Joshua Tree Lesson

Joshua Tree

Joshua tree is also called Yucca brevifolia and is a plant species belonging to genus Yucca in the family Agavaceae.This monocotyledonoustree is native to southwestern North American the states of California,Arizona, Utah and Nevada,where it is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert between 400-1,800 m (2,000-6,000 feet). It thrives in the open grasslands of Queen Valley
and Lost Horse Valley in
Joshua Tree National Park.

How was the name Joshua tree derived?

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua
reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.


A BRANCHLESS JOSHUA TREE

Growth and development

Joshua trees are fast growers for the desert; new seedlings may grow at an
average rate of 7.6
cm (3.0in) per year in their first ten years, then only grow about 3.8cm (1.5in) per year thereafter. The trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age. This tree has a top-heavy branch system, but also has what has been described as a “deep and extensive” root system, with roots possibly reaching up to 11m (36ft) away. If it survives the rigors of the desert it can live for hundreds of years with some specimens surviving up to a thousand years. The tallest trees reach about 15 m tall. New plants can grow from seed,but in some populations, new stems grow from underground rhizomes that spread out around the Joshua tree. Spring rains may bring clusters of white-green flowers on long stalks at branch tips. Like all desert blooms, Joshua trees depend on just the perfect conditions: well-timed rains, and for the Joshua tree, a crisp winter freeze. Researchers believe that freezing temperatures may damage the growing end of a branch and stimulate flowering,
followed by branching. You may notice some Joshua trees grow
like straight stalks; these trees have never bloomed which is why they are branchless! In addition to ideal weather, the pollination of flowers requires a visit from the yucca moth. The moth collects pollen while laying her eggs inside the flower ovary. As seeds develop and mature, the eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on the seeds. The tree relies on the moth for pollination and the moth relies on the tree for a few seeds
for her young a happy symbiosis. The Joshua tree is also capable of sprouting from roots and branches. Being able to reproduce vegetative allows a much quicker recovery after damaging floods or fires, which may kill the main tree. Many birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects depend on the Joshua tree for food and shelter. Keep your eyes open for the yellow and black flash of a Scott’s oriole busy making a nest in a yucca,s branches. At the base of rocks you may find a wood rat nest built with spiny yucca leaves for protection. As evening falls, the desert night lizard begins poking around under the log of a fallen Joshua tree in search of tasty insects.

You may be at ease with pine or hardwood, or find shade under the domesticated trees in your city park, but in the high desert, Joshua is our tree. It is an important part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, providing habitat for numerous birds, mammals, insects, and lizards. Joshua tree forests tell a story of survival, resilience, and beauty borne through perseverance. They are the silhouette that reminds those of us who live here that we are home. Like the Lorax we speak for the trees, but often the trees speak to us.

Panicle

Fruit

Once they bloom, the trees are pollinated by the yucca moth, which spreads pollen while laying her eggs inside the flower. The moth larvae feed on the seeds of the tree, but enough seeds are left behind to produce more trees. The Joshua tree is also able to actively abort ovaries in which too many eggs have been laid.

Summary
of how Joshua Tree can survive in Desert.

  1. Most important of all, they have deep rooting system, enabling them to draw water from underground.
  2. Capable of vegetating more roots to survive damaging floods or fires.
  3. Able to bloom into more branches in perfect timing and condition.

Learning from the Joshua Tree –  Biblical application for Christian.

1)Deep Rooting System

Just like the Joshua Tree, it survived in the hardest desert because of its deep rooting system, the ability to draw water from the deepest underground where there is stream of living water.

Christian survival is dependent on the deep rooting with the Holy Spirit, always in the awe, realm of the Holy Spirit in order to draw the living water and spiritual strength so that one can survive even in the worst hash desert condition. There is much contentment and comfort hidden deeply away from where human eyes can’t see, spring of living water, the hidden manna can be found.

John 3:5 “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Building on a Solid Foundation

Matt 24-25 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”

Water speaks of Living word of God, having the faith believing in the living word of God and be born of the Spirit (baptised).

2) Vegetate more roots

Once the Joshua Tree had the deep rooting system established, it didn’t stop there, it continues to vegetate more and more root branches deep underneath the ground. This will help the Joshua tree to survive even though above the ground surface there are much damaging floods or fires.

So for Christian to survive, do not stop at first instant of deep rooting with the Holy Spirit upon being baptised. Go forth and vegatate more roots with our Holy Spirit, thus growing more branches of hidden Spiritual Gifts of which; Word of Discernment, Word of Wisdom and Word of prophecy is primarily important. Thus, even though being weathered by floods of persecutions, trials, and test by fire above the ground level, you will survive victorously!

