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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 as 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, miles from anywhere, and anyone.

    At the time, 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 our problems. The problem is that the fish is hungry for it. For example, 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 take away the desire and 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 me line my desires up with Yours, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is "Thankful Thursday" at our "Ladies in Distress" group! All group members are welcome and invited to post something, whether big or small, that you are grateful for! This group is private, so if you are not a member and are having trouble joining, just post on the website somewhere and we will get you set up :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord.....Hallelujah! Thank you for the today’s devotion !
July 26, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

July 26, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

July 26, 2018
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,keep and save us from are temptations.We are blessed and God you are awesome.

July 26, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, search my heart, for I do not see what is there!

July 26, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen   God is our king  !

July 26, 2018
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Very powerful, thank you.

July 26, 2018
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Amen!!!

July 26, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 26, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Deliver me from unhealthy and unholy desires. Thank You Father, Amen.

July 26, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

AMEN!

July 26, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!!

July 26, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

July 26, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Yes Lord!

July 26, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know what my desires are. Erase from me those that You don't want and save me from the snares of the devil. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

July 26, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help us all Lord to master our lives and live under your truth. Amen

July 26, 2018
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Love this teaching...

July 26, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus

July 26, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 27, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  This is interesting, because I was just laid off yesterday, but am trusting God!  Also, I definitely appreciate this 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 me line my desires up with Yours, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 27, 2018
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen! There are so many temptations out their they look so enticing. That’s why we need to ask God for His help to deliver us from temptation. Heavenly Father please I am asking you what ever temptation that I may face or comes my way please deliver me from it. In Jesus’s mighty name I pray amen.

July 28, 2018