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The Heavenly Father loves you with an unfailing love and will send an angel to protect and bring you to the place He has prepared for you. This could be either a city, a company, a marriage, etc. He has prepared for you. When the Lord commands the angels, they will obey Him perfectly. God commanded His angel to lead Israel into the land of Canaan after they left Egypt.Exodus 23:20–21 (AMP)20 Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep and guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Give heed to Him, listen to and obey His voice; be not rebellious before Him or provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgression; for My Name is in Him. [Exod. 32:34; 33:14; Isa. 63:9.]According to the verse, God sent one angel. I believe He has other angels under this one angel’s authority. God the Father, protects us and He does it through His angel. God sent an angel to protect the entire nation of Israel after they left Egypt. Angels will a) keep you along the way on the right path b) guard you (to protect) along the way c) bring you to the place God has prepared for you.Often, when we pray angels are sent and they go with us to keep and guard us, and bring us to the place the Father has prepared for us. What is our responsibility as believers?1. To take heed. Take heed means pay attention and consider carefully what the angel is saying (if he is giving us instructions).2. To listen and obey when the angel gives us instructions from God. The word he brings will not violate the Word of God.3. To not rebel against the Word of God. When we rebel, we will be rebelling against God and against the angel. Angels will not rebel against His Word, but will instead submit to the Word of God. When we do not submit to the Word, we will be provoking the angel because they cannot stand rebellion. They are holy angels and they are righteous and just; this is what it means by ‘My Name is in him’. They do not have the ability to pardon us. When you do not submit to the Word the angel brings, he cannot keep and guard you and bring you into the place God has prepared for you.Exodus 23:22–23 (AMP)22 But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice and all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.23 When My Angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I reject them and blot them out, …In verse 22, it says you may hear from an angel or from the Lord directly, so we are to listen and obey. The angel will bring you to the place where the Lord has planned for you. When we do not rebel against the Word of God, be it spoken directly or through an angel, His angel will war against demonic powers, clear the way, and bring us to the place where the Lord has planned for us. Basically as believers, we are to pray (especially with unknown tongues) and submit to the Word of God. And angels will submit to His Word to bring us into where the Heavenly Father would want us to be. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Heavenly Father loves you with an unfailing love and will send an angel to protect and bring you to the place He has prepared for you. This could be either a city, a company, a marriage, etc. He has prepared for you. 

When the Lord commands the angels, they will obey Him perfectly. God commanded His angel to lead Israel into the land of Canaan after they left Egypt.

Exodus 23:20–21 (AMP)
20 Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep and guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 
21 Give heed to Him, listen to and obey His voice; be not rebellious before Him or provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgression; for My Name is in Him. [Exod. 32:34; 33:14; Isa. 63:9.]

According to the verse, God sent one angel. I believe He has other angels under this one angel’s authority. God the Father, protects us and He does it through His angel. God sent an angel to protect the entire nation of Israel after they left Egypt. 

Angels will a) keep you along the way on the right path b) guard you (to protect) along the way c) bring you to the place God has prepared for you.

Often, when we pray angels are sent and they go with us to keep and guard us, and bring us to the place the Father has prepared for us. 

What is our responsibility as believers?

1. To take heed. Take heed means pay attention and consider carefully what the angel is saying (if he is giving us instructions).

2. To listen and obey when the angel gives us instructions from God. The word he brings will not violate the Word of God.

3. To not rebel against the Word of God. When we rebel, we will be rebelling against God and against the angel. Angels will not rebel against His Word, but will instead submit to the Word of God. When we do not submit to the Word, we will be provoking the angel because they cannot stand rebellion. They are holy angels and they are righteous and just; this is what it means by ‘My Name is in him’. They do not have the ability to pardon us. When you do not submit to the Word the angel brings, he cannot keep and guard you and bring you into the place God has prepared for you.

Exodus 23:22–23 (AMP)
22 But if you will indeed listen to and obey His voice and all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
23 When My Angel goes before you and brings you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and I reject them and blot them out, …

In verse 22, it says you may hear from an angel or from the Lord directly, so we are to listen and obey. 

The angel will bring you to the place where the Lord has planned for you. 

When we do not rebel against the Word of God, be it spoken directly or through an angel, His angel will war against demonic powers, clear the way, and bring us to the place where the Lord has planned for us. 

Basically as believers, we are to pray (especially with unknown tongues) and submit to the Word of God. And angels will submit to His Word to bring us into where the Heavenly Father would want us to be. 

