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Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.In this verse, Paul talked about the priesthood being changed and a necessity for the change of the law. What was this change?Let us study the ministry of the priesthood under the law of Moses.Hebrews 7:11 (NKJV) Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?Under the law of Moses, all the priests came out of the tribe of Levi, and Aaron became the first high priest. The successors of the priesthood would generally come from the descendants of Aaron. The word “order” means “ fixed succession” from the Greek definition. According to the law of Moses, the succession of the priesthood was fixed by the law. They must come from the tribe of Levi and a descendant of Aaron. However, this practice was not perfect because every high priest and priest had sinned before and did not live forever (but died). Furthermore, they were not righteous and did not give life to the people. The Levitical priesthood performed all the commandments with their fleshly bodies. Since the Levitical priesthood could not give life, it was therefore imperfect. Why was there a need for another kind of priesthood that was in the order of Melchizedek? Because Melchizedek was a priest who lived forever. He was called the king of righteousness, one without sin, and since He did not die, was able to give life.This other priest is no other than Jesus who came as the fixed successor of Melchizedek. Fixed succession means God fixed it that Jesus would succeed Melchizedek, and this cannot be changed.How was the priesthood in the law of Moses changed? Under the law of Moses, the priesthood came from the tribe of Levi. Aaron was the first high priest who served in the Tabernacle of Moses, and according to the law of Moses, the one to succeed Aaron should come from this same tribe and a descendant of Aaron. Aaron in the Old Covenant was a type of Jesus, the High Priest. The book of Hebrews chapter 7 verse 12 says that the priesthood was being changed. Let us study how the priesthood in the law of Moses was changed in verse 13.Hebrews 7:13 (NKJV) For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.Verse 11 tells us that Jesus would come in succession to Melchizedek, but Jesus was not from the tribe of Levi but was from another tribe, which had no record of anyone ever serving as a priest at the altar. Hence Jesus did not come in accordance with the Law of Moses. In fact, He changed the practice of the law. Hebrews 7:14 (NKJV) For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.Jesus became the High Priest of the New Covenant when He was seated at the right hand of the Father. He also became the High Priest of the Temple of God of whom we are. Jesus did not come from the tribe of Levi but instead arose from the tribe of Judah. It was a tribe which Moses never mentioned anything about a priest coming from there. Hence the change in the priesthood. In the previous article (The Law of Moses Has Been Changed), I wrote about the two aspects of the Law of Moses. Firstly, the practices in the law. Secondly, the purpose of the law. The practice in the Old Covenant under the law of Moses was that the priests should come from the tribe of Levi. But Jesus did not arise from this tribe but the tribe of Judah instead. Therefore the priesthood being changed means changing the practices in the law of Moses. On the other hand, the purpose of the priesthood in the law of Moses was fulfilled by Jesus. The purpose of the law was not changed.God gave the law of Moses, it had to be perfect and not to be rewritten. When Paul talked about the priesthood being changed, he meant the practices were changed. There is no longer a need to keep the practices of the fleshly commandments in the law of Moses. Moreover, when Paul said there would be a change of the law, what he was saying was there was no longer any need to keep the practices of the law.Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.The word “change” in verse 12, from the Greek definition is “change; removal, transfer”. Jesus changed the law. How did He do it? The priesthood was removed from the tribe of Levi and the descendants of Aaron. It was now transferred to the tribe of Judah. Most importantly and interestingly, the law of Moses never said anything about a priest coming from the tribe of Judah. Hence Jesus coming from this tribe was never announced. We’ll also be surprised to know that no one from the tribe of Judah ever served at the altar in the Tabernacle of Moses or any temple in the Old Covenant for that matter. Jesus fulfilled the purpose of the law but changed every practice of the law. Why would anyone still keep the feasts in the law of Moses when Jesus has already changed the law? All the feasts are no longer relevant for us today.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

In this verse, Paul talked about the priesthood being changed and a necessity for the change of the law. What was this change?

Let us study the ministry of the priesthood under the law of Moses.

Hebrews 7:11 (NKJV) Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

Under the law of Moses, all the priests came out of the tribe of Levi, and Aaron became the first high priest. The successors of the priesthood would generally come from the descendants of Aaron. 

The word “order” means “ fixed succession” from the Greek definition. According to the law of Moses, the succession of the priesthood was fixed by the law. They must come from the tribe of Levi and a descendant of Aaron. However, this practice was not perfect because every high priest and priest had sinned before and did not live forever (but died). Furthermore, they were not righteous and did not give life to the people. The Levitical priesthood performed all the commandments with their fleshly bodies. 

Since the Levitical priesthood could not give life, it was therefore imperfect. Why was there a need for another kind of priesthood that was in the order of Melchizedek? Because Melchizedek was a priest who lived forever. He was called the king of righteousness, one without sin, and since He did not die, was able to give life.

This other priest is no other than Jesus who came as the fixed successor of Melchizedek. Fixed succession means God fixed it that Jesus would succeed Melchizedek, and this cannot be changed.

How was the priesthood in the law of Moses changed? Under the law of Moses, the priesthood came from the tribe of Levi. Aaron was the first high priest who served in the Tabernacle of Moses, and according to the law of Moses, the one to succeed Aaron should come from this same tribe and a descendant of Aaron. Aaron in the Old Covenant was a type of Jesus, the High Priest. 

The book of Hebrews chapter 7 verse 12 says that the priesthood was being changed. Let us study how the priesthood in the law of Moses was changed in verse 13.

Hebrews 7:13 (NKJV) For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

Verse 11 tells us that Jesus would come in succession to Melchizedek, but Jesus was not from the tribe of Levi but was from another tribe, which had no record of anyone ever serving as a priest at the altar. 

Hence Jesus did not come in accordance with the Law of Moses. In fact, He changed the practice of the law. 

