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Today's Reading: Ecclesiastes 3
Please read Ecclesiastes 3 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.)
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我的心為何憂悶 Why My Heart Worries?
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- Message: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes 3&version=CUV
What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3: 9-11
What I received from Jesus today is: Consuming everything, giving up nothing!
I got the title "Consuming everything, giving up nothing" from one of the comments in yesterday's Financial Times about the Eurozone black hole theory telling people that Eurozone is just like a black hole. I received a similar kind of "black hole" theory many years ago when I read this chapter. The reason that nothing can satisfy a human being and even King Solomon could not be satisfied is that when God created us He put a "black hole" in our sole and that "black hole" is "eternity", that is eternal life. Nothing can satisfy us until we repent our sins and return to God's eternity Kingdom and enter into "eternal life". Eternal life is a relationship that we can have eternal relationship with God, nothing after we die but when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, Lord of life and King.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want! (Psalm 23:1)
We will never understand everything is in His time until we fulfill God's purpose in us of His setting "eternity in the hearts of men" (3:11). We will then understand why God lay the burden on men is because He wants us to know we cannot deal with lots of things in our lives, only if we have Him as Lord and King we can have a way out!
We have no way to deal with God's Kingdom business unless we have the King of this Kingdom to take care of everything! That's why so many clergy and Christian leaders burn out because once we think we can deal with Kingdom business ourselves we will burn out sooner or later.
That "Spiritual Black Hole" I called is just like the Financial Black Hole people called the Eurozone now really consuming everything, giving up nothing. But once we repent and receive Jesus as our Savior, Lord and King we will become more and more Christlike that we will enter into a lifestyle of Christlikeness - Loving everything, giving up everything!
Jesus gave me His very important Word as to conclude this post:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3: 16
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to follow Solomon's footsteps into a spiritual "black hole" but to return to your Kingdom that we can love everything and give up everything. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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Prayer items today:
Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya), Mr. Andy Li (Amy)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)
Pray for our AMiA bishops:
The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)
The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene (Gigi)