Saturday, January 8, 2011

DAY 507 - Crises Are Just Challenges! Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Michelle!
Our son Ignatius wrote a new song as Michelle's birthday gift today. Please go to the link and click his song. It is so wonderful and moving! We are so proud to have two lovely sons: Ignatius and Athanasius

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Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 11
Please read 1 Samuel 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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Please click the links below to 1 Samuel 11:
When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came upon him in power, and he burned with anger. He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel, proclaiming, "This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel." Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they turned out as one man. When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and the men of judah thirty thousand. 1 Samuel 11: 6-8

When we face with crises, lots of people try their best to avoid them, feel discouraged or even quit. This chapter gives us a good example to "enjoy" crisis when we understand how God made use of a crisis to transform Saul into a real king:

1. From 'Chicken' to Courageous
See how 'chicken' Saul was as in 10: 22 hiding among the baggage even after so many wonderful spirit-filled happenings. But when a real crisis came and with the filling of the Holy Spirit, he was transformed from 'chicken' into a courageous king!

2. From some followers to 330,000 followers
Even the people accepted Saul as king but only a small group of people followed him. Only those whose hearts were touched by God followed Saul. But, after a major crisis and a Spirit-filled courageous act, Saul had the whole nation to follow him. Leaders, don't be discouraged, sometimes we just need a small crowd at first and in time more will follow to do God-sized ministries! In time, but we need to be Spirit-filled and show a courageous response!

I still remember many years ago when I faced with a major crisis, I got to the point of depression. Then God used one of our leaders giving me a word of wisdom. She said, "Silas, God is using all these difficulties to prepare you to do bigger things for him. Don't quit, if you do not quit, no one can move you." A few days later after her wonderful word of wisdom, Jesus told me this, "My son, those crises I have for you are just challenges. Enjoy!"

So, can you enjoy all those crises that God prepares for you and to be sure that they are just challenges to make you a better disciple of Christ? You need crises to become a courageous leader to serve the Lord, just like Saul!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Prepare me to have the courage to face with all those crises and know that they are just challenges from you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)

Pray for one Anglican Mission bishop one day at a time:

The Rt. Rev. Thomas William (TJ) Johnston, Jr. (Rees)

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time:

Christ the Redeemer, Pender Harbour

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Jen Morgan (Ken)

Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Carolyn Spence

Twitter version:

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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