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Sin Will Abort Your Dream
Joseph’s life clearly illustrates the fact that vision restrains people from sin. We need to be careful not to compromise our integrity or obedience to God, especially when the visions seems slow coming.
Genesis 39 (NKJV)
7 And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”
8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand.
9 There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.
Joseph knew that this would not just be a sin against man, but against God. We must not allowing anything to hinder our fellowship with God. The devil will bring his temptations repeatedly, seeking to wear down our resistance. Satan didn’t succeed with Joseph, for he was completely sold out to God. He just kept telling the woman “no”. If it is “no” today, it should be “no” tomorrow, and “no” forever!
Let’s continue the story.
Genesis 39 (NKJV)
11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside,
12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.
But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me’ . But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.”
He did exactly what the Bible says to do with fornication; he fled! Nevertheless, Joseph ended up being thrown in prison after the woman falsely accused him of attempted rape.