I would never imagine that being English educated and westernized, God would call me to serve in the Chinese speaking ministry. More shockingly so, to pair me with a very traditional, Chinese educated woman, who’s married with 2 adult children. It’s simply beyond human comprehension.
Though it’s neither logical nor easy to team up with someone who has very different lifestyle, views, educational and cultural background; God’s command surpasses all of these.
It is the Lord’s command to pair the two of us in the power & prophetic ministry, which are also the Lion and the Lamb ministry. Our mission is to empower the body of Christ, under anointing of Holy Spirit, to empower (1 Corinthians 12: 8-10), prepare and equip the body of Christ for their ministries, to break the power of darkness, and prepare for the Lord’s return.
A man of God wrote in his book, "Whatever He calls you to do, many a times His word to you will collide with the world's notion of logic and good sense. Other people will tell you that it’s foolish and not feasible. Even you will say that it’s illogical. But if you believe you heard God’s voice and very certain that it’s from Him, and then does what He tells you to do. For what He wants to bless you is beyond measure."
The Bible is full of examples of people who were willing to follow God’s word instead of logic and were blessed beyond measure because of it.
In early 2006, on several occasions, the Lord revealed and ordered us to pair as ministering partners. In the beginning, Ps Esther struggled to obey God’s command, until the Lord used someone to give her a stern warning that she would lose the calling if she was reluctant to obey His command.
In end 2003 & beginning of 2005, Ps Esther and I were led by the Lord to Singapore Christian Prayer House (SCPH) for the final preparation. In 2007, CKRM was set up.
Following are links to the some articles, on how the Lord called us to our ministry, and our willingness to obey God’s command and suffer for His name:
The Season for me to be at Singapore Christian Prayer House
在新加坡祈祷院的日子公义和冠冕 (Crown & Righteousness)
During the period of our struggle to obey His voice, God prompted me to read 1 Samuel 15. To the people of the world, the command to put to death women, children & infants is a great sin. In the present world, it would be considered genocide & madness to kill innocent people. However, it was not a sin when the Lord commanded Saul to do it. Disobedience to God's voice is a sin. Disobedience is rebellion.
And in 1 Samuel 15:22-23, "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance likes the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."
When Saul did not obey God’s command fully, the anointing left Saul, and he lost his calling. This is the consequences for not obeying God’s command.
Though the Spirit of God left him, Saul still remained as king. Today, there are many pastors and ministers who are like Saul. Because of their disobedience, the glory of God has left them, without them knowing. Some of the ministries remain stagnant while some have been dismantled.
Ps Esther is called to be my ministering partner and translator. I am called to move in power, while she moves in the prophetic. When both of us are ministering from the pulpit, we will be listening to the voice of God to discern what He wants us to do. Very often, the Lord would give me one part of the revelation while the other part to Ps Esther.
As it is written in Isaiah 29:13-14 the Lord says, "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
April 16, 2009 was the 2nd Anniversary of CKRM Christian Centre Ltd, Singapore. It is just amazing and beyond human understanding how just a Saturday Power Ministry could grow so rapidly to include 3 Sundays Church Services in such a short period. Besides the ministry being blessed with very healthy & strong cash reserve, the Lord has led many co-workers to CKRM. The co-workers are being raised up in CKRM and they have been blessed with their spiritual life revived drawing them closer to God and grow to be very sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Our oldest co-worker is a 78 years old woman. She came in a wheelchair and now without having the need of a wheelchair, she is now serving CKRM Church as an usher. Our youngest co-worker is an 8 years old girl. She works on the computer during worship and despite working on the computer, she would also be singing with her hands moving & responding to the worship song.
Now that CKRM is in Malacca, we also see God’s hand at work (can view many awesome testimonies posted in http://www.ckrm.org/. ）At this point, I recalled there was a vibrant ministry. However, the pastor went against God’s decision and using the time to criticize CKRM. Within 1-2 years, I witnessed the ministry being dismantled.
We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Paul taught in Philippians 2:12, "we should continue to work out for our own salvation with fear & trembling." If we seriously take Paul's teaching and work out for our own salvation with fear & trembling, we would be so busy repenting that we would not have really the time to be critical or judging others.
