Wednesday, June 30, 2021

DAY 139 (2021) - Abba Father, thank you for the test! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



                     This drawing is according to Psalm 139:23-24



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.   Sing a song to praise God (you are welcome to use "Father, I adore you" which I have been singing every morning for the past 20 years or your own choice to praise God)

          Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
      

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to shine on you that you are able to discover your sins and be willing to repent:


     “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 and having Jesus as my Lord. 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 gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

3.  John Stott's daily prayer of Christlikeness (Christopher J.H. Wright, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017, 13)

(Please click this link to see how God used John Stott to change my life: https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/)

           "Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in your presence and please you more and more.
             Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross. and follow you.
             Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."


    Bible link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%207&version=NIV

    Today's passage:
   

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.


 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 to Jesus as you listen to him. 


    My Listening
    The topic I received from Jesus is: Abba Father, thank you for the test!

This psalm helps each one of us to know that long before we want to know God and to seek God He knows us just like He know everything He creates. 

It should be our plead to ask the Holy Spirit to shine upon us so that we can be able to know ourselves and to know God a little bit more. It is also essential for us to be tested by the Lord in His good time of our integrity and faithfulness to know whether we are heading His way.

We never know who are true Christians, disciples of Christ until crisis comes. We never know who are good generals until a big war happens. Praise the Lord that we are having a big spiritual warfare and a big crisis through this pandemic. Because it is in this dark calamity that our integrity and faithfulness are being revealed!

We need to be tested so as to be raised to a new level. We need the Holy Spirit to search on us to know our thought of who we really are. We need the test to be sure that we are heading the right way. We need His guide and for Him to hold our hands to be able to walk on His way!

Thank you Lord for this test to us! 
Thank you for raising us to a new level!


Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for giving us tests to raise us to a new level and that our best can be revealed. Help us to know that without your guide and your holding our hands we can not passed those tests and we can not survive those spiritual warfares. Come Lord to call your angels and archangels with the chariots of fire to protect us and to fight for us.  
In Jesus name we pray,
 
Amen.



       
      Reflect on these questions:
     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch and what have you heard from Jesus now?
      
      2.  What is your next step to be more closer to Jesus?
    
           Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

        
Please click this link to worship with us - 
I Was Glad (Prince William & Kate's Royal Wedding)

    I was Glad (Schola Cantorum Emmanuel conducted by Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng) 

     To know, learn and practice the method of Time with Abba, please click this link: https://www.pastoralcareschool.org

       
    Since January 1, 2021, I started to lead you to read one Psalm everyday for 150 days that you can experience a powerful experience to use Psalm to pray and sing praises to the Lord. If you watch my daily morning prayer "Time with Abba, Singing and Praising" video, I am going to sing with you one song to praise the Lord!
    
    Praise the Lord that after a few months of preparation for this new series with a good friend, Alice Cheung, you can see a brand new look in my daily blog. Alice who is now the Vice Principal of Diocesan Girls' School (https://www.dgs.edu.hk/) is going to draw a painting each day to highlight the key message of that day's Psalm. You can see the photos below of Alice, one pictures was taken in Hong Kong of Michelle and me, and Alice and her husband Johnson. The other picture is with her Doctor of Education gown standing besides the Alumni Wall of DGS and with her name and the year 1984, the year she graduated in that school. She had been a principal of a high school for seven years and worked as a Vice Principal two years ago. 








第 139天(2021年) - 阿爸父啊,感謝你的試煉! (大家可到FaceBook (silastyng)看此博客的錄影 )

 

安靜

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


讚美及感恩
1.  思想最近使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩

知罪,認罪,悔改 (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method 轉位靈修法  https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

1. 求聖靈光照,使你知罪,願意認罪悔改 
     "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, 
        求你幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。"

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去侍奉主、見證主,奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」


3.  司徒德牧師每天早上的 "活像基督"祈禱 John Stott's daily prayer of Christlikeness (Christopher J.H. Wright, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017, 13)

(請到此連結看神怎様籍司徒德牧師改變我的生命 https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/

   "天父,求你使我今天活在你的同在中,你能一天比一天更喜悦我。
    主耶穌,求你使我今天能背起我的十架去跟隨你。
    聖靈,求你在今天充滿我,使你的果子能彰顯在我的生命中: 仁愛,喜樂,和平,忍耐,恩慈,良善,信實,温柔及節制。"
             


今日的經文:
  

 ( 大 衛 的 詩 , 交 與 伶 長 。 ) 耶 和 華 啊 , 你 已 經 鑒 察 我 , 認 識 我 。

我 坐 下 , 我 起 來 , 你 都 曉 得 ; 你 從 遠 處 知 道 我 的 意 念 。

我 行 路 , 我 躺 臥 , 你 都 細 察 ; 你 也 深 知 我 一 切 所 行 的 。

耶 和 華 啊 , 我 舌 頭 上 的 話 , 你 沒 有 一 句 不 知 道 的 。

你 在 我 前 後 環 繞 我 , 按 手 在 我 身 上 。

這 樣 的 知 識 奇 妙 , 是 我 不 能 測 的 , 至 高 , 是 我 不 能 及 的 。

我 往 哪 裡 去 躲 避 你 的 靈 ? 我 往 哪 裡 逃 、 躲 避 你 的 面 ?

我 若 升 到 天 上 , 你 在 那 裡 ; 我 若 在 陰 間 下 榻 , 你 也 在 那 裡 。

我 若 展 開 清 晨 的 翅 膀 , 飛 到 海 極 居 住 ,

10 就 是 在 那 裡 , 你 的 手 必 引 導 我 ; 你 的 右 手 也 必 扶 持 我 。

11 我 若 說 : 黑 暗 必 定 遮 蔽 我 , 我 周 圍 的 亮 光 必 成 為 黑 夜 ;

12 黑 暗 也 不 能 遮 蔽 我 , 使 你 不 見 , 黑 夜 卻 如 白 晝 發 亮 。 黑 暗 和 光 明 , 在 你 看 都 是 一 樣 。

13 我 的 肺 腑 是 你 所 造 的 ; 我 在 母 腹 中 , 你 已 覆 庇 我 。

14 我 要 稱 謝 你 , 因 我 受 造 , 奇 妙 可 畏 ; 你 的 作 為 奇 妙 , 這 是 我 心 深 知 道 的 。

15 我 在 暗 中 受 造 , 在 地 的 深 處 被 聯 絡 ; 那 時 , 我 的 形 體 並 不 向 你 隱 藏 。

16 我 未 成 形 的 體 質 , 你 的 眼 早 已 看 見 了 ; 你 所 定 的 日 子 , 我 尚 未 度 一 日 ( 或 譯 : 我 被 造 的 肢 體 尚 未 有 其 一 ) , 你 都 寫 在 你 的 冊 上 了 。

17 神 啊 , 你 的 意 念 向 我 何 等 寶 貴 ! 其 數 何 等 眾 多 !

18 我 若 數 點 , 比 海 沙 更 多 ; 我 睡 醒 的 時 候 , 仍 和 你 同 在 。

19 神 啊 , 你 必 要 殺 戮 惡 人 ; 所 以 , 你 們 好 流 人 血 的 , 離 開 我 去 罷 !

20 因 為 他 們 說 惡 言 頂 撞 你 ; 你 的 仇 敵 也 妄 稱 你 的 名 。

21 耶 和 華 啊 , 恨 惡 你 的 , 我 豈 不 恨 惡 他 們 麼 ? 攻 擊 你 的 , 我 豈 不 憎 嫌 他 們 麼 ?

22 我 切 切 地 恨 惡 他 們 , 以 他 們 為 仇 敵 。

23 神 啊 , 求 你 鑒 察 我 , 知 道 我 的 心 思 , 試 煉 我 , 知 道 我 的 意 念 ,

24 看 在 我 裡 面 有 甚 麼 惡 行 沒 有 , 引 導 我 走 永 生 的 道 路 。


現在讓你有一個安靜的時刻,給聖靈一個空間,讓主耶穌可以藉着剛才讀過的經文,親自對你説話。


 我的聆聽
 我從主耶穌領受主題是: 阿爸父啊,感謝你的試煉!
 
     詩篇139篇告訴我們在我們想認識神,尋找神之前,神已認識我們!

 我們理應求聖靈光照我們使我們能認識神及自己多一些!

  我們更需要神去試煉我們的誠信及忠心,究竟我們是否在走神的路,抑或自己偏行己路! 我們永遠沒有辦法知道我們是否真正的基督徒,直到我們能經歷並成功地通過那些試煉。

 這疫情就是一個我們對神的誠信及忠心的試煉,願望你能因着每天求聖靈光照,知罪,認罪,悔改,每天有神同在,拖着你的手去成功地通過那些試煉,做一個得勝的基督徒,主耶穌基督真正的門徒!


