Friday, June 30, 2017

Quotations from the book 'God's Favourite House' by Tommy Tenney. 摘引自湯米·坦尼(Tommy Tenney)的书"神最喜歡的房子"(God's Favorite House)

I learn that Oriental people have an ability to give honor that surpasses anything I have ever witnessed anywhere else. We practice hospitality in the West, but we are kind of casual about it: "Oh, hi. Come in. Sit down if you want to." 
It is not the way with the Chinese. They are very careful to focus all their attention and energies on their guests. They put their guests' well-being first, and they work tirelessly to put their guests' comfort, peace, and happiness above their own. The way the Chinese carefully prepare in advance for their guests' arrival is an open statement declaring that those guests are highly valued and respected. They even carefully reserve the traditional seat of honor ... the chair furthest from and facing the door.

My Bible says that Jesus wept over Jerusalem and her people when they missed their hour of visitation. I wonder if God weeps over us when we grieve His Spirit by clinging on to our agendas, schedules, and dinner forks instead of lingering, pursuing, and wooing Him with our worship and adoration? (Who will be held responsible for causing our cities to miss their visitation too?).

This sad scenario goes on service after service. We go through the motion of religious duty week after week and year after year thinking we have 'arrived.'

When will the Church realize that God isn't looking for the list ark; He knows where that is. He is looking for 'the lost worshippers' so that He can replace the list glory in the earth.

The first time Jesus came, He carried His glory lightly because He walked in humility. He tiptoed through our world so He would not disturb His creation, much as an adult tiptoes through a child's playroom to avoid breaking the toys. The next time Jesus appears, He will be astride a horse and will come in unrestrained power and authority to repossess the entire house. When His feet touch the top of the Mount of Olives, His kabod, His weighty glory, will be so great that the Mount of Olives will literally split in two. The eastern gate will suddenly open to allow His 'real' triumphant entry. The first was just the rehearsal. Next time He will be in costume! And every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

There is too much of man in the Church, and too little of God. Facing man can only cause us to respond to man's approval. Seek the face of God. Lose the fear of man --- and gain the fear of God.

If you really want an outbreak of the glory of God in your Church and city, you will have to forget about what anybody else except God thinks. Real revival happens only when true worshippers forget about man and turn their full attention and adoration toward God. We must forget about the opinions and approval or disapproval of people. We need to forget what they are saying, and forget what they are thinking. Only One opinion matters.

The reason that the world doesn't really fear God is because most of us in the Church don't really fear Him either. For many years, Christianity, for the most part, has been absent of a visitation of the fear of the Lord. How could they fear Him whose power they have never experienced? We like to talk about it while never really understanding it! But if you ever experience it, you will understand. Just as an encounter with electricity leaves you with a permanently endowed memory, so does a legitimate encounter with the manifest presence of God.

The reason you should desire an open heaven in your Church and city is because the demonic forces whom we battle lose their authority in the manifest presence of God (Mark 5:2-6). When God comes to the scene, there simply isn't a battle! There is no one left standing to even think about challenging Him. Even the demons are too busy running away or bowing their knees to the Almighty One. 

The most alarming time is not when God comes to knock at our door. It is when the knocking stops 

I want to see Jesus in all His power, vitality, beauty and glory. Show me Your face 

I think too many of us are just too concerned about the approval of men to pursue the presence of God. We need to become like starving little children crying for help 

Perhaps the greatest problem in the Church preventing the opening of the heavens today is the fear of man. Some leaders admit that the fear of man drives 90% of their decisions. Man-oriented and man-pleasing decisions are driving the Church toward spiritual bankruptcy and are closing the windows of Heaven.

Too many people would squander the anointing on unsanctified, unrepentant flesh to win man's approval. The anointing can only make purified flesh smell better temporarily if the root is a rotten and unrepentant, proud heart. Don't waste God's precious anointing by running after man's approval. Use it to prepare the Bride for the King.

Moses knew the difference between the anointing and the glory. He had the anointing of God. He knew the thrill of working miracles and signs and wonders through the anointing. Moses had a good thing, but he asked God for the best thing. He said, "Please show me Your glory."

The evidence of God's power in the anointing isn't enough anymore. The gifts, blessings, and provisions of His hands are appreciated, but I want more. I want Him. I long to see His glory and dwell in His manifest presence more than I long for the blessings of His hands.

