If some thing or some word is mentioned often in God’s Word, it is wise to assume that it must be important. Such is the case with the word TRAP or SNARE. These words appear over 70 times in Scripture. By definition, the words mean almost the same thing: To catch or involve by trickery or wile; A position or situation from which it is difficult or impossible to escape. Our enemy Satan knows that we are usually too smart to fall for an open or obvious trap or snare. Who in their right mind would step on a steel bear trap, right? So, Satan must use trickery, deception, and lies to find our weak spot and get us caught in a trap. Then, as the definition suggests, it is difficult or impossible to escape!
To that end, Immanuel’s Men’s Ministry will be studying a series this fall called ‘A MAN AND HIS TRAPS’ (Wednesday evenings, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM). This is part of the 33 SERIES from AUTHENTIC MANHOOD and is based on what we need to learn about Jesus’ life in the 33 years he spent here on earth.
Our enemy knows that we as men, are vulnerable to being trapped and he knows exactly what “bait” to use in his traps. Unless we are constantly alert to those traps, we can be lured in and snared – often to the point of great peril and cost to us and those around us. What is interesting is that Satan knows EXACTLY what “bait” to use for each man. The bait that attracts me to a trap may not be the same as what attracts other men, so it is critical that we know and be on guard to our individual weaknesses. Satan knows what they are and will try his hardest to TRAP and SNARE us!
Here are some of the ‘TRAPS’ we will look at:
Idols – Anything from self to substances
Empty Promises – Personal Integrity
Battle Plan – Guarding and defending against traps
XXX – Pornography
Control – The quest for power in every situation
Significance & Comfort – “It’s all about me!”
God’s Word is very clear in it’s warning to us:
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (AMP)
There is an old saying that states “Nothing unites humans like a common enemy”! Unite with our men’s group this fall as we band together to get on the defensive against our ‘common enemy’!
Together In The Battle…