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How To Avoid Falling Into A Trap
In todays society it is so easy to fall into the snare or traps that our friends or family members may unintentionally set for us. As Christians, it is our responsibility to watch and be alert at all times. We must continually STAND FIRM on the foundation that has been built under us and stay in the WORD at all times.
What is a snare? Webster's defines a snare as a kind of trap for small animals, usually consisting of a noose which jerks tight upon the release of a spring trigger. It is also anything dangerous or risky that tempts or attracts, therefore a person becomes entangled or trapped.
The children of Israel, as they were journeying out of Egypt, met many adversities. They came upon many different types of people; the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and the Jebusites. These people all had their own beliefs, and their own gods that they served. (Exodus 23:23) The children of Israel were warned by God not to "...bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shall utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images." ( Exodus 23:24) They were told to "Serve the Lord their God". In Exodus 23:33, "... for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee".
As you can see, the children of Israel were enticed, tempted, or attracted to the things of the world, just as many Christians are today: nice clothes, fancy cars, alcohol, drugs, permissive sex, rock music, rated movies,... the list goes on. These all become a snare in our walk with the Lord. Psalms 106:36 says "And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them." The above list becomes idols in our lives. They have taken priority over God. These are the things that have taken God's place.
Not only have the above things become snares in our walk, but there are also things that we, ourselves do that causes snares for ourselves. Proverbs 18:7 says that our lips can become a snare unto ourselves. I Timothy 6:7-10 says that money can be a snare to us. Proverbs 29:25 says that when we fear things, this too can be a snare in our walk. As you can see, we too, can be just like the children of Israel. Following after strange gods and idols of the land; doing evil, just to please the flesh.
Judges 2:11-15, "And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands of the spoilers that spoiled them, and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed."
As you can see, because the children of Israel wanted and did follow after their own idols and gods, the Lord turned them over to their enemies, (their gods and idols). The people became distressed, or they were in misery, pain, trouble, exhaustion, and suffering. They no longer had God's blessings poured out upon them.
When we fall into these same snares, or traps, God's blessings have been removed from us too.
Deuteronomy 7: 1-26 is another good example of the children of Israel falling into the snares set by the other nations of people. In verse 16, the Lord tells them not to serve these gods, for they will be a snare in their walk. In verse 17, the children of Israel ask, "How can I dispossess them?" In verses 18 through 26 the Lord tells the children of Israel not to be afraid. The Lord is a mighty God and He will deliver you from these snares or traps that you have fallen into. He tells the children of Israel to DESTROY these idols. If you, like the children of Israel, do not destroy these idols, then not only is it a snare to you, but it is also an abomination to the Lord.
Deuteronomy 31: 16 - 20 tells us that if we want to continue to go a whoring after these gods of the land, then He (the Lord) will forsake us, because we have forsaken Him. He says that He will hide His face from us.
God's word though, holds many promises and ways to OVERCOME these snares. Psalm 91:3-4, "Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler."
In order for God to be our deliverer, He has to be our God; THE ONLY GOD.
Psalm 124:7 - 8 says "Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
We can escape and break these snares by calling on the name of the Lord to help us.
II Corinthians 6: 14, 16 - 18, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communioun hath light with darkness? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; and God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord almighty."
The Lord has set before us some choices. He has given us the choice between life and death, and a choice between the blessings and cursings; Deuteronomy 32. It's our choice, but He desires for us to choose life and the blessings that come with it. All He ask is that we LOVE Him with our whole heart, that we cleave unto Him, obey His voice, and look to Him for our direction in everything that we do.
Hebrews 13:16, "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
To avoid these snares and traps that are continually set before us we must continually COMMUNICATE with God. This means that we must continually be in prayer and read His word daily. If we forget or forsake these two things, we will definitely fall into the snares and traps that have been set before us.
Kathy Huff - mother
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