Tuesday, December 8, 2009

DAY 111 - When do you stop to listen and accept?

Today’s Reading: Acts 22

Please read Acts 22: 1 – 30 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf . (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

Please click the links below to Acts 22:
Chinese: http://www.o-bible.com/cgibin/ob.cgi?version=hb5&book=act&chapter=22
ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2022&version=ESV
NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2022&version=NIV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2022&version=MSG

The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!” Acts 22: 22

What I received from Jesus today is the limitation of our listening ability. The way that God does things is far beyond our understanding, but we often stop listening, thinking that this is not our tradition. Is tradition more important than God’s new ways of doing things? Is structure more important than God’s preparation? Why do we as Christians judge and accuse other Christians so easily? Do we know that we have to be accountable for all the wrong judgments to God’s servants in God’s time?

It’s so funny that the crowd listened until Paul said something that they could not accept. More than that, they decided to kill rather than to clarify. I have seen many examples of getting rid of leaders in similar ways. Every time I asked myself, “How can they do that to God’s servant?” Jesus always gives me this answer, “They did that to me. Are you prepared?”

Dear Lord Jesus, Open my ears to listen to you and others more so that your Name may be glorified. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Prayer items today:

Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Silas Ng
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time
Christ the Redeemer, Pender Harbour: Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Jen Morgan
Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Carolyn Spence

We have started our 2nd phase of 100 days of prayer. I am calling you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ to fill in your names in the new list below. Many wonderful things have happened in the past 100 days. Can we follow our King, our Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ to use an hour’s time to pray for His protection and blessings to my new ministry as the Bishop of ACiC/AI, all our ACiC/AI clergy, leaders and people? Pray that in the Holy and Mighty Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we can win over Satan's tricks, in order to strengthen our brothers and sisters so that His Kingdom will be extended. Please click this new link to participate in our 2nd phase 100 days/24 hours Prayer Campaign (Nov 29, 2009 to March 8, 2010)

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