Hook, Line, and Sinker

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15

The expression “Hook, Line, and Sinker” was birthed in 1865. Literally it means the fish took not only the bait, but swallowed the hook, line, and sinker whole. If someone played a trick on you and you fell for it immediately, they might say you fell for it hook, line and sinker! Fish are sometimes smart and will test things out before biting. Others just impulsively go for whatever is dangled in front of them. They face a moment of decision; one that is a matter of life or death. We face many similar moments like this in our lives. We base a lot of our decisions off what our hearts hunger or desire for. Our hearts are deceitful by nature (Jeremiah 17:9) and if not filled with the word of God daily, it leaves room for the enemy to drop anchor and deceive us. We must guard our hearts daily for everything we do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23). Be careful what you feed your mind (music, television, social media, reading) because it can influence your thoughts and the decisions you make also. (Philippians 4:8)

Adam and Eve faced temptation in the garden. God instructed them not to eat from one tree. The temptation was not from God (1 John 2:16). Temptation is not actually sin, we are all tempted. But, if you give into the temptation (entertain the thought and accept without question) you will give conception to sin, which then leads to death (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Hook (lust conceived) Line (bringing forth sin) Sinker (death). If you give the devil an inch he will take a mile! Eve knew the word of God but allowed her imagination to rise above God. (2 Corinthians 10:5) We must abstain from all appearances of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Jesus is a fisher of men, but so is the devil. He lays snares (Psalm 119:110) He knows the word of God and will even use it to try and trap you – false doctrine. We need knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of God’s word and ways or we will fall for anything that presents itself. Bring into captivity every thought obedient to Christ! Do not conform to the ways of the world; test and approve everything that presents so that you may know God’s perfect will, lest you fall hook line and sinker! (Romans 12:2)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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