1Cor 12:3-13
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To
another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Thus the Rooting system the roots, are hidden Spiritual Gifts that is hidden underground where it not visible nor easily seen nor understood by man.

3) Blooming with more branches

For Joshua Tree to bloom and have more branches, it needs perfect conditions:

  1. A well-timed rain.

  2. A crisp winter freezing, the end of branches was broken and this stimulate growing end of branch and stimulate flowering combined with growing of more branches.

As an individual Christian, at times we are too happy or contented with what we had achieved. We are very satisfied with the number of branches we have. Symbolic meaning of branches represents our achievements, the works we had accomplished in Church or Kingdom of Heaven and it also represents spiritual fruits such as love which is the main essence of standalone ability to draw people closer and expand branches from this community love. But we becomes stagnant, there is no synergy of new Visions to do more. Do not be like the branchless Joshua Tree! It looks ugly! At time like, this we needed to be place into the well-timed rain from God, exposed to extreme crisp winter so that we maybe broken and bring forth stimulated growth, evident by blooming flowers and sprouting of branches. This is the same for Cell Group, it is good to be big but there will come a time when we’re contented with a Big family and just stopped there. So we have to pray for the same “Well timed rain” where the rain symbolize “Blessings from God” and then be exposed to “ crisp winter freezing, Crisp winter freezing symbolize “chastening” just like Jonah being put in the belly of the fish. Only then, with the complete brokenness and with direct well timed commandment from God then the division can proceeded for growing more branches of Cell Group. Please note that this is different from the simplified decision making by Cell Group leader where he or she “feel the need to expand cell group” and the decision making is based on numerical calculation whereas the well-timed rain and crisp winter freezing to permit sprouting of more branches is from the invisible hands of God.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’

Thus if every members can incubate more spiritual fruits, then the retention of members and expansion of a cell group is a natural process by the Grace of our Lord Jesus.

Thus the flowering blooms and the growing branches, are evidents of Spiritual Fruits that may become tangible or visible due to the resultant of various love actions taken to materialized it or it can be felt by people.

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer. But somehow I gotten the revelation from our H.S. that the name was derived from Joshua’s ability to survive in the desert because he had deep rooting with God and a remarkable event happened, he caused the Sun to stand still so that Israel won the battle against their enemy.

Joshua 10:13 “So the Sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies.”

End notes:

You can’t determine the spiritual age of a Christian
Unlike normal tree where its age can be determined by the ring formed by its bark in its trunk, the trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age.

In the same way you can’t determine the spiritual age of a Christian.
How many of us are feeling like being in the “Desert” dry and lost, fighting the battle alone without any support?
I strongly encourage you to have deep rooting with our Holy Spirit. With HIS command in Jesus’ name; armies of God’s warriors will be with you in any spiritual battle fields and not only that; many Angels will be at hand to support you. There is no fear against those who can kill only the body but not the soul. Our Holy Spirit will lead you out of the “desert’ into the promise land where there are springs of living water in the valley. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Added notes 20/1/2013 (Thanks Pastor Eileen for the Bible verse):
“Blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river, and it shall not see and fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Heaven, is it significant?

Heaven? Is significant? Greeting to all my friends and Gift of Faith be with you.

In this part of the testimony, I would like to share my innermost thought which I did not pen down in my earlier testimony. I can’t remember when I backslide. I married my Non-Christian wife on 8th May 1986, so it must be early 1985. We had courtship for about a year plus, went on tour, outing, shopping and watched movies and get married. It doesn’t matter when the date is I backslide anyway. Why I waited until now to write this article? Well, I have to confess that it is because I wasn’t very sure of how to testify for Our Lord Jesus. After having read about the different between Spirit and Soul, the inspiration somehow kick starts me to write today. In those day when I was backslide, I told myself that there is nothing much about Heaven, I can’t visualize nor feel about it. I can just forgo Heaven. After all, I can live this part of my life and when the day comes for me to Rest in Peace, well, hopefully I already been successful and had provided sufficiently for my family to carry on with their life, my life would just past away; it just doesn’t bother me thereafter where my soul goes, I can never forget what my mindset at that point of time was, Heaven is insignificant to me. So, I’ll just go about my life doing what many people is still doing today, that is, living and struggling for the right to stay alive in this part of the world. It is good that I still have good conscience in me. The improved intelligent that was once conditioned by THE WISDOM, I used it for good purpose.

