Joseph's Temptation by Johnny Hunt

Joseph's Temptation
Johnny Hunt
Genesis 39:6-12

Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph into having an illicit sexual relationship with her, but Joseph would not yield to her solicitation.

Temptation – an outward solicitation to evil that touches on an inner propensity to do wrong.

: DISCERNMENT FOR DECEPTION

3 STATEMENTS:

1. TEMPTATION ITSELF IS NOT A SIN.

It is not a sin to be tempted; sin enters the picture when the temptation is entertained, and then acted upon.

2. SIN IS NOT THE RESULT OF CONDITIONS.

Adam and Eve were in the Garden, in the best conditions, yet they sinned. No one has ever had it so good as did Adam and Eve, yet they sinned.

Jesus was in the wilderness, the desert, and had not eaten in 40 days when Satan tempted Him. Jesus was in the worst of conditions, yet He did not sin.

3. SIN IS THE RESULT OF CHARACTER.

His character was the producer of conduct.


DIFFERENT FORMS OF TEMPTATION

1. WHAT YOU SEE.

Gen. 39:6b, "Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance."

Gen. 39:7, "His master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph."

She allowed her eyes to dwell upon the forbidden. One of the most effective approaches of sin is through the eye gate. The devil knows this and exploits it. It is the history of sin.

Gen. 3:6 "Eve saw"
Gen. 13:10 "Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld"
Joshua 7:21 "Achan saw"
2 Samuel 11:2 "David saw"

These all fell into grievous sin because they did not guard the eye gate.

When you allow your eyes to feast on the forbidden, the result will be great folly.

Job 31:1, "I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?"

"look" - look intently or gaze

Lust is a very visible thing. We must be disciplined regarding what we allow ourselves to see.

One-liner, "It is better to shun the bait than to struggle in the snare."

Proverbs 5:22, "His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in ...


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