The Snare of the Devil

...that they may know the truth and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
— 2 Timothy 2:25-26

When a man wants to catch an animal he does not leave the trap out in the open, he hides it. In fact, the “art” of trapping is in the concealing and camouflaging of the trap. So it is with the “snare of the devil.” Satan is a liar and a deceiver and since Adam and Eve his strategy has remained the same – to lure and trap us into doing his will instead of the Lord’s will. He still whispers the same doubts and questions meant to undermine the Word of God, but his snare is also in the voice that says, “God doesn’t love you.” “You are not good enough to be a Christian.” He also attacks the one trying to walk after God by seeking to misdirect him. How many believers have been snared by the enemy and spent years going the wrong direction! It is also the devil’s snare when people concentrate so much on past failure to the point of depression. “Nobody cares,” “nobody understands me” is his snare too. But perhaps the most powerful and subtle snare of all is pride. The moment we think we have overcome it we have fallen back into it. We can actually be proud of our own humility! When we are full of pride we become over-sensitive, jealous and envious, often bearing a grudge because we do not feel appreciated. Too often churches have been split and people have left disgruntled because they have allowed him to manipulate their pride.

So, how do we avoid or get out of the snare of the devil? Paul tells Timothy that as these people hear the truth he trusts that they will “come to their senses.” The first step is to wake up and see that you are headed for or already in trouble. In the face of such powerful lies and deceptions knowledge of the truth is vital. “Christian truth rightly applied” is the believer’s armor. When tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus fought off each attack with, “It is written...” God’s Word rightly, aptly and specifically applied is the best protection you have against falling for the snare of the devil. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

- From Study #5157