As I mentioned in a recent post about fishing where I talked about resisting the Lord just like the fish fought against being landed I had some thoughts that were nearly opposite; that perhaps we, like the fish, are in the right place, in the stream or river, enjoying the life giving waters of salvation and are tempted by some sort of lure or bait and are then “hooked” by the false promise of something good which ends up leading us into damnation and death.
Yeah, thinking about the fishing, how some fish really fight, resist getting landed and some are able to throw the hook or break the line, then they return back to their place in the stream. They are tempted by some choice, yummy looking bait, or a lure. Many times in life we face temptations, things we want, things we think we want, things that promise happiness, pleasure, wealth, alcohol, drugs, a fancy car, a nicer house or some other rewards. Usually those temptations seem like easier ways to get what we believe we should have in life than to maintain the faith and follow Christ. So, we go after it, then, once we have that thing, like a fishing lure or a baited hook, we eventually feel the sting of succumbing to the temptation. At times, even though there is some sting, fighting against it is more painful than just going along and following the temptation further. Its just easier to go with it, maybe the bait still seems good and one is enjoying it so they ignore the pain. Maybe they don’t even notice the pain and focus so much on the pleasure aspect that it is the only thing of concern. As in fishing, the fish often comes in easily at first, not fighting much at all. Eventually, the fish will realize that it is hooked by that and are being lead further and further away from the part of the river that is best for them. As we as Christians often don’t think as much about it because we are still mostly in His will and following Christ but eventually get pulled further and further away from Him. Out of the main part of river of life with the living water and spiritual food we need. Then, into the shallows, barely living a Christian life until suddenly, we are completely out of the life giving water He has for us and are trapped. Oh, when we realize that we are getting further and further from where we should be we will start to fight some, trying to get back, but the temptation keeps drawing us away. If we do not fight the temptation we will eventually be lead to death and destruction.
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak. Mark 14:38
There is no shortage of temptations out in the world. We all know how hard the devil is trying to tempt us and lead us away from God. He even tried to tempt Christ.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Matthew 4:1
God warns us of the temptations and tells us to avoid them.
And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. Luke 22:40
Christ even tells us to pray that we not be lead into temptation when he taught how to pray in the Lord’s Prayer. And, we are promised that we will not be tempted more than we can resist. Oh, sometimes we don’t resist but He promises it won’t be so much that we are unable to do so.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. 1 Corinthians 10:13
And, for those able to resist temptation (in the past I have resisted some, but sadly for me, not resisted all yet He helps me with that now and I am more able to resist with Christ helping me) He promises rewards and blessings.
12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Lord, I praise Your Name and thank You for all the blessings. I thank You for the simple lessons that help me understand the mind of Christ better and the ways in which I can be a better Christian. Lord, I know I have so much I can improve on but I also know that You have brought me a long way. In Jesus Name I pray that You continue that work in me. Strengthen me in my faith and help me avoid the temptations in the world. Draw me, and my loved ones, closer to You. Show each and every one of us Your true plan for our lives and help us better learn to follow Christ.
Thanks for your time today. I hope everyone has a blessed day, and that you have the chance to be a blessing to someone else.