1// When your past hangs over your present, it makes you wonder if God can really do anything with your future.
2// Every one of us is willing to bow down to someone or something. Its just a matter of if we believe that person or thing is worthy. Can they save me?
3// "We, your servants, are twelve brothers...the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more." Joseph's brothers were living a lie.
4// "'My money has been put back!' At this their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling..., saying 'What is this that God has done to us?'"
5// This is what living with guilt does to you. Joseph's brothers are being blessed - their lives are being saved - and all they can see is their guilt and God's judgment.
6// Jacob is living in the same past as his sons. Simeon is as good as dead to him, and he's given up on the future.
7// Jesus reminded Peter of his three denials, because he knew how important it was for him to accept the truth. John 21:15-17
8// We can't accept the truth and overcome our past until we accept grace.
9// Before the brothers recognized their guilt or even asked for help, God was already working his plan to save them from the famine.
10// Jacob's family was going to die. But because the favored son of the father was betrayed, humiliated, and wrongly imprisoned, God was able to put him in a position of power to save them all.