Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DAY 468 - You Really Need to Pray And Love Your Pastors!

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Today's Reading: Joshua 21
Please read Joshua 21 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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So, as the Lord had commanded, the Israelites gave the Levites the following towns and pasturelands out of their own inheritance. Joshua 21: 3

Oh, daily devotion is really so wonderful and powerful! Today as I was just worrying what to write about those giving out of cities to the Levites and waiting for further instruction from Jesus, He led me to this important theme today - You need to pray and love your pastors!

Who wanted to live in those cities of refuge? Staying with the bad guys or suspected bad guys days and nights in the same city? No way!

But all those six cities were given to the Levites. This whole tribe was supposed to be more closer to God as their only job is to serve God. Hebron(v. 13), Shechem(v.21), Golan(v.27), Kedesh(v.32), Bezer(v.36) and Ramoth(v.38).

When I was writing the last sentence, Jesus stopped me and reminded me of how important Hebron and Shechem were. I was speechless in the presence of our Lord, and tears are still running down my face. Yes, we do not know whether those Levites did a good job to transform two cities of refuge but anyway they became two powerful cities in later years!

Then I went on web to have some research of all six cities of refuge and found out the importance of Hebron and Shechem. Kedesh also has some significance in the Bible:

Hebron - It was King David's capital during the earlier part of his reign (2 Sam. 5: 3-5). During the later history of the nation, it continued to be a place of importance, and it still has a large population.

Shechem - Rehoboam was crowned in Shechem following the death of Solomon (1 Kings 12:1). Shehem briefly served as Jeroboam's capital following the division of the Kingdom into the Northern and Southern Kingdoms(1 Kings 12:25).

Kedesh - Deborah assembled the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali before the commencement of the conflict with Sisera in the plain of Esdraelon. (Judges 4: 6 - 10)

Those cities were the cities no one would like to enter, but the Levites had to give those "bad guys" a second chance and then to care, love and nourish those people! The Levites are somewhat similar to pastors nowadays. We as pastors are doing similar things that most people don't want to, and no one knows how difficult the job really is. That's why there are quite a number of pastors who burn-out, resign or quit totally! Pastors need your prayers, encouragements, love and every action you can give, for we are just human! Don't let the Devil hurt your pastors; instead choose to protect them, love them , care for them and most important of all - pray for them daily! The power of daily prayer for your pastors is beyond your imagination!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for your powerful presence and word of wisdom today. Holy Spirit come and anoint us that we can pray and love our pastors. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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Prayer items today:

Urgent Prayers for one of our Anglican Mission's bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Miller, who has prostate cancer recently. Please pray for his healing, for his wife Joyce and his family.

Welcome! The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christians to have daily devotion - a wonderful and intimate time with Jesus.

There are three reasons for you to use this blog as your daily devotion:
  1. A healthy spiritual diet - One chapter of the Bible daily. We really need at least one chapter of Bible daily so that we are well fed.
  2. A good example of Spiritual Journaling - What I have committed for 1,189 days(the Bible has 1,189 chapters) to write this daily post is not for teaching purposes but this is my daily spiritual journal - I write down what I hear from Jesus and how I experience His intimate relationship with me each day. I have launched a wide-spectrum research on daily devotion and have found out that there are less than 10% of Christians that are having daily devotion. Out of that 10%, many having daily devotion are doing so because of guilt (they know that they are Christians and need to have daily devotion and feel guilty if they don’t do that), duty (they need to fulfill their duty as a Christian) or study(lots of Christians primarily use their daily devotion as a time to study the Bible). I do pray and hope that you will make up your mind to have a relational daily devotion so that you can have an intimate time with Jesus. I pray that you will write your own spiritual journal as well.
  3. An online discipler – One of the reasons that so many Christians do not have daily devotion is because they do not have a discipler. A discipler can help them build up this basic element of discipleship when they first become Christians. The best way for you is to have a discipler to walk with you for a certain period of time so that daily devotion become a good habit. Or, you may have a small group of two to three people to encourage and be accountable to each other so that you won’t stop your daily devotion. I offer myself as your online discipler to walk with you daily to enrich your spiritual journey. So, shall we start this journey with Jesus Christ our Lord now!

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