He Will Strengthen And Protect You From The Evil One

2And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.
3But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 (NIV)

The above passage is on the topic of dealing with the evil plots and schemes from those who seek to harm us. It comes with good news and bad news.

The bad new is there are wicked and evil people around who want to harm us. If you have been living in the real world long enough, you would have realized that you don’t have to purposely offend others to make enemies. There are people who just want to harm you or make things difficult for you for unknown reasons. The person who looks nice, polite and appears to be your best friend can the same person who has been spreading slanders and plots against you.

So, how are we going to defend ourselves against these people? The answer is in the good news in Verse 3.

3But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)

We can rely on the faithfulness of God. Through his faithfulness, he will strengthen and protect us from the evil one. What does that mean? The strengthening and protecting are dependent on God’s faithfulness. Therefore, let us first look at his faithfulness.

The faithfulness of God refers on his integrity in keeping all his promises. This is the core value of God. This is also the part that separates the truth Christian teachings from the lies of theology.

In short, when God promises something, he will do it. Here are some examples:

· When God says we are saved by grace through faith, he means what he says. We don’t have to do anything extra to maintain this promise like going to church, reading the Bible, going for missions, giving money to church etc.

· When God says he will prosper us, he means what he says. Out of context quoting like Jesus has no place to lay his head and the part on camel going through the eye of the needle cannot change that. Neither does the existence of poor believers can cause God to break his promise.

· When God says he will heal us, he means what he says. No matter how the theologians choose to glorify sickness and disease, God still keeps his promise.

Through the faithfulness of God, we have the confidence to face all the trials and tribulations in our lives.

He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

When God strengthens us, it means he gives us the strength to fight the battle. This implies that we have to do the fighting. In other words, we have work to do. Do not, do nothing when you facing difficulties. God has strengthened us. Our role is to use this strength to overcome and triumph over whatever difficulties we are facing right now.

· If you are sick, you have the strength to be healthy.

· If you are poor, you have the strength to be rich.

· If you have failed, you have the strength to be successful.

This is what the strength of God can do for us. Do not be ashamed of it.

Next, the faithfulness of God protects us. This means God will personally ensure that no harm can come to us. We can live our lives in confidence that no matter how bad the situation around us appears to be, we are protected.

God is good.

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Faith Of The Heart (Star Trek) lyrics

It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near

And I can feel the change in the winds right now
Nothing’s in my way
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No there not gonna hold me back

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

It’s been a long night
Trying to find my way
Been through the darkness
Now I finally have my day
And I will see my dreams come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No there not gonna change my mind

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

I’ve known a wind so cold and seen the darkest days
But now the winds I feel, are only winds of change
I’ve been through the fire and I’ve been through the rain
But I’ll be fine

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith

I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

It’s been a long road

Oh, it’s been long road

The God I Know (Lyrics)

Words and music by KC Gan, 2008

When the stage is bare tonight
There’s no one else
Just You and me
When the curtains close behind
There’s no pretense
I’m on my knees

I will lay down my life
For the love sacrifice
You gave to me
It’s all because of You
All because of You

The God I know
Righteous and Holy
The God I know
Faithful and true
The God I know
My tower of refuge
Hearts are healed
Christ revealed

The God I know
Light of the City
The God I know
Strengthens the weak
The God I know
Your heart beats within me
As You are, so are we

This is my cry
My one desire
More of You
More of You

The church He knows
Righteous and Holy
The church He knows
Is faithful and true
The church He knows
A tower of refuge
Hearts are healed
Christ revealed

The church He knows
Light of this city
The church He knows
Strengthens the weak
The church He knows
Is strong and mighty
As He is, so are we

According To Your Faith

29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;
Matthew 9:29 (NIV)

I am feeling a bit down. Why is the world so dull? Why am I not seeing my millions of dollars coming into my account like rushing rivers flowing to the sea? So, I have decided to write something to cheer myself up. What should I write? My favorite topic, of course: prosperity. For some strange reason, I can see prosperity in every page of the Bible. In this article, I am going explore on Jesus’ words in the above verse.

Here is the background. After Jesus had raised a girl to life in her funeral, he went on his way. Two blind men followed him and cried out loud for his mercy. Jesus turned back and asked them whether they believed he could heal them.

