And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you.
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Unless we're praising God's wonderful works, nearly every advertisement is false. While con men publicize all the good stuff, they wouldn't dream of disclosing what's bad.
So all the teasers, commercials and ads that pass from our eyes and ears to our brains are primarily presumptuous lies. But consider an opposite approach:
When Jesus described the kingdom of God, when He counseled prospective disciples, He listed many splendid benefits (chief among them is everlasting life).
He also revealed painful challenges (chief among them is carrying a cross).
Since most of us live in modern nations and process 5000+ ads per day,* what should we know or do?
1) Mute, block, cover or divert ads and eyes. No matter how appealing ads may seem, don't be duped by clever connivances. Jesus told us to avoid temptations.
2) Words have power, so take the power back. Say aloud: 'I do not accept these lies. Instead I ask God to reveal the truth and guide me in all moves and purchases.'
3) The only Way to lasting fulfillment, the only Way to real transformation, the only Way to unchangeable joy isn't through any miracle product.
The Way is through One miraculous Man.
## Gotcha's Deceits: False Advertising (Part 12)
* CBS News: Cutting Through Advertising Clutter:
* How Many Ads Do You Actually See Daily?
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.