Topic: Better To Run [Friday May 11, 2018]
Text: Genesis 39:13-23 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out” (Genesis 39:12).
In the Australian bush country grows a little plant called the sundew. It has a slender stem and tiny, round leaves fringed with hairs that glisten with bright drops of liquid as delicate as fine dew. Woe to the insect, however, that dares to dance on it. Although its attractive clusters of red, white and pink blossoms are harmless, the leaves are deadly. The shiny moisture on each leaf is sticky and will imprison any bug that touches it. As an insect struggles to free itself, the vibration causes the leaves to close tightly around it. This innocent looking plant then feeds on its victim.
Immoral sin of the flesh, whether fornication, adultery or masturbation is not only sticky and imprisoning; it renders its victims a feast for the unquenchable fire. Can anyone take fire in his/her bosom and not be burnt? (Proverbs 6:24-33).
When Joseph fled the scene of temptation leaving his garment behind, the evil woman decide to keep the dress to use as evidence to nail him at her lord’s return. Without being given any chance to defend himself, Joseph was then put in prison by his master, Potiphar, where he maintained the best attitude though he was wrongly accused. But he escaped the snare of the fowler and preserved his life.
Joseph’s temptation appeals to a strong, natural drive, which takes only God’s grace to resist. Temptation is not sin; yielding to it is. By resisting sin, his character and convictions grew and he became stronger spiritually. We must resist the devil with the word of God and flee from temptation in order to fulfill our Christian objectives. For this to be possible, we must have sound knowledge of the Scriptures.
Thought For The Day: Better flee from the scene of temptation, than play there and perish.
Bible Reading in one Year: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.