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”  A  true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation.  Such were Moses and David and the O.T. prophets.


I think there was  hardly a great leader from Paul to the present day but was drafted by the Holy Spirit  fot the task, and commissioned bythe Lord of the Church to fill a position  he had little heart for.


I believe it might be accepted as a fairly reliable rule of thumb the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader. The true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage, but will be humble, gentle,  self-sacrificing and altogether as ready to follow as to lead, when the Spitit makes it clear that a wiser and more gifted man than himself has appeared.”


A. W. Tozer. “The Reapeer, Feb. 1962, pp. 459.

Everything rises or falls on Leadership. 

Leadership is priceless’


It took God 40 years to prepare Moses – a man of great conviction, to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.  Moses delivered the entire nation of Israel from the slavery and bondage of Egypt.


Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt at age 17. It took God 13 years to prepare him for the office of a Prime Minister. Pharoah officially appointed Joseph over the affairs of Egypt when Joseph was 30 years old. Joseph saved his entire family  and the Egyptian nation from the seven years of great famine.


“A true witness (Leader} delivereth souls…” {Proverbs 14:25)

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By Calvin E.Y. Tan

Message preached on Sunday Worship at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in S’pore.

Once there lived a young eagle among the chickens. Every day the eagle, like the chickens, could only look downward to feed. However, one day, the eagle turned his head upward and saw the blue etheral sky above. An instintive surge of adrenalin coursed through the eagle’s body. He spread his wings and ascended upward to the sky – the place he truly feels at home.

There are seven lessons regarding the Eagle:-

No. 1  The Eagle Fly The Highest.

As the lion is the king among beasts on the land, the eagle reign supreme in the sky. the eagle fly the highest among all birds. The chickens stay on ground level, while birds fly from tree to tree the eagle soar above the heaven. The eagle is also the only bird found in heaven and depicted as ” A Flying  Eagle “(Rev.4:7). We are told to set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. We sit we Jesus in heavenly places.

No. 2. The Eagle Sees The Furthest.

The eagles are equiped with sharp vision and could see an object miles away. As if out of nowhere it swops down from the sky to catch the unsuspecting prey. Likewise, Chistians have been given spiritual eye-sight to see beyond the here and now, – “seeing Him Who is Invisible”.(Heb. 11:27)

No.3. The Eagle Live The Safest.

Far beyond the shooting range of the arrows – far above the firing range of the rifles, the eagles dwell in an exclusive zone all by themselves.

When the two angels saved Lot and his family from Sodom, they we told to “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed (Gen.19:17).”

Escape from the damp, dust, noise of the city. Escape from the bright neon lights of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Escape to the safety of the mountain peak of fellowship with God in daily prayer and praise.

“And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (Lk. 6:12). Those days were days when the “Pharasees were filled with madness; and communed one with aonther what they might do to Jesus (Luke6:11)” Jesus Christ dwell high above in fellowship with the Heavenly Father.

“I want to live above the world,

Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;

For faith has caught the joyful sound,

The songs of saints on higher ground.

Chorus: LORD, life me up, and let me stand

By faith on heaven’s table land,

A higher plane than I have found,

LORD, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Johnson Oatman, Jr.

No.4 The Eagle Fly Effortlessly.

The chicken, ostrich and kiwi have lost their ability to fly. Other birds flap their wings and get tired, but the eagles being raptors , fly differently.  They wait for air current to warm up during the day and spread their wings to catch the thermal current to lift them upward toward the sky effortlessly. Here up in the sky they continue to spread wide their wings to lean on the upward flow of the warm air current. They could fly for many hours because it is effortless! No wonder that king Solomon says ” The way of the eagle in the air”

is one of the 4 things too wonderful for him.

One of the most precious and memorable experiences I had in prayer was in 1978 when I was a fourth year student in the Bob Jones’ Memorial School o Missions (SOM) run by the Jesus Saves Mission (JSM) in Singapore. It was a time of revival and many students were enroled in SOM. As there was a lack of teachers and lecturers in the Bible College I was enlisted to help to teach the 1st and 2rd year students. I remember it was a friday night when I taught Revival and Church History. I worked hard during the day and had little rest, and in the evening gave 2 lectures on Revival/ Church History; after that I was totally exhausted. Friday was also a time of prayer and fasting for me till 5p.m. Every Friday JSM conducts an All Night Prayer Meeting lasting from 10 p.m. till next Saturday morning at 4 a.m. on Mt. Faber. It was a 6 hour marathon Prayer Meeting

As I walked up the steep slope of Mt. Faber that night I was totally exhauted. When the Prayer Meeting started I could hardly keep myself awake, much less pray. It was a very weary and sleepy first half hour –

and there are five and a half more hours to go before 4 a.m!

