The Forbidden Fruit: Lustful Temptations

forbidden fruit

It’s no surprise that we live in a world filled with constant temptations. But ladies, the sadder truth is, when we fail to resist our lustful desires and give in to these sinful temptations.

Single ladies, this applies for you, too! It’s not just married women who need to set these boundaries with the opposite sex. In the Old and New Testament, there are so many examples of women (single and married) lusting after men and tempting them to fall under their “spell.” Sadly, most of these men, even chosen men of God, fall into the trap…Adam, Samson, David…the list can go on. But I want to take some time to examine some women that gave in to their lustful temptations and desires. We can learn a lot from these women…

From the beginning, women gave in to their desires and temptations. Eve was tempted by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit, and break the covenant with God(Genesis 3). She was not satisfied with a perfect and loving God. She failed to trust Him and she wanted “more.” Her greed for more power and her inability to overcome the Serpent’s deceit, led her to also tempt Adam to fall. The end result: banishment from the Garden of Eden.

Some of you may know the story of King David and Bathsheba. First, I want to set the record straight. Bathsheba did not just innocently bathe outside. Some may blame King David for looking at a naked woman bathing. But remember, she allowed David to further pursue her, even though she had a marriage covenant with Uriah (2 Samuel 11:1-4). Married women that seduce other men often do so because they find a quality in another man that their husband does not have. David was a King, while her husband was a mere soldier. She did not place value in her marriage or her husband. She went for someone she thought could give her more. She chose to give up on her marriage.

Next we have the adulterous and deceitful Mrs. Potiphar. When Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, he was wise enough to flee! He did not give in to temptation(Genesis 39:6-12). When we examine the historical context, Joseph was much younger, handsome and maybe even more “available” than her husband. She compromised the sanctity of her marriage for a “one-night stand.” To her dismay, Joseph fled.

Lastly, we can learn from a devious woman, from the Valley of Sorek, Delilah. Samson fell in love with a woman who was no angel. Delilah used her beauty, physical body and (manipulative) words to develop a special bond with a chosen man of God. Her motives were evil right from the beginning (Judges 16:5).Delilah teaches us that another reason why women tempt men is to gain worldly riches. Delilah used Samson’s love for her, to reveal the secret of his God-given strength.  

Judges 16:15 “Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.”

Women are often known to manipulate men to get what they want. But it is not right in the sight of God. Using seductive words to cause men to give in to temptations is another prime characteristic of adulterous women.

In Matthew 5:27-30, it is clear that adultery is not just physical intimacy with another man. It starts with a single look. One sin leads to another and fast forward a few days, weeks, months, and you’re in bed with a (another) man!

The only way you can be a woman that fears God, and not fall into these lustful temptations, is by focusing on God and His kingdom.

The wayward woman will never attain the path of life.

16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,  from the wayward woman with her seductive words, 17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a] 18 Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. 19 None who go to her return  or attain the paths of life. -Proverbs 2:16-19

 

Your body is the temple of God. In Romans 12:1, we are instructed to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God…this is the only way for a true and proper worship. We are to protect our bodies because it belongs to God.

temple of  godIn today’s society, women’s attire has lost all of its modesty. You cannot even shop for modest clothes, without making alterations. It is one thing to dress a certain way for your husband behind closed doors, but when you are surrounded by people, the way you dress should not cause other men to stumble. Wearing suggestive clothing will draw the wrong attention from men.

The way you dress, act and talk need to please God, and we must refrain from behaving in a way that conforms to the patterns of this world (Romans 12:2), and in this case, refraining from things that we know tempt men.

Are you casting a “spell” under a man today? Are you using your beauty, charm, wit, and body to entice them? The truth is, God sees your motives, and He knows when you are trying to lure men in.

Remember, the evil one is always scheming ready for an opportune time to tempt you, so pray continually (Matt 6:13).In fact, whenever you reach a new or familiar place, pray that you will not fall into temptation(Luke 22:40).

God is a faithful God, He always provides a way out of temptation (1 Cor 10:13).Never blame God when you do not resist temptation!

In James 1:13-18 it says: “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

 

If your true desire is to please the Lord and be a woman of God, then take heed of this beautiful verse:

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;     but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

A godly woman doesn’t pray to become more beautiful in her physical appearance, but to become cleansed and purified from within. If you come with a past, do not worry, God is ready to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness, just confess your sins to Him today! (1 John 1:9)

I can tell you that women that fear the Lord and live God-fearing lives, are BEAUTIFUL, and it’s nothing of this world.

flee

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22

Submit yourselves to God and don’t make excuses for your sin!(James 4:1-4)

 

“Finally, sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things.”Philippians 4:8

 

-Rebecca Ravindran

 

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