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WHAT IS YOUR PRICE?

Some drug dealers recently went to the captain of an oil tanker that regularly made trips from South America to Los Angeles. They offered him $10,000 if he would bring *in a load of cocaine on his next trip. He refused. They came back the next day and said, "We'll give you $50,000 in cash for one load." Again he refused.

Finally they came again the third day and offered $150,000 if he would make just one trip for them. This time he said that he would think about it, but instead he called the FBI.  They put together a sting operation and caught the drug runners. The FBI was able to seize the shipment of drugs, $340,000 in cash, and a list of buyers in the Los Angeles area.

It was after all the arrests had been made that the curiosity of one of the federal agents got the best of him. He went to the captain of the ship and asked, 'Why did you wait until they offered you $150,000 before you called us?" He replied, "They were getting pretty close to my price, and I was seared!"

What Is your price to commit sin? You NEED to know. You can rest assured that Satan knows your price. Paul warns us in I Corinthians 10: 12 "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." We need to be prepared for "the price" Satan is willing to offer us each day that we live. James tells us in chapter I and verses 13 15. "Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed Then, when desire has conceived. it gives birth to sin; and sin,. when it is fullgrown, brings forth death." So, I ask you, "What is your price?"

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