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Today's Reading: Obadiah
Please read Obadiah 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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Purify My Heart
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你的寶血 It’s Your Blood
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Obadiah was a prophet to Judah who prophesied about God's judgment against Edom. The purpose of this book is to reveal God's intense anger at Edom for their arrogant joy over Judah's suffering and to deliver the message of God's coming judgment against Edom. Obediah speaks of the end result of God's dealings with these two nations: for the Edomites - total destruction; for God's people Israel - rescue and liberation on "the day of the Lord".
Most scholars believe that Obadiah's prophecy related to the invasion by the Philistines and Arabs during the reign of Jehoram 848B.C. - 841 B.C. (2 Ch 21:16-17) or by the Babylonians during the years 605 - 586 B.C.. Jerusalem's destruction by Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar seems the less likely of the two, since there is no hint of the complete destruction that resulted from that invasion or of the deportation of Jews into exile throughout the Babylonian Empire. For this reason, the occasion for Obadiah's prophecy is more like the first one, when the Philistines and Arabs forcefully looted the city.
The Edomite's pride stemmed from the fact that they lived in a rocky range of mountains, which caused them to believe they were totally secure and invincible. They were proud of their self-sufficiency and power; yet God would bring them down. In 582 B.C., four years after the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, the Edomite people were nearly destroyed as well and were forced by the Babylonians to live in southern Judah. In A.D. 70, after Jerusalem's destruction by Rome, the Edomites were never heard of again.
My Spiritual Journal
What I got from Jesus today is: The pride of your heart has deceived you!
What I received from Jesus today is to see the deadly result of pride as a serious sin.
The Bible teaches that pride and arrogance lead to self-deception. It also warns that pride goes before a fall (v.4; Pr 16:18), and that it causes a person to become God's enemy(v.8; Jas 4:6; 1 Pe 5:5).
The worst thing is that when we are being controlled by our own pride we would not know it because our eyes would be blinded and we would be stubborn and stiff-necked.
Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Only more and more close to Jesus can we get rid from being controlled by pride. No other way!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to be controlled by our own pride but to follow you more closely to become more gentle and humble. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
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The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)
The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene (Gigi)
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Christ the Redeemer, Pender Harbour
Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Jen Morgan (Ken)
Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Carolyn Spence
Prayer items today:
Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng(Michelle), Rev. Peter Klenner(Jenny),
Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. John Cox (Sheryl)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)
Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)
Secretary: Rev. Dave DeJong(Megan)