Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 25th, 2018
Gotcha's Pits & Traps
Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.
Psalm 69:15 (NKJV)
The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously,

Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

Fear and the pit and the snare

Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
Isaiah 24:16-17 (NKJV)
One day, a fiery pit awaits Satan. Until then, he's digging deep pits for us. Or better said, his army of demons and humans do the dirty work for him.

Here's the thing: maybe unaware people walk carelessly and fall unwittingly into obvious traps we would avoid. Consider them Satan's appetizer. But we're the big entree he most desires.

He wants to chew us up and spit us out, leaving us too broken to do God's work. Still, he knows we won't trip so easily. So he covers his pits with disguises: dreamy and elaborate disguises.

Like business deals, lovely homes and personalized temptations we think are blessings--including some of our grandest churches. But just beneath the surface is a void.

How can we know a blessing from a trap? How can we know when to exit Stage Right, like when Joseph ran from Potiphar's wife, or when Moses ran from Pharaoh's Palace or when Christ's disciples left everything? Or when Paul labeled past triumphs as trash?

Jesus said, 'You will know them by their fruits' (Matthew 7:16, NASB). In other words:

1) If your blessing doesn't bless others more than yourself, it may be a pit.
2) If your blessing doesn't help disadvantaged people, it may be a pit.
3) If your blessing doesn't glorify God, it may be a pit.

## Gotcha's Pits & Traps (Part 7)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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