|Memorise: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshy lusts, which war against the soul;” (1 Pet 2:11)
Read: 1 Peter 2:11-12
|A bait is something so attractive that the one to whom it is offered finds it most irresistible. James 1:14 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed”. If this scripture is anything to go by, it is that the power of a bait is dependent on the state of heart of the tempted. Your flesh has a part to play whenever you are enticed. If a non-smoker becomes a believer and is offered cigarette by smoking pals, he does not feel tempted.There are some unbelievers who before they were born again were virgins – had not had sex in any form. Even if a lady strips herself naked before such a fellow, she is wasting her time. If Satan would set a bait, he would use something that you have been used to. For a greedy or covetous fellow, Satan will gladly use money. He will exploit your areas of weakness to his advantage.
This is why you must go to the Lord and regularly ask for His help concerning that area that can easily bring you into Satan’s trap. If James and John who were so temperamental to the point that the Lord nicknamed them sons of thunder could turn their weak points into strong points, you too can. To do this however, go to the same Person they went to – Jesus.
Apart from the love of money, greed and covetousness as satanic baits, lust of the flesh is another. Some people are in Satan’s trap today just because they could not resist the opposite sex. Polygamy is on the rise today even among promonogamists. When God said one man, one wife, He had reasons for it. Yet some go ahead to marry two, three, five or more.
How can you have several wives and not expect to have witches and wizards among them? Some women became witches solely to protect their children against other witches, who might just be their mates in the same household. When God said, ‘Thou shall not commit adultery’, does He have a wife He is trying to protect? It is because He wants to protect you from venereal diseases.
When God forbids homosexuality, it is because apart from being an abuse of sexuality, it is to protect you from diseases. Are you a victim of the lust of the flesh? Cry to God for total victory over your flesh today.
|Ask God to break the staff of wicked leaders in this nation and in the Body of Christ.
By Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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