House of Prayer for Singapore, All Families and All Nations
God has destined Trinity Community Centre (TCC) to be a church strong in Father Me healing, teaching & equipping in SoHS, and House of Prayer for all nations. God is bringing us to a new season in knowing the Father's heart and doing greater exploits for him, to move in greater faith and heavenly anointing to break the yoke of bondage, oppression and sickness. Let's continue to join our hearts in oneness to pray and ask God to propel TCC to another new level of faith and anointing in bringing dramatic healing, impactful teaching, greater freedom and restoration to the many individuals and families in TCC and also inter-denominational. Supernatural breakthrough comes for those who are standing in faith. Breakthrough is not something we sit around and wait for. Breakthrough is God waiting on us to respond in obedience to what He has already commanded and promised in His Words. Let's come together every Wednesday evening 7:30pm to pray for divine intervention to crush and dismantle Satan’s stronghold. Whatever it be, whether sickness, relationship problem, bad finances, unemployment, depression, secret sin or any other thing – today, God is giving us power and authority to break that stronghold down and set us free. We claim victory in the power of Jesus’ name. Amen!
House of Prayer For All Peoples
Wednesday, 17th October 2018
‘Techniques of Spiritual Warfare’ by Robert Brownell
We are at war! Satan the devil hates us and wants to destroy us. All of us need to be enlightened about the schemes and devices of the Devil. It is very dangerous to be ignorant of his strategies and methods for leading us astray.
Paul gives that very warning when he counsels the Corinthians to take care "lest Satan take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11). By being aware of these, we'll "be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil" (Ephesians 6:11)
In warfare, we need to know our enemies! We have three principal enemies according to Ephesians 2:1-3 - the flesh, the world, and the devil.
Satan has one goal, to steal, kill and destroy. As Christians, we need to know and understand spiritual warfare strategies in dealing with principalities and powers, territorial spirits and demons. Satan understands spiritual warfare and uses man’s ignorance of his delegated spiritual authority and the fertile ground of man’s unguarded imaginations to attack him. This is why it is important to renew our mind with the Word of God. Satan has no authority over us unless we remain ignorant of his tactic to use our imagination against us. Although spiritual warfare against powers in the unseen spirit world is important, but most of our daily battles will be within our mind and imagination.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
What are ‘Strongholds’? Strongholds are thoughts, arguments, imaginations and reasonings. Strongholds are targeted at our minds and our real problems are not the trials and temptations we go through, but what we believe and where we put our faith and trust in the midst of the problems. What we allow to capture our mind and heart is what will determine our outcome in all these situations. Faith defends both our mind and our heart against the strongholds and imaginations of the enemy.
Casting down imaginations from the enemy is a great tool of spiritual warfare and one of the first strategies that we must employ to experience victories. We must cast down and not exalt images that try to be above the Word of God. To actively cast down imaginations of the enemy, we must become a person of prayer and study of God’s Word. A praying person will be alert to spiritual things. It is the Word of God that strengthens you, and then spoken in faith from your lips, defeats the enemy.
We need to put on the full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11). We need to learn to use all these seven weapons effectively: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel shoes of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer.
Please watch this video on ‘Techniques of Spiritual Warfare’ by Robert Brownell
You will learn of 11 practical techniques and strategies useful in spiritual warfare:
- Full Body Prayer
- Sending The Host
- Breakthrough Mentality
- The Anointing
- Get The Sin Out
- Binding and Loosing
- Prayer Language
- Taking The Atmosphere
- Praying God’s Word
- The Name and the Blood
- Strategic Times
Let’s be equipped and become a fierce overcomer in spiritual warfare!
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
Intimacy Before Intercession
“Are you known at the throne?”
There is an interesting event in Acts 19:13-16. God was performing “extraordinary miracles through Paul”. Sceva, “a Jewish chief priest”and his seven sons took it upon themselves to cast out demons like Paul, using the name of Jesus as their magic words. But it didn't work. Jesus' name is not a magic word. It represents a relationship. Without the relationship, there is no power in using His name. So, the demons jumped all over them, and the demons left us with a clear spiritual insight. They said, "Jesus we know, and Paul we know, but who are you?"
Jesus was known in heavenly places because of who He is. Even the demons knew Him in His ministry as the Son of David who came to destroy them. He, Jesus, was mighty in prayer. Paul was a follower of Jesus, but he also developed intimacy with God in his closet of prayer, so that he was a familiar face before the throne of God and evidently a terrifying spectacle to demons as well. Paul was known at the throne! Paul was known in spiritual realms as a friend of God, and therefore a force to be reckoned with. God fought for him. Are you known at the throne?
Jesus calls us to develop an intimate relationship with Him and the Father by becoming frequent visitors before the throne. This is why Paul could say in Hebrews 4:16, "Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace to help in the time of need." This boldness before the throne is a natural result of intimacy with God developed over long hours, days, months, and years of being a regular worshipper at God's throne.
The lesson is clear. We are not magicians before the throne, calling things into existence by using the mighty name of Jesus, but we are "friends of God" known at the throne, and therefore feared by demons., "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees." (A hymn attributed to William Cowper).
Real prayer is not just asking. Part of prayer is asking, but before the asking comes the basking. We need to learn to bask in the presence of God, to revel in God himself, to soak ourselves in the presence of the Almighty, to hide beneath his wing, to take refuge in his everlasting arms. God seeks such to worship him who would worship (and pray) in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
Daniel reminds us that prayer is a relationship, “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32 KJV)
Worship comes before asking, seeking and knocking. We are not beggars before the throne. We are sons and daughters of God.
Romans 8:14-17 says,
- Vs 14 those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God,
- Vs 15 we did not receive a spirit that makes us slave again to fear, but we received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father’.
- Vs 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
- Vs 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Sons who only know their Father as Santa Claus are not sons. True sons revel in the relationship with their loving Father. The favor and blessing is what we get as an overflow from the relationship, not a manipulation of it.
Matthew 6:6 “.. when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Mathew 6:8 “.. do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Matthew 6:32 “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well…”
So Prayer is not asking. Prayer is living in the presence of God. Prayer is loving God and letting ourselves be loved by Him. We must learn that prayer is a love relationship. If it is anything else it is no different than the prayers of all other religions - it becomes merely an attempt to manipulate God for our own benefit. Only when we see prayer as a relationship can we understand the exhortation, "Pray without ceasing." (I Thessalonians 5:17)
There are many different ways to pray and many valid prayer strategies. One of the greatest and most popular uses the acronym A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). It is a wonderful guide for your prayers. There are two important prayer disciplines we must not miss out: stillness and clothing yourself with the armor of God. The Lord’s Prayer itself seems to pattern silence (enter into your closet), worship, thanksgiving, cares, confession, and clothing in God’s armor. However you do it, stick to your set pattern as a discipline. To pray deeply, systematically, regularly, and to pray God-focused, God-ordered prayers brings great satisfaction and blessing to the work of prayer.
