Satan’s Traps – (Collaboration with Bible Blogger Girl) from Teen, Meet God!

According to the Bible, the strongest Christians are the ones Satan is hunting for most, and he certainly sets a lot of traps.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. -(1 Peter 5:8, KJV)

There are two main traps I’m going to discuss in this post: false doctrine and pride.

False Doctrine

The devil designs these traps to have just enough truth in them to beguile you, as he did with Eve in the garden, taking God’s words and twisting them to fit his own purpose. That is one thing to look out for: if a doctrine or belief is not found in the Bible, or if the Bible contradicts it, don’t trust it.
Some things may look good on the outside, and seem to agree with the Bible’s teachings, but are really traps of Satan. He could work around the words of the Bible and make the false teaching almost believable, but somewhere in there he will throw in a lie and people fall away from God. Just what the devil wanted.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. -(Jeremiah 23:16, KJV)

Always make sure that what you believe can stand up to or coincides with the Bible. Sometimes that is hard, because the Bible doesn’t specifically refer to many issues we deal with in the modern world. But God gave us the Bible and it is perfect, so somewhere in it is the answer to your question; you may just have to be patient and search for it.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: -(2 Timothy 3:16, KJV)

Pride

Pride is a more personal deception that many people struggle with. Satan may start by giving you thoughts like, “God, thank you for not giving me that person’s problems.” That sounds mostly harmless, right? It could develop into something more like, “Wow, I’m doing well today.” “Look at all I’ve accomplished!” “I wonder if people are jealous of my success.” The thoughts he feeds you just keep spiraling on a downhill path, more and more consumed in self and what others think of you.

And the thoughts don’t even necessarily have to be positive things about you. They can be negative, which still dwell on self and self-image, and therefore are a form of vanity.

They fear of man bringeth a snare: But whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. -(Proverbs 29:25, KJV)

So how do you avoid this self-consumed poison from the devil? To start, try to focus your thoughts on others. This doesn’t mean to completely ignore yourself and your needs, but always stay humble and in check. And when you do focus more on other people, it fills you up more than any prideful thoughts ever would.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. -(James 4:10, KJV)

 

 

 

 

 

Picture References

Author Unknown. “1 Peter 5:8“, kingjamesbibleonline.org, https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1-Peter-5-8/ , Accessed 26 Mar 2018.

Author Unknown. “James 4:10”, verseoftheday.com, 26 Jan 2014, https://www.verseoftheday.com/en/01262014/ , Accessed 27 Mar 2018.

Author Unknown. “Jeremiah 23:16“, biblepic.com, http://biblepic.com/jeremiah/23-16.htm#.WrpeyYjwYdU , Accessed 26 Mar 2018.

Author Unknown. “Proverbs 29:25“, dailyverses.net, 9 Aug 2016, https://dailyverses.net/2016/8/9 , Accessed 26 Mar 2018.


Thanks for reading! I enjoyed doing this collaboration with God’s Warrior. Feel free to check out his post {Discerning Satan’s Tactics} on this subject from my blog, Teen Meet God {Teen, Meet God}. God bless y’all, BBG.

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7 thoughts on “Satan’s Traps – (Collaboration with Bible Blogger Girl) from Teen, Meet God!

  1. Excellent post, Shae! You certainly have identified two of the enemy’s primary points of attack…the Scripture and then our identity in Christ (by encouraging pride). You have expressed such wisdom here. Good things to remember, always! ❤

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    • Thanks so much Lynn for the comment. I enjoyed doing this collaboration with Shae.

      When I read her blog post, it was really interesting how she touched on two of Satan’s main forms of offense against us as Christians.

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  2. Pride. What I have come to realize in my 11 year walk with Christ, is that PRIDE is at the root of nearly ALL my sinful desires and actions. I have struggled with many things, but pride is when I tell myself… “I can handle it” or “I can quit whenever I want” or “I know what I’m doing” or “I deserve to live a little”…

    I….I….I……I…..I………RIGHT smack in the middle of PR I DE is I I I I I

    The truth is,
    I can’t handle it, but Jesus can.
    I can’t quit whenever I want, but Jesus can set me free
    I don’t know what I’m doing, but Jesus knows what he’s doing
    I don’t deserve anything except DEATH for all of my sin.

    No matter WHAT sin I find myself lost in, I can nearly always find pride lurking in the shadows… and so as I warn any Christian that will listen… PLEASE learn to humble yourself before the Lord and recognize that we can do NOTHING outside of his Grace and Mercy. We are powerless babes stumbling around in a very dark and dangerous world. But our God is with us always…

    When he is with us, who can stand against us?

    Thank you for the post

    Stay Strong & Stand Tall

    Keith

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