By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
It takes the right bait to make a catch; what bait is our adversary, the Devil, using to his catch his intended victims? What sin would so attract an individual that they would not want to turn loose of it?
The story of Adam and Eve reveals that they were tempted by the serpent, in the Garden of Eden, who utilized the right bait, and they succumbed to it, bringing sin into the world. Due to their disobedience to God's command, not to partake of the forbidden fruit, they lost access to a literal paradise on earth; also to the Tree of Life.
Scripture reveals: So he (or the Lord God) drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden, Cherubim (an angel of the Lord) and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep (or guard) the way of the tree of life (Genesis 3:24). Death then become a reality to Adam and Eve, and mankind as a whole. This is confirmed in Scripture: It is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).
I read an article concerning 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 it, 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. The Devil knows our weakness and will attack that weakness; using the right bait to lure one into his web of deceit!
Sin has such a hold on a sinner, that without the saving grace of Jesus Christ will lead to death. Scripture reveals: Being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. But the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:22-23). Wages emphasizes what we deserve; but the gift of God, emphasizes God's unmerited favor towards a repentant heart.
Oftentimes one is not even aware of their captivity or how critical it is that they escape. I read an story of a frog being placed in a clear glass container to observe its actions. Heat was gradually applied but the frog was unaware of its precarious state; of the heat that would eventually lead to its 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 come 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 that proves to be the right bait.
King David gave a 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 also 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 goings (or steps) (Psalm 40:1-2).
David's cry for deliverance was heard and answered; just as Jesus, 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 into a newness of life in Him.
Scripture reveals: 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). A Bible commentary noted: We ought not deny our sins but rather to confess them before God. This opens the door for His forgiving and cleansing light to purify our hearts. Unrighteousness is another way of saying sin.
If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2). A Bible commentary noted: Advocate is a legal term for one who intercedes for another. Propitiation is an atoning sacrifice. Jesus bore in His body the punishment due to us for our sin; in so doing He propitiated God, satisfied God's just demand that sin be punished. Jesus is both advocate for sinners and the sacrifice for their sins.
Jesus extends 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 sup (or 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 42 years ago and have been dining at the Master's table ever since! I have been set free of a life of sin. Scripture reveals: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities: and will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). I pray that you will make such a commitment; if you have not done so already!
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