by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday July 8, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
The Struggle With Temptation
We have seen that temptation is common to all people. And despite popular opinion, temptation can be overcome. When we face a tempting situation, we have the assurance of almighty God that we can be victorious.
In today's passage, we see that Joseph faced a great temptation for days, weeks, and perhaps even months on end. As he went about his duties, the wife of his master continually - tirelessly - tempted him with the allure of a sexual encounter. However, in the throes of this enticement, Joseph asked the key question: "How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:9)
In this wonderful response, we see the value in bringing our attention back to its proper focus: almighty God. Joseph didn't think about the beauty of Potiphar's wife; he didn't think about the false promise of immediate gratification; he didn't think about his years of loneliness and isolation, or the brief moment of comfort that might be found in this woman's arms. Instead, he kept His eyes on the Lord, and therefore claimed victory over extreme temptation.
When we give our attention to the big picture rather than the million little things crying for our attention, we stay on track. Temptation begins in the mind, which is where it can be defeated. When you find your mind wandering in the thrall of inappropriate thoughts, ask yourself Joseph's clarifying question: "How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?" It is amazing how quickly this little re-direction of focus can dispel the cloud of temptation.
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