My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, May 28, 2012
The Lure of Temptation
With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him.
(Proverbs 7:21 NASB)
Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
(Proverbs 7:22 NASB)
Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
(Proverbs 7:23 NASB)
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
(Proverbs 7:24 NASB)
Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths.
(Proverbs 7:25 NASB)
For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain.
(Proverbs 7:26 NASB)
Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
(Proverbs 7:27 NASB)
Solomon in his wisdom understood the lure of the temptress, the one
who could deceive a good man and bring about his destruction.
Temptation flatters people and makes them believe things about
themselves that are not true. It creates a false sense of
self-confidence so that no other voices can be heard. No longer do we
hear the voice of reason which comes from family or loved ones; we only
hear what we want to hear and we believe the words which are being told
to us, because they make us feel good. Disregarding all that we know
is right, we simply follow the one who has pumped our egos, being
willing to go anywhere with them. When we discover it's a trap, it's far
too late. We have traveled on the path which leads to death.
What is the only way to be safe? We cannot allow our hearts to be
turned to her ways. Whatever the temptation, whether its a person,
money, power, etc -- we cannot let our hearts be turned on by these.
Instead, our hearts must be turned on daily by the Lord. It is the only
way in which we can remain safe from the temptations of life. The
temptations will come along and they will look and sound so good and we
will want to follow after them. Suddenly we will discover that there is
a path that leads us to that temptation. Do not walk down that path!
It will lead to destruction.
Far too often we do not become aware of the moment when we stumble
onto the path of temptation. The sin which occurs as a result of
temptation is not usually something that happens all at once. Rather,
we begin to follow the path that will lead to temptation. What are
those paths? In terms of relationships it is when we allow ourselves to
be placed in compromising situations with others. An affair usually
begins in a very "innocent" way, when we simply allow ourselves to talk
to, think about and hang out with another person. But if we keep
that up, the path will lead to destruction. You cannot allow your heart
to go in that direction, but must keep your heart on God.
Temptation is not simply about human relationships, but temptation
looks for the weakness in all of us. It is when our ears begin to get
tickled by the things that others say and we are willing to follow the
advice of those who have never been a part of our lives that we must ask
ourselves where we are going! The lure of temptation is powerful. It
will lure us away from all that God desires for us. If there are those
around you who are trying to warn you and seem to be calling you back
from a path, you ought to listen. Sadly, the enticing power of the
temptation may have you in its grip. Get away, get time with God and
ask him to intervene to set you free and run back to safety!
Lord, I pray as you taught us, to lead us not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. Amen.