Many Christian friends, 5 of them (including a very good RSAF friend, who is now a Pastor in a well known Church) could not bring me back to the Kingdom of God. My path back to Kingdom of God has to be prepared by someone whom we respect and loved. The someone who has been faithful, humble and in constant fasting and prayer. She brought me to Church and I was rebuked 3 times by Our Lord Jesus. He had proven far beyond my human intelligent that he is my BEST businessman and the Only Solution to ALL PROBLEMS faced by mankind.

To be honest, after being reborn on 2nd December 2007. I still don’t really grasp the Heaven’s reality, can’t Visualize nor feel it. But my good friend had come back to me, The Gift of Wisdom by our Helper, the Holy Spirit. Yes, the Intelligent is getting nourished and reconditioned again to help me see the light of God, our Lord Jesus. And the words I spoke and wrote is thus seasoned by the Salt again, gaining favors. I wanted to tell people about this promotion to higher Spiritual Level as compared to more than 20 years back but somehow I decided to hold back because of concern that people may not take it positively. Then, on 19th April 2008, our Church had a service by invited speaker, Rev Dr Kim SungHae, she said earnestly that WISDOM helped her to be a Professional Shopper. This spur me to boldly declare the Spiritual Gifts that my Partner, our Holy Spirit had brought into me, giving glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. I did this on 24th May 2008 at the first chapter of 9 Gifts Of The Holy Spirit by Rev. Richard Roberts 2 Apr 2006 Of course when I did this by telling some Christian about it, they had these unhealthy worldly thinking that I am trying to show off or that I think too highly of myself. In fact, I had someone who told me off that I think too highly of myself. Well, should I be angry with the person or feel sad about it? Why bother? I am doing God’s Will, I rejoiced every moment doing God’s will, why care about those down to earth human thought? During one of the Church service in the Month of May 2008, Rev Dr Kong Hee said “Just like you’re celebrating your friends’ birthday, your friend appreciates your gift. In the same way our Father in Heaven will give us Spiritual Gift by manifestation of Holy Spirit, we should also boldly declare and gives thanks to our Heavenly Father too.” Hallelujah! That message really comes as a Gift of Faith for me, because the message gives me the assurance that I am doing the right thing by boldly declared the Spiritual Gifts that my Partner, Our Holy Spirit had brought into me.

It is this intimacy of closer walk with our Lord Jesus with the help of Holy Spirit that I started to feel the important of Heaven, though I can’t feel nor visualize it yet. Slightly more than 20 years back, I was a strong Christian. Back then, I was only able to interpret Biblical symbols and wrote some poems. Today, I am able to write parables, create web site, breaking and tweaking php codes, know how to run the web hosting business and receive Vision and write more articles. Please read the rest of the articles; there are testimony of how my prayers were answered and a few occasions, even though I did not pray for certain thing to happen our Lord Jesus knows my heart well; he had overwhelmingly satisfied my desire without me asking for it in prayer; two blessed happenings. I did not write in any article as yet. One Friday morning, I was reading the Book of Leviticus 10:9, I wanted to know the meaning of Tabernacle but somehow I forgot to check on the Dictionary. The same night, CG meeting us had a lesson on the Tabernacle. When I am hungry for knowledge, our Lord Jesus just arranged it for me. Same for any brother and sister, if you are hungry for knowledge and spiritual growth, Our Lord Jesus will provide for you. The other happened on one Sunday morning service; a brother bought me a book titled “Undercover”. I wanted so much to know how to reveal messages to certain senior and yet not to let them feel as though I am going against THE AUTHORITY. This book that was supernaturally bought by one of my brother thus taught and showed me how to do it. That is, reveal whatever I see and hear to senior in the same way a prophet was telling the King about certain warning and prophecy with respect. Well, my work has been completed at this ground and by the grace of Our Lord Jesus; I was brought to another new ground now.

So, it is these closers walk with our Lord Jesus with the help of Holy Spirit, that my life becomes more complete and meaningful. I can never be alone anymore, because, my partner, Our Holy Spirit is always with me. What he excite or tell me to do, I cannot refuse. It is this intimacy with God, Our Lord Jesus that I feel, joyful, secure, work wiser and has the capacity to do more things. Provisions after provisions of my needs without fail. Finally, a breakthrough, my Sister Laura wrote a Review on “Heaven is So Real.” and she lend me the book. After reading this book, I can Visualize and feel that Heaven is Real! Hallelujah. You can see my review by clicking this link Title Personal review of Choo Thomas’s book “Heaven is so real” Perhaps, that is the reason why our Lord Jesus had to use Sister Choo Thomas to write this book, as there are many Christian like myself, can’t feel nor visualize Heaven. I strongly encourage all backslided Christian to come back to our Lord Jesus, maybe you are in the same shoe as me, you felt the same way as me “Heaven is insignificant, I’ll just live this part of my life.” Give yourself a chance to have closer walk with the Holy Spirit and not only that you will feel as being loved as the Son of Heavenly Father but also you are able to visualized and feel that Heaven is Real. Non-believer too, if our natural father can do good things for us. Our Heavenly father can do even much greater things for you!

