I received in my email what I will be sharing with you in the next few posts. I will be adding my own thoughts throughout the post so I will not be posting it word for word how I received it. The topic of immorality and the effects of it is something that needs to be told. So many are living immoral lives and either don't realize or don't care what happens as a result of it. There are consequences to living contrary to how God wants us to.
Proverbs warns frequently of the danger of the "strange woman". This refers to all forms of immorality. It also teaches us that one important way of victory over the "strange woman" is to ponder her end. Hollywood is Satan's instrument. It commonly fails to show the end of sin tending to make it appear glamorous and exciting and rarely showing its awful consequences. God's Word however shows the end of sin in the plainest manner as a warning to men. Women also need to take heed to this warning. The phrase "strange woman" to me is referring to the lifestyle...not the gender of the person...to beware of.
Proverbs 5:1-23 "My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running water out of thine own well. Let they fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray."
Though the deeds of the strange woman appeal to the flesh and there are pleasures in sin for a season...the end is what we must consider and the end should be fearful to those who partake in immorality.
The email that I received was from Bro. David Cloud. What he shares with his readers is very helpful and informative. Over the next few posts I will share the things that he shared and what thoughts God gives me to share as well. Please check back for the following posts on the subject of immorality and what we should be warned about it.