Repentance is an on-going, daily requirements in the life of every disciple of Christ. That is why Jesus said, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily (let him die to self through daily repentance), and follow Me.

God uses His anointing to train us, cleanse us, heal us, and prepare us for His manifest presence in ways reminiscent of the way the King's chamberlain prepared Esther for the king of Persia. In the end, the anointing takes us back to the altar of God, and the place of repentance. Repentance, in turn, can usher in the very glory of God.

The difference between the anointing of God and the glory of God is like the difference between the tiny blue spark of static electricity and the raw power of a 440-volt power line overhead or a lightning strike on your head. 

We must have the manifest presence of God Himself on display for the world.

It is not the melodious quality voice that makes a difference; it is the melody pouring out from our heart that will make the difference and usher in the presence of God.

What is the priority of heaven? To talk to Him or talk about Him.

We need to stick with the one arena in which no one can compete with us - the art and ability to pull down the manifest presence of God. Technical perfection may win the praise of men, but only the anointing and glory of God can melt their hardened hearts.

At some point we have got to turn man's volume down and turn God's volume up. A Damascus Road encounter will turn a murderer like Saul into a martyr named Paul in less than 30 seconds. Perfected music won't do that, but perfect praise might attract Him, and His presence will!

The coming revival is not about sermons and information; it is going to be about worship and impartation.

Even our best "spiritual warfare" and our loudest screams against demonic forces can't compare with the power released when God turns on the light of His glory.

His manifest presence is going to be supreme. That means it won't really matter who speaks, who sings, who prays, or who does anything in those services - as long as He is there.

When we take on the responsibility of attracting people to the Church through 'program evangelism,' all we get is a crowd. The main purpose of the Church is to attract Him.

When people asked John Wesley how he drew many large crowds and led so many people to Christ, he told them, "I just set myself on fire for God and people come to see me burn. Just remember that you have no right to pray for the fire of God unless you are willing to be the fuel of God.

We busy ourselves teaching people how to be satisfied with somebody's laying hands on them, and we never told them that God's anointing on flesh is at best a cheap substitute for the manifest presence of God Himself coming down among them. Listen, if God shows up, you won't need me or anyone else to lay hands on you, I promise you. Seek the Anointer, not the anointed or even the anointing. There is a vast difference between my hands on your head and His finger writing on the fleshy wills of your heart.

Ps Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Ministries,

California, USA


中国人并不是这样。他们会很小心把所有注意力和精神集中在他们客人身上。他们把客人的福祉放在首位,努力不倦地看重客人的安舒、平静和快乐高过自己的。中国人为客人的到来预先细心准备的方式,正是宣告客人得到高度重视和尊重的公开声明。他们甚至认真地预留传统的荣誉座位 - 就是离门口最远面对着门口的椅子。





教会里有太多人意和太少神。看着人面只会使我们为了人的称许来反应。寻求神的面。除去对人的恐惧 --- 和增加对神的敬畏。

如果你真想神的荣耀在你的教会和城市里大大彰显的话,你就必须忘记除了神以外任何人的想法。真正的复兴只会在真正的崇拜者忘记人并把全部注意力和敬仰放在神身上时才会发生。我们必须忘记人的意见和人的称许或不赞同。我们要忘记他们在说什么、想什么。只有一个意见 - 神的意见是至关重要。
















我们要驻守着那没人能与我们竞争的场地 - 把神同在彰显带下来的艺术和能力。技术上的完美可能会赢取人的称赞,但只有神的恩膏和荣耀能融化他们刚硬了的心。




祂同在的彰显将是至高无上的。这意味着无论是谁讲话、谁唱歌、谁祷告或谁做什么事奉都没有所谓 - 只要祂同在。





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thorn in the Flesh | 肉体上的刺

In 1Timothy 1:15, Apostle Paul confessed: "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst."
He was the murderer of Christians until the light of God flashed upon him on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:3) transforming him from a radical persecutor of the gospel to a radical, fearless and fiery preacher of the gospel.

However, Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:7, "To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me."
What was Paul's thorn in his flesh? Was it the severe persecution of His past that the devil kept reminding the people about, or was it something else? But God's grace was sufficient for him as the Lord told him that His power was made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

He said in 2 Corinthians 12:10:
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

The power and the manifest presence of His glory resting upon Paul was so evident that even a slave girl who possessed a spirit by which she predicted the future through fortune-telling, followed after Paul, shouting "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved" (Acts 16:16-17). Great power demonstrated in 'signs & wonders' to heal the sick and cast out demons, thereafter abided in him that even his handkerchief could cast out demons and heal the sick (Acts 19:11-12).

