1. 停下來. 靜一靜
2. 等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安, 感受主的臨在, 呼出你的憂慮
認罪悔改 (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method 轉位靈修法) http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)
"親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔,
2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
聖經網頁: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=列 王 紀 下+13&version=CUV
Please read all four passages first before reading my sharing.
Please see below the passages I copied today:
Wow! Today's four passages gives us a new understanding on why God allows us to suffer. Even though there may be other reasons that God allows sufferings happen to our lives but today's message really can give us some inspirations!
Starts with the very beginning in Psalm 119: 67 "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word." Psalm 119: 71-72 "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold."
See what could happen to our lives? Because we went astray, that's why God allows us to be afflicted so that we can have the opportunity to come back to him and not cling to thousands of pieces of silver and gold and other things!
When we went astray, we might fall into what it describes in today's Proverbs 26:21-22. We become a quarrelsome person kindling fire to everywhere and we gossip to hurt other people even going down to their inmost parts! How bitter we could become if we go astray!
We love the Hyman "Great is Thy faithfulness" but what we might not know is that the message of this Hyman comes from today's Lamentations!
Lamentations 22-27 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young."
Would you agree for that? "It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young."? That means for young people to be under afflictions is good because that can make them humble and know and experience that God is God!
But, the story of the people of God is always not that. Lots of time we are arrogant, self-centred and go astray. That's why Jeremiah gives us this very heavy and painful words, Lamentations"
"I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the Lord's wrath.
He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long."
Can you believe that God can do that to you? Yes, He will because He loves you and wants you to become a faithful disciple of Him so that you can experience the glorious status as described in today's Hebrews:
"But about the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last for every and ever; a sceptre of justice will be the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."
Brothers and sisters, let's come to worship our Lord and King, Jesus Christ each day. To come before His throne of mercy so that we can be anointed by the Holy Spirit with the oil of joy!
JOY! JOY! JOY! The oil of JOY!
2. How can today's message helps you to receive the oil of joy everyday?
我要向山舉目 (詩篇 121)
The offering of our First Fruit every morning have changed lots of things: unity, lifestyle, character …and many more!
Also, we started to have a weekly Thursday TWA at 8p.m. two months ago, a weekly Friday TWA for moms with child care last Friday and a weekly TWA led by Pastoral Care School leader at 7p.m. four years ago.