9 Gifts Of The Holy Spirit by Rev. Richard Roberts 2 Apr 2006

Chapter 1 – Revelation Gift

This is Transcript from Audio Sermon by Richard Roberts (Guest Speaker) for City Harvest Church. We try our best to accurately record down whatever that is spoken. Certain message has been left out.

Based on 1Cor 12:3-13
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

There has been much confusion over the Spiritual Gifts concerning the holy spiritual. Today we’ll talk about the 9 Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, I knew 7 of the Spiritual Gifts had operated in me. However these Spiritual Gifts may had already operated in you and you are not aware of it. The Gifts don’t have to be operated one at time. Sometimes, multiple Gifts can operate together at the same time. Last night Gift of Knowledge came to me and 3 who are deaf are being healed, this morning the same is going to be happened. Some people said to me that I have spiritual gifts. No, that is not correct! We have to be get this terminology correct, Spiritual Gifts belongs to God, it don’t belong to Man. It is the Holy Spirit who have the Spiritual gifts that operated in me. There are 3 categories of the Spiritual Gifts, THE REVELATION GIFT, THE POWER GIFT AND VOCAL GIFT, now we start with Revelation Gift, go to Chapter 2 for Power Gift and Chapter 3 for Vocal Gift.

1. Words of Wisdom

Have you come across where at certain situation, you don’t know what to say or do? Then what of sudden, out of nowhere, you said or do something that solved the problem. You said to yourself “Wow, where did that come from?” Human intelligent could not apprehend the situation and is not aware that it came from the word of Wisdom from the Holy Spirit.
Elijah fed by the ravens
1King 17:2-7 “And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

This provision of food brought by ravens is supernatural. Then Elijah, the prophet went on to met the Widow.

Elijah and the widow of Zarephath 1King 17:8-16 “And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
The word of Wisdom operated through Elijah, even though he knew that she and her son is going to die by consuming the food, he still ask for it. Then what happened next is that the flour was not used up nor did the jar of oil run dries. And she can prepare thousands of meal, all because she is willing to listen and obey Elijah.

Last time when my Father went to India for his ministry. He is 88 yrs old now. One of the Church member’s son had died. And this pastor said that he don’t believe in Healing. But the father trust the son to him and he becomes alive after prayer. Then the pastor wondered if he is doing the right thing. Then quick as a flash, word of wisdom came to my father and he said why don’t you ask the child whether you are doing the right thing?
Another example is in John Chapter 8, you all know the story of a woman caught in adultery. John 8:3: And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, John 8:4-11 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
The Word of Wisdom came to Jesus “He that is without sin among you, let hime first cast a stone at her.” This word of wisdom set the Woman free, when Jesus said that he “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

2. A word of knowledge

A word of knowledge is supernatural information that is not available to human mind about certain condition of a situation.

2 King Chapter 6 2nd King has the best example of the word of knowledge. Well, you said that is old testament. Yes, that is true but it is the same Holy Spirit who has been active not just in new testament day but also in Old testament days. Let me said a strong word today for a man who has been administrating for the past 30 over years. There are many people around the world today who would said that they don’t need Old testament anymore. That is a lie. No one has cut the old testament out of the Bible. Well, there are people who say that new testament came to replace the old testament and that is not true eitheir. New testament as a matter of fact came to fulfill the old testament. Are you all getting into the spirit this morning? Because there are grievous wolf who will come and they are around now. They are around now in this part of the world and also on my part of the world. They would say grievous thing that will discourage the elate and persuaded that what they believe is not true because they are trying to take the blood of Jesus away. You know as I pray today, I talked about the blood of Jesus. There are many denominations that are taking out the mention of the blood of Jesus because they don’t want the people to be offended. But I’ve got news for you, without the shedding of blood of Jesus, there will be no redemption. Without the shed blood of Jesus, you will not be Christian. Thank God for the shed blood of Jesus. Don’t allow any false prophet speak into your life. Don’t walk away from them. Run away from them. We as a Christian must stand up for the Bible.
Lift up your Bible and say
“This is my Bible.
I am what it say I am.
I have what it say I have.
I can do what it say I can do.
From Genesis to Revelation, every word is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Now everyone give a shout for the Lord. Wow”

2King 6:10-12 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.”

