Stand Up For God

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"Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41).

The context of today's proverb is that a woman's husband has taken a lot of money with him to do business and will therefore be away from home a long time. Therefore she says to the young man she is trying to entice to come over because it is safe. If the husband comes home early than she will accuse the young man of rape.

This is a story that is continuously played and we hear about its tragic results all the time. If it were a Broadway play it would be one of the longest running plays ever because this play has lasted for centuries. Yet, knowing how these adulterous acts end, we find ourselves having to teach our children continually about these types of traps.

"Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. And she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled outside, she called to the men of her household, and said to them, "See he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed," (Genesis 39:11-14).

The temptations and offers for men and women today are no different than they were thousands of years ago. The consequence can be devastating even when one flees as Joseph did. But in today's world it is a lot worse.

Proverbs 7 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 7:20 "(20) He has taken a bag of money with him, At full moon he will come home."

Psalm 58:10-11 (Theme: God Will Judge The Wicked). "(10) The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. (11) And men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on earth!"

Today's question. Why is sexual exploitation worse today?

It is worse today because it is accepted. We celebrate adulterous affairs. We talk about them on television programs, in the movies and even write about them in ‘tell all' books in order to make millions of dollars. What type of signal are we giving our children? If you are someone who wants to get ahead, become very popular, get invited to talk shows and make a lot of money then do as Potiphar's wife did, except don't worry about being caught, tell everyone through the media and write a book about it.

It is time for Christians to grow up spiritually and be appalled at this type of behavior. Adultery and sexual sins need to be condemned out loud. We should say it is wrong from the top of our voices, write letters of condemnation and let the public know that we do not appreciate this type of behavior. This is not being judgmental it is standing up for the word of God.

"Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest anyone of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3:12-13).

Dear God, as Christians we must find our voice. Not one or two speaking out, but millions speaking out against sin and supporting the word of God. 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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