How Satan Uses People to Set Traps for You!

(ver 1.3) A trap is the hidden trick of an enemy to take you captive or prisoner. To trap wild animals, some have used a spring like device that usually has a concealed danger with an enticing lure or some type of tempting bait.  Many times people would dig a big hole in the ground and cover it with branches and leaves so that others do not recognize the pit fall dangers as they travel in that area. People have walked down this path being unfamiliar with the danger and many have fallen into it and were caught. Whether you realize it or not, you are walking down a figurative trail in life and Satan has placed many concealed traps in your path in order to take you captive. We must learn to recognize these potential traps.  In order to do this I believe that we need to become familiar with the examples found in the Bible of what Satan has used on other people.  Only by learning and studying the devices and methods of our spiritual enemy, can we even begin to become familiar with the certain impending traps that will be presented to us.  Only when we learn to recognize the traps can we learn how to avoid them.

Job 18:10  The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

While natural traps are hidden dangers to your physical well being, spiritual traps are hidden pitfalls that are intended for your spiritual harm.  Since Satan is not physically present in this world (at least until the anti-christ is revealed) and it is illegal for him to be in physical manifestation to harm you, he has adapted and changed up his attack and trap methods.  Satan uses physical people in the world to set traps for other people.  Satan works very hard to deceive everyone, but many times he concentrates on a select few which are easier to be deceived.  These types of easy targets are usually the most ignorant of the truth found in God’s word.   Satan then traps them into believing his lies and then uses them to deceive the others through their enticing baited words of partial truths.  Let’s go through an example of this in the Bible:

Exo 23:33  They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

Here we have a great example of the deceived people on the earth deceiving God’s people.  Many people have been deceived into believing that God has provided many religions and many paths that lead us to Him.  However, God did not EVER say this, this was only man’s reasoning based upon them buying into Satan’s deception.  Just because many religions exist in the world today does not mean that God started them, God endorses them, God accepts them or God subscribes to them.  That is just a common planned trap of the enemy.  Flood the world with the false to counter the True from God.  In this verse in Exodus God warns the Nation of Israel that these foreign gods found within the other nations they encountered would become a “snare” to them.  In other words this snare was another technique of their enemy to take them captive.  By serving their false gods, God’s people would be deceived from knowing the truth and even depart from it.  By serving the false, they would be led captive away from their true living God.  So evidently every religion is not the right way to God!  Clearly God was warning His people that these people did not know Him or His ways but were put there to be traps for them.   God was clearly revealing the methods of entrapment and this information can still be applicable to us today in the church.  Let’s take a look at another verse in Exodus:

Exo 34:12  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

By associating with the wrong people and joining themselves together as one nation, God informs Israel that if they were not careful to avoid this, they would again become trapped into a situation that they do not want to be in.  This is again speaking of a spiritual snare, a trap that the enemy has presented them using natural people.  These people since they are not God’s covenant people would present themselves as friendly and introduce them to new ideas, concepts and things that God declares would become a trap to deceive them.  This is a spiritual principle and a method that Satan still uses today with Christians.  Become friends with the wrong people, hang around the wrong people long enough, and what they do and what they say will eventually become what you do and what you say.  The bad influences in life will always drag you down to their level and you will not be able to pull them up to your level so beware of this trap.

Let me talk about another aspect of what this verse is saying.  A covenant is a marriage in the eyes of God.  You can learn this by reading Malachi 2:14.  God reveals to us it matters who we marry.  When a Christian marries a non-Christian they usually regret it.  Many times a Christian lady will marry a man thinking he will change and go to church with her and this is usually a vast disappointment when this does not occur.  The man may even promise and say the right things right up until the wedding day, but after the wedding the bride has joined herself to an unbeliever and become deceived.   This is a common deception revealed to us in the Bible and if you learn now before you get married, you will avoid this trap.

