People are attracted to the anointing in your life. Throughout Genesis we see people being drawn together for so many different reasons: family (everyone is related), appearance, wealth etc. Here in Genesis 39 we take a look at the account of Joseph, the dreamer and his master, Potipher’s and his wife. After Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites, he was taken down to Egypt and Potipher, an officer of Pharoah bought him. The Lord was with Joseph and caused him to have success. As a result of his success, Potipher put Joseph in charge of all of his affairs. Potipher did not concern himself with the dealings of Joseph concerning his household; he trusted Joseph because God caused his success. As the Lord caused Potipher’s house to be great because of the anointing and favor that rested upon Joseph, Potipher’s wife was becoming attracted to Joseph (his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me” (v. 7) .The Bible says that Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. There is reason to believe that she was not only attracted to the appearance of Joseph, but that she was attracted to the power given to Joseph through the favor and anointing of God. Joseph said to her “there is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God (v.9) Joseph was well aware that all of his power, possessions and favor came from God, therefore, he was unwilling to sin against God. In this very instance he decided to protect his anointing! He decided that sin would surely drain virtue from him and drive a wedge between the relationship he had with God. She tried everything she could to get Joseph to sleep with her. One time when Joseph went into the house to do his work, while no other men were around, she caught him by the garment and said, “lie with me”. But Joseph left his garment and ran outside. His master’s wife became enraged, then she lied and said Joseph came in to sleep with her, to mock her. Joseph’s garment was used to support her accusations; it was “proof”.
1 Thessalonians 5:22-23 Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is easier to defend yourself if you are not remotely involved in a compromising situation. Yes, Joseph was in charge of the affairs of the house and he had to go in to do work BUT Potipher’s wife had confronted him once saying “lie with me”. He was already made aware of her intentions yet, he still allowed her get close enough to him to remove his garment. It seems as if there was something in Joseph that responded to her desires to lay with him, which is why she was able to “catch him by the garment”. There was an exchange; he lingered long enough to have a conversation with her. Once Joseph came to his senses he fled and left the proof that he was in close proximity to her. Her “proof” was in the garment. Although God knew the truth, man did not.Thus, Joseph was thrown into prison but still was with him.
You WILL encounter many people who are attracted to the God in you. They may watch you from a distance and get bold enough to confront you saying “lie with me”. Lie with me doesn’t have to mean sexual involvement; it may simply mean come fellowship with, commune with me, get involved with me. It is easier to flee in some cases and in others, it’s not. Sometimes Satan will send things and people that causes a response in us; something to attract us to our old lives and even our natural senses. We don’t fully intend to “lie with” the thing or person, but we linger just long enough for the accuser of the brethren (Satan) to make a case against us. In some cases we are simply ministering and thus we have fellowship. Even in ministry we have to guard our anointing because others are always watching, especially satan. Sometimes we are fully aware of the intentions of the person be it good or bad. In some cases we are not which is why it is so critical to guard your anointing by any means necessary and at all times. The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy. He is fully aware of your place in the kingdom and he will send things and people your way to try to weaken you and drain you of your virtue. Sometimes, like Joseph we may come to our senses and sometimes we may not. How many times have you thought that you had a situation “under control” and then you end up doing something that you regret simply because you had fellowship with something that you had no business being in fellowship with? You decided that it was alright to “lie with it”. And how many times in those situations that your fellowship with God began to change? You weren’t praying like you should, going to church as much, not reading your Word at all. You did not protect your anointing.
It’s time to flee! Guard your anointing! It’s time to get in right fellowship with the right things. No more lying around with any and every thing. The devil is after your anointing, get on guard. What have you let affect your anointing?