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Today's Reading: Isaiah 61
Please read Isaiah 61 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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This is perhaps one of the most important and powerful chapters in the Bible and surely one of my favourite and helpful chapters. Isaiah prophesies the character of the Messiah, the day of His second coming and the rebuilt of Israel.
1. The character of the Messiah (vv. 1-3)
When Jesus began His ministry, He quoted these verses and applied them to himself in Luke 4: 18-19. In order to fulfill His ministry, Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit. His anointed ministry involved:
a. Preaching the good news to the poor, the humble and the suffering.
b. Healing the spiritually and physically sick and brokenhearted.
c. Breaking the hold of darkness and evil and setting people free from sin and satanic control.
d. Opening people's spiritual eyes so they might see the light of Christ's message and be saved.
We as disciples of Jesus also needed to be first anointed by the Holy Spirit and follow His fourfold ministry to do His Kingdom work.
2. His Second coming (v. 2) - The day of vengeance
The day of vengeance will come in Jesus coming. Final judgment on the wicked will take place during the great tribulation and Jesus will returns to earth. (Revelation 5-19).
3. The rebuilt of Israel (vv. 4-9)
After Christ's second coming following the destruction of the antichrist and his evil forces, Israel will be rebuilt and its people will follow Christ. Other nations will work among them and worship the Lord with them. israelites will function as priests to teach God's Word and living out God's Word.
4. A life of Christlikeness (vv. 9 -11)
For those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, they will live out a life of Christlikeness and other people will recognize. Their lives will be characterized with joy to live out the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
My Spiritual Journal
What I receive from Jesus is: How are you anointed to do His Kingdom work?
, particularly "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor". The innovative and rich poetry and poetic speeches, chants, songs, lamentations, hymns, beseeching, praising, pleading, riddles and annotations provided by Scheherazade or her story characters are unique to the Arabic version of the book. Well, it may be quite a coincidence today that we as Christians have our 1001 night of unending story to tell - the story of Jesus and how we follow His example to be an anointed servant of Him doing His Kingdom work.
Day 1001! Do you remember the one thousand and one night
What I got from Jesus today is a challenging question from Him:
How are you anointed to do My Kingdom work?
What is your response? What could be your action towards this question and invitation to be anointed by the Holy Spirit daily to live out a lifestyle of Christlikeness that people can recognize you belongs to Jesus and that you are anointed and blessed to do His Kingdom ministry?
Dear Holy Spirit,
Pour down your anointing on us just as You anointed Jesus so that we can be joyfully living out a lifestyle of Christlikeness and be able to do His Kingdom ministry. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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Pray for our AMiA bishops:
The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)
The Rt. Rev. John Miller (Joyce)