I grew up fishing with my Dad. He knew just where to fish, what bait to use and the right lure to use if the live bait didn't work. If the lure or bait wasn't drawing them in, he had a "magic" spray that made them smell enticing to the fish once they took the hook, he knew exactly how to work the line and reel them in.
Me? I always felt a little sorry for the fish. I mean, there they were, swimming along, minding their own business when suddenly something catches their eye. It's shiny, it's moving seductively, it even smells good in a wormy kind of way.
What's the fish expecting? A yummy treat that's going to be so satisfying. A distraction that makes swimming around in the same old boring lake seem fun and exciting. Maybe he's dreaming of how he's going to brag to the "guys" about how good it was. He might even recommend that his buddies give it a try.
What did the fish get? A sharp pain, dragged out of his place of comfort, away from his fishy family. Finally, he was pulled to destruction and finally to his death.
Are you getting the connection?
Satan loves to go fishing. He also knows just where to fish - usually among those who are dissatisfied or bored with the status quo of their life. He suspects that they're hungry for something new, that they're vulnerable to just the right bait.
The devil has a tackle box full of lures and magic sprays. He will try everything in his arsenal until he finds what works with you, and when he does, and when you bite, he'll reel you in so fast it will make your little fishy head spin.
Saying yes to his bait will cost you - sometimes your job, friendships, marriage, reputation, money...make no mistake...he will drag you further and further away from happiness until destruction surrounds you and if possible, he will seek to take your life.
How to keep from falling for Satan's bait:
- Read God's word to stay spiritually strong
- Be aware of the Devil's schemes and on guard against them
- Pray to be kept from temptation
- Pray for insight and wisdom
- If it looks good - BE CAREFUL!
- Admit and renounce your sin
- Ask God to forgive you
- Admit your sin to a Pastor or a strong and trusted Christian friend- ask them to pray for you
- Make yourself accountable to someone
- Make amends with those you've hurt
Final advice - stay away from flashy things that distract and tempt you to stray from what you know is safe and right.
DON'T TAKE THE BAIT!
By the way - the picture to the left is another tool Satan uses to lure unsuspecting victims in to thinking that something good is worth the risk.
DON'T FALL FOR IT...
YOU'LL GET A TERRIBLE HEADACHE!
If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it with your friends using the Facebook, Twitter and other share buttons below. Thanks!