January 6, 2022
This is the verse I received for 2022 from Daniel 12:3 which I shared with the members in my new year greeting.
The Lord said to me,
“In this year, you will need wisdom, a lot of it.”
I instantly know that He was referring to the teaching of the 3 walks and the teaching on the redemption of time from Ephesians 5: 15-17:
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
I take heart at this reminder to be wise, particularly with my time.
I prayed: Lord, help me. You know that this is something I am really struggling with right now. Forgive me for killing time instead of making the most out of it.
The word “Shine” reminded me of what some COBS members had shared during our watchnight meeting their word for 2022.
Sharon saw a light and the word “Behold”. And said that something good is going to happen.
Florence shared that God is building a new foundation, a new thing, not in our speed or strength but because we delight in God.
JJ received the Rhema word from Isaiah 60: “Arise and Shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you”.
Asha shared that she heard Isaiah 60 three times. So it is also to arise and shine.
I asked the Holy Spirit what it means to shine and to help me express it in Chinese for me to share with the Chinese members. This was what I came up with:
发光 (give out light) ，
做得出色/出色的表现(to do/perform exceptionally well)，
To be a shining example: 杰出的榜样
To sum up:
Doing exceptionally well in everything you do.
Yes Lord, I believe that we will see many who will do exceptionally well this year and bear much fruit, fruit that lasts for a long long time…
I recall earlier this morning; I was awoken to the verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14
“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)”
Then, I had an epiphany about the phrase “will humble themselves and pray”:
Only those who are humbled will pray. Prayer is an act of humility.
Indeed, it is much wiser to be humble, knowing how limited our abilities are and how powerful our God is.
So Lord, keep me humble, I pray. Always. I repent of all the times when I am so caught up with life or just coping under enemy attacks that I neglected to do what is most effective and expedient – simply by praying.
I long for those early years when I could spend entire mornings on bended knees praying. Truly, that is the wisest thing to do.
So, help me God.
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