Tuesday, September 14, 2021

DAY 34 (2021) - What is to be fruitful? (Please go to FaceBook(silastyng) to watch my video of this blog)




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)

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           "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

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    Today's passage:

Matthew 13

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

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: What is to be fruitful?

This morning Jesus reminds me of what I received many years ago. I was preparing a Bible study on Matthew 13 and Jesus opened my eyes to see a word I never aware of and that is “fold”. My understanding before that day was that we should be a Christian who can bring at least 30 people to Jesus. If we are better Christians, then we can each bring 100 people to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord of life. 
 But that morning Jesus told me, “Not only 30 people, 100 people.That is “folds”! Do you see! Count it your self!" 
So I got a calculator and count what is 30 folds: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536, 131072, 262144, 524288, 1048576, 2097152, 4194304, 8388608, 16777216, 33554432, 67108864 , then I stopped there for my calculator could not count any more. I told one of my prayer ministry team member , Gordon Fung that morning what happened and asked him to help me to count what is 30 folds and 100 folds. He is an engineer so he should be able to know how to do it. It was a Sunday morning when we were praying in my office before our 11a.m. service at Richmond Emmanuel Church. He went to the computer and came back with a pale face. He gave me a list from one fold to 100 fold. There are 9 zero after one for 30 folds and that is 107,000,000,000 and there are 30 zero after 100 folds and that is 126,765,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Wow! That is what Jesus is talking about what is fruitful!

Jesus told me this morning that we can be fruitful like that if we see that, hear that and treasure that like the man who found the treasure hidden in a field. For most people they live for adding a dollar sign “$” to those number and I think even the wealthiest person in the history of mankind can make may be 30 folds of money. 

But what is in today's passage about the 30 folds and 100 folds is about new lives in Christ! 
It is about how many people can be saved by Jesus through one disciple of Christ! 
Through you! 

What is your choice? 
What have you heard today? 
Do you understand?

Dear Holy Spirit, 
Help me to be able to see you and hear you and that I can be fruitful as best as I should be. 
In Jesus name we pray,

      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. 
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