親愛的主耶穌,  
求你使我們能每天願意求聖靈光照,知罪,認罪,悔改,每天有你的同在,拖着我們的手去成功地通過那些試煉,做一個忠心於你真正的門徒,奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。
 
       
   省察問題
 1. 今日的信息對你有何啓發?  主耶穌現在對你説甚麽話?

 2. 下一步是什麼行動?
   
     家庭角落
找機會與家人一起分享今日的領受。



讚美
Chinese praise song - 
我要向山舉目(詩篇121) I Will Lift Up My Eyes to The Hills




由2021年1月1日開始,我帶領大家每日讀一篇詩篇,用150天去為大家帶來一個藉詩篇唱詩歌頌寶貴的靈修親親爸父經歷。

    更感恩的是我和認識了超過三十多年的好朋友鄭張淑儀博士合作每日一詩篇,150日 "親親爸父,唱詩歌頌"的新嘗試。

    張博士Alice 現在是香港拔萃女書院 (DGS)的副校長,她會每天晝一幅表達那天詩篇精要的畫,而我則如以往一様寫此博客的內容。大家可以見到下面張博士和丈夫鄭昭明弟兄,我太太和我最近在香港的合照,及她穿着博士袍在1984年畢業的母挍香港拔萃女書院的畢業生牆有她名字Alice S Y CHEUNG Class of 1984前面影的相。 








Tuesday, June 29, 2021

DAY 138 (2021) - You made me bold and emboldened in the midst of calamity! (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)

 



                      This drawing is according to Psalm 138:6-7



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.   Sing a song to praise God (you are welcome to use "Father, I adore you" which I have been singing every morning for the past 20 years or your own choice to praise God)

          Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
      

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to shine on you that you are able to discover your sins and be willing to repent:


     “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 and having Jesus as my Lord. 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 gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

3.  John Stott's daily prayer of Christlikeness (Christopher J.H. Wright, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017, 13)

(Please click this link to see how God used John Stott to change my life: https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/)

           "Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in your presence and please you more and more.
             Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross. and follow you.
             Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."


    Bible link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%207&version=NIV

    Today's passage:
   

Psalm 138

Of David.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    and will praise your name
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
    that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
    you greatly emboldened me.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
    when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord is great.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands.


 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 to Jesus as you listen to him. 


    My Listening
    The topic I received from Jesus isYou made me bold and emboldened in the midst of calamity!

What would people usually react when under the attack of enemies to the point of losing hope?
They would live in fear, feeling hopeless and weak.

This Psalm describes a completely opposite reaction of normal people - bold and emboldened! 

How can that happen? 
When we are in the Lord and trust in the Lord and we are willing to cry out to him! 
Yes, when we cry out to God, everything will not be the same. Because God is going to show forth His mighty hands to save us in a way that we cannot think of!


Dear Lord Jesus,
Only you can make us bold and emboldened in the midst of severe hardship and attack. Help us to be a true disciple and leader of you that we can extend your mighty Kingdom to glorify your holy name. 
In Jesus name we pray,
 
Amen.



       
      Reflect on these questions:
     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch and what have you heard from Jesus now?
      
      2.  What is your next step to be more closer to Jesus?
    
           Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

        
Please click this link to worship with us - 
I Was Glad (Prince William & Kate's Royal Wedding)

    I was Glad (Schola Cantorum Emmanuel conducted by Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng) 

     To know, learn and practice the method of Time with Abba, please click this link: https://www.pastoralcareschool.org

       
    Since January 1, 2021, I started to lead you to read one Psalm everyday for 150 days that you can experience a powerful experience to use Psalm to pray and sing praises to the Lord. If you watch my daily morning prayer "Time with Abba, Singing and Praising" video, I am going to sing with you one song to praise the Lord!
    
    Praise the Lord that after a few months of preparation for this new series with a good friend, Alice Cheung, you can see a brand new look in my daily blog. Alice who is now the Vice Principal of Diocesan Girls' School (https://www.dgs.edu.hk/) is going to draw a painting each day to highlight the key message of that day's Psalm. You can see the photos below of Alice, one pictures was taken in Hong Kong of Michelle and me, and Alice and her husband Johnson. The other picture is with her Doctor of Education gown standing besides the Alumni Wall of DGS and with her name and the year 1984, the year she graduated in that school. She had been a principal of a high school for seven years and worked as a Vice Principal two years ago. 








DAY 40 (2021) - With God all things are possible! (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 and feel His pre...