Sunday, September 9, 2012

DAY 153 - The End of Human Effort, The Beginning of God's Power! (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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Today's Reading: Matthew 1: 18-25

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Bible Study

Today's passage tells us a very difficult situation in a man's life when his fiancee got pregnant and he did not have sex with her. That's Joseph story, amazing story. He accepted the angel's message and he married Mary! Do you think you can do that? Impossible! Yes, because you are not Joseph!

N.T. Wright gives us a good reflection:
God is present, with his people; he doesn't 'intervene' from a distance, but is always active, sometimes in most unexpected ways...This is God, and this is the Jesus, who comes to us still today when human possibilities have run out, offering new and startling ways forward, in fulfilment of his promises, by his powerful love and grace.

How do you experience this active God to closely intervene your path when you have run out your possibilities in a most unexpected way?

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"

Spiritual Journal

What I heard from Jesus today is: The end of human effort, the beginning of God's power!

Two days ago I met with a new friend I know just not long ago. He told me he started to use my podcast 22 days ago and has been helping him everyday. I asked him what did he needed most. He said, "I need a way out!" I said, "You are on the right track because Jesus is the WAY, not only the way out. He is not pointing the way out to you but He is the Way!"

Do you know when you are heading to a dead end, having no way out then you may be in the real way out? Because that might be the time for you to really experience how power God is, just like how Joseph experienced. Let's pray for this brother that he not even see the way out, have the way out but to be really in the way, a daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to know that when we are at the end of our effort, that may be the most important time we can experience you provision and power. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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