Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Proverbs 5:21-23 New Living Translation (NLT)
21 For the LORD sees clearly what a man does,
examining every path he takes.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23 He will die for lack of self-control;
he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
In Proverbs Chapter 5, Solomon continues to warn his sons of the deadly enticement to sin with immoral women (5.1-14), and then he reminded them not to neglect the wives of their youth by keeping and protecting the sacred bond of marriage (5.15-20); Today, we look at the last 3 verses 5.21-23. Solomon warns of the consequences of not listening to the warning, will result in bondage and death.
There are many reasons why we should not fall into the temptation and sin, in this context is sexual sin. GOD IS WATCHING! “For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.” V 21. God sees all we do. He will bless our appropriate decisions but he will also deal with inappropriate ones. The knowledge of His watching should affect our conscience. He walks with us too. Whenever we forget the Omnipresence of God, our thoughts and ways will easily stray from Him. Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12.14 the last verse of this book, reminds us all, there will be judgment. “God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing whether good or bad.”
We like to say, “I am free to do what I like.” God gives us this precious freedom to choose but the consequences of our choice we have no choice but to accept. Sin is very attractive. But once we fall into sin we lose your freedom. “An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.” Pro. 5.22. Once we sin, we are tied up with ropes. We are bound or under bondage by that sin. We become addicted and enslaved to that sin. Sin brings suffering. We suffer not because of God but our own folly. It is the natural result of our own foolish decisions. We cannot blame anyone except ourselves.
The sad reality is that we will die for living the way we want. When we refuse to listen to Wisdom we will “die for lack of self-control, and will be lost because of his great foolishness.” Our demise is not due to the lack of wisdom but the lack of personal discipline.
That is why it is so important for us to ponder carefully over what we do and where we go. All of us have made bad decisions and have gone on to forbidden paths. But we don’t have to keep on living that way. We can turn to God for deliverance. Jesus is the only One who can set us free from the bondage of sin. “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8.36)
The scripture says that the Devil is like a roaring lion waiting to pound on us. Jesus taught us to pray, this way, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil (one)” (Matt. 6.13). Our failure to watch and pray will land ourselves in the snares of our own making. Keep our heart and minds on Jesus by doing so the Holy Spirit will lead us to walk in paths that pleases Him.
Prayer for today
Abba, Father, we thank you for making us your children. We thank you for giving us the privilege to call you our Father, in heaven. We praise you for you are Omnipresent. You are with us daily. We are not out of your sight even for a second. Forgive us, Father, often we live our lives as if you don’t even exist, because of this, we stray into sinful ways. We ask for your forgiveness.
Lord, we come to you to ask you to set us free from the bondage of sin or different kinds of addictions that affect our relationship with you and the people around us. Lord, forgive us and set us free from the bondage of addiction, In Jesus Mighty Name, we pray.
Let’s pause for a moment. Let’s us examine this past week, where did our minds wander, in our loneliness and isolation what type of websites we go into? Are there moments that you have forgotten His presence? Prayer is not always talking to God, but is also being quiet before God and listening to what He Is saying to us. Let’s remain silent before God a little longer until we feel that God impresses His thoughts on us.
Lord, we thank you for the MCO, today many may have to go back to work and while others have to continue to stay at home. Many are just bored and tired like being locked up in a cage. Some of us are enjoying having a wonderful time with our family. Lord, we know life will never be the same again. Help us to know how to adapt to the new things you are doing in and around us.
Lord, the thought of change, will be tough for some families where both mom and dad have to work. While children still have to stay home. Lord, some may have no work to go back to, we may be made redundant. Oh, Lord, we are anxious about our finances to keep things going. Grant us the wisdom as to how to juggle with our limited resources.
Remind us Lord of your promise, “FEAR NOT FOR I AM WITH YOU”.
Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Pastor Isaac Yim
我们为什么不应该陷入诱惑和犯罪的原因有很多，这里说的罪是性。神在看！ “因为，人所行的道都在耶和华眼前；他也修平人一切的路”。（5：21）上帝看见我们的所作所为。上帝会按照我们所做的对错选择祝福或管教我们。知道上帝正在观看应该对我们的良心有所影响。每当我们忘记上帝是无所不在时，我们的思想和行为就会轻易地偏离上帝。所罗门在传道书12：14中 提醒我们，将来必有审判：“因为人所做的事，连一切隐藏的事，无论是善是恶，神都必审问。”
6 应当一无挂虑，只要凡事藉着祷告、祈求，和感谢，将你们所要的告诉神。7 神所赐、出人意外的平安必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念。