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.
Thankfully, God's word provide us seven keys for the wise in heart that empower us to recognize the demonic logic behind his soul traps. But first, let's lay a foundation.
The Greek word translated "snare" (Strongs g3803) means a trap, a trick or stratagem; a snare. Or you could say, the devil sets strategic traps.
Apostolic Warfare Wisdom
Paul, the apostle, wrote the books to Timothy and the Corinthians. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 he says, "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" on page 45 I share the real meanings of the English words translated war and warfare. It refers to a strategic function and an apostolic gift. God made the apostle for strategy. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 reveals that the battle ground is the mind so what you think is really important. Why? Proverbs 23:7 reveals that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
What we think impacts what we believe, say and do. Hebrews 4:12, 11:3 and Proverbs 18:21 reveal how powerful our words are. Life, death and creation are in the power of the tongue. Used well, it can frame our world (Hebrews 11:3) or the unruly tongue can set the world on fire by hell (James 3:1-6).
Don't Be Ignorant of the Enemies Devices
I've highlighted the word thought in 2 Corinthians 10:5 above because it's the same word translated devices in 2 Corinthians 2:11 which says, "lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices." His devices are like the IED's (improvised explosive devices) used by Islamic terrorists today.
Strongs Concordance says g3540 means a perception, i.e. purpose, or (by implication) the intellect, disposition, itself: — device, mind, thought.
Satan's End-time Strategy is to Deceive through Doctrines of Demons
A doctrine present a system of thoughts and ideas. A belief system can be built such that it can become a stronghold. A stronghold of thought can be changed from good to evil or from evil to good. Hence, Satan's propensity to use lies and deception to entrap the unwise. Paul the apostle warns in 1 Timothy 4:1-2, " Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron..."