September 20, Friday

Today’s AMI QT blog, written by Pastor Yohan Lee of Remnant Church (NYC), was first posted on November 14, 2014.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“If it’s Too Good to be True, It Probably is”

Proverbs 7:10-23

And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. 11 She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. 13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him,14 “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; 15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. 16 I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love.19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; 20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.” 21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Every so often, I will click on those flashing advertisements on the Internet that tell me how I can make up to $5,000 a week from home, or one telling me how I can get a new computer for a penny.  My brain tells me, “Stop! This is definitely a scam,” but there’s also a part of me that wonders whether I could get rich that easily. Of course, for the most part, my head wins out (and I know my wife would laugh at me if I would fall victim to an Internet scam).  But in the end, I do believe in this old adage that “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”  

Likewise, the writer of Proverbs presents adultery as a prospect too good to be true.  Here is a simpleton going to market, but a very risqué woman inevitably appears before him, telling him, “Come to bed with me, my husband is out of town.”  But the Proverbs writer knows that this boy is like cattle going to the slaughter house. How do you feel about sexual immorality? Though most of us will not go so far as to sleep with another man’s wife, Paul holds believers to a higher standard and warns us that there must not even be a “hint of sexual immorality among you” (Eph. 5:3).  Is that the standard by which you try to hold yourself? Or do you just accept some forms of lust and impurity as something we live with in our society? As AMI community, let’s do our best to present ourselves to the Lord as a holy and blameless people (Col. 1:22) with the help of the Holy Spirit, especially in the area of sexuality.  

As a side point, I was getting a little weary of writing again about adultery and sexual immorality.  But obviously the Proverbs writer emphasizes this topic, thinking that it is important; so it must be important.  

Prayer: Lord, help me this day to guard my body and mind, and also to have pure thoughts and desires, especially in the area of sexual purity.  Keep my mind from wandering, but that I would do what is pleasing to You. Help me to stay faithful by loving my wife/husband and desiring only her/him.  

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 17


Lunch Break Study

Read Matthew 5:27-30: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Questions to Consider

  1. How is lust related to adultery?
  2. What measures does Jesus advise us in order to avoid lust? 
  3. What point is Jesus making? 

Notes

  1. Jesus says that if we lust, we have committed adultery in our hearts.  So for all intents and purposes, they are rooted in the same sin.  
  2. Christ tells us to pluck out our eyes (please don’t take this literally), meaning we should be willing to take extreme measures to be pure; this may entail restricting your use of the computer or at least blocking several sites. Or for others, it may mean dressing modestly or staying away from places that get you in trouble.  
  3. Jesus’ real point is that we are all adulterers, and this is why we need the Gospel.  Only the blood of Christ can make us a pure people.  

Evening Reflection

How was your thought life today?  Did you discipline your mind to think of good and honorable things?  Did you stay away from activities that take you away from your purity?  Did you fall deeper in love with Christ today?

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