It was certainly a covenant sealed with fire when God called me to be set apart for Him. My natural mindset was truly confounded by what I deemed as God’s ‘foolishness’ until I finally realized it meant a new life for me to leave all my earthly treasures and everything behind to work with Him (Matthew 19:29).
Matthew 19:29 (NKJV)
, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 1:25
, "For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength."
Called to be a revivalist, God has used me as His messenger to deliver messages to some of His anointed servants, some of whom are considered highly respected and influential people of God with international standing.
Anything we value above God is considered idolatry (Matthew 22:37, Rev 3:15-16). Abraham placed God above his most beloved only son, Isaac, by obeying God's command to sacrifice him. Abraham obeyed because he feared the Lord and God put him to a test.
, Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
, "So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth."
I am called to preach the last-days message which in itself is offensive to believers, whose hearts are still attached to worldly things. One thing we must realize is that the most effective way of solving this problem of loving the world is not by removing worldly things, but by delivering the heart from the grip of worldly things.
At times, I am surprised that the Lord has called me to preach such strong messages which had offended many believers and even my two mentors. I could not understand why I would have to take on such boldness which could easily jeopardize my relationship with them. However, having personally experienced God’s judgment upon me before, for failing to obey, I had now to obey for fear that the Lord would take drastic steps to remove the stumbling blocks from my life to work with Him.
Gradually, as I grow in Christ, I also increase in wisdom and discernment. I have learned to preach at the spiritual development levels and condition of the Church and congregants.
As I was clearing up my closet, I found a book, “The Human Spirit” written by the late Kenneth Hagin. He was one of the most influential American Pentecostal preachers who was often referred to as 'the Grand Daddy of the Word of Faith Movement.'
Diagnosed with "a deformed heart and an incurable blood disease" from birth, Hagin was partially paralyzed by age 15, confined to bed, and was told he had little time to live.
In April 1933, his heart stopped beating, and his other vital signs failed three times. In each of these instances, Hagin said he felt himself being dragged to hell. In the third instance, he prayed for Christ's help and forgiveness—and came back to life. He died at the age of 86 in 2003.
Kenneth Hagin's Testimony:
Suddenly my heart stopped beating and I fell from my chair to the floor! I became as cold as ice all over my body. I had been dead twice when I suffered with heart trouble at the age of sixteen, so I knew when death came over me this time.
They carried me to the parsonage and summoned my wife from the woman's Sunday school class. As soon as she came into the room she knelt beside my bed and wept, Ï feel this is all my fault.
Then she told me she had been complaining to the Lord about my long absence from home. She never had mentioned a word of it to me. However, she said that one day as she was washing dishes, she had heard a voice saying, Í could take him away where he could never come back. 'She was startled, but dismissed it as her imagination playing tricks on her. Kneeling beside his bed she prayed this prayer of submission: 'Lord, if You will just spare my husband, I don't care how long he is gone or where he goes in Your will. I will not complain about it again.’
Then the Lord showed me where I had missed it too. When we had made a new consecration to the Lord to do His will, whatever it might be, we too can be instantly healed and made completely well.
How did I get into that predicament? Instead of listening to God and putting His Word first, I had sought the advice of various pastors. All they could give me was natural counsel. They had said, 'Your first obligation is to your family. You have small children and you should be home with them. You shouldn't be out in the field.' One preacher after another told me that; so I took their advice. I tried to do what they had suggested: to do what I wanted to do in the natural - and I nearly died.
I finally learned that a man can fulfill his obligations to his family and still obey God."
Ps Paul K P Ang
Arsenal of Fire Ministries,
Nov 1, 2017
甘坚信 “人的灵” 一书中的一个功课
当神叫我为祂分别为圣的时候，这的确是一个被火封印的盟约。我的自然思维方式真的被我以为是神的 “愚拙” 所迷惑，直到我终于发现这代表我的新生命，要放下所有世上的财宝和一切，来与神一同工作（马太福音 19：29）。
任何我们看为比神更重要的东西都是偶像崇拜（马太福音 22：37，启示录 3：15-16）。亚伯拉罕把神放在他最心爱的独生子以撒之上，顺从神的命令把他献上为祭。亚伯拉罕顺从了，因为他敬畏耶和华，而神考验他。
在马太福音 22：37 里，耶稣回答说：“你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主你的神。”
在我清理壁橱的时候，发现一本由已故的甘坚信（Kenneth E. Hagin）所写的书：“人的灵”（The Human Spirit，暂译，目前无中文版）。他是美国五旬节最有影响力的传教士之一，经常被称为 “信心运动的先祖”。
我是怎么陷入那种困境的？我没有听从神，把祂的话放在首位，而是寻求不同牧师的意见。他们能给我的只是自然的忠告。他们说：“你的首要义务是你的家庭。你有年幼的孩子，你应该和他们一起在家里。你不应该留在在外地。” 一个又一个传道人这样地告诉我，所以我接受了他们的建议。我试图按照他们的建议去做：在自然界我想做的事 --- 而我差点就死了。