Saturday, March 25, 2023

The flood is here! Are you OK?

                     


40 days "Break.Build" blog and podcast, Day 28:

https://discipler123.blogspot.com/2020/05/day-28-new-foundation-it-surely-works.html

     

   

Please click this link for the video version:

https://youtu.be/EPmb7i8Z2ys


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 44:1-3, Deuteronomy 4:1-49; Luke  6:39-7:10; Proverbs 11:28)

    Today's key passage: 

    
               46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

      Luke 6:46-49


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 isThe flood is here! Are you OK?

    Yes, the flood is here on earth and every country, every one is affected!

    And, this is the time to test whether your spiritual foundation is secure or not, a test of your relationship with Jesus!
    
    The only way for you not to be isolated and fall into darkness, anxiety, bad temper, depression is your relationship with Jesus! Whether you can really listen to His voice and do what Jesus tells you to do!

     Psalm 32:5-7 reminds us what we need to do when the flood comes. Let's read this Psalm first:

          Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.

      Psalm 32:5-7 reminds us:
      1. We need to repent and to return to God
      2. Then, we will be in His protection because He is our hiding place
      3. Sing more praise songs daily because when you sing, there will be angels and archangels singing with you praising God and they will be like a rescue team to lift you out of worries, anxiety and darkness into the Light, into the presence of God! 
    
     May you pass this examination in this time of big flood because you have Jesus as your Lord so that you can glorify Him in this critical time of the history of mankind!

      Dear Lord Jesus,
  Help us to pass this examination in this time of flood because we have you as our LordIn 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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