Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DAY 979 - Pride Leads You Not Finishing Well!

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Today's Reading: Isaiah 39

Please read Isaiah 39 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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Chinese praise song -
主你是我力量 You are my strength

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Bible Study

This chapter gives us a sad news of how King Hezekiah could not finish well because of his fear and his pride.

His fear was because of the power of Assyria. Instead of trusting God he sought a political alliance with the king of Babylon. His pride was because his unguarded openness with the representatives of Babylon and their gifts. It demonstrated a lack of faith in God and a prideful lack of respect for God's ownership of Judah's riches. Isaiah prophesied that the Babylonians someday would destroy Jerusalem and steal its treasures (v. 6). The worst thing is that after King Hezekiah heard that prophecy from Isaiah he did not repent because of his pride but told Isaiah that he didn't care if there would be peace and security in his lifetime. Then there isn't anything about king Hezekiah in the Bible from then on. So sad that such a powerful and faithful king could not finish well!

My Spiritual Journal

What I received from Jesus today is: Pride leads you not finishing well!

Jesus leads me to feel the fear of King Hezekiah and how God took his fear away two times miraculously. In the peak of his victory God gave him a severe sickness that could kill him to humble him and suppress his pride because God well knew what was in him. But, it's sad that Hezekiah didn't get it!

Tonight around 150 people came to Richmond Emmanuel Church to see a play - Mark's Project. It was such a simple and yet powerful play using the whole Gospel of Mark to lead us to see who Jesus is.

The last line was the most powerful moment. It's about the last scene of the Gospel of Mark of what Jesus rebuked his eleven apostles for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

It was so powerful when Jesus said, "Why are you afraid? Why are you afraid?", then he walked down and looked at that person still on the stage.

Wow! I was shaking because Jesus revealed all those fear I have had these few months. So many! Then I felt Jesus looked right into my eyes and said, "I am your King, why are you afraid?"

Thank you Lord! I got it! Thank you!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for this chapter and today's Mark Project that I am not going to be afraid any more because you are my King and King of all Kings. Teach me to have a humble heart that I will not step into Hezekiah's footsteps that I cannot finish well. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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全地至高是我主 You Are Top No. 1

Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)

Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)

Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. 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 our AMiA bishops:
The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)

The Rt. Rev. John Miller (Joyce)

Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time:
Jericho Road Church, Port Alberni

Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. John Cox (Sheryl)

Assistant Pastor: Rev. Brad Frey (Julia)

Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Dave Dejong (Megan)

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