But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15 ESV)
Picture yourself fishing. You have a line with a lure on the end and that lure is meant to attract fish. When the fish bite the lure they are hooked. And then cooked. The same happens to us when we “take the bait” of temptation and give in to sin. We get hooked. Then cooked. It’s not a pretty picture, but it is a fairly accurate one. Sin, whatever form it may take, is presented with the intention of spoiling your effectiveness as God’s witness.
It could be that it is an attempt to ruin your prayer life. This is a very important first step that the deceiver will take. If we give in to sin we are often embarrassed to go before the Throne of God and ask for forgiveness and help to overcome the sin. Guess what; God already knows what you did. And He is waiting for you to seek Him and His forgiveness. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that you have gone too far. Seek Him now and ask that the Holy Spirit help you to break this sinful habit.
It could also be that this is an attempt to make you look hypocritical because you talk about being a Christian and yet you do these things. This would mean that your sin was public, and they often are. Sin can and will hinder a witness.
The best way to avoid these issues is to not take the bait in the first place. Always pray, as Jesus taught us, that God would lead us away from temptation. Be aware of your situations so that you don’t fall into traps before you are even aware of them. And pray. Then pray some more.
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