What has you entrapped? Psalm 124:7 says, “Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.” Fowlers are bird hunters. Who is hunting our soul?
Revelation 18 was written about Babylon’s fall. Verse 11 says that the merchants would weep and mourn over her. In the long list of her merchandise were chilling words—and souls of men.
Remember that satan, the fowler, used to control our minds. Ephesians 2:3 says, “Among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind…”
How does he capture our mind, will, and emotions? Through believing his lies. John 8:44 says that there is no truth in him. He has to work through deception—making things seem real when they are facades. Counterfeits!
Our defense is truth. The more truth we implant in our hearts, the more we are equipped to resist all temptations. James 1:21 says that it is the implanted word that saves our soul from being captured.
I’ve used these verses before so I will just give the references. Hosea 4:6, Isaiah 5:13, and Hosea 10:13. These three verses have one thing in common. They were ensnared because they did not pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
Years ago I read A. W. Tozer’s book: The Knowledge Of The Holy. In it he wrote that we know some of God’s attributes from Scripture, but there are many that we do not know.
Walking in the fear of the Lord is one key that unlocks our finite minds. It is an essential part of our progressive sanctification. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
When I need a good dose of perspective I turn to Isaiah 40. At the time that I am typing this, I am still reading through the book of Isaiah. I wrote these verses down in my journal.
Five times in Isaiah 45 the Lord says, “…there is no other…” Isaiah 40:25 says, “To whom then will you liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal? says the Holy One.” All throughout Scripture we learn the truth—there is no one like the Lord.
Only our flesh dares to usurp God’s place in our lives. So of course, it is our flesh that satan targets. He hates God and he hates us. He will do anything to destroy our faith and our relationship with the Lord through his traps. More on this tomorrow.