27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
28When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Matthew 9:27-28 (NIV)

Then, the miracle happened.

29Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;
30and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”
Matthew 9:29-30 (NIV)

This is the whole story. My emphasis here is the words Jesus said in Verse 29. Those words are in contrary to the standard practice in many churches. In a typical religious church, they will tell you that everything is God’s will.

· If you are sick, it is God’s will for you to be sick.
· If you are healthy, it is God’s will for you to be healthy.
· If you are poor, it is God’s will for you to be poor.
· If you are rich, it is God’s will for you to be rich.

If you are sick, you can still pray and ask God to heal you. You will only be healed if it is God’s will for you to be healed.

As you can read in the above verse, Jesus has a totally different idea. When Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”, he was identifying the blind men as the decision makers on whether they will be healed. Jesus did not say, “According to my will, it be done to you.” The decision on whether those men were healed was not on Jesus but on the faith of those men. God was never a factor on whether those men got their healing.

Do you get the idea now? Whatever we want in our lives, we don’t have to ask for God’s permission for them. God has given us the power to get whatever we want and this power is called “faith”. This truth has been repeated throughout the Bible. This truth is in harmony with the First Commandment in Genesis 1:28-30. As mentioned before, the First Commandment has established the position of the human species as the masters of our world. As masters, we have the full rights to decide what we want and get them all.

However, knowing about the First Commandment is useless unless we put it to use. Ask yourself this question: What do you want?

· If you are sick, do you want to get well?

· If you are single and want to get married, do you want to find a perfect partner?

· If you are married and are facing some problems in your marriage, do you want to restore harmony in your marriage?

· If you have problems at work, do you want solutions?

· If you are poor or facing financial problems, do you want to have a lot of money, preferably 100 times your debts?

· If you are already rich and are currently helping a few people, do you want to have even more money so that you can help even more people?

I declare to you, by the authority of the First Commandment, all your wishes are granted unto you. You will definitely get what you want if you use your faith to get them. There are a few steps here:

1. Identify the things that you want. Make them as clear as you can.

2. Believe you receive them. Make it a habit to give thanks to God as though you have received what you want. Visualize yourself enjoying them.

3. Begin to make preparations for the things you want.

Let me explain more on the Step 3. Supposed you have been wishing to go to New Zealand. Start to find more information on this country. Plan for your trip as though you already have the money to go there. As you plan, visualize yourself stepping your feet there. Before long, you will find yourself physically in the place you have visualized.

This method is applicable to our wishes.

That is all for now. I am going to visualize myself getting rich.

The Benefits Of Giving

38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:38 (NIV)

I am back again to write on my favorite topic: prosperity. I just love the prospect of having abundance in all things including a lot of money. In my previous articles, I have shared that when God first made Man, he gave Man his First Commandment.

The First Commandment established the human species as the master of this earth. We are the bosses, not slaves here on earth. The Bible also tells us that Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords. We are the kings and lords under the kingdom and lordship of Jesus.

After the First Commandment, God told Adam, the first man the First Law. There are other names given to this law. In many churches, it is known as the Law of Sowing And Reaping. In the secular world, it is known as the Law of Attraction.

God must have a very high regard of this law that he keeps repeating it throughout the Bible. If you ever read the Bible, you can see that the First Law have been presented in various forms and settings. The above verse is one of them.

The above verse consists of Jesus’ words to his people. He wanted them to practice giving. Please note that Jesus did not say “give” and stopped there. He told us the consequences of giving. When we give, we will get back what we have given but that is not all.

“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

The above sentence simply means that we will get back more than we have given. This is the Law Of Sowing And Reaping presented in another form. The amount that we can get back is proportional to the amount we give away but it is always more than the amount we have given.

This law has been working faithfully from the beginning till now and I doubt it will ever end. God expects us to use it. Whatever, problems you are facing right now, this law is always applicable to help you to get out of it.

1. If you are short of money, start to give away the little money you have. If you don’t have a single cent, give a service or a blessing to someone.

2. If you are ill, help others to get well. Look for sick people whom you can pray for their healing.

3. If your relationship is in a mess, help others to improve theirs.

In short, whatever shortage you face right now, give the same thing away or help other who faced the same shortage. This law always works. If you want it to work for you, then activate it by giving something.