Every battle plan of Syria is being make known to Elisha. And the Syria King was very angry and he thought that there is spy within his camp.

John 4:7-19 “There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.”
Thus the word of knowledge was given to Jesus when he told the Samaria woman that she have 5 husbands and the one that she currently have is not her husband. Samaria woman is half-breed during that time, there is racial barrier. The Jews look down on Samaria and yet Jesus asked water from her and tell her that if she had known him, she would have asked water from him because whoever drink the water from him will never thirst again and shall have everlasting life. There is so many Racial barrier in our modern day but yet, Our Lord Jesus had already broken that barrier long time ago when he talk to Samaria woman. Immediately, she proclaim that Jesus is the Prophet.

While preaching in Africa. I received a phone call from President of Zambia, he invited me to his country. I met him at the Palace and since he is a Christian, we all bend down our knee and pray. The President invited me to Hold a National Healing crusade. I was very thrill when God give a word of knowledge which I didn’t understand and don’t want to receive. Tell the president’s wife that she had stomach condition which God want to heal. Are you sure God, I just got invited for National Healing crusade, I don’t want to jeopardized my invitation to the National Healing Crusade. What if whatever I said is not correct? I asked God if he really want me to tell this to President’s wife. Sometime we don’t understand the word of knowledge given to us and we just have to obey the Holy Spirit. So I told her and she was completely amazed with tears in her eyes that how is it possible that she had stomach condition for 3 years, and been hospitalized, had surgery and just won’t heal the stomach problem, and how is it that I knew her condition. That day I prayed for her and she was immediately cured. Now, that is the operation of the word of knowledge.

3. Discerning Spirits

Now, what I said is discerning spirits. Not discerning of faults. Have you come across people who likes to point out other people’s faults? What I am talking about is the discerning of spirits. Have you ever experience when you stepped into a room, suddenly the room felt cold or when you shake hand with someone and just want to let go the hand as soon as possible because you felt something is wrong with this person? Now, that is the operation of the discerning of spirits.

Acts 16:13-18 “And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Paul been passing the place many times and this woman been said “These man are the servants of the Most high God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” She did it for many day until Paul was greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.”
There is a man speaking false tongue barking like a dog. His mouth is foaming. Then I commanded in Jesus name to the spirit to come out. Immediately, the bad spirit left the man and fell back. Then when he comes around, he ask for altar call. Then, I said to Lord Jesus that I had not conduct my preaching yet, how could I do altar call. But the Holy Spirit within me asked me to do altar call. So I did, on that day a thousand people received salvation. They responded because they see the spirit come out of the man.

Now that is the operation of the discerning of spirit. And that will happened to believer and when that happened you have to ask God what you trying to say to me and what you want me to do about it? And I can assure you that God will show you how to deal with the situation.
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 Chapter 2 – Power Gift

1. Gifts of Healing

There are various types of Gifts Healing
Laying of Hands
Anointing of oil
Using of Prayer Cross
Good work for Healing of lord

Acts 19:11- 12 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Acts 3:3 -12 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

I remembered during a healing session, a man had back problem for 25 years. And I laid my hand on him and I felt the spirit come on him. But I knew he was sick for a long time, it would be difficult for him to do what I said. Because when you got sick, sickness seems to pull you down. And it is hard for the man to pull himself up. That’s why Peter and John lifted the man up. And then I said to the man to bend over but he said he cannot, that’s why he came for prayer. Then I told him would you stop saying you cannot bend over and start somewhere. Healing , sometimes is not instantaneous, it takes over a period of time. So he bend over a few times, a big smile come to his face. Healing is a process and each time it get better and better. Those are the operation of the Gifts of healing.
I was telling pastors about the story. I must tell you the story because I am going to Taiwan soon, to tell the same story. Many years ago when Taiwan was known as Formosa, sometime in 1950, Chan Kai Shek was the leader of the country at that time, I am sure this will ring the bell to many of you. And they are having a crusade in the indoor stadium, my father method was always laying on hands, God manifested the word of knowledge to me but use his hand and still does and there were not many Miracles happening, and the government had put a ring of soldiers around to protect the crusade and crowd and not many miracle happened. So my father kept asking why. The minister said to my father that Chinese do not like to be touched. Then a woman came with a large growth at the neck as big as a man’s fist, my father give it a touch and it instantly disappear right in front of their eyes. It changed everything, You want to know who is next in line for prayer? All the two hundred soldiers. Because they saw the miracle of the operation of the Gifts of healing. Last night, I have people turn and face each other and I reminded them that it is written in the bible scripture mentioned that they shall lay hand on the sick and they shall recover, that is the operation of the Gift of healing.

