Quoted by Chuck Swindoll during his teachings on Joseph’s experience with Potiphar’s wife (note the best response to temptation is to… RUN! – Gen. 39:12. Don’t think about it, reason with it, try to drum up verses to apply to it…just RUN!).
The short little saying – “not the Bait, but the Bite” – perfectly parallels James 1:13-14: Let no one being tempted say, I am tempted from God. For God is not tempted by evil, and He tempts no one. But each one is tempted by his lusts, being drawn away and seduced by them.
By the way, the Greek word for “seduced” (“enticed” in the KJV) – δελεάζω (deleazo) – literally means “to take the bait!
So, in direct contradiction to the late Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine’s mantra: “The devil made me do it,” our “bite” comes from within our fallen nature.
See temptation in front of you? Run in the opposite direction!