- Ben Dowdy
- Series:Life of Joseph
Today’s Text: Genesis 39:1-12
Topic: Temptation. Sanctification.
These questions are provided for your further study and application of today’s message.
These questions are particularly designed to be discussed in your Family Devotions, in your Care Group, with an accountability partner or reflected on privately in your own personal time with the Lord.
1. Joseph’s words to Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39:8-9 reveal what was already in his heart. Read Proverbs 4:23 & Philippians 4:8. We are told that we think 10,000 thoughts a day. Spend some time discussing how you can proactively and strategically take captive our daily random thoughts and bring them under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
2. Read Genesis 39:9 and note that Joseph took personal responsibility for his own choices. Also, notice in Genesis 3:12 how mankind has a propensity to blame others for his own sinful choices. What are some of the ways that our culture and even
Christians tend to “pass the buck” instead of owning up to our own choices?
3. Read Proverbs 5:21; Psalm 139:1-12; and Matthew 5:8. AW Tozer said that in the moment of temptation, we have a propensity to become ‘practical atheist.’ How can we cultivate an awareness of the omniscience of God in all of life and particularly in our moments of temptation?
4. Our flesh is more than eager to offer up rationalizations in the form of excuses or lies in an effort to minimize the seriousness of the sin. Here are some examples:
“I am not hurting anyone else.”
“It’s not that big of a deal. God understands.”
“I will give it up next time; this will be the last time.”
“This is an exception because of exceptional circumstances.”
“I want and deserve some comfort, peace and/or pleasure.”
“I have no other choice.”
“I have already failed in my mind or heart, so…”
Note the ways that Joseph refused to negotiate with sinful temptation. How can we practically moving away from ‘negotiating with sin’ and towards “making no provision” (Romans 13:14)?