Joseph is a clear example to us how to deal with temptation.
Temptation will always be there. And in contending with some sins, the only way to victory
is to run away from it.
We must also run away from opportunities to sin.
Every Christian should have made a covenant with his eyes not even
to look upon temptation. Some temptations only need a spark before it brings forth sin.
Remember Job who made a covenant with his eyes not even to look upon a young girl, a
virgin (Job 31:1).
Why would you live among sinners and those who are corrupt in word
and deed. A person is known by his friends. Look at who your friends are, then you know
who you are. In Ps 1 we read that "blessed is the man who walk not after the counsel
of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the
If you live in Sodom and Gomorrah, hearing their evil conversation
daily, no wonder you're defiled thereby if you're continually in their company.
The captain of a ship or aeroplane avoid an accident firstly by
avoiding a storm, not by flying into the storms.
Rev Stegen once sat in a plane next to a lady and he read the
Bible. She asked him what he was reading and upon seeing that it was the Bible said that
she doesn't believe in God. Shortly thereafter the plane went through an air pocket and
the teacups went flying. She cried out, 'o God help us'. Rev Stegen then asked her why she
called upon God since she said she doesn't believe in Him.
May all of us flee from temptation. Don't be so foolish as to lead
yourself into temptation.
God is a Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Spirit sanctifies and makes us holy. We see that right through the Bible
Now the devil has his trinity too, the world, the flesh and the
devil. If you love the world or you're governed by your fleshly desires, you belong to the
We read of a close co-worker of Paul, Demas, deserting him,
because he fell in love with the world (2Tim 4:10). How was such a thing possible?
The Bible says friendship with the world is enmity with God (James
4:4). Do you hear young people, if you're a friend of the world, you're God's enemy. This
also applies to those Pharisees in church who love the things of the world.
The legend is told of King Midas, who loved gold and desired to be
the richest person in the world. He also had a daughter called Marigold whom he loved very
much, but because of his love for gold he would not spend time with her, either planning
new ways to get more gold, or spending time in his large treasure room underneath his
beautiful house, counting his gold. One day, as he was in his treasure room, counting his
gold, a stranger appeared and asked him if he was happy. He replied that he would be
really happy if everything he touched would turn to gold. The stranger told him that his
gift would be granted as soon as the first rays of the sun shine into his bedroom the
following morning. Then the stranger vanished. The next morning he could hardly wait for
the first rays of the sun to appear, and as soon as he saw the sun shining into his
bedroom, he touched his bed covering and it turned to gold. Then he touched his chair and
it too turned to gold. He was wild with delight and touched the one thing after the other
and turned it into gold. He went to Marigolds garden with flowers and decided to
give her a surprise by touching all her flowers and turned them into gold. After that he
went for breakfast, but as he touched his glass of water it turned to gold, and he
couldnt drink it. He tried to eat a peach, but it too turned to gold. To his horror
he realised that he couldnt eat anything. Then Marigold entered and brought in a
golden rose, sobbing. He asked her if she didnt like it, but she replied that she
liked living roses much more. Before she sat down for breakfast, she saw that her father
looked troubled and she ran to him, but as soon as she hugged him, she turned into gold.
The king was devastated. He started to realise his mistake, and cried. As he looked up, he
saw the stranger before him again, and the stranger asked him if he was happy now? He
replied that he had made a huge mistake and would gladly give away his gold, if he could
only have his daughter back again and eat and drink again. The stranger told him to go to
the river, plunge into it and then take some of the rivers water and pour it onto
his daughter and food and it would become normal again. He did so and learned his lesson
from that day.
The Bible says, 'flee youthful lusts' (2Tim 2:22).
Joseph, the husband of Mary, fled into Egypt with his wife and
child, just as God warned him. If he hadn't obeyed, Jesus would have been killed. Maybe
your Jesus had been killed because you don't walk in Joseph's footsteps but delay
The Bible says, resist the devil and he will flee from you (James