An Open Door

2019 will be an exceptional year and it’s going to excel against the previous years! Entering a new year can bring with it many new things, it can refresh old things giving them a different perspective. Learning to view a glass as half-full rather than half-empty, re-defining problems as opportunities, and wearing new lenses to view more options as viable might be the new perspective that works this year. Perspective is the way one looks at something, it’s also an art technique that changes the distance or depth of an object on paper.

2018 is past but re-capturing encounters where God apprehended us are so very important. These encounters are keys God has given to unlock doors, doors which were once closed and now opened. I hear the Spirit say, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying.” And in Revelation 3:7-8, Christ tells the angel of the church in Philadelphia, “These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens’… ‘See I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.’”

In our seasons of prayer in 2018, set days and weeks were scheduled to press into the destiny of Singapore for her Antioch call. As Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” And God is restoring everything and restoring time which was lost. God is positioning us for His divine purpose and for the assignment which He longs to accomplish through us. God is going to make whole and restore what was taken. God is going before us to make every crooked way straight, and angels are all around to escort us to the door He has opened.

This is the season of the open door! God is opening doors that were once shut and it’s time to embrace this new season with great anticipation of what’s to come. I’m going to be bold to say that we’ll not have to knock on doors in this season to make things happen nor do it in our strength and power.

This word is precipitated from an encounter I had in March 2018 when I returned to a vision I had about 20 years earlier. I was shown a staircase that led up to an immensely huge open wooden door in Heaven and this open door is now before us – this is the hour. And when the appointed time comes, this is what you’ve been preparing for your whole life. It can’t be forced and what God is about to do will result in the expansion of His Kingdom for His glory and Name’s sake!

I see fresh faith rising and we’re to sow where His presence and power are moving. We’re to sow the miraculous seed to bring forth the miraculous harvest in the presence of His glory. We’re to cultivate what He’s given, sow into the ground of His presence. And where you had invested in others and they didn’t produce the fruit of your labour, God is going to make it good and it’ll be as though they did. God will cause you to prosper in the presence of your enemies and His hand is upon you, for all will see and glorify God.

This open door to the church in Philadelphia is still open for the true Philadelphians, as God specifically says, “I have set before YOU an open door, and NO ONE can shut it.” – this is the ability of the church to preach the gospel in all the world, a witness to all nations before Jesus Christ’s return. The true Philadelphians will be ‘pillars’ in the temple of God and they’ll go out no more. They will go through the open door, Christ, into the temple of God, and to be pillars there.

When Jesus said to Peter, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom…” in Matthew 16:19, did heaven wait on Peter to decide when to use the keys of the Kingdom or were Peter’s decisions following those made in heaven? God has set before us an open door, so don’t go around looking for another door; it’s to step in and walk through the door, to allow God to work through us.

The only thing that will limit the effectiveness of an open door will be our lack of faith, not God’s unwillingness. We can never go through if we’re constantly looking for an exit. Do not live with a victim mentality seeking the closest exit. The Spirit of the Lord is revealing that we’re the closest entrance for the reality of the love of Christ to manifest and He wants to show up through us – right where we are. Before us is an open door, the hour is upon us.

I end with this excerpt from Mr Rees Howells’ diary – “So now we come to these end-time generations and the faith and unity required to bring about My purposes on earth as in Heaven. This is not the time to be thinking about having a good time, but there are good times to be had. This is not the time to be thinking about the cost, but there is a price to be paid, and this is definitely not the time to be self-centred, but centred on My Son. For I am sorely troubled by the fact that many in the Church today, still have little or no understanding of the true nature and purpose of its calling or My purpose for it. My intent is that now, through the Church, My manifold wisdom should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the Heavenly realms, according to My eternal purpose which was accomplished in Christ Jesus (Eph 3:10-11]. Not a legacy of inward fighting and petty squabbles where the uncrucified flesh is more important than the Every Creature Commission.”

Pastor Daphne Yang

Time to Discard

It’s a new year and the most common thing that people do is to make new year resolutions. We may not call it that but we all make decisions that amount to resolutions. Pray more, be more consistent with our quiet time, spend more time with family, exercise more, and the list goes on.
 
The point to consider though, is that it’s a lot easier to eat junk food than to exercise off the extra calories we put on. It’s easier to put something off and delay doing it than to be prompt and decisive. Perhaps it’s also easier for us to decide what we’re NOT going to do this year, instead of adding more to the list of things to do. Perhaps the thing that will really change our lives this year is to decide that read more…

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 read more…

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…

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