"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10). “Be still" is a command, not a suggestion!
One Desire – To Behold His Beauty
David is a wonderful example of one who learned about the secret place of stillness before God. He declares, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek after.” (Ps 27:4). What is that one thing that consumed his desire? It was to behold the beauty of the Lord, then secondly to inquire in His temple. Beholding God’s beauty begins in the quiet place of stillness. Then it blossoms into worship, the second step of our intercessory prayer strategy.
The worship part of intercession is to behold the beauty of the Lord. That means to take time to ponder, meditate, and focus on who God is in all His splendor and glory, until the truth of His greatness fills us with awe, adoration, love.
Spend intimate time with God
Intimacy with God is very personal. Developing Intimacy with God takes time. There are no shortcuts, no quick fixes, no speed-praying techniques, and no easy ways. Spending time with God is necessary! God is not in a hurry. We need to slow down and get to know Him in our journey of a lifetime.
Hurry is the enemy of prayer. Hurry and busy-ness is what has always kept us out of God's throne room. Satan knows that if he can get us worried and distracted, we will not be where we should be to receive God's approval and blessing. We need to spend time with God getting to know Him in unhurried preparation. It is not about asking many things from God. Our goal is not supplication. Our goal is not to get things from God or to convince God to do things our way. Our primary goal is to spend intimate time with God.
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)
Wait on the Lord
We don’t like to wait. But waiting on God is an important biblical principle. Waiting is part of the blessing of prayer. We need to put aside the busyness of life and sit still and just wait. The delight of prayer is not getting the answers, but being in the presence of the One who freely gives us all things.
Wednesday, 19th September 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien
ASK, SEEK, KNOCK
God's scripture has an endless depth. God's revelation is flowing everyday. God desires us to have revelation continuously.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
This describes the whole encounter with prayer. The moment you pray until God answers ...it's all in this verse.
What does 'ask...seek...knock' in Greek means?
▪'Ask' in Greek is 'eropao', it means to pray.
▪'Seek' in Greek is 'zeteo', it means to desire.
▪'Knock' in Greek is 'krouo', it means to gain.
Prayer is to desire for God. When we knock, we are gaining from God. To gain is an admittance to God.
When we put in the Tabernacle form - it moves from asking, seeking and knocking. The tabernacle moves from Outer Court, Holy Place and Holy of Holies. If you understand the Tabernacle, you will understand the process of prayer.
Outer Court - is in the asking realm. God wants to bring us into a deeper realm, the seeking realm... the extra mile and extra time for God. In the seeking realm, you desire for more of God. After you pray, you have to wait. You need to worship and dwell in the presence of God and desire to hear what God desires for you. God's desire is in the seeking realm... in the Holy Place... a place of seeking and desiring and adoring for God.
Ps Darien shared an experience he had one morning when he was dwelling in the presence of God. He heard the sound of 'rushing water'. He dared not open his eyes. But when he opened his eyes, he could still hear it. It was so real to him. That happened after he had given all his petitions to God. But he lingered like Joshua... even after Moses had left the tabernacle he remained in the tent, he was not satisfied, he desired for more of God (Ex 33:11). As Rev Alicia has taught us, do not leave the presence of God until a word or a vision is revealed to you.
Very few people are in the seeking realm. This is a season to enter into the seeking realm and to enter into the knocking realm. The Holy of Holies is the knocking realm. We need to wait in silence, desiring for God's presence. Seeking for someone you love is so important. It's a waiting zone, desiring for more of God.
The knocking realm is the admission realm that can only be drawn by God. God says in James 4:8 "As we draw near to God, he will draw near to you." We need to wait until God draws us into his presence that is where Jesus becomes real to you, people encountering Jesus. That is the realm whereby heaven and earth, the spiritual and the physical comes as one, your prayer and God's answer comes as one. Isaiah 55:11 says, God's word will not return void. That is in the knocking realm! That's in the presence of God. When God releases his command and word, healing is secured, job will be secured, promotion is secured, and business is secured. Because God honors whatever He says. It's a realm where your belief becomes knowledge and real to you. Whatever that you believe will become a knowledge in the Holy Spirit and is confirmed by God.
People who dwell a long time in His presence carries the prophetic anointing. Your prayer will become shorter and shorter in a way where your proclamation will come to pass.
Just like Elijah, whatever he said happen. The time of waiting is worth it. Time spent with God will redeem your time. After prayer, stay like Joshua at the tabernacle.
Ps Darien said he had numerous encounter of the manifested presence of God. There was a time he was praying, seeking and waiting upon the Lord for the Healing Revival. He saw a vision of an angel revealing to him there were 3 parts of the body required healing. The words of knowledge was revealed to him.
Keep on dwelling until the Lord reveals to you. Linger to hear God's voice, to encounter him and to receive a vision from God.
We can enter into these realms. The tabernacle is for us to admit. The prayer in the tabernacle is for us to gain. Let's not always pray in the Outer Court anymore but go into the Holy Place.
Prophetic Word released by Reverend Alicia on Wednesday 12 Sept 2018
Prophetic word received on 25th July 2018 for Rosh Hashanah (released by Rev Alicia at Prayer Meeting on 12th Sept 2018)
From Rosh Hashanah (9-11 Sept) onwards, the seeds we have shown over the last few years will start to sprout. Have you been sowing seeds for the past few years? Matthew 4:20 you will see tremendous growth in the coming month - finances and as well as souls. 5779 we have already entered. From September 2018 to April 2019, you will enter into a deeper time of revelation and realignment. You no longer will go your own way. Matthew 13:35 God is going to reveal to us the secrets that he has before the foundation of the world. We got to seek God. The enemy will come like a flood but God will raise up a standard. During this time of transition, you will find peace. We need to enter into his presence. This is a season of resting in the Lord, seeking him especially for the spiritual emphasis week that is coming. And this ten days, heaven is going to open for dreams and visions. You got to seek God for dreams, visions and revelations and heavenly encounters. It is a season for promotion and repayment and reconciliation. Beginning September 30th, 2011 till now, all the projects you have started but you cannot complete will be completed. You got to appeal to the Court of Heaven to make it happen. This year there is a divine turnaround. You are going to expect God to bring back the things that you were called but were never able to fulfill. You are going to fulfill the call this year. Those held prisoner by the enemy are now going to be released to a new level of freedom and creativity. Pray and ask God to bring back the things that were lost or stuck. There is a 7-fold restoration. Proverbs 6:31 "Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house." All losses and setbacks for the last 7 years, you got to bring before the Lord. File your claim with God. Go and reason with God. The next 7 months is very crucial, you will redeem all the negative things that have happened in your life in the past. The next 7 months will be a deeper time of realignment and resolution.
