Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 February 17 - Morning Manna

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 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 39:1-9)

Today's Morsel: Potiphar's wife wasn't just flirting with Joseph, she was coming on to him big time.  She wasn't faking, dhe was serious.  Thank God that Joseph had a relationship with God, that he wasn't willing to compromise his integrity.  It's often at this juncture that many men and women fail the test when they are seduced by the opposite sex.  When we read scriptures, it's hard to miss God's call for purity.  As Paul told Timothy, keep yourself pure.  Purity must be the goal in every believers life.  When  we understand who we are in Christ, it makes all the difference in our ability to remain pure.  Paul describes us as the temple of God.  When we look at the temple, everything in it was pure.  Pure olive oil for the lamps; pure incense for worship; pure animals for sacrifices; pure gold for the overlay.  The Lord calls for us to have pure hearts, pure religion, and pure relationships with each other.  Purity is good for all.  We need to set clear rules and guidelines for our lives before temptation comes our way.  Remember, Satan is subtle, and we should understand, that all the world's pleasure can only offer us is found in its slick advertising. Underneath the smile and the swimsuit and machoism you see on TV, internet,  and in magazines, is pain, loneliness, heartaches, and emptiness.  That's a strange way to define pleasure.  But that's the way the world offers it to you.  But we must heed Nancy Regan's advice and just say, "NO!"

Sing: Holy! Holy! Holy!; Holy! Holy! Holy!; Holy is the Lord, God Almighty. Holy! Holy! Holy!; Holy! Holy! Holy!; Holy is the Lord, God Almighty!

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