Psa 38:12  They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

The traps of the enemy are many times laced with enough truth and good that it appears to be something desirable.  If you wanted to kill an animal you would not throw it just poison and hope that they ate it.  No you wrap the poison in a steak, or something that is very desirable to the animal.   This is a common practice of the enemy.  They usually do not start with the blatant obvious lies, they always start with the truth and mix in a few lies here and there.  By doing this they have disguised the lies and made them harder to recognize and easier to accept.  This verse in Psalms tells us that Satan uses people to hurt people.  This could be a physical pain or an emotional pain as this verse is talking about.  By using words from one person to hurt and offend another, this is a common trap that people fall into, even in church.  It could be an intentional hurt or an unintentional hurt, but the result is often times the same.  Satan is working day and night to get to you and he will use anyone that he can to do this.  It might be your pastor or your best friend, but do not fall into the trap.  Recognize what it is and pray for them, do not confront them personally or you may be repeating the offense in a reverse attack.   Do not let Satan use you to get back at someone that did you wrong.

Psa 119:110  The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

Here is a prevalent method of the enemy.  To try to distract you from the truth of God’s word.  All the enemy has to do is to get you interested in something else.  Cause something else to become a higher priority than God’s Word.  By distracting you, you become interested in the wrong things.  It could be movies, it could be books, it could even be doing good things like feeding the poor.  Whatever, it takes to distract you from what is suppose to be most important to you, that is what Satan will use to set a trap for you.  The Psalmist says that he stayed focus on God’s Word and did not take the bait that was presented to him.  Recognize where your priorities are right now.  Evaluate yourself and examine what you think is important.  Prioritize your life and make God and His Word number one and strive to keep Him at the top of your priority list.

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Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on April 10, 2010, in Satan and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. I too would like to comment on the attacks Satan lodges on God’s people within the workplace and our homes and families. Satan has a job to do and unfortunately, he’s on it 24/7. He IS NOT going to sit around and let you enjoy peace on the job or anywhere else as long as he can use others to try and steal it from you. The scripture says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12, KJV)
    Our joy comes from the Lord, and even though it gets rough when we are innocently and repeatedly targeted and attacked on our jobs and many times in our own homes while trying to live right and holy before the Lord, we must not retreat but press on. It simply means you’re on the right track and are a threat to the kingdom of darkness (Satan’s kingdom). It’s nothing to fear because WE have the greater power [God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7] We have the power and authority to use the Name of Jesus and we should plead the Blood of Jesus over our and children’s minds bodies, spirits and souls, our jobs, our homes, our children’s schools, our streets and communities, and over EVERYTHING THAT CONCERNS US! Do it without fail each morning when you wake up and before you leave your home. Be on your ‘job’ like Satan is on his! It doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have our share of trials and tribulations because the scripture is clear about the sufferings of Christ and we must endure our share of suffering too. We are not excluded from the trials of life so we endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, the scripture says. (2 Timothy 2:3, KJV). Always remember that God is ON OUR SIDE and in the end, IF WE ENDURE, we win. Walk in love (got to do this if our faith is going to work because faith works by love), and be QUICK to forgive,. PRAY for your enemies and READ YOUR BIBLE DAILY, Get up on Sunday morning and go to church. Stand up, clap your hands and give God (Elohim) glory, honor and praise for all the things He’s done for you. Thank Him for the things you ASKED HIM and WANT HIM TO DO in your life. Remember that we don’t ask amiss, however; it must be according to His Word (the Holy Bible and His will. Jesus always prayed that the will of the Father be done. So must we! God has not forgotten you (even though sometimes it feels like it) and never forget — YOU ARE LOVED!💕


  2. I had family members (Mother, father, and Uncle + wife) talk me into getting a vasectomy. I then developed chronic pain from vasectomy called (PVPS). I later learned that chronic pain (PVPS) from vasectomy is common, but hidden. Urologists and doctors who perform this surgery do not tell their patients of this risk, or they downplay it. This is lying and deceitful. The devil uses these doctors (urologists) to set a trap with vasectomy. I developed much bitterness and anger toward thoses around me for giving me such ignorant advice. Eventually, I learned that I was repaying sin with sin and that I fully fell into the Devil’s trap. Please let other’s know that Vasectomy is the devil’s trap as many men suffer in silence.


  3. Such truth, only recently I’ve had some one who wanted to send me healing energy , he’s a kind thoughtful person, but upon conversing with him it turned out he called himself a phsycic, medium healer empath . I declined , but sent him Deuteronomy 18:9 explaining why . The thing is he has had supernatural things happen so he believes he’s on the right path and he’s doing good. The devil does indeed wrap his snares with counterfeit offerings.


