Friday, October 12, 2012

DAY 1150 - The Pride of Your Heart Has Deceived You!

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**NEW link for the 11th 100 days 24 hours prayer campaign(from August 25 to December 03, 2012).

The easiest way is to take one hour slot for the whole week. What you need to do is very simple. Choose one dayThe easiest way is to take one hour slot for the whole week to pray for me, my family and my ministry, remembering the ministry of ACiC(ACiC has two Networks: ACiC, Anglican Coalition in Canada and AI, Asian Initiative). You may use the whole hour in prayer or you can still do you work in your office but use as much time as you can to pray and the other time work prayerfully that hour to pray for our ministry. This campaign is also to teach you that you need somebody to pray for you daily. I have been prayed for hourly the past 1,100 days and I have never experienced this kind of peace and protection before. It's just beyond words can express. If I did not listen and obey to Jesus call 1,100 days ago to start this prayer movement, I think I would be pulled into darkness and discouragement already! I deeply believe that this is a way to draw as many participation as we can in prayers. I encourage you to participate. We need you to join us! Trust in the power of prayers!

Today's Reading: Obadiah

Please read Obadiah 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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Purify My Heart

Chinese praise song -
你的寶血 It’s Your Blood

Please click the links below to Obadiah:

                English(NIV): 1&version=NIV1984

Bible Study

Obadiah was a prophet to Judah who prophesied about God's judgment against Edom. The purpose of this book is to reveal God's intense anger at Edom for their arrogant joy over Judah's suffering and to deliver the message of God's coming judgment against Edom. Obediah speaks of the end result of God's dealings with these two nations: for the Edomites - total destruction; for God's people Israel - rescue and liberation on "the day of the Lord".

Most scholars believe that Obadiah's prophecy related to the invasion by the Philistines and Arabs during the reign of Jehoram 848B.C. - 841 B.C. (2 Ch 21:16-17) or by the Babylonians during the years 605 - 586 B.C.. Jerusalem's destruction by Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar seems the less likely of the two, since there is no hint of the complete destruction that resulted from that invasion or of the deportation of Jews into exile throughout the Babylonian Empire.  For this reason, the occasion for Obadiah's prophecy is more like the first one, when the Philistines and Arabs forcefully looted the city.

The Edomite's pride stemmed from the fact that they lived in a rocky range of mountains, which caused them to believe they were totally secure and invincible.  They were proud of their self-sufficiency and power; yet God would bring them down.  In 582 B.C., four years after the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, the Edomite people were nearly destroyed as well and were forced by the Babylonians to live in southern Judah.  In A.D. 70, after Jerusalem's destruction by Rome, the Edomites were never heard of again.

My Spiritual Journal

What I got from Jesus today is: The pride of your heart has deceived you!
What I received from Jesus today is to see the deadly result of pride as a serious sin.

The Bible teaches that pride and arrogance lead to self-deception.  It also warns that pride goes before a fall (v.4; Pr 16:18), and that it causes a person to become God's enemy(v.8; Jas 4:6; 1 Pe 5:5). 

The worst thing is that when we are being controlled by our own pride we would not know it because our eyes would be blinded and we would be stubborn and stiff-necked.

Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Only more and more close to Jesus can we get rid from being controlled by pride. No other way!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us not to be controlled by our own pride but to follow you more closely to become more gentle and humble.  In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

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Chinese praise song -
陶造我生命 Mold My Life

Pray for our AMiA bishops:

The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)
The Rt. Rev. Sandy Greene (Gigi)

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


Prayer items today:


Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)

Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng(Michelle), Rev. Peter Klenner(Jenny),
Rev. Ed Hird (Janice), Rev. John Cox (Sheryl)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice) 
Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas) 
Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)
Secretary: Rev. Dave DeJong(Megan)

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