Two Lies…One Trap

Did you know that Satan employs a very specific strategy to disrupt our relationship with God? He employees two diametrically opposite lies. They work in concert to trap us in despair and isolate us from God. He uses one lie to lure us into his trap. Once in the trap, he uses a different lie to keep us captured. Understanding his strategy could help you win back your freedom. Please read more.

Trapping is as old as mankind. It predates hunting and agriculture. Humans have been using traps of all types: snares-and nets, cage traps, spring traps and trapping pits depending on what prey they were attempting to catch. Here is a list of principals that apply to almost every form of trapping.

  1. A complete understanding of the target species’ habit patterns
  2. The correct selection of a trap size and design suitable for a given situation
  3. Proper placement of the trap
  4. The use of attractive bait
  5. The adequate concealment of the trap
  6. A sufficient number of traps for a project

Satan uses these same trapping strategies to capture us.

  1. Satan knows our human habits all too well.
  2. His two part lie trap strategy works on most humans.
  3. Satan knows our weaknesses and he places the traps where they will have the highest probability of success.
  4. Satan makes sin look alluring and irresistible to draw us in.
  5. Satan is the great deceiver. He sets traps all around us, and we usually don’t know they are there.
  6. He has placed adequate traps to catch every one of us.

Trapping pits were one of man’s oldest trapping techniques. A deep pit was first dug into the ground. The hole was covered with brush. Bait was placed near the trap. Eventually the animal would go for the bait, fall into the pit, and meets its demise. Satan traps humans in much the same way.

We see the first half of the two-part lie strategy at work in Genesis. We read about God telling Eve not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden or she would die.  Satan, the cunning snake, tells Eve, “You certainly won’t die.”  That was a lie! With that lie, Satan dug the hole for his trapping pit. Using pride as his bait of choice, he places it over the covered pit. He tells Eve, “God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” Knowing well the human weakness of pride, Satan lured Eve in by tempting her with the desire to be like God. Eve took the fruit and fell in the trap.  Satan uses this same trapping technique with you and me. He makes every sin look appealing.

Once we have sinned and fallen into the trap, Satan employs the second half of his lying strategy. After successfully convincing us to sin, he immediately tells us how bad and stupid we are for sinning. Satan stands above us while we are mired in regret for our sin and taunts us. He sneers down into the pit and tells us we were fools to fall for his temptations. He tells us we are weak. He tells us we will never break free from our recurring sins. He tells us our sins are unforgivable. He tells us that God no longer loves us. He tells us that our sin permanently separated us from God. He lies and lies and lies!

Ancient humans trapped large dangerous animals with their trapping pits. Once in the pit, the humans would use spears to kill the animal. Once we are in the pit of our sin, Satan accuses us before God (Rev. 12:9-10). Shame and despair are his spears of choice.

In summary, Satan’s two-lie strategy goes like this. First, make sin look as good, fun and enticing as possible. Second, as soon as the sin has been committed, make the sin seem as bad as possible and make the one who committed the sin feel as much shame as possible.

Now it is time for the good news. Satan does have the delight of capturing all of us once we fall into his trap. All we need to do, after we have fallen into sin, is repent and ask God for forgiveness. Jesus is always ready to drop a ladder into the pit, climb into the pit with us, place us over His shoulder and carry us up out of the pit and into the light of His saving grace. The wild animals of old had no way out of the pit…..WE DO! Jesus is our Savior!

If you are mired in the pit of sin, ask Jesus to rescue you today!

Heavenly Father, all glory and praise to You for You loved us so much that You gave us Your only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish in the pit of sin, but instead might have eternal life. Amen!

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Brian Pusateri
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  1. Marguerite Gustkey on May 14, 2019 at 11:54 am

    My son has been trapped in alcohol. He is at rehab. I beg and trust the Lord to carry him out of the pit.

    • Brian Pusateri on May 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm


      Through my ministry, I interact with a lot of people with various addictions (alcohol, drugs and sexual). Recovery requires a deep understanding of cutting edge brain science, the help of trained professionals, hard work, an unwavering commitment, and non-stop prayer. Of course the first step is admitting the problem. It is critically important to acknowledge a dependence on God for recovery. For some people their cross in life is a never ending struggle with addiction. It is important that they never lose hope, never despair and never give up. God’s love is unwavering, and his understanding of addiction far exceeds ours. As you well know addiction is hard on the one who is addicted and every bit if not harder on those who love them. You are in my prayers.


  2. bobette dupertuis on May 14, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I am destroying my family with anger and old ways of fear and guilt. I needed to ask Jesus for rescue this am and ask my daughter for forgiveness. I had got my eyes on how much money she was costing me. I needed to see the ground she is taking back.out of a previous lifestyle. I did ask her for forgivness.

    • Brian Pusateri on May 14, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Jesus is always ready to forgive. It is much harder for others to forgive us and for us to forgive ourselves. Thanks for your post. I will pray for your family.


  3. Brian Harmon on May 14, 2019 at 8:45 am

    what a great illustration comparing trapping techniques of early hunters to that of Satan. So true!

    • Brian Pusateri on May 14, 2019 at 8:55 am

      He is an expert at hiding the traps too.


  4. Steve Uebelhor on May 14, 2019 at 7:13 am

    One of your best commentaries!

    • Brian Pusateri on May 14, 2019 at 7:15 am


      I am blessed to know that it touched you. Give thanks to the Holy Spirit!


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