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NIV Women's Devotions

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Femme Fatales

Verse: Judges 16:4–22

A femme fatale is a woman who uses the powers of seduction to lure a man into a dangerous or compromising situation. One woman infamous for her influence was Mata Hari. At the turn of the twentieth century in Paris, Mata Hari created a fictitious persona and performed exotic Indian dances to great acclaim. Although her background was fabricated, Parisian society embraced her . . . and men were beguiled by her. Her sensuous dance seduced powerful men in influential positions. Many believe she used feminine guile to extract military secrets. Ultimately, the French tried Mata Hari and executed her as a double agent in World War I. At her trial she said, “Harlot, yes. But traitor? Never!”

In the Bible, we meet another woman who used her feminine allure to affect the destiny of a man. During the time of the judges, Delilah used her influence to discover the secrets of one of Israel’s judges, Samson. Three different times Delilah begged him to give her information about the source of his strength. Three times he resisted. Each time Delilah proved herself false, calling for the Philistines to subdue the strong man. More stunning is that Delilah used the same method over and over again . . . and Samson allowed himself to be tricked each time. Ultimately, Delilah discovered the truth about Samson’s strength and turned him over to her countrymen.

Delilah’s story shows how men can be swayed by women’s wiles and their own desires. Delilah used her sexual attraction and her cunning to bring a man down—for a price. She relentlessly manipulated Samson in order to get the information she needed. When he finally revealed the truth, she rushed to the Philistine rulers to gather her reward. In a heartbeat, Samson lost not just his strength, but the divine gift God had bestowed upon him.

We think it would be great to be able to get our husbands, boyfriends, coworkers, etc. to do what we want. And perhaps, sometimes, we do use feminine wiles, manipulation and nagging to get our way. But are such methods honest? Are they loving? Wouldn’t it be better to be the kind of woman others can trust? How much better to employ honesty, kindness and patience to build up the men we love, rather than trample them in the pursuit of our selfish desires

Judges 16:15–16

Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

Reflection

1. Have you ever nagged, manipulated or tricked a man in order to get your way?

2. How did it make you feel? How do you think it made him feel?

3. What words will you use to build up the men in your life?

Related Readings

Exodus 15:20–21; Isaiah 51:3; Ephesians 6:18

This devotion is from the NIV New Women's Devotional Bible or True Identity by Zondervan. Used with permission.

  
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SUSIEPH1 1/25/2012 2:55PM

    Unto thine own self be true !!.
This is a motto I have always lived my life by!!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/25/2012 2:14PM

    It actually is a hollow victory, to manipulate or trick or nag a man, to get your own way. This I learned, very early on, in my marriage. ( I got married when I was 19...was young and stubborn and selfish) Praise the Lord for His changing power and His mercy and grace!

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Up-date & Thank you for Your Prayers

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today I am feeling better than I did yesterday, this is the first day I was able to accomplish all my tracking and huddling with all my teams without great difficulty..yesterday was an almost complete bed day, today there was a lot of pain throughout the body but the difference I only spent half the time in bed and was able to press through and still teach my Bible Study this morning, I admit it sure took a lot out of me and I came home and spent the rest of the afternoon in bed, but Praise God I was given the strength to get out of bed this morning and lead my group. And believe me, it was an awesome study, well received and good participation. I continue on my meds until Sunday so pray I have a speedy and complete recovery without any further set-backs. I so appreciate all of you my friend's, your prayers & support mean so much...Love and Hugs, Your Friend, Judith emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DOTTIEJANE1 1/25/2012 4:56PM

    Glad that you are feeling better.Please just go slow and easy .WE ARE HERE FOR YOU . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 1/25/2012 10:31AM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are doing better. Just don't do too much too soon.
What Bible study are you doing right now?

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ABETTERSOUL 1/25/2012 8:48AM

    Glad that you are feeling better...don't push yourself. emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/25/2012 8:37AM

    So glad you are feeling better. emoticon

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DBELLE39 1/25/2012 8:09AM

    Just take it slow & easty --don't push yourself too hard & cause a setback. We are here for you. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/25/2012 4:01AM

    Glad you are feeling better my friend ... please do not try to do much to quickly!!

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Update... Please Continue in Prayer...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thanks Spark Friend's for your love and support, I am doing a little better, the meds are doing their work and of course all the prayers....

I am on these meds for another 6 days, pray this infection goes away quickly.

Thanks for your love and your prayers. I so appreciate you. I can't be on here for any length of time so will huddle when I can and leave updates for you..

