Tuesday, January 19, 2010

DAY 153 - Do Not Be Blinded Again

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 4

Please read 2 Corinthians 4: 1 – 18 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 2 Corinthians 4:

Chinese: http://www.o-bible.com/cgibin/ob.cgi?version=hb5&book=2co&chapter=4
ESV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%204&version=ESV
NIV: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%204&version=NIV
Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%204&version=MSG

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4

Jesus led me to feel the deep pain of Paul as he tried to use some positive language to help the leaders of the church in Corinth to know that they are blind. The blindness should be the condition of those unbelievers but it happens to Christian clergy and leaders when they lose heart and go back to the old route of secret and shameful ways, using deception and distorting the word of God.

Paul cried for God to let light shine out of the darkness because he was pressed on every side, perplexed, persecuted, struck down and carrying around in his body the death of Jesus. But Paul said that this happened, “so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

When Michelle and I finished reading this chapter and I was waiting for her to share what she got from Jesus, suddenly she was full of tears and nothing could stop her tears for quite a few minutes. She told me she felt I was just like Paul and have to experience all that kind of pain. She said that “light and momentary troubles” now will be rewarded when I will be welcomed in heaven by thousands of angels. I laughed and told her that I am not going to die soon because of those persecutions and betrayal. Yes, this situation is so real in our daily life that we can be blinded again. Yet we don’t know we are blind but start to bring darkness, persecution and accusation to other people and sometimes to close friends. Wake up, let the light of Jesus to shine upon you and come back into conscience! Do not be blinded again!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to be able to stand firm just like Paul and not be crushed, nor despairing, nor abandoned, nor destroyed. May your light come to shine out of darkness. 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

Immanuel Church
Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Simon Neill

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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