Sunday, January 27, 2019

If Fish Could Talk

Suppose you’re a fish and see a juicy floating worm. Just before you can eat it another fish quickly swims and takes the bait. You’re stunned because the fish immediately shoots straight up out of the water and doesn’t come back!

A few minutes later, you spot another worm. Again, another fish grabs it before you can get there. Up it goes and never returns. This happens three more times. Since you’re a talking fish, you warn the others, “I’ve figured out something bad happens whenever I see a floating worm. I don’t understand why but every time a fish bites a worm it’s immediately jerked out of the water.”

Some fish ridicule you. “You’re not going to tell us what to do. If we see a worm we'll eat it!” Later you don’t notice them around anymore. You only see the other fish who listened to your advice. (If only people would listen)

James 1:14 says, “But each person is tempted when (WHEN?) they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” The Greek word for “enticed” means “to bait a hook.” The fisherman uses bait to attract the fish and hides a hook inside to conceal the consequences. It takes two things to catch it—a hungry fish and enticing bait. 

Your mind is the pond where Satan goes fishing. Instead of dropping a worm into your mind he drops in a lying thought, “You can have this and nothing bad will happen to you.” You can’t see the hook, but if you’re wise you’ll swim away. Bait always includes consequences.

The fish that took the bait never dreamed it would end up in a frying pan. The alcoholic never thought he would end up in the street gutter when he took his first drink. The adulterer never dreamed he’d lose his family for yielding for one fleeting moment.

What's the bait that's tempting you? Remember a hook is always hidden inside. Avoid the bait and you won’t suffer the consequences.

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