We’re in our third week of our study on temptation in the youth ministry here at Morningside. Here’s one of the great devotionals from our student book from LifeWay’s Known 07 material.
If you have ever taken martial arts or self-defense class, you know there are a lot of ways to defend yourself if you need to. You learn to protect yourself and also how to stop an attacker. But, as my instructor once said, the best defense is to not be there. In some conflicts, it is sometimes better to avoid the conflict and run. The same is true in our spiritual lives as well.
Joseph knew the principle very well. Read his story in Genesis 39:7-12. What did Joseph do when faced with temptation?
Potiphar’s wife wanted to have sex with Joseph. But when temptation came, Joseph resisted because he had made up his mind where he stood. He could never betray his master and do this great evil and sin against God. When the temptation continued, he fled. He didn’t need to wait or think about it. He ran.
What is your limit? What lines have you drawn? Have you made up your mind what your standards are? What are some of your standards? Are there temptations that you are resisting, when you should really be running? In what areas of your life do you need to run? Set your standard. If you get too far – Run!