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Choosing a firm foundation!

Scripture reading for September 29th: 1st John 2, Psalm 45, Proverbs 9

1st John 2: 15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

There is a war going on for the affections of mankind. We are born centered on ourselves. We love ourselves and want anything that pleases us. The world appeals to the desires of our flesh and whatever pleases our eyes or body, just like a seductive woman appealing to a simple man. John, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, warned believers against loving the world. This world is temporary and passing away. We can’t love the world and love God our Father. There is no room for both. Wisely choose to love God, Whose throne is forever and ever! When we love God, we embrace righteousness and choose to love God and do His will! We depart from wickedness and that which is passing away to embrace the eternal!

Psalm 45:6-7 “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”

Prayer: Father God, give me discernment today concerning the seductions of this world and its appeal for my affections. I choose to love God alone and be faithful to do His will and worship Him alone. Anoint me with the oil of gladness today that those in the world might be drawn to ask me the reason for my hope and joy. I will share with them the Good News of a Savior, Christ the Lord, Whose joy is mine!

Proverbs 9:13-118 “The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, and her guests are in the depths of Sheol.”

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The adulterous woman!

Scripture reading for July 5th: Proverbs 5-9

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.  for the lips of an adulteress drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil.  But in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.” (Proverbs 5:1-5)

Solomon’s warning to his sons stands as a warning to men of all ages and times.  Many have heard these words and read them, but failed to heed the warning and experienced the promised results.  Headlines blare every day about another famous person, politician, minister, or actor who has committed adultery.  For some, it has become a badge of honor!  What is more shameful are those who call themselves followers of Christ and are found caught in this sin.

Satan has used women and sexual desires to cause the ruin and death of many throughout history.  Solomon’s own father, David, succumbed to the temptation of adultery and his sin has been read about for over 3000 years!  Solomon, himself, had over 1000 women in his harem.  These wives were his downfall, because many worshiped idols and they brought idolatry into Solomon’s life!   Sexual sin and idolatry always go together!

Many men recklessly believe that they will never be caught in their adulterous forays.  But God sees everything !  (Proverbs 5:21)  God promises us that the cords of our sin will hold us fast and we will die for our lack of discipline!  (Proverbs 5:22-23)  God holds each person responsible for their choices and conduct.

Adultery is a deadly sin that defiles many people.  Death and the grave are both mentioned more than once as a consequence of this sin. (Proverbs 5:5) (Proverbs 7:27)  Adultery leads to regret, depression and misery in most cases. (Proverbs 5:9-14; Proverbs 6:33)   Families are broken up and children are caught in a stressful situation that they have no control over.    Retaliation by the husband of the adulteress could cost your life! (Proverbs 6:34-35)  Solomon may have been referring to sexually transmitted diseases when he wrote of taking fire into one’s lap.  (Proverbs 6:27)  Please pay heed to God’s wisdom and  keep away from the adulterous woman.  Let discretion guard you each day!    The passing pleasure is not worth the eternal consequences!

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