As I struggled, just kneeling and listening to the prayers of other brothers and sisters, I suddenly felt a freshness – an uplift of the weary spirit. The words “The EVERLASTING GOD” (Isa.40:28) came before me in strange freshness. Gradually, weakness and weariness disappeared and I received strength to pray – then to singing and praising God. Finally at 4 a .m. the next day when we closed with the doxoly ‘ “Praise God From All Blessings Flow”. I was fully awake and refreshed as though I had rested and slept for ten hours.

I could literally skip and run down the mountain with this song fom Isaiah 40:31:-

They that wait upon the LORD;

Shall Renew their Strength;

They Shall Mount Up With Wings As Eagles.

They shall run and not be weary;

They shall walk and not faint.

Teach me LORD, Teach me LORD

How to pray.


“And every man went unto his own house. Jesus went unto the mount of Olives (John 7:53 & John 8:1)”

Birds of a feather flock together. Not so the eagle. While birds fly and stay together, the eagle fly solo. The eagle is a solitary bird. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, Jesus went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed (Mark 1:35}  Pioneers, explorers, trial blazers, Mountaineers, CEOs are all lonely people. Against the opinion of the masses they dicovered New Continents, founded new empires, brought out new inventions – conquered Mt. Everest!

The prophet Elijah say, “I, even I only am left.” and there were 850 false propthets. Not so saith The LORD GOD, “I have left me seven thousand ” still true and faithful to God Almighty.

My hope is to reach out and help these seven thousand today and strenghten your prayer life.

If you would walk with Jesus, you must walk the narrow way. Your true life is a hidden life with Jesus Christ.

No.6 The Eagle Destroys The Nest When The Eaglets Are Grown.

When the eaglets are fully grown, the eagle will nudge the young fledging eagle to fly. However, they might not want to leave the comfort and safety of the nest. So the eagle has to detroy the nest by removing the cushoning feathers, leaving the sharp sticks and twigs in the nest to make the eaglets uncomfortable. The young eagle must learn to fly and hunt for himself if he were to survive.

We are pilgrims and strangers on the earth. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come (Heb.13:14). Just as God sent a flood of water to destroy the evil world that then was, He said that the present evil world is reserved for the coming fire judgement. “The elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing that ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE DISSLOVED … and the elements shall melt with fervent heat…(2 Pet. 3:10 -11)

No. 7 The Eagle is A Symbol of Jesus And All Saved Christians In The Day Of RAPTURE!

On the continent of North America, in the Northen Hemisphere, when before winter approaches there is a

great migration of countless thousands of eagles to the warmer equator. At this particular time of the year

we don’t just see one or two solitary eagles. When All the Eagles Emerge From All Areas of Alaska, Canada, and most of North America, the whole sky is blanketed by eagles. What a gathering of so many migrating eagles! What a sight to behold!

But the day will come when All The Saints That Are Saved from the Beginning of time, from Every nook and corner of the world, from land or sea. Those that are dead or are still lliving — WILL ALL BE RESURRECTED AND TRANSFORMED in the an instant to RISE UP IN THE SKY and meet with JESUS- The King of Kings and LORD of Lords.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and  remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.”  1 Thessalonians 4 16 & 17)

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Seven Levels of Holy Spirit Fillings.

The measure of success in the Christian Service is according to the degree of Holy Spirit fillings in us.

There are seven levels.


Level One

Those that have not the Spirit

These consist of the majority of the seven billion people on planet earth – earthly people who pursue only the things of this world.


Level Two

Those that have the Holy Spirit

These are born-again Christians who are saved. The Holy Spirit has opened their eyes of faith in the Living God through the saving death of Jesus on the cross for all their sins. The Spirit of God called them out of this world to form the invisible, universal Church Triumphant. They may join like-minded believers in local Churches like Baptist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran or any other name.


