Thursday, September 22, 2022

Jesus is Lord! Don't bite the hand that fed you and be carried away by emerging novelty!

 



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Bible in one year by Nicky Gumbel:

Nicky Gumbel's Bible in one year today:

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 sins 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."


    
    The link to today's Time with Abba passages:   http://api.pastoralcareschool.org/twa/
    Time with Abba passages: (Psalm 106:1-5, Isaiah 39:1-41:16;  Ephesians 1:1-23; Proverbs 23:25-28)

    Today's key passage: 

      Praise the Lord.
      Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
      Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
    or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,
    who always do what is right.
Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
    come to my aid when you save them,
that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may share in the joy of your nation
    and join your inheritance in giving praise.

Psalm 106:1-5

    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 today from Jesus  is Jesus is Lord! Don't bite the hand that fed you and be carried away by emerging novelty!

    Today's catch is very rich and important!

    First I see God's promise in Psalm 106:1-5:
    When we "Praise the Lord", "Proclaim God's mighty acts " and "Act on God's command";
    then, God will show "favor" to us and bless us to enjoy the "prosperity" He gives us and share the "joy" of God's Kingdom and received inheritance from Him.

    We can see this promise happened to King Hezekiah in yesterday's Isaiah 37 and 38 that God sent an angel to destroy the vast Assyria army and God listened to his cry and healed him of his critical illness at the point of death.

    The terrible thing is that he forgot what God had done and befriended with Babylon! Isaiah warned him and prophesied that Hezekiah's kingdom will be destroyed but he did not listen, did not repent like before! Why? Impossible?

    After more than 700 years, Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus asking the Holy Spirit to open their eyes to see nothing and no one but to focus on Jesus Christ, to live out Jesus is Lord! The sad thing is that from Revelation 2:1-7, even the church of Ephesus lost their first love to Jesus!

    I was so sad to see all these happened no matter in King Hezekiah or the church of Ephesus! And, if they could changed and rotten like that, can we get away from this human sins and weakness?

    I think the only way is what Paul says in Ephesians 1:17, to ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to focus only on Jesus so that we can live out Jesus is Lord!


     Dear Holy Spirit,  
    Help us never forget your grace and love that we are being carried away by other people or things. Open our eyes that we can focus on Jesus and to live out Jesus is Lord. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
     Reflect on these questions:

     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch?
      
      2.  What is your next step?

      Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

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

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