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

Psalm 91:3,5–6,10-11 (NET)3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague. 5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day, 6 the plague that comes in the darkness, or the disease that comes at noon.10 No harm will overtake you; no illness will come near your home. 11 For he will order his angels to protect you in all you do.The hunter in verse 3 refers to a type of the devil. The Lord will deliver us from both the devil who seeks whom he may devour and from the destructive epidemic diseases. We need not fear war or disease. The Lord’s angels will protect you.Let’s observe what happened when the angel moved away from the enemy’s camp (enemy of Israel). Hezekiah was king over Judah when the Assyrians invaded Jerusalem and placed it under siege. Greatly troubled, Hezekiah sought prophet Isaiah’s advice and prayed to the Lord for help. Isaiah assured Hezekiah the Lord would not allow Jerusalem to fall. (This was before the Lord told Hezekiah that he would die. But he pleaded and the Lord gave him another 15 more years.) 2 Kings 19:34–35 (NKJV)34 ‘For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ ”35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead.Naturally, we would think the angel went out from the Lord and destroyed the Assyrian army. The word “went out” in Hebrew has this meaning:yatsa˒ (יָצָא, 3318), “to come forth, go out, proceed, go forth, bring out, come out.” This verb occurs in all Semitic languages, including biblical Aramaic and Hebrew. It occurs in every period of Hebrew; the Old Testament attests the word about 1,070 times. Basically, this word means “movement away” from some point,… Yatsa˒ is the word used of “coming forth”—the observer is outside the point of departure but also speaks from the perspective of that departing point. For example, Gen. 2:10 (the first occurrence of the word) reports that a river “came forth” or “flowed out” from the garden of Eden.[Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 1, p. 95). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.]Basically this word means “moving away”; the angel of the Lord moved away from the Assyrian army camp. The observer, the one who wrote this Scripture, was outside the point of departure. In other words, the observer was writing this story outside the Assyrian army camp. He said the angel of the Lord came forth from the camp.After the angel of the Lord moved away from the Assyrian army camp the people, referring to Judah and the other groups of the Assyrian army with its king (King Sennacherib), discovered dead corpses all around the camp the next morning.No one attacked the Assyrian army but they were all dead in the morning. Just like the situation in Egypt when the Lord removed His grace of protection, the plague swamped and killed the firstborn of Egypt (both children and animals). It was the plague and not God’s angel that killed their firstborn. When the angel moved away, the Assyrians no longer had angelic protection and so the next morning, they were all found dead. Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Psalm 91:3,5–6,10-11 (NET)
3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague. 
5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day, 
6 the plague that comes in the darkness, or the disease that comes at noon.
10 No harm will overtake you; no illness will come near your home. 
11 For he will order his angels to protect you in all you do.

The hunter in verse 3 refers to a type of the devil. The Lord will deliver us from both the devil who seeks whom he may devour and from the destructive epidemic diseases. We need not fear war or disease. The Lord’s angels will protect you.

Let’s observe what happened when the angel moved away from the enemy’s camp (enemy of Israel). Hezekiah was king over Judah when the Assyrians invaded Jerusalem and placed it under siege. Greatly troubled, Hezekiah sought prophet Isaiah’s advice and prayed to the Lord for help. Isaiah assured Hezekiah the Lord would not allow Jerusalem to fall. (This was before the Lord told Hezekiah that he would die. But he pleaded and the Lord gave him another 15 more years.)

 2 Kings 19:34–35 (NKJV)
34 ‘For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ ”
35 And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead.

Naturally, we would think the angel went out from the Lord and destroyed the Assyrian army. The word “went out” in Hebrew has this meaning:

yatsa˒ (יָצָא, 3318), “to come forth, go out, proceed, go forth, bring out, come out.” This verb occurs in all Semitic languages, including biblical Aramaic and Hebrew. It occurs in every period of Hebrew; the Old Testament attests the word about 1,070 times. Basically, this word means “movement away” from some point,… Yatsa˒ is the word used of “coming forth”—the observer is outside the point of departure but also speaks from the perspective of that departing point. For example, Gen. 2:10 (the first occurrence of the word) reports that a river “came forth” or “flowed out” from the garden of Eden.[Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 1, p. 95). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.]

Basically this word means “moving away”; the angel of the Lord moved away from the Assyrian army camp. The observer, the one who wrote this Scripture, was outside the point of departure. In other words, the observer was writing this story outside the Assyrian army camp. He said the angel of the Lord came forth from the camp.

After the angel of the Lord moved away from the Assyrian army camp the people, referring to Judah and the other groups of the Assyrian army with its king (King Sennacherib), discovered dead corpses all around the camp the next morning.

No one attacked the Assyrian army but they were all dead in the morning. Just like the situation in Egypt when the Lord removed His grace of protection, the plague swamped and killed the firstborn of Egypt (both children and animals). It was the plague and not God’s angel that killed their firstborn. When the angel moved away, the Assyrians no longer had angelic protection and so the next morning, they were all found dead. 

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

The Heavenly Father’s unfailing love will always protect you. This is His very nature. How many of you love your children? Will you not always try to protect them from harm? How much more the Heavenly Father who always does His utmost to protect and preserve you from the devil’s destruction.When God created the heaven and the earth, He gave the earth over to Adam and Eve to take dominion. They were able to do so with the power of God flowing through them. They spoke and the power was released for dominion over the birds, the animals, and the fish in the sea. But Adam and Eve lost that dominion after they sinned, because sin separated them from God and His power. From thence Satan took dominion over the heaven and the earth. Climate changes began since then.But there is still a certain amount of God’s protection over the human race because of the blood covenant Jesus cut with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. After they sinned, Jesus came down, and walked in the Garden. He covered them with animal skin as they had covered themselves with leaves.Genesis 3:21 (KJV) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.Skins means hide, leather. Hence blood of animal was sacrificed and their skins were used to cover them.The skin used means animals had to be slaughtered. It speaks of: 1. God cut a blood covenant with mankind to cover their sins2. God’s protection over mankind3. God’s provision for mankind; He provided a better covering and protectionNine generations after Adam, at the time of Noah, the world had evolved to the point where evil was all over the earth causing God to declare He would not always protect humankind.Genesis 6:3 (NKJV) And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”Genesis 6:3 (NET) …They will remain for 120 more years.”E. A. Speiser argues that the term is cognate with an Akkadian word meaning “protect” or “shield”. In this case, the Lord’s Spirit will not always protect humankind, for the race will suddenly be destroyed (E. A. Speiser, “YDWN, Gen. 6:3,” JBL 75 [1956]: 126–29).Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.The word “strive” according to Speiser means, “the Lord’s Spirit will not always protect humankind, for the race will suddenly be destroyed.” God foresaw the flood would suddenly destroy the human race long before it happened.This statement tells me that God will always protect humankind or the human race as far as He could. At that time, the thoughts of the whole human race were evil all the time and the whole earth was violent. In such a condition they could not hear from God and would not seek God. They were totally under the dominion of Satan’s power. Hence God could not and would not protect them anymore. God just had to let the flood that was coming destroy them.Naturally God the Father who created the spirit and soul of every human being on earth is protective over them. This is the protective nature of the Heavenly Father’s love. We should have faith and believe in the Heavenly Father who will always protect us. But do not stray far away from the Father’s grace of protection.Rev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The Heavenly Father’s unfailing love will always protect you. This is His very nature. How many of you love your children? Will you not always try to protect them from harm? How much more the Heavenly Father who always does His utmost to protect and preserve you from the devil’s destruction.

