Natives in Africa capture monkeys by setting up cages and placing bait inside. The bait can be anything a monkey would want, such as food or an unusual object. The monkeys are lured to the cages but are too smart to actually go inside. Instead, they reach through the bars, grab the bait, and try to pull it out. Because the object is too large to go through the bars, the only way the monkey can get away is to drop the bait. But monkeys refuse to let go. They kick and squeal but keep holding on. They stay trapped in bondage because they refuse to let go of the bait.
Are you the devil’s monkey? Have you grabbed Satan’s bait, and don’t want to let go? Satan sets his trap, using things of the world as bait. If you grab it, you will be his prisoner as long as you hold on. You must choose to let go and hold on to God instead.
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
- Ephesians 4:26 (New International Version)
Dear Lord we pray that we will let go of the things that aren’t good for us and that we will hang on to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.