Saturday, September 12, 2015

OT DAY 318 - Bow Down to God , if You Are to See God Act (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

15 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

         Psalm 108:5

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method

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 (Joshua 5:10-15)

English(ESV): 5&version=ESV

13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
  Joshua 5:13-15

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 blessed it is for someone like Joshua to see the Commander of God's army? Is he an angel or an archangel? No, that's not the point. What is the main point of this appearance of the Commander? 

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
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     The appearance of the commander of God's army to Joshua provides another parallel with Moses' story as it constitutes an equivalent to God's appearance at the burning bush, though it asserts authority over Joshua in a different way from the one that applied to Moses. Further, whereas it was immediately evident to Moses that he was confronted by something extraordinary, there is nothing obviously supernatural about the commander's appearance. He is just a warrior. So is he on Israel's side or on theirs? Joshua asks. The man refuses to accept that way of framing the question. Joshua has to take more seriously that he and his army are part of a bigger picture.         

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.23.

     Do you know you have to be in God's bigger picture if you are to see God act? 

     What I received from Jesus today are two key words:
1. Bow down(ESV: fell on his face)
2. Take off your shoes

     Joshua bowed down to God. God commanded Joshua to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground. 

     How often have you seen God act? How often do you bow down and take off your shoes?

     Well, for me. I kneel on the floor at least two times when I play the 10,000 Reasons to record my Chinese and English podcasts everyday. I often take off my shoes, go up to the altar of Richmond Emmanuel Church(almost every two to three days), kneel down or sometimes prostrate on the ground just an inch in front of the altar. It is always an awesome experience every time when I kneel, bow down and prostrate. May be that's why I have seen numerous time how God act miraculously.

     May be that's why Rev. David Larlee said in his email to me two days ago that the last phase God, Phase 4 God uses me is to teach more people to bow down to the name of Jesus!

     Let me have his email here again:

     Good Morning +Silas!

I wanted to encourage you with something the lord put on my heart for you this morning as I was praying for you:

I had a sense that the Lord is using your voice and teaching ministry to release the Roar of Heaven - so that as people hear the sound 

1) his redeeming power will be released into people's lives - especially those who do not believe - a sense of Jesus' redemption being put to motion in people's lives through everyday conversations with you. 
2) in Your church it will mean a release of creativity and breakthrough. I also had a sense that the release of kingdom generosity was only phase 1 - phase 2 will be a huge release of creativity and phase 3 will be breakthrough as the impossible bows down to the name of Jesus. 

I trust this is an encouragement - praying for you!



      The world always bow to super power for their own benefits. What we do not know is that we can have a real super power, the Commander of God's army backing us up or even fighting for us. It is just that we do not know how to release that super power!

      I think today is the time to go to Phase 3 what David Larlee describes and that Jesus Christ our Lord is commanding you through my blog to ask you to bow down, kneel down to Him as often as you can. Take off your shoes and bow down to Him! 

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Lead us to be willing to take off our shoes and bow down to you as often as we can so that we are to see you act. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Have your tried to take off your shoes and to bow down experiencing His presence and worshipping Him? 

2. Do you think this way of taking off your shoes to bow down worshipping God is important? Are you going to do that?

3. What have you got from Jesus today?

Today's Time with Abba daily reading that I recited loudly
Psalm 103:20-22
Isaiah 10:1 - 11:16
2 Cor. 12:11-21
Proverbs 23:6-8

Photos of my copying the Bible yesterday using Time with Abba passages

Yesterday's Golden Verse 

Other passages

Praise and Thanksgiving
Let's give thanks for God with us. Let us praise Him:
10,000 Reasons

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