We practice it at many points along the way.
To get our dogs to do the right thing (e.g. sit, go to their cage), we entice them with a treat.
To encourage right behavior from our children (e.g. potty training, good grades), we reward appropriately.
Funny thing, such enticements can actually turn against us as this becomes the expectation of our pets or children or worse, they want more and bigger and better rewards. Yikes!
Think Satan doesn’t like to turn anything good into bad? He uses enticements to lure us toward sin. He knows our proclivity toward temptation, so he places the bait on the end of the line and draws us slowly toward it. He’s quite masterful at this.
But before we give too much credit to Satan, our greatest foe continues to be ourselves. James 1 reminds us:
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” (1:14)
Satan is nowhere to be found in this process while one’s self slides up to the top of the chart. In short, we entice ourselves! Our own hearts are a factory of desires that don’t always lead us to glorify God but at times, to serve self. Be wise. Don’t tempt yourself. Instead, draw near to God (James 4:8).