A devotional thought from Rey De Armas from “Do Not Steal”
Read: James 1:14
Everyone who loves to go fishing knows that one of the most important things is to have the right bait. There are different types of bait used to catch different types of fish. The end goal of all bait is the same—to lure the fish into believing that they are not in danger. Hidden either inside or on the bait is a hook. When a fish is led to believe that the bait is safe to eat and attempts to swallow the bait, the hook embeds itself in the flesh of the fish. It is a gruesome act that results in the capture of the fish for consumption.
It is a sad picture when you think about what a fish goes through when it is caught. In the same vein, a person caught in sin is lured by his or her own desires. Sin disguises itself in our desires. The goal of personal satisfaction can attract us to violate the law of God, but the outcome could be dire. The bait may change, but the concept stays the same.
The consequences of sin vary, but the beginning of temptation is still the same. The evil desires that entice us are already within us. This truth flies in the face of a culture that argues that we are inherently good and against the misconception that temptation is just an external issue. The desires that cause us to sin reside within us all. The sooner we recognize the hook for what it is, the better we understand how to avoid the trap.
The Holy Spirit helps us counteract our evil desires so we are not drawn to sin. The temptation remains because the flesh is still part of who we are, but we now have a Helper to deal with it. According to John 14:26, one of His roles is to remind us of the teachings of Christ. This means that we are not reminded through guilt but through identity instead.
So, understand how temptation works, and allow the Spirit of God to give you discernment for how to interpret the desires within you. Only then will you truly be able to understand the bait before you get hooked.
Pause & Reflect:
• How is temptation from within and not just without?
• How does the Holy Spirit aid us with temptation?
• Pray that God will give you discernment today.