1 Corinthians 6:920, Proverbs 14:12:35 October 31
Trick or Treat
“Then the LORD God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Genesis 3:13
Satan is the biggest con man who ever lived. When he comes knocking we’d best just lock the door. He’s not coming for treats - he is coming to give us the treatment.
This master of the bait and switch promises pleasure and delivers scrambled brains, guilt, disease and death.
If we just leave the door slightly ajar, he comes in through the smallest of openings and, once in, can trick us into trading our birth right of the abundant new life we received when we received Jesus Christ for the wages of sin.
How many people do you know who have ridiculed the weaknesses of others who have become addicted slaves to alcohol, tobacco, pornography, adultery, or drugs, only to become addicted them selves.
Satan promised Eve the treat of knowing as much as God and tricked her into disobeying God and partaking of the forbidden fruit. Humanity has been in a mess ever since.
“God didn’t really mean that”, “everyone’s doing it”, “God wants me to be happy”,” I can enjoy this without becoming addicted:” are not thoughts that come from God, but tricks that Satan uses to plant thoughts into our hearts that can speed our descent into the downward spiral of moral decay and disaster.
The good news is that we have not been left defenseless by our Savior. He has freed us from bondage to sin.
He has also given us the armor to withstand the tricks of the evil one if we will only put it on.
Father, give me the wisdom and spiritual discernment to recognize and not fall for the tricks of the great deceiver. In Jesus' name Amen
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived.”
1 Corinthians 6:9
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