Hebrews 7:14 (NKJV) For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

Jesus became the High Priest of the New Covenant when He was seated at the right hand of the Father. He also became the High Priest of the Temple of God of whom we are. Jesus did not come from the tribe of Levi but instead arose from the tribe of Judah. It was a tribe which Moses never mentioned anything about a priest coming from there. Hence the change in the priesthood. In the previous article (The Law of Moses Has Been Changed), I wrote about the two aspects of the Law of Moses. Firstly, the practices in the law. Secondly, the purpose of the law. The practice in the Old Covenant under the law of Moses was that the priests should come from the tribe of Levi. But Jesus did not arise from this tribe but the tribe of Judah instead. Therefore the priesthood being changed means changing the practices in the law of Moses. On the other hand, the purpose of the priesthood in the law of Moses was fulfilled by Jesus. The purpose of the law was not changed.

God gave the law of Moses, it had to be perfect and not to be rewritten. When Paul talked about the priesthood being changed, he meant the practices were changed. There is no longer a need to keep the practices of the fleshly commandments in the law of Moses. Moreover, when Paul said there would be a change of the law, what he was saying was there was no longer any need to keep the practices of the law.

Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

The word “change” in verse 12, from the Greek definition is “change; removal, transfer”. Jesus changed the law. How did He do it? The priesthood was removed from the tribe of Levi and the descendants of Aaron. It was now transferred to the tribe of Judah. 

Most importantly and interestingly, the law of Moses never said anything about a priest coming from the tribe of Judah. Hence Jesus coming from this tribe was never announced. We’ll also be surprised to know that no one from the tribe of Judah ever served at the altar in the Tabernacle of Moses or any temple in the Old Covenant for that matter. 

Jesus fulfilled the purpose of the law but changed every practice of the law. Why would anyone still keep the feasts in the law of Moses when Jesus has already changed the law? All the feasts are no longer relevant for us today.

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

Do you know that the law of Moses has been changed? How was it changed and when was it changed? We need to understand that there are two aspects of the law of Moses. 1. The practices in the law: for example, the feasts, circumcision, sacrifices, anointing with oil, and the celebration of Sabbath day. All these were instituted in the law of Moses. These practices were all done in the flesh.2. The purposes of the law: for example, the sacrifice of the lamb and from it, the blood was for the purpose of covering the sins of the high priest and the people. The purpose of the high priest going into the Holy of Holies was a type of Jesus. He rose again and ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.Let us begin by studying this verse written by Paul concerning the practices in the law of Moses.Hebrews 7:16 (NKJV) who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.The law of Moses is called a fleshly commandment because all the practices in the law were done in the flesh (with their fleshly bodies) by the people in the nation of Israel. Whatever the law commanded them to do were fleshly commandments. These practices would only minister to the soul but not the spirit of man. It was imperfect in this regard. Many Christians will be confounded by what Paul was about to say in the next verse.Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.Paul said that there was a change in the priesthood. Therefore there was a necessity for a change of the law! God gave the law of Moses, it had to be perfect without any error. Then why was there a necessity for the law to be changed? Did Paul mean they had to rewrite the law because there were errors in it? What does it mean by the priesthood being changed? That it was of necessity a change of the law? It will really upend many people's thinking and their conception of Christian practices today.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Do you know that the law of Moses has been changed? How was it changed and when was it changed? 

We need to understand that there are two aspects of the law of Moses. 

1. The practices in the law: for example, the feasts, circumcision, sacrifices, anointing with oil, and the celebration of Sabbath day. All these were instituted in the law of Moses. These practices were all done in the flesh.

2. The purposes of the law: for example, the sacrifice of the lamb and from it, the blood was for the purpose of covering the sins of the high priest and the people. The purpose of the high priest going into the Holy of Holies was a type of Jesus. He rose again and ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

Let us begin by studying this verse written by Paul concerning the practices in the law of Moses.

Hebrews 7:16 (NKJV) who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

The law of Moses is called a fleshly commandment because all the practices in the law were done in the flesh (with their fleshly bodies) by the people in the nation of Israel. Whatever the law commanded them to do were fleshly commandments. These practices would only minister to the soul but not the spirit of man. It was imperfect in this regard. 

Many Christians will be confounded by what Paul was about to say in the next verse.

Hebrews 7:12 (NKJV) For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.

Paul said that there was a change in the priesthood. Therefore there was a necessity for a change of the law! God gave the law of Moses, it had to be perfect without any error. Then why was there a necessity for the law to be changed? Did Paul mean they had to rewrite the law because there were errors in it? 

What does it mean by the priesthood being changed? That it was of necessity a change of the law? 

It will really upend many peoples thinking and their conception of Christian practices today.

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

#3 Acknowledge You Need the Father in All Your WaysProverbs 3:5–6 (NET)5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.Heb “know him.” The verb יָדַע (yadah, “to know”) includes mental awareness of who God is and the consequential submission to his lordship. To know him is to obey him. The sage is calling for a life of trust and obedience in which the disciple sees the Lord in every event and relies on him. To acknowledge the Lord in every event means trusting and obeying him for guidance in right conduct. [Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.]Acknowledge we need His help, His guidance, His leading, His wisdom, His revelation, and His strength. And we are to wait, seek His will, His plan, His promises, for us in every area of our lives.The Father will make your path straight means: tn The verb יָשָׁר (yashar) means “to make smooth; to make straight” (BDB 444 s.v.). This phrase means “to make the way free from obstacles,” that is, to make it successful (e.g., Isa 40:3). The straight, even road is the right road; God will make the way smooth for the believer. [Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.] #4 Ask the Heavenly Father for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation Ephesians 1:16–17 (NKJV)16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him …Ask the Father to give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that we may know the next step to take.#5 Seek Counsel from the EldersProverbs 20:18 (NLT)18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.Seek the counsel of older people who have gained more life experiences. As we do that, many ideas that we have not have thought of may come forth. #6 Pray Till You Have It Clear What is the Next Step Spending time praying much with unknown tongues will allow the Holy Spirit to redirect and show us alternative ways, or even a change in direction we are to take. We will get it very clear in our spirit what to do next.The Heavenly Father longs to help us. He does not want to see us go the wrong way. His unfailing love for us is extreme, so He will do His utmost to help and ensure that we be on the right path.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

#3 Acknowledge You Need the Father in All Your Ways

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NET)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.

