Avoid the Trap of the Devil
Do you want to know the way to avoid being tripped up and trapped by the devil? The Word of God grants us the following insight:
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble” (1 John 2:9-10).
The original language of make him stumble paints a chilling word picture. The English translation comes from the Greek word skandalon, “a trigger of a trap on which the bait is placed… Skandalon always denotes an enticement to conduct which could ruin the person in question.” 1
Take another look at the scripture verse and discover the skandalon.
Christian brother and sister, we need to get into weekend warrior mode and not overlook negative feelings we have toward others. Do not justify anything short of love unless you take pleasure in the enemy having charge of your life. To make a decision against anything short of God’s divine love taking root in your heart is to live in such a way that the enemy has nothing in you. Do you get that? Satan has no key if there’s no hate. He is not granted access! He might have a fuzzy velcro strip from the pit of hell, but he cannot find the prickly receiver strip of velcro in your heart! Nothing he throws at you sticks because the love of God flowing in you and out of you does not give the enemy anything on which to latch his teeth!
Do you know that our Savior and Lord made the same proclamation concerning His own life? Jesus prepared His disciples for His soon-coming departure and clarified that what was about to happen was an act of obedience to the Father, not a result of the enemy’s control of Him.
“I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded Me” (John 14:30-31, emphasis added).
Weekend Warriors, we must refuse to operate in anything but love. To have even a small, unoccupied area, a little closed off section of our lives for hate to dwell is to harbor a skandalon that patiently awaits our demise. To host a hate trap is to eventually become its prey at a moment when we least expect it.
Prayerfully searching my heart,
1 Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. AMG Publisers. Chattanoga, TN.