The Devil and Defeat
The Devil’s Trap – Part 1
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:20-26
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 3:7
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
This month has been an effort to understand our enemy, the devil. He hates us, he schemes against us and he continually will rob and steal from us if we allow it. The Apostle Paul said that the devil was a tormentor to him (2 Corinthians 12:7). The evil one is not stronger than Christ in us, but he should be respected as a strong foe and we must be ready for battle!
In today’s scriptures we read that the devil sets “traps.” Let’s picture what that would mean, in the physical sense, if someone is setting a trap for another person. There would have to be a lot of strategy sessions. A good trap necessitates looking ahead, thinking about every possibility. The intention of the trap is to do damage of some sort. It might mean to discredit someone. It might be set to embarrass a person. The very nature of a trap is to do harm; there is never a good “trap” to fall into! This is exactly what the devil does to us.
The devil is not stupid; he is a good strategic planner. He looks ahead and plots to destroy us. He considers all the possibilities and turn of events, wanting to make sure that he gets us in his trap. In our key verse, Paul was warning Timothy about putting a new believer in a leadership position. The enemy will take that new believer and try to use his past to trap him—to discredit his influence. Tomorrow we will look at what we must do to avoid these traps!
Father, with you by my side, I am ready for battle with the devil. My faith is in the greater power in me rather than the evil power in the world. In Jesus’ Name, amen.