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Bass Fishing

  • Let no man say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God,' for God can't be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.' James 1:13 WEB

    I had spent a quiet morning in my boat on the Waccamaw river, fishing and listening to the Bible. The water of the Waccamaw is black as coffee. The color comes from the tannins released by the surrounding tree roots and vegetation. They color the water like tea leaves. The white sandy bottom gives it a dark reddish tint in the shallows, and the narrow upper parts make for a beautiful, serene environment. You rarely see anyone else during the week, and it is a great place to be alone.

    I was laid off from work and on the last week of my unemployment. Sometimes I would spend the early morning fishing and praying, then the afternoons looking for work. This particular morning, I had been fishing hard, but had caught nothing. It was almost noon, and I decided to cast my line one more time, then head back to the boat landing empty handed.

    I paddled my boat right up to the mouth of Simpson Creek and made one last cast. Soon after my plastic worm sank into the black water, I felt a slight bump on the line. I thought it might have bumped a log, but just in case, I took the slack out of the line and yanked back on the rod to set the hook.

    Whatever was on the other end did not budge at all. The rod just bent double and I thought the line was hung. Then... slowly it started moving off to the right. I began to reel it in and soon a seven and a half pound large mouth bass danced by the boat on its tail. My heart was racing. It was the first fish that I could pull against as hard as I could, and it didn't seem to matter. I had to wear it down. I fought with it for a long time before it finally gave up, and I wrestled him into the boat.

    All morning I had cast lures in front of fish, but they would not bite. My lure wasn't tempting for they were not hungry for what I was offering them. Finally I found one that was, and I caught him. He passionately went after the bait, hook, line and sinker. In this case, it was a five-inch black plastic worm, and the fish deeply desired to have it.

    James made it clear that nothing outside of you tempts you; it is what is already inside of you that is hungry. Everyone has a different appetite as well. Eve wanted the forbidden fruit. Sex, drugs, pornography, money, eating, drinking and a million other things, are not the root of the problem. The problem is that the fish is hungry for it. See money in itself is not evil, but the 'love of money' is. That is the insatiable desire for more of it. Anyone that has been addicted to something can confirm this 'longing for more.'

    God can take away bad desires. At one time I enjoyed smoking. Now smoke makes me nauseous and It is no longer a temptation for me to be around it. If you are drawn to something like this, pray for the Lord to deliver you from it. When the hunger is gone, it will no longer tempt you, even if it appears right in front of you like a lure before a fish. If the fish is not hungry, they will not bite.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please remove the desires from me that are not right and deliver me from things that drag me down each time. I want to serve You with my whole heart, but there are things in me that do not. Help my desires to line up with Yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

 Heavenly Father, please remove the desires from me that are not right and deliver me from things that drag me down each time. I want to serve You with my whole heart, but there are things in me that do not. Help my desires to line up with Yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen

January 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I join with Mark in his prayer and ask that you guide his every step, that you set him free from all that binds him and that you bring him fresh wisdom each day, in the name of Jesus, amen!

January 26, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Heavenly Father,when we surrender all to you with our wrongful desires and ask for your deliverance.You come and show us the way out and lead us against all temptations by your Grace and Mercy.You are the Potter and I am the clay.Help me Lord to have your way of all the things that need to be changed in my life,and my ways.That I may draw closer to you.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you Pastor Todd for this devotion and prayer.Praise Jesus Christ for he is a chain breaker and sets the captives free.

January 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Rosemary <3! (((HUGS)))

January 26, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

January 26, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. He has delivered me from all my addictions, first as a young woman from drugs, than from smoking and later from alcohol. Now I am addiction free for many years.

 

January 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praise God <3! Love you, sister! (((HUGS)))

January 26, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen I can do ALL things through Christ. He set me free!

January 26, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

January 26, 2017
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Andrew Velez
Andrew Velez

Hi all maybe you all would be so kind as to pray for me .  I need and want to quit smoking and having a really hard time . Please pray that HE takes the desire and habit away from me .. Thanks !! 

January 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, please bless Andrew with grace to overcome, remove the desire to smoke from him, and help him to walk away from this habit and never turn back, in the name of Jesus, amen!

January 26, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Heavenly Father I pray that You deliver Andrew from smoking and take away the desire, reverse it like You did for me, in Jesus name.

January 26, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for your love and mercy for Andrew.  Please help him and be with him and in him as he is trying to quit smoking.  In the mighty name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Amen

January 26, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

January 26, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God I'm praying to you again to get my daughter out of the mess she's in. Amen. 

January 26, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, i lift up Mari's daughter to you and pray that you guide her, draw her heart and mind to you and help her to overcome her past and all that hinders her from your perfect will, in the name of Jesus, amen!

January 26, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembrezaedited: January 26, 2017

I thank you our LORD GOD for your mercy and love for Mari"s daughter.  Please help her in what she is going through. In JHesus Christ Name I pray.  Amen

January 26, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Heavenly Father I pray that You take care of Mari's daughter, draw her to You, and protect her during this time, in Jesus name.

January 26, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hey great teaching!! Desire-the first step!! Hum~~

January 26, 2017
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

TYL An Awesome message

January 26, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

January 26, 2017
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau

Bass fishing is a topic I know a little about. I was born into a family of bass fishermen, sometimes I joke and say I was practically born on a bass boat. The lake we have out here in Arizona is beautiful and excellent for fishing when the weather permits. There is so much open water out here that being on the lake gets dangerous if it gets too windy and often times we see days where the winds reach up to 20, 30, 40 mph. My dad and I were out fishing one day, we had fun saw some beautiful parts of nature, animals, even saw some big horn sheep butt heads with eachother. Then the wind picked up and we had to fight white caps to make it around the island to go back to the dock. But as soon as we drew near to the dock and saw what awaited us in the middle of the channel, we had no choice but to turn back and try to find a place to hide from the waves and the chop. We hid out in a mooring area for vessles up river. We tried to do some fishing there, because we really had nothing else to do, but even there it was too choppy and the wind was getting bad. We had to call my step-mother to drive down to the dock and bring the trailer up to the secondary launch ramp for us so we could get us and the boat back onto dry land. It was a day to remember for sure, but the important thing is, by the Lord's grace and mercy, we all made it safely back to the house although we didn't have any fish because my dad and I practice catch and release. Some parts of that day were stressful and exhausting to have lived through, but I still count it as a good day. The Lord took us to it and brought us through it in one peice. I am and will always be thankful for that. 

January 26, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen

January 26, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!                           Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please remove the desires from me that are not right and deliver me from things that drag me down each time. I want to serve You with my whole heart, but there are things in me that do not. Help my desires to line up with Yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

January 26, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen. 

January 26, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

So very true, and that's why the 12 Step programs work so well--We must surrender to God!

January 26, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  I may share this.  Heavenly Father, please remove the desires from me that are not right and deliver me from things that drag me down each time. I want to serve You with my whole heart, but there are things in me that do not. Help my desires to line up with Yours, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 27, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Lord. Amen.

January 27, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, please remove the desires from me that are not right and Deliver Me from the things that drag me down each time. I want to serve you with my whole heart, but there are things in me that do not. Help my desires to line up with yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I prayAmen!!

January 27, 2017
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Fawndena  Williamson
Fawndena Williamson

Amen

January 29, 2017
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Great prayer! Amen!

February 1, 2017