Have you ever heard about how the Eskimos kill wolves? Sounds pretty hard to believe but this is how they do it. First the Eskimo coats the blade of his knife with animal blood and allows it to freeze. He then adds and freezes more layers of blood, several coats, in fact, until the blade is completely covered with frozen blood. Next, he plants his knife in the snow, the blade facing up and goes about his business.
When a wolf finds his way to the luring aroma of fresh blood, he starts licking. Then more and more vigorously, lapping it until the sharp blade of the knife is exposed. However, by this point, so intense is his craving for the scrumptious blood, that the wolf does not notice the sharp sting of the blade on his own tongue, nor does he even realize that his ravenous craving is now being satisfied by his very own blood! By light of dawn, the Eskimo will find him laying dead in the snow.
James 1:14 (AMP)
14 But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion).
When you really think about it, the devil entices us in exactly the same way. It simply begins with some fleshly pleasure that we are attracted to that at the time seems innocent and safe and all we think about is the fulfillment we will get from it. Gossip, rage, x rated movies, lust, unforgiveness and lies you name it, sin comes in all shapes forms an sizes and the enemy knows what bait to use for which individual. The more we indulge in it, the more our craving for it increases and before we know it we are completely consumed.
The devil is a liar, the father of all lies but somehow when he whispers into our ear like he did with Eve promising us goodies we believe knowing full well that he will not deliver the promised goodies but death because he comes to kill steal and destroy.
Whatever it is that the enemy has enticed you to lick, just remember that it is designed to cut your tongue and kill you and you will not even realize when that happens. Nothing that comes from the devil can be good. It is designed to kill and destroy.
Always remember sin may look good when it entices you, it may feel good at the time of indulgence but always remember that is temporary and the real fruit that sin bears each time every time is death.
Take a look at your life and ask yourself what are some of the things that the devil has you licking that will kill you and then take time to repent and ask God to give you the strength to overcome.