Heb “know him.” The verb יָדַע (yadah, “to know”) includes mental awareness of who God is and the consequential submission to his lordship. To know him is to obey him. The sage is calling for a life of trust and obedience in which the disciple sees the Lord in every event and relies on him. To acknowledge the Lord in every event means trusting and obeying him for guidance in right conduct. [Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.]

Acknowledge we need His help, His guidance, His leading, His wisdom, His revelation, and His strength. And we are to wait, seek His will, His plan, His promises, for us in every area of our lives.

The Father will make your path straight means: tn The verb יָשָׁר (yashar) means “to make smooth; to make straight” (BDB 444 s.v.). This phrase means “to make the way free from obstacles,” that is, to make it successful (e.g., Isa 40:3). The straight, even road is the right road; God will make the way smooth for the believer. [Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.] 

#4 Ask the Heavenly Father for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation
 
Ephesians 1:16–17 (NKJV)
16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him …

Ask the Father to give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that we may know the next step to take.

#5 Seek Counsel from the Elders

Proverbs 20:18 (NLT)
18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.

Seek the counsel of older people who have gained more life experiences. As we do that, many ideas that we have not have thought of may come forth. 

#6 Pray Till You Have It Clear What is the Next Step 

Spending time praying much with unknown tongues will allow the Holy Spirit to redirect and show us alternative ways, or even a change in direction we are to take. We will get it very clear in our spirit what to do next.

The Heavenly Father longs to help us. He does not want to see us go the wrong way. His unfailing love for us is extreme, so He will do His utmost to help and ensure that we be on the right path.

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

Jesus gave the Great Commission to His apostles before He ascended into heaven, to be seated at the right hand of the Father. Concerning finding someone to replace Judas Iscariot, Jesus did not leave any instructions. The 120 disciples of Jesus (including the 11 apostles of the Lamb) were praying in the upper room. They were in unity, with one mind and purpose. Peter was then directed to a passage in the Book of Psalms and received illumination from the Word of God that they needed to look for someone. At that moment, they did not know who to select. They, first, nominated Joseph and then, led by the Holy Spirit, chose Matthias also. Subsequently, they prayed again and led by the Holy Spirit; all cast their lots on Matthias.In our walk with the Lord Jesus, we often encounter such a situation ourselves. There is a foundational basis we must go by to ensure we get clear directions from the Lord. What are they?#1 Seek to Do the Father’s Will, and You will KnowJohn 7:17 (NET) If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.If we seek to do the Father’s will, we will know the direction. We will surely know if we want to do the Father’s will. If we are not getting directions from the Lord, either we are to continue in the present place and do what the Lord has already given, or we are not willing to do what He has instructed. There was a guy who walked into our church service one day. At the end of the service, he asked me to pray for him, so that he could know exactly what God called him to do. He went to Bible school twenty years ago and then attended a large Grace church. I told him to forget about praying whether God had called him to full-time ministry. I said, if he had a call to ministry in his life, God would already have shown him long ago. Praying for such a long time and still not knowing what God’s full-time call is, either there is no calling in his life, or it could be he had been unfaithful in obeying God.The Bible tells us God called us when we were in our mother’s womb. We do not need to pray for twenty years and still not know our calling. Many people who are called to pastor, but did not answer the call, the time to enter into the pastoral ministry has passed; they would have more likely missed the season. #2 Go by the Father’s StandardWhen the 11 apostles of the Lamb had to look for someone to take the place of Judas Iscariot, they had to go by God’s standard. 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.”These conditions were God’s standard. If we are looking for a spouse, God’s Word must be our standard. We must also follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked with an unbeliever. Another criterion is, do we want a godly spouse?Seek to do the Father’s will, and we will always know what He has planned for our lives. The Word of God must be the standard we use to judge every situation. Once we know it is the Father’s will, and it does not violate the Word, obey His direction.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Jesus gave the Great Commission to His apostles before He ascended into heaven, to be seated at the right hand of the Father. Concerning finding someone to replace Judas Iscariot, Jesus did not leave any instructions. 

The 120 disciples of Jesus (including the 11 apostles of the Lamb) were praying in the upper room. They were in unity, with one mind and purpose. Peter was then directed to a passage in the Book of Psalms and received illumination from the Word of God that they needed to look for someone. At that moment, they did not know who to select. They, first, nominated Joseph and then, led by the Holy Spirit, chose Matthias also. Subsequently, they prayed again and led by the Holy Spirit; all cast their lots on Matthias.

In our walk with the Lord Jesus, we often encounter such a situation ourselves. There is a foundational basis we must go by to ensure we get clear directions from the Lord. What are they?

#1 Seek to Do the Father’s Will, and You will Know

John 7:17 (NET) If anyone wants to do God’s will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority.

If we seek to do the Father’s will, we will know the direction. We will surely know if we want to do the Father’s will. If we are not getting directions from the Lord, either we are to continue in the present place and do what the Lord has already given, or we are not willing to do what He has instructed.  

There was a guy who walked into our church service one day. At the end of the service, he asked me to pray for him, so that he could know exactly what God called him to do. He went to Bible school twenty years ago and then attended a large Grace church. I told him to forget about praying whether God had called him to full-time ministry. I said, if he had a call to ministry in his life, God would already have shown him long ago. Praying for such a long time and still not knowing what God’s full-time call is, either there is no calling in his life, or it could be he had been unfaithful in obeying God.

The Bible tells us God called us when we were in our mother’s womb. We do not need to pray for twenty years and still not know our calling. Many people who are called to pastor, but did not answer the call, the time to enter into the pastoral ministry has passed; they would have more likely missed the season. 

#2 Go by the Father’s Standard

When the 11 apostles of the Lamb had to look for someone to take the place of Judas Iscariot, they had to go by God’s standard. 

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.”

These conditions were God’s standard. If we are looking for a spouse, God’s Word must be our standard. We must also follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us not to be unequally yoked with an unbeliever. Another criterion is, do we want a godly spouse?

Seek to do the Father’s will, and we will always know what He has planned for our lives. The Word of God must be the standard we use to judge every situation. Once we know it is the Father’s will, and it does not violate the Word, obey His direction.

