The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie
“Homily Grits Devotional” http://www.homilygrits.com/
Read Matthew 13:47-49,
“Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.” Ecclesiastes 9:12 NIV
Scripture often uses metaphors involving fish and fishing. God called Peter, Andrew, and John from their fishing for fish to become fishers of men. Peter is still fondly referred to by many as “the big fisherman”.
Fishing tackle stores have an astonishing assortment of lures, to attract and hook any kind of fish; but these cannot compare with the lures used by the other “fisher of men”.
Just as any successful fisherman knows when and where to fish, and what kind of bait and tackle to use, the devil knows and exploits our every weakness and knows exactly when, where, and how to do it.
The devil often uses our biology to overcome our theology by exploiting basic sexual drives and instincts with a saturation of temptations on TV shows and commercials, movies, and especially internet pornography that has hooked millions throughout the world.
Satan has used the deceptive and empty promises of feeling good or drowning sorrows to ruin the lives of millions through alcohol or drugs.
Others find themselves getting hooked on pride, possessions, power, or approval of peers that keep them from “getting hooked” on the one thing needful.
It is only through getting hooked on Jesus, that we can escape the fire of the frying pan of the one who is always looking for more fish to fry.
Father, may I never get “hooked” by the devil. In Jesus’ name, Amen
P.S. (from bruce) Here is a link for getting hooked on Jesus…through this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God…John 6:44… https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/gods-group-thoughts-for-7112013-the-truth-about-sin/