The Secret of Staying Youthful

Ephesians 5:27 is undoubtedly one of the greatest Scriptures, because here we’re told what kind of people the Lord is returning for. The apostle Paul makes it very clear: He’s coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle. The reference “without spot or wrinkle” refers to her garments. 

There’s not a single spot or wrinkle on her garment, something which the Lord had given to her. It’s the ability of the Bride to maintain purity and righteousness. But I also want to suggest to you “without wrinkle” speaks of the Bride’s ability to stay youthful. Jesus is not coming back for an old hag, but for a beautiful, drop dead gorgeous, youthful-looking virgin.

Looking youthful is a billion-dollar industry today. People will pay huge amounts of money to look young again. They go for plastic surgery, Botox, cosmetic or aesthetic surgery simply because they want to look younger or because they’re not happy with the way they look. Plastic surgery is basically the correction or restoration of form and function.

Just take a look at the ads on TV and in the newspapers. They scream to you to try the latest thing just so that you can look young again. But I’m sorry my friend – the truth is – we’re all dying a little, one day at a time; and whilst we cannot reverse the process of aging, which is a direct result of the Tree of Knowledge, we can certainly slow it down.

I’ll always remember a classic sermon by Derek Prince when he spoke on “The Four Prides” – The Pride of Race, the Pride of Place, the Pride of Grace, and the Pride of Face. And when speaking of the Pride of Face, he said some people are very proud that they’ve beautiful features, but give them 30 years, and the inevitable will happen. Aging will take a toll on everyone of us.

Since the earliest of times, and through the ages, people from every generation have all been looking for that elixir of youth. It’s been the quest of every great conqueror and despot. Hollywood of course has glamorized this in the movies they make. From Indiana Jones to the Pirates of the Caribbean, the quest of heroes is to find the fountain of everlasting youth. But is there a fountain of life? If yes, then how do I find it? How do I maintain my youthfulness? How do we stay youthful and wrinkle-free?

Amazingly, the Word of God gives us the answer. If you look into the Scriptures, there’s a secret to looking spiritually youthful all the days of our lives and staying fresh in God. And I believe the answer to that is rediscovering the power of the Tree of Life.

This week, we continue on our series, “The Two Trees in the Garden” and we’ll be focusing our attention on the Tree of Life. We’ll look into how we can once again tap into this marvelous tree and partake of its amazing fruit.

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong

There Were Two Trees

In Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17, we read these interesting words, “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” 

Then in verse 15-17, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall read more…

The Art of Being Quiet

We’re living in a generation of stress, and it’s not only in the world; it’s also in the Church. There’s a tremendous pressure that’s coming down upon every person and no one is exempted from it. Unfortunately, Christians are some of the most worn-out people on the planet and that’s a shame especially when we’ve been offered supernatural rest. There’s a huge crisis coming that’s going to purge the system and we as leaders need to recognise and address this because He’s promising to visit His Church in a way we’ve never seen before.

One of the things that’s happening in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of cutting-edge technology, and where all the major trends evolve, is that they’re beginning to discover the power of what they call a “Secular Sabbath”. The principle and wisdom of that is of course taken from read more…

The Perils of Overcrowding

Over the past few months, we’ve been having a recurrent problem. Whenever the services end a few minutes late, the queues will snake from the entrance of our church all the way down to the ground floor and go right out of the building, sometimes reaching even Katong Shopping Centre. Whilst this might seem a good problem to have, believe me, in the long run, it’ll begin to wear on the people in the queue.

Apart from this, we’ve been having issues stemming from this overcrowding. It takes a much longer time to get out of the carpark. You’ve to queue up for the toilets, especially the ladies. People have walked away when they saw these long queues and sometimes, they get impatient and lose their sanctification, and this has happened more than once. We’ve a great ushering team and they read more…

The Afterglow of the Spirit

What an amazing week we had during Kingdom Invasion 2016. I’m certain most of us are still in the afterglow of the Spirit; I am for sure! This is our fourth Kingdom Invasion Conference and after the last conference in 2014, I was almost certain we reached a high water mark. But KI2016 surpassed everything we accomplished in all our previous conferences. We’re building one level of glory on another.

I was extremely blessed by all the speakers. They were certainly handpicked by the Lord. The Word was rich, revelation was strong and fresh, we saw hundreds of healings take place, demons were being cast out in Jesus’ name, significant kingdom connections were being made, but most of all, that glorious Presence invaded us. Who could’ve forgotten that moment on the final night when Heidi spoke, all heaven broke loose and read more…

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