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

Mark 4:35–40 (NKJV)35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”What is the Lord Jesus saying to you as He relates His own experience of being caught in a storm?1. Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side.” No matter what situation you may encounter, if Jesus said let us cross over to the other side, then we will cross over with Him. We are not alone. Jesus is crossing with us; be it during a time of calm or storm. Nothing in the way can stop us from crossing over to the other side. 2. Did you get into the boat with Jesus? Are you in the local church where He puts you? Your local praying church, a church that prays in unknown tongues is the boat Jesus has prepared and invited you in. If you are in that boat, you are in the boat with Jesus and Jesus is in your boat. 3. In Mark 4 Jesus was in the boat. He, Himself was caught in the storm. When Jesus is leading us into something by the Holy Spirit, then Jesus is in it. If we encounter any challenges along the way, we know Jesus is “in the boat.” Jesus is with us on our journey. Keep Jesus as our partner in everything we embark on in life. How? Ask Him: “Do you want me to get into the boat?” With every journey when Jesus is in it with us, we know the storm will not harm us though we may get wet.4. Rebuke and bind the works of the devil that is causing the storm. Do not doubt and do not fear. When Jesus rebuked the storm, it did calm down, so will the economic storm and Covid-19 crisis. Fear and doubt will quench and render your faith ineffective. There is no storm greater than the Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus will calm every storm of life. It does not matter who stirs it up. No storm will last forever. No crisis of life continues forever. Jesus will always go over to the other side of the storm. So will you.Thank God for His grace to help during a time of economic turmoil and global pandemic.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Mark 4:35–40 (NKJV)
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 
36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 
40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

What is the Lord Jesus saying to you as He relates His own experience of being caught in a storm?

1. Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side.” No matter what situation you may encounter, if Jesus said let us cross over to the other side, then we will cross over with Him. We are not alone. Jesus is crossing with us; be it during a time of calm or storm. Nothing in the way can stop us from crossing over to the other side. 

2. Did you get into the boat with Jesus? Are you in the local church where He puts you? Your local praying church, a church that prays in unknown tongues is the boat Jesus has prepared and invited you in. If you are in that boat, you are in the boat with Jesus and Jesus is in your boat. 

3. In Mark 4 Jesus was in the boat. He, Himself was caught in the storm. When Jesus is leading us into something by the Holy Spirit, then Jesus is in it. If we encounter any challenges along the way, we know Jesus is “in the boat.” Jesus is with us on our journey. Keep Jesus as our partner in everything we embark on in life. How? Ask Him: “Do you want me to get into the boat?” With every journey when Jesus is in it with us, we know the storm will not harm us though we may get wet.

4. Rebuke and bind the works of the devil that is causing the storm. Do not doubt and do not fear. When Jesus rebuked the storm, it did calm down, so will the economic storm and Covid-19 crisis. Fear and doubt will quench and render your faith ineffective. There is no storm greater than the Name of Jesus. The Name of Jesus will calm every storm of life. It does not matter who stirs it up. No storm will last forever. No crisis of life continues forever. Jesus will always go over to the other side of the storm. So will you.

Thank God for His grace to help during a time of economic turmoil and global pandemic.

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

An economic storm is brewing with the trade war and Covid-19 happening right now. Unfortunately, it has caught many people and their businesses, not because of their own doing. One night I was leading a prayer group to wait upon the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to pray concerning this economic storm. The Heavenly Father sees and knows the future. We come before His throne of grace to seek His help and guidance. It is in times like this when the near future seems uncertain. When we do not know how to pray as we ought, yet knowing our nation is heading into this “bad storm”, the most precious gift the Heavenly Father has given to us is the gift of speaking in unknown tongues with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many preachers argue that unknown tongues is not for every Christian. Jesus said in Mark 16:17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues ….”. Is the Name of Jesus for every Christian? If it is for you then speaking in new tongues is also for you. That night, the Holy Spirit brought to my attention the scripture about Jesus in the boat with His disciples. They got caught in a storm. There are a few lessons we can draw from this story. I shared with the prayer group that if there was anything that caught their attention, or quickened to them or something they were more inclined to, I suggested that they ponder over those points and confess them over their lives, their jobs and businesses. Confessing the Word of God, quickened to or brought to your attention by the Holy Spirit, releases tremendous power into the realm of the spirit. This power will release the blessings in the heavenly realm over your life and all that you have, and it will become a covering for you amid the economic storm. Mark 4:35–40 (NKJV)35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”There are important points we need to take note in this event. They are very apt for living life on this earth; a world influenced by the power of Satan. The Holy Spirit’s purpose in quickening this story to us is to impart fresh faith into our spirits to ride the storm. We cannot rely on past faith. Neither can you rely on your grandma’s faith or the faith of others. We need fresh faith for today to confront the challenges of life. We cannot live on stale manna. Freshly baked hot bread with butter on it is always nicer than with stale bread. Don’t you agree?Living life here on earth depends on fresh manna from heaven daily. We cannot live on bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of our Heavenly Father. Words from the Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ come from feeding daily on the living Word of God quickened to you, and praying much in unknown tongues. When praying in unknown tongues, often the Holy Spirit will quicken to you passages or verses specifically for your every need. The Word of God coming from praying in unknown tongues is very focused and specific for a particular need. It can come during daily devotions too, only when we are looking and seeking for a Word from the Lord. More often it comes while praying much in unknown tongues. You need a Word from the Lord amid a storm.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

An economic storm is brewing with the trade war and Covid-19 happening right now. Unfortunately, it has caught many people and their businesses, not because of their own doing. 

One night I was leading a prayer group to wait upon the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to pray concerning this economic storm. The Heavenly Father sees and knows the future. We come before His throne of grace to seek His help and guidance. 

It is in times like this when the near future seems uncertain. When we do not know how to pray as we ought, yet knowing our nation is heading into this “bad storm”, the most precious gift the Heavenly Father has given to us is the gift of speaking in unknown tongues with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Many preachers argue that unknown tongues is not for every Christian. Jesus said in Mark 16:17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues ….”. Is the Name of Jesus for every Christian? If it is for you then speaking in new tongues is also for you. 