Level Three

Filled with the Spirit

These are Christians who live the victorious lives like the Ephesians and Colossians, unlike the carnal Corinthians. They daily feed on the Bible, the living bread from heaven. They have joy in prayer and delight in the singing of hymns or spiritual songs. They sing , “Thy Word our Law Thy path our chosen way”


We are told not to be drunk with wine….. BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT (Eph.5:8) To be filled with the Spirit is a command – not an option.


Level Four

Full of the Holy Spirit


These are men and women who have consecrated and dedicated their lives and their all to the service of Jesus Christ. They may be Preachers, Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries, Soul winners, Teachers or just ordinary simple plain people. They may or may not be employed by Churches or Institutions, but their supreme loyalty is to God Almighty. God’s Church requires such Spirit-filled men.


“Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” (Acts 6:3)


“A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit , is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelieve and sin.”  – Robert Murray McCheyne


Level Five

A Double Portion of the Spirit

When the prophet Elijah was about to be taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire he told the young prophet Elisha to make a parting request.  “And Elisha said, I pray thee , let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” (2 Kings 2:9)  In Israel’s darkest apostasy God raised up these two miracles-working prophets.  Elijah prayed and the fire of God fell upon the sacrifice. The people who halted between two opinions cried out, “The LORD, He is THE GOD! The LORD, He is THE GOD!” While prophet Elijah performed eight major miracles the prophet Elisha performed sixteen miracles – twice that of Elijah’s. Furthermore, Elisha was given the ability to perceive human thoughts and see angelic forces.


When his covetous servant Gehazi took silver and garments from Naaman and hid them in covert action, Elisha said unto him, “Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?”(2 Kings 5:25&26) Elisha saw not only the outward action of Gehazi in taking the silver and garments, but also the inward thoughts of his intention to acquire oliveyards, vineyards, sheep, oxen and servants.


Elisha knowing the military plan of the king of Syria warned the king of Israel and saved him from harm more than twice.

Frustrated and very troubled by his constantly twarted purposes and failed missions he said to his servants, “Will ye not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” He suspected a spy in their midst.

“And  one of his servants said, None my lord, O king, but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speaketh in thy bed chamber. [(2 Kings 6: 11&atmp;1

Aha! the culprit is the all knowing prophet Elisha which must be apprehended at all cost.


In Bible seminaries we were taught that there are the communicable attributes and the incommunicable attributes of God.


The communicable attributes are love, kindness, joy, anger, peace etc. The incommunicable attributes are Divine Omnipotence (All Powerful} Omniscience {All Knowing} and Omnipresence (All Present -God is Everywhere at the same time.}


In December 1977, I attended a Church Camp held by the Jesus Saves Mission on Penang Hill, an island on the West Coast of Malaysia. It was a time of great revival, on hindsight, after seeing its lasting fruit more than 33 years now in August 2011. On the very first day of the Camp the Spirit of God came with convicting power. All over the congregation, people got up and confessed their faults one to another and also confessed publicly their sins against men and God. A powerful spirit of prayer descended upon us and some prayed for as long as 18 hours a day. More than 30 young men and women out of a congreagation of over 150 people responded to the call of full time Christian Service. Many among these are still serving the LORD in various different churches and some have become missionaries to foreign lands. The men have become pastors and many sisters have become pastor’s wives.


While many others are still serving the Good LORD faithfully in one way or another. Let me relate an experience I had there and then. After having confessed our sins in a protracted way and having spent countless hours on our knees in prayer, praise and supplication we received an unction, an anointing of the Holy Spirit (though not all experience this). Suddenly our clarity of perception become so intensifiedth and sharpened that it seems that we could see each other’s thoughts and intents. I am unable to describe my feelings, which is rejoicing and glorifying God on the one hand and trembling with divine awful fear on the other. While we briefly experienced this on the mountain, the prophet Elisha experienced much of his life and our blessed Lord Jesus being God, the very God, knows men’s thoughts and everything all the time everywhere.


The Syrian king having located the prophet Elisha in Dothan sent a great army with horses and chariots and compassed the city by night. The servant of Ehisha got up early and saw that they were surrounded by the enemy soldiers cried, “Alas, my master! how shall we do? And Elisha answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they be with them. And Elisha prayed and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he  saw: and behold, the nountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha And when they (the army) came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness, And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)


While Elijah had a chariot of fire and horses of fire, Elisha had an entire mountain full of horses and chariots of fire round about!


