Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.” – Proverbs 1:17-19


One of the key signs of spiritual maturity is the ability to look beyond the moment. As we get older, we must develop the capability to determine the trajectory that our current decisions, actions, and associations will put us on. While the Devil will, from time to time, offer immediate gratification through obvious temptations, he often accomplishes his greatest work gradually through a process that is meant to distract our thoughts, to dullen our senses, and to diminish our resolve. He wants us to make decisions without thinking about the consequences because he knows that, when we fail to understand the significance of our moment by moment choices, we then begin to gradually drift away from the center of God’s will for our life and, ultimately, we become an easier target for him. Our adversary doesn’t have to spend much time presenting us with opportunities to do wrong (our flesh does a good enough job at that already); he spends most of his time attempting to convince us that God is somehow blind towards, or oblivious to, our thoughts, our behaviors, and our actions. Simply put, he wants you to think that you can get by with whatever “it” is this time. The reality is that that one time isn’t just bad, but it can create a habit that can destroy your life and rob you of the wonderful blessings and the plan of God. So, don’t allow yourself to be easily distracted today. The Devil will take his traps and present them as a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of this life. But, don’t allow yourself to be deceived. Always remember that, in the end, “…your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

– written by Pastor Jay Overbay