That night, the Holy Spirit brought to my attention the scripture about Jesus in the boat with His disciples. They got caught in a storm. There are a few lessons we can draw from this story. I shared with the prayer group that if there was anything that caught their attention, or quickened to them or something they were more inclined to, I suggested that they ponder over those points and confess them over their lives, their jobs and businesses. Confessing the Word of God, quickened to or brought to your attention by the Holy Spirit, releases tremendous power into the realm of the spirit. This power will release the blessings in the heavenly realm over your life and all that you have, and it will become a covering for you amid the economic storm. 

Mark 4:35–40 (NKJV)
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 
36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 
40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

There are important points we need to take note in this event. They are very apt for living life on this earth; a world influenced by the power of Satan. The Holy Spirit’s purpose in quickening this story to us is to impart fresh faith into our spirits to ride the storm. We cannot rely on past faith. Neither can you rely on your grandma’s faith or the faith of others. We need fresh faith for today to confront the challenges of life. We cannot live on stale manna. Freshly baked hot bread with butter on it is always nicer than with stale bread. Don’t you agree?

Living life here on earth depends on fresh manna from heaven daily. We cannot live on bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of our Heavenly Father. Words from the Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ come from feeding daily on the living Word of God quickened to you, and praying much in unknown tongues. When praying in unknown tongues, often the Holy Spirit will quicken to you passages or verses specifically for your every need. The Word of God coming from praying in unknown tongues is very focused and specific for a particular need. It can come during daily devotions too, only when we are looking and seeking for a Word from the Lord. More often it comes while praying much in unknown tongues. 

You need a Word from the Lord amid a storm.

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

Jacob’s most favoured son, Joseph, was sold by his brothers into Egypt where he suffered. It was not the perfect will of God and His plan to bring sorrow and suffering upon either Joseph or Jacob. Moving Joseph to Egypt was God’s plan and perfect will. He saw and knew Egypt and Canaan would suffer a time of severe famine, just like in Abraham’s time. But it was never God’s perfect will for Israel to continue remaining in Egypt.It was His perfect will for Jacob and his children to move there for a season to escape the scarcity of food. This was to save Joseph, Jacob and his family of seventy. To save Jacob and his descendants to fulfil the great plan of God, He had to save Egypt as well. God prepared Egypt before the famine to save them all. It was God’s perfect will to send Joseph into Egypt, though not done the same way his brothers did because God had other ways of fulfilling His plan. Jacob and his descendants were to fulfil the perfect plan of bringing forth Jesus. God’s plan was not for Jesus to come out of Egypt. The destinies of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were to prepare the way for Jesus to fulfil His destiny, ultimately fulfilling God’s perfect will for humanity. Jesus was to begin and expand God’s kingdom.Alas, Jacob stayed too long and beyond the season of famine. They became too comfortable, and it was difficult to leave the prosperous comfort zone. Jacob could have thought, “My most favoured son, Joseph, is the prime minister now, I have favour with Pharaoh.” and Joseph could also have thought,“How to quit this kind of job? I don’t need to be corrupt to have everything here in Egypt. So why leave, might as well stay on. After all, my brothers and father are all prospering here in the land of Goshen.” As they continued to stay, they turned from being first-class citizens to become second-class citizens, and eventually into cruel slavery.Abraham came out of Egypt with plenty; Jacob’s descendants lost everything. When they left, they had to take from the Egyptian neighbours, so that they could build God’s temple in the wilderness. If Jacob had left with his eleven children and returned to Canaan, his descendants would have continued to prosper and not suffer the slavery in Egypt. Jacob almost thwarted God’s plan. But God’s plan will not be stopped. When He plans something, He will fulfil it.The critical factor was that Egypt was God’s will and part of His plan to save them from the severe famine for a short season of seven years. However, it involved a crucial decision. When the time came for Jacob to leave, it should not matter how good Egypt was, he had to go. Jacob should have left while Joseph remained behind. God’s purpose for Joseph’s life was to be in Egypt to save Egypt, as well as Jacob and his household. The purpose of Jacob’s life was to continue to prepare the way for Jesus to come in the land of Canaan. Jacob was to bring Judah back to Canaan because Jesus came out of the tribe of Judah. We can say, Joseph, fulfilled his destiny by going down to Egypt.There was only one thing in common with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the land of Promise. Canaan was the perfect will of God and in the perfect plan of God for the greater good of humanity. When they stayed in the land of Promise, they prospered. When they strayed from it, they lived away from prosperity and success, to being second-class citizens, and later to slavery. When they cried out to God, He still brought them back to the original land of Promise. But they lost four generations and suffered unnecessarily. Going to Egypt was God’s permissive will for Abraham. It was not God’s will for Isaac, but it was God’s perfect will for Jacob only for one purpose and for a short season.All of us have a destiny, and God has a unique plan for every one. Fulfil your destiny and God’s plan, not others. The perfect will of God for others may not be the perfect will for you.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Jacob’s most favoured son, Joseph, was sold by his brothers into Egypt where he suffered. It was not the perfect will of God and His plan to bring sorrow and suffering upon either Joseph or Jacob. Moving Joseph to Egypt was God’s plan and perfect will. He saw and knew Egypt and Canaan would suffer a time of severe famine, just like in Abraham’s time. But it was never God’s perfect will for Israel to continue remaining in Egypt.

It was His perfect will for Jacob and his children to move there for a season to escape the scarcity of food. This was to save Joseph, Jacob and his family of seventy. To save Jacob and his descendants to fulfil the great plan of God, He had to save Egypt as well. God prepared Egypt before the famine to save them all. 

It was God’s perfect will to send Joseph into Egypt, though not done the same way his brothers did because God had other ways of fulfilling His plan. Jacob and his descendants were to fulfil the perfect plan of bringing forth Jesus. God’s plan was not for Jesus to come out of Egypt. The destinies of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were to prepare the way for Jesus to fulfil His destiny, ultimately fulfilling God’s perfect will for humanity. Jesus was to begin and expand God’s kingdom.

