12th January 2013 by Bill Davis
I am sure there are those of you that do not like guns or hunting; but my son and I enjoy spending time together on a pond, hunting ducks. Now, he likes to call the ducks in by offering duck like noises and enticements on various types of duck calls. The ducks may fly by and he calls; “Come on back, its OK.” Or they may be flying to high and he calls; “Come on down closer and see what is going on. All your friends are here.” He may even tell them there is plenty of food down here or maybe even a pretty or handsome partner near by. He calls, he tempts and they obey. We are hidden from view, soon they are close enough, the gun is raised and boom! I think you  get the idea.
Satan is much like that with us humans. He has his camouflage on and is waiting in hiding. He makes seductive calls and sounds and offers us tempting ideas. If that doesn’t work, he backs up and tries something different. Satan is determined to have you “bite” on his sinful ways. And sin kills!
Romans 6:23a New International Version (NIV); “For the wages of sin is death.”
The very Word of God tells us that Satan is prowling around looking for a way to decoy us in and destroy us.
1 Peter 5:8 New International Version (NIV); “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
Keep alert. You know he is around and do not be ignorant or blind to his intentions. One of his favorite “calls” is the call of self-justification. Self-justification leads us to make excuses for what we know is wrong but do anyway. From the very beginning with Adam and Eve; people have always tried to hide their sins from God or blame someone else. It is very hard for any of us to admit we are wrong. We tend to go to great lengths and often lies to justify our thoughts, deeds and actions.
Ecclesiastes 7:16 New International Version (NIV); “Do not be over-righteous, neither be over-wise—why destroy yourself?”
Ecclesiastes 5:4 New International Version (NIV); “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.”
God takes it very serious when we tell Him we want to be more like Him and when we ask for forgiveness of a wrong committed. God even gave His Son to suffer, bleed and die for our sins. We all need to be very careful when hearing the calls of Satan.
Bill Davis

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