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Today's Reading: Isaiah 30
Please read Isaiah 30 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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This chapter is a follow-up of the last chapter to give the Israelites direction and hope after Isaiah prophesied the fall of Jerusalem in various stages.
1. Their sins (vv. 1-14)
The situation is that Judah sought an alliance with Egypt to gain protection from Assyria. But in fact, they were rejecting God's counsel, refusing to believe his promises and throwing aside God's principles of holy living by following the Egyptian way of living and worship of idols. By their sins and ignoring the prophet's offensive messages they will "collapses suddenly in an instant."(v. 13)
2. The way out (vv. 15- 33)
The only way out is to repent and rest in His protection, guidance and salvation. In their returning to God, He will show His mercy and favor to His people by eliminating their enemies in God's own way. Isaiah prophesied when king Hezekiah led his nation to return to God and everything changed. Isaiah prophesied the sudden downfall of Assyria as described in Isaiah 36-37.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
You said, 'No, we will flee on horses.'
Therefore you will flee!
You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.'
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
Isaiah 30: 15 - 16
My Spiritual Journal
What I received from Jesus today is: In repentance and rest is your salvation!
Isaiah 30: 15-16 is one of my best 10 golden verses in the Bible. The Lord used this message to give me numerous warning and encouragements.
In our life time there are so many times that similar situation happens leading us to find a easy way out but not God's way out. We rely on powerful people, better job, more profitable financial tactics and every possible way out but rarely having a total trust in God. I am say it LOUDLY, "Rarely having a total trust in God!"
In repentance and rest is your salvation! Trust in Him totally before it's too late!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to repent and rest in your salvation. 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)