THE DREAM PART 5 – THE BIGGEST TEMPTATION A DREAMER FACES
On the journey to seeing our God Dreams fulfilled, we will face many temptations. The biggest one we will face is the temptation to settle for a version of our dream that isn’t fully what we dreamed. We must make the commitment to always carry an attitude that keeps God’s best ahead of us no matter what surroundings we find ourselves in.
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.
The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 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. 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.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”
But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “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. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.
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.
While serving and thriving in Potiphar’s House, Joseph was faced with a moment of temptation from Potiphar’s wife. More than sexual temptation, what Joseph was faced with was an opportunity to settle. He could have easily compromised and tried to live with a version of his dream that was counterfeit. Instead, he carried with him the correct attitude in ways both big and small, as well as a commitment to keep his integrity intact, and ultimately decided to run away from a second-rate version of his dream. We could learn from his example.
KEEP YOUR FOCUS WHEN TIMES ARE GOOD BUT THE ENVIRONMENTS ARE NOT. (The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.)
After enduring the betrayal of his brothers and forced servitude, Joseph was finally in a position where he was beginning to see a measure of success. This success, however, took place in an environment that was not conducive to his values and his future. Despite this less than ideal environment, Joseph kept his focus and did not allow where he was at to distract him from where he was going. We must have the same attitude.
Question for group
What are practical ways you can keep your focus and integrity when your surroundings aren’t ideal?
WHEN YOUR HARD WORK MAKES SOMEONE ELSE LOOK GOOD, AVOID AN “I DESERVE IT MENTALITY.” (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)
When tempted by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph could have easily looked at the prosperity that he brought to the house and said to himself, “I deserve this.” An attitude that makes decisions based on what we feel we deserve can easily lead to compromising decisions, threatening our future. When we work, and our work brings benefits to those who we work for, we must always remember that working with integrity is its own reward. In God’s timing, promotion and reward will come. Taking reward into our own hands through an “I deserve it” mentality creates short term pleasures for long term destruction.
Question for group
How dangerous is the statement “I deserve it?” Why?
NEVER ASSUME THAT WHAT YOU DO IS HIDDEN (“How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”)
When Potiphar’s wife approached Joseph, what she asked him to do came with the assumption that no one would see and no one would know. Joseph understood that even if no human eyes were watching at the moment, God would see and would know. When facing a temptation to settle and are whispered the lies that no one will see or know, we can find strength and courage knowing that God sees and knows. Eventually, what we do in secret will be brought into the light.
Question for group
How do you personally combat the lies of “No one will see?” and “No one will know?”
DON’T USE PAST HURTS TO JUSTIFY YOUR COMPROMISE. (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)
Joseph had a past where he encountered a huge hurt involving a coat that was taken from him. The coat was significant and meaningful to him. He could have let that hurt carry over into his decision to run away from Potiphar’s wife, as he realized he would be losing another coat of significance and importance. Instead, he didn’t allow a wound from his past to carry over and affect his integrity. While our past matters and will always be with us, we cannot allow it to affect our current decisions, which will ultimately threaten our future.
Question for group
How can past hurts make you vulnerable to future compromise?
Feb 16th after the 10a experience
Ready to take the next steps at Radiant? Rad 101 is for you! Rad 101 is a 1 week class, held on Sundays immediately after the 10:00 experience. This class teaches the history, mission, and values of Radiant while also answering some basic questions on how to get plugged into serving on team at Radiant. Our next Rad 101 is scheduled for Sunday, February 16th.
For more details, and to register, please see us at the Home Tent or send an email to email@example.com
March 1 | After Church
It’s Cake Auction Time at Radiant! Cake Auction is our once a year fundraiser, with all proceeds covering kids and teens cost for camp. Our 2020 Cake Auction is Sunday, March 1. Immediately following the 10:00 experience we will head next door to Sonny Carter Elementary School to eat, buy cakes, and raise money for camps!
If you have a kid or teen and want to inquire about going to camp, please see either Brandi Pye, Jacob Erikson, or Courtney Erikson. If you don’t have a kid or teen, but yet want to be a part of this big day, still make plans to join us at Sonny Carter and we can point you in the right direction for a table!