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3 Ways The Devil Snares People Unawares
"Satan the fowler who betrays
Unguarded souls a thousand ways."
- Charles Spurgeon
"Men often find their bane(curse) where they sought their bless, and catch their death where they thought to find a prize. Let us therefore never be secure, but always ready for changes, that though they may be sudden, they may be no surprise or terror to me."
"We cannot be safe if we be secure. It concerns us at all times, but especially at some times, to be very cautious."
"Our caution against sin, and our care of our own souls, must be constant."
"...lest when we are called to meet our Lord, that be found the furthest thing from our thoughts which ought always to be laid nearest our hearts, lest it come upon us as a snare..."
- all of the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
"...if we dwell near to God, He will see to it that the most skillful deceiver shall not entrap us."
- Charles Spurgeon
There are three ways that the devil snares people unawares. They can be found in Luke 21:34 which says - "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."
In this Scripture, we are admonished to watch or guard against "surfeiting," "drunkenness," and the "cares of this life." All three lumped together include the indulgence of the appetites of the body through excessive eating and drinking as well as the inordinate pursuit of the good things of this world. They entail the immoderate use of meat and drink as well as the obsession with the business or anxieties of this life.
The devil takes what is lawful - such as food, drink, and business - and turns them into excess - which in turn stupefies the senses...makes the mind dull, heavy, and unfit for spiritual exercises...quenches all spirituality...and renders dead and listless.
The Scripture says that the "heart" becomes "overcharged" - weighed down...overloaded...and burdened. It becomes unfitted or disabled to do what needs to be done to prepare for death or trying times.
People who are all caught up with the indulgence of the pleasures of the table and the pleasures of this world are "snared" "unawares" or suddenly when death or hard times come. They are not prepared for them because they are not expecting them to happen so suddenly. Of course not! How could they be - when they are so secure and satisfied with this present life and the good things which it furnishes. They are too busy indulging in its festivities and forget they are soon to die and come to judgment.
Luke 21:35 says that the day of death or the day of calamities springs on these people so suddenly like a "snare" springs shut on a captured bird. Because they are sitting careless and at ease, this day comes on them when they least expect it.
Ecclesiastes 9:12 describes the situation well by saying - "For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them." Because of "surfeiting," "drunkenness," and the "cares of this life," most men are delaying in doing the work of the Lord. They are unaware of the lateness of the hour and the impending danger that surrounds them. While sporting and feeding themselves...giving themselves up to the lusts and pleasures of this life...as well as indulging themselves in ease, they think nothing of the troubles which are before them.
In 1 Timothy 6:9, the Apostle Paul referred to the "snare" that many people get trapped in when they set their heart on riches - "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition." These are the people who live to get money. They are determined to get riches at any cost and in haste. They make it their object and aim in life. They are resolved right or wrong to get all they can, save all they can, and keep all they get. Resultantly, they become so entangled that they find they can't easily escape whenever they come to their senses.
Just how many people are snared today through excessive eating and drinking and the inordinate pursuit of the good things of this world? Are you?
Do you realize that Satan is behind your mad pursuit of the things of this world and the ease and carelessness by which you are living?
His greatest pleasure is to see you caught "unawares" when the day of your death comes - or even the day of calamity. He wants you to be "snared in the evil time" so that it falls "suddenly" upon you. He is using something like food and drink - the immoderate use of them - to lull you to sleep. He is using the desire for more money to make you dull and senseless in the spirit.
You are not preparing for eternity. You are having too much fun going after the things of this world.
Suppose you die today, then what good will all this excess do for you when you are standing before the Lord in judgment - unprepared?
Satan isn't stupid. He knows that you need to eat and drink. He knows that you need money and a job. He will take something that is lawful and "snare" you into using it unlawfully.
The Bible does instruct us to - "Prepare to meet your God"(Amos 4:12). Nowhere does it say to make this earth your portion.
Satan betrays a thousand ways. Three of those ways are outlined in this message.
You don't have to be "snared" "unawares."
You may be called to meet your Lord today.
Let that thought shake you from all complacency and cause you to stay alert to these three "snares" of the fowler.
May God Bless His Word.