Proverbs 29:25 Snare Or Safe

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Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25 

Being concerned what someone else is thinking or can do is a common fear that many people have. They are more worried about what someone may think, then is necessary.

When that fear is high enough, one will be trapped into doing what the other person wants. Some will make poor choices based off of their fear of someone else. The more poor choices are made, the more entangled in a web does the person get.

Living like this does not bring peace or comfort. As time goes along the snare gets tighter and tighter, destroying one’s life.

Solomon had recognized that one cannot fear man without getting trapped in a snare. Yet, he also knew that in order to be safe, all one had to do is trust in God.

People will take advantage of those who fear them. They will make the one who fears do things that is not wanted or desired. Selfishness will rise up and cause the fear to increase in another.

Ultimately destruction will come about. Those feared will keep rising up in power, seizing what they can.

Those who do not fear man, but trust in God will not be trapped in the snare. They will be kept safe. God will open their eyes to see the reality that is around them. They will be able to see the snares that have been placed in front of them and walk a different path.

God does not want His people to walk in fear, but in trust, knowing that He is in control. The path that God leads His people on is one that will build up and not destroy. It is a path that leads them towards eternal life, rather then temporary happiness and death.

There will be people in your life at times who appear to be in control. They will appear to be the one calling the shots in your life. Do not fear them. They are temporary and leading down the wrong path.

Put all of your trust in God, knowing that He is in control. The things that man can do are only temporary and can do no real harm to you.

You have a choice to make as to who you will fear and follow. Do you want a snare that is dangerous or do you want life and safety?

I pray today that you will trust in God; that God will help you to not fear any person; that God will open your eyes to the snares around you; that God will lift you out of any snares you may be in; and that God will keep you safe from any harm.

Psalm 128:1 How To Be Blessed

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1 

People are always searching for ways for things to go right. Seeking ways to make it in this world and have everything go correctly for them. When everything goes smoothly or when they get what they desire, they feel that they are blessed.

Usually the belief that the only time someone is truly blessed is if they have received many things. The larger the bank account and house they have, the more they are blessed. The better the job title or bigger paycheck, the more blessed they are.

While these can be blessings, they are temporary and do not always survive. Along with that, one must keep working hard to keep what he has achieved.

The psalmist realizes that the ones who are blessed are those who fear and obey God.

Walking in obedience to God is something that is a simple thing to do, yet, most do not choose to do it. They will obey God in some areas, but not in many others. They pick and choose what they will obey God in.

When a person chooses not to obey God in all areas, there will always be trouble in the heart and soul of the person. This trouble will override anything material things that the person has accomplished.

As one walks in obedience with God, there will be a peace, contentment and hope that no other can understand. It has nothing to do with material possession. The blessing is found in knowing that one is standing in the right position with God. It is knowing that one is doing what God wants.

Peace with God is a blessing that overrides any troubles in this life that one might run into. It gives one the strength to keep moving forward during trying times.

You may be looking for peace and contentment in many things. However, if you are not walking in obedience with God, you will not know that peace. You will be in a war against God.

God will guide you with His Holy Spirit in how to live for and obey Him. Choosing to not follow Him, will result in discord and no peace. There will be no real blessing in your life. The material things will come and go.

Find out what God wants you do and then do it. Find the blessings God has in obeying Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will strengthen you to obey His every command; and that you will know the peace of loving and obeying God in every area of your life. 

Psalm 125:1 Never Shaken

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Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. Psalm 125:1 

Life can often take a sudden change in direction. Disasters are rarely seen ahead of time. Sickness rarely reports its coming early. Life changing accidents are never planned for.

When things like these and much more occur, people are thrown into confusion and fear. Their whole world is shaken It becomes a time of uncertainty because they do not understand what is happening, nor understand what to always do next.

Not only is there great fear when things go bad, but there is also a lot of fear of things possibly going to happen. A person hears of the rising crime statistics and then begins to fear that he may become a victim of a crime.

The psalmist states that there is a person who cannot be shaken at all. That person is the one who believes in God.

Believing in God means that one believes that God is in control and will do what He said He would do.

There have been many who have chosen to walk away from God because of a bad situation in their lives. They forget that God is in control and does allow bad things to occur, but for a good purpose.

