Verse for Today: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Psalms 31:4 – Free me from the trap that is set before me, for You are my refuge.
People trap others in faults and blunders for various reasons. Some people trap others to take advantage from it for their gain for promotions and filthy lucre. Some others trap people to simply defame them and pull down others from their social recognition and status. Their innocent mistakes, mistaken identities and even morphing are used to trap people. Satan is always trying to trap God’s people and he uses world and flesh, his close allies as powerful tools to achieving his end. Thus the public image and testimony of God’s people are tarnished and they are pulled down from their ministries and Christian testimony. Many God’s servants are put behind the bars through such traps and manufactured evidences by even bribing. David experienced such traps on his ways planted by the enemy by using people who were dear and near to him. He was almost caught unaware in the caves and other hiding places through these traps. There were times when he was almost caught, but he escaped because God answered his prayer for release from the traps. There were traps planted in the lives of Joseph, Daniel and even Paul. The Jewish religious leaders tried their best to trap Jesus Christ, with the assistance of Satan. Sadly some have fallen into traps as in the case of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Saul, David and Solomon, but they came out of it all with deep scars in their character except Saul who met with destruction. Today our enemy is roaming around to see how he can trap us to fall into trouble. But the Lord is our refuge and we can lean on to and hide in Him in order to escape Satan’s treacherous and mischievous traps. Let us thank Him for His releases in the past and trust Him to keep us safe as we live carefully.
Dear friend, are you frustrated because of the sadistic traps that looms large over your head? Are you astonished that there are traps planted by the enemy to destroy you financially, professionally and even in your Christian testimony? Have you been deeply wounded and hurt because of these traps which often come from those who are dear to you? Sometimes, the traps come from those who were helped and supported by you. Nehemiah, God’s builder, was bold as he dealt with traps through fine discernment and great trust in God. Mordecai escaped traps only because God interfered even to stop the king from sleeping. God helped Mordecai to save Israel from extinction as he acted on time to speak to Queen Esther. Jacob trapped his brother Esau and he was in turn trapped by his father-in-law, but God turned it all into blessings by His grace. Apostle Paul suffered from traps set before him by the religious leaders and people like Alexander and Hymenaeus. But God gave him the strength to withstand all such pressures. Today when we face traps knowingly or unknowingly, our God comes to our rescue. Even if the enemy celebrates our fall, we know for sure that our God will work it all out for our good and for His glory. So let us be careful the way we live and let us not run into traps set before us. But let us be confident that if we are trapped by the enemy, our Lord will protect us from all its evil effects because He is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. Let us go to our Lord and ask Him to hide us behind the Rock of Ages. Let’s praise Him for His release and deliverance.
Psalms 91:3 – Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
Thought for Today
When the enemy puts up snares and plots against us, our Lord sends His angels to build a fence around us.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to lean on to You when the enemy tries to swallow me up through cunning and crafty traps. Amen!
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