"All Trick No Treat!"
November 13, 2008
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
Some things that look good to eat aren't.
Eve and Adam found that out when they took a chunk out of the forbidden fruit. It looked good, but it wasn't.
That also could have been the case for two children who went trick or treating in Ramsey, Minnesota.
They came back with some assorted Halloween treats, $85 in cash, and something that looked like rock candy.
It wasn't candy. The police said it was crystal meth -- enough of the drug to kill the children had they eaten it.
As I said, there are some things that look good to eat, but aren't.
You know, the devil likes to put some pretty nice wrappings around his temptations, doesn't he? He polishes his enticements, spiffs up his persuasions, drapes them in fancy paper, pretty bows, and says, "Here, I made this just for you."
That's right -- custom temptations -- exclusively for you.
Now, I don't know what particular temptation Satan has picked out for you, but I do know you have a Savior who lived, died, and rose to free you from your sins. Because of Jesus, those temptations -- once taken - can't hold you forever. You can be forgiven.
I also know that our Lord sends His Holy Spirit to help each of us see those temptations for the garbage they really are. And then, once we've seen them, He helps us avoid them.
In short, like the title of this message says, Satan's all trick and no treat.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the devil has a great deal of experience and success in tempting us. He really is good at making garbage look like good stuff. Now, I rejoice that Jesus has come to set me free from all my sins, but I'd also pray for strength to see Satan's seductions before I am lead to sin. This ability to see I ask in the Name of my crucified and ever-living Savior. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries