Perfect for giving out at Halloween! This tract mentions the many ways that we are tricked every day and contrasts those with God’s love and perfect “treat” of salvation. Verse quotations from the New King James Version (NKJV).
DON’T BE TRICKED!
Sin can trick you. Have you ever thought that the people who are doing all the bad things are having all the fun? Don’t be tricked! Sin is like a fishing lure: it may look great on the outside, but there’s a hook on the inside! Many people today are tricked into thinking that doing bad things is fine. However, the Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Other people can trick you. Lots of people have different ideas about what is right and what is wrong. That’s why God tells us, “Let no one deceive you with empty words” (Ephesians 5:6). Remember: if it’s not in the Bible, it’s probably a trick, and will lead you down the wrong road!
You can even trick yourself. Some people try to tell themselves, “It doesn’t matter what I believe, just so I believe something.” That may sound nice, but it’s a trick! The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
HERE’S THE TRUTH!
God will never trick you. Unlike all the other things we have looked at, we know that “God … cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). Instead of telling us a lie, God’s Word points out that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You see, our sin makes us dirty like a pair of shoes that have walked through the mud. And just like we can’t walk through our own houses with muddy shoes, we can’t get into Heaven—which is God’s house—until our sin has been washed away.
God loves you. In fact, “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16). No one could ever love you as much as God does. And even though you’ve done bad things, He still loves you. That’s why He has done the only thing that could ever wash your sins away. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ—who had never done even one wrong thing—to go to the Cross to suffer and die for your sins and mine. God showed that Jesus had fully paid sin’s debt by bringing Him back to life three days later. Now you can have your sins washed away by receiving what He has done for you. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
God calls you. Salvation from sin is a free gift, but we must receive it. All you need to do is tell God that you know you are a sinner, believe that Jesus died for you on the Cross, and trust Him to be your Savior and Lord. God will hear you no matter where you are or what words you use. Then you will have the best treat of all—forgiveness of all your sins and eternal life with Him in heaven! “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life” (John 3:36).