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Eaten Alive

Last night, the Discovery Channel aired a 2 hour special titled, “Eaten Alive.” It was advertised that in this special Paul Rosolie was going to be eaten alive by an Anaconda (he was wearing a protective suit so he could survive the encounter). I did not watch this special but at its conclusion, the social media world erupted with disappointment. As it turns out, the snake barely had the helmet of Paul in his mouth when the snake began to constrict on Paul's body. When Paul's arm started to torque, the adventurer called for help in fear that the snake would break his arm. Show over. And with it many felt as if 2 hours of their life was wasted on a false hope that a man would be eaten alive by a huge snake. One twitter account stated, “Calling it Eaten Alive is like having a show on the Food Network about cooking a turkey and all they do after 2 hours is preheat the oven.”

Let's ignore the fact that something is seriously wrong with America when people won't attend a 1 hour church service on a Sunday but will spend 2 hours watching and hoping a man gets eaten by a snake. One thing that caught my attention about this story is the hype. Marketing experts took this story line and ran with it. No one has ever attempted a feat of this nature, on purpose anyway. This was going to be an epic event that you must watch! A see it to believe it type of event. All of the hype and the promo that was put into this special only to waste 2 hours of the viewers life. Only to cause the viewer to realize that what Discovery had to offer really wasn't as great as they said it was.

Although there is nothing sinful in watching that 2 hour special, isn't this tactic a popular one that the enemy likes to use. He likes to over-promise and under-deliver. In the end, you are left with a bag of disappointment because what you were given was not what you were promised. In Numbers 23:19 God's Word says, “God is not a man, that He should lie. Does He speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” When God shows you a promo clip, you better believe He has ALL of the resources necessary to make it happen. When God says check this out then you can watch in confidence for 2 hours knowing that what He said is about to become a reality. As a country we need to start putting more stock into the hype surrounding God. You want to see something spectacular take place, spend an hour or two in God's presence and watch what He will do.

Hyped about God,

Pastor Jeremy

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