Genesis 39:9 A Bold Stand Against Sinning

“No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9

Joseph had become a slave to Potiphar. While working there as a slave, Potiphar noticed how well he worked and made him in charge of the entire household. At some point, Potiphar’s wife decided she wanted to have sex with Joseph. She thought that because he was a slave she could order him to do whatever she wanted and he would have to obey. Joseph pointed out the favor Potiphar had given him, and then said that asked her how he could do such a thing and sin against God. He refused her request.

Her request was probably made to Joseph when there was no one else around. For her, it would have been a completely legal thing to do. It could have been done quietly and no one would have known about it, at least no one human. God would know, and Joseph knew that, so he refused because he did not want to sin against God.

Throughout your life there will come times when something sinful will present itself in a way that no one else would know about it. This presentation could be with another person alone, or it could be while you are physically alone. It could be to have sex outside of marriage, or do drugs, or lie, or steal, or cheat, or watch pornography, or one of many other sins against God.

Most of these could be done in secret and most people would not know about it. However, both you and God would know. You would become guilty of sinning against God.

Are you willing to do that?

Are you willing to sell your soul for a moment of pleasure and sin against God?

Or are you going to be bold like Joseph and refuse to sin against God?

Take your stand against sin today and refuse. It will be worth it in the end. God will give you His favor and reward you.

I pray today that God will give you strength to resist sinful acts; that you will refuse to sin against God; that God will open your eyes to any temptations that come your way; and that you will live your life for God.

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Genesis 39:3-4 Doing Your Best Work

“When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.” Genesis 39:3-4

Israel, formally Jacob, had many sons and the youngest was Joseph. He was favored by Israel. His brothers did not like that at all, so they sold him into slavery. Joseph was eventually sold to Potiphar, an Egyptian priest in Egypt. After some time, Potiphar noticed that Joseph was successful at whatever he did and put him in charge of everything in his house. God was with Joseph and had given him great favor.

As a slave, Joseph could have done as little as possible. He could have thought because the Egyptians do not serve or worship God, he would not want to do anything good for them. Yet, he worked hard and did his best to serve those who were his masters.

Although today most of the world has banned slavery, there is another type of slavery going on. It is the slavery of working. When you have a job and go to work, you are a slave to that boss.

You have a choice in how you work and what you do. It is often seen people in the workplace who do the bare minimum. They try to cut corners and cheat the boss as much as they can without getting caught.

As a believer, you are to do everything that you do as though you were working for God. When you are serving God in this way, it does not matter what the job is or who your human boss is. It does not matter how your human boss treats you. God will always be on your side.

When God is on your side, you will prosper. Maybe not financially, but in spirit and truth and favor with others. God can raise you up in the worst of circumstances.

When you work, are you doing your best?

Are you working as though working for God?

Joseph did, as a slave. What can you do for God today?

I pray today that you will accept where God has placed you; that you will work as though working for God; that you will give God all the glory for your work; and that God will give you His favor in all that you do for Him.

Matthew 1:24 Do It Right Now

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” Matthew 1:24

An angel had come to Mary and told her that God would give her a child even though she was not married yet. She was engaged to be married to Joseph. Being pregnant at this time frame would usually mean sexual actions outside of marriage…a sin.

Joseph was a man who followed God with all of his heart and abilities. He realized the problem and decided to protect her but still could no longer marry her. This was a good thing to do according to the Law. It was not correct though, since the pregnancy was from God Himself.

During the night, God sends an angel to talk with Joseph. Joseph is given the message that there was nothing done wrong in this pregnancy and that it was from God. God was, now through them, fulfilling a long-held prophecy of sending a Messiah. He wants Joseph to still get married to Mary.

Imagine how hard this must have been for him. People would see Mary being pregnant. They would not be stupid, when the baby would be born, many would count back the days and realize they were not married when it started. People would talk, and most likely not in a good way.

Joseph had to put all of his trust in God. The whiplash of this could be death by stoning. The Law stated that anyone caught in sexual immorality was to be stoned to death.

Yet, in the morning, Joseph gets up and gets married to Mary. He does what God has told him to do, regardless of how hard it looked.

This shows tremendous faith in God. There are going to be times in your life that God is going to ask you to do something that sounds utterly ridiculous. You need to be willing to step out in faith and do it. Trust God, He knows what He is doing and having you do. God sees the bigger picture.

Do not argue with God about what He wants done. And do it right away. Do not wait. There is a purpose for God to have you do what He is asking you to do right now. If you wait, you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime to build His kingdom. If Joseph would have sent Mary away, there may have never been a salvation for you today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the plans He has for you to do; that God will help you build your faith and trust in Him; that you will do what God is calling you to do; that you will not turn from His calling; and that God will change the world through you.