By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
It takes the right bait to capture one's intended victim. What method is our adversary, the Devil, using to gain the attention of his victims? What sin would so attract an individual that they would not want to turn loose of it?
The story of Adam and Eve tells us they were tempted by the serpent, in the Garden of Eden, and succumbed, bringing sin into the world. Due to their disobedience to God's command not to partake of the forbidden fruit of the tree (Genesis 2:17), they lost access to a literal paradise on earth; to the Tree of Life, with death becoming a reality to them and mankind as a whole (Hebrews 9:27).
The serpent, a representative of the Devil (Revelations 12:9), was more cunning than any beast of the field (Genesis 3:1). He was a creature made by God but used by the Devil. The Devil knows one's weakness and will attack that weakness, using the right bait to lure one into his web of deceit (2 Timothy 2:26).
I recently read a method of catching raccoons by placing a piece of foil, as bait, inside a small barred box that is staked to the ground. The raccoon will reach his paw into the box to get the foil, but once he has grasped the foil, his paw changes shape and will not fit back through the bars of the box.
The raccoon would rather give up his freedom, and perhaps his life, just for the sake of a shiny but useless piece of foil used as the right bait to lure him. Sin has such a hold upon a sinner, that without the saving grace of Jesus Christ will lead to death (Romans 6:23).
Oftentimes one is not even aware of their captivity or how critical it is that they escape. I read an illustration of a frog being placed in a clear glass container to observe its actions. Heat was gradually applied and the frog was unaware of its precarious state; of the heat that would eventually bring his doom!
However, when the heat was applied rapidly; the frog instantly became aware of its situation, and sought to escape its place of confinement. It is the same way with one's adversary the Devil; his temptation will be in a gradual, subtle way, not easily detectable, until one has become ensnared! It can happen through drugs, alcohol, pornography, or any other addictive source of sin, that proves to be the right bait.
King David gave his own testimony of enslavement and freedom in saying: I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay (that which was attempting to hold him there), and set my feet upon a rock (sweet deliverance), and established my steps (Psalm 40:1-3).
David's cry for deliverance was heard and answered; just as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can bring deliverance to those who have been caught up in the bondage of sin. He is able to set one free from a life of sin to a newness of life in Him (Romans 6:4). Scripture reveals that if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Jesus extended an invitation: I stand at the door, and knock: If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20). If one is willing to open the door of their heart, by accepting His invitation, they will not only be freed from sin but find a new life in Christ!
I made that commitment almost 40 years ago and have been dining at the Master's table ever since! I have been set free of a life of sin; brought upon mankind in the Garden of Eden, and have had my sins tossed into the sea of forgiveness to be remembered no more (Micah 7:19)!
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