The Devil is in the Details

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How often do you study the pictures on product packaging? If you’re like me, you glance at the graphics and then turn the package over and read the ingredients.

For example, I have two cats that love Temptations cat treats. I’ve been buying Temptations for years. A quick trip down the cat food aisle, I toss a bag or two of Temptations into my shopping cart. I’m aware that there’s a cute kitty cartoon on the package, and I have a pretty good idea of what’s in the treats, but, it wasn’t until yesterday that I took a good look at the pictures on the packages.

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The kitty isn’t so cute, after all. He’s a naughty cat, luring and attacking his prey. Those devilish escapades on the Temptations package raced past me like a mouse trying to scurry away from . . . well . . . you know!

That’s life. We’re in such a hurry that we miss the details, and that creates a problem— because the devil is in the details. Satan can be hiding in plain sight, and we don’t see him.

The bible warns: “Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you.” Matthew 7:15 CEV

In today’s world there are many false prophets. On the outside they look innocent, but if we study the details of their actions we might find them deceitful and cunning.

So, get in the habit of noticing the details. You never know, Satan might be hiding in plain sight.

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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

[I hope you’ll enjoy reading this post from Easter 2010.
I wish all of you, my readers, a very blessed, safe and happy holiday.]
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At Easter time, store shelves are stocked with cute little chicks and colorful plastic eggs holding hidden treasures. At Easter time, chickens become like rock stars.

Chickens are everywhere—even in the Bible!
Think about it:

  • Jonah “chickened out” when God wanted him to go to Nineveh,
  • Gideon was “chicken-hearted,” until God showed him his potential,
  • Sarah and Elizabeth were “no spring chickens” when they became pregnant,
  • the foolish man’s “chickens came home to roost” after he built his house on sand,
  • Martha ran around “like a chicken with her head cut off” cleaning and cooking for Jesus instead of spending quality time with Him,
  • the poor widow put “chicken feed” into the temple treasury . . .

Okay, obviously we’re talking about idioms—
expressions with non-literal meanings.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? is the best known chicken idiom and a question that humans have pondered for years. Evolutionists believe that the egg came first. An egg from a non-chicken mutated into an egg that produced a barnyard chicken.

On the other hand, Christians believe that the chicken came first.
Proof is in Genesis 1:20-22.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” (NIV)

Although we know better, we Christians sometimes behave like evolutionists. We put the egg before the chicken, similar to children eager to discover what treasures are hidden in plastic Easter eggs. We think more about God’s gifts than the One who put them there.

This Easter, I encourage you to consider not only God’s gift of salvation through Christ Jesus, but also the character of God Himself. Without His greatness, forgiveness, mercy, and love, there would be no Jesus, no Resurrection Sunday, and no promise of eternal life. There would be no good reason for cute stuffed chicks, plastic eggs, the Easter Bunny—or to ponder that silly question:

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

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