Friday, October 17, 2014

OT DAY 40 - You Are Being Protected (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Today's Reading: Genesis 12:3-6a

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     Do you feel safe and secure? Are your being hurt by some people because of their opposition, their bad mouthing and their persecution? Don't worry, if you are truly God's servant like Abraham, you will surely be protected by God.  

Let's take a look at what Professor John Goldingay says ( :
     God determination to bless and the commitment to curse are not simply two signs of a coin, two intentions of equal status.  The blessing applies to the world; the curse applies to the strange individual who treats Abraham with contempt.  Imagine someone who doesn't view Abraham or Abraham's descendants as people God is involved with and is working through and is committed to making a blessing.  There have been many people like that over the centuries.  God promises that such a person will not have his or her way.  God has no desire to curse anyone, but, if necessary, God will do it.   

John Goldingay. Genesis for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.143-144.

      So, don't worry, you are being protected by God! The only thing you need to worry is that whether you can be a true and humble servant of God daily. That's the only thing you need to keep up to. 

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":

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: You are being protected

    The message I receive from Jesus today is such a warm and powerful assurance. Not only we are blessed.  Not only we can be a blessing. Not only those who bless us will be blessed. And, those who curse us, dishonour us, they will be cursed by God! We are being protected in a very special way!

     The most foolish thing on earth is to curse and persecute God's servants. When God acts and curse those who curse God's servants, you can't believe what could happen!

     Don't worry if you are being persecuted. God will act in His time to protect you. This is a promise from God since Abraham's time.  

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to be afraid of those who want to persecute us. Lead us to know and experience that we are being protected by you in a very special way.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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