Some time ago a thought came to me. I don’t know if it was from God or just a realization after painful life experiences but the thought was
“A secret is a lie waiting to be born”
Think about it. If you have a secret, doesn’t really matter what kind of secret, you will in almost every case lie to protect your secret; people do it all the time, businesses do it, governments do it and you have done it too… (yes, you have).
In our study on Joseph we’ve come to a place where I want to focus on Mrs. Potiphar for a minute. Remember from my last post how she asked Joseph to sleep with her (and we are not talking about taking a nap here). Just think back… there was a day when she was looking at Joseph and a secret desire hatched in her heart. I’ve been saying that while God causes all things to work together for good that does not mean that God causes all things. God did not cause Mrs. Potiphar to lust after Joseph because James 1:13 says God does not tempt anyone. So how does it happen then?
But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. James 1:14 HCSB
Mrs. Potiphar has a Thinker (mind), Feeler (emotions) and Chooser (will). Maybe she had a fight with Mr. Potiphar as he left for work one morning. Maybe he was mean or distant or whatever. Maybe she had a very good reason to feel hurt and then her Feeler starting working overtime. Her Feeler wants to be loved by a man and maybe Mr. Potiphar isn’t the only man in sight. Perhaps she eyes young, well-built, Joseph and her Feeler says “You go girl… you deserve to be happy.” After dropping at least 100 hints she finally just comes right out and says “Sleep with me.” Does she know it is wrong? Of course she does, why else make up the story about rape?
Somewhere along the say Mrs. Potiphar’s Feeler convinced her Chooser to make the choice to bring a secret to life. What is the secret? She wants to sleep with Joseph. As long as this remains just a desire in her feeler nobody needs to know about it but the feeler is enticing her chooser. It is whispering in her ear how she deserves to be happy and that a secret fling with Joseph would be just the thing to do it.
If she had the Holy Spirit in her heart like a Christ follower would, she could have stopped the whole process in it’s tracks. But she doesn’t have the Holy Spirit and she is held captive to sin. There is no stopping this process in her life. Evil Desire sprung up from the Feeler and enticed her Chooser to choose to embrace that desire.
Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. James 1:15 HCSB
There is some time between conception and birth right? For humans about 9 months. For other animals less or more. There is some time between when your Chooser chooses embrace that desire and the birth of sin that comes from that desire. I don’t know how long it is. It is probably different for different people and different desires but there is a moment where you could abort that sin. Yes, I cannot believe I breathed that ugly word for a horrific practice on my blog but follow me for a second here.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 HCSB
Imagine a young woman, she turns up pregnant. At first she embraced the desire and her Chooser chose desire which would inevitably lead to sin. Now she is regretting her choice. It greatly saddens me to think of young women who find themselves in the place but this is just an illustration so track with me. Can she, on her own, terminate her pregnancy?
Perhaps, but probably not safely and would most likely fail to prevent the birth. She needs help to terminate this inevitable birth. Again, I can’t believe I’m writing this but, I think the Holy Spirit can perform the abortion on that sin that was conceived.
So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13 HCSB
If by the Spirit you put to death. That sounds exactly like going to the doctor who can save you and saying “Doctor, do whatever you have to do to prevent this birth from happening.” Please, please don’t ever think I condone abortion of a human being, I would never do that. What I would condone is abortion of a sin before it is born. In the space between choosing an evil desire and the inevitable birth of that sin there is an opportunity to turn it back.
If sin is not aborted, it starts growing in your life, dominating your every move making you a slave to sin and there is still a chance to turn it back while it is young and small. It’s much harder now but there is an opportunity to put it to death. But if you wait… If you wait until sin is full grown, it will bring forth a grandchild named death.
But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Romans 5:8 HCSB
Can you believe it? Even when we were completely dead in our sins Christ died for us! That ought to shake your world today.
Sadly, Mrs. Potiphar did not have the Holy Spirit to help her. The secret was born and then the lie was told.
Then she told him the same story: “The Hebrew slave you brought to us came to make a fool of me, but when I screamed for help, he left his garment with me and ran outside.” Genesis 39:17-18 HCSB
Falsely accused, Joseph went to prison because a secret gave birth to a lie. Joseph found peace in all this eventually. He told his brothers, and I think he might have said the same thing to Mrs. Potiphar, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”