Temptation is Captivating

August 08, 2012

“Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” – James 1:15

Some of you are fisherman and you know if you can find a good cove where the bass resides and maybe there are┬ásome trees there along the shore and you just sense that’s just a perfect spot for the bass, or you’ve got the perfect bait. You put it on that hook. You cast your line there where you think that bass is and the bass is there sure enough. And the bass sees that luscious, luscious worm. Oh my goodness! It looks so good. The only thing that bass sees is the worm, and he doesn’t even see the hook. And the bass just so captivated by that luscious worm, it reaches and grabs it. And when it grabs that worm, guess what? It grabs death. It’s toast.

And really that’s a description of what happens with us. There is that look, that lust, that natural desire and instinct. Then we seek to capture it. We grab a hold of it without realizing we’re grabbing hold of death. And what is that death? It could be physical death, but more often, it is a spiritual death. It is separation from God. That’s really what God’s Word is trying to tell us. Oh, we can try to blame other people all we want to, but the fact is we have to take responsibility for the choices we make when we are tempted.

The next time you feel that tug to do something you know is wrong, stop right where you are and pray. I promise that God won’t let you down. He’ll give you a way out.