Wednesday, May 18, 2011

DAY 637 - Part of the Truth But Not The Truth!

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Today's Reading: 2 Chronicles 9

Please read 2 Chronicles 9 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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I am shocked as Jesus asked me to compare this chapter to 1 Kings 11. He said, "What do you see?"

I see in the recording of history can bring part of the truth but not the truth. This whole chapter is to tell how glorious Solomon was not mentioning of Solomon's peak of his glory was also peak of his pride.

I have copied and pasted what I got from Jesus in March of 1 Kings 11 for your comparison. This is a warning to all of us of who we really are and not part of who we are!

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 1 Kings 11: 4

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 1 Kings 11: 9

Then the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary, Hadad the Edomite from the royal line of Edom. 1 Kings 11: 14

And God raised up against Solomon another adversary, Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer king of Zobah. 1 Kings 11: 23

Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled against the king. 1 Kings 11: 26

Then Solomon rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father. 1 Kings 11: 43

Ignoring RED light! Ignoring RED light! Ignoring RED light!
This is perhaps the most frightening chapter for me in the whole Bible. God gave him the last chance to turn back to Him and repent( verses 11 - 13), but he did not get it and did not do anything. Then right after verse 13 God raised up enemies around him. Why? Hope that he would turn back to God when facing with all those hardship. But, he did not repent and then the Bible recorded the death of Solomon.
How said the wisest became the most foolish one! Solomon is a good example of not being able to finish well. According to reliable statistic that only 1/3 of Christian leaders can finish well. 2/3 of those after around 50 to 60 can't finish well, lose their faith, got depression, living without purpose ... What do you want to become? Able to finish well and pass your baton to the others or...
The pictures you see above are those vivid moments I have been experiencing this whole week. I am at present in Pasadena, California to have my last D. Min. course at Fuller Seminary under Dr. Terry Walling. The title of the course is "Organic Leadership Development: The Shaping of A Leader". This whole week Dr. Walling used a lot of time helping us to understand what is finishing well, why so many leaders can't finish well and how to finish well. Solomon gave us a very bad example of not finishing well and Dr. Billy Graham gives us one of the best example of finishing well. I am so joyful and honored that I can have another chance to visit Dr. John Stott again after 1 1/2 year on June 10 this year. Uncle John is also one of the best example of finishing well. May we have a chance to learn the secret of finishing well and can finish well!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to focus on you and not being deviated as Solomon did. In Jesus name we pray . Amen.

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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), Mr. Andy Li (Amy)

Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)

Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)

Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)

Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)

Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)

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

The Rt. Rev. Nathan Gasatura (Florence)

The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene (Gigi)

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

Family for All Nation (FANS)

Pastor-in-charge: Pastor Marcus Ho (Aden)

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