Satan's Fishing Trip
We are all called to be fishers of men but did you know that Satan is a fisherman also. Satan is fishing for men trying to turn them away from God. Whose boat are you fishing on? As Christians we are called to be fishers of men, but there is something that I think we don’t realize sometimes and that is the fact that Satan is a fisher of men also. Satan would love nothing more than to lure you in and hook you. We have all been bombarded with temptation and even Jesus was tempted. The difference is, Jesus was not hooked. As a fisherman, there are several things concerning fishing one must know. First, always fish where you know there are fish and know the conditions of the place where you will be fishing.
Second, find out what the fish are biting.
Third, be persistent.
Satan is a good fisherman and he also uses these tactics when he's out fishing. Satan is not omnipresent, meaning that he is not everywhere at the same time, so he has to decide where and when he is going to go fishing. Once he gets to his location, he figures out what lure will work and he goes to work. Satan is always persistent.
Let’s look at how to have victory over temptation and not become one of Satan’s catches.
Conditions When does Satan tempt us?
High Spiritual Experiences
Matthew 4 records that this temptation of Jesus happened directly after He was baptized. Jesus had received the approval of his father who said, "This is my beloved son in Whom I am well pleased." Temptation often happens after a high spiritual experience.
Jesus did not eat during those 40 days. Imagine the physical strain upon Jesus’ body. Temptations often happen during a time of physical sickness, or when the body is in a weak state or when hungry or tired. Alone Jesus was alone during this time. His disciples were not there. Temptation often happens when we are alone. Lures What is the design of these lures?
To Sin Against God
Satan was trying to get Jesus to sin against God so that he would be disqualified from being the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. All through these temptations Satan attempts to get Jesus to bypass the cross, by which he would save all believing mankind. Satan knew that if he could get Jesus to short-
To Doubt Our Relationship With God
Satan wants us to doubt our relationship with God, and to become independent of him in meeting our own needs. Notice the first temptation in verses 3-
Notice again, that the devil said, "Tell these stones to become bread." He did not say, "Pray to your father in heaven and ask for bread," but rather "take matters into your own hands and provide for your own needs." The devil hates anything requiring humility and dependence upon God, and loves to tell us of our own self-
Christ Refused To Comply With It.
In this one aspect, the teaching of the world to "just say no" is correct, but it falls short because it does not teach the next point, which is:
He was ready to reply to it.
Jesus quoted from scripture, saying, "It is written." Isn’t it amazing that Christ answered and baffled all the temptations of Satan with "It is written". Not only was he the living word of God, but also God’s word alive in him.
"I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one".
Jesus Warded Off The Second Temptation.
Notice the second temptation in verse 5-
Notice how Jesus warded off this assault and conquered the enemy:
With abhorrence and detestation.
If we are ever going to win the battle against sin, we must ask God to give us a holy detestation of it, as if we cannot bear the thought of it.
Jesus Beats The Third Temptation.
Notice the third temptation in verses 9-
Here, the devil tempts Jesus to presume upon the promises of God. If Jesus had purposely sinned by throwing himself down from the temple, He would have been testing God to try to rely on God’s promise to not let him fall.
1 Corinthians 10:13
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it".
Christians, how are you doing with temptation? Have you been hooked? Jesus has given us the blue print to total victory over temptation. Let’s use it!