24 Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. 26 Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

We’re talking about the adulterous woman here. Avoid her at all cost! Don’t go down that road because it leads to death. But we could just as easily be talking about lust of any kind. It might be lust over a woman’s beauty but it could also be lust after power. Is your mistress your job? It could be lust for money. Is your net worth your affair?

The key to all of this is the first part of verse 25, “Do not let your heart turn to her”. It’s our heart that the enemy is after and it is our heart where God resides within us.

  • “though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them” Ps. 62:10
  • “I have set my heart on your laws” Ps. 119:30
  • “But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain” Jer. 22:17
  • “Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path” Pr. 23:19

I know that when I let my heart wander, that is when I am certain to fall. When I don’t check that fleeting desire and I let it increase and take hold of my heart, I have already lost the battle. I might fight for a while but if my heart isn’t in it, if I don’t want what is right, I won’t last long. What is your heart longing for today that isn’t what God wants for you? Is there a desire that you have been entertaining that you need to put to death? “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Gal. 5:24.

Instead, let us be people who set their hearts on God. “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God” 1 Chron. 22:19. You can be sure that God will honor those desires. “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ps. 37:4