2. Working of Miracles

Working of miracle is supernatural intervention by the Holy Spirit to change or alter a situation. Look at Moses in the book of Exodus, bringing ten plaques on the Egyptians, look at Joshua in Chapter 10 when Israel is loosing the Battle and they need more daylight and Joshua spoke to the Sun and commanded it to stay still and it did, that was the working of the miracles.
I’ll tell you the modern day working of miracles. It is this church. You start working with 20 people and now 20,000 without the working of Miracles this won’t happened. Talk about the working of the Miracle, you have seen it this morning, and it is growing and growing and why? Singapore is strategically and Geographically located in the right place to be a door opener to Asia. And God is going to use you, he is going to use this Church because time is running short. There is a great evangelism of the soul that is coming to the Kingdom and this church is right where it already is, right in the middle of the Asia. That’s why God had manifested in this man and through those who gathers around him because in the natural, you can’t start with 20 people and now you have 20,000. It doesn’t happen except by the working of the Miracles, Let’s give the Praise to the Lord by clapping.

3. Gift of faith

The Gift is something supernatural that takes over when your faith has run its course. When you seems not to be able to believe anymore, God will switch in the operation of Gift of faith so that you can believe. Like a supercharger of a racer car or the afterburner of a fighter jet. When the supercharger or afterburner kicks in, a magnificent increase in speed. It is the same with the Gift of Faith. How many of you had faced the same situation where your faith seemingly cannot believe anymore and suddenly a surge come into your heart and you said Oh yes I can believe this, Oh yes, it can happen, Oh yes it will happen. I didn’t believe that it will happen but now I know that it will happen. After that you wonder where did that came from? That is from the Holy Spirit.
One example is Abraham, when he takes his own son Isaac in the book of Genesis, where he tie him up and wanted to kill him. You can imagine what would your faith be if God were to tell you to kill your first born, and you can imagine what Abraham would have felt. A Gift of faith begins to manifest in him as he said when he got to the mountain because he said, “We are going up and we are coming down.” In the Human situation he would have said “We are going up and I am coming down.” That is the operation of the Gift of Faith. When the manifestation of the Gift of faith is in the live of a Christian, it is dangerous to the Devil who is sitting here this morning. You came here not to have a pad on your shoulder but you came here for the manifestation of the word of God. There is hell out in the street and in this country and God had raised you up at this moment, at this hour and at this time. God will deliver the Gift of faith to his believer in his timing, not yours. I have told God when to do it, I have told God how to do it, I have told God where to do it, I have told God who to do it too and he has never do it the way I want it done. He does it his way. His way is the Best. God’s way is better than your way.

 Chapter 3 – Vocal Gift

1. Gift of Prophecy

The Gift of Prophecy is hearing what God is saying and deliver it. Prophecy points the way, Prophecy gives direction, for edification and comfort. It literally points the way. 1977 a word of Prophecy come me that I will be in the Healing ministry. No one knew that I would have dream of the Healing ministiry. No one knew that I will be in the healing ministry. I have not told anyone and the word of prophecy has to come from a woman whom I didn’t like. I had to apologized to God and I had to apologized to her. A woman is prophesying that God is going to use me in the healing ministry. She said that God will manifest a word of knowledge to you. I didn’t know what the word of knowledge means. But God did and God had told her and she told me. And every word that she prophesied came to pass in my life. This is a pathetic Church because God is speaking to you a direction for Asia. Every week when you gather together, God is giving you new information, new direction, he is giving you new battle plan, a new outlook on this side of the world. And then to spring forward to other nation after that. It is pathetic church, a pathetic work. Why? Because we’re living in the last days. God is wrapping this age up. Some of us maybe well be alive when the rapture of the church occurs. And my friend, I believe in the rapture of the church. I know there are those who don’t believe it but I believe in what the Bible said. I’ll stick my life on the Bible, the bible said there will be a glorious appearance, the Church will be rapture and the dead in Christ will raise first. We said how is he going to handle that? To those who has been buried , those who has been cremated and those who had their body done with all sort of things that we have to build something else and how is he going to handle that? Well, I’ve got news for you, he is God and he can do whatever he wants. I’ve got news for you, write this down. This is worth the entire trip to church this morning. Write this down, it is very important. If you had missed everything that I had said don’t miss this, this is the most important. Are you ready to write it down? Here it is. GOD IS IN CHARGE AND I AM NOT! write it down. When God said jump, you and I have to say hi hi all the way up. He is in charge, this is his Church. We are simply a steward in it. Yes I am a President of a major university with over 5,000 students and it is credited on every level. Yes, I am a cheap Executive Officer. Yes I have power. But it is not my University, it is God’s University. I am just a cheap steward. I am just the local pastor of that University. God is in charge, he makes the agenda, he sets the battle plan and he tells me what to do. And I say, Yes Sir, I’ll do it. Don’t you ever messed. Yes, I messed up all the time because I am a human being, I make mistakes. I am glad the newspaper didn’t know anything about me that I know. Have ever make a mistake put you your hand up, Have you ever make more than two mistake put up both hand. Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to put up both legs. We’re human being, we make mistakes. But the Bible said, we have this treasure in this earthen vessel. And God works through people. Short, tall, thin, fat, good looking, not so good looking. God works through people. He loves people, he gives his son to die for people for the lost.

