July 24, 2017 at 8:18 a.m.
AVOIDING THE TRAPS OF LIFE
The Bible tells us, "Now it happened on one of those days, as Jesus taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him" (Luke 20:1). I love the fact that the Bible says Jesus was having "one of those days." Being a Christian in an increasingly hostile culture, we know about "one of those days." Satan set a trap, but Jesus avoided the trap, and in doing so, He gives us practical solutions for avoiding the traps of life.
First, you've got to recognize the trap. Immediately, Jesus recognized they were setting Him up. You don't have to be easy prey for Satan. If you feel you are being led into a trap, seek God's help. Consider praying the prayer of King David in Psalm 140:4-5 that says, "Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble. The proud have hidden a snare for me."
Second, give the Holy Spirit time to work. Jesus didn't plunge right in with a defense. He waited. As believers, the Lord has given us the most advanced weapon in the world – His Spirit. Instead of fighting spiritual battles alone, let the Spirit first convict and confound the enemy.
Third, move forward. Jesus didn't let their trap stop Him. He went on with His business. Sometimes we become so traumatized by just the mere sight of a trap that we become frozen spiritually. Don't let traps stop you because there is much more work that needs to be done in the name of Jesus. There is never a time to retreat or retire. Believers are people on a mission.
Spiritual battles of all shapes and sizes await God's people. Enduring faith, strength, and wisdom for trials are best developed before they are needed. Make up your mind that nothing will keep you from living the victorious Christian life.