And behold, a woman comes to meet him, dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart … "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 …” - PROVERBS 7:10, 18-19
Risks to heart health are sly as the aims of the seducer. Yesterday we examined double-mindedness, heredity and neglect. Another risky factor is poor spiritual diet, the “Corinthian syndrome.” Paul lamented that the church there could only stomach spiritual milk when he wanted to serve a feast of meats. (1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-2) We need substantial spiritual food, and not just “fast faith.”
Also risky is a spiritually sedentary lifestyle. The spiritual “couch potato” is a person who does not “work out” their salvation through deliberate acts of ministry. (PHILIPPIANS 2:12) The “spiritual muscles” aren’t developed, leaving the heart weak.
Fear of failure is a risk to the health of the spiritual heart. Even the Apostle Paul acknowledged he hadn’t “arrived” spiritually, and wrote that he “pressed on” in the goal of God’s call. (PHILIPPIANS 3:13-14) Don’t let the fact you’re not “perfect” yet, stop you from growing. Silence the voice of the seducer. Get rid of the risks to your heart’s health!
Ask God for strength to see through the seductions and escape the risks.