Living here on the Gulf Coast, fishing can be a way of life or just a great way to relax and enjoy God’s beautiful work. The act of fishing requires the use of a rod and reel, some hooks, and bait or lures. Now, there are many different species of fish here on the Gulf Coast. There is fresh water and saltwater fishing which includes bay fishing or offshore fishing and thus, the type of fishing you choose determines your bait or lure selection.
You know the devil’s an expert angler. A temptation can be his rod and reel and his bait can be food, drugs, alcohol or maybe even porn. Whatever it is, he knows your weakness and he will continue to cast that bait until he gets you to bite. But, there is good news…
Men, if you get hooked you can spit the hook and keep swimming.
Satan is an expert angler and he has bait out everywhere. I keep thinking about when he went for the trophy catch in Jesus, but Jesus didn’t take the bait. He was on a 40 day fast and was tempted with food, kingdoms and wealth. The devil knowing scripture used the Word as bait. He took Jesus up to the highest point in Jerusalem and told Jesus to jump cause God’s word said He would send angels to protect Him. Jesus wasn’t having it. In every scenario, Jesus fought back with God’s Word. He used the same bait satan used against Him to win the battle. Like I said, satan is an expert angler, he has been doing this for millennia, but Jesus is an even better one! The one thing I want you guys to know is that you can win these battles too. Just remember what scripture says about you.
“If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.”
Deuteronomy 28:13 NLT
You are victorious over temptation.
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”
Romans 8:11 NLT
Think about the power that is living in you. It’s the same power that rose Jesus from the grave. We can overcome temptation! We have the victory! You are overcomers! Don’t take the bait.