When you are faced with the temptation to lay with a person who is neither your wife nor husband, what do you do? You flee! You step on that throttle and take off on top speed. Don’t look back. Just keep going. Take to your heels. Run as fast as you can. Save yourself first.
It’s not your duty to try to deliver that person who is trying to lure you into adultery (or fornication) from the spirit that has possessed him/her. The person is already possessed by the devil and he won’t give up that easily. Persuasion will not do it. You know, sometimes when I ‘mistakenly’ watch home movies, I will be so pissed by some things they are doing. You will see a lady who is trying to seduce a man, display all her tricks. And the man will be saying ‘dumbly’, “Stooooop it”. He will even go further to try to help her pull her blouse back into it’s place. Then I will start wondering at the foolish act. Well, I console myself at the end of it all by telling myself, “It’s a movie. They are simply acting out a script.” Lol. But sincerely, that’s what happens in real life.
One lesson I have learnt from The Bible is that I shouldn’t discuss with the devil. The devil is cunning. Shun him immediately with The Word of God. He has his ways with words. He is experienced in confusing people. And he is relentless. He wants you to fall, he’ll do anything possible to accomplish his mission. And that includes using the scriptures to his advantage. Eve discussed with him and fell. Instead The Bible says “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Resistance is not done gently. You do it violently. You take your freedom by force. You pull yourself away at all cost. You fight for your salvation and integrity. Your aim is not to throw away your destiny. What more to fight for than this? If the picture of your God-given destiny is boldly before your eyes, you will snatch yourself off the devil who wants to devour you immediately. It’s no time to be a ‘gentleman’.
A perfect example is Joseph. O, how I love Joseph (You can read about him in Genesis 39). He fled for his life (verse 12). Not because man could have found out but because he had reverent fear for God. He was not ready to take chances. He even had to leave his clothe in the hand of the woman who was trying to steal his glorious future from him. He wasn’t going to loose God’s purpose just because of a few minutes of pleasure.
One thing of note here is that Potiphar’s wife did not just grab Joseph one day. She had started trying to win him over with words. Sin doesn’t just have it’s ‘big break’ in one day. I guess that one thing that must have helped Joseph in the long run is the fact that he already labelled that woman “Danger” since she started making wrong moves towards him. He did not turn a blind eye towards her actions. He was at alert. He was ready even before she finally charged at him.
We must learn from Joseph. Ask God for the spirit of discernment. When that your secretary starts acting like she’s your wife, being Miss Nice, dotting on you, put her in her place. When that guy on the block starts all his ‘gentlemanly’ moves, you had better be careful. I’m not saying that every gesture is laden with lust but you must be careful all the same. Even if it all started out as “harmless”, it COULD turn out to be harmful. The Bible tells us to be VIGILANT. Don’t let your guard down at anytime.
Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up (1Peter 5:8 MSG).
They will come after you. I mean those wolves. Run as fast as you can. Let the fear of God drive you as fast as possible away from that trap. Remember, the marriage bed must be kept undefiled. May God continually grant us grace to stand in righteousness in Jesus’ name!
~OMOSEBI Mary Omolola