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January 12, 2022 7:05 am
Today on Insight for living jaws of his great theology is God is the all see the same God who has entrusted him with success is now trusting him to uphold his commands and he sees God is very real, more real than the woman lying in bed, begging him to join her.
It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer celebrated German pastor said in our members. There is a slumbering inclination towards desire, which is both sudden and fierce be added with irresistible power desire seizes mastery over the flash what today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll will present a helpful message about the danger of awakening this giant called desire. None of us is immune to it. Damaging impact of compromise. So what can we learn from Joseph successfully resisted the seductive invitation from Potiphar's wife titled today's message the integrity of moral words. I have share will be very personal words for all of us. I hope you will not soon forget any of them thought about for weeks. Plan them carefully, knowing that there will be some hearing these words who have failed and falling tomorrow. Temptation understand that our God is a great God of grace belongs to forgive you and give you a beginning point to start over. Who knows what the future holds for any of us or what we will face on the morrow. You can be sure of this. In this day and age. Temptations will come. May God use today's message to equip us for what's coming spring. We are weak, our father, we are only human.
You know that you made us that way you could have made us angelic like you couldn't That all the sure way you have permitted that and it weakens us.
It lives within us and how easy to forget how great you are, how great is our God greatly to be praised give us the perspective of a Joseph to see you is more powerful and more important than any seductress or any predator or anyone tempting us, may we realize our father that no others may not see you see us and remind us father sex without marriage is a wicked thing you planted to be a beautiful thing you created it a marvelous are your works, and you are great, so give us a perspective today. We've not had before and rather than seeing ourselves as a helpless victim maybe realize that with your spirit.
Greater is he who is in us than he who is in this world. And though Satan may crawl you or our protector, our shield and our defender. Just as we have some today guide us use these words maybe realize that the printer on this page of Scripture is preserved for us for our application may be taken to heart and we ponder it by its principal. Oh great God in the name of Christ. I pray everyone sit to search the Scriptures Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures. Studies by going to inside world.or/study Chuck titled his message the integrity of moral purity of all the different categories of temptation. The most aggressive and the most scandalous is sexual temptation.
It is not an exaggeration to say that it is in a category by itself.
You question that you need to read first Corinthians 618 to 20 bright states, all other sin is outside the body, but sexual sins are against the body.
You can work through the passage on your own, but it puts it in the category that reveals how it impacts a person you are not quite the same after yielding to sexual sins and all that brings us to one of these finest examples. Personal integrity in the realm of moral purity in the entire Bible is name is Joseph is admirable story of victory over temptation is found in the 39th of Genesis.
Joseph is by now a young adult single twentysomething. He has been through the fire of adversity. Growing up, he was hated by his brothers, all of them abandoned by them.
In fact, sold into slavery to a group of strangers in the caravan on their way to Egypt. The brothers knew none of those men. They sold him to for 20 pieces of silver. Joseph story is another rags to riches story of success, but his success had nothing to do with lot.
Would you please if you've not already take what out of your vocabulary. There is no such thing. God is the secret of Joseph's success and punctuated through the chapter and later you read again and again God was with him God's hand was on him, God was there, he saw him, he protected him at the same time Joseph worked diligently in the success he experienced.
He earned the hard way.
He worked for it. And don't miss the concluding comment before we get to the temptation we read Joseph was a very handsome and well built young man what seems subtle and surprising in detail, is in fact an eloquent turning point in the narrative, for it is that which attracts the eye of Potiphar's lustful wife whose name is never given and she began to make her moves toward him in no uncertain terms, she sees him attractive, handsome quite a catch. She says to him, come live with me, but Joseph refused. He said no and imagine if you question that read on verses eight and nine. What a powerful powerful message Joseph refused verse eight he said my master trust me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He is held back nothing from me except you because you're his wife how could I do such a wicked thing. It would be a great sin against God. No.
Here's why my master your husband trusts me whether he's around our miles away. He trust me, I hold the keys to every room around here.
The gate outside. I'm the one that oversees the crops in the cattle. I have a responsible position.
Furthermore, I serve a God who is all seeing and he sees everything I do. Please notice what he calls the act, not an affair, not our little secret, but this wicked thing. Joseph is great theology.
He understands that his God is the all seeing God the all caring God, the God who was holy yesterday is still holy today.
The same God who has entrusted him with success is now trusting him to uphold his commands and he sees God is very real, more real than the woman lying in bed, begging him to join her.
Joseph stared her down, with admirable discipline and in no uncertain terms. He communicated his healthy and awesome fear of God and the word no no, but that wasn't enough for this woman.
I didn't turn her away. We can see that in her relentless pursuit and his strong determination again and again verse 10. She kept putting pressure on Joseph J after day.
But he refused to sleep with her. She is on the prowl and he is the object of her lost. She is determined, but not more than he.
