A devotional thought from Christian George for “Trusting the God Who Speaks”
My grandfather and I spent a lot of time fishing on the Tennessee River. Worms and grasshoppers for bait, crackers and sardines for lunch. One of the things I’ll never forget is a lesson my grandfather taught me. When it comes to fishing, he instructed, you’ve got to bait your hook according to the appetite of the fish.
Jesus was a fisherman. But so is Satan. And just like a skilled fisherman reaching into his tackle box, the Devil baits his hook according to the appetites of our hearts. What is your heart craving? Lust? Greed? Idolatry? Gossip? Paul understood how to “escape the Devil’s trap” (2 Tim. 2:26). That’s why he instructed the Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God—“so that you may be able to resist” (Eph. 6:13).
In this session we talk about how information leads to transformation, which in turn leads to proclamation. But in order for us to know, love, and serve God, we must always be on our guard against temptation. The head, heart, and lips need protection. The greatest temptation of the head is to elevate itself above God (pride). The greatest temptation of the heart is to fall in love with others gods (idolatry). What do you think is the greatest temptation of the lips? Compare God’s command in Numbers 20:7-13 to His command in Exodus 17:6. What is the difference and why is this important?
Pause and Reflect
• Jesus once said that the mouth “speaks from the overflow of the heart” (Luke 6:45). Read Ephesians 6 and answer the question “How do I protect my heart?”
• Armor is only as strong as its weakest place. Take a look at your spiritual armor. Where are you weakest? In your marriage? In your work ethic? In your financial integrity? How can 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 help us avoid the deadly snares of Satan?