The other day I was spending some time on Facebook and something in my newsfeed caught my attention. It said “Win a Romantic Branson Getaway!” The contest was sponsored by Branson Vacation and Tourism...sounded legitimate...and boy, could I use a romantic three day get away (with Monica, of course): and one that was no cost to us would be even better.
So I clicked the link, went to the site, entered my name, e-mail, phone number and a short paragraph about why I need a romantic Branson getaway and what shows or activities we’d like to do if I won.
A couple of days later, I received a call from Branson Vacation and Tourism wanting me to book a package vacation deal for only $139 dollars now and I could use it any time within the next year. Needless to say, I had not “won” anything.
I was polite and told the lady that I wasn’t in a position to spend $139. When she came back with, “What if I lowered it…” I was a little firmer with my no, thanked her for calling and hung up.
That’s an awful lot like how sin works. The temptation grabs your attention. Once the temptation has your attention, you begin to think it sounds legitimate.
Then it you start to really want what the temptation is offering. So you think, “Maybe I’ll just click the link and see what this is about...”
Soon you’ve entered your information and send it in...all the while thinking, “Boy this is going to be GREAT!”
But then, later on, you find out that what the temptation was offering wasn’t what you had thought and, well, isn’t exactly so great. Worse than that, it’s time to “pay the bill” for the temptation that advertised itself as free.
In James 1:14-15 we are warned, “...but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.”
It’s easy to see the scheme when a company is doing the enticing. It seems to be a little more difficult when Satan is trying to play a trick on us.
See through Satan’s game. Don’t click his link. Don’t send him your information. DON’T FALL FOR IT!!!