Sunday, April 22, 2012

DAY 977 - Rooted And Fruitful!

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Today's Reading: Isaiah 37

Please read Isaiah 37 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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Chinese praise song -
主你是我力量 You are my strength

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Bible Study

This is perhaps one of the best example of how to live on in times of great trouble. There are six steps that we can learn from this classical example:
1. Repent (vv. 1-2): King Hezekiah and his official all put on sackcloth is a sign of repentance and mourning before the Lord. King Hezekiah went into the temple showed a good example that the most important for us to do during the most critical and life threatening situation is to go to be as close as we can to the Lord. In Old Testament case is to go to His temple because that was the plead of King Solomon as in 2 Chronicles 6: 26 - 31)

2. Seek help from God's servant (vv. 2-7): King Hezekiah sent his officials to seek help from Isaiah and to received God's words of comfort and assurance.

3. Meet the challenge (vv. 8-13): The met the challenges and intimidation from king of Assyria.

4. Pray and Trust (vv. 14- 20): The most important thing we need to do when face with challenge and attack is one word here: PRAY. Pray and then trust God will listen to your prayers.

5. Receive God's re-confirmation and direction (vv. 21- 35)
a. Re-confirmation (vv. 21-35): God told Isaiah to give King Hdzekiah a re-confirmation of what he was going to do, to totally destroy the Assyrian army.
b. Rooted and Fruitful (vv. 30-33): God re-confirmed His promise to protect Judah and to destroy the Assyrian army. Then God gave them a new direction for their future if they wanted to live - rooted and fruitful.

6. When God acts (vv. 36-37): When God acts, everything is possible. God sent just one angel killing 185,000 Assyrian armies.

My Spiritual Journal

What I received from Jesus today is: Rooted and fruitful

The message I got today is beyond this mighty saving act. I've got two things:
1. Rooted and fruitful - Even after God save us we need to be rooted and fruitful. Not going back to the old-self of rootless and fruitless.

2. Don't forget to follow God's direction when your crisis is over: God saved Judah and King Hezekiah in a mighty way. But, human beings are so easily to forget everything when our crises is over and resume of old lifestyle and "old" everything. God usually use our crisis to teach us a lesson of how great He is and how much He wants us to rely on Him totally.

Do you have similar kind of crisis that you want to get through? How can this process help you in the future to get out of trouble by God's mighty power and grace. And, how can we change our lives from rootless and fruitless to rooted and fruitful?

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to trust you and to experience your mighty power. Bless us to be rooted and fruitful. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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全地至高是我主 You Are Top No. 1

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. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)

The Rt. Rev. John Miller (Joyce)

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time:
Jericho Road Church, Port Alberni

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. John Cox (Sheryl)

Assistant Pastor: Rev. Brad Frey (Julia)

Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Dave Dejong (Megan)

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