Christian Pitfalls (Part 12)
For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.
At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
'I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.'
With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,
Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
Proverbs 7:6-23 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: among supernatural exports, freedom was America's currency. It was our wealth. For centuries, people came by the boatload to grow rich in the freedoms we willingly offered.
But things have changed, and freedom has been chained. Today, our top commodity is lust. America is its center, and we lead the world in its promotion.
Under the direction of 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2), lust has become our new currency. Celebrity is our stock exchange, and people buy into it by the sky-load, by the millions. Because lust promises to fill the emptiness every person feels--without God.
But lust invites bankruptcy. Lust is an empty promise. Lust is form without substance, and surface stuff fades, breaks and proves itself a liar. Lust is Satan's open wound. Unfortunately, we continue to jump into this black hole with a beautiful cover.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: lust is not just body-to-body; it's body-to-booty. It's clothes, makeup, houses, money, intoxicants, popularity, power, position and possessions--great and small. Lust begins with a sly smile, but it ends with a rude awakening.
So don't go there. Don't buy into Satan's stock exchange. Instead, present yourselves as the stock of God: 'A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light' (1 Peter 2:9).
When fans buy into you, they buy into Him. That's what your job is all about.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.