1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
And the world is Satan’s and he is called “prince of this world”. DO NOT be naive to this world’s tempestuous propositioning of pleasure. Unless the eye is extremely healthy and fixated on things above, these worldly pleasures and lustful desires will intice the mind into immediate gratification with sin. Satan’s strategy is to get us so entangled in a narcissistic mindset that we are led away from Christ. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy and if we choose that disturbed mindset of sin and self satisfaction, we are allowing him into our hearts to do just that! A mindset of sin is a life away from Jesus….NO PEACE! Remember,
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” James 1:13
So as Satan tempts us, God tests us through the same worldly choices. He is testing our obedience level, purity of heart, perseverance, and our trust in Him to satisfy our every need. This is a difficult and mature level of faith to achieve, but once you are tapped into the powerful strength of the Holy Spirit and receive His spiritual gift of self control the flesh desires will change and we are then able to resist and Satan must flee!
1 John 4:4 “…the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
As with Joesph in Genesis 39, He faithfully walked in the light and was blessed with the favor of The Lord. God was with him, because of his faithfulness, and in turn everything Joseph did prospered. He did not concern himself with the ways of the world and was solely focused on one thing, serving His Awesome God! He knew, with all his heart, God was with him and that he would be satisfied and empowered to resist any ungodly thing. He had complete peace and he clearly loved God more than he loved the momentary pleasures of sin.
But as for Mrs. Potipher, who was married to Joesph’s very wealthy military ranked master, she did not walk the same well lit path. She lived a life of self indulgence and opulance. She was not a woman of faith and her character showed it. Her life, filled with the riches of Egyptian high society, left her bored, lonely, and with an insatiable appetite for more….NO PEACE! Her wandering heart became restless as her eyes lusted after Joseph and his physical masculinity. She was fixated on her own flesh desires as she continually propositioned Joseph to sleep with her and to feed her hunger for more pleasure. Remember: Satan tempts, God only tests!
Joseph refused her and chose to respect his beloved master and obey His God over the momentary pleasures he was being offered. In a spirit of anger and rejection she had Joseph thrown into jail as an innocent man. But because of his righteous refusal to sin and exceptional faith, The Lord was with Joseph, even prospering him in jail to then later become a ruler of Egypt!
Mathew 18:9 “And if your eye is causing you to fall into sin, tear it out and away with it; it is better for you to enter into Life with only one eye, than to remain in possession of two eyes but be thrown into the fire of hell.”
The sin of momentary pleasure is exactly that….sin and momentary! There is no denying the fact that there is pleasure in sin or we wouldn’t desire it. But resisting it tests our commitment and true character as followers of Jesus.
Am I willing to resist the world’s temptations, turn from evil and do good, and wait on The Lord, “virgin bride”? Absolutely! For He who promises is faithful and He has promised me peace in His presence as I journey home and a perfect eternal life with Him…. heavenly bliss far beyond the pleasures of what I can even imagine. I’ll wait! 😉
Read more on Mrs. Potiphar in our “Learning from Their Examples” series.
Beth McMillan is a child of the Most High God. He calls me “bride to be” and sees that I have fallen in LOVE with His son, Jesus. Appropriately named, Beth translates “House of God”. I work for Jesus at McMillan Interiors displaying His Splendor. Word of God speak…a creative vessel.