Tuesday, October 20, 2015

OT DAY 351 - He's Able So That You're Able (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

      You are my hiding place and my shield;
         hope in your word.
                       Psalm 119:114

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 3:12-30)

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

12 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 13 He gathered to himself the Ammonites and the Amalekites, and went and defeated Israel. And they took possession of the city of palms. 14 And the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
 15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16 And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. 17 And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. 19 But he himself turned back at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence. 20 And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat. 21 And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 22 And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. 23 Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.
24 When he had gone, the servants came, and when they saw that the doors of the roof chamber were locked, they thought, “Surely he is relieving himself in the closet of the cool chamber.” 25 And they waited till they were embarrassed. But when he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them, and there lay their lord dead on the floor.
26 Ehud escaped while they delayed, and he passed beyond the idols and escaped to Seirah. 27 When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim. Then the people of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was their leader.28 And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over. 29 And they killed at that time about 10,000 of the Moabites, all strong, able-bodied men; not a man escaped. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.

                      Judges 3:7-11

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
      Yesterday we talked about when the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of God and God gave them to their enemies for 8 years. Then they cried out to God and He gave them Othniel and the Israelites had peace for 40 years.

      Today we read this sad cycle to happen again. The Israelites started to do things evil in the sight of God again after peace for 40 years. Then God gave them to their enemies for 18 years. And, when they cried out to God, God gave them Ehud. A man who was not able in the sight of the Israelites. Ehud turned everything around and the Israelites had peace for 80 years. 80 years! Double what Othniel did!  

Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) :
    
      God is not bound by ableism…Ehud couldn't use his right hand. It is thus ironical that he was a Benjaminite, because Benjamin means "son of the right hand." He couldn't even live up to his own clan's name. While the description might simply mean he was left-handed, the form of expression suggests a disability, but his inability to use his right hand becomes God's means of making him Israel's deliverer…God uses a disabled man and uses a gruesome story about a disabled man.  

John Goldingay. Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.97.




     What I received from Jesus today is one encouragement to you:
He's able so that you're able

     How does today's message sounds to you?

     Actually to experience this is so simple according to Judges. Don't do the things evil in the sight of God. Cry out to God and He will send someone to help you. Cry out to God and you would be the one He send to turn everything around.

     May be today you feel you are not able to do the things you need to do or even helpless or hopeless. First, you need to turn away from those things evil to God if you have any. Second, cry out to God and He will come to lift you up.

     He's able so that you're able!

Come Holy Spirit, fill me and pour down your fresh anointing upon me now so that I am able to do the things you prepare me to do.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
1. How do you understand the power of Othniel and Ehud? How could they have such ability and power?

2. What does today's message "He's able so that you're able" means to you?

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 118:5-21
Jeremiah 35:1 -36:32
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Proverbs 25:25-27

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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