October 18-Fooled

October 18-Fooled

October 18-Fooled

Scripture Lesson: John 7:45-52

On this date in 1972, with runners on second and third in Game 3 of the World Series, Johnny Bench strikes out looking with a full count when he is fooled by a trick play. The Cincinnati slugger believes he is going to be given an intentional walk after A’s manager Dick Williams visits the mound and catcher Gene Tenace returns to the plate signals for the wide ball four. However Tenace quickly crouches behind the plate and receives the called strike three fastball from Rollie Fingers.

The Temple guards were given the orders to arrest Jesus and bring Him to the Pharisees. But much to the chagrin of the Pharisees, they came back empty handed. When asked why they did not bring Jesus in they replied, “No one has ever spoke the way this man does.” The Pharisees accused the guards of being deceived or fooled. What they experienced was the power of the words of Jesus that touched their hearts. My friends today may the power of the words of Jesus touch our hearts in a way that we live more like Him and more for Him!

1. How does Satan try to fool you today?
2. What tricks has Satan used on you?
3. What does it mean to you to have Jesus touch your heart?

May the words of our Lord inspire each of us to make a difference for Him today, as we strive not to fall for Satan’s trick plays.

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