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verse 17: “Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.”

In the Christian cartoon series 3-2-1 Penguins! (from the makers of VeggieTales http://www.bigideafun.com/penguins/ ) was an episode entitled The Cheating Scales of Bullamanka. In it, the little girl Michelle is taken on a mission by the space-bound penguins to aid the Bandicoot King; he is a prisoner of the Lizard King as a result of losing a rigged game. The Lizard King also tries to cheat Michelle in the same game. When Michelle confronts him about his cheating by quoting the Bible, the Lizard King comes to realize that, of all the things he’s gained by cheating, a good feeling wasn’t one of them. He renounces his cheating ways, frees his prisoners, and even offers to play the Bandicoot King in another game, this time on the up-and-up. Michelle also learns the same lesson, since she had cheated her twin brother Jason in a game before going on the mission.

My sons like to use those “cheat codes” on their Nintendo DS games to get ahead in their pursuit of points; I hope that one day they’ll realize that their “point achievement” will be hollow…that earning your way through the game “honestly” has a better measure of satisfaction than taking short-cuts. There are no short-cuts to salvation; in fact, you can’t even earn your way. The only way is through the gift of salvation given to us by Jesus Christ. You must confess your sins, recognize Him as Savior, and accept Him into your heart as Lord of your life. When you do that, the feeling will be sweeter than any bread known to man!

Have a blessed day!

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verse 12: “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

Both of my sons enjoy playing Nintendo DS games. They even spend their money, at times, on books listing “cheat codes” for some of the games. These codes allow them to access upper levels of a game. I never understood that, because it seems like you are “cheating” (thus the name) to get to areas of the game that you would eventually get to if you just continued trying to win the game. It seems to take away the satisfaction of traveling the longer, harder path of learning the game, and being satisfied with earning your way to the win.

Today’s verse references the paths we take and the consequences of them. Both footnotes in my Ryrie Bible and the Holman concordance refer to taking a path that seems like a “shortcut to success” (Ryrie Bible). Sometimes, we take that path, only to find that it leads to a dead end or worse. To succeed in some endeavors takes hard work, time, effort, and commitment; there are no shortcuts to those successes.

To some people, accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation can seem very hard to do. You don’t have to earn your way to this victory; actually, you can’t earn it. Jesus already did the hard part. All we have to do is accept His gift, and live for Him. No cheat codes required.

Something to think about.

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