  4. I have really enjoyed the passage of scripture to it was very encouraging and helpful thank you Mary


  5. Thanks for this article it really helps as it is so correct when Satan is on your case he doesnt give up confusing people to set up trap on you and you need to have your full armor In order To see those Traps


  6. Jacqueline Hall

    Whenever the enemy see or hears us talking,believing,trusting and loving God. He always ttys to use someone or something to antagonize or cause doubt and worrying. This has been his way of attacks on me . But.. I am not going g to allow the enemy to steal my joy or my faith in God and his plans for me.


  7. My boss and colleagues are being used. They entrap me and twist the reith with the onjectibe to hurt me emotionally and psychologically. Thet want me out of my job whe I helped a co worker. So, I’m into the pit of self destruction, depression and unbelief. But, the word of God kept me saneThere’s constant reminder of His faith fullness.He is my Protector, my Defender and He will not let me be defeated.


  8. My youngest son. Who don’t believe in God,moved in with my older son ..I warned him it’s not a good idea.since this he’s missed a courtdate, his phone stopped ringing,his furnace went out,he has no idea satan is wreaking havock on his life ..he is only there to kill,steal,and destroy.Heavenly Father open my son’s eyes to know You and be closer to You


  9. Reblogged this on Pray For The World.


  10. How do I break free from having my life controlled by satanists who are everywhere around me. They have been controlling and meddling with my life since a young age, it’s like they were expecting me when I was born.
    And unfortunately I have been lead into many a trap by them. Am I now owned by them? Is my soul doomed? Why can’t I find normal people?


    • Start by denouncing Satan and all of his dark ideas and concepts. Repent to God and ask for His help and He will be faithful to help you overcome the enemy. Next ask Jesus Christ to be your LORd and savior. Believe God raised Him from the dead and He will come and live on the inside of your heart forever. Greater is Jesus that will be in you than al of the devils that are in the world’s hearts the Bible says. After asking Jesus in, you can use the authority of His name (JESUS) to resist the devils and they will flee from your presence in fear. God Bless.


      • You didn’t answer the last question: “Why can’t I find normal people?” I have the exact same problem. WHERE ARE THEY?? Nothing but lying, backstabbing, narcissistic schemers and persecutors or at best, self-centered and self-righteous people in my (former) circle. I am now completely isolated. Even my neighbor is a tare.


      • Satan loves to isolate Christians. A Christian alone is easier to overcome, deceive and lead astray. We all need strong Christian friends, family and spouses that we can share with and talk to. It sounds like you are just going to the wrong church if no one there will help support you. God Bless and keep asking God to lead you to at least one good friend that will come along side in faith.


    • I too have been persecuted like you we must work and pray for each other. I too have been tormented from the age of a child like they were expecting me too. stay in touch.

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  11. What about people Satan uses to ruin the lives of others? In the past I was fired from a job because of a lie an evil female employee told. What about when this is a common occurrence? I know we wrestle not against flesh and blood but it’s kinda hard NOT to take it personal when job saboteurs come against you in the work place when you ARE doing a good job and following all the rules. It seems the liars get ahead and never reap this corruption back. I know they will but It’s hard to endure any kind of suffering at the hands of someone who is being used by Satan. I despise him and can’t wait for him to be destroyed for good.


    • If you go through many stories in the Bible you will find your life. For example, Joseph was lied about in his job by the bosses wife and he was thrown into jail for years. That does not seem fair or just yet God was still with him the entire time. God vindicated Joseph and he became the second ruler of the greatest nation of the world at that time of history. So please take confidence in God’s power to do the same for you. God Bless.


  12. Thank you for this!
    This helped me confirm what I felt God was telling me about my daughter and Son-in-law..they continually lie or exaggerate or twist things about me to other family members and friends. My daughter loves to report to me the things that others supposedly say behind my back and according to her no one likes me and everyone thinks I am a horrible person, Mom, and Grandmother.
    I know who is behind these attacks and it is indeed hurtful. However, I know I must stay strong and the only to do that is to keep in the Word, abiding in Christ. Praising God and having faith that He shall turn this situation into something to be use for His Good and Glory.


  13. So true. Recently, Satan has been trying to use one of my online friends as a trap.I’ve just been in a hard place for myself recently, and I haven’t been talking to many people, yet I’ve been talking to this friend, whom I really have known for 10 years now. The good news is the Lord spoke to us in church about it, and I’ve been fighting it. When it’s an intentionally weak spot, something you’re currently already lacking, or faltering in, it can be so easy to fall right into. I even had to be so honest with the Lord about it. But I’ve been praying about it, and the more I do, the more the Lord helps me to get over it. I can literally feel the change. Part of it helps to pray for the friend too, since they’r not saved, and it’ll surely twist the enemies plans!


    • Thank you for reading and studying the Bible with me. I deeply appreciate your comments. May God continue to grow you in fruitful mature follower of CHRIST. God Bless.


  14. Yes Satan uses physical people to make you fall into one of his deadly trap. One example of this is Adam and Eve. Although, Eve did not because she wanted Adam to fall in the trap, she was the reason why Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Satan knew that if he himself told Adam go eat of the forbidden fruit, Adam would not listen. Satan can make you fall into deadly traps by people ( specially of whom you love). For example, im a believer in Christ but my wife is very very sexy and she doesen’t believe in Christ, and after she tell him he shouldn’t believe and after he abandons God.


  15. Thank you 🙂


  16. Brother Ron’s writings on the subject about Satan is right. Sure we as young Christians are all weak in the faith, I for one should know that. Without going into detail I am a registered sex offender, and without going into any degree of sex offense, it is what it is.
    Yes Satan came into me in a deceitful way, so yes Satan can use people to set traps for you.

    The bible says let no man deceive you.. Any deception is from the devil.. We all try not to lie in our life and try to do the right things….. Go to church, not gossip, try not to be a busybody, try to be perfect but we cannot do it. When I was swore in to testify during my trail, I was wondering who’s God I was swearing too. Was it the God of Creation or the God of Man.

    You see trying is not the way… its trusting… and trusting in God and his Son Jesus Christ who came to save us from our sins’… he became the sin for us all that believe and trust in him thru faith. Yes thru his Grace he gave us a way to be redeemed and be son’s of God.

    While we all live in this world in the flesh we all have to be on guard and the devil is there to tempt you all the time. So there is good and bad in everything, but those that seek God’s understanding can never go wrong.

    Now believe it or not all these trails that we go thru are learning processes and the bible is a daily learning process. Sure we can all get baptized and saved but Saved from what….the wiles of the devil…I don’t think so as the devil has been around since the dawn of time.

    Once we are saved we are in God’s protection, we took a leap of faith just as John was baptizing in the river all that repented…Now from there we have other steps and goals in our salvation but we will always be tempted by the devil and his people that he uses.

    So be on guard and keep in daily reading of your bible, weather its daily, every other day but just don’t go to church and than come home and sit around.

    As for me I can’t even attend church… one is willing to give up there life for me or sacrifice their time for me….. what a shame those that are only hearers’ of the word and not doer’s.


  17. Thanks. So I had my niece say the most hurtful and low things to me today, verbally through text messages. I became so hurt that I responded the same way. I definitely know better. She caught me off guard. I felt in my anger, hate against her. But, then I had to go seek the Lord in prayer to help me remove these feelings. I am so disappointed and hurt that it is a distraction. Well, I’m trying to get over it


  18. Thank you especially for being guided by the Holy Spirit in your words. They spoke to me today because I am guilty of having fallen into satan’s snare which has caused my hurt, but I am admonished not to return the hurt but to pray for that person. I am grateful to God because he said seek and you shall find. He said if we lack wisdom of how to act, he would give us wisdom. Bless you.


  19. Thanks for the message. exactly what i wanted . one area that satan has attacked me from most has been through my friends, and other detterents from the word of God like worldly music, movies…. thank God i`ve overcome them and i pray each day for God to guide me. i hope to teach my fellow christians the same message especially where i am, at the university where students face the biggest battle especially with influence from friends and worldly desires. may God bless you.


  20. this a wonderful message I pursued this issue because I deal with attacks from the enemy on a constant and most often he works to get me to give in to discouragement ,depression, condemnation, fear, and anger thank you sir for blessing me with this it could have come at no better time I had recently became friends with someone and found out he was a muslim and because of that I have been avoiding his phone calls because Ive been rather convicted because god has been showing me a passage of scripture not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers so thanks cause this man could be a trap from the devil I ve been more watchful and alert and even more so.


