The Seductress’ Trap

Please Read Ecclesiastes 7:26 Proverbs 22:14

Be afraid, be very afraid of falling into the seductress’ trap. She is more bitter than death. Only the man who pleases God will escape her. Willful sinners on the other hand are doomed. She has assisted many to the grave, and to hell. Only a fool will not take such a threat seriously.

The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit the Bible says. Her speech is smooth as butter. So slippery-smooth that the gullible fall for her trap without even knowing it. Flattery is one of her main tools. (Proverbs 29:5) The man who is under God’s wrath is easy prey. He doesn’t stand a chance. But how blessed is the man who pleases God. The Lord protects him from her. He receives help where he is weak in his flesh. God rescues him from her bonds. Those who please God are truly blessed because they are the only ones who will escape her.

Please Read Proverbs 5:3-11

God warns to stay far away from her, and not to go near the door of her house. To disregard this is to play with fire. And we will get burned. (Proverbs 6:27-32) Not listening to God means losing our dignity, our money, and other assets to her. All of our hard work will be spent on her and her house. And she cares nothing for you at all. Her heart is hard as stone. Living promiscuously leaves you empty. In the twilight years of your life you will groan God says. You will feel like a used up rag that’s been shredded into many pieces. That’s not the way to spend your final days on earth.

Please Read Proverbs 23:27-28

Today cheating on one’s mate is glorified. Men and women both brag about having another’s partner. But the bad joke is really on them. Satan and his demons have tricked adulterers into believing they are winning at being wicked. And all the while they are destroying their souls. (Proverbs 6:32) What a price to pay. God says at Hebrews 13:4 marriage should be honored by all, and that He will judge adulterers and all the sexually immoral. Those who choose to live this way know the consequences. (Romans 1:32) No one will be able to tell God, “I didn’t know.”

THERE IS HOPE

Please Read Proverbs 28:13 1 John 1:9 James 5:16

Thank God sexual immorality is not the unforgivable sin. All have sinned (one way or another) and fall short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23) If we are willing to confess and renounce our sins we will find mercy from God. We should also confess our sins to one another, and pray for each other so that we may be healed. We shouldn’t let embarrassment stop us from confessing our sins to each other. Remember, all of us have and still do sin one way or another. The important thing is that we follow God’s instructions to be healed. He is the only one that can free us from the bondage of the wayward woman/man or any sin. Also remember, only those who please God can escape the seductress’ trap. So please God by confessing and repenting from sexual sin.

We Wonna Be Normal?

Please Read 1 Samuel 8:1-22

In spite of being told how terrible things would go because Israel chose a human king to rule over them instead of God, they still asked for it. They wanted a man to lead them in battles of war like the nations around them. Being set apart as God’s special possession; His holy and sanctified people, meant nothing to them. God appointed them to be the cream of the crop. They chose to be the crud at the bottom of the barrel. God made them the most precious jewel among the nations. They thought it best to be a common pebble. So he handed them over to what they desired and gave them their human king. The cost for this was devastating.

Imagine a nation without an army; a nation that does not need an army because God is it’s army. That was Israel. Imagine a nation without a king. Because it does not need a king. God is it’s king. That was Israel. Yet they rejected God and desired that mere flesh rule over them. Now their children would be slaughtered in wars. They would lose what they owned and worked hard for. Their human king would demand the fruits of their labors, including their sons and daughters for his pleasures and as payment to his officials. All of Israel would become slaves of the king. The freedoms and rights they once enjoyed would now be gone. All this and then some because they wanted to be just like the rest of the folks around them. They did not value being God’s chosen people; His special possession. They hated God’s plans for them. (Jeremiah 29:11) Too often they trusted in the strength of men. (Jeremiah 17:5) This brought a curse on them. Like the surrounding nations they wanted to imitate they worshipped false Gods, practiced witchcraft, and even burned their children alive in the fire to a false god. (Jeremiah 19:4-5 Ezekiel 20:31-32) They became extremely wicked. How terribly sad. And despite all this God did not utterly destroy them. What a merciful, awesome, loving God!

Are we like the Israelites? Do we claim God as our Father but want to be like the world? (1 John 2:15-17) Do we truly value what it means to be set apart as God’s chosen holy people?

Please Read John 15:15-17 Epesians 1:4-5 1 Peter 2:9-10

 

Prayers That God Hears

Please Read James 1:5

How encouraging to know that when we don’t know what to do we can ask God for wisdom and he will give it to us liberally. We get perplexed at times but we’re not left in despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8) God tells us how to receive from Him what we ask for in prayer.

Please Read James 1:6-8

God says when we ask for wisdom (or anything) we must ask in faith, not doubting at all. We must not be double-minded. People like that are unstable in all they do, and God is not particularly fond of them. Double-minded folks won’t receive anything from the Lord. They are two faced (wishy-washy). One minute their for the Lord, the next minute for Satan’s world. Revelation 3:16 says that lukewarm, halfhearted people are vomited from the Lord’s mouth. Imagine that. We definitely don’t want God to feel that way about us. So let’s resolve in our hearts and minds to be 100% for the Lord. Not halfhearted. Then we can freely come before Him unashamed, asking Him for anything.

Please Read 1 John 5:14-15

God says we can have full confidence that whatever we ask for in harmony with his will, he hears us. And we know that just as hears us we have whatever we ask of Him. What great assurance that is; to know that our Father will do whatever we ask Him. But I think sometimes we forget the part where he said, “according to HIS WILL.” Sometimes our desires do not line up with God’s will. This doesn’t mean that our desires are evil. They may not be what God wants for us at the present time. Will we patiently trust God; knowing that he knows what’s best for His children? And sometimes our prayers are so selfish that God will not answer them with a, “Yes.” (Read James 4:3)

Let’s review keys to receiving whatever we ask of God in prayer:

•We must ask in faith, not wavering at all.

•We must ask Him for things that are in agreement with His will.

Psalms 37:4 says if we delight ourselves in the Lord he will give us the desires of our heart. What confident hope for those who enjoy serving God! These people all come to know God’s will or his heart. Jesus reveals the Father to them. (Luke 10:22) As their relationship with God grows their desires change and grow too from, “what I want,” to, “what God wants.” They find themselves praying more often for things that are in harmony with the will of God, and less for selfish pleasures. They have come to know their Father. (Romans 12:2) And they have acquired the mind of Christ, which is selflessness. (1 Corinthians 2:16 Philippians 2:5-11)

God Is Our Father

Please Read Romans 5:8-10

God is our father. He loves us very much. His love is unfathomable. While we were still enemies of God Christ died for us. God didn’t wait for us to get it right. He initated reconciliation with us through the death of His son. So if he did all of this for us while we were his enemies, won’t he love us all the more now that we are his children and friends?

Please Read Romans 8:14-17

All of God’s children have received and are led by His Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-24) The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. As a consequence we are no longer slaves to fear. We get afraid sometimes, but we are not slaves of it. The Spirit shakes it off. He also confirms in our hearts that we are joint-heirs with Christ. And as we suffer with him in this life the Spirit tells us we will also be glorified with him. We are truly the most blessed people to have ever lived regardless of our circumstances. And we are the most blessed people who will ever die. (Read Revelation 14:13 Psalm 116:15)

How Grand to be children of God. To have the creator of heaven and earth, and all that is in them, as our true eternal Father is breath taking. Just think about that for a while, I bet it’ll make you smile. 🙂 There’s no better anchor for the soul. We enjoy the highest form of protection. We can boldly come before the throne of grace to receive help in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16) And our God enjoys answering our prayers. Yes, we have an awesome Father. Isn’t it great to be children of God?