Alas, Jacob stayed too long and beyond the season of famine. They became too comfortable, and it was difficult to leave the prosperous comfort zone. Jacob could have thought, “My most favoured son, Joseph, is the prime minister now, I have favour with Pharaoh.” and Joseph could also have thought,“How to quit this kind of job? I don’t need to be corrupt to have everything here in Egypt. So why leave, might as well stay on. After all, my brothers and father are all prospering here in the land of Goshen.” As they continued to stay, they turned from being first-class citizens to become second-class citizens, and eventually into cruel slavery.

Abraham came out of Egypt with plenty; Jacob’s descendants lost everything. When they left, they had to take from the Egyptian neighbours, so that they could build God’s temple in the wilderness. If Jacob had left with his eleven children and returned to Canaan, his descendants would have continued to prosper and not suffer the slavery in Egypt. Jacob almost thwarted God’s plan. But God’s plan will not be stopped. When He plans something, He will fulfil it.

The critical factor was that Egypt was God’s will and part of His plan to save them from the severe famine for a short season of seven years. However, it involved a crucial decision. When the time came for Jacob to leave, it should not matter how good Egypt was, he had to go. Jacob should have left while Joseph remained behind. God’s purpose for Joseph’s life was to be in Egypt to save Egypt, as well as Jacob and his household. The purpose of Jacob’s life was to continue to prepare the way for Jesus to come in the land of Canaan. Jacob was to bring Judah back to Canaan because Jesus came out of the tribe of Judah. We can say, Joseph, fulfilled his destiny by going down to Egypt.

There was only one thing in common with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the land of Promise. Canaan was the perfect will of God and in the perfect plan of God for the greater good of humanity. When they stayed in the land of Promise, they prospered. When they strayed from it, they lived away from prosperity and success, to being second-class citizens, and later to slavery. When they cried out to God, He still brought them back to the original land of Promise. But they lost four generations and suffered unnecessarily. Going to Egypt was God’s permissive will for Abraham. It was not God’s will for Isaac, but it was God’s perfect will for Jacob only for one purpose and for a short season.

All of us have a destiny, and God has a unique plan for every one. Fulfil your destiny and God’s plan, not others. The perfect will of God for others may not be the perfect will for you.

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

Abraham left the land of severe famine. Isaac stayed and sowed in the land of famine. SAVED FOR THE SEVERE FAMINEGenesis 41:1–5 (AMP)1 AFTER TWO full years, Pharaoh dreamed that he stood by the river [Nile]. 2 And behold, there came up out of the river [Nile] seven well-favored cows, sleek and handsome and fat; and they grazed in the reed grass [in a marshy pasture].3 And behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river [Nile], ill favored and gaunt and ugly, and stood by the fat cows on the bank of the river [Nile].4 And the ill-favored, gaunt, and ugly cows ate up the seven well-favored and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.5 But he slept and dreamed the second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came out on one stalk, plump and good.Pharaoh had two dreams. One dream Joseph interpreted was about the seven years of abundance of harvest and the seven years of famine. Then God gave Joseph wisdom under Pharaoh’s government to save up during the seven years of plenty for the years of famine, in preparation for the coming severe one all over the “earth” (a figure of speech). Genesis 41:56 (NKJV) The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.No place could save Israel, so the Lord prepared Egypt to save them. Of the three famines, this was the most severe, and the key was to save up. The nations in trouble today is mainly due to their country’s lack of savings and spending what they do not have; they borrowed to spend.The most prudent way is to save and not spend what you don’t have. Then trust God and use your faith in the Name of Jesus to believe that the Heavenly Father has a way to save you and your family through any time of crisis. THE SHUNAMMITE SOWED BEFORE THE SEVERE FAMINE When Elisha the prophet passed by the home of the Shunammite woman, she invited him in for a meal. Subsequently, she kept providing meals for the prophet. Then she also built an upper room for him to rest whenever he came by. When her land suffered a devastating famine, God spoke to the Shunammite.2 Kings 8:1–2 (NIV)1 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Go away with your family and stay for a while wherever you can, because the Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.” 2 The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.The word of the Lord came through Elisha to tell her to leave her land. There is no record of the same word given to any other person. This was one of the prophet’s rewards the Shunammite received, because she sowed into prophet Elisha’s life. When we sow into God’s kingdom, we will reap in the time of need, and when that time comes, we will reap for a purpose.THE FATHER WILL PROVIDE IN ANY FAMINE Psalm 37:25 (NIV) I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.This must be our belief, and this must be our confession; this must renew our minds and our thinking.The Heavenly Father’s unfailing love will not forsake you in times of recession or famine. He will faithfully provide, and your children will never have to beg for bread.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread* This article was 1st posted in December 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

Abraham left the land of severe famine. Isaac stayed and sowed in the land of famine. 

SAVED FOR THE SEVERE FAMINE

Genesis 41:1–5 (AMP)
1 AFTER TWO full years, Pharaoh dreamed that he stood by the river [Nile]. 
2 And behold, there came up out of the river [Nile] seven well-favored cows, sleek and handsome and fat; and they grazed in the reed grass [in a marshy pasture].
3 And behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river [Nile], ill favored and gaunt and ugly, and stood by the fat cows on the bank of the river [Nile].
4 And the ill-favored, gaunt, and ugly cows ate up the seven well-favored and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.
5 But he slept and dreamed the second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came out on one stalk, plump and good.

Pharaoh had two dreams. One dream Joseph interpreted was about the seven years of abundance of harvest and the seven years of famine. Then God gave Joseph wisdom under Pharaoh’s government to save up during the seven years of plenty for the years of famine, in preparation for the coming severe one all over the “earth” (a figure of speech). 

Genesis 41:56 (NKJV) The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.

No place could save Israel, so the Lord prepared Egypt to save them. Of the three famines, this was the most severe, and the key was to save up. The nations in trouble today is mainly due to their country’s lack of savings and spending what they do not have; they borrowed to spend.

The most prudent way is to save and not spend what you don’t have. Then trust God and use your faith in the Name of Jesus to believe that the Heavenly Father has a way to save you and your family through any time of crisis.  

THE SHUNAMMITE SOWED BEFORE THE SEVERE FAMINE 

When Elisha the prophet passed by the home of the Shunammite woman, she invited him in for a meal. Subsequently, she kept providing meals for the prophet. Then she also built an upper room for him to rest whenever he came by. When her land suffered a devastating famine, God spoke to the Shunammite.

2 Kings 8:1–2 (NIV)
1 Now Elisha had said to the woman whose son he had restored to life, “Go away with your family and stay for a while wherever you can, because the Lord has decreed a famine in the land that will last seven years.” 
2 The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.

The word of the Lord came through Elisha to tell her to leave her land. There is no record of the same word given to any other person. 

This was one of the prophet’s rewards the Shunammite received, because she sowed into prophet Elisha’s life. When we sow into God’s kingdom, we will reap in the time of need, and when that time comes, we will reap for a purpose.

THE FATHER WILL PROVIDE IN ANY FAMINE 

Psalm 37:25 (NIV) I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

This must be our belief, and this must be our confession; this must renew our minds and our thinking.

The Heavenly Father’s unfailing love will not forsake you in times of recession or famine. He will faithfully provide, and your children will never have to beg for bread.

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

* This article was 1st posted in December 2018

Is there a famine coming to this world? Or is there a recession coming? One country in South America is facing hyperinflation because of the nation’s debts and the value of their currency dropping at a drastic rate. Another European country is also going through the same situation because of the trade war imposed by America. Ten years ago, we faced a financial crisis, and today it seems like the world is facing another possible crisis that is far worse. Let us look at what the OId Testament men and women of God did when they were confronted with famine. LEAVE THE LAND OF SEVERE FAMINE The first famine recorded was during Abraham’s time in the Bible. Genesis 12:10 (AMP) Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down into Egypt to live temporarily, for the famine in the land was oppressive (intense and grievous).Abraham planned to go down to Egypt to stay for a while; it would be a temporary abode because he remembered God’s plan for him was to be in the Promised Land - Canaan. Genesis 13:1–4 (AMP) 1 SO ABRAM went up out of Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South [country of Judah, the Negeb].2 Now Abram was extremely rich in livestock and in silver and in gold.3 And he journeyed on from the South [country of Judah, the Negeb] as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 Where he had built an altar at first; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. [Gal. 3:6-9.]From the first example, we saw how Abraham avoided the famine. He left and went down to Egypt because it was too severe and for the survival of his family, Abraham had to bring them down to Egypt. Later Abraham came out of the land extremely rich in livestock, silver and gold.When we are in God’s plan, we will not be affected by the famine (recessions), and we will come out better than before; unscathed. What Abraham Did1. Abraham observed the land of Egypt was prosperous and had plenty. It was also an advanced nation that could sustain him and his family.2. Abraham left for Egypt3. The Lord was silent and allowed him to go there.The critical fact was Abraham came back to Canaan after the seven years of famine because Canaan was God’s perfect will and plan for Abraham. SOW IN THE LAND OF SEVERE FAMINE Genesis 26:1–3 (AMP)1 AND THERE was a famine in the land, other than the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I will tell you.3 Dwell temporarily in this land, and I will be with you and will favor you with blessings; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.The famine during Isaac’s time was just as severe and grievous. Hence he planned to move to Egypt just like Abraham did. His father could have told him how moving to Egypt saved them and made them more wealthy.Genesis 26:12–14 (AMP) 12 Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.13 And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished;14 He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.The land of Gerar was part of Canaan. It could have been affected by the famine too because Isaac planned to move to Egypt. But the Lord told Isaac to stay in Gerar and to sow there. When he obeyed the Lord, he also became very prosperous and wealthy.What Isaac Did1. Isaac observed the same thing as his father about the land of Egypt. It was prosperous and had plenty. He and his family would be able to survive there.2. Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech, King of Philistines3. Isaac planned to leave for Egypt4. The Lord told Isaac to stay in Gerar, and he obeyed the Lord5. Isaac sowed in the land of famine6. Isaac reaped in the land of famineIt is important to stay where the Lord leads you. Go where He allows you. We have been teaching our church how to pray and how to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. In times of recession and crisis, these are times when we have to know what the Holy Spirit is saying and leading us to do.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread* This article was 1st posted in December 2018 ... See MoreSee Less

Is there a famine coming to this world? Or is there a recession coming? One country in South America is facing hyperinflation because of the nation’s debts and the value of their currency dropping at a drastic rate. Another European country is also going through the same situation because of the trade war imposed by America. Ten years ago, we faced a financial crisis, and today it seems like the world is facing another possible crisis that is far worse. Let us look at what the OId Testament men and women of God did when they were confronted with famine. 

LEAVE THE LAND OF SEVERE FAMINE 

The first famine recorded was during Abraham’s time in the Bible. 

Genesis 12:10 (AMP) Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down into Egypt to live temporarily, for the famine in the land was oppressive (intense and grievous).

Abraham planned to go down to Egypt to stay for a while; it would be a temporary abode because he remembered God’s plan for him was to be in the Promised Land - Canaan. 

Genesis 13:1–4 (AMP) 
1 SO ABRAM went up out of Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South [country of Judah, the Negeb].
2 Now Abram was extremely rich in livestock and in silver and in gold.
3 And he journeyed on from the South [country of Judah, the Negeb] as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 
4 Where he had built an altar at first; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. [Gal. 3:6-9.]

From the first example, we saw how Abraham avoided the famine. He left and went down to Egypt because it was too severe and for the survival of his family, Abraham had to bring them down to Egypt. Later Abraham came out of the land extremely rich in livestock, silver and gold.

When we are in God’s plan, we will not be affected by the famine (recessions), and we will come out better than before; unscathed. 

What Abraham Did
1. Abraham observed the land of Egypt was prosperous and had plenty. It was also an advanced nation that could sustain him and his family.
2. Abraham left for Egypt
3. The Lord was silent and allowed him to go there.

The critical fact was Abraham came back to Canaan after the seven years of famine because Canaan was God’s perfect will and plan for Abraham. 

SOW IN THE LAND OF SEVERE FAMINE 

Genesis 26:1–3 (AMP)
1 AND THERE was a famine in the land, other than the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines.
2 And the Lord appeared to him and said, Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I will tell you.
3 Dwell temporarily in this land, and I will be with you and will favor you with blessings; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

The famine during Isaac’s time was just as severe and grievous. Hence he planned to move to Egypt just like Abraham did. His father could have told him how moving to Egypt saved them and made them more wealthy.

Genesis 26:12–14 (AMP) 
12 Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.
13 And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished;
14 He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.

The land of Gerar was part of Canaan. It could have been affected by the famine too because Isaac planned to move to Egypt. But the Lord told Isaac to stay in Gerar and to sow there. When he obeyed the Lord, he also became very prosperous and wealthy.

What Isaac Did
1. Isaac observed the same thing as his father about the land of Egypt. It was prosperous and had plenty. He and his family would be able to survive there.
2. Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech, King of Philistines
3. Isaac planned to leave for Egypt
4. The Lord told Isaac to stay in Gerar, and he obeyed the Lord
5. Isaac sowed in the land of famine
6. Isaac reaped in the land of famine

It is important to stay where the Lord leads you. Go where He allows you. 

We have been teaching our church how to pray and how to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. In times of recession and crisis, these are times when we have to know what the Holy Spirit is saying and leading us to do.

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

* This article was 1st posted in December 2018

After we have made our first stand and have done everything we know to do, and followed by our second stand, we are then to continue to stand firm.Ephesians 6:10–17 (NET)14 Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, 16 and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.How do we stand firm? The Word of Truth is all we need - they are our pieces of armour. We are to put on the Word of Truth constantly and continuously. We are to hear, clothe our minds, and put in our mouths the Word of Truth. If any slight symptom of a past sickness or depression manifests, the first thing that should come into your mind should be that you have already been healed by Jesus’ stripes and delivered from the power of depression. You are not going to have that sickness and depression again. It is important when there seems to be a symptom, immediately get into the mode of standing firm in your belief. Your belief is your child is healed. You are healed and you have been delivered from depression all because of Jesus. The Name of Jesus never fails. The power is in the Name because the power is with God; Jesus is God.If you are going for routine medical checks, it is important you guard your mind with the Word, and make a conscious stand in both your mind and spirit that in His Name, you are healed and delivered. Whatever report from the routine medical check says, just declare: “No, I am not going to have that sickness or depression again. Neither is my child going to have that again, in the Name of Jesus!”Do not go for medical checks with a neutral attitude; instead, go with the belief that you are healed in the mighty Name of Jesus. You are not allowing sickness and depression back. You are taking the shield of faith to guard your mind against the evil thoughts of the devil. This is how you stand firm. Bear in mind these thoughts: you are saved, healed, made whole, preserved, you are righteous, and holy, and delivered from every depression of darkness. God is your Father, and you will not lack (not healed is lack) any healing or health. The Father’s unfailing love will never fail because the Greater One in you is giving life to your mortal body, keeping you healthy and giving you a sound mind. You also need to take the sword of the Spirit to stand firm. Say what the Scriptures say about your health, healing, and deliverance; especially confessing what has been quickened to your spirit. Release the Word of His power by saying with your mouth, and it will become the sword of the Spirit. The sword of the Spirit will divide your mind from the spirit so that you may be able to follow what is in your spirit and not yield to the mind, which contradicts your spirit. The sword will cut away every power of darkness from your mind and keep it on the Word of God. To stand firm is to not yield to the devil’s thoughts that seek to shift you away from standing in faith. You are a victor and a conqueror! You will not lose!Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

After we have made our first stand and have done everything we know to do, and followed by our second stand, we are then to continue to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:10–17 (NET)
14 Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 
15 by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, 
16 and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

How do we stand firm? The Word of Truth is all we need - they are our pieces of armour. We are to put on the Word of Truth constantly and continuously. We are to hear, clothe our minds, and put in our mouths the Word of Truth. 

If any slight symptom of a past sickness or depression manifests, the first thing that should come into your mind should be that you have already been healed by Jesus’ stripes and delivered from the power of depression.  You are not going to have that sickness and depression again. 

It is important when there seems to be a symptom, immediately get into the mode of standing firm in your belief. Your belief is your child is healed. You are healed and you have been delivered from depression all because of Jesus. The Name of Jesus never fails. The power is in the Name because the power is with God; Jesus is God.

If you are going for routine medical checks, it is important you guard your mind with the Word, and make a conscious stand in both your mind and spirit that in His Name, you are healed and delivered. 

Whatever report from the routine medical check says, just declare: “No, I am not going to have that sickness or depression again. Neither is my child going to have that again, in the Name of Jesus!”

Do not go for medical checks with a neutral attitude; instead, go with the belief that you are healed in the mighty Name of Jesus. You are not allowing sickness and depression back.  

You are taking the shield of faith to guard your mind against the evil thoughts of the devil. This is how you stand firm. Bear in mind these thoughts: you are saved, healed, made whole, preserved, you are righteous, and holy, and delivered from every depression of darkness. God is your Father, and you will not lack (not healed is lack) any healing or health. The Father’s unfailing love will never fail because the Greater One in you is giving life to your mortal body, keeping you healthy and giving you a sound mind. 

You also need to take the sword of the Spirit to stand firm. Say what the Scriptures say about your health, healing, and deliverance; especially confessing what has been quickened to your spirit. Release the Word of His power by saying with your mouth, and it will become the sword of the Spirit. 

The sword of the Spirit will divide your mind from the spirit so that you may be able to follow what is in your spirit and not yield to the mind, which contradicts your spirit. The sword will cut away every power of darkness from your mind and keep it on the Word of God. To stand firm is to not yield to the devil’s thoughts that seek to shift you away from standing in faith. You are a victor and a conqueror! You will not lose!

Rev. Cheong Yew Kwong
Faith Bible Church Singapore
Please visit our website at http://fbcs.org.sg
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