A seductress has her eyes set on a man of God. A plan has been formulated to lure and seduce a judge of Israel. Her ways are manipulative, almost like a snake enticing and baiting its prey, entrapping her victim with tantalizing promises. Proverbs 5:3-6, “For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell. Lest you ponder her path of life, her ways are unstable; you do not know them.”
The after math of falling into sin and sexual desires will never fulfill the appetite of selfish ambition, vain imaginations, monetary gain, or control. Delilah has staked her claim for Sampson for monetary gain, sexual fulfillment, and power. She has a callous heart, a drive for supremacy and prestige, using others to claw her way to the top. We all have to know, the deception she has fallen prey to, is the very deception she imitates. The serpent is sly, cunning, and ruthless. Lucifer has deceived this woman and sadly this “Delilah spirit” is alive in the church.
It will never cease to amaze me all the time, energy, and hard work, the effort and thoughtfulness that goes into the art of manipulation. It will never cease to amaze me the persistence an evil person will succumb to, continually giving themselves over to their own desires, own vain thoughts, but never contemplating the aftermath of those left behind in their wake of destruction. I think what amazes me most, these individuals truly to do not understand the concept of judgment. We will all give an account of our lives before the Living God (Revelation 2:23, Romans 14:12). My heart aches for those “Delilah’s” who have no idea the pathetic end that a waits them.
We may read about Delilah and think she was a woman of long ago, but that is false. She seduces, lies, and attempts to control all those around her. Her selfish ambition will never be fulfilled, nor will her desire for happiness. The deception she herself has believed is, “I deserve all the glory and power.”
Coming into the Christian faith, many of these women are in the Church. Christ has touched their life, somehow, and these women are struggling how to live this Christian life. I know I did. My own testimony, of coming into the Christian faith from the “world” after twenty-eight years, was truly by the hand of God. Once recognizing my need for Christ, my sin, and desiring to be “born again”, I had no idea where to start. If you are Delilah, struggling with your mind, her heart, and your flesh, then read closely my friend, for you are in good company.
If God has touched your heart and you’ve accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, you are born again. Being baptized, or immersing yourself underwater and rising out as Christ from death to life (Romans 6), you have the Holy Spirit, the Living God, and His Word to help you with this process and journey. And my friend, it will be a PROCESS!
The decision you’ve made is life changing, but you will have to make another. “I will stay committed to Christ, this challenge of renewing my mind, becoming this “new creation” in Christ, and believing what You say about me Lord.” Once you make the decision, begin to read what Christ says, accept it as Truth, memorize Scripture, and know you have a purpose and plan, the old life you’ve lived will begin to pass away. No more Delilah for this girl!
God is merciful and gracious. He loves you as no one has ever, or will ever love you. The process of renewing the mind begins with memorizing God’s Word such as Romans 12:2, “I will no longer conform to the patterns of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind.” God will gently reveal Truth to you and show you where you have been deceived. For example, when I pray I ask the Lord for Truth. If a Scripture or person comes to my mind, I write them down and ask God to reveal His purpose for speaking to me. If the verse brings healing to an area I have been deceived in, I praise the Lord for His speaking to me.
God will lead you to a higher standard of Christ-like behavior and mental focus.
If you recognize these sexual behaviors or immoralities that you have, in prayer, ask the Lord for the “root cause” and where they came from. I do not believe we can be completely healed unless we truly understand the enemy’s lies. For example, if you have ungodly, sexual thoughts of men, God brought me to the verse, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit, in sincere love of your brother, love them fervently with a pure heart.” (1 Peter 1:22) After I read that, a thought went through my mind in prayer, “You have used my sons. Repent for you are no longer this woman, but be holy for I am holy.”
1 John 4:1-3 reads, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God, every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” In prayer, reading God’s Word, memorizing Scripture, pray and ask for Truth. If what you think or you believe is God in your heart telling you Truth, then all you have to do is “test” it against 1 John 4:1-3. If what you think glorifies Christ, humbles you, releases you from bondage, reveals past sins to repent, goes against everything the “world” would tell you to do, then it is probably from God.
When the Lord spoke to my spirit of “using my brothers” it was life changing for me.
I repented, for I do NOT want to be that woman again. I asked in prayer, “Why did I do this? Why did I act this way? How did I become this ‘Delilah’?” God revealed I had a low-self esteem. I was not that cute, little, pixy girl from my youth. I was an over-weight, chunky, shy, and quiet girl. I was never considered the “pretty girl” when compared to others. When my teen years came to be, and I “blossomed”, boys began to notice. The attraction from the opposite sex gave me deceived high-self esteem. As long as I felt attraction, desired, and “loved” by men, I felt great. The moment I was rejected, or unnoticed my low self-esteem, easily hurt, and insecurities went back to the little girl who felt ugly. It was a roller coaster ride I wanted OFF of.
