Psalm 91:3 “Surely HE (God) shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler “
This verse looks like a caution but the Lord revealed to me that it is a WORD OF PROMISE. The verse talks about God’s promise to DELIVER YOU AND ME FROM THE “SNARES OF THE DEVIL”. You will never happen to read this article unless the Spirit of God has planned to deliver you from Satanic Snares and set you on the road to freedom and victory. So rejoice for the wonderful freedom and strength you will receive at the end of reading this article. As you read this article the Holy Spirit will help you discover the snares of the devil in your life but please remember that the intention of the Holy Spirit is not to condemn you but to convict you and immediately deliver you from the same.
A snare is something that a believer unknowingly and inadvertently falls into. The devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8) hence the bible asks us to be “vigilant “.
SNARE OF BUSYNESS
Very often I have awoken in the morning from sleep feeling spiritually sick and down only to discover that it had been a week since I spent meaningful time in prayer with my Saviour. But how come I did not sense it, Busy-ness. I was too busy doing the job God has graciously given me that I forgot the Giver. Official pressures kept me so busy. My drive to perform the best and get into my boss’s good books kept me very busy. My drive to perform more for a promotion and earn more salary and prestige kept me very busy. Competition kept me very busy and all these things have made me numb to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit whispering into my ears that I was missing out on prayer.
Sometimes we think that by praying we are doing God a favour or pleasing him. No! The Holy Spirit is driving us to pray, not because He gains anything by our prayer but that we may gain spiritual strength-not only to grow spiritually but also professionally. Please understand that for a believer, success in professional life too is hooked to his success in spiritual life. The devil makes you busy in your profession so that he can suck out your spiritual life which will in turn lead to your failure in professional life too. He uses your profession to destroy your profession. You may say, “Others will run ahead if I take time for prayer and slow down a little bit “. I agree, but that’s only for a short while. When you run with the Holy Spirit you may slack in the beginning but as you gain spiritual strength and apply spiritual wisdom and direction to do your professional work you will run steady and strong and will run beyond the point where others will wear out in frustration and bitterness. You will be running in full speed while others would wear out.
“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint”
SNARE OF PRAYER LESSNESS
Prayer is not an exercise of uttering simple words. Little do the believers realize how their words that proceed out of their mouth during prayer affect the unseen spiritual world. The words that run out of their mouth proceed into the spiritual world and attack the powers of darkness that are against us. If only a believer gets a glimpse of the spiritual reality their prayers are creating, their prayer times will see an unprecedented revival. Now do you understand why the devil labours to stop a believer from getting into his prayer room, Hell begins to shudder when a believer enters his prayer closet. He trembles, cries and shouts words of defeat to himself.Whenever I preach this message I would sense the terrible cry of the devil saying, Oh! Please don’t preach this truth to these people. I have spent years of deception to keep them out of prayer. Please don’t attack the foundations of my plans to destroy this believer.” I can hear him shout Oh! They are hearing what I never wanted them to hear “. The agony of His cry is the clue to the power of my preaching. The Bible says “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God” ( Romans 10:17 ) and no wonder the devil does not want people to HEAR . Why does the devil shudder at prayer? Because he knows the bible well. He knows that when a believer gets into his prayer closet Whatever he asks God, in the name of Jesus Christ, God will do it for him and two things will result-the name of the Father will be glorified through the believer-the believer’s joy will be full. (John 14:13 ,14 and John 16 :23 ,24) and both these things are devastating to the devil’s plans.
Dear believer go head and revive your prayer life and receive all that you desire and led a successful life which will make you an attraction to others .They will glorify your God and your joy will also be full.
SNARE OF FAITHLESS NESS
A BELIEVER CAN NEVER RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM God until He believes and a believer can receive everything from God when he believes. This is the biblical principle .The devil is not much worried about a believer who just reads the bible like a religious routine or a religious discipline. This will just get the bible into his head – which is also important – but all the reading that’s stored in the mind can’t become a reality unless they are believed. The devil will stop you from reading the bible but if you manage to beat him there he is still not defeated. He will stop you from believing them. The devil relaxes as long as you only read the Bible but the moment you begin to believe them, your faith sends vibrations into hell and the devils roils with anger. Remember in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus Himself taught us this principle in Matthew 21:22which says “All things whatsoever you ASK in prayer BELIEVING you will receive”. Note ALL THINGS is hooked to ASKING and asking is hooked to BELIEVING. What a powerful principle the Lord Jesus Christ taught us when He said “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 ). What more reason do you want to prove that the devil will do everything possible to stop you from believing and from this you need to realize the world of wonders BELIEVING will open into your life.
SNARE OF WORD LESSNESS
Hosea 4:6 says “My people perish for lack of knowledge ” in other words “people are perishing due to ignorance”. A believer’s life begins to perish if he is ignorant. Ignorant of the Word of God. The Word of God contains all the promises that a believer needs to make his life peaceful, successful, Prosperous and joyful and why will not the enemy stop him from discovering his gold mine. Too often our prayers are filled with our own words that come out of our own perception of our problems. No wonder our prayers are filled with lamentations and tears. The devil can drag us away in prayer by making us dwell in our own words of unbelief and agony and keep us away from using the Words of God in prayer. God’s word are like missiles and only they can go forth and destroy the works of the devil and not our words. At the same time only God’s word can operate in a believer’s life and fulfill God’s purposes in his life, as God Himself says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” ( Isaiah 55:11)
Believer! Your future is in His Word but His Word is in your hands. “If you abide in Him and His Words abide in youyou will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you” ( John 15:07 )
SNARE OF FELLOWSHIP LESSNESS
Jesus Said “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask it will be done for them by My father in heaven because where two or three are gathered together in my name I am there in the midst of them” ( Matthew 18: 19- 20)
If you know that the devil fears something (you can know this by observing what area of your life he continuously attacks) boldly go ahead and have it because there lies your victory. Is your marriage being delayed by mysterious reasons ? Then your marriage is going to be the area which the Lord will use to glorify His name through you. Is it your profession ? Then that’s where the Lord is going to be glorified. The same is that with fellowship. I used to wonder why it is so difficult for two like minded believers to come together for prayer. Fellowships are suffering without attendance. Why ? Because the devil knows what will happen if only believers come together. The devil will see to it that two believers don’t come together and even if they manage to get together he will see to it that they don’t stay together for long. But don’t worry the Lord has promised to deliver us from all this.
Whenever you feel spiritually tired to pray for a point don’t procrastinate the prayer or give up on it, but immediately apply the biblical principle – go find another believer with whom you can trust your prayer point ( Watch out for gossipers and backbiters) and pray with them and you will see miracles happening.
Rejoice my friend for the Lord will surely deliver you out of all these snares no matter how deeply you have fallen.“He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4) and therefore you are bound to win. Success, peace, health and prosperity are our spiritual destiny and we will have it all.
(This message was delivered by Bro. Samson Sugunakumar in the CCF Inaugural Meeting on Feb 18th 2006 . Bro. Samson is the Chairman, Founder of Word and Power International Ministries, Chennai and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)