One way to trap a bird is to set out seeds on a path that leads right into the trap. At first they are wary. They will eat a seed and hop away. As they eat more seeds, their fear seems to leave as their appetite increases. They walk into the trap unsuspectingly.
That is how our enemy works. James 1:14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” We can embrace a great lesson from the life of Sampson.
In Judges 16:5 we find the words spoken by the Philistine fowlers (which speak of our flesh). “…Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him…”
What unmet desire is hidden in your heart that the enemy uses to entice you into his well planned out, camouflaged, and fleshly scented trap? Samson left God’s path and calling. in order to fulfill his fleshly desires. He unsuspectingly stepped right into the trap which cost him his life.
Purposeful goal oriented steps come from God’s word. Mere knowledge puffs up. It is through our growing knowledge of the Lord and His attributes that we wage war against the enemy of our soul.
1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” John 14:21 says that He will reveal Himself to those who love the Lord and keep His commandments.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…” Unless we read His word daily and apply it to our lives, we won’t discern rogue thoughts when they come into our mind.
Ephesians 5:15 compliments 1 Peter 1:13-14. It says, “See then then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Circumspectly means to walk carefully, exactly, strictly, or distinctly.
It reminds me of a book I read years ago about the point man. He was the first in a combat military formation. He had to walk circumspectly, looking for anything that was out of the ordinary. Twigs or leaves that were laid unnaturally marked landmines.
In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter used the words, “Be sober, be vigilant…” To be sober-minded means to be calm, vigilant, circumspect, and discreet. It means to be attentive, sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit, and mindful of every nuance.
In conversations look for changes in facial expressions and body language. Listen for sighs, changes in their voice, words of unbelief, and controlling lies in what they believe about themselves. It will help us know how to offer a word in season (Isaiah 50:4).
When we are deceived, we do not recognize that we are walking in deception. That is why accountability is so essential. It is like a strong safety net that will keep us from falling into the same trap. The traps are baited with the lies that we have believed.
If what you believe about yourself does not line up with Scripture, more than likely you have an inner stronghold. It takes goal oriented, purposeful steps to achieve true freedom. Make the path of truth your own by implanting verses that will become vital truth through experience.