“Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house”
DO NOT APPROACH THE BORDERS OF SIN!!! This verse screams at us this warning, it pleads to us that we do not turn our hearts away from the Word of God to chase after the forbidden enticements of sin. The entire chapter speaks of the strange woman as the sinful grappling hook after the hearts of the young men, but I caution you women, that sin in any form is as adultery to our LORD. As you read through the many recounts of history, God says to his people that they are an adulterous nation (Jeremiah 3:6-25).
We are not to tempt temptation; we are not to put our thoughts toward evil; and we are not to desire the fruit of sin. But when we turn away from the teaching of the Word, we are slipping out the door in secret and testing our strength to overcome and by doing so, we are ensnared by the sin which we knew we should not embrace. Once fallen to sin, we find shame and a broken relationship with the Father, because we know the steps to resist Satan but we did not take them (James 4:6-8).
God’s Word is given to us to keep us from sin (Psalms 119:10-12). Sin should be looked upon as a plague that destroys life and purpose. If we do not hate sin, then we will fall victim to it again and again.
Prayer: LORD, we are overwhelmed with joy in your presence. When we received your pardon from our sin, we became your eternal bride; you have dressed us with the clothing of salvation and draped us in robes of righteousness. We are like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. We praise you with our hearts and we give our minds and bodies in service to your purpose. LORD, forgive us when we seek pleasure from sin instead of pleasing you by living holy lives. Father, thank you for your eternal mercy, that even when we have turned away, you have said if we will humble ourselves and ask forgiveness you will hear us and heal us from our unrighteousness. LORD, thank you for your longsuffering and grace. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©