2 Peter 1:5-7 - "In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone." (NLT)
Lesson From Scripture: Joseph in Genesis 39
Facing temptation is never easy, and it is likely that Potiphar's wife was fairly tempting for Joseph. A loyal man, Joseph had been prosperous in Potiphar's house, and he was trusted implicitly by Potiphar. What a temptation Joseph faced when Potiphar's wife threw herself at him. Yet, instead of giving into an affair with her, he chose to run away. He refused her over and over again, until one day he left his cloak behind, and she turned and accused him of trying to rape her. Potiphar, believing his wife, had Joseph placed in jail, where he found favor in the eyes of the prison warden. From there, and through Godly circumstances and intervention, Joseph eventually went on to become the highest official in Egypt at the time.
Joseph faced a lot of different temptations from Potiphar's wife to revenge on the brothers that sold him into slavery. Yet Joseph never wavered from his devotion to the Lord. His actions were always defined by his relationship and faith in God. When he turned down Potiphar's wife, it was with the words, "How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?"
We can all learn lessons from Joseph's self-control. It is so easy today to give into the temptations that Christian teens face. Sometimes it is actually harder work to walk away from temptation than to give into it. After all, there is so much peer pressure to drink, have sex, do drugs, not go to church, and more.
However, God rewards your self-control. Look at Joseph. While he spent a number of years in prison and as a slave, eventually he rose to the highest appointed position in Egypt and even found his family once again. God will eventually reward your self-control. You just need to have some patience, which is the focus of next week's Fruit of the Spirit Devotions.
This week focus your prayers on self-control. Make a list of areas in your life that you feel a little self-control and strength are necessary, and ask the Lord to help you overcome the temptations you face.