Monday, September 23, 2019
3 Times is Blessed (Life of Joseph)
He was hated by his brothers, almost killed by them out of jealousy. He was slandered by Potiphar's wife and thrown into jail for a crime he did not commit. But in God's time, he was released and became the premier of Egypt the greatest power of the time. I spoke about the difference in the Pharaoh of Moses' time and Joseph's Pharaoh. The latter recognised Joseph's gift and the Spirit of God in him, and recognised his leadership ability to bring the plan to save and keep wheat in the times of abundance in order to survive the times of crisis. I made an altar call and in the beginning a few came up but but the time I started praying for those who came up, there were at least 25 people more, which was a third of the adults present in church yesterday. A number of people wept. I invited them for prayers if they were not certain of God's presence like in the life of Joseph. I prayed that they would have the conviction that Jesus, Immanuel (God with us) is truly with them. He is ever present to help those who believe. Throughout the 50-minute sermon, I only shared one testimony when I gave some background to Joseph's story. His great grandfather was Abraham. I told the congregation that how I acted by faith. I was 28 years old. I sold my law firm. I took my family (my wife and my 2-year old son) to New Zealand with a few bags of all my belongings. We sat at the Onehunga centre, Auckland. I prayed to the God of Abraham where I should go - whether to study in Auckland or Otago (only these two Universities offer theology). I felt the Lord leading me to remain in Auckland. I started intensive Greek for 2 weeks and in 2 years' time, I began my life of mission in the interior, teaching in Melangkap Campus.
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