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Today's Reading: Genesis 44
Please read Genesis 44 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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Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord's slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come upon my father."
What I received from Jesus today is how Judah changed his heart:
Here are some of Judah's sins
1. Winner of a family struggle - Reuben was the eldest son and Judah was the fourth under the same mother Leah. Starting from Genesis 37: 26, Judah took over Reuben's place as No. 1 among the brothers. I counted how Reuben from Chapter 37 to 44 only appeared 4 times but Judah appeared 14 times. The whole chapter of 38 recorded how much Judah's family suffered.
2. The one (Judah) represented all ten brothers in selling Joseph. This showed hatred to Joseph and showed how he did not care about the pain of his father.
Judah's change of heart
1. He pleaded for his younger brother Benjamin. In fact he should have the same kind of jealousy and hatred to Benjamin but he learned a lesson through his own sin.
2. He felt the pain of his father as shown in the whole chapter 44 so that he vividly saw and experienced how much he had been hurt.
3. Genesis 44: 33- 34, as shown above, clearly shows the total change of heart from selling his brother to pleading to sacrifice himself to save his brother, from not caring how much his father would be hurt to trying all his best not to let his father to have misery.
Jesus draws me to the message of Malachi 4: 5-6:
" I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."
I have seen too many curses in families. A friend shared with me today that she did not see or talk to her parents for 18 years because of some major misunderstanding. She talked to her parents again two days ago. We gave thanks to the Lord for this major change in her heart and her parents hearts as stated in Malachi 4: 5-6. I told her that I was so joyful for I had a most moving and wonderful dinner with four of my very close relatives whom we had not met or talked for 43 years because of a major family fight of our parents. How many 43 years do I have? None! We are the 2nd generation and most of us are now devoted Christians serving the Lord in various areas. We made a decision to break the "family curse", meeting yesterday. We prayed together asking our Lord Jesus Christ to cut the tie of the curse in our Ng's family! It was so wonderful!
Do you have a similar "family curse"? If you do, this is the time for you to ask our Lord Jesus Christ to help you to make a change of heart.
While I just finished writing this blog, I clicked open an e-mail from one of my cousins. She had lunch with my brother in Hong Kong yesterday. The same time as I had lunched with other four relatives... Two are my cousins. She and my brother have not met for 43 years! Wow! This is such a miracle that our family chains have been gone and we are set free! My father passed away 14 years ago and I know that he is so joyful now in heaven!
I was so moved that I knelt on the floor of the hotel room in Toronto (I am having my overseeing trip as a bishop to our five churches from two days ago to next Thursday. Three in Ontario, one in Calgary and one in Regina) singing the Amazing Grace using the link below. Oh, it was so good! Yes, our chains have gone! We are free! Please pray for our families, we have quite a big family, more than 30 people! 30 disconnected relatives! How about you?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to see all those things that I need to change so that I can bring reconciliation to many broken relationships. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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Michelle told me today through long distance call that after her going to VGH on Wednesday that she does not need to go to VGH anymore till next Monday. Wow! This has never happened before! Praise the Lord!
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