James, the brother of Jesus, presents in descriptive terms what happens when a person is led to commit sin. James 1 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. The picture you get as you read these verses is that Satan leads us to sin much like a fisherman lures fish to bite down on a hook. Satan uses lures that he knows are enticing to us i.e. sexy pictures if we are addicted to sexual lust, chocolate if we are overeaters, booze if we are alcoholics, a beautiful outfit or pair of shoes if we are addicted to retail consumption, a new car that he makes you feel that you cannot live without. Satan loves to go fishing.
One of my core family members loves to fish. This gentleman drives a really nice and expensive fully loaded extended Suburban. Yet, he does not do a good job of keeping the interior clean. In fact, it’s a mess. However, if you look at the cabinet where he stores his fishing lures, one would note that these lures are all laid out in order and categorized so that he can quickly put his hands on what will most likely lure fish that day. Fishing is not fun unless you are catching fish!
Satan does the same thing. Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. He knows what lure most likely will catch you and the best time to go fishing. It may be late night when you are watching TV by yourself. It may be when you are tired. It may be when you made a big sell or won a big contract at work. It may when your spouse and you are at odds or things are not going well at church. It may be when you are depressed. It may be when you are hungry. Satan knows the best fishing spots and the best time to go fishing.
1 Peter 5 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful (on the alert at all times). Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith. We have to be “watchful” at all times and aware of what lures us and when we are the most vulnerable to be caught. We must recognize that in our own flesh, we cannot defeat his deceit. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 to “put on the full armor of God” and to recognize that our enemy is not flesh and blood but principalities and powers from dark places.
If you discover that you cannot resist the lure on your own, join an accountability/recovery group. You will discover that this is one of the most powerful, healing tools and a place the devil hates. James 5:16 declares 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
So, be on the alert at all times and hang out a “no fishing sign” to the devil.