul regarding the matter. At the same time, we do what needs to be done responsibly. Take the next step as the Lord directs us by the Holy Spirit in solving the issues of life and not be burdened nor let other people’s problems destroy us. 

Gilbert Bilezikian wrote in Christianity 101: 

During His ministry, Jesus viewed Himself as fulfilling a servant role among God’s needy creatures, and He commissioned the disciples to do likewise. He was overwhelmed with compassion whenever He came across the sick and the blind (Matt. 4:24; 20:34), the oppressed, the helpless (Matt 9:36), and the hungry and the bereaved (Matt. 15:32; Luke 7:13). He entered into their pain and, as a result, He was moved to action, dispensing relief, comfort, and healing.

When people and needy people are willing to give and give as a genuine expression of caring, the greatest benefits often come to the giver. Givers receive a greater sense of stability and well being. In fellowship and service to the church you give, life will become more meaningful. There will be a greater sense of stability and all will be well with the giver. Serving in the local church and fellowshipping there will help the believers mature both spiritually and naturally. 

Many problems can be prevented when we worship God and through prayer, receive the truth of God’s Word, fellowshipping and serving in the local church. This is because tremendous power is released through the body of Christ and authority is exercised to stop demonic powers with the Name of Jesus.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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Reference : How To Be A People Helper by Gary R. Collins

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NET) In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel.Preachers, teachers, pastors, and all the other five fold ministers who proclaim the gospel are to receive their living by the gospel. In other words, the livelihood of these ministers of the gospel should be supported by proclaiming the gospel.What do you mean by living by the gospel in today’s context, especially those who live in big cities? What do these ministers of the gospel need?1. They need finances to feed both their families and themselves2. They need finances to meet the needs of their children3. They need finances for medical issues4. They need finances for their housing5. They need finances for transportation6. Their churches and ministries need finances to support their maintenance7. They need finances for miscellaneous itemsAll the above are basic needs for living. How are they going to get the finances to meet all these basic needs? In fact it is the Lord’s commandment they live by the gospel, as they proclaim the gospel. Any preacher, teacher, or pastor, who goes into full time ministry may support themselves initially. But they should quickly come to a point in time where they will be supported financially by proclaiming the gospel. If someone who is called into the full time ministry of a pastor and starts a church, then his board of directors or core-leaders should, if possible, quickly have the church pay the pastor a salary with benefits. The amount to pay him monthly should be enough for his living. If you hire a pastor to proclaim the gospel in your church, then pay him enough to meet all his living needs. If your pastor has to work another job to meet his living expenses, then he is not fully living by the gospel. Whoever decides on the pastor’s salary and who obstructs him from receiving a sufficient salary, will be disobeying the Lord’s commandment.If you invite a teacher or preacher to come speak in your church or at your seminar and you only give him a transport allowance, then you are not helping him to live by the gospel. You are ill-treating the Heavenly Father’s children because they are not able to live by proclaiming the gospel.Very often in big cities where the cost of living is much higher than smaller cities and villages, normally the husband and wife have to work to meet the financial needs of the family. If the pastors and those who proclaim the gospel cannot live by the gospel, they will have to find other means to meet both theirs and their family’s needs.In fact if you have a part in deciding the renumeration of those who proclaim the gospel, you should endeavour to give more than just meet their basic needs. If a church is instrumental in supporting the pastors and missionaries, and every work of the ministry, the Heavenly Father will bless you and He will go beyond blessing you because of these. God will fund the works of the ministry and the gospel (which are of God’s plan and will) by blessing you financially. Do not forget, when you prosper by His grace, it is for His grace He prospers you.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

1 Corinthians 9:14 (NET) In the same way the Lord commanded those who proclaim the gospel to receive their living by the gospel.

Preachers, teachers, pastors, and all the other five fold ministers who proclaim the gospel are to receive their living by the gospel. In other words, the livelihood of these ministers of the gospel should be supported by proclaiming the gospel.

What do you mean by living by the gospel in today’s context, especially those who live in big cities? What do these ministers of the gospel need?

1. They need finances to feed both their families and themselves
2. They need finances to meet the needs of their children
3. They need finances for medical issues
4. They need finances for their housing
5. They need finances for transportation
6. Their churches and ministries need finances to support their maintenance
7. They need finances for miscellaneous items

All the above are basic needs for living. How are they going to get the finances to meet all these basic needs? In fact it is the Lord’s commandment they live by the gospel, as they proclaim the gospel. 

Any preacher, teacher, or pastor, who goes into full time ministry may support themselves initially. But they should quickly come to a point in time where they will be supported financially by proclaiming the gospel. 

If someone who is called into the full time ministry of a pastor and starts a church, then his board of directors or core-leaders should, if possible, quickly have the church pay the pastor a salary with benefits. The amount to pay him monthly should be enough for his living. If you hire a pastor to proclaim the gospel in your church, then pay him enough to meet all his living needs. If your pastor has to work another job to meet his living expenses, then he is not fully living by the gospel. Whoever decides on the pastor’s salary and who obstructs him from receiving a sufficient salary, will be disobeying the Lord’s commandment.

If you invite a teacher or preacher to come speak in your church or at your seminar and you only give him a transport allowance, then you are not helping him to live by the gospel. You are ill-treating the Heavenly Father’s children because they are not able to live by proclaiming the gospel.

