Thursday, October 29, 2015

OT DAY 360 - Get Your Three Confirmations, Then Fight for God (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

      I was glad when they said to me,
          “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
                       Psalm 122:1

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 (Judges 6:25-40)

English(ESV): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges 6&version=ESV


25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father's bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it 26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” 27 So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.
28 When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. 29 And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.” 30 Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.” 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.” 32 Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar.
33 Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together, and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him. 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet them.
36 Then Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said,37 behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.
                      Judges 6:25-40


Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"


My Listening
     Do you think we need confirmation from God to do God's work? Well, Gideon got three confirmations. One in yesterday's passage, two in today's passage. 

     Jesus reminds me today that I got three confirmations from God in December 1981 to May 1982 before I obeyed His command to leave my job in the Hong Kong Government as a Music Officer and to go to prepare myself to become an Anglican priest in a seminary, Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary.

     Ignatius, my son, received three confirmations from God in July to September 2009 before he obeyed His command to leave his intension to go to Graduate School to study English but to go to prepare himself to become an Anglican priest in a seminary, Regent College. He graduated at Regent after four years study, got his M. Div. and now a Family Pastor in our church.

     The most important thing is that just like Gideon, both of us were filled by the Holy Spirit in those period of time we received God's confirmation to do God's work in a new way!

     You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day so that you are able to receive confirmation from God to do His Kingdom work in a new way, God's way!  


Come Holy Spirit, come, fill us! Lord Jesus, prepare us to receive your three confirmations so that we can follow you to do your Mighty Kingdom work.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.


Reflect on these questions:
1. Have you ever received any confirmation from God calling you to do some new work before?

2.  Are you ready to receive His confirmation or confirmations to have the courage as Gideon to do God's mighty work? 

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 119:57-64
Lamentations 1:1-2:19
Philemon 1-25
Proverbs 26:20



Photos of my copying the Bible using Time with Abba passages

 Golden Verse 




Other passages




DAY 4 of 40 Days Prayer for REC Promised Land. We had 41 brothers and sisters!













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


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