Tuesday, December 29, 2009

DAY 132 - To be a choir singing in harmony

Today’s Reading: Romans 15

Please read Romans 15: 1 – 33 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 Romans 15:
Chinese: http://www.o-bible.com/cgibin/ob.cgi?version=hb5&book=rom&chapter=15
ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2015&version=ESV
NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2015&version=NIV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2015&version=MSG

"God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we'll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!" Romans 15:5-6 (The Message)

Praise to the Lord that I have had a very special personal counsel from Him when I was having this devotion today. I think it has been at least three months since I used Eugene Peterson’s The Message, for I usually use the NIV version. But today Jesus told me to look at the Message. As a musician, I think this is really a tailor-made message for me!

Just like Paul, I would like all those people around me and myself to receive a spirit of unity. And in attaining this, we need to enter into a steady, constant calling and warm, personal relationship with Jesus. And Jesus is just like the best choral conductor ever to blend our lives into a stunning anthem, singing in harmony to glorify God.

Jesus also told me that we need to do some important preparations in order for Him to conduct this anthem:
1. Build up people around us.(v. 2)

2. Receive endurance and encouragement from a constant, warm personal relationship with Jesus daily through reading the Bible to receive a spirit of unity. (v. 4-5)

3. Accept other people just as Christ accepted you. (v. 7)

Let’s follow closely to our Lord Jesus Christ to sing a wonderful anthem to glorify God!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to follow your lead to sing, in beautiful harmony, an anthem to glorify your Name. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Prayer items today:

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

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time
St. Barnabas Mission, Waterford, Ontario
Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Susan Zakamarko

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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