When God created the heaven and the earth, He gave the earth over to Adam and Eve to take dominion. They were able to do so with the power of God flowing through them. They spoke and the power was released for dominion over the birds, the animals, and the fish in the sea. But Adam and Eve lost that dominion after they sinned, because sin separated them from God and His power. From thence Satan took dominion over the heaven and the earth. Climate changes began since then.

But there is still a certain amount of God’s protection over the human race because of the blood covenant Jesus cut with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. After they sinned, Jesus came down, and walked in the Garden. He covered them with animal skin as they had covered themselves with leaves.

Genesis 3:21 (KJV) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Skins means hide, leather. Hence blood of animal was sacrificed and their skins were used to cover them.

The skin used means animals had to be slaughtered. It speaks of: 
1. God cut a blood covenant with mankind to cover their sins
2. God’s protection over mankind
3. God’s provision for mankind; He provided a better covering and protection

Nine generations after Adam, at the time of Noah, the world had evolved to the point where evil was all over the earth causing God to declare He would not always protect humankind.

Genesis 6:3 (NKJV) And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

Genesis 6:3 (NET) …They will remain for 120 more years.”

E. A. Speiser argues that the term is cognate with an Akkadian word meaning “protect” or “shield”. In this case, the Lord’s Spirit will not always protect humankind, for the race will suddenly be destroyed (E. A. Speiser, “YDWN, Gen. 6:3,” JBL 75 [1956]: 126–29).Biblical Studies Press. (2005). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.

The word “strive” according to Speiser means, “the Lord’s Spirit will not always protect humankind, for the race will suddenly be destroyed.” God foresaw the flood would suddenly destroy the human race long before it happened.

This statement tells me that God will always protect humankind or the human race as far as He could. At that time, the thoughts of the whole human race were evil all the time and the whole earth was violent. In such a condition they could not hear from God and would not seek God. They were totally under the dominion of Satan’s power. Hence God could not and would not protect them anymore. God just had to let the flood that was coming destroy them.

Naturally God the Father who created the spirit and soul of every human being on earth is protective over them. This is the protective nature of the Heavenly Father’s love. We should have faith and believe in the Heavenly Father who will always protect us. But do not stray far away from the Father’s grace of protection.

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

Many Christians allow the devil to thwart God’s plan that they are walking in. They fast and pray to seek the Lord and ask God to unfold His plan for them. They get excited and begin to execute His plan. But along the way the devil managed to thwart God’s plan and get them to stray from it. With many years of ministry experience, the late Kenneth E. Hagin said, ministers are the most susceptible to straying from the plans and purposes of God.Kenneth E. Hagin said:"You can have an intimate relationship with the Lord…just stay in the Word, stay prayed up, and stay yielded to the Holy Spirit’s leading. God wants you to develop your spirit so you can enjoy close communion with Him. As you wait in His Presence in prayer, in that holy place of sweet communion, at times you will catch glimpses in the Spirit of His plan for you as He shows you things to come (John 16:13).As you spend time in the Presence of the Lord, not only will you enter into a new dimension of communion with Him, but you will also gain a greater understanding of your authority and power in the Name of Jesus to stop Satan’s strategies in your life. This is extremely important, because Satan will do his best to thwart God’s purpose for your life from being fulfilled.Has the Lord spoken to you by His Word and by His Spirit concerning His plan for you? Perhaps you’ve waited and waited for what He has said to your heart to come to pass, yet nothing has happened. You need to seek the Lord and determine if your lack of results is due to Satan’s strategies against you. If that is the case, you must speak to your mountain – whatever problem or circumstances Satan is using against you – and command it to be removed in the mighty Name of Jesus (Mark 11:23).”Three things for developing an intimate relationship with the Lord:1. Stay in the Word of God; spend time studying the Word and let your life and ministry be based on the Word.2. Stay prayed up; keep your spirit fervent by praying much in unknown tongues to charge your spirit up.3. Stay yielded to the Holy Spirit; yield to His every prompting promptly and obey Him with no reservations, have a willing attitude to do anything He instructs you.These three things will help us to enter into a new dimension of communion with the Lord. As we develop a deeper and closer relationship with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, our understanding and spiritual perception of our authority and power in the Name of Jesus will deepen.What to do to stop Satan from strategizing against God’s plan for your life?1. Say, “In the Name of Jesus, I command you, Satan, to stop all your strategies against God’s plan for my life.”2. Say, “I command you, Satan, to remove every strategy of yours.”3. Begin to thank God for His plan being fulfilled in your life.Job 8:5-7 (NKJV)5 If you would earnestly seek God and make your supplication to the Almighty, 6 If you were pure and upright, surely now He would awake for you, and prosper your rightful dwelling place. 7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly. Job's life was very blessed until Satan strategised against him. As preachers and pastors, there are four processes in fulfilling the plan of God for your life:1. Earnestly Seek God for His Plan2. Execute His Plan3. Use Your Authority Against the Devil from Thwarting God’s Plan4. Fulfil God’s PlanRev. Cheong Yew KwongFaith Bible Church SingaporePlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Many Christians allow the devil to thwart God’s plan that they are walking in. They fast and pray to seek the Lord and ask God to unfold His plan for them. They get excited and begin to execute His plan. But along the way the devil managed to thwart God’s plan and get them to stray from it. With many years of ministry experience, the late Kenneth E. Hagin said, ministers are the most susceptible to straying from the plans and purposes of God.

