A group of boys laid a plan to catch the ducks. They began by placing pumpkins in the water and letting the stream carry them down to where the ducks were swimming. At first, the ducks were nervous and moved away, but it wasn’t long before they decided there was no harm in the pumpkins and they ignored them as they floated nearby them.
Then came the second part of the boys’ plan. Each boy scooped out the inside of a pumpkin and made two small holes to see through. Then they placed the hollow pumpkins over their heads and quietly slipped into the stream. Allowing only the orange decoys to show above the water, they moved slowly and quietly towards their victims.
Suddenly, when the boys were in position, each boy grasped a duck’s legs from under the water and each captured an unsuspecting prey.
In much the same way, the devil sends deceptive “pumpkins” of temptation down the river of life. At first, we think we can live with them and experience no harm. Then, often when it is too late, we find ourselves in the clutches of an evil habit or a sinful activity.
How often has the “pumpkin” of the pride of life
caused many to lie, lie again, cheat, steal etc?
How often has the “pumpkin” of personal pride
caused anger, grudges, false gossip, even physical harm to others?
How often has the “pumpkin” of “Me, me, me, me”
caused loss of fellowship with God and deviation from His will?
How often has the “pumpkin” of popularity
and a desire to “belong” in a group led to sinful activities?
How often has the “pumpkin” of the “good life” of others
caused many to be envious and seek to “keep up with the Jones’s”?
How often has the “pumpkin” of self-sufficiency
caused us failure and loss of the experience of God’s all-sufficiency?
How often has one “tried” the “pumpkin” of a “harmless” drug
with the thought that just once won’t hurt?
How often has just one look at the “pumpkin” of “adult” magazines
or movies or websites fed a deep-seated urge which became irresistible?
Thankfully, for the Christian, confession to a loving heavenly Father, together with repentance and a dependence on His enabling, can break that sin. We find forgiveness, cleansing and power to resist further attacks, but we must be vigilant.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.
Put on the whole armour of God
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
1 Timothy 6:11-12
Flee those things and pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Fight the good fight of faith.
James 4:7 Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Mr Anon says:
# The devil is a masterful artist. He camouflages evil to make it look good.
# If you don’t want to trade with the devil, keep out of his shops.
# One sin tolerated and enjoyed will make way for every other.
# Sin cannot be reduced to manageable proportions.
# One reason sin flourishes: we treat it as cream puff instead of rattle snake.
What other “pumpkins” do we need to avoid?
Given the time of the year, maybe a pumpkin can be a timely reminder of the dangers associated with Halloween.
For a good explanation of the origin of Halloween see the posts by Rob Barkman at: