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Genesis 42:18-43:34

A particular verse has not jumped out at me today but what has caught my eye is a state of mind has guilt. Joseph’s brothers are totally filled with guilt and thus paranoid. They consistently second guess and put a “spin” on every misstep they make with this unknown ruler. Unknown to them but they are known to him.

They said to one other, "Surely we're being punished because of our brother, because we saw how distressed he was when he cried to us for mercy, but we refused to listen. That is why this distress has come on us!"
(Genesis 42:21 NET.)

Twenty plus years loaded with guilt times ten. This is a picture of man outside of Jesus Christ spinning the events of their lives trying to get a hold of their culpability by any means necessary. However, unless man deals in Truth, guilt, whether true guilt or false, guilt will remain burdening the carrier.

By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man--not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.
(Proverbs 16:6 AMP)

Jesus calls to everyone to exchange the yoke of guilt to His yoke.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
(Matthew 11:28-30 AMP)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

per your question Mike, I have distanced myself in the past..not always intentionally, sometimes it is necessary though..when you have grown up, and are not wanting to "stay" there in that place anymore..however, I do reach out to those from time to time with love, not condemnation and let them know of the Hope of the Christ through love and compassion and give a listening ear..He came for ALL and loves ALL and I have learned no matter what someone does, or how bad situation is, there are no depths, nor heights, dimensions we can be from God that He won't pull us back up and bring us to Himself! We serve a Good GOD!!

Hi. I am always looking forward to receive an email from you everyday, however, I have not received anything on my email today... May I request for this to be sent to my email at [email protected]? Thank you very much!

I didn't receive my email today either. I look forward to studying God's word and reading your blog daily. Thanks so much!

Mike,
Just want to say - thank you so much for what you do!
Thank you for daily putting your time and energy in serving God and serving this blog's readers!
I am following for the 2nd year this year; it has been a wonderful spiritual food/breakfast every morning. Thank you!
May our faithful God continue to give you spiritual insights to write in this blog;
May He continue to encourage you, and give you His joy and His peace as your strength as you serve Him;
May He bless many through this blog - that we will get to read and meditate on His Word daily.
Thank you again!

Sincerely,
Joyce

Thank you for your life and for being an instrument for others to read the Bible everyday! Thank you for sending the email. God bless you Mike.

From the Philippines,

SUNSHINE

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