A Sucker for Sin

I have often heard the phrase, “A picture paints a thousand words.” So today, instead of writing a thousand words, I’m just going to write a few. I’m going to let the picture do all the talking.

A friend of mine from El Paso, Texas,  gave me this sucker as a souvenir from her hometown. It was supposed to be a joke, but God used it to speak a thousand words to my heart.

In case you can’t tell exactly what it is, this is a sucker with a scorpion inside. To me, it is a picture of sin.

Sin isn’t a very popular word today. Webster defines it as an action contrary to the law of God. But we know from Jesus’ words that it doesn’t have to be an action. Sin can even be a thought.

James wrote this about temptation leading to sin leading to death:

 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:13-15 ESV)

Lured and enticed by desire.

Desire conceived and gives birth to sin.

Sin full grown and full-blown brings death.

We see each of these three steps lived out in the life of Eve in Genesis 3, and the genesis of spiritual death. We see each of these three steps lived out every day.

So while sin might look like a yummy delicious candy sucker on the outside, when we get to the middle of it, or in the middle of it, we realize there is a scorpion of death waiting to sting.

Not a fun blog post today, but oh what a picture to remember. Can I hear an amen? Just leave a comment below.

 

 

 

99 Responses to A Sucker for Sin

  1. Deborah Learn August 22, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    Thank you for reminding me that when sin looks like a yummy delicious candy sucker but that on the inside is a scorpion of death waiting to sting me. You get an AMEN !

  2. Amy August 22, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Oh that we could see the end at the beginning. Satan not only sugar costs but wraps it in such a pretty package that we do not count the cost. The Lord does not sugar coat our

  3. Adeola August 22, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Hmm, what a picture with a powerful message. I couldn’t have thought of sin i?????n????? that way but with this picture i?????n????? mind, it would help us to ??w???? that sin is not a thing to play with no matter ?ô? enticing A??????d????? attractive it may be. Knowing the pains that would result from the scorpions sting is enough to warn us to run away from sin. »?-?? ??????????????????????????? ??? ??? this visual description of sin. ????†§ a great one. More blessing

  4. LUPE August 22, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    AMEN

  5. Christine August 22, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    I have been pondering what I have heard about satan. I am a new believer and I was told that satan cant read my thoughts. I ask, then how come he can put sinful thoughts in my head or divert my eyes to something wrong. Todays blog helped me see that my own sinful nature, my desires are the thoughts in my mind that divert me from keeping my eyes on Jesus. Thanks for the lesson Sharon.

  6. Maame August 22, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    i find myself constantly being enticed by my physical desires. thank you for this post. the next time the thought of sin crosses my mind, i will instead think about this lollipop with the scorpion in it and remember that acting on my sinful desires will only lead to death.

  7. Ulaunda Grant August 22, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    amen

  8. Dawn August 22, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    A hearty amen! I can relate to this post. The downward spiral is vety subtle initially, but it increases quickly and wildly until you reach a point where only God can deliver you. Stay vigilant and remember the enemy’s M.O.- The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. He doesn’t change. Fortunately, neither does our God!

  9. sandy allen August 22, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Yes and Amen!

  10. Joanne Bolno August 22, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    A HUGE Amen!!!!!

  11. Kent August 22, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks for this picture to remind us what sin is really like. It looks and even tastes good. I it didn’t, we wouldn’t be tempted by it. However, regardless of how good it looks or tastes, there is death waiting for us in the middle. Thank You Lord for Your grace!!!

  12. Debbie August 22, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    AMEN!

  13. Carolyn Campbell August 22, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Amen! Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you ever wanted to pay! Yes, sin pays wages!

  14. Carol Sferra August 22, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Yes Sharon. Amen.

  15. Mika Seiser August 22, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Amen!

  16. Jodi August 22, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    So true, Amen!

  17. Betsy August 22, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Amen! Certainly good words to remember, especially when we get in the “thick” of things.

  18. Betsy August 22, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Amen! Certainly good words to remember, especially when we get in the “thick” of things.

  19. Maria August 22, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder!

  20. Tracey August 22, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    AMEN!!

  21. Marie August 22, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Amen!! I needed this visual. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Lydia August 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Amen ! Thank you. Be blessed

  23. Suzie Cook August 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Amen girl! The truth ain’t always pretty, but we always need to remember it. <3

  24. Betty August 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Ahh sin how we are all taken in by something we think will be wonderful. Thank you opening our eyes.

