Summary: Focus is on how the devil uses deception to hinder the Lord's servants.
DEEP SEA FISHING
James Series 6: How the Devil Uses Deception
INTRO: Something that fascinates me, is the recreational activity of deep sea fishing. The process if pretty basic, but has a bit of danger in it. Essentially, the boat captain throws out some kind of bait onto a massive line, then ties you into a chair and says go at it. The reason you are tied into the chair is so that when the fish pulls, it doesn’t pull you in. Yeah, no kidding. And if you do happen to hook something which I am told for about $1000 is very likely, an hour and a half fight later you actually pull it in and have enough fish steaks to last to the next Presidential election.
BIBLE VERSE: James 1:14-18
16Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
TRANSITION: The word here for “enticed” it technically a Greek fishing term, meaning to lure. And the Devil is absolutely here to LURE us into sin. And believe it or not, his temptations are fairly predictable, you can pretty much expect similar attacks over and over and over again.
SO WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF HIS ATTACKS? Remember, we may be fishers of men, but so is the Devil. And sure seems to know how to fish.
1. HE KNOWS THE BEST PLACE:
BIBLE VERSE: James 1:14-18
14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
LIST SOME PLACES THE DEVIL MAY TRY TO LURE YOU:
Allow for some playful discussion here, if something goes pretty serious, or if there is a debate, than hash it out. Remember, if a youth is asking you to justify a place to be; it’s probably because they know they’re not supposed to be there.
HERE IS A SURPRISE LURE: COULD A LURE BE A CHURCH? HERE’S A HYPOTHETICAL
For the sake of time, abbreviate this article…
“How do Satan and his ministers look on the surface to most people in the world? Are they actually monstrous in appearance, red all over with hideous grins and with pitchforks in their hands? Absolutely not! Just the opposite is the case. They look righteous. They look holy. They look like angels of light. And throughout the nations of the world at this time (and Satan controls them all), Satan has established a whole battery of different religious organizations, churches, mosques, synagogues, shrines, temples, grottos, certain holy mountains, etc., etc. where the authorities who administer them appear to be ministers of righteousness. This was Paul’s experience and teaching. And let me tell you a fact, Satan has not changed his tactics one iota in our day. And God, for a good purpose, has allowed Satan to have his full sway.