Today’s Reading: Genesis 11
Please read Genesis 11 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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Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." Genesis 11:4
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel - because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11: 8-9
What I have received from the Lord today is a question: What's wrong with making a name for ourselves?
Yesterday we talked about why some names are not in the Bible and some are. Today the key word of this chapter is still the same "name". The sad story of human history has been on the building up our names instead of glorifying God's name. We can see how foolish those people were when they thought they had a new technology in the name of "brick" to build, instead of stones. They thought that they could reach heaven and even be equal with God. They moved eastward, leaving by their own ideas, leaving the land of blessing provided by God. They wanted to establish their big name so that they would not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.
In similar ways, we are doing the similar things nowadays. We feel better when we are making our name famous. We feel better when driving a car with a better brand name or possessing things with a famous brand name. We feel safer if we have enough money or RRSP so that we can be able to live a good life when we retired and not be scattered to some place called "poor and insecure".
What we don't know and need to learn is we are not in control, although we think that we have this and that we can be in control. When God acts, no one can alter anything, not new technology, not any kind of human scheme.
There is a wonderful demonstration of the reverse of the sad story of Genesis. That is Acts 2. When the Holy Spirit comes to our lives, everything is changed. We come in unity instead of separation. We can speak in a language that people can understand. We are being transformed to glorify God's name, instead of using God's provision to make our own names. So, which way do you want to choose? What is your lifestyle? Is it a Genesis 11 one or is it an Acts 2 one?! Pentecost Sunday is coming in seven days time. Ma be it's good that you ask our Lord Jesus Christ for a renewal so that you can live a lifestyle to glorify His name rather than your name.
Dear Holy Spirit,
Come, fill me and pour down your fresh anointing that I can lead a lifestyle to glorify God's Holy Name. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Michelle enjoyed the regain of her strength more and more so that she did some housework today. Ignatius was so wonderful to cook a good meal for us and to wash all the dishes. Jesus has turned a crisis into a blessing.
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