In THE JOURNAL ONCE LOST (Extracts from the Diary of John Sung) I quote, “On the infilling of the Holy Spirit: He who has such an infilling will have an army of heavenly soldiers with him. The size of this army will depend upon his faith. It could be 10,000 or a few thousand or maybe just two soldiers.” (Page 384, 4th to 8th lines)

Herein is the secret of success in the ministries of prophet Elisha, Dr. John Sung, George Whitefield, Apostle Paul and you too, if you would give up your life to the total infilling and control of the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t want partnership. He wants total and complete ownership.


Level Six

God giveth the Holy Spirit Without Limit

“For Jesus whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34)

In our Glorious Lord Jesus the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwelleth bodily. Jesus could see and perceive human thoughts and being God, could forgive sins.


In the Garden of Gathsemane Jesus said, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” A legion in the Roman army is about 6 thousand soldiers. 12 legions equal to 72,000 angels. Jesus did not say only 12 legions. He says, more than 12 legions. If Jesus wanted to he could pray and the heavenly Father will send him the Entire Army of all the angels to fight the devil and win. BUT BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US HE Lay down His life for us. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)


Level Seven


Willian Guthrie, the great Puritan author, wrote in his book “THE CHRISTIAN GREAT INTEREST” said that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was even born. Therefore saving grace will preserve him by a special protection.


The Holy Spirit who is selfless and self-effacing always point men to Christ. John the Baptist is known as the “preacher who lost his congregation”. He says, He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30) “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Among the disciples of John the Baptist was Andrew who broght the Apostle Peter to Christ. In a sense John Baptist, through the infilling of the Holy Spirit, helped Jesus to form His core group of Apostles in His first Coming. Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, let us seek to be fully filled with the Holy Spirit in preparation for His Second Coming.


Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US. Unto Him BE GLORY in the Church by CHRIST JESUS throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.


As Martin Luther said, “And though this world with devils filled;

Should threaten to undo us. We will not fear for God has will: His truth to triumph through us:


Those Christians who are filled to the Fullness of Elisha & Elijah’s power will have God Almighty Angels encamp around them with protection. And so they are invinsible.

See the Invisible Angels & Chariots of Fire that protected Prophet Elisha in his time


Elisha after given Double Portion of the Spirit has Invinsible Power Against All


Elijah has only One Chariot of Fire

But For Elisha an entire mountain is surrounded by the fiery Chariots of God with His Angels




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Then Shall The Righteous Shine Forth

By Calvin E.Y.Tan

While having supper with my son David,
a medical student, he posed me this question,
Why do crabs turn red when cooked?

As I searched the world wide web I found this answer and a message: –

The red colour pigment is originally present in crab shells but because of the presence of protein chains which is blackish in colour the red pigment is hidden. However, when the crab is cooked the protein strands unravel to reveal the red pigment in the shell.


Likewise the leaves that turn red or orange are covered by the green chorophyll during summer. But in autumn when there is little water & sunlight the chorophyll disappears to reveal the wonderful bright color of the red maple leaves.


Because of Satan who sows tares. Who deceives by transforming his workers into angels of light & the sinful nature of fallen men, the christian is often slighted, marginalised, belittled & spoken against here on earth”.


It seems that the devil want to choke and to snuff out the light of the christians’   But the day will definitely come when the LORD Sabaoth shall remove all things that offend and ONLY THEN will the true Christians shine forth like Moses, Elijah & Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17)


Jesus answered and said unto them, “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of  man;  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of  the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;   The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels’  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.


The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing  of  teeth.  THEN SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS SHINE FORTH as the Sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear  (Matthew 13:37-43)

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“Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend.
When I kneel in prayer and with Thee my God
I commune as friend with friend”

– Fanny Crosby

“A life spent in communion with God is the pleasantest
life in the world”

– Matthew Henry

A prophet speaks to men on behalf of God while the
priest speaks to God on the behalf of men.

The true prophet is often rejected and persecuted by men,
but the priest is moment by moment filled with the
perfect peace of God.

– Calvin E.Y.Tan.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
because he trusteth in Thee ”

Isaiah 26:3

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