At some point in the next 24 hours, it will happened to you. No one is immune to this mystery guest. While the exact circumstance, situation and time is unknown, the voice of temptation shows up unannounced. Sometimes you might feel its presence with an impulse, grab your attention with a lustful sight or lure you away with an enticing whisper. Either way if you’re not ready for her it might not be long before you start following the voice of temptation.
For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword, Proverbs 5:3-4.
King Solomon refers to this voice as the adulterous woman, promising ecstasy but delivering heartache. Unfortunately, the rush of adrenaline tends to take individuals from maybe to when can I start to taste the temporary pleasures of life. Those without a backbone, curious or hanging out by the fence line are usually the first to engage these voices. Perhaps, Solomon is comparing temptation to some of the beautiful woman he couldn’t resist marrying or engaging in sexual fantasies. Before he could stop, 1000 woman had him wrapped around their fingers.
Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it, Proverbs 5:5-6.
When morning arrives, emptiness, guilt and shame often follow those who listen to the voice of temptation. Unless you can snap out of this sinful state, destruction await all those who continue to visit this mistress. Those that hit rock bottom find themselves facing addiction, bad habits and a heart craving for a quick fix, a temporary high before this vicious cycle repeats itself. If this blog finds you somewhere in this entangled web of deception, cry out to the Lord, confess any wrong doings, purge your life from any reminders of this voice and enter into accountability relationships so that you can come clean once and for all. Hold on by committing yourself to Bible memorization to break free from these chains of sin.
by Jay Mankus