Some awesome spiritual insight from Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel in Lima, Ohio and host of Soaring Eagle Radio.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 1 Peter 1:13-15
The success of a fishing lure lies mainly in its ability to attract. The shiny spinners sparkle and move with the current of the water and as a result of the skillful fisherman’s hand. Once attracted the fish moves in for a closer look and ultimately makes the fatal decision to strike at what it believes to be an easy meal. Too late does the unsuspecting fish feel the bite of the hook and the draw of the line that means the hunter has become the hunted.
My good friend Mike Reese, musician and songwriter as both a solo artist and member of the group Simon Peter, sings a song appropriately titled “Hooks” in which the following lyrics are haunting in their accuracy:
Some people say “It’s all in fun. Don’t get so serious if we get delirious, there’s no harm done.
It may take years or just a day and what was once a game is now not quite the same.
It is a habit now that you find you can’t live without. And the deceitfulness of sin has got you again.
The chorus drives the point home:
Oh it’s so subtle, has such good looks.
It’s so wrapped up in the things we want,
We can’t see the hooks.”
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