Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DAY 389 - Burnout and Become Greedy So Soon?! (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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Today's Reading: Numbers 11

Please read Numbers 11 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method you may click this link directly for the method:Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.

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Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the Lord burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.

The rabble with them began to crave other food.

But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people os that you will not have to carry it alone.

Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.

Numbers 11: 1, 4, 33, 17, 25

What I heard from Jesus today is: Burnout and become greedy so soon?!

It is so sad and yet funny that last chapter describes how obedience and ready the Israelites and this chapter has a 180 degree change to burnout, complaint, grumbling and greedy. How could that happen?

Jesus gives me a clue of why so many churches and Christians have never got rid of serious problems about people. People are so difficult to change, renewal and to deal with. I have seen too much complaints, grumblings, greedy self-centered power-gripped desire and all kinds of human weaknesses!

How to deal with this human weaknesses? There is a clue here in this chapter. The clue is the filling of the Holy Spirit to all the leaders, or at least top leaders just as the seventy Israel's elders. Only if more and more leaders are being filled and anointed by the Holy Spirit than we can have an opportunity to deal with this kind of human weaknesses and problems.

Let's pray each day for the filling and anointing of the Holy Spirit so that we can have the gifts to do God's ministries and the power to extend God's Kingdom!

Dear Holy Spirit,
Fill us and anoint us to do Your Kingdom ministries. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)

Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)

Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya), Mr. Andy Li (Amy)

Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)

Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)

Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)

Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)

Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)

Pray for our AMiA bishops:
The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)

The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene (Gigi)

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time:

St. Timothy’s, North Vancouver

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)

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