The following is a transcript from a recent message given on July 1st, 2015
- Series Title: Why
- Sermon Title: The Snare of the Devil
- Text: 2 Timothy Chapter 2
Skandalon' - Cause for error, Offense, putting a negative cause-effect relationship into motion. It is to be trapped or caught by your own devices. Carnal Thinking. Paul loves this word Snare. He knew the enemy was on the loose and wanted to trap God's people.
Introduction: Paul is writing to Timothy (his son in the ministry) while imprisoned in Rome. Paul is about to be sentenced to death. This may be his last letter as an apostle, so Paul wanted to make sure Timothy was prepared for perilous times.
(65 AD - 68 AD)
In this text, Paul gives us some serious warnings about how we must live, some practical advice on what is important and how we are to conduct ourselves, and in closing reminds us of the purpose we have in front of us.
Sometimes the answer to the question "WHY" might be that someone has been caught by the snare of the devil.
I. Call to Purity
The word "lusts" in the Greek is epithumai' and it means passionate desires and cravings. Not all desires are natural, some are sinful regardless of how much passion is behind those desires.
A. We have abandoned the voice of the Spirit. (Religion)
B. We have abandoned God's word. (Rebellion)
C. We have abandoned God's love. (Racism)
In verse 3 he says, "forbidding to marry". The word forbid there actually means to dwarf or make smaller.
Youthful lusts include:
· The desires of the eye: youth desire to have and possess. This is normal, but can lead to lust for possessions and people.
· The desires of the flesh - We all desire companionship and the attraction to the opposite Sex is normal and is supposed to lead to marriage and carrying on the human race. However, the normal desire can lead to illicit sex, pedophilia, and yes homosexual behavior.
· The desire for acceptance. Youth long to fit in, but this can cause them to make bad decisions.
· The desire to achieve: Youth want to be successful, but the desire can lead them to manipulate other people and compromise their values for that success.
· The desire for recognition: Youth desire for affirmation and if they don't get what they want, this need can cause them to embrace that Spirit of Rejection or the opposite, PRIDE.
· The desire for instant change. They are excited and eager which is natural, but can cause them to hurt others and disrupt the peace of others.
· The desire to be Original: This is also normal, but when out of balance can lead to shortcuts and a critical spirit can manifest itself in the life of a youth.
How do we obtain this Purity?
· Peace (with those that call on the Lord out of a pure heart).
II. Call to Patience
Gentle (epion'): kind, reasonable, considerate, soft, and tender.
We must not waste our time with foolish, stubborn, ignorant speculations, theories, man made opinions, or ideas of men.
I'm afraid that we have so focused on the debate, that we have forgotten deliverance.
III. Call to Purpose
What is the Snare of the Devil? It is a trap that the enemy has set for God's children. If he can minimize God and his standards through our Pride and Hatefulness, it will be easy to push his agenda on the lost world.
A. Stand for Truth in a Spirit of Meekness
A meek approach is what leads someone to repentance.
Arguing, Fighting, and Hatefulness doesn't work.
B. Stand for Love in a Spirit of Truth
The truth is what sets people free.
C. Stand for Jesus when no one else will
They will progress no further.