There are some dirty tricks out there. The commercials tell us that there are only "easy" payments. Ever heard about the "gut-wrenching" payments? Ever made one? Or a hundred of them? The idea that it's better to have it now and pay for it later is, I believe, a dirty trick.
Then there are the ridiculous email phishing schemes: "I'm a poor widow in [some foreign country], and I'll give you $10,000 if you'll just give me your bank account number." It's a dirty trick.
Then there is the ubiquitous lie that stuff will make you happy. It's a dirty trick.
We do have an enemy who is seeking to deceive us all the time. He will put thoughts into our heads. "That person doesn't like you." "All you need is a little bit more." "You are not ever going to succeed." "God is holding out on you."
And then there's my favorite: "It's too late. You can't make up for lost time. You may as well give up." I say it's my favorite, not because I like it, but because I constantly fall for it. But I'm getting better at recognizing the enemy's tactics. I can see how he's trying to deceive me.
What about you? Do you see his dirty tricks?
He is seeking to wreck your life. Or at least neutralize you. He wants to wreck your relationships. He wants to destroy your courage. He wants nothing good for you.
We need to be aware that our enemy is always on the prowl. Don't fall for his dirty tricks.