Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Verse for Today: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Psalms 25:15 - My eyes are continually toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.

The enemy uses various strategies to find fault with the child of God and try to discredit him. He is always spreading the net to capture the child of God through some misrepresented or misinterpreted behavior or attitude and picture it as fault. Fault finding is the perennial tactic of the enemy of our souls, which he tried in the case of Job, Peter, Paul, David and others. He will try to misrepresent or misinterpret our deeds of any kind. He will try to attribute wrong meanings to our motives and make efforts to create clouds around our testimony. He is an accuser and his net of accusation and criticism will always be around God's children. He is desperately waiting for an opportunity to find fault so that our testimony can be trampled with. This is a warning given to us by the Word of God so that we would depend on our Lord for protection from the snares of the devil. Psalmist David found a way to keep away from the trap of the enemy. He testifies that his eyes were continually on the Lord. If we thus look unto the Lord all the time, our eyes would not see the images the enemy will show us to distract our attention. We would then not see the clouds in the sky, but would only see rays of hope from the sun (Son) of righteousness. If our eyes and attention are focused totally on the Lord, He would give us the boldness to keep going. The enemy will try to trap us by using shrewd and cunning tactics. But as we look to the Lord and His Word, and cry unto the Lord for mercy, He will answer us from Heaven and pluck us out of the net of the enemy. Jesus is the only deliverer and He is able to do abundantly to rescue us from all the wiles of the enemy. His hands are mighty to save and deliver from the snares of the enemy. We need to fix our eyes on the Lord and keep looking unto Him. Our responsibility is to focus on Him and it is His privilege to come to us with help at the right time.

Hello friend, are you being battered severely by the enemy lately? Is he trying to trap you in the wake of your failures and inadequacies to lead a victorious life? Perhaps he is using fellow believers to criticise you and tarnish your image. Or perhaps the enemy is preparing his own agents to give false testimony against you. At such times, it is likely that we get discouraged because even close friends forsake us, as in the case of Job and Paul. In such times, some of us might want to quit. This is especially true when you try to do something for the Lord. The enemy will definitely try to dissuade you from going forward for the Lord by frustrating you some how. His strategies for this would include the use of fellow believers and close associates to make unfair criticism or spread unfounded stories about you, and even cook up clouds around your very motives. But at such times, we should not quit or get discouraged, but look unto the author and finisher of our faith who will lead us forward to accomplish what He wants us to attempt. The unfair criticism of the brothers or the injustice done by the family of Potiphar did not distract Joseph from doing what the Lord wanted Him to do. Perhaps there was no one, except our Lord, who had undergone so much criticism and opposition than Apostle Paul. But he didn't allow any of these opposition to distract him from going forward. When He found that the way forward was impossible, the Lord stood before him to encourage him to go forward with courage and conviction. The Lord rescued him from the nets spread around him by the enemy so much so that even the Roman prison could not stop him from serving the Lord. Quite often he had more trouble from fellow brethren because the enemy found them effective weapons to use against Paul. But the Lord delivered him from it all and used him mightily for His glory. The same Lord is with us and He will lead us forward. All we need to do is to look unto the One who was betrayed and crucified for us. He went through it all alone for us, and will give us the strength to go through it all and come out victorious. He will give us the grace of Calvary to deliver us from all the snares.

2 Timothy 4:17 - But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion's mouth.

Thought for Today
Total dependence on the Lord is the panacea for safety from the traps of the enemy.

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