Friday, March 31, 2023

God is your refuge, your fortress, do not fear!

                      


40 days "Break.Build" blog and podcast, Day 33:

https://discipler123.blogspot.com/2020/05/day-33-new-authority-dont-belittle.html

     

   

Please click this link for the video version:

https://youtu.be/Yk4bUc8nwms


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) 

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 Word, Time with Abba (Psalm 46:1-7, Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20; Luke  9:7-27; Proverbs 12:8-9)

    Today's key passages: 

    
             God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46:1-7

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 

Luke 9:23-25


Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passages we have just read. Offer this time to Jesus as you listen to him. 
   
     My Listening
    The topic I received today from Jesus is God is your refuge, your fortress, do not fear!

    Yes, only if we are willing to go into this refuge and fortress which Jesus is Lord and King and we will not be afraid of anything!

    If we are in His mighty Fortress, even though the nations are in uproar and kingdoms fall because of many crisis, we know that God is in this fortress and she will not fall!

    This is a critical time and a time to test your faith! A time to test whether you are willing not to follow this world and other lords and kings but to carry your own cross to follow Jesus as your Lord and King so that you will not be afraid because you are in His fortress!

     
     Dear Lord Jesus, 
     Help us to pass this test that we will not follow this world and other lords and kings but to carry our own cross to follow you as our Lord and King so that we will not be afraid anymore.  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 closer to Jesus?
    
           Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     

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