He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. Genesis 39:12In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemn danger. He who would be safe from acts of evil must haste away from occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes not even to look upon the cause of temptation, for such sins only need a spark to begin with and a blaze follows in an instant. Who would wantonly enter the lepers prison and sleep amid its horrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himself would thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a safe channel. This day I may be exposed to great peril, let me have the serpents wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may be of more use to me to-day than the jaws of a lion. It is true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company, but I had better leave my cloak than lose my character; it is not needful that I should be rich, but it is imperative upon me to be pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin. The devil I am to resist and he will flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely overcome me. O God of holiness preserve thy Josephs, that Madam Bubble bewitch them not with her vile suggestions. May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil, never overcome us! Spurgeon, C. H.
Another reason why Joseph is my 2nd favorite character in the Bible.Paul first, though we love all the GODly men and women in there.Joseph had it right in all ways. Yet, he wasn't even "Born Again" as we are.What gave him the ability to run - simple - He Loved God first and his neighbor as himself - in this case, his master/bossman. Why is this so hard to understand ???Much talk about Holiness of late I've noticed. Hard to keep up.I typed into Google a sermon by Hudson Taylor that I was looking for called "Blessed Adversity" that I had downloaded and printed when I had a printer back in '02. I found where I had found it the first time here.http://www.lifehouse.org/tracts/jhtblessedadversity.htmBut there was no Homepage or other buttons on it to find the source, so I had to mess around with the address in the address bar and finally found it came from this list of "tracts".I can't read them all but the ones I read were good. You could see if you think if any are any good.http://www.lifehouse.org/tracts/tracts.htmAt least people here are searching out "Holiness", unlike most places I've viewed.There's Monsieur Bubbles out there too besides the Madams and they can strip your soul of things that only God can replace, with much fasting and prayer. Mainly to rob us of our first Love and His unchangable Commandments which are the same - to Love God & our neighbor as ourselves - makes sense that that would be the target of the world, the flesh and the devil.Read a good article on 'Love is equal to obedience' last night and Can't, no I mean Shouldn't, have one without the other.We must 'flee' anything less.LORD Bless you.
The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. The unregenerated heart is the reason we fall short and sin everytime. The Lord will not allow his people to be tempted above what we are able to bare but with every temptation will make an escape so that we are able to bare it. It is no difficult to understand some temptations in our daily life will requiring running to be able to bare and escape them. If we don't run we will become prey to the devils work. Any kind of training in life such, as police officer training for as an example, teaches a officer to automatically refer to his training in every situation. The christian life is no different. Luke 21:14- Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:1 Peter 3:1515 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:KJVLuke 12:3434 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.KJVIf we haven't settled it prior to the event, we probably will not run and will not be able to bare it.