I recently started playing a scrabble game online. The app provides hints and services through which users may locate an available play, or may exchange tiles without losing a turn. These bonuses may be purchased with coins which are collected by reaching certain goals.
In addition to allowing its competitors to play one another, the game offers “challenges” through which its users can play the computer. One can receive bonuses by achieving different levels against the app.
I have played the computer when I have not been involved in other games. The play button which accesses each level has a picture of a coin and a number. I thought this meant that I could receive 5 or 10 coins if I beat the app. I discovered today, that the meaning of the symbol was that it cost me 5 or 10 coins. Each time I chose to play the computer, it subtracted coins from my collection, thus depleting my stash with which I planned to buy more hints.
That which I thought was benefitting me and helping me win at the game was costing me opportunities to win. The advisory signs were plainly displayed, but they were displayed in such a way that I misunderstood them.
Satan presents sin in such a way as to make it appear beneficial. When we look at the advisory label, we think it means that committing a sinful act will benefit us and help us to win at life. But each time we accept Satan’s challenge, it costs us far more than we thought we would gain. The advisory label is deceptive.
Jesus came to help us see the truth about sin. He came to love us out of our sin. He came to shine light upon Satan’s deceptions so that we might make wise decisions.
In the computer game, I discovered my mistake by being informed that I did not have enough coins when I requested to play. I discovered my mistake too late. I had depleted my stash of coins.
Evaluate your life today. Don’t wait until it is too late for you to end sin’s deceptive deprivation within your life. Look to God’s Son for your redemption. That is why he sacrificed his life.
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3) ESV
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest their works be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:19-21) ESV
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