CONTACT ME TODAY!
WISDOM FOR TODAY
She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled … —Genesis 39: 12
We each face daily temptations—temptations to lie, cheat, and steal. Joseph faced powerful temptation, yet he resisted. What were the keys to his success?
First, Joseph knew that someone trusted him implicitly. He did not want to violate the trust Potiphar had placed in him.
Secondly, Joseph knew he was different from the rest of the world. Because God had called him as a chosen race, Joseph said the obvious: “How can I…?”
Thirdly, Joseph knew the temptation was wicked. One of our problems today is our lax attitude towards sin. We have learned to be very tolerant towards sin.
Finally, Joseph knew that if he succumbed, the sin would ultimately be against God, not against Potiphar. And then Joseph took the wisest possible action—he ran. If all else fails, run. Paul told Timothy, “Flee from youthful lusts.” Stay away from places where you know that you are weak and where you will be tempted to fall.
**We can live a pure life. We can overcome temptation. God has given us all the rules we need to live in victory.
Like Joseph, recognize four important points: (1) People have put their trust in you. (2) You’re special because you’re a child of God and you can’t do what other people can do. (3) Temptation is wicked, and when you give in, you’re sinning against God Himself. (4) If everything else fails—run. Flee to Jesus.
Father, may we resolve to live a righteous, holy life. Help us, Lord, to resist the temptations placed in our pathway day after day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Search For More Articles
Why is following Jesus Christ so difficult? No sane parent has ever said, “I wish my children would misbehave,” and there’s never been a self-help book entitled How to Live an Unhappy Life. We all want blessings, happiness, and fulfillment, and we associate a happy condition with a certain amount of ease. Jesus promises blessing…Read More
What does the Bible say about reputation?” Answer: Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, / Favor is better than silver and gold.” So the Bible encourages us to keep good reputations, whenever possible. This idea is echoed in Ecclesiastes 7:1, which says, “A good reputation is more…Read More
More Than We Ask And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” —1 Kings 9: 3 The God…Read More