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HOW TO AVOID SATAN'S SNARES

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Avoiding Satan’s Snares
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” ().
1 Peter 5:8 KJV 1900
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Avoiding Satan’s Snares

Don’t Stray

Don’t Stray

“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word” ().
Psalm 119:67 KJV 1900
Before I was afflicted I went astray: But now have I kept thy word.
PS. 119
A. Christians sometimes neglect their prayer life, and they fail to study God’s Word as they should. When they do this, they begin to stray.
B. Some lack the courage to say no to non-Christian friends. They yield to the old life and become victims of Satan’s snares.
C. We must guard our devotional life diligently, drawing near to God daily. We must take our stand boldly for God, staying away from Satan’s territory (, ).
James 4:7–8 KJV 1900
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

DON’T STRUT

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” ().
Proverbs 16:18 KJV 1900
Pride goeth before destruction, And an haughty spirit before a fall.
A. Some Christians lack humility. They desire the praise and honor of people, rather than the approval of God (, ).
John 12:42–43 KJV 1900
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
B. Jesus, our example, was humble. He declared that He could do nothing by Himself, but He depended on the Father. He pleased His Father. (, ).
John 8:28–29 KJV 1900
Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
C. We must be humble too. We avoid Satan’s snares by doing those things that are pleasing to God and by giving Him first place in our lives ().
James 4:10 KJV 1900
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Don’t Stoop

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” ().
Romans 12:21 KJV 1900
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
A. The morals of our world are at an all-time low. Violence, illicit sex, alcohol and drug abuse, dishonesty and corruption in government bear this out.
B. Millions have relaxed their moral standards because they are spiritually slack. Christ will lift and restore those who repent and forsake their sins.
C. Christians must not condone evil, “but overcome evil with good.” Assisting the less fortunate and sharing Christ with the lost will help us avoid Satan’s snares.

Don’t Stop

“But he that endureth to the end shall be saved” ().
Matthew 10:22 KJV 1900
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
A. Some have made a good start but have come to a bad stop in the Christian life. Satan attracts, distracts, and attacks through his subtility.
B. No problem is too difficult, no trial is too severe, no burden is too heavy for the Christian, because God’s help and grace are sufficient.
C. God is more than a match for Satan, and we are more than conquerors through Him ().
Romans 8:37–39 KJV 1900
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Spray, R. E. (1978). Easy-to-Use Sermon Outlines (pp. 12–13). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
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