Very often in big cities where the cost of living is much higher than smaller cities and villages, normally the husband and wife have to work to meet the financial needs of the family. If the pastors and those who proclaim the gospel cannot live by the gospel, they will have to find other means to meet both theirs and their family’s needs.

In fact if you have a part in deciding the renumeration of those who proclaim the gospel, you should endeavour to give more than just meet their basic needs. If a church is instrumental in supporting the pastors and missionaries, and every work of the ministry, the Heavenly Father will bless you and He will go beyond blessing you because of these. God will fund the works of the ministry and the gospel (which are of God’s plan and will) by blessing you financially. Do not forget, when you prosper by His grace, it is for His grace He prospers you.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread

We pray because we know when God plans something, it will be fulfilled and He will fulfil it by His grace. So then you ask why do we need to pray? Well, if you don’t somebody else will. God’s plan will be fulfilled by His grace, it is not by our works, but by His grace through our faith. It will be fulfilled by His unconditional grace, not by our own merits. We pray because we know He will fulfil it. We are not praying for His plan to be fulfilled. Isaiah 46:10 (NCV) From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens. What I want to do, I will do.Notice that God said when He plans something, it happens. What He wants to do, He will do it. We might as well cooperate with Him and ask the Heavenly Father what He has planned for our lives, for our families, and for our nation. Then we pray knowing that His plan will happen. We ask the Heavenly Father how He wants us to be involved in what He wants to do. This is praying for the plan of God by grace. We do not have to worry about our children’s future. The Heavenly Father has it all planned out and He will do it in our children’s lives. Knowing this grace, we rest in our prayers. Then we are praying by the grace of the Holy Spirit with rest in our soul and spirit. We do not pray for God to fulfil His plan, we pray because we know the Father’s plan will not fail and He will fulfil it. We seek the Father’s plan which we’re part of and help execute His plan here on the earth. The Father knows whether we will or will not walk in His plan. When someone no longer walks in it, He has already planned for another person who will.We pray by His Spirit of Grace in rest and we pray by His Spirit of supplication with power. Hence will things not change for the better? Who can stand against the power of the Almighty God released through prayer. When God wants to move on the earth, He will move. When God needs believers to pray, He will have believers praying. What has the Heavenly Father planned for you? Do you want to know? Pray then so that you will know and follow His Holy Spirit. How else can we know what He has planned ahead for us? Follow the Holy Spirit. He will lead and show us things to come. What does the Heavenly Father want to do in your life? Pray so that you will know. When you know what the Father wants to do, you will have faith and a knowing that it will be done. Then you can look into the future with hope, confidence, and expectation, and with your spirit of faith energised. When you can see what the future holds, you will run your race with endurance, perseverance, and patience. Seek the Heavenly Father in prayer, and He will give you a glimpse of the future because He knows this will help you run the race, for life on earth is a journey.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

We pray because we know when God plans something, it will be fulfilled and He will fulfil it by His grace. So then you ask why do we need to pray? Well, if you don’t somebody else will. God’s plan will be fulfilled by His grace, it is not by our works, but by His grace through our faith. It will be fulfilled by His unconditional grace, not by our own merits. We pray because we know He will fulfil it. We are not praying for His plan to be fulfilled. 

Isaiah 46:10 (NCV) From the beginning I told you what would happen in the end. A long time ago I told you things that have not yet happened. When I plan something, it happens. What I want to do, I will do.

Notice that God said when He plans something, it happens. What He wants to do, He will do it. We might as well cooperate with Him and ask the Heavenly Father what He has planned for our lives, for our families, and for our nation. Then we pray knowing that His plan will happen. We ask the Heavenly Father how He wants us to be involved in what He wants to do. This is praying for the plan of God by grace. 

We do not have to worry about our children’s future. The Heavenly Father has it all planned out and He will do it in our children’s lives. Knowing this grace, we rest in our prayers. Then we are praying by the grace of the Holy Spirit with rest in our soul and spirit. 

We do not pray for God to fulfil His plan, we pray because we know the Father’s plan will not fail and He will fulfil it. 

We seek the Father’s plan which we’re part of and help execute His plan here on the earth. The Father knows whether we will or will not walk in His plan. When someone no longer walks in it, He has already planned for another person who will.

We pray by His Spirit of Grace in rest and we pray by His Spirit of supplication with power. Hence will things not change for the better? Who can stand against the power of the Almighty God released through prayer. When God wants to move on the earth, He will move. When God needs believers to pray, He will have believers praying. 

What has the Heavenly Father planned for you? Do you want to know? Pray then so that you will know and follow His Holy Spirit. How else can we know what He has planned ahead for us? Follow the Holy Spirit. He will lead and show us things to come. 

What does the Heavenly Father want to do in your life?  Pray so that you will know. When you know what the Father wants to do, you will have faith and a knowing that it will be done. Then you can look into the future with hope, confidence, and expectation, and with your spirit of faith energised. When you can see what the future holds, you will run your race with endurance, perseverance, and patience. Seek the Heavenly Father in prayer, and He will give you a glimpse of the future because He knows this will help you run the race, for life on earth is a journey.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
#goodtoread
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