Guidance  of  God





“For this is God, our God forever and ever;  He will be our guide even to death.”   (Psm. 48:14)




Everyone  needs  Guidance


§       Children need guidance from parents (Pro. 22:6).

§       Students need guidance from teachers.

§       Christians and congregations need guidance from God in every situation.




Why  do  we  need  God’s  Guidance ?


§       Because God loves us:  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)

§       Because He knows us better than anyone.  God told Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jer. 1:5)  Peter said to Jesus: “Lord, you know all things.” (Jn. 21:17)

§       Because He knows the future. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” (Ecc. 3:11)

§       Because God has a good plan of the future for each one of us (Jer. 29:11-13).




God’s  Guidance  of  the  Whole  Person


“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created  him; male and female He created them.”  (Gen. 1:27)  “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground (body), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit); and man became a living being (soul).” (Gen. 2:7)  


The image of God is expressed in the spirit, soul and body of a man and a woman (1 Thes. 5:23).  This is the whole person.  The spirit cannot be separate from the body,  For as the body without the spirit is dead. . .”  (Jas. 2:26). Therefore the apostle John wrote to the elder Gaius, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper  in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 Jn. 2)


The Lord Jesus Christ came to save not only the soul but also the spirit and the body.  “And Jesus  went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”  (Mt. 9:35-36)


How  does  God  guide  us ?


§       Through the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Good Shepherd.


The  LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures;  He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul;  He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  (Psm. 23:1-3)


§       “He makes me to lie down in green pastures  He gives us physical as well as spiritual rest in a peaceful environment.

§       “He leads me beside the still waters.”  He fills us with the Holy Spirit and quenches our thirst for spiritual truths and knowledge.

§       “He restores my soul;”   Though we may go astray but the Lord Jesus Christ guides us back to where He wants us to go. 

§       “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”  The Lord Jesus Christ guides us to a life of holiness because of His name.




God’s  Deliverance  from  Death


“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  (Psm . 23:4)   God saved my life three times.   Praise the name of Jesus.  HALLELUYAH!


Jesus gave me back my life when I was one year old.  I had diphtheria and was on the verge of death.  My grandmother and several Indian Christians from our Congregation in Ipoh, Malaysia prayed for me and the LORD healed me.  My mother and many relatives after witnessing this miraculous healing;  believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and were baptized into Him.


The second time God saved me from a drowning accident in my uncle’s mining pool in Kupoi, Malaysia where our family and other relatives had evacuated.


The third time happened in San Francisco, California on the night of June 14, 1993.  After preaching in Salinas, California Brother Samuel Liu, his wife Sister Angela and I were involved in an automobile accident near their home in San Francisco.  The driver of the other vehicle robbed us with a gun.  He and his accomplice threw a large rock inside our car and fired shots at us.  The attacker placed his gun on my temple and also on my chest.  I prayed and rebuked Satan in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The robber fled, but was caught by the police.  They found bullets in his pocket.  At the trial the robber pleaded guilty. 



God  guides  us through  the  Holy  Spirit


John 16:12-14


12    I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

13    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14    He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.


The Holy Spirit reminded Peter what the Lord Jesus Christ had taught  him concerning Baptism of Water and Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:16).  


The Lord revealed to Paul the Holy Communion that occurred on the evening when Jesus was betrayed and before Paul’s conversion (1 Cor. 11:23-25).


God showed Peter a vision which changed his whole attitude and thinking about the conversion and salvation of the Gentiles (Acts 10:9-22, 34-48).


The Holy Spirit revealed to the Early Apostolic Church concerning abstention “from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality  (Acts 15:28-29).


The Holy Spirit prevented Paul and Timothy to preach in Asia and Mysia, but guided them to preach in Macedonia (Acts 16:6-15)



How  does  the  Holy  Spirit  guide  us ?


§             Through the Word of God “which the Holy Spirit teaches, by  comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”  (1 Cor. 2:10-14)

§             By reading and practicing what is written in the Holy Bible that is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

§             By prayer in the Spirit Who “makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”. (Rom. 8:26-27; Jude 20).

