Be Like The Wind

Once during my devotion time, I asked God an audacious question, “How do I defeat the evil one?” Now, I know that Jesus has won the victory for us on the Cross and furthermore, Rev 12:11 exhorts us that we’ve defeated the “accuser of the brethren” by the Blood of the Lamb and by our testimony, not loving our lives nor renouncing our faith even when faced with death.
‬ But I was looking more for some practical steps to apply in my life. I was led to John 3:8 which I’ve come across before and it’s one of those verses which baffles me. It says, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Yup, I know what you’re thinking after reading this verse. I felt the same too. How does this verse answer my earlier question? What has wind got to do with defeating the enemy? I felt the Holy Spirit said, “Read again.” I read it a few more times and suddenly, it hit me! I got it! I felt the Lord was showing me that the key to defeating the enemy was to be as “unpredictable” as the wind. Along with this revelation came story after story from the Bible that are examples of this so-called “unpredictability like the wind”.

I’m sure you’ve come across those stories in the Bible that seem like a paradox, that sometimes God’s plans and strategies may not make sense or seemed to be counter-intuitive. For example, in the story of David and Goliath (1 Sam 17), the odds were against David, but he overcame that by being unpredictable.

Goliath expected David to fight him up close face-to-face, but David fired off from his slingshot while running towards Goliath and eventually killed him. When David was king, he often sought the Lord’s counsel and direction, especially when facing his enemies. Each time, he’d ask two questions: (1) Shall I go up against the enemy? and (2) Will I succeed? 

David understood that God had a different strategy for every battle, even though the context might be similar (1 Sam 23, 30; 2 Sam 2, 5 & 21). Likewise, our dependence must be in the Lord. And what about King Jehoshaphat when he sent the choir and musicians to the front of the battle line? In all of military history, this must be one of the most unconventional ways to try to defend a country under siege. But sing and play they did, and won the battle, because God fought on their behalf as they followed (obeyed) God’s strategy!

In the New Testament, you see a similar pattern. For 11 years, Jesus accompanied his parents to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover and then travel back home once it was over, “as was their custom”. But on the 12th year, Jesus did a “U-turn” on his parents and stayed back in Jerusalem to engage the religious teachers (Luke 2). There were three accounts where Jesus healed blind men, but He didn’t heal them using the same method (Mark 8, 10; John 9). When it comes to being the greatest, contrary to what society propagated then and still does today, Jesus taught His disciples that “the greatest one among you will live as one called to serve others without honour.” (Luke 22:26).

To be led by the Holy Spirit means to co-operate with Him, not resist Him. If you’ve taken roller-coaster rides before, you’d know through experience that it’s unwise to be tense and all stiffened up throughout the “bumpy” ride. You need to “go with the flow” as the carriage twists and turns along those winding tracks.

So how can you be “unpredictable” like the wind? When there’s every reason for you to be upset or angry, but you choose patience and love. When you feel you’re too dignified to dance before the Lord, do it anyway! God loves it! When people in your office start quitting because the company isn’t doing well, but you stay on and finish each assignment excellently, because you know when it’s time, the Lord will release you.

When it seems that you’re the “favourite go-to” person for running errands, do it anyway and with joy! Because you know that sometimes the greatest blessings are small packages in disguise. When you feel like walking out of your marriage because it’s becoming unbearable, you choose to stay because God’s as much committed to this marriage as you are. And He’s staying put! When you don’t feel like responding to the altar call because the message was average, respond anyway! Don’t let the enemy steal your breakthrough. When you don’t feel like going to church because you didn’t start your morning right, go anyway! Don’t fall into the enemy’s trap. The answer to your question could be found in that weekend’s service.

Well, you get my point – respond the opposite of what your body is reacting to. There comes a time, when you throw away the oars of “being predictable” and set your sail God-ward. Listen to the wind of the Holy Spirit, flow with and follow His leading. Be unpredictable; be like the wind. For it’s “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” (Zech 4:6)

Pastor Kevin Koh

The Inner Chamber

A 25-hour day? In December of 2016, researchers at Durham University and UK’s Nautical Almanac Office discovered that we could spend an extra hour either in bed or at work. Scientists have claimed that the earth’s days will get an hour LONGER in the future due to the planet’s slowing orbit and clocks will become outdated.

However, earth’s citizens have been advised not to throw out the clock just yet, as the day is lengthening only by two milliseconds every 100 years and getting an extra minute in the day will take 6.7 million years. And the length of the day will not extend to 25 hours for around another 200 million years. 

It’s not uncommon to hear of someone saying, “I’ve so much to do and so little time to complete them and having one more hour in the day read more…

Success or Victory?

One of the key things in life is to distinguish the difference between success and victory. Oftentimes in life, we tend to focus on success rather victory. Success is a term that’s often used commonly in the business world. Victory is a term that’s used for combat. And which is the better picture of a church? A business or an army? Did Paul not exhort us to be good soldiers of Jesus Christ?

Here’s another way of looking at it. When Jesus died on the Cross, did He look like a success? Everyone thought He was a failure. All His disciples forsook Him. As far as they were concerned, Jesus failed. But what happened at the Cross? The victim became the greatest victor! He gained the victory and overcame the power of sin and death. He didn’t look successful, but read more…

Tests of Success

When the LORD your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you… then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Deut 6:10-12

This is a marvellous promise of the blessing of God to the Children of Israel. Now here’s the surprise. Moses reminded the people by stating the following, “When this happens… Be careful that you do not forget the Lord” (6:12). To forget the Lord doesn’t mean to forget that He exists. It simply means that you no longer have Him in mind as in times past.

