It’s Time To Leave Your Shadow Behind

If I were to tell you that Jesus had been verbally bullied and labelled by people who knew Him, would you believe me? Mark 6:2-3 records for us that Jesus was called names and scoffed at – “He’s just a carpenter, where did He get all this wisdom and power to perform such miracles?”, “Isn’t this Mary’s boy?”, “We knew His brothers and sisters, and saw all of them grow up, how can He suddenly become better than us?”

Jesus was rejected in His hometown, Nazareth, and amongst His own people. Their unbelief in Him was so severe that it was recorded that “He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” (Mark 6:5) Since that time, we’ve no record of Jesus ever returning to Nazareth again and Capernaum was chosen instead as his ministry base while in the province of Galilee. Here’s the poignant lesson – if you don’t grow your faith in God, He cannot build His base on you. Don’t we all want to be God’s channel of power and blessings?

Having had the privilege of writing the final Pastor’s Blog for 2018, I believe the Lord wants to take you into 2019 with a renewed hope in Him and bring healing to your spirit, soul and body. You’ve a Saviour Who not only understands what you’re going through, He’s also Lord of every situation you’re in. And He blesses the one “who puts his trust in Him, whose hope is the Lord.” (Jer 17:7)

There are two groups of people in the story we read earlier in Mark 6:1-6. The first group is those who are still living in the shadow of their past. They’re still affected by the stigma of their bad experiences and have somewhat lost confidence in themselves along the way. Unkind words have been said to them and it rings in their ears every now and then.

The second group is those who will ‘use your past to define your future’. In their minds, they can only recognise the image and impression of you from years ago. They’ll scoff at you whenever you attempt something different from what you used to be. They can be your spiritual mentors whom you’ve surpassed (Mark 6:3), or your church friends who grew up together with you (Mark 6:3), or your contemporaries or peers in the ministry (Mark 6:2), or even your spouse who’s trying to change for the better. All of them have one thing in common – they were offended (Mark 6:3).

At a wedding recently, I remarked that there was an anointing when one of the brothers prayed for the couple and his friend replied, “Oh, that’s how he has always prayed.” The startling truth is that these people have not moved on with God after all these years.

When Jesus was on Earth, the very people who knew most about Him, grew up with Him or ‘studied’ Him, couldn’t recognise or acknowledge Him as the Messiah, despite all the amazing teachings and supernatural demonstrations of God’s power. Ironically, it was the demons who recognised and acknowledged Him! They rejected His Deity because they only recognised His humanity.

Similarly, there are people who may reject the ‘anointing’ in you because they’re stumbled by or jealous of what God’s doing in your life and they’re not doing anything about theirs. If the Holy Spirit has convicted you about this, please repent and get right with God. You may not have said it out loud, but maybe in times past, you’ve said this in your heart towards someone. The Lord knows your thoughts.

How can a person shrug off his own shadow? It’s not possible! Your shadow is something that’s stuck to you, follows you and clings on to you wherever you go.

When they tried to conform Jesus into who they thought He was or should be (Mark 6:2-3), He could’ve agreed with them and said, “Yes, you’re right! I’m just a carpenter, one of Mary’s sons. Besides, what good can come out of Nazareth?” But He didn’t. And Jesus didn’t wallow in self-pity either. Instead He went out into other different villages and taught the people (Mark 6:6), and continued to stay on course to His heavenly assignment.

It’s time to come out of the ‘shadow’, of how people think or have spoken negatively of you, and walk in the truth of how God thinks of you. One way to get rid of the ‘shadow’ is to surround yourself with His light. Shadows are formed when light is blocked. 1 John 1:5-7 (NKJV) tells us that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all… if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Fellowship with God is maintained when we continue to walk in the light He reveals to us. This also involves being honest in acknowledging any darkness the Lord might reveal in us, and the Blood of Jesus will cleanse us by the confession of our sins. When you’re in His light, your identity becomes clear! Jesus knew His calling and was secure in His relationship with the Father.

Don’t let your past define your future. Purpose in your heart to see everyone in God’s light and recognise what God is doing in them and through them. It’s time to leave your shadow behind, for 2019 awaits!


Pastor Kevin Koh

Crossing Over

Excitement is high as we approach Christmas and the New Year. ‘A new beginning or a new season’ – this is a statement often heard at the crossing over into a new year. I’m thoroughly convinced that we’re not only crossing over into a new season, but we’re moving into the fullness of it. We’re not just waiting and praying for a prophecy, but entering into the fulfilment of God’s promises. 
 
Much has been said lately about the church moving into a new season. ‘Crossing over’ is a phrase often used to describe this change. In one of Chuck Pierce’s teachings, he mentioned that a crossing over time has three phases linked with transition: Death, Confusion, and New.  

There’s a word in the Old Covenant that embodies this concept. Gen 14:13 uses the phrase, ‘Abram, the Hebrew.’ The word for ‘Hebrew’ originated from the word ‘Abar’, meaning ‘to cross over’ or ‘pass over’. read more…

Friendships

If there was a lesson I had to learn this year, it’s that life is about relationships. If we fail in our relationships, then, in essence, we fail in life. Relating to others is one of the most important things to learn and it’s a key to success in life.
 
If you think about it, the Bible is basically a record of men and women who walked with God and one another. The Garden of Eden was created as a meeting place between God and the man He had made in His own image. The Lord God would come in the cool of the evening to commune with Adam and there was unbroken fellowship and uninterrupted communion between them.

It was for this purpose that man was created. But when sin inhabited the human race, the first read more…

‘Tis the Reason for the Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, to bring gifts and be merry! It looks like the world is celebrating and rejoicing with you over the birth of Jesus. Secularised in every way, commercialised to make a profit and I can just hear the ‘ka-ching’ of whirring cash registers.

