By Dr. Larry F. Palmer, Clinical Psychologist

 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true . . . honest . . . just. . . pure . . . lovely . . . of good report . . . think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

I know it is hard to believe, but I have actually seen a green cat!  And a blue one.  And a red one. And a purple one.  And believe it or not, I have actually seen a cat that was green, blue, red, purple, and yellow all at the same time.

And they were all for sale.  At a very reasonable price of only twenty-five cents each!  They were being sold from a red wagon and peddled door-to-door by my very mischievous, eight-year-old little brother, Jerry.

Jerry had taken a litter of six-week old kittens who were originally white and black and had colored the white portions with food coloring from mother’s kitchen.  And he was advertising the advantages of having a “special breed of cats” to all the children in the neighborhood.  For only a quarter!

Well, needless to say, he sold not a one.  The only thing he got for his trouble was the Indian temper of our Native American Choctaw mother who noticed her food coloring gone and the multi-colored dye on the hands of her con-artist son.

How much like Satan that is.  He concocts to sell us a bill of goods as well.  “Ye shall not surely die,” he told Eve in the Garden, tempting her to partake of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:4).  Jesus said he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).  Therefore, he continues to tempt us today by saying things like “Look out for number one,” “Live life to the fullest,” “Take advantage of others,” “If it feels good, do it,” “You only go around once in life,” “Try it, you’ll like it.”

The end result is a cheap imitation of the real thing.  All the really “good things” in life come from the Father, not the devil (James 1:17).  This is the reason the Apostle Paul admonishes us, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Believing Satan’s lies is like buying a green cat!  And who wants to buy an imitation of the real thing?

Think on these things!