The Snare of the fowler
FOWLER: trap-setter, hunter, one who catches birds of prey. The snare of the fowler,
The believer is a eagle, nothing should stop our flight and fight. Yet as online preachers we have surrounded ourselves with our adversaries, as we seek to go into the world’s territory there are many traps that are hidden to us online. Enticements lie all-around us, news too. We are constantly bombarded with news, fake and real. Every friend is now a reporter who gets their news from mr and mrs unknown, Preachers have become reporters NOW telling us what we already know, they have quit sharing the gospel, for that requires effort, study and time with God, its easier to catch the latest virus of fake news and fear and take on the peddling and meddling of their Fake and break narrative.
One pastor talked today of folks telling him they were “tired” “Everyone tells me the same story,” he says. “I’m tired” it used to be “I’m busy,” now they have less work and some no work yet folks are tired. Could it be that the constant bombardment of news has wearied everyone down? I watched two preachers today (sunday) preach online, they looked beaten down, I felt for them, but I see what’s happening, the cares of the world are coming on us and they are not ours to carry. It’s our job to worship, It’s God’s problems to sort out the world. The race issue cannot be solved by demonstration. Never has and never will.
I have listened to preachers this last week on facebook, most seem to be overcome with the Black and white issue. Believers in Jesus should never have a black/white vocabulary or black/white issues…. we don’t think that way. The true church has no colour issues because we who once were alienated from the kingdom of his son have been made nigh by his blood and has made us all one in him (Eph 2;13) and hence torn down the dividing wall between us (v14).. True believers stand for truth and that truth is we are one. So Christian let the world make their comments, our commentary is Christ. He alone solves the issue.
Now I’m not saying that preaching on these things is wrong, I just saying that a constant stream of the same thing is wrong when preachers just comment on the worlds situation and do not provide a godly solution ie in the form of instruction, counsel and wisdom. I have one friend who preaches against these things and he offers a solution in his sermons, he’s real with it and certainly not biased. That’s different. I’m talking about folks who have become TRAPPED, preachers who have become victims of the worlds behaviour and have so aborted preaching truth and life and now become gossipers and news commentators. The constant barrage we face on facebook from these believers yes so called believers is sickening,
For example I gently corrected a brother for constantly referring to the black white issue in favour of blacks, He went off at the tail end. He may have thought I was racist, I’m most certainly am not, just angry at how everyone jumps on the bandwagon when one man unfortunately and sadly dies because of police brutality when white men who suffer the same never ever get the same attention from these preachers. It’s wrong and evil. The only way we are ever going to conquer societies woe’s like this is to a love the brethren, all brethren and live as if there are no black and white issues between us. In Christ there are no black and white issues. if there is I doubt your conversion.
The fowler is out (trapper, bait-layer) He lays his trap all around us and the first thing he wants is your mind and your attention. then your voice and your earthly wisdom. if he can get your mind he has your pen, he has your platform he has your voice.
THE WAYS AND SNARES OF THE FOWLER
1. The spirit of the fowler snares a man first with his words.
“you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth (Prov 6;2). ENSNARED: to lure, entice, snare, lay a snare or lure, set a trap 1a) to lay snares (fig. of devices of wicked) 1a2) fowlers (participle) 1b) (Niphal) to be ensnared, be caught by a bait 1c) (Paul) to be entrapped (strong).
“When preachers become reporters and commentators of todays worlds events they become part of the fake media who offer no life or hope, rather they become victims of the very delusion they claim to preach against… Preacher, deliver yourself. clean up your act. We don’t need any more social commentators we need real Jesus preachers.#mymindmatters ” (my twitter quote)”
2.The spirit of the fowler Lures the believer into transgression
“An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,But the righteous will escape from trouble. (Prov 12;13 NASB). “By transgression an evil man is ensnared,But the righteous sings and rejoices.” (PROV 29;6 NASB). “Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.” (ECC 9;12 NASB).
3. The spirit of the Fowler wants your partnership.
The enemy of your soul is not happy till you demonstrate with him. You become active with worldly demonstrations. He desires that you should seek the arm of the flesh to solve cultural issues. He receives his enemies reward and draws favoUr from him. “Ensnared”…(Hithpael) to grasp each other… as one making an allegiance with the enemy. He promotes his haters agenda. And so receives his haters reward.” My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,” (Prov 6;1). DELIVER yourself. make no alliance with a fool lest you take on his ways.
4.The Spirit of the fowler hates correction
Spiritual death comes his way. “He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.” (Prov 5;23). He is overcome by his rage. he looses focus on that which God has called him to and so hates correction forma loyal friend.
5. The Fowler has an unclean spirit
It’s more than black v white its the work of an unclean spirit. it shows partiality to no one. It make a man mess with history in order that he can abort his destiny and so make him as much a prisoner as his ancestors. The blind fall into the trap “For evils without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, so that I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart has failed within me.” (Psalm 40;12).
6.The Spiritual fowler LOVES ENGAGEMENT
Don’t participate in the counsel of the ungodly. Separate yourself from the way of sinners. Sinners know not the ways other Lord neither do they have the peace of the Lord. Don’t be ENTANGLED. Don’t get caught up in their ways. Don’t become a victim of whats going on. Don’t make the words problems yours.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1;1) “The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.” (Psalm 119;110).
7 GO DELIVER THYSELF
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me. 5The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6In my distress I called upon the LORD and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry for His help reached His ears.… (Psalm18;5). “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.” (Psalm 91;3 NIV).
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence! Save us O God from the fowlers snare. Keep us pure and clean from worldly contamination and let our praises be always to thee.