5 SUBTLE MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE TO BE WARY OF

5 SUBTLE MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE TO BE WARY OF

I'M BETTER THAN YOU

I’M BETTER!!!

 

Have you ever found your self saying or thinking one or more of the following?

 

1) “If I were him/her, I would have……….”

TRUTH – You are not him/her, and you can never be him/her so you really do not know what you would have done if you were him/her.

Selah!

 

2) “I’d never X………”

TRUTH – You have not stopped living yet and you really do not know what you will do in any given situation until you meet it face to face and have to deal with it.

Selah!

 

3) “If it were my son/daughter, I would….……..”

TRUTH – It’s not your son/daughter so you really do not know what you’d do until it is your son/daughter.

Selah!

 

4) “I’ve never partied, clubbed, smoked, gotten drunk, hung out with the wrong crowd, had sex outside of marriage, or stolen anything in my life…I never did any of those kinds of things……”

TRUTH – Whether visible or invisible, easily detected or subtle, socially acceptable or socially unacceptable, done in thought, word or deed, in God’s eyes, sin is sin so if committed, unforgiveness, bitterness, selfishness, gluttony, haughtiness, lying, deceitfulness, lust, envy, jealousy, gossip, and self-righteousness are all sins equally in need of forgiveness, cleansing and repentance.

Selah!

 

5) “I only deal with the best; I only drive X, I only eat Y, I only wear Z……”

TRUTH –  It’s only by God’s goodness, grace, favor and provision that you are able to have what you have; it’s not by your power so there is no room for boasting. As easy as He allowed you to have it, He can allow it to be taken away. Humble recognition of this and gratefulness to Him are in order.

Selah!

If you look closely, underlying each of these statements is a manifestation of pride.

Holman Bible Dictionaory has this to say about the meaning of pride:-

“Undue confidence in and attention to one’s own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions, or position. Pride is easier to recognize than to define, easier to recognize in others than in oneself. Many biblical words describe this concept, each with its own emphasis. Some of the synonyms for pride include arrogance, presumption, conceit, self-satisfaction, boasting, and high-mindedness. It is the opposite of humility, the proper attitude one should have in relation to God. Pride is rebellion against God because it attributes to self the honor and glory due to God alone. Proud persons do not think it necessary to ask forgiveness because they do not admit their sinful condition. This attitude toward God finds expression in one’s attitude toward others, often causing people to have a low estimate of the ability and worth of others and therefore to treat them with either contempt or cruelty. Some have considered pride to be the root and essence of sin. Others consider it to be sin in its final form. In either case, it is a grievous sin.”

 

(source: http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries)

 

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

(Proverbs 16:18 – NIV)

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6 (NIV)

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14:11 (NIV)

SELAH!

Have you ever found your self saying or thinking one or more of the above statements? 

Father help us to be aware of any pride in our lives and to confess it, ask your forgiveness for it and by your grace repent of it as soon as it is revealed to us in Jesus’ Name….Amen.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE LORD!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE LORD

THANK YOU LORD!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE LORD!

 

“THANK YOU FOR THE CROSS” – (MARK ALTROGGE) – CITY HARVEST CHURCH

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

(John 3:16, 17 – King James Version)

 

“LORD I GIVE YOU MY HEART” (HILLSONG) – CITY HARVEST CHURCH

 

THANK YOU LORD!

THANK YOU LORD!

 

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IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”

 

You must take up your cross and follow Christ to be HIs disciple.

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”

 

Good morning.

Good morning Lord.

We need to talk.

Talk?

Yes talk.

Talk about what?

Talk about “it”.

Talk about “it”?

Yes, talk about “it”.

“It”?

Yes “it”…… the thing that stands between you and Me.

The thing that stands between You and me…….What thing?

You know the thing?

No, what thing?

The thing I’ve been convicting you about…you know the thing you’ve been holding on to for a long time that you enjoy but that you know grieves my Spirit because “it” is not of Me…….

Oh, that thing……sigh!

Yes, that thing…..that’s “it”.

Sigh!

Listen, it’s time to deal with that thing. It’s time to walk away from “it”, it’s time to cut “it” off, it’s time to let “it” go, it’s time to get rid of “it”.

But Lord it’s not that simple. I’m tied to “it” because a part of me likes “it” and does not want to let “it” go even though I know “it” grieves You.