  21. I am very glad that I read this. I am a young Christian who has been going through some tough times lately, ever since I got saved less than two years ago. I am starting to see what has been happening to me. The enemy keeps distracting me because I am weak and have had problems with keeping in touch with reality. My childhood was not so great so I did something called escapism in order to get through it. However, I didn’t stop and continued this behavior until my late teen years and created other people and other realities in my mind in order to make myself feel better. It has become like an addiction of my mind that I can’t seem to get rid of. Satan uses this to keep me distracted. Years ago I became so out of touch with reality it was as though my real life was my second life.

    This past year has been a time of trials and tribulations for me. It seems like any time I start to grow closer to God, people start acting weird around me. They seem to act up and I find myself attracting mean and cold stares from people that I don’t even know. I just graduated from high school and during my last year as I started to lose my pride and God was breaking me and softening my hard heart (I was very hard hearted before I became a Christian. It has taken A LOT of breaking me down and suffering for God to get me where I am today) I found myself being targeted by bullies more and even had some of my friends turn against me for no reason at all. I had a group of girls begin monitoring me excessively and watching every little thing I do and trying to intimidate me and one of my old friends went behind my back and hurt me so much. She made an effort to turn my friends and even my own teachers against me. She went to all of them, yes even my teachers, and told them things in order to hurt me and it worked.

    Am I the only one? That whenever I grow close to God I seem to attract hostile stares and mean people for some odd reason? Do we give off vibes or energy that Satan can see and he somehow tries to influence others to hurt us? I never thought that things like that existed. The bible does not say that we give off energy or vibes. The whole idea of that is kind of new agey I think.

    It seems though that some people just have this instant dislike of me now than before. Back when I was not saved, just some girl of the world, I don’t think that I evoked such hostility from people. I will now catch random strangers with scowls just staring at me intensely for long periods of time and I get a creepy feeling and certain people now have this new instant hatred of me and I wonder if it is because of the Holy Spirit in me. I mean how can they know? I am quiet and don’t talk much unless like I said I give off a vibe or Satan knows and can influence those easily who do not know God and who don’t have protection.


  22. Thanks for the website How satan uses people to set traps for me.

    I have been battling satan everyday since I got saved Febrary 27, 1997. He took my job, took my husband, my Father ill with cancer, took my social security, took my workman’s comp, took my retirement, no income for 10 years, destroyed my name, everyone in this town is plotting against me to stop me, took my friends, took my family, satan using my family against me, took my home, I am harrassed, followed, accused of stealing, you name it and satan has tryed it.

    Once I begin to seek God at first I wanted to kill myself, but God hung on to me and never let me go. I could not even get up in the first years, but I made sure I was listening to the word continually day and night.
    God begin to pull me up by my fingernails.

    Today he is my rock everyday and I just say Lord handle this situations and He is working on my behalf. Still going thru these situations, but God taught me the word and how to be strong and faithful and recieve His mercy and grace everyday.

    I have no one, but God this way He gets all the Praise, Honor, and Glory.

    Oh by the way I am black in a all white community, I was the first blace to ever have a office job, first black to have a parking place, marry a white guy, to make higher salary, etc.

    I was Head Start Director over 4 counties, buses, buildings, traveled, etc.

    These counties are so political that politics tried to destroy me in every direction.

    When my father was sick with cancer and before that I was not wanted in churches because of politics and the lies that satan told on me.

    It was me and God no one to talk to. He was and is my best friend. I have been told I study the word to much and read to much. I have been run out of every church I have attended, so now I don’t go to church I am the church. That is what my God tells me.

    But let me tell you the good that God has done in my life. He loves me everyday unconditionally. He tells me I am his daughter and how special I am. He speaks to me through scriptures, He is so special and I love Him so much. He has taught me life’s lessons that I can use everyday and no one and I mean on one can take that from me.

    Thank you for websites that we can go to and have understanding, because I always to lead me and He does everyday.


    From a woman that loves life everyday


    • Mar 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

      God tells us very clearly that Satan is after you to get the Word of God out of your heart. Satan does this with a mighty vengence at times. Especially to young Christians who do not know how to counter act and fight him back. God says we “wrestle not against flesh and blood but yet Satan uses these people to attack us”. We can only remain faithful to God who will not allow Satan to put on us more than we are able. You have certainly been through a lot and to your credit you have stayed on God’s side of the battle. Learn to fight the enemy with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God coming out of your mouth. This is your only offensive weapon against Him and it is very strong and powerful. God Bless!


    • Will you please pray for me. Helene


  23. Thank You


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