AVOID PITFALL OF CAPTIVITY

Memorize: “Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Proverbs 7:23

Devotional Reading: Proverbs 7:7-23

A negative experience many people have had to contend with is captivity. Captivity can mean bondage, slavery, imprisonment, detention or a lack of freedom. Captivity also comes in various forms. It can occur as a consequence of being captured in a battle, like it happened to Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 1:1-7). In this particular case, King Nebuchadnezzar invaded the nation of Israel and carried away some of the people into captivity. From that moment, these captives became slaves in a foreign land. Similarly, some people enter into captivity by falling into a pit (trap) set by the enemy. For instance, in Judges 16:4-5, the lords of the Philistines used a beautiful woman as bait for Samson, he fell into the pit. Today, there are several “hunters” of destiny and life all around, setting all kinds of traps to get their prey. I pray you will never be one of their victims in Jesus name!

One common pit people fall into today is the pit of sin, especially adultery and fornication. The devil has several agents and means to use as bait, and he catches a lot of prey. He may use beautiful ladies like he did to Samson. Today’s Bible reading describes how a prostitute sets a trap and catches her victim. She could also use her seductive attire which reveals her curves and exposes sensitive parts of her body. She could also use her sweet flattering words, seductive make-up, perfumes or gait just to get her prey. When he finally yields, she leads him like an ox to the slaughter slab. Proverbs 7:23 says “Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.”

Anyone being lured or enticed into lust should realize that they are being lured into captivity. In some African countries, several female students have become easy prey for sugar daddies and evil horny lecturers because they erroneously think that they are getting something of value in return. How much can a man pay you to allow him destroy your destiny or inflict you with incurable disease? What score will a lecturer award you in exchange for your life? The victims of lust, immorality and adultery are usually trading their precious lives for pittance. Are you in captivity of adultery, thinking it benefits you because you are getting rapid promotion in your place of work? Don’t be deceived! You are truly paying with your life! Repent, come to Jesus, don’t be lured! Break that relationship if your partner is pressurizing you for sex as a basis for friendship outside marriage. It is not worth it! Ask God to deliver you from every pit of the devil.

I am praying that God will deliver all our children, teens and youths and defiled adults from sexual immorality in the mighty name of Jesus.They will not become a tool in the hand of the devil. I also pray that anyone who may currently be in captivity, will be set free today in Jesus name.

Prayer point: Father, help me not to fall into pit of captivity in Jesus name

Key Dose: Be exalted by not yielding to temptation

Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)

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