Thursday, March 13, 2014

It Could Cost Your Life

For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, and saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man devoid of understanding, passing along the street near her [harlot's] corner; and he took the path to her house...and there a woman met him, with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart...So she caught him and kissed him; with an impudent face she said to him:...I came out to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you...Come, let us take our fill of love until morning... with her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips she seduced him. Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, till an arrow struck his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life. (Proverbs 7:6-8,10,13,15,18,21-23)

There really is not much I can add to this. Wisdom and understanding given by God is what we need. We should desire it. There is a great deception in the world that is like the harlot, drawing people into believing lies. Many walk through life like this young man devoid of understanding. Without God's wisdom people can fall into the trap of enticements of good things to bring false hope and peace in today's world.

Without knowledge one can be deceived and caught in the snare. The trap and the snare bring death if one is not able, or willing, to escape.

This was about a young man. We are told we are to come to Christ as little children. Parents are told to raise up their children in how they should go. It all starts at an early age, this wisdom. Doesn't always work that way in the world, and sometimes parents raise up children with the wrong wisdom, but we can still come spiritually as children into the truth, wisdom and knowledge of Christ. And what does He promise? Life in Him. The life it will cost is worth losing...a life of deception.

Anyone can put off the old thought patterns for new if they desire. The young man above died to deception and lies. Christ redeems lost lives and offers wisdom and understanding that brings life. Not knowing, following or listening to Christ's words will bring death.

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:17-19, 21-24)

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