Saturday, June 27, 2015

OT DAY 243 - That Is Enough! (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. 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

        
          Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
                           who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
16            who exult in your name all the day
                         and in your righteousness are exalted.
                                  Psalm 89:15-16

Confession and Repentance

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 gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (Deuteronomy 3:1-29)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy 3&version=ESV

23 “And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, 24 ‘O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? 25 Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’ 26 But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.’ 29 So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.
                             Deuteronomy 3:23-29

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

     How would Moses feel when God said, "That is enough! Don't ask me again anymore"? 

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
     Moses has this experience when he asks that he may go with the people into Canaan. God declines to grant that prayer, but Moses will still be glad he asked, because it leads to God's saying he can view the promised land from the height of the Pisgah mountain range nearby. His prayer does make a difference to what God had planned should happen; Moses would not have had this experience if he had not prayed. Perhaps God's "No, but…" contributes to the way Deuteronomy can portray Moses as someone who came to terms with God's way of dealing with him. God's attitude does not leave him bitter or resentful. He focuses on his task, which is to ensure that the people get into Canaan and therefore to ensure that Joshua is well prepared to do the job that actually Moses wanted to do. 

John Goldingay. Numbers & Deuteronomy for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.100-101.


     When God says NO to you, do you think you can be willing to accept that NO and still focus on doing God's work He prepares for you to do? Are you going to ask God again like what Moses did to plead for God's mercy to answer your prayer? Do you understand and have you experienced the power of pleading prayer?    

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Help us to have the faith and willingness to ask you because of your mercy and love.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. When God says NO to you, do you think you can be willing to accept that NO and still focus on doing God's work He prepares for you to do?

2. How do you understanding the power of pleading prayer? Are you willing to try when time comes?

Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E

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