Friday, October 16, 2015

OT DAY 347 - Drop Your Stubborn Ways (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

      Forever, O Lord, your word
            is firmly fixed in the heavens.
         Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
             you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
                       Psalm 119:89-90

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 (Judges 2:16-19)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges 2&version=ESV

 16 Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so.18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.19 But whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways. 
                      Judges 2:16-19

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
      The past 28 years of being an ordained clergy is to accept the reality that no matter how hard I have been working to help people to become more like Christ, quite a number of them did not drop their stubborn ways just as how it is described here in the time of judges. How sad! 

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
      People do what is bad; God therefore makes bad things happen to them. Judges will portray these events as involving "Israel"; although now that Israel is spread over Canaan, more literally they involve individual clans or combinations of clans in different parts of the country. The expression of God's mercy comes in raising up a leader to deliver the people.  

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.94.




     What I received from Jesus today are two messages:
1. How can we drop all those practices not acceptable by God and our stubborn ways to pull us more and more away from God?

2. How can we be more willing to be raised as leaders just like those judges to deliver more people from their rebellious and stubbornness? 

    If we can't practice No.1, No. 2 won't happen to us!

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Help us to drop our stubborn ways. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. Do you have some practices not acceptable by God that you need to drop?

2. How willing are you to be raised as a leader to deliver more people from their rebellious and stubbornness?

3. What have you got from Jesus today?


Today's Time with Abba daily reading that I recited loudly and copy the Bible is:
Psalm 116:7-14
Jeremiah 28:1 -29:32
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Proverbs 25:17

Photos of my copying the Bible using Time with Abba passages


 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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