1 Peter 2:11 KJV “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”
Something unseen wars against our souls: fleshly lusts. Lust is something we feel, something we crave and long for. Different things can trigger lust. For example:
Proverbs 6:25 KJV “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”
A woman’s beauty can cause one to lust. God warns against this. She can even take you away (capture you) with her eyelids? What’s up with that? It’s true. Ever notice women today that wear false eyelashes? Doesn’t it do something different to their appearance like make them look more seductive? God said to watch out for those blinking eyelids and coy looks. They have power to seize you. I’m talking from experience. I’ve been seized more times than I care to admit. I’m fortunate to be alive.
Proverbs 31:30 NET “Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.”
Charm is very deceptive. And so is flattery. There’s a saying: “You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” How sweet are the words of the soul hunter. How nice they can make us feel. We can be led to the slaughter without even knowing it, partly because WE ARE DESIRING THE WRONG THING.
James 1:14-15 KJV “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Proverbs 5:3-4 NIV “For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;  but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.”
Proverbs 29:5-6 NIV “Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.  Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.”
Flattery and charm works best on those who covet what is evil. And those who are looking for evil always find it. What you are about to read next applies to both males and females:
PLIGHT OF THE SIMPLE
Proverbs 7:7-27 NIV “I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.  He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house  at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in.  Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.  (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home;  now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)  She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said:  “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.  So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!  I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.  Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love!  My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.  He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.”  With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.  All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose  till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.  Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.  Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.  Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.  Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.”
Did you notice this women told the young man that she had food left over from her fellowship (or peace) offering? And she said, “Today I fulfilled my vows?” She had went to the temple earlier that day and offered a sacrifice to God. She just came out of church so to speak, and is now seducing the young man. According to The Law the food sacrificed in a fellowship offering had to be eaten the same day the sacrifice was made. But if the person made a vow (as she did) the flesh from the sacrifice could be eaten by the next day. On the third day it had to be burned up. (Leviticus 7:11-18 19:5-8) So, this woman is telling the young man that she is willing to share her food with him, and that she piously keeps The Law when it comes to making vows and sacrifices. Yet she is willing to break The Law by breaking her marriage vow? DO YOU SEE HOW HYPOCRITICALLY SICK THIS CHICK IS?
There are many like her. They are very religious outwardly, but in matters of fleshly lusts they have no restraint. They abuse God’s kindness, and use it as an excuse for loose conduct. (Ephesians 5:5-6 Revelation 21:8) These have only an outward form of godliness but deny it’s true power. And from them we are told to turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5 1 Corinthians 5:9-13) Like the woman in Proverbs 6 they too go to church, then come right out of church and engage in sexual sin (some even while at church). That’s how soul hunters operate. They have no shame. They will play the, “I’m a Christian too,” role. Don’t fall for it. God says the young man in Proverbs 6 had no sense; he was simple, and was a slave to his desires. That’s why he fell for her hook line and sinker, not knowing it would cost him his life.
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