As I have mentioned before, this is an automated law. It works for everyone who puts it to work. It is also neutral. It has no concept of good and evil. All it knows it to create a harvest out of the seed we sow. If we sow a good seed, we have a harvest of good. If we sow evil seeds, a harvest of evils will come to our lives.

Therefore, the wise thing to do is to sow good things, especially the things we want to receive in our harvest. As for me, I want to sow money.

Flawed Defence Of City Harvest Church

This is my second article on the City Harvest Church Saga. In my first article, I have explained that the real problem is on not whether the pastor is found guilty. It lies in the church members’ reaction to this event. The church members behaved as though they have been brainwashed into mindless drones and faithful worshippers of the pastor.

This means that even if the pastor is found innocent by the investigators, this church will still have to live with the public impression that it is an evil cult that manipulates its members to turn them into mindless drones who are only capable to obey the pastor’s every command. Its legacy as a great church has ended.

In this article, I am going to provide you with the real analysis of the problem and how the church had messed up.

How it began.

The senior pastor and a few members were summoned by the authorities to assist in investigation relating to mismanagement of church funds. Although technically these people are innocent until proven otherwise, the public perceives them as guilty. The media has even linked them to previous frauds by other institutions like NKF and Renci. After all, we do not believe the authorities investigate people at random.

Of course, those who do not like this church will take advantage of this situation to throw a few stones.

However, no matter how this investigation turns out, the church will still be there. The government will not close it down. Surely, common sense tells us that this is not an attack to the church. The church can continue to function as usual even if the pastor is convicted and imprisoned. There is absolutely no need for church members to behave as though they are under siege, being attacked by the devil or being under any form of persecution.

It is the responsibility of the church leadership to explain this situation to their members and warn them not to over-react. Did they do that? The answer is “no”. The opposite has happened. The incompetent church leaders has failed to control the fanatics among their members from creating the impression that it is a cult that turns people into mindless drones.

Members Reaction.

Let me explain on how the efforts put up by the members with the intention to “defend” their church and pastor had resulted the opposite effect. I refer to the 2 Facebook groups set up by the church members:

1. CHC United In Prayers
2. We believe City Harvest Church is framed and maligned.

In my first article, a church member wrote in to me to question my objectivity in using these groups to represent a church of 33,000. My reply is, I insist on using them as true representation of the church’s 33,000 members based on one reason: Neither the church leadership nor any of the “real” members have openly denounced, condemned and exposed them. Until that happens, I have the right to think of them as the true members of City Harvest Church.

Let us look at the name itself. The first one, “CHC United In Prayers” is good. It sounds positive and does not imply anything bad. However, the second one, “We believe City Harvest Church is framed and maligned” is a disaster for 2 reasons:

1. It views the authority’s investigation on a few individuals as an attack on the church.

2. The members have made up their minds that their pastor is innocent from all wrongdoings regardless of the results from the investigation.

Other than the names, I see no clear distinction in the contents of the 2 groups. The members believed that this investigation is an attack from the devil and they must be united to fight the devil.

One member had even bragged that the church’s membership is half of the Singapore Armed Forces regulars and they have the money to buy weapons. I don’t see anyone in the group rebuking him for this treason. Please feel free to visit these groups before they decided to remove them from public viewing.

As I read the comments, the only impression I got is a cult. This cult has effectively brainwashed its members into mindless drones who only know how to obey their pastor without question. In their minds, the pastor is as infallible as God. They are prepared to go to any extend to defend their beloved pastor.

An investigation on the pastor is an attack to the whole church. Church members must be united to fight off this enemy, who is of course the Devil. So, most of the contents there are battle calls and war cries. It is basically a holy crusade there.

There are some occasional rational postings there to appeal for calm but I don’t think anyone bothered. As I have mentioned before, neither the church leaders nor the rational members dare to confront them.

After reading the posts in these groups, I doubt if anyone will still want to join this church.

Then, there is this church service last week. It does not take much intelligence to know that it would be infiltrated by reporters and they were not there to write good things about the church. So, if the church leaders have any common sense, they must make sure they don’t do stupid things that will reinforce the perception that the church is a cult. Have they succeeded? The answer is “no”.