§             By being filled with the Spirit and singing “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing  and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Eph. 5:18-19; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 14:15)

§             We receive guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Church Service.

§             “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;  Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,  Your young men shall see visions,  Your old men shall dream dreams.  And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit  in those days; and they shall prophesy.”  (Acts 2:17-18)

§             “God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.” (Heb. 2:4)



God’s  Guidance  through  Spiritual  Gifts


There are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that God uses for the ministries.  They are: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 12:4-11).


The spiritual gift of tongues (charisma) is not given to every believer (1 Cor. 12:27-31).  It is given to some believers on special occasions.


When our family arrived in San Francisco in July 1970 I had difficulty finding a job for three months.  My sister Nornie suggested that we move to Toronto, Canada.  My wife and I decided to fast and pray for 3 days.  On the third morning God revealed to us through the gift of tongues with the message “Go South.”  After lunch I drove south on U.S. Highway 101 and arrived in Los Angeles on a Friday afternoon.  I called Deaconess Kini and was invited to preach on the Sabbath Service to four families from Hawaii.  I was offered a job with a Walt Disney company that designed and built Disneyworld in Florida.  The True Jesus Church in Southern California was established in our home in Santa Monica.  Praise and thank God for His guidance. 



God’s  Guidance  through  the  Gift  of  Prophecy


God has spoken very clearly: “And it shall come to pass in the last days says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;  Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,  Your young men shall see visions,  Your old men shall dream dreams.  And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit  in those days; and they shall prophesy.”  (Acts 2:17-18)


There were prophets in the Early Apostolic Church (Acts 11:27-28).  The evangelist Philip “had four virgin daughters who prophesied” (Acts 21:8-10).  The gift of prophecy is superior to speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:1-5)


1   “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 

2   For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 

3   But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 

4   He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 

5   I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”



Testimonies  of  God's  Guidance  through  Prophecy


“Worship God!   For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
(Rev. 19:10)

“Do not quench the Spirit.   Do not despise prophecies.”
(1 Thes.. 5:19-20)


A restored Apostolic Church in the End Time should have all the gifts of the Holy Spirit that include prophecy.  I have two testimonies that show God uses the gift of prophecy for edification, evangelism and planting new congregations.


In December 1968 during an Evangelical and Spiritual Convocation in Ipoh, Malaysia my sister Julie prophesied “India, India” when hands were laid on her.  The following year 1969 two new congregations were planted in India near Chennai (Madras), one in Pammal Settlement and the other in Ambathur.


On June 4, 1981 while visiting my sisters in Toronto, Canada I received a phone call from Sister Alice McVay in Bakersfield, California.  She asked me to go home immediately because my wife Cecilia Joan had suddenly become seriously ill.  I already had flight reservations  for Houston, Texas the following day.  I was uncertain whether or not to return to Bakersfield, California or go to Houston, Texas. 


I prayed with my family in Toronto and asked our Lord Jesus Christ for Joan's healing and guidance.  During our prayer my sister Nornie prophesied: “Go forth.  Have no fear.  Joan will be healed.”   After receiving the word of prophecy I was greatly comforted and edified. I decided to proceed to Houston. On my arrival in Houston I called home and received the good news from Joan that she had already been healed and had also been confirmed by the doctor there was nothing wrong with her. Praise the LORD! HalleluYah!  


I was advised by the small congregation to relocate in Houston because there is much work for the Lord and also in architecture.  I was offered a very good position in one of the best architectural firms in the city.  Praise and thank our Lord Jesus Christ for His guidance to establish a congregation in Houston, Texas. 



Early  Church  Work  in  Texas



First baptism in Texas on January 14, 1980

in Lake Jacksonville.  Sister Helen Lo was healed of high fever and ear infection.  Our family arrived in time for the First Spiritual

Convocation in Houston, Texas in July 1981.




May God bless you



A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong

to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on November 11, 2006


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