Sin always exaggerates its assets and minimizes its liabilities. Once a playwright became fed up with the often-exaggerated ad campaigns of his peers. He decided to put a clause in his contract which gave him the exclusive right to approve the advertising used for a new play he was producing.
After reading a series of ads submitted by various writers, the playwright found one which outshined the rest. It said,
Here is a play which combines the drama of Shakespeare, the wit of Rostand, the strength of Tennessee Williams, the intellect of Marlowe, and the plot mystery of Dickens. Greater than Hamlet, more moving than the Bible, this is a play destined to live forever.
“That’s it!” he shouted. “No exaggeration! Just the simple truth.”
Christian, Satan would have you believe his exaggerated lies to be the truth. In the Garden of Eden, he tried to convince Adam and Eve that the forbidden fruit would make them as gods. He attempted to persuade them that God didn’t really know what was best for them. And he will do the same to you, unless you know what the truth is.
The devil would have you believe the bitterness you feel towards someone else is justified because of what he or she has done to you. The truth is, God calls you to love and forgive that person because Christ forgave you. Your enemy knows your weaknesses and will make every effort to exploit them. The attack started the moment you awoke this morning. How will you respond to Satan’s lies? Counter him with God’s truth today. It always wins in the end.
Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. — Martin Luther
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.