Tuesday, January 12, 2010

DAY 146 - The Cure for Pride

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 13

Please read 1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 13 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 1 Corinthians 13:
Chinese: http://www.o-bible.com/cgibin/ob.cgi?version=hb5&book=1co&chapter=13
ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2013&version=ESV
NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2013&version=NIV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2013&version=MSG

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love…When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1 Corinthians 13: 1, 11

Jesus led me to envision a scene of when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians. It’s like when some people call a doctor to see what happened to their child. The doctor, who was Paul, came and diagnosed the name of the virus called “Pride”. The name of the cure is called “Love”.

Pride is the number one 'disease' in the whole world. When I search for the meaning of pride, the best meaning I can find is this: pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interfers with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. Pride has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.

Pride was the problem of the Christians in Corinthians and for many others. Jesus showed me the pain in Paul’s face as he cried out, “I know you have the gifts of tongues, prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, faith and many more. So what! I don’t see that in your lifestyle and character. I can’t see your patience and kindness. Instead I see other things: envy, boasting, pride, rudeness, self-seeking, easily angered, keeping a record of wrongs, delighting in evil. Do you want to hear more? How can you still act so childish? Come on, it's time to grow up!”

Do you know Jesus may be speaking to you too?!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Help me to live out my gifts from the Holy Spirit and grow up in you. 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
Victoria Church Plant, the Table
Church Planter: Rev. Josh Wilton
Church Planter: Rev. Andy Withrow

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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