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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 15:58:00 -0600
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Fidelity

Satan's Tackle Box
by Mike Benson

There's a creek that runs through Hurricane Mills,
Tennessee. It's deep and cold and clear, and it
serves as habitat for a fairly good size school of
rainbow trout. I know that, you see, because I've
fished there -- several times, in fact. And
without sounding pretentious, I've had some pretty
good success there. I've caught my daily limit of
seven trout on many occasions. The reason for my
good fortune is because I know what the fish like;
I've learned what bait is most effective in the
creek.

Satan is sort of a fisherman, and he knows what
bait is most effective with you and me -- he knows
what lure will work. Read passages like Genesis 3,
Matthew 4 and James 1 (cf. Genesis 39; 1 John 2)
and you'll discover that the Tempter has a "tackle
box" full of lures (e.g., illicit sex, alcohol,
drugs, food, internet pornography, etc.) that he
can flash before us.

But as enticing as Satan's baits might appear,
there's ALWAYS a hook embedded inside each of
them. And if we ever actually take a "bite," we'll
be hauled up on shore and fried (cf. James
1:14,15).

Think about it.

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