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Trials and Temptations (4 of 7)
Series: Dreams and Detours
If you have your Bible, please turn to Genesis chapter 39. Today, we want to talk about Trials and Temptations.
I heard a story about a man and a woman. They were on a train. It was a trans- continental train trip. And the man's wife was at home, and the woman's husband was at home. And they were on this business trip. And it was an overnight travel, and the train was full. And there was a mistake and a glitch, and they put this man together with this woman. And they were both married to other people, but they put them in a sleeping car together. And they said, ''What are we going to do? This is not right. We can't do this.'' And so they discussed, and they said, ''Well, it's just for one night. We can do this just for one night, and so there won't be a problem.'' And so there were bunk beds, and so the man took the upper bunk and the woman took the lower bunk. And they turned out the light and they were ready to go to sleep. And after about 10 minutes the man leaned down toward the woman and he said, ''Hey!'' He said, ''I'm kind of cold. Would you mind getting me a blanket?'' And she looked up at him and she said, ''Why don't we just pretend that we're married.'' And he said, ''Okay.'' And she said, ''Good! Get your own blanket!''
We'll talk about temptation today. John MacArthur said, ''The biggest problem, without a doubt, in the Christian life is temptation.'' The biggest problem is temptation, because every sin begins with temptation. And if you can learn how to conquer temptation, you can learn how to walk in victory.
Now we have been studying the life of Joseph: Joseph in the Old Testament. Joseph, the eleventh son of his dad, Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, who had the twelve sons, the twelve tribes of Israel. And Joseph was a man who faced temptation. He faced temptation in lots of different areas - temptation to hate his brothers and to be b ...
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