Proverbs 7:21 Seduction

With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. Proverbs 7:21

In this passage Solomon describes a scene where a young man is walking down the street. He comes across a woman who is a prostitute. With many persuasive words she talks him into going with her and she leads him down a path of destruction. This woman was a prostitute and led him into a sexual encounter outside of marriage.

This is a scene that occurs around the world on a daily basis. While many would openly do this, there are many who would not go with a woman like this, at least not for direct pay. All over the world, both in the church and out of the church, men and women are sleeping together outside of marriage. The common words are, “if you love me, you will….”

The world loves to use persuasive words to get you to do things that should not be done. In this passage it is sexual immorality. Satan does not just stop with that area. He is trying to seduce you into sin of any sort.

Think about a time you had chosen to tell a lie or some other sin. What made you do it? Usually it was either someone else talked you into it, or in your own mind you thought it would be the best choice to make.

The enemy, the devil and this world, would like to trip you up and get you to follow their ways. They will use good sounding, smooth talk to make any sin sound like it is something good.

While the sin may sound and feel good at the moment, it ultimately leads to death. It pulls you away from God. It will cause pain and suffering in the end.

You are told to flee all sin and resist the devil. When the world comes talking smoothly to you, check what God says and stand on His word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and you will know when the world is trying to deceive and seduce you. God will give you the path out of the situation, if you will follow it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the seduction of this world; that God will strengthen you to keep you from being led astray; that you will only be led by God; and that you will only follow God.

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1 Kings 11:4 Bad Influences

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 1 Kings 11:4

Over the years Solomon had married several hundred women, many of whom were from foreign nations. These women were from nations that God had told the Israelites not to marry anyone. These wives brought with them their foreign gods and influenced Solomon into following those gods. He did not have a heart that was fully devoted to God alone.

Nobody likes to be left out of a group. People everywhere like to fit in with those they are with. Being left out gives the feeling that one is different or missing out on something fun.

It is a well-known fact that if a person hangs around another person or group of people enough, that the habits will transfer over. Often it is bad habits that will transfer, rather than the good ones.

Parents will often keep their children from hanging around certain other children, because they see them as a bad influence. They want their children influenced for the good, rather than the bad.

Yet, many adults will spend all their time with those who are not living correctly for God. Often it is around a person claiming to be a believer, but still living directly in a sinful lifestyle on purpose. They become a bad influence on the true believer.

You need to take a look at who you spend the majority of your time with. Are those people lifting you up and pointing you closer to God?

Or are they being a bad influence, pulling you away from God?

The peer pressure of a bad influence does not just affect children, it affects adults also.

As a believer, you need to be the one to influence the world for Jesus, not the other way around.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom on who are good influences around you; that you will be the light of Jesus in this world; that your heart will be focused on God; and that you will not be led astray with bad influences.

1 John 3:7 Doing Right

“Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.” 1 John 3:7

Now John tells you not to let anyone lead you astray. What does he mean by being led astray? This is being led down a path different from the one you are supposed to be on.

You may have heard a speaker start talking about some subject. As he is talking, all of a sudden he is talking about something completely different. He let himself go astray in his talk.

If you have ever walked in the woods it is easy to understand being led astray. As you follow a path, suddenly you see something off the path that looks interesting. You walk over to see it, then you see something further yet. As you keep looking, you also keep getting further off the path, until suddenly you are lost.

As a believer in Jesus, you are on a path that God has set for you to become like Jesus and to get into heaven. People around you can easily get you off of that path if you are not careful.

Well meaning believers may try to tell you that what you are doing is not good, when it is something God led you to do. The world will try to get you to cut corners to get it done faster.

Here John tells you that you must do what is right. Doing the right thing is not always easy, in fact, it is sometimes painful. The cashier gives you too much change back: do you give it back (the right thing) or do you put it in your pocket and say they made the mistake?

Do you keep the pen you borrowed at work or return it? Do you confess to someone when you made the mistake or do you ignore it and hope it goes away? Do you admit when you are wrong?

All these things the world will state that there is nothing wrong in either choice. God tells you otherwise. You need to be righteous as Jesus is righteous.

Jesus never did anything wrong. You should not either. Yes, you will make mistakes, but try to not purposefully do them. When you know it is wrong to do something, don’t do it.

I pray that today God will help you to not be led astray by anyone; that you will stay on the path God has placed you on; that God will strengthen you to choose to do right all the time; and that God will make you righteous as Jesus is righteous.