Friday, August 26, 2016

OT DAY 530 - Reaching out to Those Women Who Are Weak (Please click here for English podcast)

Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

       you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
            for you are my refuge.
         Into your hand I commit my spirit;
             you have redeemed me, O Lordfaithful God.
        
                                     Psalm 31:4-5

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (2 Kings 4:1-7)


Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lordbut the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”        2 Kings 4:1-7

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

    My Listening

           Elisha exercised his double portion spiritual gifts and authority to a widow here in today's passage. What is the message God wants to give us? 

     Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
     (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) : 
           The story about the widow of one of the disciples of the prophets illustrates some overlapping dynamics. Jesus points out that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's day (Luke 4:25), and the situation hasn't changed in Jesus' own day. There are no social security or widow's benefits; it is your extended family and your neighbours who are supposed to help you through when you are in difficulties, but the presupposition of the story may be that the whole community is in difficulty. You aren't necessarily protected from such trouble by the fact that your husband was a person who was truly devoted to God and involvers in ministry. Evidently the woman (or her husband, before he died) had taken out a loan in the hope that the situation would improve; maybe they would get a decent harvest and be able to pay the loan back. It hasn't happened. The collateral on the loan would then be that the children's labor would pay back the loan. This didn't mean they would be slaves, and if the system worked in accordance with the Torah they would be free again after a while, but the arrangement wouldn't be much fun for mother or children…
           Whatever is the case, they are present in Scripture to invite us to wonder at God's capacity to make extraordinary things happen and also to be open to being God's agents in reaching out in some way to women who can't have children or lose their children or lost their husbands. 

John Goldingay. 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.121-122.

     There are steps that you need to take to experience God's great power as what Elisha experienced:
1. You need to have a mentor to pass on spiritual gifts and authority to you
2. You need to have a heart to care for those women who are in need
3. You need to have the gift of discernment of when and how to exercise those gifts and authority

     Are you in the path of experiencing this kind of gifts and authority so that you can care and help those women who are in need? 

    Dear Lord Jesus,
    Help us to follow Elisha's experience so that we can use the gifts and authority you give us to care and help those women who are in need.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Reflect on these questions:
   1. Have you helped women who are in need before?

2. How can today's message to move you in a direction to care and help those women who are in need?

    3. What have you got from Jesus today?

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OT 第 530天 - 關顧軟弱無助的女子 (請按此處收聼廣東話 )

安靜
1.  停下來. 靜一靜
2.  等候主. 深呼吸經歷主之平安, 感受主的臨在, 呼出你的憂慮

讚美及感恩
1.  思想最近使你開心歡笑的時刻
2.  為那些時刻及有關的人感恩
3.  敞開心懷讚美主


         求 你 救 我 脫 離 人 為 我 暗 設 的 網 羅 , 因 為 你 是 我 的 保 障 。
       我 將 我 的 靈 魂 交 在 你 手 裡 ; 耶 和 華 誠 實 的 神 啊 , 你 救 贖 了 我 。
   
                                              詩篇 31:4-5 
                        
認罪悔改  (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method 轉位靈修法 http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  求聖靈在你生命中工作
      "親愛的聖靈, 求你光照我心靈的深處, 使我看見我的罪, 我和主耶穌的阻隔, 
        求你幫助, 奉主耶穌基督名求。阿們。"

2. 透過聖靈的工作, 安靜一刻, 省察自己, 之後祈禱:
     「親愛的主耶穌,感謝你為我的罪釘死在十字架上,我願意在你面前承認我的罪(凡聖靈光照到的,請逐一說出),求你用你的寶血赦免我的罪,我願意打開心門讓你作我的救主,求你救贖我,我願意一生跟隨你讓你作我生命的主,求你帶領我。聖靈,求你充滿我,使我得著恩賜及力量去事奉主、見證主。奉主耶穌基督名求,阿們。」


