Wednesday, January 6, 2010

DAY 140 - Fulfill your marital duty

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 7

Please read 1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 40 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.)

Please click the links below to 1 Corinthians 7:

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband…Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corinthians 7: 3-5

There are so many marital problems nowadays. The divorce rate of Christians and non-Christians are very similar, over 50%. Paul had a long time ago analyzed the reason in this Chapter. The practical one is that husbands and wives are not fulfilling their marital duty, especially concerning sexual intimacy. And the deeper issue is that when sexual needs are not satisfied, then Satan will tempt either party because of his or her lack of self-control.

Of course there are many other 'reasons' for a couple to divorce but Paul stated a very clear and real 'reason' for husbands and wives to consider. For unmarried men or women, Satan has the same method to tempt you through your lack of self-control.

Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him…Keeping God’s commands is what counts. 1 Corinthians 7: 17- 19

The most important issue is just one: keeping God’s commands is what counts!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to love my wife and to fulfill my marital duty to her. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Prayer items today:

Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time
Richmond Emmanuel Church
Rector/Senior Pastor: Rt. Rev. SilasNg
Evangelist: Pastor Marcus Ho
Teaching Pastor: Pastor Eliza Poon
English/Children: Mr. Jim Kelly
Music Ministry: Emily Yeung

We have started our 2nd phase of 100 days of prayer. I am calling you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ to fill in your names in the new list below. Many wonderful things have happened in the past 100 days. Can we follow our King, our Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ to use an hour’s time to pray for His protection and blessings to my new ministry as the Bishop of ACiC/AI, all our ACiC/AI clergy, leaders and people? Pray that in the Holy and Mighty Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we can win over Satan's tricks, in order to strengthen our brothers and sisters so that His Kingdom will be extended. Please click this new link to participate in our 2nd phase 100 days/24 hours Prayer Campaign (Nov 29, 2009 to March 8, 2010)

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