I know, that’s why I’m asking you to sacrifice “it”….all sacrifices cost something; all sacrifices require dying to some degree of pleasure and embracing some degree of pain.

But sacrificing “it” will hurt, really hurt; sacrificing “it” will tear at the very fabric of my soul; sacrificing “it” will cause my heart to bleed, I don’t know if I can do without “it” in my life!

Yes, I know sacrificing “it” will hurt, tear at your soul and cause your heart to bleed and leave a void in you life, as a matter of fact it will feel like a part of you has died because a part of you will die, but that’s the price.

Lord that is such a great price!

Yes, I know but it is necessary that you pay this price for there is no other way. It’s time to deny yourself, take up your cross, put “it” on the altar and sacrifice “it” to Me.

Sigh!

Yes I know even thinking about sacrificing “it” hurts, but do you not think I hurt knowing that you love “it” more than you love Me?

Wow…..I didn’t see “it” that way…….You are right. Willfully holding on to “it” does mean that I love “it” more that I love You………SIGH!

Yes that’s right and this pains Me more than you will ever know.

SIGH!

Listen. It’s time to get rid of “it” because “it” stands between you and a closer fellowship with Me, “it” stands between you and a greater manifestation of My anointing in and through you, “it” stands between you and the next phase of My purpose and destiny for your life, “it” stands between you and the blessing I desire to release upon you……..the bottom line is that “it” is jeopardizing your future with Me……is “it” really worth all of this?

Okay I recognize the seriousness of holding on to “it” but Lord I don’t know if I can sacrifice “it”.

I thought you said you can do all things through Me because I strengthen you. Do you still believe that?

Well, yes.

Can you believe that in this situation.

Well, yes.

Listen. You have My power within you to not only enable you to let go of “it”, but to also enable you to deal with anything that arises in your life as a result of no longer having “it”…..do you believe this?

Yes I do.

So, are you willing to pay the price? Are you willing to sacrifice “it” to Me?

Yes Lord.

Okay.

Lord, because You mean more to me than “it” and I truly love You and desire to please You, I confess “it” as a sin in my life and I ask You to forgive me for indulging in “it”. In obedience to You, I now renounce “it” and I lay “it” on the altar as a sacrifice to You and declare that every bond, connection and soul-tie between me and “it” is broken in Jesus’ Name. Lord I humbly ask that You change my heart so that “it” is no longer a desire to me. I thank you for Your divine enabling power to help me deal with all repercussions that may occur as a result of getting rid of “it” and I trust you to give me Your peace, wisdom, and strength as I move forward with You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

What is your “it” that the Lord is speaking to you about today?

A habit? A relationship? A “secret” indulgence? A business/job? A means of income?

Be obedient and sacrifice “it” today”

 

Selah!

Kim

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

(Philippians 4:13 – NKJV)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

(I John 1:9 – NKJV)

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

 For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?”

(Matthew 16:24-26 – Amplified Bible)

 

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WANT HEALING & FREEDOM?…..CONFESS YOUR SINS/FAULTS AND PRAY

WANT HEALING & FREEDOM?…….CONFESS YOUR SINS/FAULTS AND PRAY

CONFESS OUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER

CONFESS YOUR SINS/FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER AND PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

 

 

Confess = exomologeo  –  “to acknowledge, assent, agree fully: confess, profess”.

(Source: #1843, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D., Thomas Nelson, 1990)

 

 

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

(James 5:16 – KJV)

 

Is there a trespass/sin/fault in your life that you are hiding in your inner sanctum that is silently eating away your spiritual effectiveness, strength, inner-peace and joy?

Is there a trespass/sin/fault in your life that haunts you daily, that lurks around you like a would-be robber, that no matter how you try to shine makes the skies in your atmosphere overcast and grey?

Is there a trespass/sin/fault that bounces back up every time you shove it down, that overshadows your “I’m fine mask” making it visibly distorted, that continuously subjugates the authenticity of your life?

There is power, healing and freedom awaiting you in confession and prayer.

 

 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

(James 5:16 – NIV)

 

What is that trespass/sin/fault that has you bound in fear, guilt and shame because you will not confess/acknowledge/admit it to another and request prayer even though God has told you to do so?