Kenneth E. Hagin said:
You can have an intimate relationship with the Lord…just stay in the Word, stay prayed up, and stay yielded to the Holy Spirit’s leading. 

God wants you to develop your spirit so you can enjoy close communion with Him. As you wait in His Presence in prayer, in that holy place of sweet communion, at times you will catch glimpses in the Spirit of His plan for you as He shows you things to come (John 16:13).

As you spend time in the Presence of the Lord, not only will you enter into a new dimension of communion with Him, but you will also gain a greater understanding of your authority and power in the Name of Jesus to stop Satan’s strategies in your life. This is extremely important, because Satan will do his best to thwart God’s purpose for your life from being fulfilled.

Has the Lord spoken to you by His Word and by His Spirit concerning His plan for you? Perhaps you’ve waited and waited for what He has said to your heart to come to pass, yet nothing has happened. You need to seek the Lord and determine if your lack of results is due to Satan’s strategies against you. If that is the case, you must speak to your mountain – whatever problem or circumstances Satan is using against you – and command it to be removed in the mighty Name of Jesus (Mark 11:23).”

Three things for developing an intimate relationship with the Lord:

1. Stay in the Word of God; spend time studying the Word and let your life and ministry be based on the Word.

2. Stay prayed up; keep your spirit fervent by praying much in unknown tongues to charge your spirit up.

3. Stay yielded to the Holy Spirit; yield to His every prompting promptly and obey Him with no reservations, have a willing attitude to do anything He instructs you.

These three things will help us to enter into a new dimension of communion with the Lord. As we develop a deeper and closer relationship with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, our understanding and spiritual perception of our authority and power in the Name of Jesus will deepen.

What to do to stop Satan from strategizing against God’s plan for your life?

1. Say, “In the Name of Jesus, I command you, Satan, to stop all your strategies against God’s plan for my life.”

2. Say, “I command you, Satan, to remove every strategy of yours.”

3. Begin to thank God for His plan being fulfilled in your life.

Job 8:5-7 (NKJV)
5 If you would earnestly seek God and make your supplication to the Almighty, 
6 If you were pure and upright, surely now He would awake for you, and prosper your rightful dwelling place. 
7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly.  

Jobs life was very blessed until Satan strategised against him. As preachers and pastors, there are four processes in fulfilling the plan of God for your life:

1. Earnestly Seek God for His Plan

2. Execute His Plan

3. Use Your Authority Against the Devil from Thwarting God’s Plan

4. Fulfil God’s Plan

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

The fifth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts”. The five fold ministry gifts operate in the universal church at large. They are necessary for the building up of the Body of Christ “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:13–14).#5 Pillar : THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS 1 Corinthians 12:28 (KJV)�28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.Paul grouped all the ministry gifts here and said that it was God who set people into these ministry gifts in the Church. The Holy Ghost had Paul list them down - apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles and gifts of healings are the works of the evangelist, governments are the works of the pastors who govern the local churches. There are also people whom God set in the church for the ministry of diversities of unknown tongues. Listed among the apostles and prophets are people whom God set in the ministry of helps in the churches. These people are specially set into positions to help the church supernaturally. When God sets someone in the office of a ministry gift, he or she will have the grace of God to function in that office. Therefore it is imperative that someone whom God did not set in any of these ministry gifts, should not try to operate from that office. Do not try to be an apostle if God did not set you into that office. If you do, you will not have the grace of God to operate and to function in and from that office. For example, someone whom God sets in the office of a pastor in a local church, will have the pastoral wisdom to govern and to oversee the sheep in his fold. Likewise, if God did not set you into the office of a prophet, you will not have the grace to see into the future and teach like a prophet. Believers in a local church will partake and benefit from the grace that is upon the pastoral office. And every sheep needs a shepherd. In the natural, the sheep needs a shepherd and spiritually, a believer needs a pastor (spiritual shepherd). If you think you do not need a local church and a pastor, then why did God ordain a pastor to oversee a local church in the first place? An apostle who starts churches will also have the pastoral wisdom when he oversees the churches he started. In conclusion, the five pillars which supported the outer veil between the Holy Place and the Outer Court are types of the five channels through which the grace of the Presence of God moved from the Holy of Holies into the Holy Place and which flowed to the Outer Court where the believers and unbelievers are now. The five pillars that typify the five ways through which grace flows into the local church should be taught, experienced and testified. By teaching this to the believers, they will have faith to receive from these five pillars. The experiences of the believers will inspire the church to operate at a higher spiritual level of faith. Then grace will be multiplied in your church. Acts 4:33 (NKJV)�33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.Where there is great grace, there will be great power of the Holy Ghost coming into manifestation. Many needs shall be met and the Gospel will go forth with great effect. God has ordained these five pillars to typify the five ways His great grace be released into and through the church. It is not an option to not have any of these. We should embrace and desire all the five channels through which His great grace is released.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The fifth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts”. The five fold ministry gifts operate in the universal church at large. They are necessary for the building up of the Body of Christ “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:13–14).

#5 Pillar : THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS 

1 Corinthians 12:28 (KJV)�28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Paul grouped all the ministry gifts here and said that it was God who set people into these ministry gifts in the Church. The Holy Ghost had Paul list them down - apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles and gifts of healings are the works of the evangelist, governments are the works of the pastors who govern the local churches. There are also people whom God set in the church for the ministry of diversities of unknown tongues. Listed among the apostles and prophets are people whom God set in the ministry of helps in the churches. These people are specially set into positions to help the church supernaturally. 

When God sets someone in the office of a ministry gift, he or she will have the grace of God to function in that office. Therefore it is imperative that someone whom God did not set in any of these ministry gifts, should not try to operate from that office. Do not try to be an apostle if God did not set you into that office. If you do, you will not have the grace of God to operate and to function in and from that office. For example, someone whom God sets in the office of a pastor in a local church, will have the pastoral wisdom to govern and to oversee the sheep in his fold. Likewise, if God did not set you into the office of a prophet, you will not have the grace to see into the future and teach like a prophet. 

Believers in a local church will partake and benefit from the grace that is upon the pastoral office. And every sheep needs a shepherd. In the natural, the sheep needs a shepherd and spiritually, a believer needs a pastor (spiritual shepherd). If you think you do not need a local church and a pastor, then why did God ordain a pastor to oversee a local church in the first place? An apostle who starts churches will also have the pastoral wisdom when he oversees the churches he started. 

In conclusion, the five pillars which supported the outer veil between the Holy Place and the Outer Court are types of the five channels through which the grace of the Presence of God moved from the Holy of Holies into the Holy Place and which flowed to the Outer Court where the believers and unbelievers are now. 

The five pillars that typify the five ways through which grace flows into the local church should be taught, experienced and testified. By teaching this to the believers, they will have faith to receive from these five pillars. The experiences of the believers will inspire the church to operate at a higher spiritual level of faith. Then grace will be multiplied in your church. 

Acts 4:33 (NKJV)�33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

Where there is great grace, there will be great power of the Holy Ghost coming into manifestation. Many needs shall be met and the Gospel will go forth with great effect. 

God has ordained these five pillars to typify the five ways His great grace be released into and through the church. It is not an option to not have any of these. We should embrace and desire all the five channels through which His great grace is released.

- Cheong Yew Kwong
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The fourth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”. These are the nine manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The door to these supernatural manifestations of the gifts is the baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues. #4 Pillar : THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 1 Corinthians 12:7–11 (NKJV)�7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.The gift of speaking with unknown tongues when baptised with the Holy Ghost is a gift that you always possess. Whereas the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed above are only available to you if they are in manifestation. It is the Holy Spirit’s sovereign will to manifest upon whomever He chooses. When the Holy Spirit manifests, the gifts of His grace are released. Once the manifestation ceases, you no longer have any of these nine gifts; you do not possess them.Another point to note is that the gift of speaking with unknown tongues is as you will. Since you have the gift in your possession, you decide when and where you want to use it. On the contrary, the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given only when they are in manifestation and according to the Holy Spirit’s will. They are the gifts of grace. Paul told us to covet the best gifts.1 Corinthians 12:31 (NKJV)�31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.The word “gift” is the Greek word “charisma” which means the gift of grace. Teaching these gifts will create desire in the hearts of the believers. When you teach and operate in these gifts in the local church, this pillar of grace will be found in your church. These gifts are essential to both the local church and individuals in the church. For example, when the word of wisdom is in manifestation, it reveals the future. Your pastor will be able to pray and guide you, to prepare you for what is ahead. However, the word of knowledge reveals the past and the present which your pastor may use to counsel you for the current situation. These gifts release tremendous power to intervene in the course of nature for your your life, to receive healing, or deliverance from demonic spirits. These gifts strengthen, encourage and bring comfort to the believer in need.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The fourth pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit”. These are the nine manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The door to these supernatural manifestations of the gifts is the baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues. 

#4 Pillar : THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

1 Corinthians 12:7–11 (NKJV)�7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

The gift of speaking with unknown tongues  when baptised with the Holy Ghost is a gift that you always possess. Whereas the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit listed above are only available to you if they are in manifestation. It is the Holy Spirit’s sovereign will to manifest upon whomever He chooses. When the Holy Spirit manifests, the gifts of His grace are released. Once the manifestation ceases, you no longer have any of these nine gifts; you do not possess them.

Another point to note is that the gift of speaking with unknown tongues is as you will. Since you have the gift in your possession, you decide when and where you want to use it. On the contrary, the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given only when they are in manifestation and according to the Holy Spirit’s will. They are the gifts of grace. 

Paul told us to covet the best gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:31 (NKJV)�31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

The word “gift” is the Greek word “charisma” which means the gift of grace. Teaching these gifts will create desire in the hearts of the believers. When you teach and operate in these gifts in the local church, this pillar of grace will be found in your church. 

These gifts are essential to both the local church and individuals in the church. For example, when the word of wisdom is in manifestation, it reveals the future. Your pastor will be able to pray and guide you, to prepare you for what is ahead. However, the word of knowledge reveals the past and the present which your pastor may use to counsel you for the current situation. These gifts release tremendous power to intervene in the course of nature for your your life, to receive healing, or deliverance from demonic spirits. These gifts strengthen, encourage and bring comfort to the believer in need.

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

The third pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Leading of the Holy Spirit”. Without this pillar, the believers in the local church will not be able to grow beyond a certain spiritual level. When the believers are enabled to constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, they are able to reach a higher level of spiritual maturity. The Word of Truth is the most important ingredient for spiritual growth. But developing the believer’s spirit to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading consistently, will help develop their spiritual maturity further than those who do not know how to.A real deeper walk with God is not for someone who only knows the Word, but for one who follows the Holy Spirit deeper into the depths of the Spirit. The ability of your spirit to hear from the Holy Ghost and the ability to draw from the depths of the Spirit will take you further into the realm of the spirit that many have not reached before. To know how to follow the Holy Spirit is to know how to flow with Him in the many prayer streams and to flow with the gifts of the Holy Ghost when He manifests.#3 Pillar : THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Galatians 5:4 (NET)�5:4 You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!Fallen from grace means:90.72 ἐκπίπτωf: to no longer experience a state or condition—‘to be outside of, to experience no longer.’ τῆς χάριτος ἐξεπέσατε ‘you no longer experienced (God’s) grace’ Ga 5:4. For another interpretation of ἐκπίπτω in Ga 5:4, see 34.26.�[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. 807). New York: United Bible Societies.]The Jews tried to justify their righteousness by the law. Hence, they no longer experienced the grace of God that comes by righteousness, justified by faith in Christ Jesus. Consequently, they fell from a higher level of grace to a lower level. Galatians 5:18 (NET)�5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace and He dwells in our spirit. He recreated our spirits and made them righteous on the day we were born again. Therefore we should not go back to the life made righteous by the law. Instead, we are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading daily, we are walking in His grace. As a result, we will not come under the law and we will not fall from grace. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will continue to experience the richness of God’s grace.Every born again child of God should learn and develop the sensitivity of their spirit man to recognise and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. The Holy Spirit inside us is meant to lead and guide us. He will lead us in the plan of God for our lives. The Heavenly Father has a plan which is still unfolding for every individual. The Holy Spirit will lead us to pray with unknown tongues, and as He unfolds the mystery of His plan in our spirit, each step of the way will be made clearer. He will lead us to execute the Father’s plan. He will guide us along the way on this journey of His grace on earth. If we can constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, our lives will be lived in His grace.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The third pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Leading of the Holy Spirit”. Without this pillar, the believers in the local church will not be able to grow beyond a certain spiritual level. When the believers are enabled to constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, they are able to reach a higher level of spiritual maturity. The Word of Truth is the most important ingredient for spiritual growth. But developing the believer’s spirit to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading consistently, will help develop their spiritual maturity further than those who do not know how to.

A real deeper walk with God is not for someone who only knows the Word, but for one who follows the Holy Spirit deeper into the depths of the Spirit. The ability of your spirit to hear from the Holy Ghost and the ability to draw from the depths of the Spirit will take you further into the realm of the spirit that many have not reached before. To know how to follow the Holy Spirit is to know how to flow with Him in the many prayer streams and to flow with the gifts of the Holy Ghost when He manifests.

#3 Pillar : THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Galatians 5:4 (NET)�5:4 You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!

Fallen from grace means:
90.72 ἐκπίπτωf: to no longer experience a state or condition—‘to be outside of, to experience no longer.’ τῆς χάριτος ἐξεπέσατε ‘you no longer experienced (God’s) grace’ Ga 5:4. For another interpretation of ἐκπίπτω in Ga 5:4, see 34.26.�[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. 807). New York: United Bible Societies.]

The Jews tried to justify their righteousness by the law. Hence, they no longer experienced the grace of God that comes by righteousness, justified by faith in Christ Jesus. Consequently, they fell from a higher level of grace to a lower level. 

Galatians 5:18 (NET)�5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace and He dwells in our spirit. He recreated our spirits and made them righteous on the day we were born again. Therefore we should not go back to the life made righteous by the law. Instead, we are to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading daily, we are walking in His grace. As a result, we will not come under the law and we will not fall from grace. When we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will continue to experience the richness of God’s grace.

Every born again child of God should learn and develop the sensitivity of their spirit man to recognise and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. The Holy Spirit inside us is meant to lead and guide us. He will lead us in the plan of God for our lives. The Heavenly Father has a plan which is still unfolding for every individual. The Holy Spirit will lead us to pray with unknown tongues, and as He unfolds the mystery of His plan in our spirit, each step of the way will be made clearer. He will lead us to execute the Father’s plan. He will guide us along the way on this journey of His grace on earth. If we can constantly follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, our lives will be lived in His grace.

