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“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death.” – James 1:15
I don’t go often, and I’m not very good at it, but I like to fish. When you look around at all the equipment and all the money you could spend just to trick a fish, it’s intimidating.
James 1:15 talks about the process of baiting a person like you would a fish. Both the words “lured” and “enticed” in the original language have the idea of being baited, the “Ole Switcharoo.” Things in our life can sometimes look nice and shiny but in the end, we are gasping for air on the shore wishing we didn’t bite. When we begin to dwell and gaze at temptation, it gives birth to sin. When sin grows up it becomes death.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12
The record trout in West Virginia was caught back in 2004. The 33.11-inch, 19.40-pound rainbow trout beat out the previous state records for length and weight. A fish doesn’t get that big by falling for every lure that swims by. A trout like that needs to be patient and steadfast. There were plenty of chances at temptation but he didn’t bite (well at least until that last time).
Next time you’re tempted… try something… just wait, pause, take a breath. How many times could waiting save us from sin? Ask yourself if this action is worth the “reaction” – the consequences that come from sin.
Don’t fall for the glittery illusions of temptation. All that glitters is not gold. Pause… take a beat… God has better things for you if you stand fast.