The Snare Of The Fowler: Psalm 91 Series Part 3 of 7.

Psalm 91:3-4

“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”

Our God provides for His Church the most comprehensive protection on the planet, all in this one Psalm.  We are protected from every kind of danger from every direction, every source and at every hour, night or day.  This certainly helps us to “Fear not” in these increasingly troubled times.  That’s 24/7/365, 360° protection. That’s our God! 🙌🏻
Fowler’s Snare.
One of the things He from which delivers us He calls, “The snare of the fowler.” This is a bird trap, one of the the devil’s many (pathetic) devices.  You see, all he can do is try to deceive, disguise, distract, and misdirect in an effort to ensnare people by making sin look attractive, and he’s really good at it.  You and I, however, not only have the word of God, we have the leading of God Himself from within by the Person of the Holy Spirit! ♥️
Angel Of “Light.”
The devil will say things like, “Oh, it’s ok to look up your horoscope; it’s harmless,” for example.  Or he may whisper, “There’s no real harm in playing with a ouija board.  It’s only a game.”  Or…”Don’t be afraid to go see that horror movie.  It’s only make believe.” 😈  Stupid stuff like that, trying to make dangerous or sinful pursuits appear harmless and inviting.  He may even try to add some lying wonders to his enticements; anything in order to steal from, kill, and destroy those whom God loves most:  US.
The Bible says, ”…Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” (II Corinthians 11:14-15 NKJV)
He never comes up to anyone and announces, “Hey, I’m the devil!  Worship me.”  Nope.  He appears as an “angel of light.” 🤨  I seriously doubt that most people would follow him if he came up and tipped his hand.  That’s why he has to resort to all sorts of trickery, devious tactics, and distractions, disguising sinful pursuits and dangers so that they appear benign.  His other favorite pastime is to try and make God look stingy when He warns us to stay away from danger. 👿
Discernment And PROTECTION.
Our God gives us both discernment and protection from all the devil’s tricks.  He compares us to birds, saying we need not fear the deceiver and his “bird traps.”  We are shielded from anything and everything the ol’ father of lies throws at us.
But the “Fowler” isn’t going to successfully snare anyone who has put their trust in Jesus.  OUR GOD HIMSELF PROTECTS US! Like a mother eagle, He covers us with His feathers.  Under His wings we are completely safe.
Bear One Another’s Burdens.
Likewise, Church, we need to look out for each other because, generally speaking, we don’t exactly have the best track record in this area. Down through history we have often been guilty of shooting our wounded and ganging up on those who are caught the devil’s snare. 😓  The last thing they need is more judgment heaped on them.  
Listen people, they have already heaped a whole lot of judgment on themselves and are under a crushing load of guilt.  They are drowning in it!  We don’t need to add to it.  A drowning person doesn’t need a swimming lesson or a lecture on staying away from the water.  RIGHT NOW THEY NEED A SAVIOR!  
But what happens all too often?  They hear, “You fell into sin by your own fault. Tisk, tisk.  Shame, shame.  You should have known better.”  Then we write them off as one thing less to worry about. 🙁
Remember when you were caught in one of his traps?  It can happen to anyone…..and I mean ANYONE. It doesn’t matter what position you hold in the church, how long you’ve been a Christian, or how many degrees in theology you have. As soon as you think it can’t happen to you, it will.
Help Hurting People.
Let’s help hurting people, Church, not throw them under the bus.  This battle we are in is the fight to remain in faith.  It isn’t somewhere “Up there” in the heavenlies, nor is our fight against the devil; well, not directly anyway.  You and I are NO match for him. THAT IS JESUS’ JOB.  Let Him do it! You just mind your own business of fighting to remain in faith.
(For more on the topic of the devil’s mind games, you may follow the link below:
Jesus Showed The Way.
The best way to do that is by making use of the word of God.  Our enemy can only whisper lies.  We shout at his EMPTY words THE WORD OF GOD…..just like Jesus demonstrated in the wilderness when He was tested by him.
When Jesus, who is God incarnate mind you, faced the devil in the wilderness, He gave us the key to our fight.  As God, He could have said or done anything He wanted because, well, He is God!  But what did He do?  HE USED THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST HIM EVERY TIME.
The Perilous Pestilence.
“Surely He shall deliver you from the perilous pestilence.”
What are these “Pestilences?”  They are wide-spread diseases that affect multitudes of people. A few examples are S.A.R.S., Ebola, A.I.D.S., the corona virus, incurable diseases, biological weapons of mass destruction, and so on.  His truth–His Word–is our SHIELD AND BUCKLER.  We use it to defeat all the devil’s devices.  That includes every kind of sickness and  every evil occurrence.
(Roman soldier’s shield)
A shield covers our front like the kind Goliath employed.  It was big enough to hide behind, like the shields carried by the Roman soldiers in the picture above.  A buckler is a small round shield used for close combat, like the one pictured below.
Big or small, near or far, whatever the disease or danger, we have our Daddy’s word that He protects us from them or delivers us out of it if we’re already in trouble.  You and I are safe in the secret place of the Most High.
HALLELUJAH!!!  Our God is surrounding, protecting, and delivering His people from danger, 24/7/365, and from the Snare of the Fowler.
You may follow the link below to Part 4 where we will be talking about how to “Fear Not” in these dark days:

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