2. Gift of tongue and 3. Interpretation of tongue

This will help you to help Christian who do not have the daily life of dealing with the Holy Spirit. They love the Lord, they gave their life to Christ but they are not what we call Charismatic. I am not trying to be critical this morning but I am trying to help you. I am giving this message to you this morning and all the minister all over the world that God prophesied over me that I will be the bridge builder between denominational group who believe in the Holy Spirit activity and others who do not believe and yet they still love God. God is using me as an eye opener for them.
Now we shall deal with Gift of tongue and interpretation of tongue. This two must be deal with togther because when one manifested in you, the other will too. The Gift of tongue and interpretation of tongue is sovereign. It is different from your daily devotional prayer language. Right in the middle of prayer and worship, the musicians stopped pray out aloud in tongue and all of Pastor Kong stewards and all stewards began to pray in tongue. Every born again believer has the right to pray in tongue. Why ? Because when you’ve got saved, the Holy Spirit came in, the bible said and borne witness with your spirit that you are born again. Every born again believer has the Gift of tongue, you cannot get saved without the Holy Spirit. So when the believe get saved, the Holy Spirit comes into your heart and every born again believer has the right to pray in tongue. That is NOT the Gift of tongue and Interpretation of tongue. What we did this morning is to pray congressionally in tongue.

Roman 8:26 – 27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
We can all pray in tongue at will. And we can pray in tongue then in English and the Devil has no Idea of what is being prayed.
I remembered I prayed for a man who was in a coma, there were tubes and wires running in and out of his body, his family grab on me like I was a life preserver in the pacific ocean. There is the man, and I didn’t know what to do. I look at him and start to pray in tongue, then I stopped and then when I prayed in English, and as I prayed in English God showed me where I was to lay my hand on him and how I was to pray and say in english. When I pray in english God gives me direction, he awaken and was no longer in coma. That was the benefit in praying in tongue. I did not pray in tongue because I can pray better than anyone else. I prayed in tongue because I need help. I don’t know what to pray for as I always asked. Paul told us that “Out of my Valley, Jesus say shall flow river of living water. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit and every born again believer has the right to pray in tongue and that is not the operation of the Gift of tongue. That is just a devotional daily prayer. Did you received something from the Lord. You’ll find that from time to time, God will manifest different gifts to you. It may seem strange and unusual to you. Here is what you’ll do, ask “What are you trying to show me and what do you want me to do in Jesus name.” I enjoyed teaching of the Gifts of the Spirit. I was raised to be rebellious. Not to be offer attention, not to be offer some different kind of doctrine that separate from the Bible. And that is what you want to be. You don’t want to be impressed by separate doctrine. I know there are those who live on the edge all the time. I don’t want to be on the edge, I want to be right down in the middle. Before I pray for you, I want to tell you a story and I think it is appropriate.
Back in 1800, Well Fargo was looking for drivers for their state coach. They have to drive above 12,000 ft to reach another states. And the drivers brat to each other, saying how close they can get to the edge of the road. One young man wanted to withdraw his application. And being asked why, he said he want to drive only on the middle. He don’t want to risk his life at the edge. Then Well Fargo man hired him saying that this is the type of driver he want. Many lives were lost because people are driving to the edge. So the message is “Don’t live at the Edge of your life!” But walk in the middle where God is in control. Now all just pray, Praise the LORD, Hellelujah !
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Praise the Lord, completed
My hearties thanks to my Home CHC, for providing this wonderful audio message online. And for arranging many famous speaker so that I can learn from them and grow spiritually to next higher level.
Having gone through this audio had helped me to recognize 3 to 5 Spiritual Gifts operated in me by the Holy Spirit.
I wanted to Praise Lord for the Wisdom, discernment, knowledge, prophecy, faith and others which I was not sure if had I perceived correctly until I listened to this Audio.
I really thanks Lord for giving us Rev Dr Richard Roberts for his help in revealing my Spiritual ability.
Also thanks Lord for having brought in Rev Dr Kim Sunghae and many others for giving me assurance and confident in declaring what our Lord has done for me. She said “The Wisdom that God gave her, make her a Professional Shopper. Power of Wisdom from Holy Spirit gives you Vision and Dream.”
I am just a G.C.E. O Level, Never attend any Bible School, nor any Literature class, hardly read any books, never attend any computer programming language.
20 years back, I was only able to interpret Biblical symbols and wrote some poems. Today, I am able to write parables, create web site, breaking and tweaking php codes, know how to run the web hosting business and receive Vision and write more articles. (Including this web site that I had done personally and sponsor it.) All this, I owe it our Holy Spirit, (MY BEST PARTNER FOREVER) who brought in these spiritual gifts from Kingdom of Heaven. Praise the God, Our Lord Jesus. I sincerely hope that individual Christian who read this message can recognize their spiritual gifts in them and for Non-believer, with this true Story, you’ll know that God is real and very much alive. It is not about religion but connecting back to God. Only way, RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR LIVE FOR ETERNAL SALVATION. Hellelujah! Amen
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Man Seeking Wisdom

