27, December 2013

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Prepare for Attack (1)

‘He…ran out of the house.’ Genesis 39:12 NIV

Observe how some of God’s champions dealt with Satan’s attack, so you’ll know how to handle it when it comes. Joseph ran. ‘…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…"How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.’ (Genesis 39:6-12 NIV) Notice the setting for this attack: Joseph was young, single, lonely, and far from home. And Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him ‘day after day’. Giving in to her may actually have helped his career, but Joseph had a very different value system. His character meant more to him than his career. God’s approval meant more to him than the boss’ favour. After his affair with Bathsheba David wrote, ‘I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…’ (Psalm 101:3 NKJV) Whether it’s an affair or an online fantasy, pull your eyes away! Lust is like a tiger; once uncaged, it will prowl through your mind and prey on your thoughts. What it won’t do, is willingly go back into its cage. So if you haven’t looked, don’t! If you have, pray for victory and get it out of your life.

 

SoulFood: Job 32-34, Matt 2:1-8, Ps 97, Ecc 10:20-11:3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

27, December 2013

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