Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 5 - Proverbs 5

Now, I can't say I know a single thing about this topic, thank You, Lord, but I know plenty about temptations. Oh my goodness, the things of this world that tempt me! One of the worst - my bed! I love the coziness of my bed, especially in the winter when I have my flannel sheets on. So I HAVE to work extra hard to free myself of the temptation to spend an extra hour (that I'm not going to end up missing anyway) snuggling in my bed and start the day out walking, followed by some time spent in the Word. Here's the other kicker: when I do the right thing, I feel great ALL DAY! When I give in to temptation and stay in bed, I feel like a FAILURE. We all have temptations, and guess what, they're tailor made for us by Satan. He knows exactly what buttons to push to lure us away from giving all our love to the Lord. When I read this Proverb, the verse that caught my breath right in my throat was verse 21, which I bolded. He knows, he knows.

Proverbs 5

Warning Against Adultery
1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,turn your ear to my words of insight, 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. 3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. 6 She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it. 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me; do not turn aside from what I say. 8 Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, 9 lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel, 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another. 11 At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. 12 You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! 13 I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. 14 And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.” 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. 20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife? Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman? 21 For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. 22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. 23 For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.

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