Proverbs 5 “Warnings Against Adultery”

Today we are dramatically warned against adultery. In today’s society of baring extra skin, its easy to let the eyes wander and thoughts indulge. From billboards to books, aka, mommy porn, let’s face it: this isn’t just a male issue.

This is what Proverbs 5:5-6 says about an adulteress:

     “Her feet go down to death;
       her steps lead straight to the grave.
       She gives no thought to the way of life;
       her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.”

No thought?!! How can it  be? Yet, this is exactly how the enemy works. We are tempted with ‘just one more time’ or ‘it can’t hurt to look’ or ‘just one more book, I’ll throw it away when I’m done’. The more we become accustomed to these thoughts, the easier it is to give in, all the while darkening our way, narrowing our view of our eternity to the point where we don’t see it at all & we literally give no thought to the way of life. This makes me want to shake her and shout “Wake up, girl! Don’t you know

      “a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord,
        and He examines all his paths.” Pr.5:21

       “At the end of your life you will groan,
         when your flesh and body are spent.
         You will say,”How I hated discipline!
         How my heart spurned correction!
         I would not obey my teachers
         or listen to my instructors.
         I have come to the brink of utter ruin…” Pr.5:11-14

‘Pay attention’ Solomon wrote in verse 1. I don’t think he said it gently. I think he said it adamantly, just like we do when we have something important to say to our child. Maybe he even took his son by the shoulders, got inches away from his face & said, ” ‘Pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight’. (v.1) Don’t go down the road of adultery. It leads only to death!”

Imagine a road map with people walking along the roads. Do the people take the roads marked surest to heaven or do they veer off to the side roads? Dead ends? Literal dead ends.

Dead to life.

Dead to truth.

Death today.

Death tomorrow.

Death eternally.

Wake up!!! Think! “Listen!” Solomon said. Today, right now, if you have a book or magazine or movie that is not edifying to your eternal life, throw it away. ‘But it cost money to buy this.’ Exactly, but that money wasn’t spent wisely. The choice wasn’t made in the Lord. Now throw it away! A $15.00 book or movie is peanuts compared to the cost of your eternity. Let’s not wait till the end of our lives when we will groan, at the brink of utter ruin.

The beauty in this is, It’s not too late, yet!! We don’t have to stay dead!! Today if you have the sin of adultery in your heart, rip it out! Give it to Jesus! He can handle it!

Join me in prayer:

Father, help me recognize impurity at it’s introduction. Don’t let me become callus to images, thoughts and impure ways of the world. Cleanse me of anything not glorifying to You. Lay on my heart anything that isn’t edifying to my walk with You, then give me the courage to purge my heart and home of these things. In Jesus, I am an overcomer! May my thoughts, all that is in my home, and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, my God.  Amen.
     

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