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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Proverbs Chapter 5

For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. --Proverbs 5:21

WOWEEEE!  Here is a chapter for today's generation!

Oh, how much misery, divorce, sexual disease and devastation could be avoided  if everyone just read Proverbs, Chapter 5!

Do not be misled:  chapter 5 speaks to men and women.  The adulterous woman imagery in Chapter 5 represents sexual impurity, which would include pornography and any sexual relationship outside of the bonds of marriage.  No one is exempt! Everyone can be trapped!

This chapter may seem like a tough one to share with young children, but, if you memorize the above verse, you can talk a lot about how God sees everything.

Get a pair of binoculars.  Have the children look far down the street.  It's hard to see that far!  Try looking with the binoculars.  They really help us see things which are far away.

Ask your child: "Do you know, God can see everything we do, even without binoculars?"  He can see when we are good.  He can see when we are bad.  We can't hide anything from God.

That is a good thing, because God also sees when we are lonely or afraid or sad.  He wants us to know He sees us and He is there to help us feel better. God loves us very much!

Do you know the sign language for the word "love" is to hug yourself?  I tell children to give themselves a hug every time they feel sad or alone and to remember God loves them and sees them.

I show children the sign language for Jesus, which is pointing to the nail hole in each hand. Then we can make a sentence in sign language: "Jesus loves you." 

As adults, we seem to want to believe God doesn't see everything we do.  We'd like to believe He doesn't see our paths: our thoughts: our little "hidden" grudges, but, as Proverbs says, HE SEES!

This chapter teaches us about marriage and remaining faithful.  Take a look at Proverbs 5:18

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. - Proverbs 5:18

Let's commit to stay faithful in the marriage we are in.  "Rejoice" Proverbs says.  That means to find joy over and over again.

Sure...you might say, you rejoiced when you were married, but what about after 4, 5,10, 25 years??????

If you have Jesus in your life, you can CHOOSE to find joy in your spouse over and over again -- The years will fly by with the decision to daily love and rejoice.

There are a lot of strong warnings in Proverbs Chapter 5.  Everyone should BEWARE of straying outside of God's guidance.  This is a good lesson for teens to understand.

If you do not run away from the door of temptation, you will be overcome by it and left with a lot of regrets.

Just look at these consequences of sexual sin (including pornography)

"in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword."(Proverbs 5:4)

"feet go down to death...steps lead straight to the grave." (Proverbs 5:5) 

You may have witnessed this yourself:  "In the end, the sinner gives no thought to her way of life;


her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it." (Proverbs 5:6) 

So.....Don't "lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel" (Proverbs 5:9)

More than anything, my prayer is that you and your children will avoid the following:

"At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!  I would not obey my teachers or turn my ear to my instructors. And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.”
                                                                                                                   -Proverbs 5:11-14

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