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Today's Reading: Isaiah 32
Please read Isaiah 32 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 somewhat like the third part of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - Return of the King. The whole chapter is in three parts:
1. A king will reign in righteousness (vv. 1-8)
It's about the coming of Jesus as a king and His worldwide reign characterized by all people living in righteousness - a lifestyle of Christlikeness.
2. Women who are so complacent (vv. 9-14)
The women in Jerusalem were complacent about their ungodly lifestyles, even their sin was destroying their families and their nation. They should be mourning for their sins until God sent His Holy Spirit to renewed them.
3. Till the Holy Spirit is poured upon them (vv. 15-20)
Isaiah's prophecy now is pointing to the return of Jesus as the King at the end of history. The Messianic kingdom age or what we called Christ's millennial reign. The Holy Spirit will pour out on God's people and their descendants. When that happens, we'll experience "peace", "quietness", "confidence", "peaceful dwelling places, "secure homes", "undisturbed places of rest". Wow! Is that what we long for?!
Let's wait with expectation for the return of the King, our Lord Jesus Christ and at the same time live out a lifestyle of Christlikeness. In this age, so many people are so complacent who live just the opposite way of what Christlikeness means. We need to outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fill us each day that we can be able to be as close to Jesus as possible each day and that we can be filled by the Holy Spirit.
Till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the desert becomes a fertile field,
and the fertile field seems like a forest.
Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field.
The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
Isaiah 32: 15-18
My Spiritual Journal
What I received from Jesus today is: Return of the King!
What Jesus told me is that when the king returns, everything change! Jesus is is our Lord and King! Don't be so complacent that you do not need the King to lead you and that you do not long for His return as in the end of history.
We desperately need the coming of the Holy Spirit to anoint us each day so that we can live out a lifestyle of Christlikeness to prepare for the returning of the King!
Dear Holy Spirit,
Anoint each one of us that we can live in the lifestyle of our King, our Lord Jesus Christ that we will be richly blessed. 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)