Summary: Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.
Hide And Seek
II Timothy 2: 1-26
(I Timothy 3:7). "Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil
Psalm 38:12 “Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long.”
Psalm 141:9 “Keep me out of the traps they have set for me, out of the snares of those who do evil. ‘’
Eph 6:12 says, "For we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.
We are fighting a battle. It is not with flesh and blood, not with people, but it is a war. We fight:
Eph 6:11 says "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
II Cor 2:11 says, "lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices."
Satan has placed traps out for the saints of God to get caught in. Pit falls to fall into.
1. Adam and Eve….Genesis…The tree of life
2 David… Bathsheba…..Lust and desire led to lying and deception
3. Samson…Deliah….Led to a breaking of his vows
4. Israel… Selfshness
5. Achan… Money wealth
God has told us in his word ways for us to dodge the devices the enemy uses to try and trap us let us look at three things that will help us to avoid Satan’s traps.
I. Don’t Stray (Coast, Drift or Float)
Hebrews 2:1 MESSAGE It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.
From the Word
“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept your Word.”
Psalm 119:67“Thy Word have I hide in my heart that I may not sin against God”
Peter 1:13 says, "gird up the loins of your mind." This means gather up the loose ends of your mind and get it in good shape. We must keep watch over our minds because for the most part that is where the battle is raging.
From His Will
Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will.
Some Christians lack the courage to say NO to their non-Christian friends.
Colossians 2:8 “Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.”
II. Don’t Stoop (Compromise or Duck)
2 Corinthians 6:17 So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good," says God. "Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself.
From Your Priorities
To your family
To your church
To your friends
To your career
Seek ye first the kingdom…and all these things will be added unto you.
We avoid Satan’s snares by doing those things that are pleasing to God and by giving him first place in our lives.
From Your Promises
From Your Principles
The morals of our world are at an all time low. Violence, illicit sex, alcohol, drug abuse, dishonesty, rioting and corruption in government; to name a few.