Bad Blood

Genesis account of Joseph, Joseph overcame his dysfuntional family
Joe’s childhood was full of jealousy, strife, crime and sin:
  • He grew up with siblings from four different mothers.
  • His half-sister was raped.
  • Two half-brothers went on a vengeful killing spree.
  • One half-brother slept with the mother of another half-brother.
  • An older half-brother fathered a child with his own daughter-in-law!
What a family!

Psychologists tell us that two things determine how we’ll turn out—heredity and environment. If that were true, Joe wouldn’t have had a chance.

But Joe, or Joseph as he’s called in the Bible, chose not to let his heredity and environment determine the outcome of his life.

And we can do the same…when we choose to trust God instead of our circumstances! Whatever is troubling you today, give it to the Lord. There is no obstacle in your life too great for God to overcome!

“ in all things God works for the good of those who love him..” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
I encourage you to read Joseph’s interesting story in Genesis 37-50, and why not copy down all of the obstacles he overcame.
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  1. Oh I love your posts! They are short, sweet, and with a message! Yes, this is absolutely true! I love the fact that God uses all the "broken" pieces of this world for His glory.

  2. Cool perspective!! Yikes! What a heritage.

  3. Wow...I've never heard Joseph's family described like that. It sure does show the power of God's redemption and his love.

  4. I have to echo Shanda! Never heard Joseph's family described such as this. Also agree we can determine to break free via adhering to God's Truth. Great and 'Truth'-'full' post!

  5. What an inspirational post! From time to time, we all need to remember that we can overcome genetics.

  6. Amazing story! His obstacles make mine look small...We can do all things through Christ!!

    Blessings, Joan

  7. This is an amazing story of God's mercy, favor, redemption and Love<3
    Romans 8:28
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


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