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Genesis 49:19-28

Joseph was quite the man of God. We're almost to the end of Genesis (just two more days) and once again we're shown how special Joseph is. I loved verses 22-24 "Joseph is a fruitful bough...the archers bitterly attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him severely, yet his bow remained unmoved..."

So what does this passage show us about living life for Christ? How can we work on staying strong as we fight the good fight? Tami W.

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Joseph, through-out his life had such a strong and unwavering faith and trust in God [especially while in prison all those years!]. He knew and was confident that God was in control of things.

In our complicated and oftentimes problem filled lives, I'd say that we need to have and maintain the same "mindset" as Joseph did. As a popular hymn states, "Trust and obey" (for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus)

We must as for forgiveness each day stay strong in our lord, and as Ed J says trust and obey. Durring the hard times like Joseph he trusted and he knew God would pull him through. God has done the same for me by answering a prayer that I had. He ansewerd that prayer but in a way that i couldnt of dreamed of. I was tried and belived that God had a plan but I have to admit I asked him what was going on. I went through the trials in order for him to bless me and so that he could answer my prayer and then sum. I am stronger than ever and know that God has his own plans we just need to trust and obey and ready ourselves to be his servants.

This passage shows me that when we serve the Lord with our heart and mind and trust in Him no matter what adversities come into our lives, there is NO one that can bring us down. No one can touch or hurt us, because what they may believe is hurting us is a blessing from God and if we continue to "trust and obey" as Ed J and Wanda note, keep in His Word, then like Joseph, we will see the tangible blessings. May we never doubt God's might and power. All the very best and may God continue to bless us each day throughout the weekend. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and let us continue to give God thanks for Tami, her group and the whole team at BTTB for being an inspiration to us and whenever we can show our tangible thanks.

Sometimes trust is a hard thing to maintain because of experiences we may have had with others. Thank God He is not human and prone to breaking our trust! I agree, trusting and obeying is very important, as is forgiveness. The more we trust and obey, the more God shows us Himself and the more we our love for Him grows. Which, in turn, allows us to trust and obey Him more. A lovely circle! Then we can forgive others. I am so thankful that God loves me - despite my failures.


WOW! THE SONG TRUST AND OBEY. HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE SANG THAT IN CHURCH. Now I am about to become a Grandfather for the first time any day now. THANK YOU JESUS. That song will be one of many I will sing to him. I like a couple of passages that make me strong. PROVERBS 3:4,5,6.So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path. I keep this one on my tongue at all times. When you here people say their are many ways to heaven.I read John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the father but by me. We need to speak this daily. Jesus is the only way, the rest is foolishness. Why I live? EPHESIANS 2:8 For by grace ye are saved" through faith; and not of yourself;it is the gift of God. PRAY FOR EACH OTHER FOR THE TIMES ARE EVIL ,BUT GOD IS GREAT.

This passage shows that living for Christ is a blessing all it's own. When we don't let self or how we feel when we are treated negatively get in the way of our life for Jesus, we are living the way we should. We have to remember that it is not and never has been about us. Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross for us and we need to remember that each and every day.

As we fight the good fight, we need to meditate on scripture and enclose it in our hearts. Then when those "flesh" things come about, we will have The Holy Spirit to guide us through every situation. When trials come, we will know how God has brought us through pass situations and we can trust Him to be there guiding us, protecting us and loving us.

What struck me in this reading was the fact that Isreal's children are the 12 tribes in the Revelation where 144,000 will be marked so they will be safe. And I think on all of Jacobs defining of his children and I think wow some of them didn't seem to have good spoken of them but they are of the tribles of the elect. That gives me more courage. As everyone said Joseph trusted through it all. Oh that we all could live each day exactly like him and not waver in our trust. Funny I never realized about the tribes. :)

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