Terry Mulholland, a left-handed pitcher for the Seattle Mariners in the 1990s, had one of the best pickoff moves in baseball. Over a period of 5 years, only 6 runners were successful in stealing a base off Mulholland. His pitching motion was so deceptive that he would often catch runners leaning in the wrong direction, at which point he would pick them off base.
Opposing player Bip Roberts once said, “Sometimes it seems as if he gives up a hit just so he can pick you off.”
This describes the devil’s strategy. The tempter will offer worldly pleasure to get you leaning in the wrong direction. He offers the pleasure of sin only to pick you off and inflict suffering later.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”—Ephesians 6:11.