Wednesday, 12th September 2018
Exhortation by Rev Alicia
PRAY LIKE THE PROPHET
Every believer is a minister of the Gospel. We should pray like the prophet. As we are born again, we are a priest and a prophet. But how come we are not praying like a prophet?
Habakkuk means 'embraced by God'.
Account of Habakkuk's spiritual journey (Hab 1:1-4) ...
▪He was very grieved at the people's suffering. Many a times when we pray we expect an answer immediately. Because the people are rebellious, God wants to bring them to a journey and to shake them up. Man and prayer cannot stop whatever God wants to do. It's all in the sovereignty of God.
▪He was overwhelmed by the circumstances, violence and iniquities. Isn't it happening today? We are fighting against the LGBT. Are we seriously pleading to God? We don't want to have it legalized in Singapore because of the consequences.
▪He turned from doubt to faith (Hab 3:17-19). He realized temporal affairs no longer his focus. Many a times we focus on the problem but not on the praising of God.
▪Finally, he realized he has to praise God and it's all in the sovereignty of God to do what he wants. Our job is to seek Him and to pray. Whenever we pray and seek God, we must seek God until his presence comes and until there is a visitation from God. As a believer, we must pray like a prophet, plead like a prophet and at the end of it, we must see a vision. Until we see a vision or a visitation from the Lord, we should not be satisfied. There must be an answer. Sometimes the answer is wait patiently. Are you willing to wait? Some cannot wait.
▪He realized he has to fix his hope on God and only God can do something. He realized that he was created for higher cause and that God is going to lift him on a higher ground.
▪He believed that God will answer the problem and that Jesus is the answer for all problems. Jesus is the one who cleanse us from sins, draw us into relationship with God and give us hope for the future.
These are the three things we need to have when we come to intercessory prayer:
(1) We must cleanse ourselves from sin, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
(2) We must have a relationship with God so that we can speak to God and God can speak to us. The prophet must hear God's voice. Every one of us must hear God's voice. Habakkuk is a living example that pray a desperate prayer. Today we need to pray a desperate prayer for God's intervention.
(3) When we pray we should stay undisturbed. When you pray in the spirit you got to focus on praying in the spirit, focus on Jesus, focus on what you are pleading to God for. Then you will see a visitation from God, then you will see the desperate call to God will be answered. We have to go to the secret place to pray and seek the face of God.
Like Moses, he always seek God whenever the people gave him problem. He always pray for his people. Abraham prayed for his people. Habakkuk prayed for his people. Especially now we need to seek God because there has been a great explosion of disease in Singapore. Because it is an aging population. We need to seek God and plead with God and ask him to show us the root so that diseases will be eradicated. We have to pray for the economy of Singapore and pray for the social problem which is the LGBT.
There are five keys in hearing the voice of God (Habakkuk 2:1-4).
When we pray, we must always end up with a prophetic dream or a prophetic vision.
Habakkuk takes position before God that enable him to hear the voice of God. In order to concentrate, what did Habakkuk do? Hab 2:1 - he is a humble prophet, he is willing to be corrected. When God corrects him, he must know how to answer God. He climbed up to the Watchtower to pray so that he would not be distracted.
1. When we pray, we should not be distracted, we should be focused. We must take our position in the secret place where no one, no handphone will disturb us.
For instance, Isaiah was very focused. Jesus was very focused, he goes to the mountain to pray. Moses goes to the mountain to pray. He always see God face to face. We need to be in the secret place to seek God and we will hear God so clearly. We need to meet with God regularly in a very special place, in the prayer closet without distraction. Jesus was always in the mountain; and Habakkuk climbed up that watchtower wanting to hear what God has to say. Like Jacob, he must be desperately praying to God. He lost everything. He was in exile. He needed to pray like never before.
What did Jacob see? (Gen 28:12) Jacob saw a ladder - a spiral staircase in which King Solomon caught it. When he built the temple of God, he also put in a spiral staircase (1 Ki 6:8). What does Jacob's ladder represents? It represents our lives linking the earth with the heaven. That was the revelation that Jacob had. Jacob's ladder was a supernatural ladder that linked the earth to heaven. The ladder represents an open heaven.
2. We need to pray until heaven opens. When heaven opens what does it mean? The ladder is reaching from the Holy of Holies to the throne room of the Lord Almighty. John caught it. He saw the other side of heaven (Rev 4:1-2). Whenever you pray, God wants to reveal the future. John was in the spirit, he saw the other side of heaven, and like Jacob he saw the spiral stairways that reached from the Holy of Holies to the throne. John saw the entrance of God's Heavenly Temple which Solomon caught it. And Moses also caught it. How come they can be so specific? Because they always seek the face of God for a long long time.
We need to listen carefully. We need to be still in order to be able to hear the voice of God. Our prayer must end up with a vision. We must preach what the Lord wants us to preach and what the congregation needs.
3. We got to listen for the Word of the Lord. The word must mixed with faith. If not, it does not benefit anyone (Heb 4:2). Every prophecy that you received, do you believe it? We need to listen very carefully to what God has to say. We got to be still (Ps 46:10). We got to focus praying in the spirit without being distracted and begin to wait at the Watchtower.
4. You need to keep a journal of things God said. Write the visions and dreams down (Hab 2:2).
5. Finally, you wait for God to bring the word to pass. And it will surely come ( Hosea 12:10; Matt 2:12). The vision and plan and assignment that God gives to you must be clear and must be motivating to those who read it. Your vision must be received with patience. But often it got delayed, you need to tarry but finally it will be fulfilled. Meditate on it (Joshua 1:6-9).
5 signs of Spiritual Warfare:
1. Discouragement and defeat - when you feel discouraged and defeated, you know Satan is after you. What you have to do is to stay very close to Jesus and his present. Like John did always. That is why he has so much revelation.
2. Too busy - you have no time to seek the face of God. You are not equipped, not prepared and not aware of what is going on in your life. When the enemy comes, it comes in like a flood (Isa 59:19). You need to be alert , watchful and prayerful.
