When I was teaching Sunday School. I made a game to help the children learn the lesson’s Bible verse. I called it ‘fishing’. Cutting out some paper fish, and writing a word or two from that week’s Bible verse on the back side of each fish, then putting a metal paperclip through the fish we were ready to go. Each child would go fishing with a little fishing pole that had a magnet on the end of its line. When the magnet touched a paper clip the fish would be caught. We would then turn the fish over and find a few of the word of our Bible verse.
I thought of this game when our Pastor illustrated the concept of temptation. In explaining how temptation works, Pastor Dave reminded us, that GOD cannot be tempted, nor does HE tempt any person (James 1:13). What actually happens in the process of temptation is, the devil acts as a fisherman. With a lure on his line, the devil tosses it before us, and slowly moves it in an attempt to draw one out from its safe spot. If a desire, within us causes us to be drawn out, the fish will be caught and used for his seditious purposes (2 Timothy 2:26). The one responsible is not the devil, he was only able to entice. The responsibility lay squarely with the one who followed the lure. Something within that one caused it to follow the bait.
It is like with that game of mine. Without a metal paperclip attached, the magnet on the fishing pole couldn’t catch any of the fish. And unless, there is something within us attracted to the lure, we couldn’t be tempted.
So what do we do about it? How do we keep from entering into temptation? “Watch (know your weaknesses and be on the alert) and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).
“Seeing that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, JESUS the SON of GOD…for we don’t have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities (weaknesses) but was in all points tempted like we are, but without sin. Let us therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.