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"Freely you received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8)

 

 

 

Your way of thinking and what you believe, establishes your future.
Your seeds of thought today, are the harvest of your tomorrow.
 
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
(Proverbs 23:7)
 

This Month In

"THE ENCOURAGING WORD"

 

“It’s a Set-Up and A Snare of Temptation”

               

                   Grace, Peace, and Love of our Father God, His anointed Son, and His Holy Spirit, be unto each and every reader of these letters, and may it guide you to reach for the excellence of His glory and purpose in you, amen.  It is a joy to teaching and preaching the word of God to you all once again, Glory to God. I pray you have increased in wisdom. This month I will teach on the subject, “It’s a Set-up, and a snare,” but we had a hand in it and we have the responsibility to get out.  God has a purpose for each and every one of us, wherever we are, and whatever we find ourselves snared in. 

 

             Pointing to others is as old as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and as the old saying goes, when we point, we have one finger toward the problem, and three back at us, “the source or center of the issue.”  I know you are wondering what does pointing a finger have to do with being set-up or caught in a snare, I glad you ask. Every snare and every trap we get caught in, we had a part in it, in willingness or being naïve.  Every time we landed a mess, it is a situation or circumstance we had the choice to either walk away or buy in to it, the ultimate decision was ours and ours alone. We are or we were, the direct link, and It was an actions we had taken as a result of the thoughts we think.

 

In the scriptures, the parable of the Prodigal Son.

        
11 And He said, a certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that is coming to me. And he divided his living to them. 13 And not many days afterward, the younger son gathered all together and went away into a far country. And there he wasted his property, living dissolutely. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land. And he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

(Luke 15:11-14)

 

             It was a thought, his thinking that led him to that pig-pen. You may say to yourself this could not relate to me, I’m not rich to ask my father for my inheritance, I were born a minority, or poor, or on the wrong side of the tracks, this finger pointing too. If pointing to your past, or geographic location, or ethnic group was a good enough excuse, no one born a minority, or no poor, or no person from certain regions could ever achieve fame, fortune or success, but there are. You may even say, I was innocent of the judgment handed down on me, and yes this too is finger pointing.  Let me ask you a few questions. Where were you, what were you doing, and who were you associating with, when you got into the situation? Let’s say the day you landed in the mess you are in, if you were with your children, your spouse, your parents, would you be where you are now? 

 

             I say these things not to condemn anyone, but only to point out the conditions of our thoughts, choices, and actions. and also in the parable of the prodigal son, it was also his thinking that bought him back home.

 

16 And he was longing to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, and no one gave to him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father abound in loaves, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you 19 and am no more worthy to be called your son.

(Luke 15:16-18)

 

             We like Adam and Eve, sometime walk away from wisdom, our vision, our character, and our integrity, and walk down the dark ally of self-satisfaction, a highway to destruction. We listen to Satan’s arguments against God, and we bite and take the bait. The enemy of our lives is still playing the same trick today, this is the snare of temptation, but he could not temp us unless there was a desire in us that attracted us to it. To Adam and Eve it was a tree, to us it could have been, “I really want this, no one will see me,” (The lust of the eye), or “look at that girl, (or guy), isn’t she, (or he), fine, wish I could get that,” (The lust of the flesh), or “Who does he or she think they are, I’m a grown ass man or woman, I can do anything what I want to,” (The pride of life).       
             Satan can’t temp us, unless it appeals to us, and he tells us how good it is, how we will enjoy it, but lies he leaves off the consequences and the end result. But God!!!

 

8 But my eyes are on You, O Lord Jehovah; in You I take refuge, do not leave my soul naked. 9 Keep me from the traps which they have laid for me, and the snares of the workers of evil. 10Let the wicked fall into their own nets together, while I escape.

(Psalms 141:8-10)

 

But here is the real set-up, God says in his word,

           
But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through right­eous­ness to eter­nal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

(Romans 5:20–21)

 

And

 

In him [Jesus] we have redemp­tion through his blood, the for­give­ness of sins, in accor­dance with the riches of God’s gracethat he lav­ished on us with all wis­dom and under­stand­ing.”

(Eph­esians 1:7–8)

 

Brothers and Sisters, on this side of the grave, it’s not too late!!!

Don't let Satan trip you up,

 

1 My son, if you are surety for your friend, if you struck your palms with a stranger, 2 if you are snared with the words of your mouth, if you are taken with the words of your mouth. 3 My son, do this now, and deliver yourself when you have come into the hand of your friend; go, humble yourself and make your friend sure. 4 Do not give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids. 5 Deliver yourself as a gazelle from the hunter's hand, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

(Proverbs 6:1-5)    

 

But if you fallen into temptation, get up and get back in the race.

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:9)

 

Remember - Confess, believe, and receive

 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

(Philippians 3:13)

 

   

In The Kings Service,

Pastor J.L. Carr, (A formerly Incarcerated Person) 

 

"As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly."             Proverbs 26:11

 

 “PRISON IS NOT JUDGEMENT ON MY LIFE, BUT THE MERCY OF A LOVING GOD WHO

SAVED ME FROM MY OWN SELF DESTRUCTION”                                       (REV. JIM BAKER)

 

Remember “Your attitude,  (your vision, your thinking, and your actions},

will determine your altitude and your future, and your destiny."