This was to be our 'Thorn in our Flesh' when the Lord paired up Ps Esther Yap and me for our unique ‘Lion and the Lamb Ministries’. The Lord used this odd pairing to offend the wisdom of the wise and the self-righteous in order to reveal their hearts (as His thoughts and ways, incomprehensible to men are always higher-Isaiah 55:8) He has rested the manifest presence of His glory so awesomely upon both of us that many ministers of God who had witnessed it could now acknowledge it. These are some of our recent ministries where God manifested His mighty presence:

1.    In 2014, we were invited to speak in a Church in Irvin, California. When we stood at the pulpit and began to speak, a lady who fell to the floor under the power of God kept on saying, "They are servants of the Most High God" throughout the whole duration of the Sunday service.

2.    In 2016, we were invited by the lead pastor of 40 Churches to speak in Taiwan. On the last day of the meeting, the lead pastor wanted to give us a love offering. I told him, in the presence of the congregants that if he could reach me, I would accept the offering. He confessed that he could not touch me because the manifest presence of His glory resting upon me would surge through him and he would fall to the floor. Then, he handed the 'offering' packet to an American pastor. She came to me in great trembling, under the power of God (Acts 7:32).

3.    We were invited by Malaysia's biggest Church to speak to their members. The Church is the forerunner in the Charismatic Movement in Malaysia. The auditorium was packed with more than 1100 members attending the meeting. The manifest presence of His glory was all over me. I then spoke that if the lead elder of the Church was to touch just my clothing, he would fall under the power of God. He came and the Lord confirmed His word with His power surging through the lead church Elder and he fell to the floor under His power.

These are just a few testimonies which I share to show that despite the 'Thorn in my flesh', God demonstrated that the manifest presence of His glory resting upon me, is clear evidence without dispute, of how He could cleanse and purify any vessel before He would rest the manifest presence of His glory upon a fully surrendered vessel for His use.

The most precious treasure is not being in the presence of God, or being filled by the presence of God but CARRYING the manifest presence of His glory that His light will continually radiate from us, making us each a vessel of honour (Joshua 3:7). That makes all the difference!

How many of you look at the mirror daily to check whether your face shines like the stars with the radiance of God like the face of Moses when he came down from the mountain (Exodus 34:29)?

Moses was a very clever man. He asked God for two things: (1) to teach him His ways so that he could continue to find favour with Him (Isaiah 55:8) and (2) he told the Lord, "Show me your glory" (Exodus 33:18).

In Exodus 33:14, The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” So God rested His glory upon Moses. 

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

If you find yourself being weary and burdened by your ministry, be like Moses and just ask the Lord for those two things. Then you will have an awesome ministry to bring about a swift transformation of lives with the manifest presence of His glory.

Ps Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Ministries,
California, USA









1. 在2014年,我们被邀请到一间在Irvine, California的教会证道。我们站在讲台要开始传讲时,一位女士在神的能力下倒在地上,在整个教会主日聚会期间,不断地说:“他们是至高神的仆人”。

2. 在2016年,我们被一位领导40间教会的主任牧师邀请到台湾证道。在聚会的最后一天,那位主任牧师想给我们一次爱心奉献。在会众面前,我对他说如果他能触摸到我的话,我就接纳那奉献。他承认他触摸不到我,因为那停驻在我身上主荣耀同在的彰显会奔涌到他身体使他倒在地上。接着,他把那袋奉献交给一位来自美国的女牧师;她在神的能力下大大颤抖着来到我面前(使徒行传732)。

3.  我们被马来西亚最大的教会邀请为他们的会友证道。这教会是马来西亚灵恩运动的先驱。聚会的礼堂里坐满了超过一千一百位会友。我身上充满了主荣耀同在的彰显;在圣灵的敦促下,我说如果教会最大的长老前来触摸我的衣服,他会在神的能力下倒下。教会最大的长老进前来,神证实祂的话,神的能力奔涌到他身上,使他在神的能力下倒在地上。






在马太福音1128 耶稣说:"凡劳苦担重担的人,可以到我这里来,我就使你们得安息。"