Wednesday, August 19, 2015

OT DAY 295 - Want to Prosper in All That You Do? (Please click here for English podcast)

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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

    Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
            make known his deeds among the peoples!
                                    Psalm 105:1

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

The Word (Deuteronomy 29:1-29)


 And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. And when you came to this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out against us to battle, but we defeated them. We took their land and gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites.Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.             Deuteronomy 29: 2-9

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

      I am not those people to promote Prosperity Gospel. But, today's passage tells us in a very clear way that if we know how to count the blessings of God and are willing to keep and do the Word of God, then we will prosper in all that we do. Do you believe? Do you agree?

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
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     How stupid can you get? The answer with respect to all of us is that we can get pretty stupid. You can know the sensible and right thing to do, and be committed to it, yet go and do the opposite.
     Deuteronomy knows that Israel's life is characterized by such a tension. Boldly, it here starts from the fact that "God has not given you a mind to acknowledge or eyes to see or ears to listen." We know that is true from the story so far in the Torah. From the perspective of people reading Deuteronomy seven centuries after Moses' day, it is even more self-evident. 

John Goldingay. Numbers & Deuteronomy for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010, p.188.

     It is so easy to be stupid, knowing well that God gives us a choice to have blessings or cursing, to prosper or to wither. But, lots of people choose cursing and to wither. Why? I think what we need to do first is to ask God to give us a heart to understand, eyes to see and ears to hear. That's how I have been enjoying and trying hard each day to write and record this blog/podcast and to copy the Bible. That is a simple and deep way of building up our relationship with God so that we know what ought to do and what ought not to do, so that we can prosper and not wither. 

     Where are you?

Dear Lord Jesus, 
We humbly ask you to give us hearts to understand, eyes to see and ears to hear so that we can experience and practice listen and obey.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Do you think you have a heart to understand, eyes to see and ears to hear? Why YES or why NO? How can you have a better relationship with God so that you can understand more, see more and listen more each day?  

2. Do you think God wants you to prosper? How?

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Praise and Thanksgiving
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10,000 Reasons

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