THE ANTECEDENTS OF TRUE REVIVAL (Part 1)

THE ANTECEDENTS OF TRUE REVIVAL (Part 1)

We certainly need true revival and we need it fast. However, revival does not just happen. The history has proved this to be true. Both in the Bible and in our contemporary days, there are some occurrences, events, circumstances, situations or realizations that always precede true and lasting revivals. These are called “the antecedents of revival.”

It is a sheer delusion to expect revival without any antecedents. There are things that must happen, preparations that we must make, or things that we must know and do before revival can break forth in our lives, churches, streets, schools, communities and nations…

BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN THE SPIRIT

BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN THE SPIRIT

The Lord Jesus spent a quality time with His first set of disciples to teach and explain, to express and demonstrate, and to infuse and inculcate in them the peculiar values, principles and standards of His kingdom that must rule and direct, and also guide and govern their thoughts, words, emotions, conducts, actions or lifestyle.

A summary of the peculiar values, attitudes, standards, mindsets, precepts and principles of God’s kingdom was perfectly spelt out, explained and taught by the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples as the Discourse, the Beatitudes or Sermon on the Mount…

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS (Part 2)

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS (Part 2)

You are mostly troubled, offended and provoked by tribulation or persecution for Christ’s sake because you have not unreservedly surrendered and submitted yourself to Christ and His will. Until you truly die to yourself, you cannot embrace or endure insult, ridicule, injustice, deprivation, or persecution for Christ’s sake with joy and calmness.

Self will always seek to defend, complain, protest, and even retaliate or fight back when hated, hurt, punished or persecuted for the sake of Christ. Therefore, you cannot accept, embrace or endure persecution with joy and calmness if you are not dead to self or learn to deny self…

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS (Part 1)

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS (Part 1)

As a Christian, you are expected to rejoice at all times and in all situations. You are supposed to remain calm and cheerful regardless of what befalls you or what anybody says or does to you. When things didn’t turn out the ways you have expected, God expects you to still rejoice.

When you are hurt, betrayed, jilted, or disappointed by family and friends, God does not want you to be sorrowful, but to be cheerful. When you suddenly lose a loved one, God still wants you to rejoice. When you are reviled, reproached or persecuted for Christ’s sake, God does not want you to be bitter or sorrowful, but to be calmed, cheerful or joyous…

DIVINE ANTIDOTE FOR DESPAIR

DIVINE ANTIDOTE FOR DESPAIR

The depths of despair is the most dangerous place to be in this life. No one commits suicide until he or she has been driven into the depths of despair or hopelessness. The devil always seeks to employ and exploit every tragedy, tribulation, persecution, or adversity you may experience in life to drive you into the depths of hopelessness where you can easily detest life and give up on God.

When Prophet Elijah was driven by Jezebel into the depths of despair, he abhorred life and “prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (1 Kings 19:4 NKJV)…

THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF PRAYER

THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF PRAYER

Understanding the purpose of a thing is the only antidote against its abuse or misuse. Prayer is undoubtedly a great privilege bestowed upon mortal men, especially the New Testament believers.

We now have “boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.” (Heb. 10:19-20 NKJV). A good understanding of God-ordained primary or ultimate purpose of prayer will certainly revolutionize your prayer life…

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