Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Have you seen the works of God displayed in the midst of this pandemic and the darkness of this world?

              

   

Please click this link for the video version:

https://youtu.be/4OjElEqR2Tc


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 69:29-36, 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15; John  9:1-41; Proverbs 15:15-17)

    Today's key passage: 

    
      As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
John 9:1-3, 39-41

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 isHave you seen the works of God displayed in the midst of this pandemic and the darkness of this world?

     John 9 is one of the most inspiring chapters in the Bible because Jesus gives us a new definition of suffering through the opening of a man's eyes who was born blind.

    For the Jews, they judged that it is because of sins to make a man blind like that. It might be the sins of that blind man or the sins of his parents.

    Even though Jesus performed this miracle, but the Pharisees did not believe and did not see God's works displayed. What the Pharisees wanted was to accuse Jesus of working during Sabbath.

    Then Jesus says this most inspiring words:

    “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

    
Have you seen the works of God displayed in the midst of this pandemic and the darkness of this world?

    Are you willing to let Jesus using you to display the works of God in the midst of this pandemic and the darkness of this world?


     Dear Lord Jesus,  
     Help us to acknowledge that we are blind and open our eyes so that we are able to see the works of God in the midst of this pandemic and the darkness of this world that we are willing to be used by you to display your miraculous worksIn 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. 
     

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

    

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