What is that trespass/sin/fault that has power over you because you will not confess/acknowledge/admit it to another and request prayer even though God has told you to do so?

What trespass/sin/fault do you have bottled up inside of you that you know you need to confess/acknowledge/admit to another and request prayer because God has told you so?

There is power, healing and freedom awaiting you in confession and prayer.

 

Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

(James 5:16 – Amplified Bible)

 

Has God prompted or is He prompting you to go and confess/acknowledge/admit a trespass/sin/fault to a particular person and seek prayer?

If so, what are you going to do?

Are you going to obey Him and do it, or are you going to disobey Him and deceptively hope  that in time, it will all simply fade away?

If your answer is the latter, please know that sweeping under the carpet what God wants confessed to another or mowing down what God wants uprooted and exposed to another will never bring the healing, inner-peace and freedom you long for. It will only keep you bound, stagnated, reeling in turmoil and living a facade…..Selah.

The thought of obeying this scripture may be uncomfortable, scary, risky and even unnecessary from your point of view, but to obey God is always better than to offer Him sacrifices/alternatives; He never wants sacrifices/alternatives in the place of our obedience.

The fact that God tells us to confess our sins one to another and pray that we may be healed and restored means that every Believer has issues in their life that need to be dealt with in this way from time-to-time including the person He is telling you to confess yours to.

So in light of this, you can take some comfort in the fact that when you confess your issue/fault/sin  to this person, they really have no legitimate stones of condemnation to cast at you from their glass house…….Selah.

If God has prompted or is prompting you to go and confess/acknowledge/admit a trespass/sin/fault to a particular person, I challenge you to make today your day of obedience and do it.

There is power, healing and freedom awaiting you.

 

Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

(James 5:16 – The Message Bible)

 

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?

ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?

 

"ARE YOU WALKING I DECEIT?"

“ARE YOU WALKING IN DECEIT?”

 

Deceit

The act or practice of deceiving;

concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading;

duplicity;

fraud;

cheating;

trick;

stratagem;

the quality of being deceitful;

falseness;

an act intended to deceive.

(www.dictionary.com)

Are you walking in deceit?

Are you living a double life?

Are you purposefully misleading your spouse, children, family, friends, pastor, fellow Believers, employer, neighbors and community into falsely believing something about you that is absolutely not true?

Are you covering up a sinful practice and think that you are so slick, so smart, so sly, so cunning and so convincing that no one will ever know what you are really up to, in to, or about?

Newsflash!!!!!……..God sees and He knows.

King David was guilty of adultery and murder and had an elaborate cover-up scheme but he forgot one key factor in the picture……..God.

II Samuel 11 records the details of what transpired and the chapter ends with this sentence, “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”

God saw all that David did even though David sought to cover it up.

God then revealed everything David did to the Prophet Nathan and sent Nathan to confront David.

II Samuel 12 records how Nathan went to David and exposed David’s secret sins (verses 7-10) and pronounced God’s judgment upon David and his household (verses 11-12, 14).

Verse 13 records David’s subsequent confession and forgiveness. In this verse David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord” (confession) and Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin, you are not going to die” (forgiveness).

Are you walking in deceit?

Just how God knew about David’s secret sin, He knows about yours.

Just how God revealed David’s secret sin, He can reveal yours.

Just how God judged David’s secret sin, He will judge yours.

Just how God forgave David upon confession and repentance of his sins, He will forgive you.

SELAH!

Listen to how King David describes the effects of sin and deceitfulness in Psalm 32:1-5 (Amplified Bible):

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]—then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Are you walking in deceit?

God is a gracious God.

He warns and convicts us of our sins in the private confines of our heart and gives us a chance to repent before openly disciplining us, executing judgment upon our lives or exposing our sins publicly.

Verses 3 and 4 show us that God was dealing with David in regard to His sins, but instead of confessing them, David kept silent and resisted the conviction, even to the point of suffering physically.

Is God dealing with or convicting you of an area of deceit in your life even as you read this post?

In verse 5 David states that when he acknowledged his sin to God, no longer hid his iniquity and decided to confess his transgressions, then God forgave him the guilt and the iniquity of his sin.

I believe this was an extremely joyous experience for David and it is why he starts the Psalm out by saying, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Amplified Bible)

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of that forgiveness?

Wouldn’t you like to experience the joy of having your spirit free of deceit?