3. The forces of darkness don't wait for you. - the enemy is ruthless and very cunning, very determined to get at you because you are too dangerous for him. Especially he wants to get at the leaders so that the sheeps will get scattered. The devil would not care less whether you are prepared or not or whether you have prayed. (John 16:33)
4. What is behind the struggle? - you are struggling but you don't know what is behind the struggle. But we can be sure that God equips us. Remember, God is stronger than the enemy. The Holy Spirit in us stronger. We are ready for battle. We need to be very close to God to receive instruction.
5. Biblical warfare makes us more attentive to what God is doing. - we have to stand firm and let God fight our fiercest battle according to his time and according to whether you want to seek his face and humble yourself and begin to examine and evaluate yourself against the word of God. No matter how, God is always with us, leading us and protecting us.
E.g. Moses at the Red Sea dead end (Ex 14:13). Moses had a very close relationship with God. Every day he would go and seek God for a strategy (Ex 14:14).
Wednesday, 5th September 2018
Exhortation by Ps Francis
THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER
▪Apostle Paul wrote this prayer when he was imprisoned in Rome.
▪V3. 'We' refers to Paul and Timothy.
▪V7. Epaphras was founder of the church in Colossians. He was probably a 3-year old believer, saved by Paul. He pastored the church in Colossians. He saw the conditions of the Colossians church - rampant, attacked by heresies, mystical and false teachings. He visited Paul in the prison in Rome, and Timothy was there with Paul. He told Paul the situation.
▪Paul wrote this letter and passed it to Epaphras to bring back to the church.
▪V9. Paul prayed unceasingly for the Colossians church. There was an urgency within Paul. Church today is facing lots of false and mystical teachings. The Bible already prophesied that this will happen. We need to be careful, even the Elect can be led astray. We must follow after the truth. We need the Holy Spirit. That is why Paul said 'be filled with the Holy Spirit'. We need to be filled with the knowledge of God's will. The Holy Spirit has to impart this knowledge so that we know the will of God. The knowledge of God's will is only by revelation of the Holy Spirit. It's very important for us to know what is God doing today.
What is the will of God in our church? What is God's will in our lives?
▪V10. Without the spiritual wisdom and understanding, we will never be able to know the will of God and walk in a manner worthy of Him, pleasing Him in every way or be fruitful in every good works. Everything we do if it's not God's will, will not be fruitful or pleasing to God. Fruitfulness comes from the Spirit itself.
▪John 15 - Jesus talks about fruitfulness. Only when we abide in the Vine, we bear fruit. We need to do God's will to be fruitful. Works of the flesh is dead works. It will not stand in the presence of God. It will be burned like wood. Only the works the Spirit instructs us to do will bear fruits. Our works will be tested by fire.
How can we be increasing in the knowledge of God?
▪Study the Word. Keep reading the Bible. You will discover new things. There's so much in the Word. Be diligent to read and meditate on the Word of God. God wants us to increase in knowledge. No one can stop understanding God. What we know is just only in parts.
▪V11. Prayer needs endurance, patience and joy. Pray with the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord is our strength. When you have the joy of the Holy Spirit, the first thing you do is to praise God in joy. Pray on your knees. Praise opens the gateway for you to enter into the Holy Place where the menorrah, the table of showbread and golden altar are.
Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." The communion of the Holy Spirit is in the Holy Place. When prayer is being offered, it will flow into the Holy of Holies. Then the Priest would enter in. Without the smoke of the incense, the priest will not dare to enter. Prayer goes before entry into the presence of God. If you do not have a consistent prayer life, your worship will be dry. Praise brings us into worship. Praise brings us into the courts where we can pray. Prayer brings us into the Holy of Holies. We need to praise the Lord always, and be filled with joy. We need to enter into the presence of God with praise and prayer.
Conclusion: We need to pray like Paul prayed, especially in times of deception, false teachings and uncertainties. He asked to be filled with the knowledge of God's will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We need to know what is the will of God so that in times like that where we have challenges, then we can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing him and be fruitful in whatever we do. We need to be continually increased in the knowledge of God's will and strengthened with power by the Spirit of God. And when we pray, our prayer will be patient, we will persevere in prayer and filled with joy. Even if we don't see the result, we still persevere in prayer and still be joyful in prayer for we know God will answer in his times.
V12. Giving thanks is very important. Thanksgiving, praise, worship and prayer must all go together.
Wednesday, 29th August 2018
Exhortation by Sister Susan
BUILD UP THE ALTAR OF THE LORD
Elijah's battle with the prophets of Baal is recorded in 1 Kings 18. After Israel had gone more than three years without rain as a judgment for their idolatry, the prophet Elijah confronts the evil king Ahab and challenges him to a spiritual showdown. The king was to have all Israel gather at Mt. Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of the false god Baal and the 400 prophets of the false goddess Asherah (verse 19).
On Mt. Carmel, Elijah said to the people of Israel, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him”. And the people answered him not a word (verses 21-22). Elijah then challenged the prophets of Baal to prepare a bull as an offering for their god—Elijah would do the same—but they must not set fire to it. The God who answered with fire from heaven would be considered the true God (verses 22–25).
The people agreed that this was a good plan, and the prophets of Baal went first. The pagan prophets cried out and danced around their altar from morning till noon with no answer from Baal. Elijah began to mock them, saying, “Shout louder! . . . Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened” (verse 27).
So the prophets of Baal “shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice” (1 Kings 18:28–29). Despite hours of effort, nothing happened (verse 29).
Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and *he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down* (verse 30). He built an altar of stones in the name of the LORD, dug a ditch around it, put the sacrifice on the top of wood (verse 32).
Elijah did something very important before he asked for the fire to come. We need to do the same things Elijah did if we want the fire of the Holy Spirit to come upon us with mighty power….
*(1) First of all, he repaired the altar that was broken by the enemy.* If we want God to answer by fire, we have to repair whatever the enemy has broken…
▪First repair whatever has been broken by the enemy – prayer life, bible reading, bible study, praise and worship, church attendance, tithing, first love, testimony, …
▪Build an altar in your heart unto the Lord. Rekindle the fire in your heart for Jesus Christ. Return to first love, worship and hear His Words.
▪The Spirit of Elijah is calling! Build up the altar of the Lord that is broken down in your life, your home, your church, and Singapore.
*(2) Secondly, he put the whole sacrifice on the altar.* 1 Ki 18:33 says, “He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood.”
▪If we want God to answer us with fire of the Holy Spirit, we have to lay everything on the altar. We are exhorted to offer our total being to Him (Romans 12:1-2). It is by total surrender that we become an acceptable sacrifice to God.
