Learning Not to Bite…

On a rough wooden pier, the seasoned fisherman tediously fastens his hook on a line, then baits the hook with what he suspects will lure the fish to bite. This old angler knows that certain fish can be caught only with certain bait… a dry fly for trout, worms for bass, stink bait for catfish. What the fish doesn’t know is, “All is not what it appears to be.” Within a tempting moment there’s a bite—a fight—and then a skinned fish fillet!

We all know too well what it’s like to be lured by a lie. Something offers a promise, but in the end it doesn’t pay. Temptation is that attractive lure hiding the deadly hook. But take heart, you don’t have to take a bite.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” -Proverbs 14:12

Twisted Truths about Temptation

“Temptation is sinful.”
Temptation is not sin. Jesus was tempted in every way, yet He did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

“God is tempting me!”
Temptation is not from God, but it is allowed by God. (James 1:13)

“The devil made me do it!”
Temptation is Satan’s attempt to lure you into sin, but he can be resisted. (James 4:7)

“She is so saintly, she is above temptation.”
Everyone is tempted, just in different areas. In fact, the mature Christian is often subject to greater temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:12)

“It’s beyond my ability to control.”
Temptation may be beyond your control, but it is not beyond God’s control. (Proverbs 3:26)

Key Verse to Memorize

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13

Key Passage to Read and Reread

Romans chapter 6

“Preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:13

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