In verse 6 of Psalms 32 states, “For this [forgiveness] let everyone who is godly pray—pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely when the great waters [of trial] overflow, they shall not reach [the spirit in] him.”

After receiving forgiveness for his sin, David called for all godly persons in need of such forgiveness to pray to God to receive it while God may be found stating that if they do, “surely when the great waters of trial overflow” or in other words, when all hell breaks loose, “they shall not reach [the spirit in] him” or that person will not be be overcome in his spirit by whatever he has to face.

Are you walking in deceit?

God desires that you repent today.

He wants you to lay down the burden of trickery, falseness and lies.

He wants you to confess your sins and forsake them.

He wants you to receive forgiveness, regain your joy and be free again.

He wants and you to have restored fellowship with Him.

Are you willing?

Will you do what He wants so He can give you what you need?

My prayer is that you accept His invitation and  make it right today.

“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”

(I John 1:9 – Amplified Bible)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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ANOTHER CASUALTY

ANOTHER CASUALTY

"BEWARE OF THE ENEMY"

“BEWARE OF THE ENEMY”

 

enticing visual delight

calculatingly stealthily crossing boundaries

stolen waters sweet?

 

lies, deceit, trust crushed, 

drenching tears, lost years, confusion, fears,

another casualty of infidelity. 

 

“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”

(I Peter 5:8 – Amplified Bible)

 

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

(I Corinthians 10:12, 13 – NIV, 1984)

 

DON’T BE A CASUALTY…..TAKE THE WAY OF ESCAPE! 

SELAH!

Kim

 

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BEFORE YOU CHEAT……..THINK! (PART 1)

BEFORE YOU CHEAT……..THINK! (PART 1)

BEFORE YOU CHEAT.........THINK

“BEFORE YOU CHEAT……….THINK!”

I originally wrote this post on May 18, 2010 and feel the need to re-post it in light of the high incidence of marital infidelity in the Body of Christ.

As you read, my prayer is that you would be encouraged to decide anew to by God’s grace tenaciously guard the covenant that you made with your spouse before the Lord at the altar on your wedding day.

Remember, we will each give an account to Him re: our marriages one day.

SELAH!

Kim

 Adultery –“voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband” 

(Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary)

Man of God, Woman of God, before you cheat, THINK!

Many in today’s permissive society consider extramarital sex acceptable and blameless, however in the Kingdom of God the sexual standard of marriage is fidelity, i.e. sexual relations between a man and his wife or a woman and her husband only.

 “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

(Exodus 20:14 – KJV)

“No adultery.”

(Deuteronomy 5:18 – The Message)

 ”Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.”

(Hebrews 13:4 – NLT)

“Honor marriage, and guard the sacredness of sexual intimacy between wife and husband. God draws a firm line against casual and illicit sex.”

(Hebrews 13:4 – The Message)

  Man of God, Woman of God, before you cheat, THINK!

God’s standard about extramarital sex is clear. He makes absolutely no room for sexual relations with anyone other than your spouse and provides no exceptions to His rule.

So often we hear, “if my wife/husband did/didn’t, would/wouldn’t, had/hadn’t, etc. then I would not have engaged in an affair.” There will undoubtedly be times of strained relations between you and your spouse within your marriage for one reason or another however God’s standards are absolute and do not change according to our situations, needs or desires.

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].”

(Matthew 16:24 – Amplified Bible)

God does not permit, or say it is okay for us to us to engage in extramarital sex if our spouses do not meet some standard or expectation that we have in some area of our marriage. Instead, as in every other challenging situation, He tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ (the Word), even if that means no sex.

Man of God, Woman of God, before you cheat, THINK!

You may say, oh but the temptation is too great. I can not help myself. Don’t you see all the fine-looking fellows and sexy looking ladies all around? Everywhere I turn some body is calling out to me. How can anyone stand up to that kind of temptation after all, we are only human? Surely God does not expect us to stay faithful to our spouse with all the other tempting delights He created all around us!

 “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

(I Corinthians 10:13 – NLT)

“For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.”

(I Corinthians 10:13 – Amplified Bible)

After reading this scripture, it is clear that as far as God is concerned, temptation is no excuse for infidelity. He said that He will not allow any temptation to be more than we can stand and when tempted, He will always show us a way of escape.

