The Trap! Satan’s Strategic Plan of Entrapment
Addiction – an addiction is a state of compulsion, obsession, or preoccupation that enslaves desires and creates the state of dependency.
No one seeks to become entrapped by a substance, controlling behavior, or relationship. It happens gradually. The substance abuse or controlling behavior gradually becomes a normal part of life even before a person is aware of it.
Then you may ask, how are people entrapped into bondage? The bible clearly states that man is first tempted. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his lust, and enticed. Then when lust is conceived it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death.” James 1: 13-15
Five Tools of Entrapment
We must always remember, drugs affects behavior, and our behavior affects relationship.
FIRST DEVICE: The Bait Satan strategically uses things that humans are naturally tempted by. It could be things like alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography, money, gambling, or even common things sports, fame, position, or power and the list goes on.
Satan’s next move after drawing you by temptation is to entice you with a substance. It will be presented in a way that will have the most influence to give you a great desire for the substance. These enticements are conceived in your heart to activate your will to do them.
SECOND DEVICE: DENIAL
Denial is the refusal to believe the truth about our actions. People in denial know what they are doing is wrong, but they refuse to admit the truth, instead choose to rationalize their behavior.
THIRD DEVICE: DELUSION
Delusion is a false belief system in which we see things that are true, but we act as though they are not true. When we reject the truth and deny the facts over a period, the result is delusion. Eventually, those of us who are controlled by a substance, behavior, or relationship, lie to ourselves so long that we are sincerely blind to the destruction we are causing our friends, families, or ourselves. Psalm 10:6 /11 Isaiah 14:13-19 / 2 Cor 4:
FOURTH DEVICE: SECRECY
Even though delusion helps us justify our sin, we know that others would not approve of what we are doing, so some of us develop a secret life. This life hides our guilt and prevents those who care for us from helping. Life-controlling problems grow in the soil of secrecy.
Unless people have a safe place where they can deal with the sin that may entangle them, they will continue to be crippled by their guilt and shame.
FIFTH DEVICE: ISOLATION
When a destructive controlling issue develops in our lives, we isolate ourselves from the people who love us enough to confront us with the truth about what we are doing. As problems intensify, their delusional system allows them to justify their isolation. Since they have learned to lie to themselves, lying to others is easy.