*(3) Thirdly, he had tremendous faith that God would answer by fire.* So he challenged those prophets and said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” He called for water to be poured over his sacrifice three times. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench (verse 35).
The prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16). Apostle James says, “Elijah, he was a man just like us, he prayed earnestly …and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crop.”. God answered his prayer.
▪Elijah was so brave, so bold, courageous and full of faith. He had no doubts that God was going to answer his prayer, and he was asking God for something totally supernatural. The God of Elijah is our God. He is the living God, a God of miracles and He can do the impossible. Let’s call upon the name of the Lord, the God of Elijah, in the spirit of Elijah, with the faith of Elijah. Let us be faithful to him. Let us be bold like Elijah, and God will honor us and answer our prayers.
▪Problems and obstacles are cast throughout our life journey, and we never really know when they may turn up. Satan would do anything to try to turn us from our heavenly calling. He comes with discouraging thoughts that it will never succeed for you. Don’t let discouragement affect you. He may send jealous people to speak against us to dampen our spirits and pour water on our ministry. We need to keep our spirits bright throughout the different stages of life and not allow the storms to dampen the truth of who we are in Christ and who God is and what God can do. 2 Timothy 1:7 says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear [discouragement], but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18). In faith, keep moving forward knowing that God is with you and for you, if God be for you who can be against you, He will give you victory!
*(4) The fourth thing Elijah did was to pray a tremendous prayer.*
1 Kings 18:36-37 “At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
The moment he prayed that prayer, the fire of the Lord suddenly fell, consume the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licked up all the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD – He is God! The LORD – He is God!” (verse 39). Then His anger turned against the false prophets, and they were all killed (verse 40).
▪God is first identified as a “consuming fire” in Deuteronomy 4:24 and 9:3. God’s wrath, judgment, holiness or power are displayed by fire from heaven.
▪When we seek fire, not for our own glory, but for the glory of God, only for His glory, the God of Elijah will answer by fire. He will send the mighty Holy Spirit upon our lives.
Conclusion: Let’s us do those four important things in our lives and be certain that the God of Elijah who sent fire on Mt Carmel, will send the mighty Holy Spirit fire upon you, and upon me and use us for His glory.
The fire of God is His burning love for all people. Elijah knew the heart of God for Israel; that's why he was able to call down the fire of God. When we connect to God's heart, when we know His love for people—no matter what they've done, where they've been or how they're behaving—we can call forth the fire of God upon the things of the enemy that are stealing the fullness of God from them. The Lord wants to use us to help birth this coming move of God. He wants to empower you to call His fire into the earth. And it all begins by knowing His heart and His love for all people.
Let’s build a personal prayer altar unto the LORD and live a life of worship, daily devotion, fellowship and discipleship. Let's come together to establish the church prayer altar. God wants to show himself strong in those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Let's pray for those who have turned away to follow new age philosophy, the god of this world, the god of gold and silver, god of mammon and materialism to return to the true and living God, the source of all blessedness, the author of salvation.
15th August 2018
Exhortation by Ps Francis Ng
IGNITE THE FIRE ON YOUR PRAYER ALTAR
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken it the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
▪Harp represents worship. Golden bowls of incense represents the prayers of God’s people.
Leviticus 6:12-13 “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out”
▪This gives us a picture of the High Priest taking the censer full of incense of burning coal from the altar before the LORD. First, he went to the brazen altar in the Outer Court, the place of sacrifice for sin. He will then pick up the coal of burning fire and enter into the Holy Place. There were three pieces of furniture in the Holy Place: the menorah, the table of showbread and the golden altar of incense. The moment he went in, he would go to the golden altar of incense and began to burn the incense.
Leviticus 16:13 “He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the cloud of incense will cover the mercy seat above the testimony, so that he will not die.”
▪During that time, Aaron was the High Priest, he took the censer full of burning coal of fire from the brazen altar. Brazen altar is the altar of sacrifice for sin offering.
▪The moment the incense touched the burning coal, the smoke of the incense began to arise and the smoke filled the Holy of Holies before the High Priest entered in. The Holy Place and the Holy of Holies were separated by a veil (a thick curtain). He cannot walk into the Holy of Holies without burning the incense every morning and every evening, or he will die.
What does it tell us?
1. It tells us that the foundation of our prayer must be built on the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ and not on our own righteousness. It’s not just because we are called as an intercessor or it’s our duty to pray or we can pray well.
▪Our prayer foundation, like the burning coal from the brazen altar brought into the Holy Place, must be on the foundation of sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the finished works of Jesus Christ. Our prayer anything less, it would be considered as a profane fire.
▪Our prayer must be based on what Jesus Christ has done and on the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God. Our prayer is always imperfect. That is why our prayer has to ascend to heaven by incense, because our prayer is never acceptable to God without the offering of the burning coal fire from the brazen altar.
▪Remember the story of Leviticus 10:1-3. The two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, they offered profane fire not acceptable by God. They did not take the fire from the brazen altar but from elsewhere that was not acceptable. Our prayer cannot bypass the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
▪Our prayer must be based on the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ and what Jesus has done for us at the cross. Otherwise it would be considered as profane fire before the LORD.
2. Aaron with his hands full of sweet incense brought it inside the veil. He not only took the burning coal of fire from the brazen altar in the Outer Court, he entered into the Holy Place. Our prayers are offered in the Holy Place. When we pray, we are not at the Outer Court, but in the Holy Place. Isaiah 56:7 “..for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
▪God’s house must have prayers. That does not mean the church alone but also talks about individuals, homes, church and nation. Individually, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. If we want the presence of God and ourselves to be a house where God dwells, we must be a House of Prayer. There must be an altar of prayer in our lives. If we want to have the presence of God in our family and home, then our homes must have an altar with prayers offered. Without prayer, God will never dwell in that place, it will never be called a House of God.
▪If a church is without prayer, the church would never be called a House of God. The church can be any other organization. If a believer has no prayer offered to God, the believer cannot be a temple of God. If a home has no prayer altar, you can say anything, do anything, God’s presence will not be there.
▪Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14-16. When there is repentance and forgiveness, God’s eyes will be opened and his ears will be attentive to our prayers. If it’s a house of prayer, then God says, “I have chosen this place to have My name, my eyes and my heart will be there.”
▪Sometimes, there are lots of thing happening in our home. Why? Because God’s presence is not in the house. But when we begin to kneel before the LORD and offer prayer, things and environment begin to change. Prayers must be offered in our lives, in our homes and in the church. The church must be a place that praise and pray (Isaiah 56:7).
