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Today's Proverb is about women of folly. These women are not women of the street but are women who matriculate in high places. The same principles apply to both men and women who are powerful and use their positions to gain sexual benefits.

When someone gains a high academic position they may be awarded a chair of recognition'. This is a special honor indicating that the person who holds the chair is a person of distinction. In today's Proverb, we know that this woman of folly is a person of distinction because she is able to sit in a seat by the high places of the city.

Chairs were rare during the time of Solomon. Most people sat on stools or benches or better yet sat on pillows and rugs on the floor. In some high stations there would only be one chair, it would be the chair for the king or nobleperson. Jesus used the same concept is talking about the Pharisees in Matthew Chapter 23; "Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things, and do not do them." (Matthew 23:1-3).

There are so many people today who hold chairs of distinction. What our children and unsuspecting adults need to be taught is to always be careful in following the leadership of those in authority. Follow them in God's teaching but be careful not to follow them in their sinful deeds.

Proverbs 9 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 9:14 "(14) And she sits at the doorway of her house, On a seat by the high places of the city,"

Psalm 59:6-8 (Theme: Protect Me, O My Strength). "(6) They return at evening, they howl like a dog, and go around the city. (7) Behold, they belch forth with their mouth; Swords are in their lips, For, they say, "Who hears?" (8) But Thou, O Lord, dost laugh at them; Thou dost scoff at all the nations."

Today's question. Do your leaders cover your eyes with deceit?

To avoid the type of traps Solomon is suggesting requires not only for us to put on the armor of God but to also be bathed in prayer. Paul teaches:

"Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts." (Romans 13:13-14).

To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is an act of will. For some this is a very hard thing to do. But you can do it because Jesus would never require you to do something and then make it impossible. Therefore how do you do it? The answer is four fold. First, uncover your eyes and look at the challenge with the cold eyes of truth.

Second pray for the help of the Holy Spirit. Third, look to other Christians, brothers and/or sisters to help you and to hold you accountable. Forth, take control of both your mind and body keeping your eyes always focused on God.

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).

Dear God, help your children avoid falling into the traps of the rich and powerful and all those in high places who mean to do us harm. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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