As we enter the new year 2013  we should be seeking the wisdom of God and knowledge of His ways in every decision we make.    Positive thinking alone will not give us the ability to overcome the gross darkness that is covering the earth.   Jesus told His disciples in Luke (21:34-37) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time you  be overcharged with surfeiting (gluttony), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”

“For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

A snare is a “stratagem” or “trap” that has been laid that if one is not aware of he could easily fall into.  In Proverbs we are told that if a bird sees a trap he will not fall into it.  That is why the Lord told us to “watch and pray”.  We must be able to discern the times, and this requires faithfulness in every area of our lives (Bible reading, prayer, fasting, church attendance, etc.)

We know that there is safety in a “multitude of counselors” but I believe we should be very careful who those counselors are.  Everyone has experienced the confusion that arises by seeking advice from people who may not have your best interest at heart or have not given themselves to prayer for your particular need.

I read an interesting thought in a book entitled Conquest through Prayer by Denzil Holman.  On page 208 and 209 Bro. Holman gives us some good wisdom concerning “advice” from others.

“Life at times takes us through treacherous terrain.  Enemies of our souls lurk in the shadows, awating the unwary and reckless person.  Heavy foliage with no distinguishing landmarks poses great threats to our safety.  But then the gentle hand of Jesus grips ours, and He says, “I will lead you safely.”  Therefore, as Sister Shoemake sings, “I’ll keep holding on to Jesus.”

“If a person is confused and needs spiritual counsel, he should go to his pastor for advice in addition to maintaining his personal Bible study and prayer.  If  he solicits advice from various people who have no spiritual authority he could easily become confused.  It is like the story my father told me many years ago.  A man was building a homemade sled.  A well-meaning person came by when it was nearly built and said,  “I wouldn’t do it that way.  Here is what I would do.”  The man tore it apart and started over.  Another person came by, and the scene was repeated.  After several futile attempts to build the sled, he pushed the sled over the hill and started over.  When the next person came by with advice, he answered, “This is my sled.  The community sled is over the hill.”  The moral of the story is that is is impossible to listen to everybody.  It is best to follow the Lord and the spiritual leaders He has placed over us.

We can go to our knees with confidence and ask the Lord to lead the way.  He is the first and the last.  He is from everlasting.  He will give us a safe course to follow.” (p.209)

As we prayerfully enter the year 2013 we should seek the Lord to enable us to see the path clearly so we may walk in the steps that He has ordered.  There is a veil covering the nations and those of us who are filled with the Holy Ghost should never allow that veil to cover our minds.

“And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people and the veil that is spread over all nations.”      Isaiah 25:7

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