▪So when there is prevailing and intensive prayer offered, the place will be sanctified and God will manifest His presence. Miracles will begin to happen. People will come to your home, you can just share with them, they can just accept the LORD because they are in the house of God. This is something that is very important for us.
3. The High Priest put the fire before the LORD on the golden altar of incense. In the Outer Court, the altar of sacrifice is made of bronze. But in the Holy Place, where prayers are offered, the altar of incense is laid in gold. Gold signifies the presence of God, perfect holiness.
▪our prayer life must be holy. Our prayer life is not only centered on our own life or our family. Our prayer must be mingled with Christ’s holy life of intercession, without it, our prayer will not ascend before the throne of God. Incense without the fire will not burn. Our hearts must have the fire in our prayer life.
Revelation 8:3 “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.”
▪The incense is not the prayers of the saints but the incense becomes the prayers of the saints when they are offered up with the incense burned with the holy fire. Then it will rise up as a sweet aroma.
▪What does it tells us? Our prayers are imperfect. Jesus has to be with us by His Holy Spirit to pray with us, bringing our prayers to God, teaching us to pray and praying according to what God wants us to pray. Then our prayers will go up as incense. If we leave the Holy Spirit aside and the intercessory life of Jesus aside, we pray by our own, our prayer will never ascend to the throne of God.
Psalm 141:1-2 “I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” ▪How can our prayer rise up like incense? We need the fire and the Holy Spirit. We need a heart of fire. With the Holy Spirit's partnership with us in prayer, together with the intercessory life of Jesus Christ, our prayer will rise up before the throne of God. It’s not so much of whether we know how to pray or not know how to pray. It’s not the word we pray, it’s the fire in our hearts, the burning coal, the holy fire of Jesus Christ in our lives. Prayer has to be a daily lifestyle. Our lives, house and church has to be a house of prayer. Only prayer will invite the presence of God into our lives, homes and church. Amen!
1st August 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien Choo
MOVING INTO GREATNESS IN THE SPIRIT
(Daniel 9:18-23) Daniel was travailing in prayer for Israel. There are lessons we can learn from Daniel....
▪we need to prepare for waging of warfare and to engage in communion & union with God
▪we can't commune with God through our flesh but in the Spirit
▪(V18) We are now seeing a prayer movement in Singapore. God will hear the travailing prayer of His people. Singapore is called by God's name.
▪(V19) We need to take spiritual authority over our family, work, church and nation.
▪(V20) Whatever challenges you are going through, speak to God and pray to God. Pray for repentance because when there is repentance, God will begin to hear. A broken and a contrite heart God will not despise (Psalm 51: 17).
▪(21) Don't stop praying until you get an answer from God. Pray until God reveals Himself. *Why we cannot pray?* It's because of exhaustive emotion. It hinders you from getting into the Spirit. This is the season of powerful divine penetrating worship that could break worry, anxiety and fear and to get into the Spirit realm. Without faith it's impossible to please God. Without the Holy Spirit we cannot communicate with God.
▪(V22) In extreme weariness, keep praying. Don't give up. Angels of the Lord will come to give understanding and revelation.
▪(V23) Intercessors are highly esteemed and treasured by God. In this season, we must walk in the Spirit and get into the Spirit. If not, the things of the world would get into us. In the Spirit, you can break the world's burden and temptation. The anointing will break the yoke.
*How are we to get into the Spirit?* God will begin to bring a new strength to overcome sin. To overcome sin, there are 3 C's ....
1. Stay Clean
▪The Holy Spirit will sanctify you with God's righteousness.
▪Galatians 5:16 ~ Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
▪when you are feeling exhausted or dry in the Spirit, when there is quarrel in the home or workplace, whatever it is, get into the Spirit. Pray and worship in the Spirit. Get into God's presence, the Spirit will break the yoke of that atmosphere and begin to change the atmosphere around you. You will be conscious and spiritually sensitive to break every sin and every temptation.
▪(Genesis 4:7) Sin is always everyday knocking at your door. In order to break the power of sin, you must master over it. Every negative emotion carries a sinful nature. Demons feed on your negative emotions.
▪ *How are we to overcome negative emotions?* Walk in the Spirit. Get into the Spirit, pray and worship in the Spirit. Break it in the name of Jesus! It will prevent you from getting angry or jealous... It will get you from the 'down' side to the 'up' side!
2. Get Clear
▪we need to overcome doubts in our mind and break all negative thoughts in Jesus' name.
▪ Romans 12:2 ".. be transformed by the renewal of your mind". This is a season of clarity. When you get into the Spirit, you will get clarity. Don't get distracted by the problem outside. *Your situation does not determine your destination.* God always has a better plan for us.
▪James 1:5 ask God for wisdom.
▪When we sanctify ourselves and walk according to the Word of God, then the blessings of Deut 28:1-13 will come upon us. When we fully obey God, we naturally overcome sin.
3. Get Called
▪meaning you will overcome carnality. You will not do what you want to do but do what God wants you to do. You will stay on the course.
▪ find your call and move into God's plan for your life.
We have the Holy Spirit inside us. The Spirit is alive because of God's righteousness. When praying for someone who is sick or tormented, we must see that person through the eyes/vision of God and not as the world sees.
▪Praying in the Spirit is walking in the Spirit according to the Word of God and what God sees.
▪ when we pray for our sons and daughters, we must not pray how we see them today but how God sees them in the future - see them coming to church, see them serving in the church, see them sitting with you in fellowship...
*Why some people are praying and getting weary?* It's because they have believed in a lie. Need to break it in Jesus' name.
1. Why need to stay clean?
- it will bring integrity. God's righteousness will work in you and you stay clean.
2. Why need to get clear?
- Clarity brings wisdom.
3. Why need to stay called?
- If you are not following God's call and you are struggling, then likely God will put you into the right track.
All these three are only found in the realm of the Spirit.
This is a season of moving into greatness in the Spirit. God sees the greatness in you. Don't succumb to the lies of the enemy. Remember we are created by the Almighty God in His image.
To move into greatness, intercessors need to:
1. Hear God and discern. Hear the cry of the people, know who is sick and who needs help. Sharpen your ears. Intercede for those who are burdened, needy and broken.
2. Make a decisive choice to move with God. Resist the enemy by making a decision so that the enemy cannot disturb your mind (James 4:7).
3. See the invisible. See things in the Spirit so that you can believe in the impossible and do the impossible.
This is a season of a new mandate. Follow the mandate of God. Receive and run with it. The day when you decide to follow God's mandate, you will have total spiritual freedom to serve with a spiritual anointing.
4. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and with His power.