The person who truly believes in God and what He does and can do, will not be shaken when bad things occur. As something in life is going ‘wrong’ he knows that it is because God allowed it to happen. He also knows that God uses everything for his benefit.

Knowing that God is in control and works for his benefit brings about a peace that the world does not know or understand. The world cannot understand why a believer is not going crazy when life appears to be falling apart. Yet, the world that is falling a part is just a temporary world. What is eternal has not changed and cannot be changed.

When times come that turn your life upside down and appear to be disastrous , put your trust in God. Relax and know that God is in control. Do not allow yourself or your belief in God to be shaken, but built up.

Jesus promised difficult times, but He also promised He would be with you. That brings a peace the world does not understand. Stand firm on that and don’t be shaken like the rest of the world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God in every situation; that God will remove fear of change or the unknown; and that God will fill you with His peace among disaster. 

Psalm 106:13 Forgetting What Happened

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But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. Psalm 106:13 

There are some things that people love to remember and there are some things that people love to forget. Some of those things people will always remember, while some things they will forget very quickly.

Remembering the bad or negative things occurs easily for most people. The majority of people can remember some horrible experiences that had occurred twenty, thirty, forty years ago as though it was yesterday. They were traumatized to the point they cannot forget what happened or they play it over and over in their mind and words for decades in bitterness and anger.

Often in light of the negative, people forget what was good during that time. They refuse to see or remember what good things had occurred before, during and after a bad time.

The psalmist talks about when the Israelites were in the desert, they would quickly forget what God had already done for them. They refused to wait for Him to meet their needs in His way and time.

Thousands of years later many believers are still having that problem. They have seen God provide miraculously for them, but forget about it and begin to worry and complain. They forget to remember how God has met their needs in the past.

As a believer forgets what God has done, he will worry and fear. Often he will take things into his own hands and step out of God’s will and into sin. He will often turn to the ways of the world, rather than trusting God.

Every believer must remember what God has done and will do. This will keep his faith in God up and help remove all fear and worry.

There will be times when you do not see God moving in your life quickly or in your time and way. It is at these times that you must not forget what God has already done in your past.

Before you begin to worry and fear, take a moment to count how many times God has blessed you and how He has blessed and met your needs in the past. Hold on to those memories of God’s great provision and trust that He will continue His hand of provision in your life.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the ways of this world with fear and worry. But rest in God’s abilities and timing by never forgetting Him.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will never forget what God has done; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will wait on God to meet all of your needs in His way and time.

Psalm 38:18 Troubling Feelings

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I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18 

Driving down a highway one will see a common scene. As people are driving, many will be speeding, while others will be following the speed limit. When come up behind a policeman driving down the road, every one of the people will do two things–check their speed limit and hit the brakes. This happens regardless if they speed or not. They fear that they are doing something wrong.

While they may not be in the wrong in the moment, many are guilty of speeding on a regular basis.

Being guilty creates feeling of fear and worry in a person. They know that they have done something wrong and fear being caught. The world tries to suppress those feelings of guilt and fear, covering it with more sin and other things.

David knew that he had done some things wrong against God. He was troubled in his spirit by what he had done wrong. Instead of just covering it up and trying to hide it, he chose to confess to God what he had done wrong.

Every believer will make mistakes and sin against God. Some will be on accident, some will be on purpose, but either way it is sin against God. Most of the time, one will know when he has sinned or not.

Having unconfessed sin will put up a barrier in his relationship with God. There will be worry and fear because of it. There will be loss of sleep over the sin. It is because one knows that he had done something wrong against God.

Instead of trying to hide it in fear, the believer can tell God about it and turn from that sin. God is right there waiting to forgive every person who repents of his sin. He is not there waiting to beat the person down, but to restore with love.

You may have some things in your life in which you have made bad choices and went against God. You allowed sin to come in. As a result, you may be losing sleep and are worried about that sin.

Having the trouble over that sin is good, it is a sign that God is working on your heart to change you. Be willing to tell God about it and turn away from that sin. Allow God to forgive you and change you so that you will no longer be troubled by unconfessed sin. Know the love and forgiveness God has for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will know God’s forgiveness; that you will not try to hide sin from God; and that God will help you to turn from all sin.