Much of the emphasis in the modern Church world has to do with avoiding the snares of the world, and well it should be! If we love the world, or the things of the world, we simply cannot serve Jesus. It is abundantly clear throughout the Scriptures that the thinking and material pursuits of the world system will destroy our spiritual lives.
I've recently been thinking a lot about prayer. As is probably true for most of us, I desire to see a miraculous, supernatural move of God that surpasses "all that we could ask or think..." (Ephesians 3:20)
Both Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 reveal to us that, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." There are many things we consider on a daily basis which may seem good or right, or even spiritual, and may be the way things are normally done. However, unless our decisions and methods are directed by the Lord, they can get us into trouble!
Once upon a time there was a piece of iron, which was very strong and very hard. Many attempts had been made to break it, but all had failed.