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. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. Proverbs 5:3-5
“Be careful little eyes what you see… It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings.”~ Casting Crowns
- Call your prayer partner for your 10-minute prayer call! Remember to keep it short, but take a moment to remember each other in prayer.
- It’s time to meet with Jesus! Grab your Bible, journal, a pen, candle, and something delicious to drink. Go to the place where you meet with God.
- Read Proverbs 5:1-23. Pay particular attention to Proverbs 5:5.
The Second Glance that Ties Your Hands -Part One
Adultery. Fornication. These are both the only sins that I know of where God says that we sin against our own bodies. God is so direct about what to do when we are tempted by sexual immorality. In 1 Corinthians 6:18, God says to “Flee from sexual immorality.” He doesn’t say try to stand up against it, or reason your way out of it, or flirt with it at ANY time. He says FLEE!
I love the story of Joseph and his response to temptation. He RAN. We see this very clearly in Genesis 39:12. “She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and RAN (emphasis mine) out of the house.”
Why is it that we can try to rationalize a flirty text from a guy at work, or a “working lunch meeting” with a male co-worker to discuss an important work subject or friending an old high school “guy friend” on Facebook, or long chats with a guy at the gym or even at church?
I believe that the answer lies in our hearts. Do we long for compliments so much that we enjoy them from other men who are not our husbands? Is it nice to have someone who listens, and this someone is a guy from work who always makes time to talk?
Sisters, if your heart longs for something so much that you find yourself quieting the voice of the Holy Spirit when He tells you to run, please know that you are heading for trouble! Flee! Run away! Change your schedule so you don’t see this person anymore. Do whatever you need to do to get away. It’s not worth it!
Did you notice what Proverbs 5:5 says? It says that the adulterous woman’s “feet go down to death!” If that isn’t enough to scare you into running away from temptation, I don’t know what is!
Remember, the enemy of your soul, Satan wants to do whatever he can to ruin your life and your heritage. As a child, I walked thru adultery with my parents, and I know first hand what adultery does to a family. It completely ruined my family! It robbed me of my childhood, and it will do the same to your family. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can get away with it. You can’t. Plain and simple.
Sweet friend, if the Holy Spirit has His finger on your heart telling you to flee from temptation, please do it. This temptation will cost you all you have.
Jesus will help you to flee. Go to God. Ask for His help. Tell someone. Sin loses it’s power over us when we bring it out into the light. Pray for your marriage and ask God to heal the broken places in your life.
He will help you and longs to give you freedom from this temptation. Run to Jesus!
Questions to Ponder
- Does your heart have a longing which is not being met in your marriage? Do you experience loneliness and deep hurt in your marriage? God wants to heal these broken places in your life. He is the one who can meet your deepest needs.
- Write a prayer to God giving Him the hurts, broken places, and longings in your heart. Ask Him to fill you with His presence and His love.
Faith Filled Ideas
What can you do today to make your marriage better? Pray and ask God for help. Take some time to go on a date with your husband. Do something nice for him this week. Tell him how thankful you are to be married to him. Initiate intimacy.
Do you need help? Call your church or ask around for a good CHRISTIAN marriage counselor. I know it costs money to see a counselor but do it regardless. Ask God to provide the money. Work, work, work at your marriage. Don’t give up. If your husband will pray with you for your marriage, then start to pray daily. God still works miracles, and you will be glad you stayed married. Trust me on this one. I wish my parents would have stayed married and tried to work it out. Your children feel the same way. God will help you!
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I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!