The Worm, The Hook, The Great Deception

The Bible addresses the issue of temptation, by picturing it as a fisherman attempting to catch a fish. Unfortunately, in this scenario, temptation is the fisherman (empowered by Satan, our flesh and the world) and we are the fish. What is the purpose of temptation? To bring misery and death to those who choose to take the bait and be reeled in by the sinful forces of this world.

Here is what the Bible has to say about temptation and it’s results…

THE SCRIPTURE:

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: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (Jas 1:13-15)

THE STUDY:

In our first text, we find the steps of progression from temptation to the actual act of sin:

Step 1: he is drawn away of his own lust We come into contact with something that appeals to our desires. Much like a fish is attracted to the bait, due to its hunger.

Step 2: and enticed. Enticed means to deceive, mislead. Much like the fish, after being attracted, does recognize the hook; but believes that the bait is harmless.

Step 3: Then when lust hath conceived the idea of conceived means to grasp or take. Once the fish takes the bait, sealing his fate.

Step 4: it bringeth forth sin By acting to satisfy the lusts within us, we now commit the sin and, of course, bring an act of sin into our lives. The result of this sin? Death. Much like the fish that now has taken the bait is reeled to its awaiting death.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For the Christian….

To avoid the commission of sin we need to derail the temptation to sin process anyway we can.

Here are ways to derail the process at each of the first three steps of the four step process:

Step #1 – If we deal with our lusts properly… our sinful desires will be weakened and the opportunity to fulfill those desires will be lessened.

We will be avoiding as many opportunities to fulfill our sinful lusts as possible.

An example: If our lusts lead us to easily abuse alcohol, we should avoid going into bars or restaurants that serve alcohol.

Or, we can refuse to dwell mentally on our lust and its fulfillment, weakening our lusts by starving them.

An example: Do our lusts trouble us in the area of coveting the possessions of others? If we see something we desire that is owned by another, we should not continue to think on the items. This stirs up our lusts and opens the door to covetousness.

Step #2 – We need to stop and think about the true results of the sin we are about to commit. We will not see the bait as harmless but as something that will work death to us.

An example: How will this action affect me tomorrow, or next week, or next year? How will it affect those around me? What will it do to my testimony?

Step #3 – We need to seek the wisdom of God before we commit to actions we are unsure about. By doing this, we will be directed away from committing sin and resolving to do what is honoring to God.

An example: Before we commit to an action, we should seek out God’s Word and/or the Godly counsel of others, asking the question “What saith the Lord?”.

By derailing the process before the sin is actually committed, we will be avoiding future pain for ourselves and others around us; while pleasing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For those who have never trusted in Christ…

Before you can begin to win the victory over temptation in your life, you must first submit your life and desires to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ. This submission is an absolute necessity for the forgiveness of your sins and living a new life of victory over sin and death.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.(Jas 4:7-8)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  (Rom 6:16-18)

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About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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10 Responses to The Worm, The Hook, The Great Deception

  1. cwfkys11 says:

    Thank you Pastor Rob for the practical reminder!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    By derailing the process before the sin is actually committed, we will be avoiding future pain for ourselves and others around us; while pleasing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    – Amen. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Lord help us that we will take care not to fall into temptation with His help and yes, He can although it is still our choice.
    Thank you Pastor Rob, for this most relevant study.

  3. Another good one Rob.
    I am reminded of an old quote: “If you don’t want to trade with the devil, stay out of his shops” and another one: “Don’t trifle with sin because sin is no trifle”

    What an amazing God that He has defeated our enemy and when we submit to HIM and allow HIM to reign, satan flees.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN to all that you have said. It is so important we realize, when it comes to resisting temtation, we are ABSOLUTELY helpless, apart from the Lord’s intervention in our lives. This is why Bible study, prayer and consistently seeking to allow the HS to control our thoughts and actions is of utmost importance to overcome the workings of Satan. Lord bless you Angela. Your blog is a tremendous blessing to me. Thank you for the comment.

  4. writinggomer says:

    Another great post Pastor Rob. Thank you for this teaching. 🙂

  5. granbee says:

    Wonderful guidelines here on how to deal with, and weaken more and more, our own desires! This is the part of us that determines the bait the Devil likes to dangle in front of us! Bless you, Pastor Rob. And thank you once again for your wonderful encouragement at my own blog,especially during my Lenten Journey!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Granbee,

      Thank you for the kind words. The Lord is so good to us… not only does He warn and encourage us to keep from sins that will eventually hurt us; but He also explains how temptation works and how we can avoid falling into it’s traps. Lord bless you.

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