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Today's Reading: Amos 4
Please read Amos 4 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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你的寶血 It’s Your Blood
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We have a heavy message in this chapter. In the beginning of this chapter Amos refers to the arrogant, upper-class women as the "cows of Bashan". As these women drand their wine and lived a luxury lifestyle and urged their husbands to live the same lifestyle. Amos prophesied those women would be taken captive and led away like cattle by Assyrian armies.
Time and time again God had sent difficulty and disaster in order to convince the people to repent, to turn from their sin, and return to him. However, nothing persuaded the people to abandon their corrupt lifestyle. As a result, they ultimately would face God's judgment.
My Spiritual Journal
What I got from Jesus today is: Is your lifestyle worthy to be a disciple of Christ?!
What I received from Jesus today is a warning to our lifestyle, a lifestyle worthy to be called disciples of Christ!
This modern world teaches us to live in a kind of luxury lifestyle. We have been trained well to have everything bigger, better and more, more and more!
I have been trained well in my early days in Hong Kong to have that kind of corrupt lifestyle for years and years. And, I have been trying hard to change my lifestyle so that I am worthy to be a disciple of Christ. Not easy! How about you?
There are five repetitions of "yet you have not returned to me". In here, return to God needs our lifestyle to be changed! Wow! Is that heavy to you?
It's time to kneel down before the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ asking Him to change your lifestyle to be more like a disciple of Him before we even talk about a lifestyle of Christlikeness!
Dear Holy Spirit,
Come and shine on us that we can see whether we are living in a lifestyle worthy to be your disciples. Help us to be more like you in our daily lifestyle. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
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陶造我生命 Mold My Life
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