I was reminded when I read this and pictured in my mind the scene of Peter's words in first Peter 58 which begin watch out, watch out your adversary the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. It occurred to me that if the lien misses its prey. The first plunge in the pray escapes the lion doesn't stop the pursuit he remains a predator. He stays at it day and night.
He stays at it she stays at it and Joseph continues to refuse. Finally, the setting is such that she sees is the perfect moment begins with a rather unlocking innocuous one day verse 11.
One day however no one else was around. Always remember, lust has its greatest moments in privacy. No one watches when you close the door and pull the blinds and pull up on your Internet scenes of sex that not even your family knows about. No one knows when you yield usually at night and the other person is there soft to the touch available and you become lost in your own lust for that person. Let no one say when he is tempted, I'm tempted by God for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tipsy anyone but everyone is tempted here this when he is drawn away of his own lusts and enticed interesting word enticed is used for dropping abatement catching fish and when the bait is drop your usually alone. No one else around. One day, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. He has work on his mind. She doesn't and she's there. She came and grabbed him.
Now there's a there's a little change in the scene. She's not desperate for she's determined she demands, triggered me met him many a man would have been flattered she's older no doubt gorgeous. She's available for sure she saw it as their little secret he saw. It is this wicked act but Valley argues with her no more we read that Joseph tore himself away from her and left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house style you're talking exactly what God says to do Rentacar and the person you're with is making moves get out of the car and what is written in office and you cannot seem to get away open the door and get out of the room is exactly what Joseph does. He leaves no room to play around with this is natures to strong. We all have an old sin nature that is ready to be enticed never wanted Sam's when he is enticed, the late Doug home her shoulders written to find work title markings, you cannot play with the animal without becoming wholly animal, or play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth all that our people in government would hear that. Or play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth or play with with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He wants to keep his garden tidied doesn't reserve a plot for weeds. No weeds in Joseph's garden for the man. The balance of the story is shocking. She saw that she was holding his cloak in her hand. He had fled. She called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running and she said my husband is brought this Hebrew slave here. There's there's anti-Semitism in those words. This Hebrew slave is brought this Hebrew slave here to attempt to make fools of us. He came into my room and tried to write me. I screamed when he heard me screaming ran got away, but he left his cloak behind with me.
She kept the cloak with her until her husband came home and then she told him her story says it again Hebrew slave you brought into our house try to fool around with me. She said your I have the cloak he was furious.
If I may offer just a little imaginative insert here. I'm not convinced he was fully convinced her he would've killed a man but is rooted in prison got them out of the way in their Joseph remained bit bit before you cluck your tongue and and and stir up a little cynicism in your own mind about the living God, pause for a moment, no react too quickly. God isn't like a man. He is unlike us with a long beard and white hair and blowing wind from the north, isn't God. He is our Almighty holy magnificent heavenly father who always has the long view in mind in our lives. He has great plans for Joseph, some of which will only be learned through unfair treatment, although he has other hurdles to clear in the days ahead humoring them only in this prison, forgotten by fellow prison inmates who get out even though they promised to remembering the leaving. God does not forget him. His ways are not our ways.
Neither are his plans, like our plans as the heavens are high above the earth. So as God or God's ways higher than our ways and his thoughts greater than our thoughts or the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments. How unfathomable is ways while would've rewarded Joseph instantly built his own house, not God. This is application I'll get to in a moment I find for must knots when I apply this story to our lives today. All four tie-in with our world.
In this 21st century. First, we must not be weakened by our situation, you might write these down. You may need. We must not be weakened by our situation as you remember, Joseph had made. You may also be making more money than you've ever made in your life which means you probably have more privacy than you've ever had before. Which means you have more privileges than you've ever known before.
In the upper level position you been promoted to been trusted you may be handsome you may be a very attractive lady may be available, maybe single may have lots of privacy of the will be weakened by your situation. Pattern herself as though you have not been promoted as though you are being watched, for you are the one who made you never take his eyes off you and he doesn't even have eyes TV and God sees everything wise warning from our Bible teacher, Chuck Swindoll. You're listening to Insight for living, Chuck titled today's message the integrity of moral purity and to learn more about this ministry is visit Insight world.org. Today's message is the third in a brand-new teaching series titled walking with integrity in times of adversity.
If you're looking for your next inspirational read this year than we highly recommend Chuck Swindoll's book called Joseph a man of integrity and forgiveness. It ties in naturally with this new study that includes issues like the one we address today, but it's even broader in its range, walking alongside Joseph from his earliest days to his ascent into national leadership. Ask for the book Joseph, a man of integrity and forgiveness is email@example.com/offer or call us if you listening in the United States dial 1-800-772-8888 now if it's a good laugh, you're looking for, then take a few minutes to listen to one of Chuck's laughter CDs are on the way home from a hard day at work keep you smiling. You can purchase the laughter CDs by going to insight.org/humor me, to those who gave generously at the end of the year.
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