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“The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls, holding in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her sexual immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery: “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

How much will it take for you to sell you integrity?  It is not a matter of whether or not you will, but of looking to the Lord to save you.  Those who believe they would never do such things lie to themselves more than the ones who know they are wicked.  We all have a price that is enough to cause us to sell out.  The tug of this age is strong.  It may be worthless and nothing, but it still tugs at us.  The prostitute will do whatever she can to strip us of decency.

Lord, keep me from the place where I would sell my soul.  Let me be neither rich where I believe I would not need You, nor poor, where in desperation I would commit all kinds of sin.  I am weak, Lord, though I want to pretend I am strong.  I need to be saved though I often act as if I do not need to be saved.  The abominations of this earth are strong and they daily tug at me to sell out to them and not live the life of grace You have given me.

Lord Jesus, hold me fast to what You have revealed as true.  You are truth.  This world is full of illusion.  I know that every time I give into sin, it does not satisfy.  Guide me, Lord, to live fully awake, ready, and expecting the attacks of the wicked one.  Lead me by grace to see what is right and true in every situation.  Let me not put Your name to shame, nor be indecent, but live a holy and pure life by Your grace.  Amen.