As it is written, if the Spirit of the Lord rest on a person with Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord, he will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears" (Isaiah 11:2-3).
It is by His grace that we can be obedient and do the will of the Father. All glory and praise belongs to Him, and peace and joy to His beloved children! Amen!
Translation into Mandarin
以斯帖牧师与我的配搭是神赐於我们的命令，以行走在能力与启示的事奉。这是狮子与羔羊的事工。我们的使命是去得着主内肢体，在圣灵的恩膏下，开启神给予他们的属灵恩赐 （歌林多前书 12：8-10），找到自己在基督身子的位置，好装备成为神家中贵重的器皿，末日的精兵，去拆毁邪恶的势力，得着仇敌的城门，预备主的再来！
神在2003年底和2005年初，奇妙的各别把我们引领来到新加坡基督徒祷告院，做最后的装备。在2007 年 CKRM 正式成立。以下两篇见证可提供一点神如何呼召我们进入这事工和我们因为顺服神的命令而走过的风雨路 。
The Season for me to be at Singapore Christian Prayer House
公义和冠冕 (Crown & Righteousness)
在那段与神挣扎着要如何顺服的日子,神感动我 去读撒母耳记上 15章。对世人而言，把无辜的妇女，小孩，婴孩都杀了，这命令绝对是错误的，是愚蠢，是疯狂的，是天大的罪过。以现在的眼光来说，这叫着种族灭绝，这样的行为可说是犯下涛天大罪 ，是要被判死刑的。但对神而言，这是他给扫罗的命令 ，这样就不是罪了。相反的扫罗因为没有完全顺服尊行神的命令而得罪了神。
撒母耳记上 15：22-23 耶和华喜悦燔祭和平安祭，如喜悦人听从他的话呢？听命胜于献祭，顺从胜于公羊的脂油。悖逆的罪与行邪术的罪相等。顽梗的罪与拜虚神拜偶像相同。你既厌弃耶和华的命令，耶和华也厌弃你做王。
虽然神的灵已离开扫罗，但当时扫罗还是坐在王位上。今天很多在职场上的牧师领袖也一样，因为不顺服 而得罪了神，神的荣耀已离开了 ，他们还不知道。这可从他们的事工的停顿不前，甚直被神拆除就可看到，但事实是他们本身还不知道。
以赛亚书 29：13-14 因为这白姓亲近我，用嘴唇尊近我，心切远离我。他们尊敬我，不过是领受人的吩咐。所以我在这白姓中，要行奇妙的事，就是奇妙又奇妙的事，他们知慧人的知慧必然消灭，聪明人的聪明必然隐藏。以赛亚书 55：8 我的意念非同你们的意念，我的道路非同你们的道路。
16.04.2009 是CKRM 二周年记念, 我为神在CKRM 的工作而惊叹，从一个几个人的祷告小组在短时间发展到有三堂主日崇拜。这除了神，有谁能做呢？ 神除了祝福 CKRM 有很健康的资金，更带领很多同工来到 。很多原本没有家，被神更新了的弟兄姐妹，有些神感动他们留下来服侍。
现在 CKRM 已经进军马六甲，也看到神的手在马六甲做工（可上网享受神如何祝福弟兄姐妹。http://www.ckrm.org/ ）写到这里让我想起，有一个原本很有活力的事工，后因牧者不顺服神的带领，违背神的心意，很可惜把时间用在批评论断 CKRM 我看到在这一两年内很快的下降，最后被神拆除。
罗马书 3：23 世人都犯了罪亏欠了神的荣耀。保罗在菲立比书 2：12 教导我们要为自己的救恩恐惧战兢，以持守神给你的救恩。若是受教的，真正爱主的，那你就不会让仇敌来使用你，去损伤别人，诽谤别人。所做的就是在拆毁神的工作。最后自己的事工被拆除。
以赛亚书 11：2-3 若我们有主耶和华的七个灵 ：耶和华的灵住在身上，智慧的灵，聪明的灵，谋略的灵，能力的灵，知识的 灵，和敬畏耶和华的灵。那我们就可以审判不凭眼见，断是非也不凭耳闻。
Written by Ps Paul Ang
Translated by Ps Esther Chow