Sunday, September 20, 2015

OT DAY 326 - I Will Be with You No More, Unless... (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 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 Praise the Lord!
will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

         Psalm 111:1

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

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 7:10-15)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua 7&version=ESV


10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? 11 Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. 12 Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you. 
                 Joshua 7:10-12

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
      We all want God to be with us. God with us is the key to our everyday's journey. But God said to Joshua, "I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you." Then God instructed Joshua what he needed to do. And, Joshua listened and obeyed right away. Would you respond to God's command right away if you were Joshua?

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
     In Joshua 6 and 7 Rahab and Achan are juxtaposed, a Canaanite who doesn't behave like a Canaanite and an israelite who doesn't behave like an Israelite. Indeed, Rahab is an extreme version of a Canaanite, as she embodies the inclination to sexual immorality that Israel associates with Canaanites, while Achan comes from the heart of Israel, from the clan that produces David…
     The story reminded people that for all the talk of destroying or devoting the Canaanites, God was never against the Canaanites as such. Canaanites could always come to believe in God and commit themselves to membership of Israel.
     Conversely, just because you are physically an Israelite doesn't make you exempt from being devoted in that fatal sense. Both ways, commitment trumps ethnicity.     

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.31-32.




     I will be with you no more, unless you have total commitment. That's what I got from Jesus today!
     So, what does total commitment means to you today? Pray and God will tell you, just like what Joshua did, even he was in a kind of confrontational way. God will tell you if you pray! 

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Help us to be willing to pray to you for your instruction of how to have a total commitment to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Is God with you recently? If not, do you know why? If yes, how are you be so sure?

2. Are you willing to pray more often to ask Jesus to tell you how to totally committed to Him? 

3. What have you got from Jesus today?


Today's Time with Abba daily reading that I recited loudly
Psalm 105:23-26
Isaiah 33:13 - 36:22
Galatians 5:13-26
Proverbs 23:23

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


Today'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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