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An Evil Time

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-12I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 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.” ‘An evil time’. People are snared in an evil time that suddenly comes upon them. They say, if your strong, you will always win the battle. But this is not always true. The fastest don’t always win the race. The strongest don’t always win the battle. Even though you may be strong, in the word, filled with the spirit, the time will come when the enemy will set up a snare in your life. How can people who love the Lord, filled with the spirit, end up being caught in a trap or snare that devastates them, their family, or their church.

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” We will all face an evil time of testing and temptation. Job 1:8And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” God was the one bragging. Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” Romans 11:9And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them:” There are situations where the enemy will attempt to set up a snare or trap and other times God allows a time of testing.

There are 2 Greek words for snare. The first means to be snared by what we see, to walk right into a trap with your eyes open. The second Greek word means to be trapped by what you can’t see, it is to walk into a trap you can’t see. It is a trap that catches one unexpectedly, suddenly, unawares and holds fast. It is used in relation to trapping animals in a snare. In scripture it can be whatever brings peril, loss and destruction of a sudden & unexpected peril as from the allurement and seduction of sin by which the devil holds one bound. It is also translated as stratagem (temptation). Example are Luke 21:35 & Romans 11:9 & 1Timothy 3:7.

So in one case you walk right into that which you know your walking into with your eyes open, as Adam did when he ate the forbidden fruit and the other is to walk into something but not seeing what your going into. In 2Samuel 11&12 David looked upon Bathsheba and walked into that lustful desire, knowing what he was doing and that it was wrong.

Psalm 91:1-2He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Here are four names for God. ‘Most High’, ‘Almighty’, ‘Lord’ and ‘God’. In Hebrew it is El, El Elyon, El Shaddai, Yahweh. Psalm 91:11,13For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways… Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” Here we see the lion, adder and dragon; three names that refer to Satan. A dragon is something imaginary that doesn’t exist. This alludes to attacks that are in your imagination, for which there is no basis or fact, as a baseless fear. An adder is one that is hidden and you don’t see until you are attacked. The Lion you can hear when you don’t even see it. In 1Peter 5, Genesis 3:1-14, and Revelation 12:3-17 Satan is alluded as the lion and dragon and the serpent.

The trap and snare the enemy puts you into could have been something that was being planned and set up over months or years in advance. No attack of the enemy comes without your having some kind of warning. It may come by someone warning you, it may come through your spirit, it may come through reading the word and you are quickened to it. It may come by one of the vocal gifts of the spirit. As Paul was warned in advance in Acts 21 before he went to Jerusalem that when he went there, he would be imprisoned and it happened. He walked into that trap with his eyes open, but it was not a trap of temptation to sin, but a trap of tribulation.

The worst kind of trap is the one that you don’t know and don’t see coming that blind-sides or takes you without warning. There are people who love God and serve him that end up in a sin, as that of adultery. They know before it happens that they are carrying on a friendship that is going too far, where they are putting themselves in the position to fall and they know that either they are having problems in their own marriage, or they may be single but weak in this area and they continue on anyway.  There is a difference between one falling into a temptation and one who continually gives themselves over to temptation and lives in sin.

If a person is overcome by the power of the enemy and falls into a situation, then repents of it and forsakes it, God will forgive them and they can go on with God and be blessed and prosper. But if a person lives a consistent lifestyle week after week, continually they will open themselves up to a snare and to a spirit that will come against them. Those who fall into a sin and immediately are sorry and repent of it and get up, they can go on with God. (Proverbs 24:16 - a just or righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:) But others enter into a lifestyle, which leads to addiction or a pit in which they can’t recover themselves. There are many examples, as those caught in the trap of drugs, alcohol, pornography, occultism and any lust to which a demon an attach itself.

The 6 ‘D’s of the evil day. A snare is set against you in the evil day. In Ephesians 6:13, the ‘Evil day’ is the word poneros, the root word from which we get pornography. It is a day that is morally evil and wicked. It is an evil day the enemy sets for you. David was anointed of God, a man after God’s own heart, but in his lifetime he faced these 6 ‘D’s. Distraction, Disorientation, Division, Doubt, Depression, and the deep pit of Dispair.

David is serving God, killing Lions and bears, kills Goliath, winning battles, then all of a sudden his father in law gets jealous of him and he has to start watching his back. Now David is experiencing Distraction.  Then he goes from Distraction to Disorientation. He goes from fighting outward giants and enemies, of Lions, bears and Philistines to fighting inward enemies within his own family. Saul is throwing spears at him and he doesn’t know whom to trust. Then he goes into Division as King Saul tries to bring a division between David and Jonathan his son and Michael who was David’s wife. Saul is working behind the scenes to bring Division and split up the family. Then from Division, David goes into Doubt. 1Samuel 27:1 He decides if he is going to be killed by his own family he might as well go live among the enemies of God in Ziglag. He is doubting his anointing and calling and that he is God’s man. Then he goes from Doubt to severe Depression. At this time David marched through the streets of Gath with the sword of Goliath. 1Samuel 21 & 22 tells us that Gath is where Goliath was from. They captured David and brought him to the King and they would have killed him but he faked insanity and they let him go. When people become depressed the will say and do things that are stupid and that they regret later on. Then finally he goes into the deep bit of Despair. He gets to Ziglag (1 Samuel 30:1-5) where the enemy had taken their wives and goods and he was there in the pit of despair that he turned back to God (1 Samuel 30:6). He encouraged himself in the Lord God. He began to think back to when he was a teenager and when he killed the lion and bear and the Philistines (1 Samuel 17:34-37), He remembered when Samuel poured the anointing oil upon him (1 Samuel 16:13) to be the future king of Israel. When he encouraged himself in the Lord, it began his recovery and deliverance.

The 6 “D”s of the evil day. Satan will try to Distract you with little things, then Disorient you and bring Division within, and cause you to Doubt God’s love and bring you to Depression and then Despair of your very life. David came out of that cycle and the bottom of the pit, when he encouraged himself in the Lord.

The New Testament tells us to watch and pray. Matthew 26:41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Keep your eyes open so you don’t fall into the trap or snare that you see the attacks of the enemy coming and then pray. You pray not only to communicate with God, but also to overcome these things. Revelation 12:11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” What is the Word of your Testimony. Not just your testimony, but the Word of your testimony. It is the amount of Word in your testimony. It is not talking about what God has done for you, but the amount of scripture, word of God behind your testimony that you speak. In Matthew 4:1-11 & Luke 4:2-13 Jesus overcome Satan by quoting the Word of God (). We have to speak the Word of God when we are going through an attack just like Jesus did. 1 Timothy 1:18This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;” Take the Written Word of God, the Word of God spoken to you, and that which God has revealed to you and speak it out of your mouth and that becomes the Word of your testimony.

If your facing fear, find verses that deal with fear. If you’re having doubts, find scriptures that deal with doubt. If you’re experiencing sickness, find verses on healing and quote them out of your mouth.

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