With each passing year, this sacred holiday has become more and more secularised, with even the infamous Christmas Disney-themed light-up along Singapore’s shopping belt. What have Mickey Mouse and Cinderella to do with Christmas?

Luke 2:10-12 says, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the read more…

What Is A Breakthrough?

A breakthrough is something we’ve all heard about very often. It’s something we pray for and perhaps something we pray over others. Personally, I’ve often wondered what a breakthrough really is. Is it a situation in our lives that stands like an immovable mountain that’s suddenly removed? Is it a sense of barrenness in our lives that’s broken? I suppose, those are all pictures of breakthrough.
 
In the realm of the secular, a breakthrough is often much more easily defined. A medical breakthrough represents a new discovery that enables us to combat a sickness or disease we were previously powerless against. An innovation breakthrough probably comes in the form of a new technology for us to do things we previously couldn’t.
 
For the longest time, men were confined to the realms of earth and read more…

When the Obscure becomes the Obvious

“Have you seen a key as big as the door?”, a rhetorical question the Holy Spirit asked me, which later led me to journal a series of personal devotions about finding keys to unlock the hidden truths in the Bible.

Doors are generally used to ‘keep good things in and bad things out’. Doors keep you safe by shutting out external harm. But doors can also prevent you from seizing the opportunities that await you at the other end; your dreams, your breakthroughs and even your freedom. There are primarily two ways to go through a door – you can either break it down, or simply use a key.

Keys give us access to what’s protected behind the door which is not privileged to unauthorised people. Hence, keys are often symbolic of authority over what we own or where we read more…

It’s Harvest Time!

Missions have always been at the heart of Cornerstone. In the months of November and December alone, we’ll be sending 21 Courier teams to 10 different nations. Just this week, some of our pastors, together with 50 volunteers from Cornerstone were in Mauritius for our KI ‘Bless Mauritius’ outreach. The teams participated in street evangelism, leadership training, meetings for the women and youth, including a national gathering for the churches in Mauritius.

1. Leap for Joy
As teams return from their trips, we often look forward to hearing their good reports and testimonies of salvation, healings and breakthroughs. It’s like Jesus when He sent out the 70 in Luke 10 and they returned with joy. “At that very hour, Jesus rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit.” Luke 10:21

The word ‘rejoiced’ in Greek is ‘agalliao’. The literal definition of the read more…

A Night To Honour Israel

The 7th of November 2018 will go down in Cornerstone’s history as one of our most significant days ever. Almost 900 people gathered at the Marina Bay Sands to witness, celebrate and support the honouring of the Jewish community in Singapore and to celebrate 70 years of Israel’s Independence.

The occasion was graced by Her Excellency, Ambassador Simona Halperin, Chief Rabbi Mordechai Abergel, Lt. General (Retired) Winston Choo, Singapore’s Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Victor Sassoon, President of the Jewish Welfare Board and many other dignitaries. What an evening it was! The atmosphere was pregnant with joy and friendship and if I could sum up the whole evening, it was a God-moment that released grace from on high.



Many members of the Jewish community came up to me at the dinner to express their gratitude and the common read more…

You Can Make A Difference!

This has been an amazing week and time of journeying in prayer as a church, praying with a single purpose for God’s divine plan and doing it with one mind. The power of our prayers is only as strong as the agreement behind them, both with one another and with heaven. I believe the Lord is urging us to participate with His Spirit in a bond of fellowship that’s so deep until we think like one person, and on the same things!

The Apostle Paul exhorts us to be of one mind, that we be like-minded. In Phil 2:1-2, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” read more…

The Slingshot, Sword and Sceptre

David was anointed on three different occasions. 
He was first called and anointed at Bethel (1 Sam 16:13), then chosen and anointed at Hebron (2 Sam 2:4), and finally as he remained faithful with what he had been given, he received his final anointing at Zion (2 Sam 5:3), which established his rule over Israel for 33 years. In Hebron, David reigned over Judah for a period of seven years and six months. He was then 30 years of age when he became king and he reigned for a total of 40 years. Pastor Yang often quotes the following statement, “David’s life could actually be defined by the battles he fought.”

It’s interesting to study the various weapons of warfare David used for each battle. I believe God makes available an appropriate weapon accompanied by a fresh anointing for each season and battle we read more…

Time to Tell A Story

“Facts tell, stories sell.” This is the mantra of advertising. It holds true because we all remember a good story, but facts are quite easily forgotten.
 
Is it any wonder that much of our Scriptures are brought across to us as a testimony of lives and events? Amazing that our God would weave truths and principles within the fabric of human stories that can be far more easily remembered and retained in our memories. Jesus, did likewise, by the parables that He told us.
 
I once heard this, that a vital difference between the United Kingdom and America can be seen in the monuments that they’ve built. Consider the British wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Perhaps the most important British Prime Minister in the 20th Century.

He had a statue built to his read more…

Why Jesus Wept

John 11:35 is one of my favourite memory verses which happens to be the shortest verse in the Bible. Just two words, “Jesus wept”. So simple, yet so profound. Contained within these two words is the full expression of the humanity and deity of Jesus; fully God yet fully man.

Most commentaries explain this verse as Jesus identifying with the pain and loss of a loved one. Yet there’s this “holy dis-satisfaction” in me that says there’s something more which God wants to show us, perhaps an invitation to enter into something deeper than those who viewed things superficially (v 36) and those who doubted Jesus (v 37) would never enter in nor understand.

This chapter was punctuated twice (John 11:33, 38) with the phrase that Jesus “groaned in the spirit and was troubled”; in between the “Jesus wept” verse. read more…

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