Monday, September 14, 2015

OT DAY 320 - You Do It Jesus Way , if You Are to See God Act (Please click here for English podcast)

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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

          
15 With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.

         Psalm 108:13

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 (Joshua 6:1-5)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua 6&version=ESV


Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.” 
  Joshua 6:1-5


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

My Listening
      What kind of military strategy is that? If you were Joshua, what would you really think? "Oh God, is this a joke?" "Of God, you know even if I believe, my people will kill me. Don't do that to me please! Show me your real plan please!" 

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
     There was no battle at Jericho. If anyone fought at Jericho, as at the Reed Sea, it was not the Israelites but God. The Israelites simply process, blow horns, and shout loudly…
     The presence of the covenant chest signifies God's presence. When the Israelites made their ill-fated attempt to conquer Canaan under their own steam, there was a link between their failure and their not taking the chest with them (Numbers 14:44). Yet on a later occasion they took it with them on another ill-fated expedition  and this didn't work (1 Samuel 4). If the project is God's, the chest as the symbol of their covenant relationship with God will be an effective sign of God's presence.  

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.27.



     In July 2004, I received a message from our Lord Jesus Christ that we needed a 100 days 6a.m. Eucharist and prayer walk so that God will act in a special way for us to have a new worship place. We called the prayer walk "Operation Jericho"(We were called to have "Operation Jericho" prayer walk one to two times every year since 1997).
    We had a place which is the place we are now worshiping since November 2004. When we started the Operation Jericho that was a empty place. World Harvest Church moved out a few months ago. We did not have the money to rent that 24,500 sq. ft. place nor our people have the faith to make that decision. Because it was a raise from $5,000 monthly rental to $15,000 monthly rental.

    We did have 100 days of Eucharist and prayer walk and I preached 99 homily on that 100 days! 

    Praise the Lord, we did not do anything but just listen and obey. We had a 100% vote to rent this place and we have been in this building since November 2004. 

    The Lord gave another impossible call to us in July 2013 that we asked our people to pray for a piece of 2 acres land with 2.5 million dollars purchasing price and that we can build a church accommodate 300 people and having 200 car parks. We fasted and prayed for two months. There is a piece of land exactly like the vision we got. The only thing is that we just had 300K, 2.2 million dollars short. We had a Vestry and had 98% saying YES to this impossible project. Praise the Lord, we received a total of 2.5 million dollars into our Development Fund in May this year and we are making an offer in two weeks time. Could you pray for us so that if that is God's will and God's act we can buy this piece of land please?

    What I have shared is our story. The love story of Richmond Emmanuel Church. What we have learned from so many hard and difficult lessons is that we need to do everything in Jesus way, even though the way He called us to do doesn't make sense. 



    When God act in Moses and Joshua's time, it doesn't make sense!

    When God act in Early Church's time, it doesn't make sense!

    You do it Jesus Way, if you are to see God act!
    

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Help us to do everything your way and have that daily intimate relationship with you so that we know the commands are from you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Are you doing things in Jesus way lately? Do you know what Jesus wants to tell you? How are you so sure? What kind of fruits have you experienced and received to prove that is really from Jesus?

3. What have you got from Jesus today?







Today's Time with Abba daily reading that I recited loudly
Psalm 104:10-18
Isaiah 15:1 - 18:7
Galatians 1:1-24
Proverbs 23:12

Photos of my copying the Bible today using Time with Abba passages



Today's Golden Verse 




Other passages






Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons

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