Run Man Run – Part 4

Potiphar’s wife was very consistent, verse 10 of Genesis 39 says, “And though she spoke to Joseph day after day.” Sexual temptations are all around, and they are not going away. Joseph was tempted every day until the day he left his cloak inside the house and ran out. Later he was placed into prison due to being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife for trying to sleep with her. The Bible doesn’t tell us how long Joseph was tempted, but every day Potiphar’s wife made a pass at him and every day Joseph said no. What are you doing to guard your heart? What are you doing to guard your eyes? What type of accountability do you have in place with others?
I had a 20 year addiction to porn and over sexual sins, and because of that I have to live my life differently than others. I have to be very careful to guard my heart. At my house, the direct TV account is in my wife’s name and we have a TV rating lock on our account. In order to watch anything above PG-13 a password has to be entered. Only my wife knows the password. I do not have access to the internet at my house. It is set up on my wife’s computer and a password has to be given to be able to log in. Our Netflix account is password protected. Recently I needed to buy a personal computer to be able to do my work for Refuge. I had to buy a netbook because it didn’t have a CD-ROM driving on it, so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy adult video’s. Then it took my wife and me three hours to lock the internet off of it. I have to be very careful with the type of movies I watch or the type of TV shows I watch. Just the smallest little thing can trigger temptation. At work, I have my computer screens facing out so everyone who walks down the hall can see my screens, and have blocks set up on my computer. I have an accountability partner, and we meet once a week to talk and share. I have others in my life that at any time they can ask me the question, “How is your purity?” I have to take extreme measures to protect myself, and to guard my heart because of my past. I am so thankful for my wife who is willing to do what it takes to protect me. There have been many of times we will be walking in a store and she tell me to look the other way or to close my eyes, because she will see the women that is dressed in a way that could trigger temptation. Setting up guards to protect you doesn’t make you less of a person, it makes you more of a person. You want to get to a place where you don’t have any secrets. My wife knows my whole story, there are others in my life that know my whole story. There’s even another women that God brought into my life to help me with my healing who knows the details of my story. It is very hard to open up and tell someone, but it gets easier every time you share your struggles. Once again I ask you, what are you doing to protect yourself from the temptations of sexual sins that we face every day?

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