聆聽主話 (列王紀下  4:1-7)


有 一 個 先 知 門 徒 的 妻 哀 求 以 利 沙 說 : 你 僕 人 ─ 我 丈 夫 死 了 , 他 敬 畏 耶 和 華 是 你 所 知 道 的 。 現 在 有 債 主 來 , 要 取 我 兩 個 兒 子 作 奴 僕 。
以 利 沙 問 他 說 : 我 可 以 為 你 做 甚 麼 呢 ? 你 告 訴 我 , 你 家 裡 有 甚 麼 ? 他 說 : 婢 女 家 中 除 了 一 瓶 油 之 外 , 沒 有 甚 麼 。
以 利 沙 說 : 你 去 , 向 你 眾 鄰 舍 借 空 器 皿 , 不 要 少 借 ;
回 到 家 裡 , 關 上 門 , 你 和 你 兒 子 在 裡 面 將 油 倒 在 所 有 的 器 皿 裡 , 倒 滿 了 的 放 在 一 邊 。
於 是 , 婦 人 離 開 以 利 沙 去 了 , 關 上 門 , 自 己 和 兒 子 在 裡 面 ; 兒 子 把 器 皿 拿 來 , 他 就 倒 油 。
器 皿 都 滿 了 , 他 對 兒 子 說 : 再 給 我 拿 器 皿 來 。 兒 子 說 : 再 沒 有 器 皿 了 。 油 就 止 住 了 。
婦 人 去 告 訴 神 人 , 神 人 說 : 你 去 賣 油 還 債 , 所 剩 的 你 和 你 兒 子 可 以 靠 著 度 日 。

                                                                        列王紀下  4:1-7
現在讓你有一段安靜的時間, 給聖靈一個空間, 讓主耶穌可以藉着你剛才讀過的經文, 對你說話:

我的聆聽
           Elisha exercised his double portion spiritual gifts and authority to a widow here in today's passage. What is the message God wants to give us? 


     Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 
     (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Goldingay) : 
           The story about the widow of one of the disciples of the prophets illustrates some overlapping dynamics. Jesus points out that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's day (Luke 4:25), and the situation hasn't changed in Jesus' own day. There are no social security or widow's benefits; it is your extended family and your neighbours who are supposed to help you through when you are in difficulties, but the presupposition of the story may be that the whole community is in difficulty. You aren't necessarily protected from such trouble by the fact that your husband was a person who was truly devoted to God and involvers in mini try. Evidently the woman (or her husband, before he died) had taken out a loan in the hope that the situation would improve; maybe they would get a decent harvest and be able to pay the loan back. It hasn't happened. The collateral on the loan would then be that the children's labor would pay back the loan. This didn't mean they would be slaves, and if the system worked in accordance with the Torah they would be free again after a while, but the arrangement wouldn't hbe much fun for mother or children…
           Whatever is the case, they are present in Scripture to invite us to wonder at hod's capacity to make extraordinary things happen and also to be open to being God's agents in reaching out in some way to women who can't have children or lose their children of lost their husbands. 

John Goldingay. 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.121-122.

     There are steps that you need to take to experience God's great power as what Elisha experienced:
1. You need to have a mentor to pass on spiritual gifts and authority to you
2. You need to have a heart to care for those women who are in need
3. You need to have the gift of discernment of when and how to exercise those gifts and authority

     Are you in the path of experiencing this kind of gifts and authority so that you can care and help those women who are in need? 

    Dear Lord Jesus,
    Help us to follow Elisha's experience so that we can use the gifts and authority you give us to care and help those women who are in need.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

      省察問題
    1. Have you helped women who are in need before?

2. How can today's message to move you in a direction to care and help those women who are in need?

    3. What have you got from Jesus today?


    讓我們為神同在感恩讚美主:

     10,000 Reasons

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The offering of our First Fruit every morning have changed lots of things: unity, lifestyle, character …and many more!

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