The message to us is clear. Say for example you’re blessed with a new or upgraded home; does God come to mind? Is the Lord read more…

When Your Work Becomes Worship

I’ve been asked on several occasions this question, “How do you juggle between work and ministry, the secular and spiritual?” Well, I see work as an extension of ministry. They’re not competing for my time, but complementing. The key is that I don’t make a distinction between work and ministry because of the understanding of this one word, “Avodah”.

“Avodah” is a Hebrew word used in the Bible whose root has three distinct yet intertwined meanings – worship, work and service. For example, in Exodus 8:1, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship (avodah) Me’.” In Exodus 34:21, “Six days you shall work (avodah), but on the seventh day you shall rest…” In Joshua 24:15, “But as for me and my household, we will serve (avodah) the Lord.” What Joshua meant was read more…

The Truth About Salt & Light

I believe there are some essential descriptions of Christians given by our Lord Jesus Christ that’s crucial for us in deciphering how we’re to respond in an ever-changing world. I’m certain that the Lord foresaw the days of every generation right up to the days of His Second Coming, and gave us keys to understanding how we’re to thrive in it.

Two of those descriptions given to His followers are that we’re the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt 5). These are two very interesting descriptions, because each functions quite differently. On one hand, salt functions by quiet influence. When added as a seasoning, only a small quantity is required. It buries itself in the dish that it’s being used to season, but its impact on the flavour of the dish is immense.

On the read more…

The Grace of Yielding

Last weekend, we wrapped up an exciting Cell Month campaign for the month of July. Here are some follow-up thoughts in line with the theme of Discipleship, taken from Derek Prince’s book entitled, “The Grace of Yielding.” We’re often taught concerning the price of discipleship; but there’s also grace and reward in responding to God’s call.

1. The Test of Yielding
The more willing we are in yielding our all to the Lord, the easier it becomes for Him to reveal His will and ways. It’s possible to maintain a firm grip on activities or position that results in having a work for God, rather than an all-consuming focus for God Himself. As Corrie Ten Boom puts it, “We must not grasp things too tightly, lest our fingers get hurt when He prises them from us.”

Sacrifice, surrender and read more…

The Gift of Home

This week, we hosted our pastors from 17 nations for the annual Cornerstone Global Network (CGN) Summit. We had fun and wonderful fellowship in the midst of serious Kingdom business. God did an amazing work in all our hearts – vision renewed and sharpened, the hungry were fed, those struggling were strengthened, the weary were refreshed. Such camaraderie was forged over the four days that we were reluctant to say goodbye. There was never a dull moment.

There was a notable shift in this year’s Summit – a greater intensity and resolve to advance the Kingdom of God, and a greater intention to align and extend the work of God in the nations through Cornerstone churches. The Summit’s atmosphere was one of like-mindedness and authenticity. One pastor who had just joined us for the first time said to me, “I read more…

Motion vs Progression

We want to specially welcome the pastors from our Cornerstone Global Network for our weekend services. The Cornerstone Global Network (CGN) family covers 21 nations and every year we’ve our annual CGN Summit. This year, 80 of us will be spending four days together, communing, praying and walking in the revelation of His Word. 

The Summit is a key gathering and has always been a time of re-calibrating, sharpening and envisioning for the global family. It’s important to communicate and translate what the Lord has spoken so we can move with the same purpose and do the work He’s given us to do. We learn to take the lead from the Holy Spirit and to communicate the tribal anointing to the CGN. It’s also very fun-filled with lots of bonding time, and the test of these read more…

The Creation of Boundaries

The Creation account is so full of wisdom and understanding, but so few people pay close attention when reading through it. Our focus is often on the content of what was being created on each day of Creation, and we gloss over the process of creation and pay even lesser attention to what it says about the Creator.

For one thing, Creation is punctuated by a principal word – “order”. God laid out order on a planet that was without form, void and in chaos. At the same time, essential to establishing order on earth is the need to bring about a separation or division. In fact, the very first act of creating light was and an act to bring about a division between light and darkness. The next act of creation was to divide the heavens and the earth. read more…

It’s Better To-gather!

In the month of July, we launch our annual Cell Month campaign. It’s a month of celebrating cell groups and encouraging members to be part of one. Cornerstone is a cell church and one of our core values is that life change happens best in cell communities. At the same time, we inaugurated the 40-Day Solemn Assemblies on July 1, a nationwide campaign to mobilise churches, leaders and believers in our nation to fast and pray.

Cornerstone had the privilege of anchoring the first week of prayer and fasting in the Central Zone. Tremendous momentum has been building up and there’s been much grace for prayer and fasting. 

When we think about prayer, we tend to think of it primarily as a solitary and private activity. Yet, the Bible tells us to pray “at all times” and with “every read more…

I Hear, I Obey

Our modern western culture, which is influenced by Greek philosophy, segregates the words “listen” and “obey” into a mental and a physical activity respectively. First, we hear, then we evaluate to gain understanding and then make a choice based on our evaluation. But in the Hebrew language, there’s no word for “obey”. The Hebrew word for “listen” and “obey” comes from a singular word, “Shema”, which means to hear AND to follow through what you’ve heard with tangible actions and commitment.

Observant Jews will recite Deut 6:4-5 every day, “Hear (Shema), O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” By saying this, a Jew would remind himself of his commitment to love God, to dedicate himself to following God and read more…

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