Strength for Today
January 20
By Frank Eiklor

"There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"
Genesis 39:9

Immorality hangs over America like smog over Los Angeles. From the first century to the twenty-first century man's heart is the same. Only the excuses get more sophisticated. The fornicator blames his "high hormone level" or the other partner's "come on." The adulterer's affair is blamed on his wife or husband for "not meeting my needs." And even the remorseful find solace in "the devil made me do it."

Those lines - excuses really - wouldn't work with Joseph. He knew and walked with the Lord of grace and purity. When Potiphar's wife set her trap for Joseph - even to the physical reach -he ran from her presence. But not before giving her the reason why he would say a final "No!" to immoral sin: "how can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?" Joseph lived in intimacy with the Lord who fills every place and sees every face. He knew God witnessed every action from the boardwalk to the bedroom. And he knew the truism: "When fleeing temptation, never leave a forwarding address."

When facing any assault of lust on your mind or heart, fill your thoughts with the account of Joseph. But most of all, let the God of Joseph fill your heart with Himself. The beauty of the Lord will so captivate you that anything Satan has to offer will be rejected with finality.

My Prayer:
"My Father, all things are naked and open before Your eyes - including my heart. I ask You to reveal Your beautiful presence to me so that when faced with any temptation I shall catch Your loving gaze and pass each test by taking the way to escape which You always provide."

This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!



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