  25. Sharon Bolton August 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Amen!
    For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:56, 57 NLT)

  26. Melissa August 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    What an interesting photo! Scary yet very detailed. Sin can get into the details of our lives in any moment. We need to stay focused on God and His Word. Thanks for the reminder. Have a blessed day! Amen! 🙂

  27. Amy August 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    GREAT Visual!! I think we have this view of Satan that doesn’t always mesh with today’s society….but that Lollipop says it all.
    AMEN!

  28. sharon August 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Amen!

  29. Evelyn Greene August 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    How very true..Satan is always lurking and we have to be aware..I had to give him a kick yesterday and tell him to get away from me, in the name of Jesus I commanded him to leave me alone..Sometimes I go open my front door and just kick him out!!! It works, try it sometime. I love reading your stories. Thank you.

  30. Betsy August 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Very Good! AMEN. I have a question my teenage granddaughter told me someone told her a sin is a sin know matter what it is.I was wondering what your thought were?

  31. Christine August 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I so look forward to your blog, keep them coming even when they sting like a scorpion.

  32. Tumelo August 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Amen. A timely reminder my sister. All the more reason why we should have an ear that will hear the still small voice of the master as He directs us so that we will not be lured to sin by our desires. Once entangled it is not easy to come out. I thank you agan Sharon. (Botswana)

  33. Tshireletso August 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    AMEN

  34. Brenda August 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    : Amen and OUCH !!
    Lured by a desire – as an emotional and sensitive woman : it’s my downfall. My strength and weakness. Thank you for the picture of sin– one that will STICK with me. Amen.

  35. Tiffany Crosby August 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Thank you for this reminder. As a Christian Business leader committed to using the company as a platform for ministry, I’m constantly surrounded by an environment that says materialistic attainment brings pleasure and pleasure is the ultimate measure of success. Having these type of posts sprinkled throughout my day / week helps me maintain the right perspective, the eternal perspective, on the environment I’m in.

  36. Rose August 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Amen. A great reminder that our eyes, hearts and mind must be in sync and focused on God’s word, always. In order to help us see through a situation or something that might not always be as transparent to sin as the lollipop. Thank you for sharing this message with me.

  37. Lucy Brewer August 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Sometimes a picture has more meaning than words. Thank you for sharing that as a reminder of how easily we can get caught.

  38. Christy McDowell August 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    AMEN!!

  39. kim August 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    AMEN!

  40. denise August 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    So good to see this. A picture to remember!

  41. Tracie August 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    AMEN…I was just talking about this with someone the other day. At their last job they were surrounded by worldly sin that was trying to take over the whole place and make their way everyone else s way. At the new place they are surrounded by “Christians” who are supposed to be so much better but pride has so much a hold on them that they are pretty much JUST AS BAD as the worldly group and in many ways the worldly group was better because one knew where they stood. The current group lies and postures and politics. They are sneaky and conniving. At least the other group were out front with the way they felt about things. This group is trying to use God in the mix and I think God is absolutely less pleased with the “Godly” Group. I was pointing out that they are both sinning and sin is sin.

    • Sharon August 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      That makes me sad. I pray you will be a light of truth in that place.

  42. Donna August 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Amen and Amen!!!!

  43. Linda August 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    AMEN Temptation seems to frequently come sugar coated. Thank you for the visual.

  44. Lois August 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Amen and Amen!

  45. Patricia August 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Amen !, thanks for showing sin this way…….. My desire is to everything as per God’s will, and sometimes I feel lost in a middle of a dessert of sins.

  46. Sarah August 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Thank you, Sharon!! Please pray for our prodigal daughter who accepted The Lord at 15. She loved Him and had such a mature faith until just a few years ago. (She is 29) Our petite, shy, feminine daughter a year and half ago was greatly deceived by the enemy and drawn to the gay lifestyle. Truly a John 10:10 moment that we NEVER saw coming. Graduated high school and college with honors, started a wonderful job, dating nice guys. As her parents we believe she is fighting some depression that she has fought off and on, and the enemy came in at a vulnerable low point of loneliness. I write this lengthy post to ask for prayer for her…but also our society. The culture is enticing people into this sin of the gay lifestyle, and it is Satan’s latest weapon that is destroying families! It is a plague. Our daughter would NEVER even thought of this 10 years ago! But in a culture that accepts it in every area, (TV, movies, society, etc) it has become too easy. She has taken her eye off Jesus and reached for a “scorpion sucker!” Please pray that our Great Shepherd will woo his lost sheep back to Him and her family. Our hearts are broken… but praying for “beauty for ashes” as we wait on Him in expectant faith of full deliverance and restoration!! And AMEN to your great post! 🙂

    • Sharon August 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Let’s all pray for Sarah’s daughter.

