Proverbs 22:5 Stay Far Away

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In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Proverbs 22:5 

Daredevils love to live life on the edge. They want to get as close to something dangerous as possible, without going over the edge. Doing something like this gives a person a adrenalin rush of great excitement.

Doing an action like this may produce excitement, but it may also cause one to slip up and get injured or killed. The dangers are real, yet, some will go forward anyways.

Most people claim that they do not like to push themselves into danger. They claim that they will stay away from the edge of the cliff, rather then step into the danger zone.

However, the reality is that the majority of people purposefully walk into the danger zone and get injured. They willingly walk off the cliff.

Solomon knows that the wicked are on a path that is full of snares and pitfalls, that is dangerous. Those who are wise and want to live will stay far away from that path.

The danger that the world purposefully walks into is sin and sinful acts. Every act that is sinful is done and is promoted to be done by others. This can be expected of those who do not follow God.

There are many in the church, those who are believers in Jesus, who will try to walk up as close to the edge of sin and try not to get burned or destroyed. They want to walk as close to the path of sin as possible.

Doing things like this is asking to be destroyed. It is endangering one’s life. When one is close to the edge it is easy to fall over the edge into sin.

Desiring to have real life will cause one to stay as far from the edge of sin as possible.

In your life there will be and are temptations for you to step into sin. How you live your life will determine how close to that sin you will get.

As a believer, you must flee from the temptation to sin. Get as far away from the edge of sin to lower the amount of temptation that will come upon you. If you walk close to edge, you will have a greater chance of falling into that sinful way of living.

Run the path God has for you and flee the path of the wicked.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the pitfalls of the world; that you will run after God; that you will walk the path God has for you; that God will help you flee from all sin; and that God will preserve your life for His righteousness. 

Psalm 25:15 Where Are Your Eyes Focused?

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My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:15 

When there is a hurricane coming in towards land, most people are focused upon that hurricane, wanting to know where it will hit and how strong it will hit. As they are watching it, they begin to prepare for the strike of that hurricane. All the ‘small’ things in life suddenly take a back burner and are no longer a real concern. Many feel as if they are trapped with no where to go and are just waiting out the destruction.

During times of crisis, people are focused on self preservation. They are seeking ways to survive what is going on and how to get through it. 

David had went through many different storms in his life that were set out to destroy him. Men were out to take his life and strived to set up a trap to capture him. Yet, he kept his eyes focused on God, knowing that it was only God who could get him released from the trap set to capture him.

Today the Satan and the world are out to trap the believer. Attacks are set up to destroy him. The problems that a person may encounter appear to be all around, snaring his feet and holding him down. The trap is an attempt to get the believer to deny God and fall into sin.

While it is easy to focus the eyes upon that trap and problems, the believer must focus his eyes and attention upon God, the only one who can release him. God has made a way out of every temptation. He has a path for every believer to make it through the storm or a way to get out of the storm.

To know those paths, one must have his eyes focused upon God and His word alone.

During the times of temptation or struggles that come your way, focus your eyes, all your attention upon God. Do not allow the trap in your path distract you from God.

God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and get you released from the trap set to destroy you. He is the only One who can overcome what is set up against you. Put your trust in Him alone and see His hand at work in your life.

Where are your eyes focused today?

I pray today that you will be focused upon God; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will allow God to guide your steps; that God will release you from traps set to destroy you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life. 

Judges 8:27 Worshipping The Blessing

Golden ephod

Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there and it became a snare to Gideon and his family. Judges 8:26 

Getting a gift or blessing from someone or a group for something that was done extra is always a good thing. It shows a person that he is honored and his extra work is recognized.

Companies and organizations around the world will often have times of honoring those who do the work. They recognize people who have gone above and beyond their job or position. The honor can be one of many things, such as a plaque, gift of money, a gift card, a picture, name in a newsletter, an extra vacation, and nearly anything the mind can think of.

There is nothing wrong with getting honored with a gift. However, there are some people who worship that gift.

After Gideon had defeated the Midianites, the people had given him some of the gold from the plunder they had taken. This gold was melted down and made into an ephod. Immediately the people and Gideon started to worship that ephod. It was as though the ephod had saved them from the Midianites.

Not only do people in the world tend to worship the blessing that was given, there are people in the church who have done the same thing. They may not say it is God, but they talk about the honor given as though it is the best thing in all of life. They keep it clean and posted where everyone can see it, and they make sure that people see it.

This is taking the honor of what God has done away from Him. It is focusing on what self did. The blessing ends up being worshipped more than God.

Take a look at your own life. What honors have you received over the years? How do you respond to those honors?

Be careful to keep you eyes and focus upon God. When people talk about the honor or blessing, point them back to God as the one who helped you do what you did.

Do not allow the honor or the blessing take the throne of your life or anyone else’s life. Do not allow it to become a snare pulling you away from God.

Everyone deserves some honor, but keep it in the right perspective–God made it possible.

I pray today that you will recognize God’s work through you; that you will give God the honor due to Him; that you will not worship things or positions in your life; and that you will worship only God. 

Exodus 34:12 Be Careful Of Snares

Mouse traps with cheese on turquoise table. This file is cleaned and retouched.

Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Exodus 34:12

Treaties are agreements that are made between two opposing groups in order to bring about peace. They are commonly known between two warring nations to bring about peace and end fighting amongst each other.

Although not always called a treaty, the same type of agreement is also found between opposing businesses and individuals. One thing that is common among all treaties is that they are a compromise between the two opposing groups. Both groups give in on their stand in some area and get to continue to stand strong in another area. On the outside it appears as a win-win.

As God was bringing the Israelites through the wilderness, He told them to be careful to not make any treaty with the people of the new lands. The reason for this warning was to keep the enemy from becoming a snare to the people.

God does not want His people to compromise with the enemy. The enemy is in the wrong each and every time. Satan is out to kill and destroy each and every person he can, with no mercy, and in any manner possible. The world does not want the believer to win any battle.

Sadly, compromise and treaties with the world is commonly seen in the church. People choose to not stand firmly with God and lower their standards. The give into the pressure of this world. Beginning to believe in the standards of the world, causes a treaty with the world to be made, which, in turn, causes the believer to turn away from God’s standards of living. The treaty has become a snare to them, causing damage or even death to a believer. This death is not just physical, but a turning from God.

Many believers openly live in sin because of their treaty with this world.

As a believer, you are to take a solid stand upon God’s word, with no compromise with the world. The world is out to deceive and kill, it is about self. Jesus is there to bring you life. Do not give up what God has given you. Do not allow the world to take it from you by deception.

A treaty with the world is enmity with God. Whose standards are you holding on to?

I pray today that you will hold onto God’s standards; that God will reveal where there is a treaty with the world in your life; that God will strengthen you to break any treaty with the world; and that God will keep you from being caught in the snare of this world’s deception.