Friday, April 2, 2021

DAY 39 - New Harvest: New Creation Leads to New Harvest (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

           


Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace. 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

           But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
               let them ever sing for joy,
           and spread your protection over them,
               that those who love your name may exult in you.
                                                 Psalm 5:11

Confession and repentance

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
     And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
                                                              Matthew 9:35-38

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
     We are almost at the end of our 40 days Break.Build spiritual journey. Today's passage gives us a full picture of what would happen if you live out what you have experienced in the past 38 days, and decide to continue on this daily journey with Jesus. You will taste the fruit of harvest! Harvest!

     Let's review what we have heard from Jesus these 39 days:
1.  Repentance     
     Everything starts with your repentance

2.  New Being, New Doing, New Standard     
     When you are willing to repent, you return to God's Kingdom and you are willing to follow Jesus as Lord. You will experience a "New Being," "New Doing," and "New Standard." A New Being allows you to live out the Beatitudes; A New Doing leads to giving, praying and fasting; a New Standard means that you will not take the role of God and let God be God. As a result, you enjoy a new relationship with our Heavenly Father. 

3. New Authority    
    Jesus demonstrates the new Kingdom authority will happen when we live out the New Being, New Doing and New Standard.

4. Harvest    
    The harvest will come and we have to pray for more workers being sent into his harvest field. First, it begins with you.   


     Do you think these four steps are happening in your life? If yes, praise the Lord. If no, then you have to go through repentance again. Everything starts with repentance.      

      What I got from Jesus today is to use one word to express the four phases - New Creation. 

Jesus reminds me now of what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17           Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.     

When the new creation comes, the harvest will come.

Dear Lord Jesus,      
Lead us to be willing to keep on experiencing these four phases of "New Creation" so that we can be able to experience the power of this new harvest.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 
   
Reflect on these questions:
1. According to this passage, when will the harvest come? You can get the hint from reading verses 35 to 36.

2.  Paul uses the image of "new creation" in 2 Corinthians 5:17 to describe our new identity in Jesus. What might that look like in your life?

3.  How are you going to prepare yourself to be one of the labourers for the coming harvest, especially as a discipler? 

Family Corner:
1. Jesus asks us to pray for labourers to be sent out for the harvest. How do you pray for your family, whether it is for them to be sent out to do God's work, or to encounter God for the very first time? How often do you pray for them?

    Praise and Thanksgiving

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