>These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by menses of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
Proverbs 6:16-19, 23-28
Father thank You for protecting me from myself when pride seeps inside of me; when I'm about to tell a lie; when my heart wants to turn cold; and when lust and desire entice me into doing wrong. Thank You for protecting me from those who would and are telling lies about me; who spend their waking moments devising ways to tear me down and force me to act like anyone but Your child.
Thank You for protecting me from the evil woman who only has one purpose…to keep my focus off of You. Thank You for revealing her cunningness, her plans, and the fangs she intends to sink into my flesh to suck out every drop of my life. Thank You Father for keeping guardians around me to keep this woman out of my home, my life, and my world. When I fail to see her coming so that I may walk away, when I fail to discern her flattering words to be the words of the "liar"; when I fail to keep her out of my home…keep me focused on You Lord.
Help me to see those women, those people who don't serve You Father; those people who have one thing on their mind, and that is getting everything they want no matter what it costs another person. Help keep my feet firmly planted on Your ground, walking the path You have chosen. Keep my mind sharp and clear to hear Your voice when You say, "walk away, they are not who they appear to be". Father reveal to me these liars, manipulators, thieves, whores, and backstabbers; and help me to keep them at a safe distance, away from my home and my inner circle. Keep my ego in check at all times so that I always know that only with You can I defend myself and defeat the enemy. Keep me focused on Your light Lord. Humbly I pray to You. Amen.
I believe it to be true that people…all people come into your life for a reason. But it is ego and arrogance that make you believe that they have approached you because you are supposed to help them, etc. Sometimes they are 'tests' to see how faithful and loyal you are to God. Not everyone is or is supposed to be your friend. As the Bible shows there are many "wolves in sheep clothing".
Misery loves company, so some people knowingly and unknowingly seek to drag you down to their level or depths that far surpass their own. They will gossip and spread half truths…or complete lies. They will only come around to see what they can get out of the exchange, and to see what dirt they can dish up. Keep these people at bay. They are cancerous.
An attractive, intelligent woman can distract a man to the point that he can make a complete fool of himself. She can manipulate him into paying less attention to his own girlfriend/wife…which means he is spending even less time focused on God. She can make him look at what appears to be her values and virtues, and then pick away at and tear down everything he believes to be flaws in his wife/girlfriend. It always starts off innocently. The 10-20% of qualities this "liar" seemingly brings to the table always negates the 80-90% your wife/girlfriend has to offer. But a man who has been hooked and reeled in like a barracuda will always think this other woman has 80-90% of what he wants, and that some how his wife/girlfriend is the one lacking with a mere 10-20%. Only with and through God can the truth be revealed. Only God can show you that you have been "hoodwinked…bamboozled…led astray…."
Men when your focus is on God first, you learn to ignore the subtle or overt flirting, eyelash batting, forward body language, frequent body contact, and other baits used by these type of women. You will avoid them like the plague. You will never invite them to have a part in your life that should be shared and cherished by only those closest and dearest to you. You will never allow yourself to be alone with them, and you won't have to learn the hard way to never ever let them into your home or private office. They will never have private access to you.
Men must learn to stop trying to save everyone…especially women! If they need counseling let them find a counselor in church, online, or through their job. If they ask you, encourage them to turn to these valuable resources. Tell them to pray first for the answer…the "liar" will rebuke the thought of that, then revealing itself to you, and proving true intent.
The same is true of God's daughters. Whether it be male or female attempting to trap you as prey, with your focus on God you will always see them coming and can easily adjust your thinking so that their attempts to steer you off your path always result in a big FAIL! Women, we must be watchful of the woman who eagerly wants to befriend us; the one always smiling in your face, but her eyes show anything but pure thoughts about you. Pray to our Father that He opens your eyes and shows you this woman's true essence and intent; and how best to deal with her..and keep a safe distance.
Women, watch the advances of men. Like the lion they can be crafty as they wait until you are alone to pounce and attack. Be prayerful that you are always armed in the presence of the Lord. Don't allow what appears to be striking qualities, distract you into believing that somehow this man can give you something better than your boyfriend/husband. Instead pray, and turn to your boyfriend/husband and look inward at what you are or aren't bringing into the relationship and with God's grace and love- fill that void.
This is a long reflection…but a necessary one. Too many of us are sitting prey in this crazy, wild jungle…and the predators are creeping up waiting to sink their teeth into us. We must always be aware, be covered in our armor, and fully astute of God's presence. It is not living in fear. It is living on purpose; not allowing anyone or anything to knock us off our path…or slow us down!
Have a wonderful Saturday and be a blessing today!
Love you all!
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