Remember this: The lips of a seductress seem sweet like honey, and her smooth words are like music in your ears.Proverbs 5:3 (TPT)
Oh, my precious bride, many of you have skimmed over this verse, and others like it, failing to see any relevance to you, thinking it relates only to earthly relationships. But, my bride, you have been seduced off the paths of righteousness by tongues that drip poisoned honey. You have been seduced by flattery – by those who seek to manipulate and control – for the sake of position and platform. You have been seduced by the glitter of fool’s gold; by promises of instant gratification.
You have forgotten me, the one who who took you out of slavery, the one who rescued you, delivered you from the hands of the enemy and dressed you in robes fit for my queen. You have believed the seduction, the lies that have appealed to your desire for approval, affirmation, and significance. Oh, my bride, don’t you realise that you have all that and more at my side?
Do not sell yourself short or give up your birthright for a “mess of pottage.” Do not allow yourself to be seduced by lesser loves. Return to me, your first love. Return to the one who knows you, cherishes you, and prizes you as his bride. Don’t be fooled by those who will love you and toss you aside. Return to me, the one who has loved you with an everlasting love.
Activation: Hear the heart of Jesus for His bride as you ask yourself these questions and respond to his answer:
Jesus is there any place where I have compromised my relationship with you through spiritual adultery?
Jesus is there any place where I have been seduced by other “lovers” that have pulled my heart away from you?
Jesus, is there any place where I have “flirted with the world”?
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.Revelation 2:4 (NIV)
You adulteresses [disloyal sinners—flirting with the world and breaking your vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend [that is, loving the things of the world] is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.James 4:4 (AMP)