I have often found myself refreshed by Proverbs 7. Although the chapter is a chilling reminder of the end of a person who does not resist sin; it also contains the very tools needed to resist sin in one’s life, especially sexual sin.
To be clear, the principles in this proverb can be applied to any sin you find most prevalent in your own life, however, in writing to his son, Solomon, speaking from personal experience is specifically addressing the traps of lust and sexual sin.
If you have been a follower of Christ for any amount of time than you are well aware of the reality that the enemy of your soul, the devil never takes a day off. He is always looking to steal, kill and to destroy some part of your life, if not the whole. Since this is the case, the Christian must be on guard at all times and proactively fight the good fight of faith. To underestimate this diabolical foe is to leave yourself prone to the reality of spiritual and moral bankruptcy.
Proverbs 7 gives the Christian 3 practical tools to be victorious in the war for their souls.
First, if we are going to be victorious over the sin in our lives we must take responsibility for the growth of our souls.
In verses, 1-5 Solomon instructs his son on specific action steps he must apply if he is going to be spared from the adulterous women
My son, keep my words
And treasure my commandments within you.
Keep my commandments and live,
And my teaching as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
And call understanding your intimate friend;
That they may keep you from an adulteress,
From the foreigner who flatters with her words.
If we are going to be victorious over sin we must take responsibility for our growth. We must actively pursue the Lord daily. Each of us must, “Keep, treasure, bind, write, say to wisdom, and call understanding” for ourselves. No one can do these things for us, and no one can fight our sin and win our battles on our behalf.
A failure to have this mindset will result in death. Every morning each of us must approach the day with a wartime mentality and put on the whole armor of God, as we prepare ourselves for the days battle against sin.
- Fight to read your bible in the morning.
- Fight to spend time in prayer.
- Fight to keep yourself pure from ungodly images.
When you feel like to you have nothing left in you–Look to Christ and keep fighting!
When you convince yourself that there is no way you can possibly keep pressing on–Look to Christ and keep fight!
When you fail and give in to your sin, repent, look to Christ, and keep fighting your sin, in the strength of the Lord.
Secondly, if we are going to be victorious over sin in our lives we must not be ignorant of our enemies tactics.
In verses, 6-23 Solomon gives his son an example of the tactics the adulterous woman uses to draw in her prey.
For at the window of my house
I looked out through my lattice,
And I saw among the naive,
And discerned among the youths
A young man lacking sense,
Passing through the street near her corner;
And he takes the way to her house,
In the twilight, in the evening,
In the middle of the night and in the darkness.
And behold, a woman comes to meet him,
Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.
She is boisterous and rebellious,
Her feet do not remain at home;
She is now in the streets, now in the squares,
And lurks by every corner.
So she seizes him and kisses him
And with a brazen face she says to him:
“I was due to offer peace offerings;
Today I have paid my vows.
“Therefore I have come out to meet you,
To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
“I have spread my couch with coverings,
With colored linens of Egypt.
“I have sprinkled my bed
With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
“Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with caresses.
“For my husband is not at home,
He has gone on a long journey;
He has taken a bag of money with him,
At the full moon he will come home.”
With her many persuasions she entices him;
With her flattering lips she seduces him.
Suddenly he follows her
As an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,
Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
As a bird hastens to the snare,
So he does not know that it will cost him his life.
The world, the flesh, and the devil are never passive and neither should we. Solomon describes the young man in this proverb as, “a young man lacking sense.” In times of war, the most at risk are the weak and those least prepared.
Did this young man not have a father to teach him the importance of knowing his enemy? When being instructed in the Torah was the young man’s mind meditating on the honey covered lips of the adulterous women? Whatever the case, the young man in this proverb fell prey to the evils of his enemy.
What sins are you most prone to? What are the triggers that set you off and cause you to compromise your purity?
Whatever the sin, you must examine why it is you find yourself constantly giving in to it and equip yourself for victory in those areas.
- Read a book that will give you the tools needed to fight your sin.
- Get a mentor that will speak into your life and teach you how to fight against your sin.
- Spend more time meditating on the word of God and hidden His truths in your heart.
Third, if we are going to be victorious over the sin in our lives we must be humble.
In verses, 24-27 Solomon emplores his son to take heed of wisdom.
Now therefore, my sons, listen to me,
And pay attention to the words of my mouth.
Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths.
For many are the victims she has cast down,
And numerous are all her slain.
Her house is the way to Sheol,
Descending to the chambers of death.
The path to freedom in one’s life is marked by humility. The person who thinks himself to be self-reliant will soon find himself fallen and in need of others to help him back up.
If you are going to experience victory over any besetting sin(s) in your life then you must humble enough to receive wise counsel from others and admit that you are not as strong as you think you are. A person marked by pride will never experience victory over their sin(s) because they are convinced that there is no problem and if there is they are strong enough to handle it themselves.
- Are you willing to take on the posture of humility by listening to older, battle-tested saints?
- Are you willing to admit that you are not as strong as you think you are?
- Are you willing to pursue others and ask them to help you be more like Christ?
Keep fighting, equip yourself, pursue humility and in the end, by God’s grace you will be that older saint who has fought the good fight of faith and the rest of your days will be spent teaching others how to be victorious over the sin in their lives.