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1/5/2019 12:11:00 AM
It Will Change Your Life!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

I must admit that I have always been intrigued by fast talking salespeople. The ones who have just discovered the cure for something that before hand I didn’t even know was a disease. If you have trouble sleeping at night and you watch television, you will see all kinds of gadgets that will make your life better and even more exciting.

I have not purchased every item that has been sold on the market, but I have been tempted from time to time to pick up my phone and if I had called within the next 10 minutes I could have had my order doubled! Whether the item is a knife that cannot be dulled, a light bulb that will not burn out, or a bed that has been approved by the astronauts, they are all supposed to make your life better!

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A few nights ago I was listening to the radio while I was driving home from out of town. A commercial came over the air that promised to “Change your life!” It was at that point that the salesperson had my attention. This product had promised to go beyond the normal, “Make your life easier or make you more interesting,” this product could actually change your life!

The product was a cream that you rubbed on your body that would take away wrinkles, make you look younger, feel better, and yes, change your life! Then they added a personal testimonial by someone who confirmed the strength and life changing properties possessed by this miracle cream. The best part of this miracle cream was that it was sold in regular stores.

I have always had a problem with the concept of “Shipping and handling” with products you had to buy from a warehouse. I understand it costs money to ship an item, but the price they charge for handling the item is ridiculous. I believe it is outrageous to charge 5 dollars to place a CD in a box to be shipped out to the general public.

Anyway, back to my story. I pulled into a store, walked quickly to the aisle where the item was located, and bought it! I didn’t have to pay shipping or handling costs. I took the cream home and carefully read the directions to make sure I was doing everything correctly to get the maximum benefit from this miracle salve. I washed my face and applied the cream just like the directions told me to do. While my face was completely white with the coco butter cream, I began to feel a change start to take place. Yes, something was definitely taking place on my skin because I could feel it.

I left the cream on my face the recommended time and then I washed the life changing salve off. I quickly looked into the mirror and immediately noticed a change, but I don’t believe it was for the better, but for the worse. My entire face was “beet red!” As I examined my face, my memory led me to my childhood to a man who lived in my neighborhood. He was a harmless man, but on the weekends he drank large quantities of cheap wine, which gave a red glow to his face. I looked just like him! This was not what I had in mind when I bought the product!

Instead of trying to find “Quick fixes” on things that claim to change your life, the best counsel we can follow is God’s Word. Psalm 37:4-5 tells us, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” God’s Word is true and dependable for every event in our lives. Where is your trust today? Make sure you are depending on the only One who is dependable, Jesus Christ.

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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