A member went to the worship service with a placard expressing support for Pastor Kong Hee. Since when do Christians go to church with placard to show support to their pastor? This is nothing more than pure stupidity. These people really think that by declaring their undying support for their pastor, they are actually winning. In reality, they will only cause people to see their church as a cult.

Some may say that this is only the action of one individual. It does not represent the whole church. My question is why did the leaders or the ushers not confiscate the placard? If the reporters can see it, why can’t any of them see it? Since they saw it, why did they not confiscate the placard to limit the embarrassment?

There were interviews by RazorTV to some members after the service. The answers are idiotic:

“He is a good pastor because he is my hero.”

“He laid down his life for us and for people in many countries.”

What type of opinions are that? Is the church that good in attracting intellectually challenged people or do these people become intellectually challenged only after they have joined the church?

Devil’s role.

The most common battle cry by the members is they are under attack from the devil. Is that true? My answer is “no”. Do you know why? If your church have members like these who had never stopped making fools out of themselves and disgracing the church, you don’t need the devil. In this case, the devil is redundant.

Conclusion

Based on the above observations, I conclude that a great church has fallen not because of any attack from outside but due to internal stupidity.

Riches And Honor Are Mine

18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
Proverbs 8:18-19 (NKJV)

This is another reminder from the Bible on what the wisdom of God can do for us. God’s wisdom can produce everything we desire in our lives. This includes even the things that are supposed to be politically incorrect like riches and honor. This is the opposite of the carnal view on what wisdom is.

The above verses are from the personified Wisdom. God gives us his wisdom to make us rich. Verse 18 tells us that when we have wisdom, we have riches and honor. Not only that our riches are enduring and part of our righteousness. In short, we are eternally rich.

Verse 19 continues with the truth that the result from wisdom is even greater than the physical wealth like gold and silver. This is the benefit of acquiring God’s wisdom.

Now, let us move on to the direct application. How do we make this work? How do we use the above passage to bring riches, like a lot of money to our lives? If you have been reading this blog for a while, you should have realized by now that I do not read the Bible in order to be poor. I use the Bible as an instrument for my prosperity. If the Bible cannot help me to attain riches, I will not be bothered with it in the first place.

The first lesson we can learn here is the importance of wisdom in its role in helping us to get rich. Wisdom by itself is intangible. Yet, when it is put to work, it can produce tangible results like real money. This reminds me of a virus.

A virus is nothing more than a protein shell with some DNA inside. It is an object, not an organism. It is not a living thing. Yet, when it is in contact with a living cell, it will begin to reproduce itself and behave like it is alive.

The wisdom of God is in the Bible. In the printed form, it is nothing more than some ink on papers. In the digitized version, it is just some electrons. It is dead and useless. In order to make it work, we have to read it and plant it firmly into our hearts. Only then can the wisdom of God produce results in out lives.

So, if we want to be rich, we not only have to read the Bible but to meditate the message until it is firmly secured in our hearts and minds. If you are to say that you are too busy making money to read the Bible, you are basically saying that you are forgoing the opportunity for money to come to you because you are too busy chasing after it. Logic dictates that it is better for money to chase after us than for us to chase after money. God gives us riches to enjoy life. He does not give us life to chase riches.

If want to be rich, make God the central part of your life. Do not despise disciplines like praying, confessing your prosperity and reading the Bible as religious rituals. They are not. These disciplines are instruments to bring us riches.

Secondly, the above verses also tell us that our riches do not depend on what is happening to the world around us. One of the most common excuses for theological infested Christians to degrade the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to point out the status believers living in poor countries as though God can only make us rich if we live in rich countries.

The truth is, the environment we live in is irrelevant to God. Our entitlement to be rich does not come from the country we live in. It comes from the Cross of Calvary. At the Cross, Jesus died poor for us to live rich. When we desire to be rich, we are effectively honoring what Jesus had done for us. However, should we choose to reject riches like taking up the Vow of Poverty, we are effectively insulting Jesus.

What is your choice? As for me, I want to honor Jesus. When I am poor, I want to be rich. When I get rich, I want to be richer. Right now, I want to see millions of dollars coming into my bank account every day in Jesus’ name.