I hate having to clean out my spam folder, all those, uh-hmm, blankety-blank words I don’t like etched on my brain. But I must go through them. I quickly scan them to make sure a for-real email has not landed in there accidently.
As I glance over them, what stares at me?
Life is short; have an affair!
Whaaaat? Send that thing to cyber purgatory! And at the bottom of this list of junk? I get this one:
Good grief! DELETE!!!
Then, my brain goes into its spinning routine when a slice of life explodes with a spiritual thought and picks up on those words, Master Seducer. We have a Master Seducer, you know. He’s that old enemy of ours. He would love for us to have an affair. Of any kind!
He coaxes with all sorts of worldly things to seduce us into an affair with them. Allurings of money, pride, addictions, self-importance, selfishness, or power. He knows just how to bait that hook with appealing lures and we swallow it all…hook, line, and sinker!
But wait! There’s one affair we can have that drives the enemy-seducer crazy….
A holy affair.
God calls us into an affair…
God told Moses to tell His people Israel, “So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 20:7 NLT)
If we do not separate ourselves from the seducer’s lures, we allow other loves to dethrone God and we resemble Israel. James says we are like “unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God. Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?” (James 4:4-5 Amp)
God is a jealous God! Never forget that.
The Lord loves us; we are His precious Bride. He rejoices over us. He desires to keep us separated from those worldly affairs. Our affair, our Perfect Affair, is with Him. Alone. Our Beloved Bridegroom.
How hard do we work to keep ourselves from inappropriate contaminants that sully our purity while waiting for our Beloved’s return? Do we separate ourselves from the way of the world by living a Godly lifestyle that honors Him?
Therefore, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut. 6:5 NIV)
Life IS short; have that Perfect Affair!
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