When I first started fishing I did’t know much and would head out to a lake and use plastic lures I read about in ads. I frequently caught some small mouth bass using these and felt pretty good. When I tried the same approach at different times in different places, it didn’t work so well.
One of the most important things I learned was getting the appropriate bait for the fish I wanted to catch. A good fisherman knows what kind of bait that fish prefers. This also means using the right hook. Too small and the smaller fish nibble off the bait, too large and it won’t set.
Over time I tested various types of baits and hooks to see which ones worked best. I also tried to focus on a specific kind of fish to find the best combination. Despite all this, there were times I didn’t catch anything and felt frustrated. But the days I was successful were awesome.
This is how the enemy works. He’s learned over time the best bait and hook to snag you. When you don’t take it he becomes frustrated but will come back another day. We find victory in knowing we are strengthened in Christ to fend off and not take the bait. If we do, but repent, Christ will rescue us and release us back out to fulfill our purpose.
Read and meditate on Galatians 5:16-25. What do these verses say to you?
What area in your life have you been snagged in sin and struggling to be released?
Meditate / Make It Real:
What will it take for you to repent and ask Jesus to set you free from this?
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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