Fishermen know what these are. They are types of fishing lures. Doubtful they will attract you, but they attract fish.
What lure attracts you? You might be thinking, “But I’m not interested in fishing.”
You don’t have to be a fisherman to have a lure attract you. Lures attract everyone. It’s what Satan uses to snatch us from God’s loving embrace. But I’m not a Christian? Even atheists and or believers of other faith traditions have a lure that tempts them. The lure makes you a person you don’t want to be. Or someone your spouse or family don’t want you to be.
Pride. Pornography. Materialism. Money. These are common lures, but this list is far from inclusive. What about food, football, alcohol, drugs or sex?
Jesus taught us about temptation in His Lord’s Prayer.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13 NIV) Peter warns us in 1 Peter 5:8 that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
James teaches us that temptations stem from our desires. They “entice us and drag us away.” (1:14 NLT)
Satan tried to tempt Jesus. Luke 4:1-13 describes it. Jesus resisted by relying upon His Father’s Word. “No…temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 The Message)
Your enemy will always dangle a lure in front of you. If you aren’t strong – or the enticement is too much – you will strike at the lure. Almost immediately, you will feel the pain every fish feels. However, you don’t have a hook in our mouths causing the pain. The pain you feel is the shame and regret of having succumbed to the lure.
But like the fish, you will need the fisherman to remove the hook. Jesus is waiting for you to call out to Him. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9 NLT)
What lure, or lures, attract you?
(Thank you, Rusty Coram, New Hope Church, Lorton, Virginia, for the message that inspired this blog.)