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Proverbs 7
by Steven Crocker
06/30/06
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ďI looked put my window and saw a young man, immature in the battle for the world, and unstudied in Godís word. He was walking close by to the things of this world and like a blind man staggered through the streets coming closer and closer to the one who only kills, steals and destroys. The woman he met on this street was so delicate and precise in her look and actions that it was difficult for the young man to analyze her intentions. She began to make clever and indirect speech to entice him towards her and he had not the wisdom to resist. She was boisterous and difficult to move away from. She was attractive and offered pleasure with her words. She was disguised as something wholesome but her actions were in direct opposition to her words. She seemed to be everywhere at once.

He was caught by her snare and set about having a relationship with the woman. Though she never showed the respect due God or ,even, respect due to the young man he listened to her words. She told him that she only wanted to live in peace with the young man and claimed that she was the truth. She said that she had heard about him through the grapevine and that his fame had brought her out to meet him. That such an important man as he should have a world wide ministry with glory.

She told him of all the things that she had accomplished and how rich and powerful she had become. Most importantly she told the young man that she could use her position to help him in his own ministry. She whispered in his ear that God helps them that helps themselves. She told him of how she was being used by the Almighty to further the ministries of others. She said that the word of the living God was open to many interpretations and that even that word had been tainted over the eons. She said things like, ď Isnít Jesus always coming?Ē and ď He can be commanded to do as we say.Ē

The young man started to believe her, as she spoke, and thought to himself that he might be able to use this woman to advance his ministry even though he disagreed with a lot of what she was saying. Didnít the ends justify the means? Wasnít the good he intended to do far outweigh the dangers of a relationship with this woman? The young man was forced to admit that she could be helpful.

So the young man decides that a relationship with the woman would be beneficial to himself and his cause and joins with her. The result is that he becomes more and more enamored with the woman. Even though something in the back of his mind tells him that he is being led away from the Almighty he continues to pursue the woman. After all isnít she the reason that his ministry is growing? Isnít she the reason that he has left the oppression of poverty and has become wealthy in the world? Perhaps the persecution he suffered before he met her was really just God punishing him.

The relationship grows and he becomes more convinced that to be in league with this woman is the right thing to do. He comes to the point where he will do anything that she says to do because now he in trapped in a never ending cycle that results in the eventual end of his ministry and its effectiveness.

Prophet, listen to the word of God. Saints of God, deal with and pay attention to what our God says. This woman is nothing new. Since the beginning of time she has tried to convince the elect to combine themselves with the world. Do not let her convince you. Do not let her take you away from the correct path and direction of the Holy Spirit.

There have been many that compromised with the world and have only suffered injury at her hands. More than a few who were strong in the Lord have fallen by the wayside to this womanís flattery. To be in league and to compromise with the enemy is the path to hell and nothing less. When the prophet keeps company with this woman he is inviting the death of any real ministry that he might have had. He will never bring her up to the standards of God but will always be brought down to the lowest, common, denominator.Ē

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