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

Paul also wrote to the Philippian churches concerning the gift of grace that was released through prayer for his deliverance. There was more than one church, in more than one city praying for him. And these were churches Paul pioneered, got the members filled with the Holy Spirit and taught them to pray. #2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER (continuation) Paul received a vision of a Macedonian man while he was in Troas (Acts 16:-10), urging him to go over to Macedonia. Paul made his way there and the church of Philippi was started. It was here where Paul was arrested for preaching the gospel. In prison, Paul wrote the letter to the Christians in Philippi as he was in danger of death (Philippians 1:20-23). But Paul had hope that God would deliver them just as He said in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; that He would deliver him again.Paul was confident about two things about the Philippians churches which he pioneered and trained:Paul knew they would prayPaul knew when they prayed, he would be deliveredPhilippians 1:19 (NKJV)�19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,…Paul was confident because he taught and trained them to pray. He knew when the Philippi church prayed, the gift of grace for deliverance would unconditionally be dispensed to them. Paul’s revelational knowledge of the gospel came directly from the Lord (Galatians 1:12). He taught us, it is of faith that it might be according to grace (Romans 4:16); he in fact taught us faith and grace. Paul also taught that we will enter into His rest as we continue to believe (Hebrews 4:1-8). Paul was in a state of rest when he was in prison because he believed God would deliver him again (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). However, he needed the churches in Achaia, Philippi, and elsewhere, to come together as a local church to pray for him that he may receive the gift of grace for his deliverance every single time. The church in Jerusalem understood they needed to come together (Acts 12:12) in corporate prayer as a church for Peter’s deliverance, and hence many came. They prayed into the wee hours of the night.Acts 12:5 (NKJV)�5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.The church was in constant, earnest, fervent prayer for Peter’s deliverance. And in Peter’s case, the manifestation of the gift of grace brought him out of the prison safely:An angel was sent by God into the prison cell to instruct Peter what to do and to follow him. After Peter walked out of the iron gate into the street, the angel left him. This signified that the angel was not Peter’s personal angel but sent by God for a specific task (Acts 12:7-10).The chains fell off Peter’s hands and the iron gate opened by itself. This was the result of the gift of the working of miracles of the Holy Spirit in manifestation and the power of the Holy Ghost released. It was not the angel who removed the chains and opened the iron gate.The working of miracles by the gift of the Holy Spirit kept the guards in the prison and at the two guard posts from being awakened, so that Peter could walk past them without their knowledge. All these were the gifts of grace released to deliver Peter. Many had come together to pray as a church because of the severity of the situation. It had become intense because James, the apostle of the Lamb, was executed by Herod to please the Jews, not long ago. And if Peter was executed, Herod would continue to execute the next apostle of the Lamb. There are many things you could pray yourself and get answers for them. Small prayer groups of believers in the same church could get many answers too. But there are situations in a nation, or in a church, regarding the lives of people and those in the five-fold ministry that could only be changed by corporate prayer. There is an aspect of the gift of grace that could only be released by coming together to pray as a church, and not done through any other way. The gift of grace is released when an individual prays, a small group prays, and the church coming together in corporate prayer. The difference is in the degree of the power released. For greater is the grace, greater is the power of the Holy Ghost released. Acts 4:33 (NKJV)�33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.There is great grace when the local body comes together to pray in united, corporate prayer and great power is made available by the Holy Ghost to effect a change in the realm of the spirit first and then in the natural realm.- Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

Paul also wrote to the Philippian churches concerning the gift of grace that was released through prayer for his deliverance. There was more than one church, in more than one city praying for him. And these were churches Paul pioneered, got the members filled with the Holy Spirit and taught them to pray.  

#2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER (continuation) 

Paul received a vision of a Macedonian man while he was in Troas (Acts 16:-10), urging him to go over to Macedonia. Paul made his way there and the church of Philippi was started. It was here where Paul was arrested for preaching the gospel. In prison, Paul wrote the letter to the Christians in Philippi as he was in danger of death (Philippians 1:20-23). But Paul had hope that God would deliver them just as He said in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11; that He would deliver him again.

Paul was confident about two things about the Philippians churches which he pioneered and trained:
Paul knew they would pray
Paul knew when they prayed, he would be delivered

Philippians 1:19 (NKJV)�19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,…

Paul was confident because he taught and trained them to pray. He knew when the Philippi church prayed, the gift of grace for deliverance would unconditionally be dispensed to them. 

Paul’s revelational knowledge of the gospel came directly from the Lord (Galatians 1:12). He taught us, it is of faith that it might be according to grace (Romans 4:16); he in fact taught us faith and grace. Paul also taught that we will enter into His rest as we continue to believe (Hebrews 4:1-8). Paul was in a state of rest when he was in prison because he believed God would deliver him again (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). However, he needed the churches in Achaia, Philippi, and elsewhere, to come together as a local church to pray for him that he may receive the gift of grace for his deliverance every single time. 

The church in Jerusalem understood they needed to come together (Acts 12:12) in corporate prayer as a church for Peter’s deliverance, and hence many came. They prayed into the wee hours of the night.

Acts 12:5 (NKJV)�5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

The church was in constant, earnest, fervent prayer for Peter’s deliverance. And in Peter’s case, the manifestation of the gift of grace brought him out of the prison safely:
An angel was sent by God into the prison cell to instruct Peter what to do and to follow him. After Peter walked out of the iron gate into the street, the angel left him. This signified that the angel was not Peter’s personal angel but sent by God for a specific task (Acts 12:7-10).
The chains fell off Peter’s hands and the iron gate opened by itself. This was the result of the gift of the working of miracles of the Holy Spirit in manifestation and the power of the Holy Ghost released. It was not the angel who removed the chains and opened the iron gate.
The working of miracles by the gift of the Holy Spirit kept the guards in the prison and at the two guard posts from being awakened, so that Peter could walk past them without their knowledge. 

All these were the gifts of grace released to deliver Peter. Many had come together to pray as a church because of the severity of the situation. It had become intense because James, the apostle of the Lamb, was executed by Herod to please the Jews, not long ago. And if Peter was executed, Herod would continue to execute the next apostle of the Lamb. 

There are many things you could pray yourself and get answers for them. Small prayer groups of believers in the same church could get many answers too. But there are situations in a nation, or in a church, regarding the lives of people and those in the five-fold ministry that could only be changed by corporate prayer. There is an aspect of the gift of grace that could only be released by coming together to pray as a church, and not done through any other way. 

The gift of grace is released when an individual prays, a small group prays, and the church coming together in corporate prayer. The difference is in the degree of the power released. For greater is the grace, greater is the power of the Holy Ghost released. 

Acts 4:33 (NKJV)�33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

There is great grace when the local body comes together to pray in united, corporate prayer and great power is made available by the Holy Ghost to effect a change in the realm of the spirit first and then in the natural realm.

