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Joseph's coats 2

'He left his [coat] in her hand, and fled.' Genesis 39:12 NKJV

The second coat Joseph wore was: the coat of temptation. Joseph was young, handsome, far from home and tempted by his boss' wife! The Bible says: 'She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house' (Genesis 39:12 NIV). Joseph resisted her advances, saying, 'How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God' (Genesis 39:9 NIV)? He realised that he couldn't live with himself if he said yes. Remembering how God had loved, preserved and blessed him stopped him from giving in to the temptation in front of him.

David was a different story. After his affair with Bathsheba, he wrote: 'Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight' (Psalm 51:4 NKJV). When we sin, it's against God - he's the one observing us. God forgave David, and he'll forgive us too. But David's story proves that sometimes we have to live with the consequences of our actions, and they can devastate not only us but those around us.

Paul the apostle acknowledged this truth: 'I treat my body hard and make it my slave so that I myself will not be disqualified after I have preached to others' (1 Corinthians 9:27 NCV). We have to discipline ourselves, and strengthen ourselves, so that we can stand against temptation and keep ourselves effective in God's Kingdom.

So what now? What's tempting you right now? Ask God to help you be strong, stand firm and resist it.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 7:20-40, 1 Chr 8, 1 Chr 9:1-44, John 8:31-41, Ps 30, Pro 25:13-17

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