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Today's Reading: Isaiah 29
Please read Isaiah 29 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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主你是我力量 You are my strength
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Isaiah prophesied the fall of Jerusalem in various stages:
1. Woe to you, Ariel (vv. 1-4): Ariel means lion of God and is a symbolic name for Jerusalem. Although people in Jerusalem continued their festivals as usual thinking that they were OK, God would bring destruction on them because of their sin.
2. Missed the opportunities (vv. 5-8): Isaiah's description was about God's protection from Assyria during Sennacherib's invasion. But, even this miracle did not cause the people to give up their rebellious ways and returned to God. They missed a golden opportunity! Because of this, God would send a more severe judgement during the Babylonian invasion.
3. Hearts are far from God (vv. 9- 16): Even though people in Jerusalem prayed, worshiped and sang praises to God, their hearts were not fully devoted to God or his commands. Instead of truly following God, the people filled their lives with religious rituals and traditions, which gave them a false security and they just did whatever they wanted. Jesus used verse 13 in Matthew 15: 9. Paul used verse 14 in 1 Cor. 1: 19 and verse 15 in Romans 9: 19-21.
4. A fertile field: Isaiah's prophecies of judgment always include a message of hope because one of his main themes is Israel's restoration. These verses envision the last days of this age when the humble and needy of Israel will turn to God (vv. 18-19) and the wicked will be destroyed (vv. 20-21).
"These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."
Isaiah 29: 13
My Spiritual Journal
What I received from Jesus today is: Their hearts are far from me!
To read the prophecy of this chapter is really scaring. God did give Judah many opportunities but they just did not want to listen and in fact they did not care! I have seen to much of this kind of examples and I have also seen how God increased the weigh of His hand to bring more destruction so that those stiff-neck would have a better chance to change. How sad! Return before it is too late!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to step in the sins of those Israelites and that our hearts can be close to you. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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我要向山舉目(詩篇121篇) I Will Lift Up My Eyes to The Hills
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Prayer items today:
Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. 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. Dr. Todd Dean Hunter (Debbie)
The Rt. Rev. TJ Johnston, Jr. (Rees)