Summary: In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
2Tim 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
1Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Reve 12:1-5 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne.
All these references speak of the enemy trying to ensnare believers
the enemy uses various means to entrap souls
he is a hunter
he walks about, seeking whom he may devour.
so we are warned to be sober - sharp with our wits about us - be vigilant
the enemy of our soul would tempt us
use people to backbite us
use people to criticize us
...all in order to ultimately devour us
make us give up
Trophies are a hunter’s hardest catch
You do not see heads of squirrels mounted on walls of the hunter’s trophy room
You see bucks with large sets of antlers, indicating their age and wisdom and avoidance of many hunters before.
Trophies are game that have been hard to hunt and capture.
The christian is a trophy to the devil if he can catch one
we aren’t helpless animals
we are more than conquerors
The faithful children of God know how to resist
"Through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus"
Jesus told the disciples in the Garden to "watch and pray"
God told Adam to "dress and keep" the garden
"Guard the garden"
this is not a game
Eccl 8:8 [There is] no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither [hath he] power in the day of death: and [there is] no discharge in [that] war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
Satan is the type of hunter that sets traps
he cannot be everywhere at all times - he is not omnipresent
he sets traps throughout the world
like a spider who cannot catch all the insects, so has to build a trap we call a web, and go about his business, to return and snatch those in his traps.
no discharge in battle against death
trap is set and if you get caught it will hold you until the devourer comes, and he comes at the end