by Harley Howard

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Avoid Adultery (9 of 32)
Series: The Book Of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 7

Again, as in chapters 2,5 and 6, the warning to avoid adultery is preceded by the only way to avoid it, and that is by acquiring and obeying God's wisdom. It is not enough to "know the Scriptures" it takes the application of them to life to avoid the trap of adultery.

1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

The idea is that the work is to be kept, and the words stored up means to treasure the commands within. Head knowledge will not keep you and I from sin. Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee, Psalm 119:11. The word of God must have a place in the heart. The heart does not refer to the pump, but to the will, emotions and reasoning faculties. The heart speaks of the control of the life. The word must be in control of you and I before its true meaning and understanding has any relevance and protection power in the life. There are many, some here today, who have a superficial understanding of the word of God, but it has no protective power in the life, because the word of God does not control the life. The thoughts and reasoning faculties, the will and the emotions are not dominated by the word of God, but by self will. Decisions are not made with the word of God as the motivating factor, but self will. This useless superficiality of the scriptures will never protect you from the spiritual warfare that surrounds us daily. The word of God must be the chief treasure of our lives as we have seen in chapter 3:13-18, and 4:5-9 if it is to have any significance in how we live.

2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

Again, the keeping of the word of God is associated with life itself. Not only the quality of life, but life itself. This we have also seen in chapter 2:19,3:2, 3:18, 3:22, 4:4, and we will see it again as we study. I have said clearly through the word of God that the keeping of the ...

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