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Use ‘de’ feet to avoid defeat!

Scripture reading for January 13th: Genesis 37-40

Genesis 39:11-12 “One day he (Joseph) went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside.  She caught him by the cloak and said, “come to bed with me!”  But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

The story of Joseph is a fascinating one!  He was a dreamer and the youngest of 11 brothers.  He was also his father’s favorite and probably a little spoiled.  After sharing dreams that showed his father and brothers bowing down to him, jealousy and murderous intentions in his brothers nearly cost him his life. Thankfully, one of his brothers showed a small amount of compassion and his life was spared. Joseph was sold into slavery and taken to Egypt, his dreams apparently shattered.

In Egypt, God placed Joseph as a servant to a wealthy Egyptian, Potiphar. One day when Potiphar was gone, Joseph was doing his duties in the house. He was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife.  “Come to bed with me!”   Joseph’s response was full of truth and godly wisdom.  “My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”  Day after day, Joseph continued to refuse her advances.  One day she grabbed him by his cloak and Joseph used his feet to escape. He was falsely accused by the shunned woman, and ended up in prison!

Adultery is a sin!  It is a sin against God and another person and their mate made in God’s image and joined as one.  Adultery causes lying, jealousy, hatred, violence and ultimately death.  It sows violence in a relationship and destroys marriages and homes.  Children are the victims and the devil loves to devour children in the midst of adultery, lying and violence. Scripture calls us to marriage purity and tells us to flee temptation to avoid defeat!

Are you caught in temptations that you are finding difficult to resist? Have you asked God for inner strength to stand up for His Word? What’s keeping you from using your feet?

Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed should be kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

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Power over temptation!

Scripture reading for January 12th:  Genesis 37-40

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 39:6-10  “Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, Come to bed with me!”  But he refused.  “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.  No one is greater in this house than I am.  My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”

Because Joseph walked with God and respected His word, he was keenly aware of boundaries.  As a slave, he respected his master.  As an Israelite, he respected God’s commands.  He knew that adultery was a sin and a “wicked” thing in God’s sight.  This kept him from temptation.  God’s presence in his life empowered Joseph to flee a powerful trap set by Satan!

Thankful for power to resist:  God promises to deliver  us from evil and the Evil One.  We must resist temptation and flee from evil.  “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  (1st Corinthians 10:13)

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Avoiding bad ‘connections’!

Scripture reading for January 14th: Genesis 37-40

The story of Joseph is a fascinating one!  He was a dreamer and the youngest of 11 brothers.  He was his father’s favorite and probably a little spoiled.  He had unusual dreams that caused him trouble with his brothers!   Because of sharing his dreams,  Joseph was sold into slavery and taken to Egypt.

In his new role as servant to a wealthy Egyptian, Potiphar, he was noticed by his master’s wife.  One day when Potiphar was gone, Joseph was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife:  “Come to bed with me!”   Joseph’s response was full of truth and godly wisdom:  “My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”  (Genesis 39:6-9)  This happened day after day and Joseph continued to refuse her advances.

Adultery is a sin!  It is a sin against God and another person made in God’s image and joined as one to their spouse.  God hates sin and this sin causes lying, jealousy, hatred, violence and ultimately death.  Adultery sows violence in a relationship and destroys marriages and affects children.  (Malachi 2:13-16)

Joseph gives us some very practical advice about how to escape temptation.  Our first line of defense is our feet!  If we would just quickly remove ourselves from the temptation, how much easier we can resist!  When we linger and begin to reason, we will always be defeated!  Running away may seem cowardly but it is better than the mess caused by sexual sin!

“One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside.  She caught him by the cloak and said, “come to bed with me!”  But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”  (Genesis 39:11-12)

“Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed should be kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”   (Hebrews 13:4)

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