“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.”
"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."
Today's main passage:
Today I have an important catch from Romans 5:1-5!
There are quite a number of Christians have been causing lots of unresolved problems in themselves, their marriage, their family, their workplace and their church because of their character! Unchanged character!
Let me give a typical example starting from my own family. My grandfather, my father and his family, myself and my family, most of us are very easily become angry. Sometimes when people saying something and we take that as an attack to us and tear off the good relationship we had before!
Do you have such kind of weaknesses in your own character? If you have, today is the golden opportunity for you to receive freedom, healing and renewal!
Because there are steps to change our bad or even "deadly" character:
1. Only Jesus
2. Filling with the Holy Spirit
3. Through suffering, difficult or unpleasant time
4. Produce perseverance
5. Changed character
6. Full of love
7. God's Name being glorified
These seven steps could help you to change your bad character, do you think it would work?
I find out because of a number of people in our church including me completed one time to many times the five days Pastoral Care School(PCS) and the past 3 1/2 years of non-stop daily 6am Time with Abba, we have many good changes in our character!
But, character is very difficult to change. If you want to know whether you have really changed, you need to wait for some difficult time to happen then you know whether you have more perseverance or still full of anger, or greed, or self-centre...Until that examination comes, you won't know whether you have changed or not?
For example, this morning someone spoke something but I took it as speaking against me and I was angry! Poor me! The examination paper was there but I failed this morning. I do hope that I'll pass the next time!
(This is something I wrote three hours after I wrote that sharing above in Chinese and I just translated that into English half an hour ago. Another examination came just three hours I said "I do hope that I'll pass the next time". Someone said something neutural but I took it as against me again. Ha, because of the catch I had this morning, I passed! I passed that exam. and I have a character change, though it needs consistency! Pray for me! And, I am going to pray for you to pass the exam. when it comes the next time!)
Fill us and pour down your fresh anointing upon us that we can pass our character exam. the next time it comes . In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Praise and Thanksgiving
Since January 1, 2016 Richmond Emmanuel Church has non stop Morning Prayer Monday through Friday 6:00am to 7:30am, Saturday 8am to 9:45am, Sunday 7:00am to 8:25am
The offering of our First Fruit every morning have changed lots of things: unity, lifestyle, character …and many more!