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How Joseph Escapes The Sex Trap

Throughout the history of mankind, Satan has used beautiful women and handsome men to do his handy work.  No one is immune from Satan’s dirty tricks.  If you let down your defenses and become weak in any way, you have just opened the door for Satan to walk in.   Being a Christian makes you his number one prospect.  He is an enemy of God and he hates it when he loses you to God.  Satan wants you to always remain in his Kingdom, so he can use you against God’s people.

Now let us look at the story of Joseph who was a honorable man.  He was handsome in form and appearance.  He was the 11th son of Jacob and his 10 older brothers hated him because he was their father’s favorite son.  Joseph was very different from his brothers.  He was quiet and thoughtful, well behaved and polite.  His brothers were rough and ill-mannered often disobedient and careless in the duties of worship.  Joseph was a dreamer and he was unwise enough to tell his brothers of his dreams, and that made them very angry.

It was only natural that a boy with a quick mind and a lively imagination should ream of glorious days to come in the future, but his   brothers could not understand his dreams and hopes.

There were two dreams in particular which added to the envy and hatred of Joseph’s brothers.  In the first he dreamed that he and his brothers were binding sheaves of wheat in the field and that his sheaf suddenly stood upright, while the sheaves of his brothers bowed before it.  In the other dream he saw the sun, moon and eleven stars also bowed before him.

His brothers thought that Joseph was telling them these dreams because he expected some day to rule over them.  They disliked him very much for having such hopes and for even suggesting that he might become the head of his father’s household.

They dislike Joseph so much that they began to plot among themselves what they might do to dispose of him.  One of the brothers suggested that they slay him and put his body into an open well in the field then they could tell Jacob  that he had been killed and eaten by a wild animal.

The envy of these wicked brothers had grown into such bitter hatred that they now did not stop even at the thought of murder.  Because they knew that their brother was better than they were, they were willing to commit the awful crime of murder in order to keep him from the honors which they were certain would come to him.

God was not about t allow them to murder Joseph, so he sent a caravan of Ish’ma-el-ites into their present.  These people were slave traders and were on their way to Egypt.  An older brother named Judah suggested that instead of leaving Joseph in the it to die they might sell him to these slave traders and they would be rid of him for good.  The Ish’ma-el-ites took Joseph into Egypt where they sold him to a man named Pot’I-phar as a household servant. (Gen. 37:1-3).  Potiphar was a high officer in the army of Pharaoh.  Even though he was still a slave, Joseph did not give up hope that some day his dreams would come true.

Through his ups and downs, Joseph always trusted God, and God made sure that Joseph would always come through the most difficult circumstances.  Joseph was pleasant and cheerful by nature and blessed with a quick mind and upright heart.  He did his work so well in the house of Potiphar that he soon won the complete trust of his master and was rapidly promoted to positions of greater honor.  At length, Potiphar made Joseph his chief steward giving him charge of his entire household.  Though Potiphar did not worship the God of Joseph, he was greatly impressed by the good character and true faith of his servant.

Honoring God he was now being honored by the Lord he worshipped, having served faithfully over a few things he was now made the ruler over many; having learned to manage Potiphar’s house, he was now being prepared to rule over all the land of Egypt.

But Satan says, “wait just a minute Joseph, you are moving too fast.  You are honoring God and not me.  I got something better for you.”  So he presents Potiphar’s wife to Joseph.  She was immediately attracted by his magnetic personality and manliness and sought to lure him into a friendship.  Joseph wished to maintain the integrity of his character and good opinion of his master, and was careful not to do anything to violate the trust imposed in him.  But once a woman sets her sights on you, and she determines that you are truly what she wants, she will stop at nothing until she has you totally hooked on her.  Listen to her pleads.  “Joseph come and lie with me.”  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.  There is no 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?”

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 (Gen.39:8-10).

Now here’s a woman that has been scorned totally rejected by the man of her heart, and when you reject a woman like this one, be prepared to pay a very high price.  And there are many innocent men in prison today for the crime of rejecting a heart broken woman.

However, this woman was not through with Joseph yet.  Only Joseph does not know what is in store for him.  The next time Joseph is in the house alone, she comes in to him and once again pleads with Joseph to lie with her.  When Joseph refused this beautiful woman rips her dress open and then begins to scream to the top of her voice.  Rape, rape, this man has tried to rape me.  She grabs Joseph’s garment as he flees outside into the court yard with nothing on.  Now Satan has really pulled off the big one.  He has God man just where he wants him with no way out.  Joseph seems to have been caught in the act.  No DNA test to prove his innocence.  He is cast into prison where the King’s other servants are confined.  Nevertheless, the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and he gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.  God always provides a way to escape for his people (Gen. 39).

Satan used Potiphar’s wife, a very beautiful woman to set the trap for Joseph.  Only Joseph would not succumb to Satan’s evil ways and for that, he was put into prison for a crime he did not commit.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, salvation is FREE for the asking.  Take a moment wherever you may be, and ask the Lord to come into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and if you have spoken these few simple words in truth, you are saved, and now have eternal life.

May God continue to bless each one of you? Today I minister to you from a position of peace, power, purpose and prosperity in Jesus name. I remain Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.


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