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Summary: What is a trap? What is the lure of the trap? People tend to have negative attitudes and allow fear to dominate our attitudes. God does not give us a spirit of fear. Negativity kills faith.

HOPELESSLY TRAPPED BY FEAR AND NEGATIVITY

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

THE TRAP OF FEAR AND NEGATIVITY IS OFTEN SET BY WHAT WE SEE AND LISTEN… IF WE LISTEN TO FEAR AND NEGATIVITY THE TRAP IS SET. IF WE LISTEN TO GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT AND GOD’S WORD FAITH WILL GROW.

Eve was isolated from Adam and God when she started listening to the negative lies of the enemy. EVE LISTENED and the trap of fear and negativity was set.

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

THE BIRTH OF FEAR WAS SELF-INFLICTED AND SELF FED… God walked with them daily. Why fear now?

Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

WE MUST LISTEN AND KNOW GOD’S WORD TO OVERCOME FEAR, WORRY, DEPRESSION AND NEGATIVITY.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You cannot overcome fear and negativity by human reasoning. You must overwhelm fear and negativity by FAITH AND TRUSTING THE WORD OF GOD.

ATTITUDES: mental state, a settle way of thinking or feeling about someone or something that will control your words and behavior.

PERSPECTIVE: the way you see or feel about something.

TRAP: a device to catch, retain, or hinder, no escape, something set up intending to harm or kill.

LURE: something that catches the eye, attacks, entice, and tempt, to seem to offer a reward, INDUCE TO PLEASURE.

NEGATIVITY: expression of criticism, to be downbeat, tendency to be disagreeable, to be skeptical, pessimistic, expect the worse, negativity tends to become habitual.

BAIT: something used to entice, play with your emotions.

OUR EMOTIONS, OUR FEELINGS AND OUR OPINIONS CAN BECOME SO DOMINATED BY NEGATIVITY AND FEAR THAT OUR VISION BECOMES SO DISTORTED THAT WE BELIEVE LIES. CAN IT BE POSSIBLE THAT WE WALK THROUGH DARK DANGEROUS VALLEYS AND NOT RECOGNIZE THE CONSEQUENCES OF FLIRTING WITH THE TRAPS OF FEAR AND NEGATIVITY. …

Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

The children of Israel were speaking so negative. Their emotions were up and down. The people lost their focus on God and God’s plans. Soon their focus was so distorted that they REMEMBERED HOW WONDERFUL EGYPT WAS? We ate fish our fill in Egypt. We are tired of this MANNA? Remember we had cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.

DID THEIR NEGATIVITY SEE THE SLAVERY? DID THEY FORGET KILLING ALL THE BOY BABIES? Did their negativity forget about all the bricks? Did they forget they had to not only build bricks but that they had to meet their quotas and gather the hay?

BEWARE THERE ARE MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL TRAPS SET AROUND US OF FEAR, WORRY, DISAPPOINTMENTS, DISCOURAGEMENT AND NEGATIVITY.

Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

We used to understand the greatest health hazard was TOBACCO. The last day battle is now OBESITY, NEGATIVITY and FEAR. We understand there has to be a lure to get the trap to work. I would love to teach people that there are many traps set in our daily lives.

There is a young man that starts using his computer. He is amazed at the information he can find. He sees this add about women. He innocently visits some dating sights. He finds some information that pleases his five senses. For a while he just reads. Then he and his wife seems to argue and fuss all the time. Everything he can see is negative. His wife gripes and finds fault with everything he does. An ego flame is ignited in his heart and a torch has exploded in his mind. The next thing you know he meets a lady and talks in the park. THE TRAP IS SET. What about the consequences?

YOU CAN NEVER OVERCOME FEAR AND NEGATIVITY… YOU MUST LEARN TO OVERWHELM THE NEGATIVE WITH POSITIVE FAITH AND ACTION.

A BOAT? A FISHING ROD? INVISIBLE LINE? SHARP HOOK? BAIT?

IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY THERE WERE THESE DANGEROUS CREATURES THAT LURED SAILORS TO THEIR ISLAND BY SINGING BEAUTIFUL SONGS. When the sailors heard the song they would sail their ship to the rocky coast and the beautiful women would then kill the sailors. SIRENS USED SEDUCTIVE AND DECEPTIVE methods.

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