Today's Reading: Genesis 27
Please read Genesis 27 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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Issac trembled violently and said, "Who was it, then , that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him - and indeed he will be blessed!" When Esau heard his father's words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, "Bless me - me too, my father!" But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing." Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob? He has deceived me these two times; He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" The he asked, "Haven't you reserved any blessing for me?" Genesis 27:33-36
The Lord prompted me today to count a word again - blessing. Wow, the word "blessing" appears 21 times in this chapter. So, this chapter is all talking about blessing. What have you received?
What I heard from Jesus is wonderful. He asked me to invite you to ask for as many as possible anointed Christian leaders to lay hands on you and bless you. He asked me to urge you to bless as many people as you can in the rest of your life. To appreciate, to welcome, to embrace, to love...to bless.
I learned to ask anointed Christian leaders to lay hands on me and bless me many, many years ago. I know it too well of how much I have been blessed by all those faithful and anointed servants of God. All those blessings make me a disciple of Christ willing to bless as much as I can. Also, our whole family lay hands and bless each other every night before we go to bed for the past 16 years. We have been richly blessed by this simple but important family tradition. As you can see in the picture today, I brought my son Ignatius to Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini(Primate of the Anglican Church of Rwanda) for his blessing last week when the Archbishop visited Vancouver the first time. I brought Ignatius to England for Rev. Dr. John Stott's blessing last July.
The most wonderful thing today is that a few hours after I got the message of "blessing" from the Lord through my daily devotion early this morning I received an e-mail from a parishioner confirming what I have received is so true and important. I am uplifted, encouraged and blessed!
What I got is an e-card with wonderful words and then her personal words of encouragement:
For A Special Minister,
For giving of yourself, your time, and your many gifts… thank you!
For loving the Lord, and extending that love to His people…thank you.
For answering the call of the Shepherd to feed His sheep…thank you.
For serviing, sharing, praying ,leading…
For all the ways you minister, big or small…thank you.
You’re A Blessing!
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you…have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 1:7
I just wish to express my deep appreciation for your hard work, faithfulness and dedication toe Emmanuel. Church. And also to thank you for the encouragement and inspiration you have given me in the current course (MicroMacro Discipleship) and my ministry work.
I pray that Michelle will respond favourably to her treatment and recover soon. May God bless you and your family.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for your wonderful presence and blessing today. Bless me Lord so that I can bless others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Michelle completed her second chemo two days ago(Sunday). She is so well that she is just like a normal healthy person if you do not know that she has leukemia. Praise the Lord and thanks for your prayers and blessings!
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