The illegitimate development of desire leads to deception, the moment the person takes Satan’s bait and finds out he has been deceived.
A smart fisherman doesn’t just throw a bare hook in the water and wait. That hook has to be covered with some kind of bait for a fish to bite on.
Satan is not just throwing bare hooks out in front of us. He doesn’t say to a man, come on down to the local bar and let me get you addicted to alcohol so you can lose your job and your family, lose your self-respect and self-control, and wind up in a rehab center.
Satan is far too smart to let his hooks show. He covers them with enticing bait. He invites a person down to the friendly neighborhood tavern for one drink, then two, three, and four, until that person’s desire for alcohol overcomes all his other desires and commitments.
He has been thoroughly deceived.
Satan deceives us by planting an evil thought or idea in our minds.
He can’t make us do anything, but he can build deceitful castles of desire in our minds.
King David found that out. Look at what happened when he saw Bathsheba bathing. He could have turned away, but Satan got him to keep looking and then thinking and then acting.
On another occasion in David’s life, the Bible says that Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel (1Chronicles 21:1 ).
David got the idea, I don’t need God.
I have a big enough army to take care of it myself. But seventy thousand people died because of David’s sin. Peter asked Ananias, Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? About the money Ananias and Sapphira had received from the sale of their land ( Acts 5:3 ).
This couple’s desire to sell their land and give the money to the Church in Jerusalem was legitimate. And the money they earned from the sale was legitimate income. If they had just given a certain amount and been up front about it, there would have been no problem. But Satan tempted them to twist their story and say they had given it all, and they died.
Satan knows how to intertwine our desires with his twisted plans to lure us into his deception. But we still have to bite on the hook.