Don’t get tricked! Don’t get trapped! Don’t get tripped up!

As we get ready for today, let’s remember that in this world we will have troubles! Let’s also remember we will have trials of many kinds! Finally, let’s remember that we get to choose!

We get to choose how we will respond! We get to choose if we will step in or resist! We get to choose if we will believe or doubt! We get to choose if we will be bold and courageous or if we will worry and tremble!

Every day we are faced with choices! Every day we need to decide if we will walk in the joy of the Lord or if we will let the world manipulate our feelings!

If someone is out to trap you they are out to confine · cut off · corner · shut in · pen in · hem in · imprison · hold captive! If someone is trying to test you they want to try out · put to the test · put through its paces · experiment with · pilot · check · examine · assess · evaluate · appraise · investigate · analyze · scrutinize · study · probe · explore · trial · sample · screen · assay! If someone wants to tempt you they want to entice · persuade · convince · inveigle · induce · cajole · coax · woo · sweet-talk · allure · attract · appeal to · whet the appetite of · lure · seduce · beguile · tantalize · draw!

What is the intention? What are they really trying to do or see? What’s the heart behind it?

Traps, Tests and Temptations — Day 87: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 38:1-12, Luke 7:11-35, Numbers 23:27-30, Numbers 24, Numbers 25, Numbers 26:1-11

What would it take for you to cry out to God? What would it take for you to need God? What would it take for you to realize God is right here waiting for you? What would it take for you to open that door to your heart and invite Him in? Would it have to get really bad? Would you be willing to start while things are good? Choices…we have to face them every day! Know that God is for you and not against you! Know that He plan is to give you a hope and a future! Will you choose to receive it? Will you choose to let Jesus into your heart? Why not choose today and ask God for wisdom to be able to handle when tests, traps, and temptations come your way in the right way so that you won’t get tripped up or snagged but will walk thru it victorious and praising God! Do you know how to respond when they show up?

Psalm 38:1-12

1. Traps

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. 3Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. 4My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear. 5My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 6I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning. 7My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 9All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. 10My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes. 11My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away. 12Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie.  –from Psalm 38

Luke 7:11-35

2. Tests

Needs of others

When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”


But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.)

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

–from Luke 7:30, 33-35

Numbers 23:27-26:11

3. Temptations

The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign. –Numbers 26:10

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! –from 1 Corinthians 10


When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him –Numbers 24:2

17“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth. 18Edom will be conquered; Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong. 19A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city.” –from Numbers 24

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.–from Matthew 2:1–10

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” –Revelation 22:16

The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said. –from Numbers 22:7

Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded. –from Numbers 24:11

Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness. –from Numbers 24:1


While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, –from Numbers 25:1

They treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the Peor incident involving their sister Kozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of that incident. –from Numbers 25:18

The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family. –from Numbers 25:14


So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them. –from Numbers 25:3
So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.” –from Numbers 25:5

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. –from Romans 1:25

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. –from 1 Corinthians 10:13































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