There are two things that will hold us back from fulfilling the purposes of our life and they are snags and snares. A snag is something that is beyond our control but will be an obstacle to achieving our purpose in life. A snare is a trap that ensnares us and is something that will hold us back.
Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.
Wisdom will help you recognize the snares so that you can turn aside from them rather than fall into the snares of death.
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.
When a person fears the Lord then they will avoid the snares of death. They will stay away from the paths where the snares are hidden traps to ensnare the foolish who walk along the paths that lead to death.
Proverbs 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.
A perverse person is one who is perverted in their thinking and one expression of a perverted person is that they will use curse words. Guard your mouth and your will protect yourself. One of the first ways that children learn to rebel is in their language. When you have children never allow them to use curse words. Children are attracted to other children by the language they use, whether it is pure or perverted.
Proverbs 17:20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
The only way that your children will never use perverted language is if they never hear it. Do you ever use curse words or watch movies with curse words? You may think that this is not important but young men are attracted to a lady whose speech is gracious rather than perverted. A man and a woman who will make a good marriage will not use curse words.
Proverbs 22:11 He who loves purity of heart
And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
Fearing the Lord and not using curse words go together. The person who fears the Lord will be careful in their speech and even more than that, they will be careful what they listen to, knowing that the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Snags in life are situations that we have no control over but they hold us back. What do you do about snags? Well, to those who love the Lord, the snag is something that will allow them to see His power and His love for them. He can and will remove it if that is His will. He is greater than all and will not allow anything to happen that will prevent His will and plan from being accomplished in your life. He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
The Lord wants us to walk by faith and trust Him. He will accomplish His purposes in our life and when He removes the snags it will be His confirmation that this is something that He wants to accomplish.
Job 42:2 I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
Give thanks to the Lord for the snag for he wants you to trust Him. There is nothing impossible with Him.
Matthew 19:26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Man’s impossiblities are God’s opportunities. Trust Him and see His salvation. He delights in showing His glory.
John 11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
Jesus is saying the same thing to us today, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Is there something that is holding you back that is our of your control? Thank the Lord for it and be still and know that He is God. He will be exalted in your life, for He is God. He will accomplish the purposes for which He created you.
Psalm 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”