Entrap is to “catch as in a trap or to involve in any difficulties from which an escape is not easy or possible.”1
Sin Will Entrap Participants
We are encouraged to “lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and to run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”2
We are urged, “See to it that no one takes us captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”3
The Lord is very clear on what he dislikes, hates, finds repulsive:
- A proud look [the attitude that makes one overestimate oneself and discount others]
- A lying tongue
- Hands that shed innocent blood
- A heart that creates wicked plans
- Feet that run swiftly to evil
- A false witness who breathes out lies [even half-truths]
- One who spreads discord (rumors) among brothers.4
This list describes our culture. Does it describe you and me? If so, let us repent, ask forgiveness, and turn aside determining to no longer walk in this manner by the power of the Spirit of God.
Entrap or Escape?
We don’t want to be entrapped by the enemy’s lies. We want to walk in wisdom for “a fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are a snare to his soul.”5 And, “The iniquities done by a wicked man will trap him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.”6
“For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear].”
“But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.”7
And Jesus said, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin.”8
God provides a way of escape for every temptation that comes our way. He said if we “dwell in the shelter of the Most High, we will abide in the shadow of the Almighty, and He will be our refuge and our fortress, and will deliver us from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.”9
In other words, God Himself will cover, shelter and deliver us from the snares, traps and deadly diseases of the enemy.
Entrap to Freedom
How do we escape the enemy’s traps? We “submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from us.”10
And when we fail, we can “confess to one another therefore our faults (our slips, our false steps, our offenses, our sins) and pray [also] for one another, that we may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”11
And we are to “be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of ours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”12
But God is able to strengthen us. And He prays for us, “In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don’t know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can’t be uttered.”13
Lord, we thank you for making a provision for sin and the power to overcome it through the death and resurrection of Jesus. We thank you for praying for us, for providing a way of escape in every temptation we face, and for the empowering of Your Holy Spirit to overcome sin, snares and every entrapment laid for our feet. We thank you for delivering us from our enemies and helping us to live in Your liberty. We are so grateful to You. Amen.
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1 Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from http://www.webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary
2 Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB
3 Colossians 2:8 NASB
4 Proverbs 6:16-19 AMP
5 Proverbs 18:7 WEB
6 Proverbs 5:22 AMP
7 1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB
8 John 8:31-31 AMP
9 Psalm 91:1-3 NASB
10 James 4:7 AMP
11 James 5:16 AMPC
12 1 Peter 5:8 AMPC
13 Romans 8:26 WEB
90 Bible Verses about Entrapment. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from What Does the Bible Say About Entrapment? (openbible.info)
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