Thursday, May 25, 2023

How to experience the daily presence of God who alone does marvelous deeds?

                    

   

Please click this link for the video version:

https://youtu.be/iFS8KON6lII


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 72:15-20, 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18; John  14:15-31; Proverbs 15:33)

    Today's key passages: 

    
 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.
20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Psalm 72:18-20


15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 

John 14:15-18

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 isHow to experience the daily presence of God who alone does marvellous deeds?

    Have you ever experienced the peace and power of God who alone does marvellous deeds?

    If you have, when was the last time?

    Do you know how to experience the daily presence of God who alone does marvellous deeds?

    Jesus tells us very clearly in today's John that we need the filling of the Holy Spirit so that we can experience the daily presence of God who does marvellous deeds!

    Without the filling and presence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus is too far away in heaven and what we have is just a learning past tense experience somewhat like this:

    "Oh! To have Jesus with people is so good, but it was two thousand years ago!"

    "Oh! To have Jesus with people is so good, but it was when my parents still here! Now I can't feel God's presence, I can't sleep, I have no peace! What should I do?"

    Jesus tells us today that if we really receive Him as Lord and King, we will obey His commands and we will have the presence of the Holy Spirit forever. And, because the Triune God cannot be separated, so if you have the presence of the Holy Spirit, then our Abba Father and Jesus are also with you forever and this is what God with you really means! Not a theory, but daily experience and a daily God's presence!

    How to experience the daily presence of God who alone does marvellous deeds?

    You need to love Jesus, close to Jesus, listen to Jesus and obey His commands, then you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and enjoy the daily presence of our God who alone does marvellous deeds!

    
     Come Holy Spirit,  
     Fill us, pour down your fresh anointing on us each day that we can experience the daily presence of God who alone does marvellous deeds. 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. 
     

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

    

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