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My mother loves fishing. She’s taught five of her eleven grand-children and a couple other kids she babysat how to fish.

When she taught my oldest nephew, he was so overcome with excitement at catching his first fish that he almost jumped out of the boat. He couldn’t stop talking about it for a week.

My mom also taught them how to find and dig for earthworms to use as bait, and how to bait their hooks. As she recalls each of them looking for earthworms, a smile appears as she reminisces how differently each child acted towards finding their wriggling “bait.”

Fishing is a great object lesson. The bait or lure used to attract fish deceives the fish into thinking what it sees is good and edible, yet when it takes the bait the fish finds itself caught with no way of escape.

Satan works very much like that. He makes sinful things appear to be beautiful and inviting. He tries his best make us see sin as fun and harmless. Satan uses friends, movies, magazines, and sometimes even family members to make drinking alcohol, playing violent video games, lying or any number of bad choices look like it’s a fun thing.

Caught and Ensnared

At first he may even use a little thing to attract us. He does that to deceive us into thinking we’re strong enough to leave when we want, but over time, the bait gets shinier and bigger. Once we’re caught and ensnared, it’s almost impossible to break free from these things by our own strength and return to doing what is right, just, pure, and holy.

We are not alone; Satan even tried to bait Jesus and cause Him to sin while He was on earth. Fortunately Jesus knew Satan’s tricks and like Jesus, we need to prepare and memorize Bible texts to defeat Satan.

Psalms 17:4-6 gives us the following advice, “I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you. I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray” (NLT).

And Titus 2:11, 12 is another good verse to remember, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (NKJV).

When Satan tempts you, simply ask God to help you resist and use the Bible texts you’ve memorized to remind you of the right things to do.

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