Turning Trauma Into Triumph
Trauma of Temptation
October 10, 2021
“If it happened to the wisest man in the Bible, Solomon. If it happened to the strongest man in the Bible, Samson. If it happened to the most spiritual man in the Old Testament, David, then it can happen to you.”—Bob Russell
If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. (Genesis 39:1) The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. (Genesis 39:2)
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)
From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So, Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. (Genesis 39:5-6)
After a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” (Genesis 39:7)
But he refused. (Genesis 39:8)
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)
And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. (Genesis 39:10)
One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 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. When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.” (Genesis 39:11-15)
“What do you do when you realize you’re the most powerful person in the room?”—Andy Stanley
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”— Abraham Lincoln
When the New Testament talks about sexual temptation, we are given just one command: RUN!
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies. (I Corinthians 6:18-20)
4 Lessons We Can Learn From Joseph:
1) Joseph takes inventory of his blessings (even as a slave).
My master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. (Genesis 39:8-9)
2) Joseph calls sin, sin.
How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God? (Genesis 39:9)
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20)
3) Joseph created boundaries with her.
He refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. (Genesis 39:10)
4) Rewards are eternal but they’re not immediate.
Despair: the absence of hope.
“Adam and Eve hid behind a tree, naked, and cover in shame. Jesus hangs on a tree, naked, and conquers shame. The cross of Jesus is the great reversal.”—Rich Villodas