- THE POWER TO ALLURE
To allure, to draw in, to pull with a certain intent. There is always a certain motive. Whether good or bad, the power of alluring has always an end.
This reminds me of the three ladies mentioned in the Bible. They all knew the power they possessed. They all knew how strong they were and are – (The word of God is living and active!)
They all knew of their power to allure.
One was Delilah, the second is the strange woman and the third was none other than Esther.
Delilah is mentioned in the book of Judges 14,15 and 16.
She was a beautiful Philistine woman who outwitted Samson with her alluring power. She brought him to his knees. Samson was a man of incredible strength and might, unlike anything that was seen before or will ever be seen.
He singlehandedly and by the power of God’s Spirit, tore a lion to pieces. He uprooted the gate of the town of Gaza and carried it up a hill in Hebron. He struck down 1,000 Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey. He was clearly a strong man.
His strength coming from the Lord as he had been dedicated to the Lord as a Nazarite since the beginning of time.
But then came Delilah. She was his downfall. She was his weakness, and he proved to be weak enough. He didn’t live up to his calling.
His strength could not match up to her power – her alluring power.
When Samson began consorting with Delilah, the Philistines were presented with a perfect opportunity to finish Samson off. After all, he was their headache for a long time.
They offered her silver in exchange for Samson. Indeed, Delilah was an alluring seductive woman. She nagged him every day, asking where he got his strength from. Her nagging made his soul “annoyed to death”, for she was unrelenting.
Finally, Samson gave in and his head was shaved off. The power of the Holy Spirit lifted off him. He was powerless before the Philistines and he got captured and subjected to hard labor and affliction.
He was broken. His eyes were gorged out, his strength failed, and his soul was patched.
Samson was just but a shadow of his former self.
That was the power of alluring at work!
The Bible warns men against being entrapped such caliber of women. Her path will lead you to destruction. The power to allure is such a powerful tool that if not carefully, weighed and handled, then it’s bound to destroy.
The Bible calls this second woman, The strange woman.
Proverbs 5:3 says,
For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil, But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Why is this woman strange? What is so strange about her? Why does the Bible call her a strange woman?
The definition of strange means difficult to understand or explain. It’s so. It is impossible to know her plans without deep discernment.
The discernment that comes from God. The discernment that’s quickened by the Holy Spirit. The discernment that comes from putting into practice the word of God. The discernment that comes from being attuned to your inner witness more than your desires.
Paul the apostle said in
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
Here comes the jugular, only with the eyes of understanding can one understand the deep truths about anything and everything.
The eyes of understanding causes one to plumb in deeper than what the superficial presents. It calls for discernment.
It calls for a man full of understanding from the Holy Spirit, to know that ” this is a strange woman trying to ensnare me.”
She might come in the name of the Lord, in the name of helping, in the name of “standing in the gap for you”, but the eyes of understanding see something very different. The Holy Spirit quickens in you something totally different from what the situation at hand presents.
A strange woman is insolent, impudent, impulsive, a vexation and all about her is vanity. Pure vanity. Nothing about her lasts. It’s all cosmetic!
If you live an empty life, devoid of principles and precepts from Christ, you will become more unstable and vulnerable to the wiles of the strange woman. The eyes of understanding are a must for any man who desires to live according to the ways of the Lord.
Joseph was one such man – he took to his heels when an opportunity to sin presented itself.
He didn’t gloss over it. He didn’t pull a joke out of it. The Bible records that he ran. Potiphar’s wife was a strange woman. Wisdom will keep you from a strange woman and her power to allure you into her death bed.
It’s not just a bed my brothers, it’s a death bed.
Then came Esther! She put her power into good use. She saved the Jews from the calamity that Haman the Agagite had planned! She was put there, as a Queen for a particular reason and purpose to be fulfilled at a certain season. – Esther 4:14
The season came, and only then did Esther use her power and wisdom to draw the King to her side.
Esther 8: 3-8
Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews.
When the king held out the golden scepter to Esther, Esther rose and stood before the king.
And she said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king.
For how can I bear to see the calamity that is coming to my people? Or how can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?”
Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows, because he intended to lay hands on the Jews.
But you may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.”
How broken was the King’s heart!
How drawn was he to Esther!
How appropriate was that time! God clearly had ordered her steps. For the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord and He takes delight in them – Psalms 37:23
Esther fell at the King’s feet, wept, pleaded and drew his heart towards hers! The King’s heart was broken and was drawn to Esther more than ever! Esther was a woman who put her power into good use! Her influence, brought glory to God unlike the strange woman and Delilah.
How are you using your power to allure?
Are people drawn to Christ because of your beautiful heart?
Is your husband pulled towards you or does your constant prodding make his soul sick?
Does your husband’s heart rest in you?
Do your children call you blessed?
Can people look at you and call you blessed?
Do you walk with dignity and character?
Is your heart attuned to Christ more than the SELF?
We all have the power to allure as women, but how you choose to put it into work is purely ones prerogative.
You can either choose to pull people to Christ and if you are married, to draw your husband and children to Christ and the result is having a marriage sustained by the Lord for His glory – or – you can turn yourself into the strange woman.
The power to allure is not just about the sexual connotation that’s portrayed by the strange woman. It’s sublime and calm in nature. It’s a power that draws in without necessarily exposing ones nakedness – for attention.
It doesn’t seek attention, it seeks retention!
It’s a power engraved in a strong sense of character, molded by the Lord, directed by the Lord, for the Lord.
The Bible says in Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
This beauty fades, but a woman with an inner beauty keeps drawing others and her family in, with the sublimity of Christ.
Her alluring nature is just but the fragrance of Christ!
She is the one who deserves praise. She is the one who deserves it all!
Ask yourself, do you use the Power of alluring correctly? Who gives you your fragrance? Is it the world and it’s vanity, or is it Christ and His eternity?