  47. Anita August 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Thank you for the awesome visual which is so true of sin! I will be sure to pass this on to the ladies I work with. Thank you for your devotions and books which are always inspiring and such a blessing to me. Keep them coming!

  48. Ligaya August 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Amen Sharon everything that looks good isn’t good for you.

  49. Oluwaseun Matthias August 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Amen.
    GOD bless you sharon

  50. Sherrie August 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    AMEN!

  51. Deborah August 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I believe that amen

  52. Sheree Link August 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Very true and great timing!!

  53. Lesley August 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    AMEN Sister!!

  54. Karen August 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    What a great picture and yes I can see it clearly! How easy to think that the world has something sweet to offer only to find out how sour it really is and what a sucker we are to it’s lure. Keep up the good fight for the sweetest reward ever to be with our God forever!

  55. caren carter August 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Amen… I guest if you look at it, Halloween not the only time we can share this message to our love ones. Thank God for the cross, and to recognize his voice so we won’t be sting by Satan. Thank God for his words & love to protect us, because man does not live by bread alone, but by holy spirit. Amen

  56. Tequila Miller August 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Amen! Hit the nail on the head! I myself needed this message as a truthful reminder. Thanks Sharon for your knowledge and grace.

  57. Christina August 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    AMEN!! What a wonderful reading, reminder and love all the metphoric responses in the comments!! Have a blessed day everyone!!

  58. Donna Stansberry August 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Amen and amen!

  59. ana August 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Amen. As i was speak to a group of women the other day it came to me that if satan came to us in the garment that he is painted with ( a horn, tail, a for and red all over) we would run in the opposite direction each time. He would not get us. However, he usually comes robed in sweetness, gentleness and appear very harmless like the sucker. So instead of running away from him, we run to him and fall in his arms. I pray God’s people will learn to see sin for what it is.

  60. Susan August 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    I instantly saw the tempting treat with the danger in it and thought “The devil is so obvious sometimes!” This is what most Christians don’t understand. They can still be tempted by the sugar in the sucker even when they see the scorpion laying just below the surface. Just because we can see the scorpion doesn’t mean we can avoid the danger. It doesn’t mean we won’t be tempted to see just how close we can get and how much of the goody we can devour before the fatal sting. Living on the edge is dangerous. Better to miss out on a sweet treat than risk the sting that comes from listening to the flesh and sinful desires.

  61. Jean August 23, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    Amen Sharon. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, boy did that bring your thoughts home. Thanks.

  62. Brenda August 23, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Amen, i won’t look at a candy sucker the same again.

  63. Barbara August 23, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Amen, dear friend

  64. Gina August 23, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    Wow!

  65. Anne August 23, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    Amen

  66. Nancy Beneteau August 23, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Amen for sure! What a great analogy! Thanks Sharon

  67. gail August 23, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Wow, great image to recall when tempted! It’s the sugar that draws you in every time, sly & subtle – “I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813).

    • Sharon August 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      I love Jane Austen . That is a powerful quote . Thank you for sharing it. I will ponder that all day.

  68. Felicia August 23, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Amen. Even though my thoughts seem justified… The way that seems right to man (and even a very wise woman) can lead to death. I want to be alive in HIM. Many sinful ideas are imaginations that aren’t free of fantasy… Fantasies that are filled with poision apples. Pray my strength in The Lord.

  69. Dianne August 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    AMEN SISTER!!

  70. Jessica aschoff August 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    WOW! Igive a big AMEN, AN GLORY TO GOD, this was amazzing an so very true. Lifes not sugar coated by a sucker Nn if we don’t see what the devil tries to do on a daily basis then we will b stuck. so i want to say i am new to this site but I love it an todays message was something I really needed to hear,Praise God an thank u

  71. Monique August 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Amen. About ten minutes ago, a friend and I were discussing how effective a picture can be when bringing a point across. Then I opened your email. Thank you for the picture, a powerful reminder of sin’s reward.

