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Proverbs 7:4-5 Forming a kinship with wisdom protects you from seduction

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How do you protect yourself from a seductress?  First of all you must realize that the seductress is not a flesh and blood woman.  She is a word that comes to appeal to your inner desires.  Humans are vulnerable because we want things that we see, we covet many things that we don't posess and we want to demonstrate our worth to others.  These desires make us easy prey for the seductress.  She knows how to appeal to these desires.  People who are devoid of wisdom and understanding cannot see the danger!  This is why God begs us to form a close bond with Him and His word.  He knows that it will protect us from the enticing trap of those who seek to seduce.  We gain power to resist the seductress when we pursue God's wisdom on a daily basis.  We must ask God to "Give us this day our daily bread (the ability to apply His word)".  When we acquire wisdom and understanding, the words of the seductress fall on deaf ears!

Proverbs 1:20-23 A voice is crying out to the naïve to turn, listen and become wise

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There is a voice crying out to the naive in the midst of all the Corona noise.  A naive person is someone who lacks wisdom or the ability to judge prudently.  This is the meaning of "simple" in this Proverb.  What makes "simplicity" so tragic is the fact that "wisdom" continues to cry out to those that are in love with being "simple"!  These verses highlight God's love for us, even in the midst of our stubborness.  Many are so in love with "their own way", that even a life-changing pandemic is not enough to cause them to turn and listen to the voice of God.  A naieve person can only be transformed when they choose to turn and consider that voice crying in the streets!

Proverbs 30:5 God has "refined" His word to meet our needs

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Life is filled with many challenges. We are often takem advantage of because we lack the wisdom to deal with people who are extremely shrewd (see Mark 16:7-9).  The wisdom that we need to win is available to us.  God's word has been "refined as silver"( or purified) to Protect and empower us to overcome our challenges.  The word "pure" in this verse, literally means to goldsmith or to melt away impurities!  Think about that for a second. Every word has been DESIGNED by God to meet OUR needs! When we trust Him, we are protected. Before we can trust Him, we have to spend time with His word.

Proverbs 25:2 When we put in the work to discover truth, we are empowered and liberated.

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The discovery of truth liberates and empowers people!  When someone tells you their version of the "truth", you only know what they "know".  However, when you pursue truth and find it, no one can take it from you.  A lazy person will not search diligently and he robs himself of wisdom, joy, and liberty.  Now you know why evil people easily deceive and dominate many.

Proverbs 26:7 - God does not reveal secrets to those who do not honor Him and prayerfully consider His word.

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We make foolish and hurtful decisions when we lack wisdom.  True wisdom comes from God and there is no way to acquire it apart from a relationship with Him. Israel suffered greatly because they did not understand The scores of prophecies (parables) in the Bible about how and when their Messiah would come to them  (Luke 19:43-44). God wants to reveal the secrets of life to us, but we must be willing to humbly come to Him.  If we behave foolishly, like Israel, we too will suffer.

Carefully consider this verse from I Cor 2:7-8
"but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory"

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