And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so 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.
The Greek word translated "snare" (Strongs g3803) in 2nd Timothy means a trap, a trick or stratagem, a snare. Besides catching us through unforgiveness or provoking us to sin we could say, the devil sets strategic traps and his goal is to trip us up. In our spiritual war he has set, what I like to call, demonic improvised evil devices (IEDs). They are not played out just in Church but rather all throughout the seven spheres of society. His goal is to trick, deceive, entrap, wound and destroy as many people as he can using lies, deceptions, twisted facts, slander, accusation and manipulation.
These demonic stratagems are not just one dimensional? They are multidimensional. The seven spheres of society are where Satan's strategies can have the widest impact especially when he can get a demonic idea codified through a law. But the first dimension we must be prepared to engage is internal. This is where the first battle begins. This is why our mindset and moral compass are so important.
Apostolic Warfare Wisdom
Paul, the apostle, wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 saying, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled."
In my book "Structures & Strategies" I share the real meanings of the words translated "war" and "warfare." These words actually refer to the strategic function of the apostolic gift. God made the apostle for strategic thought. Verse 5 reveals that the battle ground is actually in our minds. Therefore, foundational apostolic teaching is extremely important for every believer (see Hebrews 6 Foundations) because it impacts what we think. What we think is really important because Proverbs 23:7 reveals that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
Our thinking determines our worldview. Our worldview impacts others.