  72. Linda Weems August 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    AMEN! Loved this and the way you explained it. Thanks so much.

  73. Nichole Carter August 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    The scorpion makes that candy look nasty! I wish that sin looked nasty! Sin looks appetizing then it stings like the scorpion. You brought it home Sharon and made it clear as that candy. Sin is deadly if you choose to let it kill you! Although choosing to stay away from sin is the difficult choice it is the choice that leads to life and not death. Thank you for simplicity today!

  74. Tara August 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Amen! Sin even taste good..lol, until you get to the bitter and disgusting center where death and destruction dwell! …yikes, thats scary place! Its interesting though, how the enemy “sugar coats” everything, so we are enticed by the look and taste of sin.
    I am so glad that as a Christian, i know better than to entertain such taunting : )

  75. tessa August 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Thank you Sharon, short but sweet! I needed to hear that
    Amen x

  76. Karen Johns August 24, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Amen!

  77. Teresa August 24, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    No its not a popular subject, but we so need to be reminded to guard ourselves from sin. I just taught a couple little kids in Sunday School about we must guard what comes into our eyes and ears because it remains in our thoughts and can lead us to doing wrong. You know the vacation Bible School song, Be careful little …ears, eyes, etc…Oh to God we would aspire to, “Be ye holy for I am holy.” It so pleases God that we strive to keep our hearts and minds pure. Be on the look out for how the devil will suck us into just getting away from God. Sin will take us further than we want to go and keep us longer than we want to stay. Its never good….thanks Sharon!

  78. Jackie August 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Amen, we forget sin doesn’t always look like sin. Or sometimes we are so enticed even though we know the outcome we go after it anyway.

  79. Elizabeth August 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Amen! So very very true!

  80. Lydia Vela August 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Amen! Good observation.

  81. andisiwe August 27, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    amen!

  82. Maria Karisa August 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Amen!

  83. Iris August 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Amen!! Although the post or the story seems harsh, it is such an eye opener and a ever present reminder of God’s words that the “wages of sin is death” is personified perfectly in something as small and tasty as a piece of candy. Thank God for his mercy!

  84. Cheryl August 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Sharon – my time was tight the day I read this so I didn’t comment at that time. But I will always see this picture in my mind when I think of all the “sweet things” out there that try to pull me away from walking in step with God. They taste sweet at first, but there is always a catch, a sudden strike that hits us right where it will hurt the most and can bring us down like Lincoln Logs. I have been there and I pray that I will never go there again, even in small ways. Thanks for the insight.

  85. Christie August 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Amen…I always get a word from reading your blogs and able to share it with someone else in need!! Thank God for you Ms. Sharon!

  86. Courtney September 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Thank you

  87. Londiwe Ngema September 3, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    AMEN indeed, thnx a lot. This is a really amazing blog. May God bless you as you continue the great work!

  88. Riana September 3, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Amen.

  89. Kimberley Leonard September 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Sharon this is so very true and in this world today we have to be so very careful because so many things are made sugar coated , so when you are not careful or maybe even thinking right because you may be exhausted or perhaps just very stressed and you just aren’t fully capable of thinking right you could end up like a bug in a spiders web . Thank you so much for your blog for your help and all you do. I am sure you are a blessing to lots of women in the world , I am just now other than reading the girl friends in God going to get to know you better and I am so very grateful for you responding to my e-mail and starting me in the right direction ,my book is on the way that you suggested .
    Thank you so very much I will let you know after I read the book or maybe after I start reading on how my days are changing for the better.

    Sincerely ,
    Kimberley Leonard

  90. Cindy September 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks for this word, we so need it in todays world. I can see how sin can look yummy and sting, but thanks to Our Heavenly Father, He can pull us out from it. We might have a scar but it will remind us! 🙂 not to go there again. (I hope)
    Thanks again
    Cindy

  91. BOITUMELO PHETLHO September 10, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Hi. Time and again we are told to confess and our sins will be forgiven, but now my question is, on judgement day, all will be judged accordingly. Is this not a contradiction of the Bible? please clarify.. I do enjoy your blogs. (Botswana)

    • Sharon September 10, 2013 at 7:44 am #

      For a Believer, we will not be judged. Our works will be judged, and we will be rewarded accordingly. However, there is no condemnations for those who are in Christ Jesus.

  92. Jo November 1, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Oh my, what a great reminder of the power and trickier of Satan, Thank you!

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