Go Farther – March 9, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” – John 10:10a

Thoughts for Today… “Go farther.”  That was the catchy  slogan used in television advertising for a popular sport utility vehicle a few years back.  Scene one showed a man driving his new truck onto a dirt road as he is prompted to “Go farther.”  Next, he drives through thick brush and rocks, again being urged to…”Go farther.”  More footage is shown and during the procession, the cry continues to be “Go farther.”  The final scene shows the man, with his truck, on a wooden raft floating down a river.  As they approach a huge waterfall, the announcer says, “Too far!”

My friend, if ever there was a picture of satan at work, this is it.  “Go farther” he urges the teenage boy as he offers him a can of beer.  “Go farther” he prompts the high school girl as she sits in the back seat with her boyfriend.  “Go farther” he pleads with the husband as that attractive new co-worker makes advances.  “Go farther” he prompts the couple who have missed church the past few weeks and are thinking about missing this weekend.”  “Go farther,” he screams to the man, woman, boy or girl who is running late and doesn’t take the time to pray.  “Go farther” he whispers to all of us, any of us, if we will only listen.  Sooner or later, he always follows with…”Too far!”  “Now, I’ve got you!”

Make no mistake about it, the reason companies spend big bucks on advertising is because they want you to buy into their sales pitch.  They don’t care about you, they don’t want what’s best for you, all they want is an easy sale.  Friend, satan is no different.   He doesn’t care about you, he doesn’t want what’s best for you…he just wants an easy sale.

The Bible says that he comes to STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY.  He wants to STEAL your peace, joy and assurance.  He wants to KILL your enthusiasm, commitment and faithfulness to the Lord. He wants to DESTROY your intimacy with Christ, your testimony for Christ and your service to Christ.  And he does it all by urging you to “go farther.” Be assured that today, sometime, probably when you least expect it, the tempter will call to you.  He won’t come as an enemy wielding an ax with anger and hatred on his face, oh no, he’s much more deceptive than that.  He will try to convince you that he’s your friend bearing gifts as he says, “Trust me.”  He’ll come today, just trying to see if you will take the bait, if you will take a bite into his hook.

I don’t know what the next 24 hours holds for you.  But, it doesn’t matter if you are a homemaker or an account executive, a student or a teacher, self-employed or unemployed, satan will come with his cleverly designed ad campaign. “Go farther,” he will whisper to you in that area that you are most weak…

Christian, don’t buy into the sales pitch!

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” – I Peter 5:8

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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