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

The second pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Spirit of Prayer”. When we pray in the Spirit, the gift of grace is released. There is an aspect of the gift of grace which is released through the Spirit of prayer, and it does not come by any other way. Paul said if it was not for the churches who prayed for him in united prayer, he would not have been delivered from the jaws of death. Kenneth E. Hagin said this, “Many of the bad things that happened to us - or the good things that should have happened but didn’t - are a result of our failing in the past to pray out God’s plan. You see, God has planned many things for us in the future that as we pray in the Spirit we will be praying out ahead of time. (We can pray in the Spirit both in tongues and in our native language when we pray by the unction of the Holy Spirit.)�In fact, what is happening in your life in the present, whether good or bad, is a result of what you have or have not prayed out in days gone by. And what will happen in your life in the future will be a result of your present prayer life.”#2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYERPaul’s deliverance from perils came about through the prayer of the saints who came together to pray in the churches. He was delivered from death more than once through their prayers.2 Corinthians 1:8–11 (NKJV)�8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,�of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.The word “gift” in verse 11 is translated from the Greek word, “charisma," and it means the “gift of grace.” God had delivered Paul and his companions in the past, so he believed God would deliver them then as He would deliver them in the future. But Paul also recognised an important factor for their deliverance was the prayers of the Corinthian churches and the believers in all Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1). How did the churches help them? Through their prayers together in united prayer, the gift of grace for deliverance was given to Paul and his companions. As a result, many gave thanks for this gift of grace for their deliverance. There are three dynamics of prayer:1. Individual Prayer2. Small Group Prayer3. Church Corporate PrayerFor an apostle like Paul to be delivered from the peril of death, I believe what Paul meant when he said it was through their helping together in prayer, was that the churches came together to pray in a corporate setting - Church Corporate Prayer. Paul needed the church praying together for him. There are many situations concerning a nation, or a church that can only be changed by the corporate prayer of believers coming together, for the gift of grace to be released to make the change.We see the gift of grace for deliverance from death came about through praying together in united prayer. Grace is unearned, unmerited, unlimited, and unconditionally given. The churches must have prayed completely by the grace of the Holy Spirit because they did not know the danger Paul was in when he was adrift at sea for 14 days, without seeing any sunlight. Paul could not send them an sms or a WhatsApp message to plead with them to pray regarding his peril. The churches must have prayed by the Spirit of grace and supplication (Zechariah 12:10) and praying with unknown tongues because it was a mystery to them. Paul also assured them the grace that delivered them in the past, would be the same grace that would deliver them in the present, and in the future. For instance, it is just like His grace that has unconditionally forgiven us of our past sin, continues to forgive us now in the present, and will forgive us of any sin in the future. - Cheong Yew KwongPlease visit our website at fbcs.org.sg#goodtoread ... See MoreSee Less

The second pillar in the Tabernacle of Moses typifies “The Spirit of Prayer”. When we pray in the Spirit, the gift of grace is released. There is an aspect of the gift of grace which is released through the Spirit of prayer, and it does not come by any other way. Paul said if it was not for the churches who prayed for him in united prayer, he would not have been delivered from the jaws of death. 

Kenneth E. Hagin said this, “Many of the bad things that happened to us - or the good things that should have happened but didn’t - are a result of our failing in the past to pray out God’s plan. You see, God has planned many things for us in the future that as we pray in the Spirit we will be praying out ahead of time. (We can pray in the Spirit both in tongues and in our native language when we pray by the unction of the Holy Spirit.)�In fact, what is happening in your life in the present, whether good or bad, is a result of what you have or have not prayed out in days gone by. And what will happen in your life in the future will be a result of your present prayer life.”

#2 Pillar : THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER

Paul’s deliverance from perils came about through the prayer of the saints who came together to pray in the churches. He was delivered from death more than once through their prayers.

2 Corinthians 1:8–11 (NKJV)�8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,�of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.

The word “gift” in verse 11 is translated from the Greek word, “charisma, and it means the “gift of grace.” 

God had delivered Paul and his companions in the past, so he believed God would deliver them then as He would deliver them in the future. But Paul also recognised an important factor for their deliverance was the prayers of the Corinthian churches and the believers in all Achaia (2 Corinthians 1:1). How did the churches help them? Through their prayers together in united prayer, the gift of grace for deliverance was given to Paul and his companions. As a result, many gave thanks for this gift of grace for their deliverance. 

There are three dynamics of prayer:
1. Individual Prayer
2. Small Group Prayer
3. Church Corporate Prayer

For an apostle like Paul to be delivered from the peril of death, I believe what Paul meant when he said it was through their helping together in prayer, was that the churches came together to pray in a corporate setting - Church Corporate Prayer. Paul needed the church praying together for him. There are many situations concerning a nation, or a church that can only be changed by the corporate prayer of believers coming together, for the gift of grace to be released to make the change.

We see the gift of grace for deliverance from death came about through praying together in united prayer. Grace is unearned, unmerited, unlimited, and unconditionally given. The churches must have prayed completely by the grace of the Holy Spirit because they did not know the danger Paul was in when he was adrift at sea for 14 days, without seeing any sunlight. Paul could not send them an sms or a WhatsApp message to plead with them to pray regarding his peril. The churches must have prayed by the Spirit of grace and supplication (Zechariah 12:10) and praying with unknown tongues because it was a mystery to them. 

Paul also assured them the grace that delivered them in the past, would be the same grace that would deliver them in the present, and in the future. For instance, it is just like His grace that has unconditionally forgiven us of our past sin, continues to forgive us now in the present, and will forgive us of any sin in the future. 

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