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Mike-regarding your question asking if Joseph was playing “mind games” with his brothers, no, I don’t think so and here is why.

Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and asked him, "We are not blind too, are we?" Jesus replied, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains."
(John 9:40-41 NET.)

Joseph was trying to get them to admit they were blind; they had to confess to their sin(s). First of all one cannot come to God, to Christ, without first admitting one is sinful, Joseph could not bestow on his brothers the honor of being his brothers in Egypt, with all the honor that would entail, unless they faced their sin. There are two kids of sorrow, a worldly sorrow (a sorrow that says, I’m sorry because I got caught), and a godly sorrow (a sorrow that is truly repentant of one’s behavior. Without godly sorrow, the brothers would not be able to exist in Egypt without becoming a further stench in the nostrils of the Egyptians, who didn’t like Hebrews anyway.

It’s all about character. We can mentally assent and verbally confess we are something that our behavior shows we are not; but unless there is a character change our words will never match our behavior or vice versa. No mind games with Joseph, he was just trying to get his brothers to admit they were “blind.”

Now I rejoice, not because you were made sad, but because you were made sad to the point of repentance. For you were made sad as God intended, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10 NET.)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hi.. its me once again..I have not received any email for the 22nd of January devotional study.. I tried writing my email address on the subscription box but the system says I am already registered. Its the second day I havent received an email from you. To be honest, I am always excited to read the blog but due to my very busy schedule, I can only read it on my email.. I hope for this issue to be fixed. God bless you Mike and I want you to know that I am grateful for the effort that you put into this blog. God bless you!

Genesis 44. If you were sold by your brothers. And left for dead and ran into your brothers 21 years later would you trust them? No Joseph didn't trust his brothers when he saw them. He needed to be wise on Gods account when he revealed himself. Not to mention the hurt that came back! Him showing emotion shows me he was emotional. I bet not a day went by that he didn't cry out to God. Did you ever think (in yesterday reading) when he sat another 2 years in prison then revealed the Pharaoahs dream that no one brought it up.he never was able to defend himself coz it didn't matter anymore? Goes to show we are forgiven, God redeems us. Let things go in the past.
Thank God for turning Joseph life around, his shattered dreams so those of us who have had shattered dreams have hope.

I think retreats are awesome. I went to one in Georgia at Epworth by the Sea at st.Simons Ga..its amazing! Went with my lil sis..I also like going to Marriage Retreats..for couples I highly suggest it! in regards to prayer..I probably need to slip off at times more and pray..I do pray going to school, in class..pray simple prayers throughout the day..going to get my students, at lunch..etc..but prayer is important..however..I believe the most important thing is staying connected with God..lil blurbs..of thank you Jesus..Praise you Jesus..telling others..or saying out loud..Isn't God good. Blessing others..loving others..that is daily fellowship and communion with God to me..he enjoys that more in my opinion than "waiting" until there is a "moment" or an occassion to take time out for Him..he wants to come along with you on your journeys each day of every day..that is a true blessing! be blessed :-)

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