“And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)
The saddest fact of deception is that those ensnared in it think they’re correct in what they believe. The devil is the master of deception. His method is to make men wise in their own eyes. How people love to be right. The hardest thing for proud flesh to say is, “I was wrong.” Many will hold on to a wrong position simply not to give another the satisfaction of being right. But truth is truth. Insisting the earth is flat will not make it so.
Arguing with one who is not in their right mind is a losing proposition. The devil knows how to thoroughly bind people in imaginations and delusions. The only path to recovery is to return to a sound mind. The word “recover” in the above verse literally means “to return to soberness.”
Don’t think for a second that the enemy leaves you alone once you get saved. Jesus called the devil the “father of lies.” “… For he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44) Believing the truth is not a one and done proposition. We are to continue in the word of our Master. Knowing His truth will make us free; believing a lie will bring us back into bondage.
Make it your business to stay sober-minded. Even without any alcohol in your system, you can have an unsound mind and fall back into the snare of the devil.