Monday, January 30, 2023

In God's protection or by God's punishment



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Nicky Gumbel's Bible in one year today:


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

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:

           "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 Word, Time with Abba (Psalm 18:7-15, Exodus 10:1-12:13; Matthew 20:1-28; Proverbs 6:6-11)

    Today's key passages:
     20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
21 “What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.
23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:20-28

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

            Proverbs 6:6-11

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 isIn God's protection or by God's punishment

    Today's catch is simple and direct, almost everybody knows that, but most people don't care or too lazy to deal with that:
    1. God reveals His power and anger through His created nature
        Today's Psalm 18:7-15, David tells us how God shows His power and anger through His created nature

    2. In God's protection or by God's punishment
        Exodus 10:1-12:13 tells us the difference between "In God's protection or by God's punishment". To Moses and Aaron is to learn God's power one step at a time, but to Pharaoh is to suffer God's punishment one step at a time.

    3. Not to envy and strive for power, but to humble and give
        Today's Matthew 20:13-16,18,24 tells us the mentality of many Christians in the Church nowadays, just the same as Jesus' apostles two thousand years ago. And that is always thinking and saying "not fair", full of envy, jealousy, always want to get more and to become the top and first one!
        But, what Jesus teaches us is to learn of His model to be humble and to give so that the blood of His Cross cleanses us and gives us life!

    4. Do not be sluggard and sleep anymore
        Proverbs 6:6-11 gives us a serious warning that we can no longer be sluggard and have that "spiritual coma". We need to be in God's protection and not suffer by God's punishment!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to be sluggard and in spiritual coma anymore but to wake up and be with you, in your protection and not suffer by your punishment. 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. 

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