Catch the wind
Picture from http://www.photosight.ru/photos/3242709/

Man Seeking Wisdom

God created earth and Wind,
The wind blows from North to South.
East to West as it pleases.
Man knows nothing about how the wind moves.
It comes and goes as it pleases.
Sometimes it cools the heated mother earth.
Sometimes it fans the wild raging forest fire.
Making the fire grow wilder, destroying homes and
lives in its path of wrath.
For mankind is powerless against it.
He can’t contain it nor chase after it.
Trying to find out where and when the wind blow,
Is like seeking wisdom from God.
Silly man will try to chase after the wind.
He would said “Here comes the wind!”
He said “I want to catch it by chasing”
North, he goes chasing after the wind.
South, he goes chasing after the wind.
East, he goes chasing after the wind.
West, he goes chasing after the wind.
But he becomes a broken down man all too soon!
Because he catches Nothing!
Wisdom from God is not for man to seek.
It is for man to ask from God in prayer and it will be given as gift.
Would you waste your time waiting for maple leaves to drop from the Tree?
Or would you collect maple leaves with proper planning?
For God had created the Seasons and time for everything.
Wiseman who had gotten wisdom from God will gathers maple leaves
during the correct season, the falls; abundantly!”

Added notes 1/4/2009 While our hearts go out and cry for the victims of Australia worst fire on 9th Feb 2009, there was nothing much that can be done against this natural disasters. No one knows why. But who can fight against the Wind that fan the fire? News BBC NEWS

How to ask for Wisdom? Read and understand:-
Mattew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
Was Uriah Heep song depicting a man’s acknowledgement of the only way, the only way to real wisdom is through Lord Jesus but as the song depicted people chosen the easy way in the end… very sad.
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[wp_ad_camp_2] I sat before the wise man In the autumn of my youth
And I told him all The things I had to know
He said you have the future If you need to find the truth
And in his eyes I saw that it was so
So I came right out And asked him The meaning of life
And has he smiled I saw a twinkle in his eyes
He said with all his years There’s still so much He has to learn
And I saw that it was so
Keep on living, loving Waiting your turn
It’s the only way to Ease your concern
If you want to find Your dream, be sure You don’t wake up too soon
Or you’ll find it easier Shooting for the moon
Wise man, wise man
Which way shall I run There’s so many roads
So many ways to turn
I am like a blind man Lost in the sun
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
But I’m looking for An easy way to learn
Wise man, wise man
Which way shall I run
There’s so many roads So many ways to turn
I am like a blind man Lost in the sun
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
But I’m looking for An easy way to learn
Oh, wise man Oh wise man
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
Wise man, wise man too
Which way shall I run
There’s so many roads So many ways to turn
I am like a blind man Lost in the sun
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
But I’m looking for An easy way to learn
Oh, wise man Oh wise man I wanna be like you
And be a wise man too I wanna be like you
And be a wise man too
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
Which way shall I run
There’s so many roads So many ways to turn
I am like a blind man Lost in the sun
I wanna be like you And be a wise man too
But I’m looking for An easy way to learn