So in light of this verse, we are not really being truthful when we say “I could not help myself” or “it just happened”, it would be more accurate to say “I could have helped myself but I chose not to” or “I saw the way of escape but I chose not to take it” – like one of my former pastors used to say, “It’s tight, but it’s right”.

 Man of God, Woman of God, before you cheat, THINK!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ……………to be continued

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THE PORN TRAP

THE PORN TRAP

I wrote this a few years back and posted it in 2010, but sense a need to post it again today.

BEWARE OF THE PORN TRAP

“BEWARE OF THE PORN TRAP”

In the middle of the night when your spouse is asleep,

To the computer you would creep,

A press of a button a few clicks of a mouse,

Who are these strangers you are letting in your house?

 

The screen comes alive with bodies galore,

Every kind of image you can think of and more,

Clothing all absent everything spread,

Your body heats up as sights sink in your head.

 

Some hours later you’re still glued to the screen,

Now you’re feeling anything but clean,

Your bodily fluids are all over you,

Is this really what you want to do?

 

You sneak back to bed and under the quilt,

Now you’re laden down with all kinds of guilt,

The images permeate your mind through and through,

You’re finished with them, but they’re not finished with you.

 

You try to play tough you try to play strong,

You try to convince yourself you’ve done nothing wrong,

But my brother, my sister there’s something deathly wrong with that,

Once you’ve looked on with lust you’ve committed the act.

 

Whether or not you want to admit it,

You are bound up in sin and you need to quit it,

The enemy has a vice-like grip on you

And it’s only God’s power that can bring the breakthrough.

 

You’re not just reading this because it is near,

It’s God’s Spirit speaking to you loud and clear,

He’s saying my son, my daughter come running to me

I love you, I’ll forgive you, I’ll set you free.

 

So stop sneaking, stop hiding, stop pretending today,

Instead humble yourself on your knees and pray,

 A broken heart and contrite spirit He will not despise,

With His help from these ashes you shall arise.

 

“But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has

already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Matthew 5:28 (NLT)

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”

I John 1:9 (NLT)

“I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.  I hate all crooked dealings.”

Psalm 101:3 (NLT)

 

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“DRESSED TO SEDUCE”

“DRESSED TO SEDUCE”

 

“BEWARE OF SEDUCTION”

 

“Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.


Do what I say and you’ll live well.

My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!

Write it out on the back of your hands; etch it on the chambers of your heart.


Talk to Wisdom as to a sister.

Treat Insight as your companion.


They’ll be with you to fend off the Temptress—that smooth-talking, honey-tongued Seductress.

 

As I stood at the window of my house looking out through the shutters,


Watching the mindless crowd stroll by,

I spotted a young man without any sense
.

Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived,

then turning up the path to her house.


It was dusk, the evening coming on ,
the darkness thickening into night.


Just then, a woman met him—she’d been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him.


Brazen and brash she was, restless and roaming, never at home,


Walking the streets, loitering in the mall, hanging out at every corner in town.

 

She threw her arms around him and kissed him, boldly took his arm and said,
“I’ve got all the makings for a feast—today I made my offerings, my vows are all paid,


So now I’ve come to find you, hoping to catch sight of your face—and here you are!


I’ve spread fresh, clean sheets on my bed, colorful imported linens.


My bed is aromatic with spices
and exotic fragrances.


Come, let’s make love all night,
spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking!


My husband’s not home; he’s away on business,
and he won’t be back for a month.”

 

Soon she has him eating out of her hand, bewitched by her honeyed speech.

Before you know it, he’s trotting behind her, like a calf led to the butcher shop,

Like a stag lured into ambush and then shot with an arrow,

Like a bird flying into a net
 not knowing that its flying life is over.

 

So, friends, listen to me, take these words of mine most seriously.

Don’t fool around with a woman like that;

don’t even stroll through her neighborhood.

Countless victims come under her spell;


she’s the death of many a poor man.


She runs a halfway house to hell,


fits you out with a shroud and a coffin.”

(Proverbs 7 – The Message Bible)

SELAH!

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HAIKU GRACE

HAIKU GRACE

“BEFORE FORGIVENESS”

bad decision

tears fears prayers

floods of refreshing peace

“AFTER FORGIVENESS”

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(I John 1:9 – KJV)

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