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When we lust, we become like this man. We thirst desperately for something that looks like what we want. We don’t realize, however, that it’s precisely the opposite of what we really need. In fact, it can kill us!
As red-blooded, healthy Americans, we have that same savage struggle with lust. Non-Christians and Christians alike wrestle with it and its persistence in our lives. Some think that getting married will cause temptation to flee. It doesn’t. Others have tried isolating themselves, but sensual temptation goes with them, fighting and clawing for attention and gratification. Not even being called into the ministry to do the Lord’s work helps! Temptation is there, relentlessly pleading for satisfaction.
So how do we cope with moral temptation? How do we say no when lust screams yes?
Well, the Bible doesn’t dodge tough issues. It offers us plain and achievable counsel that works! It promises hope, power, and assurance for those who are tired of losing the battle and living with guilt. Lust is never very far away. And just when you least expect it, there it is again!
Temptations come packaged in various shapes, sizes, and colors, but most of them fall into one of three categories: 1. Material Temptation - this is the lust for things – things that may be as large as a house or as small as a ring; as snazzy as a new car or as dull and dusty as a 200 year old dresser. 2. Personal Temptation - this is lust for status – special recognition. The status of fame, fortune, power, or authority. Having a title that makes heads turn, like "top executive" or "president" or "executive director" or even "doctor." 3. Sensual Temptation – this is lust for another person – the desire to have and enjoy the body of another, even though we know such pleasure is illegal and immoral. Today we’re going to limit our focus on lust on this third category. And even though we’ll do that, don’t think for a minute that this one area is all there is to temptation to lust. Sensuality is a large part of the battle, but it is by no means the whole story of the conflict within.
Let’s plunge into the life of someone who faced it head-on. His name is Joseph. His story’s told in Genesis chapters 37 through 50. Turn with me to Genesis 39 beginning with verse 1, when lust paid the man an unexpected and unforgettable visit. Joseph became a trusted slave of a high-ranking Egyptian official named Potiphar. Joseph, a handsome young Hebrew, earlier was sold off into slavery by his brothers who hated and rejected him. Although Joseph was a man of high principles and true godliness, he was nothing more than just a common slave. Follow along as I read: "Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain
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