Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Special Sharing - Dr. J.I. Packer's Most Difficult Struggle to Faithfulness? (Please click here for English podcast)

Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

      The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
         the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
                                     Psalm 29:10

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Matthew 25:21)


21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 
                                        Matthew 25:21

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

    My Listening

         Today I have a special gift to you!
         This afternoon a group of Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Mission in Canada clergy gathered together to celebrate Dr. J.I. Packer's 90th birthday(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._I._Packer). We had a wonderful and blessed time!
         The most blessed moment for me is Dr. Packer's answer to my two questions:
         I said, "Dr. Packer, I took my son Ignatius to visit Dr. John Stott in July 2009(http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/07/blessings-from-rev-dr-john-stott.html). Uncle John told us that he could conclude his life with just one word and that is: Christlikeness. What is your one word to conclude your life Dr. Packer?"
         Dr. Packer answered, "Well, John really has a good word that I agree. When I think of this I want to use the word "faithfulness"."
         Then I asked, "Dr. Packer, what was the most difficult struggle in your life that you could not live out faithfulness?"
        Dr. Packer answered, "Well, Silas, I would say it is after breakfast till evening each day that I struggle with whether God's presence with me."
        Wow! I received a big gift today! Hope it is also a big gift to you!
        Dr. Packer who is one of the world most renowned theologians frankly told us that his most difficult struggle not to be faithful to God is not some kind of crisis in his life or any kind of hardship that he could not bear. But, a daily struggle to stay with God and to experience the daily presence of God. Without that presence, he cannot be faithful!
         So simple, true, profound and important!
         I pray that the big gift I received from Dr. Packer is also a big gift for you today!  


    Dear Lord Jesus,
    We give thanks to you for your humble and faithful servant Dr. J.I. Packer. We ask you to bless him and his family and that he can be a true model for us to follow to become faithful disciples of you daily.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.



     







特別分享 - J.I. Packer 博士不能作主忠心僕人的最大掙扎? (請按此處收聼廣東話 )

安靜
1.  停下來. 靜一靜
2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安, 感受主的臨在, 呼出你的憂慮

讚美及感恩
1.  思想最近使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩
3.  敞開心懷讚美主


        洪 水 泛 濫 之 時 , 耶 和 華 坐 著 為 王 ; 耶 和 華 坐 著 為 王 , 直 到 永 遠 。
   
                                              詩篇 29:10
                        
認罪悔改  (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method 轉位靈修法 http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  求聖靈在你生命中工作
      "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔, 
        求你幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。"

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去事奉主、見證主。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」


聆聽主話 (馬太福音  25:21)


     20 那 領 五 千 銀 子 的 又 帶 著 那 另 外 的 五 千 來 , 說 : 主 阿 , 你 交 給 我 五 千 銀 子 。 請 看 , 我 又 賺 了 五 千 。
21 主 人 說 : 好 , 你 這 又 良 善 又 忠 心 的 僕 人 , 你 在 不 多 的 事 上 有 忠 心 , 我 要 把 許 多 事 派 你 管 理 ; 可 以 進 來 享 受 你 主 人 的 快 樂 。
                                                馬太福音  25:21
現在讓你有一段安靜的時間, 給聖靈一個空間, 讓主耶穌可以藉着你剛才讀過的經文, 對你說話:

我的聆聽
         Today I have a special gift to you!
         This afternoon a group of Anglican Network in Canada and Anglican Mission in Canada clergy gathered together to celebrate Dr. J.I. Packer's 90th birthday(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._I._Packer). We had a wonderful and blessed time!
         The most blessed moment for me is Dr. Packer's answer to my two questions:
         I said, "Dr. Packer, I took my son Ignatius to visit Dr. John Stott in July 2009(http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/07/blessings-from-rev-dr-john-stott.html). Uncle John told us that he could conclude his life with just one word and that is: Christlikeness. What is your one word to conclude your life Dr. Packer?"
         Dr. Packer answered, "Well, John really has a good word that I agree. When I think of this I want to use the word "faithfulness"."
         Then I asked, "Dr. Packer, what was the most difficult struggle in your life that you could not live out faithfulness?"
        Dr. Packer answered, "Well, Silas, I would say it is after breakfast till evening each day that I struggle with whether God's presence with me."
        Wow! I received a big gift today! Hope it is also a big gift to you!
        Dr. Packer who is one of the world most renowned theologians frankly told us that his most difficult struggle not to be faithful to God is not some kind of crisis in his life or any kind of hardship that he could not bear. But, a daily struggle to stay with God and to experience the daily presence of God. Without that presence, he cannot be faithful!
         So simple, true, profound and important!
         I pray that the big gift I received from Dr. Packer is also a big gift for you today!  


    Dear Lord Jesus,
    We give thanks to you for your humble and faithful servant Dr. J.I. Packer. We ask you to bless him and his family and that he can be a true model for us to follow to become faithful disciples of you daily.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.