  
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DOTTIEJANE1 1/24/2012 12:24PM

    Glad for your improvment GLORY TO GOD .

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SCTRACKER 1/24/2012 11:01AM

    Glad you are getting better, praying for a complete recovery.

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SUNNY332 1/24/2012 10:21AM

    Bless your heart. Hang in there and I pray you have a quick recovery.

Sunny

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HDHAWK 1/24/2012 9:36AM

    I'm glad you're seeing some improvement already! Take care!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/24/2012 9:33AM

    emoticonKeeping you in prayer.

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KRYS210 1/24/2012 5:55AM

    So glad you are doing better. That is a very uncomfortable thing to have and I hope the meds are easing the pain. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

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BERGBA7 1/24/2012 5:52AM

    Sending wishes for a quick recovery...
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Psalm 69

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Psalm 69 New International Version (NIV)

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

1 Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.

3 I am worn out calling for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
looking for my God.

4 Those who hate me without reason
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.

5 You, God, know my folly;
my guilt is not hidden from you.

6 Lord, the LORD Almighty,
may those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me.

7 For I endure scorn for your sake,
and shame covers my face.

8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
a stranger to my own mother’s children;

9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

10 When I weep and fast,
I must endure scorn;

11 when I put on sackcloth,
people make sport of me.

12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.

13 But I pray to you, LORD,
in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
answer me with your sure salvation.

14 Rescue me from the mire,
do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.

15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
or the depths swallow me up
or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love;
in your great mercy turn to me.

17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.

18 Come near and rescue me;
deliver me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.

20 Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;

I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none.

21 They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and[b] a trap.

23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.

24 Pour out your wrath on them;
let your fierce anger overtake them.

25 May their place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in their tents.

26 For they persecute those you wound
and talk about the pain of those you hurt.

27 Charge them with crime upon crime;
do not let them share in your salvation.

28 May they be blotted out of the book of life
and not be listed with the righteous.

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
may your salvation, God, protect me.

30 I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.

31 This will please the LORD more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.

32 The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!

33 The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,

35 for God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then people will settle there and possess it;

36 the children of his servants will inherit it,
and those who love his name will dwell there.

  
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PRAYINGSUZIE 1/24/2012 3:43PM

    Thank you!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 1/24/2012 11:04AM

    I assume this was written by David. He surely went through a lot.

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Need Prayer

Monday, January 23, 2012

emoticon in pain, have a severe bladder, UTI and Kidney infection, I was alright at 5 this morning other than being tired, been that way for the past 2 days, I thought it was with all the activity of having family here, guess not, I am spiking a temp and not feeling too swift...please pray...thanks...

  
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TRACYZABELLE 1/26/2012 8:40AM

    I hope you are feeling better!

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RUNNINGOMA 1/24/2012 8:27AM

    May God heal you quickly.

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AHEARTFORCHRIST 1/24/2012 2:21AM

    I will certainly keep you in prayer.

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FLEMIDG 1/24/2012 12:41AM

    I am praying for you Judith. God bless you. Get some rest and drink lots of fluids.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/23/2012 11:52PM

    Praying for a rapid and complete recovery. Keep drinking your water especially if you are on antibiotics. I have been told to eat tart cherries or drink cherry juice for my kidneys.
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TOTHEFUTURE1 1/23/2012 8:58PM

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RGEETING 1/23/2012 7:56PM

    Prayed! Aren't you glad that if you had to be sick, it was AFTER your company left? :-) Get well soon!

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CBEVNOW 1/23/2012 7:25PM

    Prayers coming your way. Feel better soon. Pain go away in the name of Jesus. emoticon

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REBELBLITZ 1/23/2012 7:19PM

    Sending prayers your way.

For my bladder infection I took mega Vitamin C and drank lots of water. I was advised that by my urologist since I have allergies to meds. I got well.

I wish you health.

Cheryl

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ESHTEMOA 1/23/2012 6:48PM

    Get better soon.Drink lots and lots of fruit juice too.
Roz.

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SETAGOAL1 1/23/2012 6:44PM

    Thoughts and prayers are on their way.
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RORYLYONS 1/23/2012 6:37PM

    Will be praying for your speedy recovery... emoticon

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    PRAYING! emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/23/2012 5:58PM

    I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/23/2012 5:53PM

    Praying for your complete and speedy recovery. emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 1/23/2012 5:32PM

    Definitely are praying for you, Judith. I hope you feel better quickly!!! emoticon

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THEREALMUMMYPIG 1/23/2012 5:05PM

    Sorry you're in pain Judith - I really hope you get better soon!
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