The enemy had deceived me into believing my body, mind, and spirit needed the attention to be whole. I believed I was not attractive or pretty or sexy without the look or acknowledgement from men. I believed Delilah might have felt the same. Once she too “blossomed”, realizing her “power” she had over men, she used her body to get what she wanted. Maybe she was taught this behavior from another woman, thinking that was all she was good for. Maybe you believe the same lie from the enemy.
Ask God for the cause of your behavior. I know the memories are painful, but giving them over to Christ will begin the change. It is so worth the struggle. Knowing who I am in Christ, not needing man’s approval nor man’s acknowledge is being “set free” from the world and Satan. I praise God everyday for the release of these strongholds.
Let us pray out loud to the Living God and CONFESS the Word; a prayer for the wayward woman
Jehovah-Shamah, The Lord is There,
You see right where I am (Psalm 139:7-12). There is nothing hidden from You (Matthew 10:26). You know me, You love me, You hear me, You answer me and You sacrificed everything for me. You look upon me seeing all the damage I have done and what has been done to my body, inside and out. Yet Your Word says, “You look at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7); give me a heart like Yours and teach me to follow after it.
The thoughts I have for myself are not peaceful or hopeful, yet Your Word states “the thoughts you have for me are of peace, to give me a future, and to give me hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I bring every thought captive about myself to your obedience (2 Corinthians 10:5). Help me do this daily.
I have neglected, abused, and hated my body. Yet your Word proclaims that my “body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in me” and purchased by you (1 Corinthians 6:19). I was fashioned in my mother’s womb, fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). So I say I will glorify God in my body and my spirit that belongs to You from this day forth. Remind me Jesus who I am in You.
I have believed lies from the enemy about myself and it has caused me to sin, rebel, and betray all I had known to be true (Ephesians 2:1-10). I confess all my sins before You, right now Lord, and ask for complete forgiveness, total restoration (Romans 10:9-11). Please help me forgive those I let abuse me, lie to me or deceive me in any way, thinking I was less than a beautiful bride of the Most High (Luke 23:34).
Your Word says if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). I believe Lord; yet help my unbelief. Holy Spirit fill me right now, wash me clean, and purify me through Your refining fire (Psalm 51:6-10). What the enemy meant to kill, steal, and destroy You will use for my good (John 10:10, Genesis 50:20). Let every pain, trial, and suffering bring me into a deeper, closer walk with You.
I put on the armor of the Lord, right now, for protection and defense against the wiles of the enemy. The helmet of salvation for all the things the enemy tries to tell me and get me to say or think against myself or others. For I am saved by grace and no one can take that away from me. It is a gift from God.
The sword of the Spirit for the use of God’s Holy Word, against the enemy as Christ did in the desert. It is God-breathed to be read, spoken, and lived by us, for instruction, wisdom, and power. The shield of Faith for use to quench all the fiery darts the enemy will hurl at me. For if we have the faith of a mustard seed, God can move mountains through us. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
The belt of truth buckled around me to speak, read, and know daily. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life for no one comes to the Father except through Him. He is all Truth, all knowing, and all powerful for casting down strongholds (Ephesians 6:10-19).
All I have is Yours Lord. Take my testimony and use it as You wish, for Your Kingdom and Glory. Use my words, Jesus, as a tool to teach, pray and minister to others. Take my life as a living sacrifice to help other women. Make me a vessel molded, shaped, and restored by You to go where You send me and be content where I am sent. (Philippians 4:8-9) Sharpen me as iron to be used to sharpen others (Proverbs 27:17). Guide me to set nothing wicked or evil before my eyes (Psalm 101:3). Show me how to put off my former conduct and be renewed in the spirit or my mind (Romans 12:2). Move me to stand fast in the liberty which Christ has made us free and not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (Matthew 11:28-30, John 8:36).
Bring me to my knees and lead me in the way everlasting. Reveal to me all the enemy has hidden, heal me by Your stripes and transform me into Your likeness. I choose You today and every day over my thoughts, words, actions. Have Your way with me Lord. Your will and Your timing in my life from now on. You are my Holy Savior, my beautiful King and my heavenly Prince. I will serve, glorify, worship, and honor You with my body, heart, mind, spirit, and soul all the days of my life and dwell in the house of the Lord forever! (Psalm 27:4). Amen!
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