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You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

You will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly affliction; (Ps. 91:1-3)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Ever since the Garden of Eden when Adam, by believing a lie, relinquished his dominion of the earth to Satan, the great deceiver has continued to use deception as his main tool in keeping humanity under the bondage of sin. One of the many ways in which he and his minions gain control over our affairs and relationships is by keeping us in continuous contention and strife with one another.  He does this is by taking advantage of the failings of our fallible human nature and using these failings to go at one another in rage and bitterness to the point where we become the captives of sin, and thereby, his slaves.

Satan also deceives us into falsely judging others based on misunderstandings that commonly occur in human relationships. In this way he prevents us from coming to fruition in Christ by manifesting the Light of His Love. Instead, when we judge others, through the devil’s deceptive tactics, we sin and become his instruments of darkness in this world.

Snare of the Fowler

Snare of the Fowler

In various places in scripture this strategy of Satan and his minions is depicted metaphorically as “the snare of the fowler”, that is, like a trap the hunter sets for birds in the forest searching for food.  He leaves a trail of crumbs that lead our fleshly nature to a hidden noose or cage that is sprung once we, like an unsuspecting bird, have entered.

Our problem in defending ourselves against this strategy of the powers of darkness in our lives is that we are also taken in by Satan’s deceptions when we take offense at a person who has been deceived and speaks judgment against us and we let our anger take over our responses. It is then we enter into “walking after the flesh” and open ourselves to sin.

We must always be aware that the forces of darkness count on our walking after the flesh because when we open ourselves for them to control us. That is why the apostle Paul warns us to…

“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph. 4:26)

and,

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom 8:3-8)

The spirits of darkness are waiting to take advantage of our fleshly responses (justified or not) because, as we enter into sin, it gives them the ability to influence and control us. Thus, when we are personally attacked (perceived or otherwise) and let ourselves enter into an uncontrolled anger we fall into the devil’s trap by placing full blame on the person contending with us without realizing that Satan’s demons are merely manipulating us to bring us into a vicious circle of anger, bitterness, anger and unforgiveness thus rendering us useless to represent Jesus and His Kingdom of Love to this fallen world.

In placing blame entirely on the other person we overlook the fact that spirits of darkness are manipulating us and by succumbing to our baser instincts (our flesh) we are drawn into the devil’s trap or “snare”. To avoid being deceived in such circumstances we need to remember the apostle Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Eph. 6:10-13)

Now, of course, all of us bear some responsibility for our actions and words, even when we have been deceived by the forces of darkness, but when we fall into this vicious circle of resentment and unforgiveness with another person or persons, we are caught like a bird in a demonic trap and have no seeming way of escape, since the very instincts of our fallen human nature work against us and we find ourselves seemingly helpless to escape. This is what the psalm refers to as the “Snare of the Fowler”.

Once entrapped, the only way to escape is to understand that there is only one who can deliver us from the “Snare of the Fowler” – The One who has promised to do so By His Word – our creator, the Father Almighty. Understanding this, we call on him in our helplessness so that through our very weakness His Power over darkness may be manifested (2 Cor. 12:9). But in doing so we must sincerely repent before the Father of our own part in falling into the trap and unconditionally forgive our co-victims, loosing them from any judgment and responsibility we might have assigned them. When we do this Satan’s legal hold over all of us is broken because the only power he has over us is the power we give him through our own sin which was brought about through the deception of the enemy, but which, nonetheless, is a violation of the Law of Love (‘thou shall love thy neighbor as thy self’ and ‘love one another as I have loved you’).

He paid for our sins and He is our healing

However, when we confess our sins and ask forgiveness, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive us and restore us to Himself (1 John 1:9), so that when we pray and take a stand against the evil one we stand with Jesus at our side to deliver us from the enemy of our souls. It is in this state then that we ask the Holy Spirit to come into the hearts of all involved and begin the healing process to heal the deep injuries that we afflicted on each other during the time of strife. We do this by covering all of the sins and pain generated by these untoward events and emotions with the precious blood of Jesus who in His atoning work bore on His body all of our brokenness and hurts. And, in His Name we break the power of the evil one over all of us who had been caught in the devil’s trap. We then command that all demonic powers leave under the command of Jesus and the power of His Blood! In conclusion, we also request that the Holy Spirit fill the hearts of all that were afflicted with the marvelous and consoling balm of His Love.

In doing this we are standing in faith on His promise that He will deliver us from the “Snare of the Fowler” for He says to us,

“Those who love me, I will deliver;

I will protect those who know my name.

When they call to me, I will answer them;

I will be with them in trouble,

I will rescue them and honor them.

With long life I will satisfy them,

and show them my salvation.”

(Ps.91:14-16)

This deliverance the Lord provides, frees us from the demonic activity that deceived us and caused us to be caught in this demonic trap. Once the deliverance is fully completed in each of the afflicted persons inner selves it is then up to us to reach out to the other party (or parties) with the Divine Love which has been poured out on us to affirm in our exterior relationships with that person(s) what has already been accomplished by the Spirit in each of our hearts.  This may involve a time of waiting and discernment waiting for the appropriate time to ask personal forgiveness and reconciliation with all the persons involved under the protection of the Holy Spirit.

Now, is this easy? Of course it isn’t. Dying to self is never easy, for that is what unconditionally forgiving someone who has hurt you or spoken ill of you entails. But if you trust on the Lord for His consolation, strength and faithfulness to His promises, you will find that He is indeed with you in trouble and you will be able to forgive and see His Salvation! Praised be His Holy name!

I pray my brethren that what I have shared with you will benefit you as you also stand against the enemy in your personal lives thus permitting you to grow closer and closer to our Deliverer and Savior, Jesus, Our Lord. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!

Your Brother in Christ … Bartimaeus

© B.R.Timeo and Bartimaeus’ Quiet Place, 2010, all rights reserved

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