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Trapped

  • Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers! Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely. Psalms 141:9–10 ESV

    A simple but very effective trap that has been used through the ages is the pit trap. Hunters dig a deep pit and place sharpened sticks in the bottom of it. They cover it with foliage and place something tantalizing in the center to lure the prey to it. When the prey goes after the bait, they fall into the pit and are caught. You could say they hit rock bottom.

    While we are busy trying to live a Christian life, the enemy is busy digging pits for us. he tries to place tantalizing treats before us and when we fall for it, he will expose us and then draw as much attention to our failure as possible. Fallen Christians being laughed at by the world are the devil's delight. Broken homes, broken people, and various addictions all started here. Then when people fall, they often become trapped in an endless loop and just cannot seem to get out of it.

    Maintain a healthy balance in your life. When you start feeling those little warnings from the Holy Spirit, back away. Will the Lord let you fall into a trap? Apparently, because we get there by following our own lusts and desires, not His. David prayed for the Lord to keep him from the traps of His enemies (Ps 141:9). Jesus told us in the model prayer, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). Be watchful of the tantalizing treats in your path today, and if you have already fallen, know that the Lord can still lead you out of it. It is not over yet.


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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea AWESOME!!!! I have passsed this on to those on my devotional list as I have done now for many years. I know there are many that are blessed by your devotion to our Lord and HIS ways. Thank you
March 2, 2015
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Shara Abel
Shara Abel Thank you!
March 2, 2015
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Denise Holmes
Denise Holmes Awesome thanks for sharing.
March 2, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander I Love this message Thank you Pastor Todd. This is why we need to Stay Prayed up & keep God's Word in our Hearts and minds. Have a Magnificent Monday
March 2, 2015
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Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson Thank you. Thank you Jesus
March 2, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Satan is always looking for ways to ensare us and trap us! But God is with us and sends the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us. We must stay strong and vigilant and not let this happen. We are human and fall and make many mistakes, but God our Father is a loving, compassionate and all forgiving God, always there to light the way and bring us back to him! Amen!!
March 2, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield OH YES!! This applies to people as well as material things; I had a 35-year "crush" on a guy I met in high school. Sadly, he never knew I existed and never spoke one measly word to me in my entire life! But I was attracted to his long hair and quiet demeanor.Well, fast-forward to 2014. I found him on Facebook, so I sent a "Friends" request. Not that I expected to suddenly begin a relationship with him; I was just curious, and my kids were friendly with his kids. Anyhow, I found out he is NOT a believer--in fact, he once worshipped Satan! Isn't that incredible? Thanks so much for this devotions; I really needed these words this morning! blessings, Kathy
March 2, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield BTW, he never responded to my "friends request"--LOL!
March 2, 2015
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Jeremy Lytle
Jeremy Lytle The evil snare. Indeed it is out there tantalizing. Be aware. Walk with faith. Believe in the Holy Spirit that resides in us all, AND, reach for the light of hope ... the cross of love. J LYTLE - THE LOVE ARTIST
March 2, 2015
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Rachel Bueno
Rachel Bueno Thank you for this reminder. Thank you for sharing the word of God with us.
March 2, 2015
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Landon Snider
Landon Snider Hit a nerve this morning. Thank you so much Pastor Dion.
March 2, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady As Christians we will be tempted . We will be trapped and stumble and fall into sin. We will be forgiven if we repent, for there is no condemnation in Jesus. We are all sinners. I will never stop sinning, it is not humanly possible. I will never stop asking forgiveness and God will never cease to forgive!!
March 2, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo To avoid this, one must look at the over all picture, do not think of that moment but the what it holds in the future. Always ask oneself, What, why and Who? if your replies are not convincing then you should not fall into the trap. Remember temptation is not a since until you fall into the trap..
March 2, 2015
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Linda Porter
Linda Porter Yes, this happens periodically in life.....those traps are set and just when things are going "swimmingly", we get snared into a pit. I'm sure we've all experienced it. It's very unpleasant. We must keep praying not to fall into temptation. We have to rebuke evil. Ask for the Lord's help with it when the pressure is on. It's ok.
March 2, 2015
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Sara Jane Turner
Sara Jane Turner Timely, as usual, praise God!
March 2, 2015
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Alton Ontong
Alton Ontong Amen. Thank you for this post. I really needed to hear this today. The devil is prowling like a hungry lion seeking who he can devour, but We have The Lion of Judah on our side to fight for us, protect us and help us in our struggles! All glory be to HIM!
March 2, 2015
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Karen Braxton
Karen Braxton I truely understand now what has happened to me, but I am praying that GOD brings me out stronger than I was when it started. I need you guys to pray for me because it is really hard to walk away when you love that person and you know that he is very sick.
March 2, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey Oh yes....I know all about this :-( Thank God He was able to pull me out. I'm ashamed to say that lust is a nasty pit for me. I have an addictive personality. Let's just say that Facebook is a pit for me! Jesus is cunning, baffling and powerful too ;-) He wooed my heart and pulled me off those spikes.
March 2, 2015
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Rod Fortner
Rod Fortner I just read where Facebook is a pit for that person. The devil will use anything and everything he can to distract us from reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God. The more distractions, the farther away we will drift from God. I'm speaking to myself also. Thanks to this site, I hope we can inspire and encourage one another on to good works which the Lord has created for each of us to do. I've been asking myself lately, if I don't have time to study or pray, then what am I doing with all of the time he's given me each day?? With God's help, I'm committed to Him and will change. Praise God!
March 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd lol, Kathy, just as well he didn't  (A)!
March 2, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Rod, that's our vision here!
March 2, 2015
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle Yes, Praise GOD, for your words, for they apply to all of us ! 
March 2, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady I agree that with some people Facebook  can take them away from worshiping God. I myself have quite a few Christian churches, relatives,friends and organizations that post devotions, videos, links to sermons, christian music, etc. So I think you can see that Facebook can be used to access a lot of different ways to worship. 
March 2, 2015
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Sharon Buck
Sharon Buck Gotcha, Rod!  Same here.....I do spend good time with the Lord most days, but I also waste good time on the computer and in front of the TV.  I worry that I don't know His Word well enough, or hear from Him often enough, yet don't do the things that would cause both of those worries to dissipate!  Your musings are very encouraging, and I will join you in making more of  commitment to give Him more of the time He's entrusted me with!
March 2, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Satan is VERY real--I didn't believe it until I had a near-death experience in December.Shortly after, the devil set MANY traps--some were so amazing, they scared my friends! I had a complete psych eval and drug screen because no one believed me.SCARY! In fact, I won't be surprised if this message does not appear as a comment!
March 3, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Oh my, Kathy, we are blessed that you are still here to talk about it. May the Lord continue to protect you!
March 3, 2015
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Rod Fortner
Rod Fortner Satan IS very real and that's one of his greatest deceptions, to make people think that he isn't. God says he was once one of the 3 Cherubims who covered the throne of God and who had the name Lucifer which means bringer of light and truth. When he rebelled however his name was changed to Satan meaning Deceiver and the Father of Lies.
March 3, 2015
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Kenneth James Koen
Kenneth James Koen Amen and God bless you!
March 3, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield He already did--LOl
March 4, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you!
March 25, 2015