Proverbs 6:26 “For the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.” (NIV)
Think of this verse generically for all sin that operates in your life. This description of sin is quite revealing on how sin affects you. Even though you have been redeemed for salvation you still live in a physical body that has old habits and memories of sin, and a body that is vulnerable to temptation by the world and satan. In Ephesians 3:17-19, you see God’s desire for your relationship with Christ – “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Embracing God’s desire for you in this passage is a stark contrast to the power of sin in Proverbs 6:26 that can rob you of the“fullness of God.” Any sin will prey upon you and will ultimately expose you to the full power of sin that operates in this world. The contrast of experiencing the absolute magnificence of God compared to being reduced to a loaf of bread is sobering! Whether sin is blatant or subtle, it all has the same result – it robs you of the fullness of God’s life in you. Romans 8:6 describes it this way, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Guard against sin encroaching upon God’s territory by bathing yourself in prayer and the Word of God while allowing the Holy Spirit to empower and lead you. Allow God to root out sin and lead you into the glory of His righteousness that is found in a pure and holy life.
Psalm 11:7 “For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face.” (NASB)
1 Peter 1:15-16 “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” (NIV)
2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness.” (NIV)