In one of my previous blogs, I talked about how Joseph was able to overcome temptation by keeping his eyes on the LORD. Faith and focusing our eyes on the LORD are two important things that we need to do to overcome temptation.
But there is one more thing to do when we are facing temptation. Our faith may be really strong, but the moment we stand on our faith, rather than the grace of our LORD, there will be problems waiting for us.
While Joseph did everything right in overcoming temptation, he relied so much on his ability to withstand temptation and did something that gave a chance for Potiphar’s wife to take advantage of Joseph.
And it happened about this time that he came into the house to do his work. And none of the men of the house were inside. – Genesis 39:11 (MKJV)
Joseph was very sincere in his work and though, no one else was there in the house, he went inside to do his work. He would have know that the temptress was still there, yet, I am sure he was confident that he would be able to overcome temptation.
If you are strong in your faith, and if your eyes are focused on the LORD, there is no temptation that can overcome you, no matter how tempting the circumstances are. But, the temptations do take a strong and aggressive approach when they have chance to be alone with you. It does not matter what kind of temptations you are struggling with, they do become aggressive when you are alone with them.
And, though Joseph was still able to overcome temptation, he had to leave his robe behind. Which was used against him as a witness by his temptress.
Dear friend, when you are facing a temptation, may be the LORD’s Name be praised, you may have enough faith and strength to overcome the temptation. Still, when you know there is a chance for you to be alone with whatever it is tempting you, don’t venture. You may still overcome the temptation by the grace of our LORD, but still may end of leaving a robe behind, giving a chance for that person to take revenge on you.
So make sure that if someone is tempting you, never ever be alone with that person. You may not cave in, but just being alone with that person could cost you your good name. In such a case, it is better to follow Paul’s advice to his young disciple, Timothy, rather than following the example of Joseph. And, Paul’s advice to his young disciple was:
Flee the evil desires of youth. – 2 Tim. 2:22
|1 Timothy 2:1-2“[Instructions on Worship] I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
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