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Prepare For Attack – Part 1
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 39:12
Observe how some of God’s champions dealt with Satan’s attack, so you’ll better 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). 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 favor of the boss (or at least that of the wife of the boss).
After his affair with Bathsheba, David wrote, ‘I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes…’ (Psalm 101:3). 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.
Heavenly Father, keep my heart and mind pure and holy unto You. And when I fail, forgive me, renew me, and empower me to keep my heart and mind pure and holy unto You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen