Sunday, August 14, 2011

DAY 725 - Don't Waste Time, Let Me Tell You!

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Today's Reading: Job 28

Please read Job 28 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 Job 28:
"God understands the way to wisdom and he alone knows where it dwells...
And he said to man, 'The fear of the Lord - that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'"
Job 28: 23, 28

What I received from Jesus today is: Don't waste time, let me tell you!

The Lord reminded me today of my first major "turning point" in my spiritual journey. For a year in 1980 to 1981 I was in a kind of searching period to make sense of my faith. I was a third generation Anglican, a Council member and the choir director and conductor of my home church. But, I felt something was wrong for I and quite a number of our choir members did live like a Christian. There was a kind of "Holy discontent" in our spiritual life that we did not know what to do. So, for a year we acted like Job and his friends to question everything we can question about faith, to argue for the sake of argument and to analyze who God was and should be. We did not go anywhere and were stuck. Then one night I and six male choir members were sitting in a circle in a public park near the High School - Pui Ching Middle School I graduated. We started the similar argument again and everyone was debating again. Then I heard in my mind a very loud sound, "Ng Tak Yin, you guys have been arguing about me for nearly a year. It won't go anywhere. Stop, pray and let me tell you." I was shock to listen to that clear sound never in my life. The other six noticed something was wrong about me and then I told them what happened. Then we stopped and prayed. We prayed for three hours from around 10:30p.m. to 1:30a.m., God told us lots of things through our prayers, mostly confessing all kinds of our sins and asking for forgiveness and a new life and direction. Then a new page was turned and I started an eight months spiritual journey leading me to experience my first born again experience. I was baptized when I was a baby and I was that time a church leader but I was not a born again Christian! How sad!

What I got today from the Lord is a similar journey to remind us that human wisdom is very limited and we can not use our wisdom to analyze who God is or to find God. Only God understands and knows wisdom and how it is acquired(v.23). He is the only one before whom both the earth and the heavens(v.24) are fully revealed because he is the one who created them (vv. 25-27). The fear of the Lord and to turn away from evil is understanding leads us to unlock the purpose of our life. This is a "relational" and "incarnational" reality. We as human so often do not fear the Lord but to do all kinds of evil things. To have an "U turn" from this wrong way and direction is repentance that we can do the exactly opposite thing, fearing the Lord so that we do not do any evil things or even want to be close with evil things. Only God can tell us this and don't waste your time heading the wrong direction. Let God tells you!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to waste our time any more on things that we need not to focus our lives on but to turn to you and let you tell us the purpose of our lives. In Jesus name I 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. Dr. Doc Loomis (Ellen)

The Rt. Rev. Augustin Mvunabandi (Virginia)

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

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