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fishing lure May 26 Chronological Bible Study

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Beware of Lures

When we think of lures we think of fishing. Lures are colorful and have different sizes, shapes and textures. They are chosen to attract certain types of fish. While lures may be helpful for the angler, they can be harmful or even deadly for the fish.

Seduction is like a lure. When we think of seduction we often think of sex. Depending on where we live, we may or may not see prostitutes on the streets, but we are exposed to the seduction of sex in movies, magazines, and on the Internet. Wayward wives and husbands often seduce the unwary. In making the case for wisdom in Proverbs 1-9, King Solomon, the teacher, warns his sons or students about the lure of sex. Sex is good in the context of marriage, but like a lure which has hooks in it, illicit sex can destroy us and our families. We must train our sons and daughters not to be caught up in the avenues which lead to sexual sin, and we must model faithfulness.

Sex is not the only seduction in life. Advertisements for fast or stylish automobiles, expensive clothing, prestige, and wealth are also alluring. Not being satisfied with the good things our LORD has given us can draw us away from the life of wisdom and blessing and lead to our ruin. King Solomon trains his princes to deal with seductions. What he says is profitable for us.

Solomon teaches his princes to recognize the dangers of enticement: beauty, a smooth talking sales pitch, too good to be true promises, and unbeatable opportunities (6:24-25; 7:10-21). The advice he gives his sons is to keep a path far from her door (5:8), to fully enjoy what the LORD has already given (5:15), and to remember that what they do will not be in secret, “for a man's ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths” (5:23, NIV). Solomon further instructs them that the path of seduction is the path to destruction, deep regret, and possibly even death (5:9-14, 22-23; 7:22-27). Likewise, the Apostle Paul instructs us to

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price [the price of Christ’s blood on the cross shed for us]. Therefore honor God with your body (1Corinthians 6:18-20, NIV).

Undesirable consequences occur when a person gives into sexual seduction.

  • An affair or even a flirtation with someone else's mate can make the offended spouse furious. The anger can be so terrible it can lead to revenge or even death.
  • An affair often leads to guilt, and it is not easily forgiven, even if it was a “mistake” (i.e., a one night stand in a moment of weakness).
  • Anger, vicious words, and suspicion will likely reign in the home of an unfaithful spouse, making life miserable for both husband and wife. The home becomes fractured, relationships freeze up and divorce often follows.
  • Children and parents are separated from each other through divorce.
  • Children blame themselves for the breakup and may grow up less secure with a lower self esteem. Later, they may repeat the behavior of their parents.
  • Children of divorced parents are sometimes neglected and do not receive the proper discipline and training which produce responsible adults.
  • Unfaithfulness also has a high financial cost. There are significant financial payments for lawyers and court fees. Assets are divided. Everything a person has worked so hard for in order to provide for his family comes crashing down upon him.
  • People who get divorced often suffer depression and other psychological and physical problems.
  • The only person who wins with a divorce case is the lawyer. We need to think about the consequences wayward actions could have before sexual seductions appear—these hooks are damaging and destructive!

Instead of being captivated by what we don't have, why not enjoy what God has given us? For those of us who are married, do we remember when we were in love with our mate? We appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed the gift God had given us. Is that still true? Or, somewhere along the line did we start taking that gift for granted and begin complaining, letting little things spoil our garden of love, instead of growing our relationship and enjoying it? Perhaps our attitudes toward our mate became sour instead of sweet, and we became dissatisfied with our relationship. If we have taken the gift of our marriage for granted and neglected it, we need to confess our wrong, change our focus, give a lot of attention to our spouse, and start having fun again (Proverbs 5:15-21). We need to enjoy the gift God has given us. It may take some time and effort, but many marriages can be saved and thrive if we do this.

The same principles for sexual seductions can apply to those who are caught by the lures of power, prestige, wealth, and material possessions. Those who are tempted by material possessions should learn to wait on the Lord, pray and work for the needed items (6:1-11), and be satisfied with what the LORD has given. As we should flee from immorality, the Apostle Paul also instructs us to flee from idolatry [anything that is more important than God] (1Corinthians 10:14). Hasty decisions and get rich quick schemes are usually regrettable and can be quite costly. Those who are tempted by power, prestige, or wealth should be careful not to give into deception and greed. We need to be faithful in what we do, and the LORD will bring us honor. Remember that what we do is in “full view of the LORD, and he examines our paths” (Proverbs 5:23, NIV).

The path of wisdom leads to life. The path of seduction leads to destruction. Which will we follow? Let’s enjoy what God has given us. Let’s not cast a longing eye to things God has not provided. Let us not be caught by lures.

Lessons to Live By

•  Sex is good in the context of marriage, but illicit sex can destroy us and our families.

•  Not being satisfied with the good things our LORD has given us can draw us away from the life of wisdom and blessing and lead to our ruin. Do we know God? He offers us forgiveness, peace, spiritual life and blessings (more...)

•  Learn to recognize the dangers of enticement: beauty, a smooth talking sales pitch, too good to be true promises, and unbeatable opportunities.

•  We need to think about the consequences wayward actions could have before sexual seductions appear.

•  Enjoy what God has given you. Do not be taken in by lures.

What lures are you facing? How can you avoid them?

Focus Verse

Matthew 6:21(NIV) “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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A Look Ahead: We have seen the lure of temptations. In our Next Lesson we will see Wisdom's Invitation.

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