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Proverbs‬ ‭7‬:‭22-23

He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.

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Reflective Thinking

This entire chapter is devoted to warning us against adultery and infidelity. To ignore this warning is foolish. There are two things stand out to me here. Sin is usually very attractive and it seems the most dangerous sins ensnare us in the heat of the moment. Here are some sobering statistics on infidelity: 36% of men and women admit to having an affair with a coworker. 17% of men and women admit to having an affair with a sister-in-law or brother-in-law. 35% of men and women admit to cheating while on a business trip. 10% of affairs begin online (Facebook/Apps/Email/Texting). 40% of the time online affairs turn into real life affairs. Sobering and saddening isn’t it?

Action Idea

God tells us over and over again to avoid those situations altogether. He tells us to run away from them. What does this look like? In my point of view starts in our minds. We must guard our hearts and take captive wayward thoughts. These thoughts can come out of nowhere it seems but usually occur because we dropped our guard, specifically, guarding our eye gate and our ear gate. Understand, what we take in is primarily in our control. Control what comes through the gates and you greatly increase the security of your mind. If something does get through even if you are prepared… take it captive and throw it out. You control this. You are the King or Queen of mind. One more thing. Don’t do this on your own. Have some wise counselors in your corner to talk to about this stuff. Bring it all, past & present, into the light. Give the darkness nowhere to hide. Remember, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. You can do this.