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The Story of Joseph by John Hagee

The Story of Joseph by John Hagee

1 Timothy 6:11
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness

Satan is an enemy who attempts to draw us in, to bring us near. Since he is a roaring lion who walks about seeking whom he may devour, he knows that he needs to be close enough to pounce (1 Peter 5:8). When it comes to fleeing from temptation, Joseph provides us a prime example.

Young Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery; he was bought by Potiphar, the Egyptian captain of the guard. Because the Lord was with Joseph, Potiphar saw that everything he put his hand to prospered. He made him overseer of his household. Since he was a handsome man, he caught the eye of Potiphar’s wife. Day after day, she attempted to seduce him. Day after day, he refused her. He would not stoop to dishonor Potiphar’s trust or to sin against God (Genesis 39:9).

One day, when no one else was around, as Joseph went into the house to work, she grabbed hold of his garment and would not let go as she tempted him yet again. He resisted her pleas, pulled away, and left his garment in her hand as he fled. There was no shame in running away!

Instead, the Apostle Paul said to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” He goes even further when he encourages young Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life…” (I Timothy 6:12). When we submit to God and resist the devil, James tells us that he will flee from us (James 4:7)!

In all the places where Satan would seek to entice you to sin or where he would draw you close enough to pounce and devour, resist him. When we submit to God first, we do not stand to resist in our own power.

Blessing:

Heavenly Father, help me to avoid even the appearance of evil in my life. Help me submit to You so that I may resist the devil and set him to flight. Help me to walk worthy of this holy calling. In the name of Jesus…amen.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Old Testament

1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17

New Testament

Acts 23:11-35

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 3:1-8

Proverbs 18:14-15


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