25th July 2018
Exhortation by Sister Susan
TRAVAILING (BIRTHING) PRAYER
There is an aspect of prayer that births things in the Spirit. We are ‘birthers’ for God.
Jesus said in John 7:38 “From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” ‘Innermost being’ is the Greek word koilia, which means ‘womb'. 'Matrix' is the Latin word for 'womb'. The word 'Matrix' is found in Exodus 13:12,15; Exodus 34:19; Numbers 3:12
We are the 'womb' of God upon the earth. We are not the source of life, but we are carriers of the source of life. We do not generate life, but we release, through prayer, Him who does (Isaiah 44:2).
Some passages directly mention travailing (birthing) prayer:
▪1 Kings 18:42 “but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel; bent down to the ground, and put his face between his knees..”
- The posture of Elijah in this passage is that of a woman in his day while giving birth. Elijah was actually in birthing prayer.
▪James 5:16 also refers to this event and calls it “fervent’ prayer.
▪Isaiah 66:7,8 - uses the analogy of a woman giving birth
- Christ was in travail at Lazarus’s tomb
▪Matthew 26:36-39 - Jesus travailed in the Garden of Gethsamane
▪Romans 8:26-27 – the context of this passage is travail (see Romans 8:22-25 - The Lord speaks of all creation and us groaning and travailing, then speaks of the Holy Spirit doing it in us.)
▪Matthew 24:8 - Jesus spoke about the beginning of 'birthpangs'
▪Galatians 4:19 - Paul was in travail for the maturing process of the Galatians believers
- Many are facing “impossible situations” … a need for a miracle from God, somewhere in our lives - relationship/health/finances/fears/wisdom, etc.
- Every miracle needs a “womb” … a place where the seed of God imparted into your spirit has the opportunity to grow, develop and be nurtured. This “womb” can’t be a “tomb” of unbelief, negativity, fear, compromise, misdirected focus. These aren’t the environment for a miracle-producing womb!
- PRAISE INCUBATES YOUR MIRACLE! PRAISE IS YOUR EXPRESSION OF FAITH IN GOD!
*Definition of spiritual travail – releasing the creative power or energy of the Holy Spirit into a situation to produce, create or give birth to something.*
*The Holy Spirit is God’s Birthing Agent!* Luke 1:34;35)
- We don’t’ birth anything spiritually, the Holy Spirit does. He is the power source of the Godhead (Acts 1:8). He is the power behind Creation (Gen 1). He is the one who supplies power to God’s will, giving it life and substance. He gives birth to the will of God.
Elijah as a human being couldn’t birth or produce rain. Yet James tells us his prayers did. Paul couldn’t create the new birth nor maturity in the Galatians, yet Galatians 4:19 implies that his intercession did. We cannot produce spiritual sons and daughters through our human abilities, yet Isaiah 55:7-8 tells us that our travail can.
We cannot create or birth these and other things through our own power or ability but our prayers has the power to release the Holy Spirit to do so!
All things were created by God's Word (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16). But it was the Holy Spirit that hovered over the earth, releasing His creative energies or power at the words of God, giving birth to what God spoke (Genesis 1:1-3; Psalm 90:2).
The Holy Spirit wants to go forth and hover around individuals, releasing His awesome power to convict, break bondages, bring revelation and draw them to Himself in order to cause the new birth or new creation in them.
The moving and hovering of the Holy Spirit can happen over nations to bring forth new life as more and more prayer is generated for the unreached people of the earth. We will see dramatic revivals as this hovering continues and intensifies through the prayer of the saints. We can birth sons and daughter through travail!
The Holy Spirit wants to use us in lifeless, fruitless, desolate, barren situations, releasing his life into them. Not only does he wants to do this for salvation and healings, but travail is also to be done for maturing and developing believers.
18th July 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien Choo
SEASON OF FRUITFULNESS
What is God's season for us? We want to move in God's season and movement. This is the season of fruitfulness. Intercessors have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and they have a very precious and purposeful role in the eyes of the Lord. We are God's vessel and God's watcher and we need to move together.
James 1: 22-25
- intercessors are in the battle of two worlds.
- do not just hear what God is speaking from the preacher's mouth but we need to carry out God's Word in this season, not just praying but need action.
- we need to carry out God's prophetic action in the ministry, church and for our lives.
- understand that the battle is not yours but it doesn't take away your responsibility to take action (Exodus 14:14).
- Battle is in the mind and not just in the home, church or marketplace. It's important to hold our peace and God will fight your battle.
- Don't choose to complain. Complaint is a 'demonic vacuum cleaner of the devil'. God will bring justice. Peace is an action. Faith works through love and love is an action.
This is the season to take prophetic action. If you are praying for someone in your home for salvation, it needs a spiritual visitation and physical visitation.
Biblical examples - Peter went to Cornelius house to preach the gospel to them. Paul went to the jailer's house in the hour of the night.
Be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to take prophetic action. Move with God. We will bear fruit when we take prophetic action.
- The most prophetic action is obedience to the Word of God. We need to move with God.
- Overcome fear and anxiety when you share the Gospel.
- In this season of breakthrough, God requires our prophetic action in our home, ministry, business and marketplace.
Spiritual dryness comes when there's no action. This is the challenge of the church. In this season of fruitfulness, God's challenge is for the church to move. When we move the blessing will follow us.
- we are blessed above all people. Fear God and not men.
- this is a season we will see barren womb healed, and those bearing a project, God will move in many dimensions.
- God will keep you free from every disease. Heed this warning...don't invite curses upon your life.. when exceedingly blessed, reverence God.
Prophetic action works in two things - time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:11). God has his prophetic time and chance. Don't miss his prophetic time and chance. Move prophetically. This is the time and chance for your promotion and business closing and birthing... time and chance for God to bless your ministry and business! Jesus knows the time and chance. He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). A season of time and chance is on the way! You will see mushrooms sprouting out...business deal sealed...relationship reconciled.
Cancer is not our battle! Poverty, divorce, sickness and disease are not our battle! Demons are not our battle! They are battles between God and Satan!
Moses didn't part the Red Sea but God. He has to raise up his staff. He took the prophetic act. Elijah didn't set fire to the wood but God. But he has to set up the altar by faith.
Elisha didn't part the river of Jordan, but he has to use the mantle of Elijah.
Abraham didn't sacrifice his son but God did. But he has to lay down his son. David didn't bring down Goliath, but he took the challenge to go into battle with 5 stones and a sling. Peter didn't save 3000 but he has to stand up to preach the gospel.
Take the prophetic action that God is asking you to take! If you are applying for a job, prophetically send out the resume. Don't just sit at home. If you want your ministry to flourish, know the needs and condition of your flocks.
The way of God is higher than man's way. When you pray, God will move you to take prophetic action. If you are praying for your family to be saved, you need to move in prophetic action to see the miracle of God.
Prayer Focus: Let's continue to intercede for the salvation of our loved ones and peoples that God put in our hearts.
11th July 2018
Exhortation by Rev Alicia Teo
As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
In every testing, there is fire in our heart that is good for us. To help us fight the spiritual war, we need to make TCC not only a house of prayer but a school of intercession, learning the power of warfare. We are being refined day by day.
God desires our commitment and passion for the inheritance. Jacob desired to inherit the blessing of God, he esteemed the birthright - a double portion of his father’s inheritance. Esau being the first born had no interest in the inheritance. This is prophetic for the generations to come. Jesus sanctified the disciples and prayed for the generations to come. He is interested in you and also the generations to come. Why Jacob was so interested in the inheritance? It was because of the prophetic words spoken in the mother's womb, "the older will serve the younger." Genesis 25:23
What are the promises of God spoken to your life? God is not interested in our skills of intercession. We need to work for the inheritance God has given to us.
Seeking God is important. Just like God telling Solomon: “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” We need to hunger and thirst more for God and be passionate to stand in the gap for the nation, people, family and seek God for each and every soul.
What is intercession? Intercession is to stand in the gap and to pray for one another. Intercession is for everyone. We need to be taught on prayer. If we don't pray we are defeated. Kingdom Warfare is so real, the devil will come with his strategy to inflict and deceive.
Why did Jacob has so much of inheritance? It's because of the blessing of the father. Firstborn inheritance is double. (Genesis 27:28-29, Genesis 28:1-4) He had three times blessing and manifold wisdom of God came to him.
We need to yearn for the attention of our heavenly Father and spend time fellowshipping with Him. We need the tangible anointing of God. When the enemy comes at us from one direction, he will flee from us in seven directions. Deuteronomy 28:7 We need the tangible anointing to receive spiritual inheritance, to open heaven and to attract the crowd. Pray for the tangible anointing to come. Leaders need to have the tangible anointing. Be a vessel mightily used by God.
Jacob was more passionate for the spiritual inheritance. The tangible anointing was upon Jacob. Genesis 20:18-22. Tangible anointing opens Heaven. Jacob had an encounter with God at Bethel. Bethel means house of God. Bethel is an open heaven. God's presence, protection and provision was with him wherever he went. But Jacob forgot the 1/10 he promised to give to God (Genesis 28:22).
- We need to be in the presence of God to receive spiritual wisdom and revelation knowledge of him.
- We are called to the riches of the glory of his inheritance.
- Be passionate about your ministry. The anointing follows you. As you pray, the Lord will reveal to you His glorious riches in you.
- Exercise your given power and authority. Your Holy Spirit and angels cannot be sleeping. Use your angels. We are fighting war in the Heavenly places.
Jesus is the Head of the church and we are his Body. As His Body, we have power and authority, for God has raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms. Jesus represents us in the Court of Heaven. And we represent Him here on earth.
Pray for revelational knowledge so that we will be able to see vision.
Are you passionate for Jesus? Do you love and trust him and his promises? If you are passionate about Jesus, God will look after your family. We need to win our family to God and restore them to righteousness.
4th July 2018
Exhortation by Ps Darien Choo ....
We need new preparation in the new season. For every promise there is a new preparation. The more we extend our faith to God, the more of His extension of provisions to us. There are people going through changes and changes may bring fear and anxiety. We need to catch the anointing to overcome fear and anxiety through God's promise. We need to push out fear, worry and anxiety.
- God has a new season of joy ... overflowing joy for us. Negev is a desert. They are people facing desert situations, God will restore them like streams. Songs of joy will come. God's stream are coming! Even in tough times, learn to carry a heart to sow. There is going to be a great harvest. For those who want a breakthrough, sow a seed of faith. God is challenging our faith and in the midst of restoring our fortunes.
- Dream is a language of God. It has prophetic revelation. When we have negative or demonic dreams, rebuke it and cancel it in the name of Jesus.
- They will be a season of transition to a newer pasture for those who are looking for new jobs. God's promise is to restore everything you have lost - job, health, relationship, finance, etc.
Ps Darien also shared on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit....
*A lot of people are praying but they are praying without the Word.* How much of your prayer has the Word of God? What is the Sword of the Spirit? It is the Word of God! To wage warfare we need the weapons of warfare. When we pray without the Sword of the Spirit, we will get injured. Hence, pray with the Word of God! Prayer must connect to the promise of God. We need to pray with the power of God in the Word. The Spirit of God speaks only from the Word of God.
- God wants to fill our mouths with His Words.
- The Word always build, bless & edify the Kingdom of God.
- Anything without the Word of God is not going to work.
- God will reveal new visions to you concerning your ministry, your work, your home, your children, ...
- whatever you pray using the Word of God, God will watch over His Word to accomplish it. God will back us up. We need to allow God's Word to come to us when we pray.
*God has a new season for TCC and His people. We need to pray for new capacity, new workers, new strength and new infilling of the Spirit.*
Thanks be to God, it is so good to see our intercessory group growing. God has answered our prayers. Thank God for all the new intercessors. Surely it is by God's divine appointment. We are blessed!
Pastor Francis gave a very good exhortation on Ephesians 6:18. Pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayer.
Here are some recaps: we need to have a right attitude towards prayer. We know prayer is important but many do not know what to pray or how to pray. In the Last days, deception is going to come. Even the Elects can be deceived. 1 Corinthians 2:12 -14 tells us that spiritual things are to be spiritually discerned. We need to have the Spirit of God to discern what is of God and what is not. We need to be constantly in the Spirit, to humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and allow the Spirit to guide us. We can't just pray in the natural. Looking at the natural, it will be very discouraging and difficult for us to pray. Romans 8:26 tells us the Spirit will help us, tell us and teach us how and what to pray. We need to cut off from all natural disturbances. Fasting will help us to deny the flesh and sharpen our spirit man. Praying is a spiritual thing. It involves listening to the Spirit not just talking to God. We need to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to us or want us to do. When the Lord releases a word to us, it will enrich our Spirit. It will change the whole perspective of prayer. Listening to the Spirit of God is the key in praying in the Spirit. Prayer is not when we are in need than we pray. Prayer is not just specific to requests or needs. We need to pray at all times. We need to take the Word from God and declare/speak it into the spiritual realm. God wants to use our mouthpiece and to partnership with us to speak and declare His Word to bring forth results.
- Gideon's Army - House of Prayer