I am really not a very outdoorsy type of person. When I was small, my mother would make me go camping with the kids from the YMCA and I hated it. I was the kid that cried because I didn’t want to be outside with the bugs and sleeping in tents. I shudder just thinking about it. A couple of years ago, Pastor decided that he was going to take Matt and I fishing. I knew it wasn’t going to end well. He was so excited. He bought fishing poles, worms (that were kept in the refrigerator) and whatever else he thought we would need.
We got to the spot and Matt and I watched as Pastor put the worms on the poles. And then we sat. All I could think about was that I could be doing something else besides sitting and waiting for a fish to bite a worm. Matt was eyeing the playground and was itching to get over there. Well, like I said, I knew it wouldn’t end well. Pastor gave it all he had, but Matt ended up at the playground… and my excuse was that I had to take him over there. And no, we didn’t catch any fish. They obviously weren’t biting that day. They didn’t take the bait.
Sometimes in life, we need to be like those fish. We shouldn’t take the bait that is presented to us. Bait that will harm us or get us off track from our purposes in life. You see, Satan is on the other end of the pole. He presents bait to us all day, every day. We know some of the things he dangles. Things like affairs, stealing, and murder. But he also dangles enticement, envy, jealousy, and offense. These are a little more subtle. These are things that creep up on you slowly and you don’t realize they’ve gotten you until it’s too late.
You knew you should have congratulated your co-worker on their promotion, and when you didn’t, you blamed it on the fact that you just didn’t get around to it. Now, you find yourself harboring ill feelings toward that person, you question every decision they make, and now you can’t stand them. Maybe you’re offended about something your spouse did. Now, you’re offended by the person that cut you off in traffic, the person that waits on you in the restaurant, and your neighbor that left their trash can out.
We have to learn to be smarter and more aware of Satan’s tactics. Yes, we’ve all fallen prey to them. Yours truly included. But, we can’t use it as an excuse to keep falling for it. When you see yourself going down a road that you’ve been before and you know the end is not going to be good…have the courage to get off that road and go back the other way. Check your thoughts.
When Satan brings you things that you know go against God, don’t take the bait. Get smarter and say “not this time”! When you begin to do that, you’ll have more victories and you will gain strength knowing that you didn’t fall for it. Satan wants to take you out of where God has placed you and everything that God has for you. Don’t take the bait!
Matthew 10:16 – “Stay alert. This is hazardous work I’m assigning you. You’re going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don’t call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.
Question: Is there a time where you didn’t take the bait? Talk to me…
Love you to life!