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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Splash Mountain: Wickedness is a Snare - Part II

By Randy Crane





If you have ever seen Song of the South (and if you haven’t, good luck!) or ridden Splash Mountain, you know how successful Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear are at capturing or killing Br’er Rabbit (or whatever it was they were trying to do). If you haven’t, the short version is: not at all. Let's find out how we can apply the lessons of Splash Mountain to our own lives in today's new article...

You can read Part I of my article on Splash Mountain here.








Every trap Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear sets for Br’er Rabbit eventually causes them to trap themselves instead. Every time they try to lure Br’er Rabbit or tempt him, he gets the best of them. Even when they think they finally have him, he tricks them into throwing him into the briar patch, not realizing that he’s perfectly at home there.








Br’er Rabbit is confident and secure. Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear stumble at every turn.
Scripture speaks of the believer’s safety when he seems surrounded by enemies:

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.”
(Psalm 27:1–3)








Like Br’er Rabbit, we too can be confident, only we have a much better reason for assurance than our own cleverness. The Lord is your light, your salvation, and your stronghold. When you face challenges and enemies, what more could you ask for?








At times our enemies seem to prosper and their attacks seem to succeed, but in time they will stumble and fall. No matter what comes against you, as long as you stand firm in God, you have no need to fear. “In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.” (Proverbs 22:5)








Takeaway: Have you faced an enemy (physical, emotional, or spiritual) only to see it stumble and fall?





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Randy Crane is a highly-regarded speaker and author, presenting engaging and thought-provoking messages on a variety of topics. He has a natural rapport and connection with audiences that makes them relate well to him, engage in his presentations, and come away with a fresh understanding of the subject at hand. Randy is also the host of the “Stories of the Magic” unofficial Disney podcast, where he interviews people from throughout the Disney company, from front-line Cast Members to Legends. Randy grew up in the church, but—like many others—wandered away from the faith for a time in high school. Now, he is an ordained minister, with both a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry (emphasis in Preaching) and a Master’s degree in Congregational Leadership from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. He has been preaching and teaching since 1998, and has been a drummer/percussionist on church worship teams since 1992. He married his wonderful wife Faye in November of 2000 and they are expecting their first child in April of 2015. Randy is the author of two books, Once Upon YOUR Time and Faith and the Magic Kingdom.

You can find all of Randy's articles here.





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