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One Life – Will The Immoral Woman Please Stand Up?

By September 29, 2009 October 6th, 2009 No Comments

As many of you know I frequently cycle through the book of Proverbs during my daily morning quiet time, reading the chapter that coincides with the days date. (That makes it easy to remember!) I don’t do so every month but occasionally, as I think of it, I’ve done so many times over the years. Sometimes I get an insight that I haven’t seen elsewhere and share it. Today let’s look at a different way of thinking about a phrase found in Proverbs, chapters 5, 6, 7.
Let’s start in chapter 5, verse 3 and substitute the words “the way of the world” for the words “an immoral woman.” (NKJ) When I think of the way of the world I imagine all that is part of “the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the sinful pride of life” (I John 2:16) or those things that the evil one offers to us as alternatives to God and His way in life. The temptation and allure of money sex and power, trust in mammon, the desire for the approval of man, etc. are the siren songs of “the immoral woman.”
Read through the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters look for the references to her and reflect on the world’s way of attempting to seduce us from the narrow path.
Note the references in verses 5:20, 6:24, 26, 32, 7:5 and look for the exhortations and warning in the verses that precede them, and then follow the path of “the simple” in Chapter 7 starting in verse 6 as he goes for the bait of the harlot and then witness the result of his choice in verses 21-23. A particularly applicable warning jumps out to me in 7:26; “For she has cast down many wounded, AND ALL WHO WERE SLAIN BY HER WERE STRONG MEN! Leaders are strong men/women! You are all strong people! And the devil offers strong men and women many attractive alternatives to replace Jesus as the center of our lives. David was a strong man. Jim Baker was a strong man. Ken Lay was a strong man. Whether by actual sex sin or through the “cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things…” strong men are first tempted then lured out of God’s way and often rendered fruitless. Remember, every sin begins with a single thought, as does every righteous act, so apply Proverbs 4:23 by “taking every thought captive to Christ…” Ditch the Bitch – and press on!!! The Bema awaits! Don’t know what the Bema is? Drop me a line!)