DANGEROUS DECEIT – ‘pumpkins’ that deceive

Some ducks found a good feeding place in the reeds growing in a quiet stream.

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.

Ephesians 6:11
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.

Colossians 3:1-2
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:


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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10 Responses to DANGEROUS DECEIT – ‘pumpkins’ that deceive

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Angela, you are so right… Satan is very deceptive and wanting to trip us up any way possible. It is only by the grace of the Lord that we are able to consistently escape the cunning traps that he sets for us…. May the Lord bless

    (thanks for the reblogs).

    • The cunning traps seem to be more numerous, especially for young people, who are brainwashed by the world into thinking that evil things and immoral things are acceptable. Sadly, so many Churches are also falling for the lies and pandering to ‘alternative life styles’ and ‘human rights’ and ‘freedom of choice’ etc.

  2. Amanda Beth says:

    Amen!!! Wonderful message! The devil is deceptive. We must be on guard. I remember hearing a preacher say that too many Christians live so close to the edge of sin that with one slip they’d fall into it. We must stay far from it by not playing around with it. Thanks for sharing this. God bless you!

    • >> “We must stay far from it” . . . So true! Too many people ‘dabble’ with sin, thinking one look, one go, just a little, etc but before long, they are trapped. We need to flee from every indication of evil and have NOTHING to do with it. That should not be difficult for a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, because the abundance of His blessings is so great that we lack for nothing.

      What an amazing God!

  3. GodGirl says:

    Well said! And so true.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    I agree with everything you say Cloudwatcher. Oh how discerning we must be with Holy Spirit discernment. Sometimes urgency of decision puts us in a difficult situation without the benefit of review time, that is why we need to constantly be filled with the Holy Spirit to know the mind of Christ and not disobey, going our own way and falling into temptation. Thank you for your practical applications and warnings.

    The enemy sometimes appears as an angel of light, so beware.

    • As you say, sometimes we have to make a quick decision and it is then that we need the principles of the Word so instilled in us and ingrained in us that our automatic response is God’s way.

      The devil is a crafty foe who is an expert artist, painting the sinful things to make them look good. We are not to be ignorant of his devices, but always be armed with the whole armour of God and the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Satan and his forces are defeated foes when we stand in the power of our almighty God and in the victory gained for us.

      What an amazing God!

  5. Lyn Leahz says:

    Amen! Amen! and AMEN! You said it sister…there’s nothing I can say or add to your post other than awesome job! I know, you’re going to reply to my comment all humbly giving credit to the Lord..Amen! Yet, you are an obedient servant, which you deserve credit for being obedient. God bless you!

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