Smoke and Mirrors

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11

I used to play baseball as a child, and I had the tendency to get easily distracted during a game. Nevertheless, I had a place on the team and a task to carry out. God has put us into specific positions in the body of Christ for such a time as this. If we allow ourselves to get distracted, we risk not completing our task, and we hold everyone else up in the process. I you are on third base, and you neglect to see when it’s your time to run, you hold up everyone behind you. We are a team (Ephesians 4:16). As a team we must stay sober and alert (1 Peter 5:8).

The disciples fell asleep after Jesus told them to keep watch for one hour, because although their spirit was willing their flesh was weak (Mark 14:37; Matthew 26:41). Jesus understands our flesh as He endured it. In His darkest hour He didn’t sleep, He prayed and re-focused on the will of God. The devil likes to distract and deceive us from the will of God by playing on our weaknesses, distorting our vision, and keeping us from prayer. He is a liar (John 8:44). His greatest technique I call, ‘Smoke and Mirrors,’ which basically means that some things aren’t always as they appear to be. Sin can even seem glamorous for a time. When you look in the mirror you do not always see an accurate reflection of who you are. Influence and wrong teaching can cause us to easily fall into deception (Ephesians 4:14).

Social media and new age ideas can distort our perception of what is real and what is not. We are in the biggest identity crises as a nation and as the body of Christ. We are looking to the wrong sources to learn who we are. The only mirror you need is the word of God. It is the truest reflection; the express image of God, who we are designed after (Hebrews 1:3; Genesis 1:27). Fear and confusion can also distract, but it is not of God (2 Timothy 1:7). The devil will do anything to deceive us, even distorting the word of God! But we know the word doesn’t change (1 Peter 1:25)

Have you ever noticed when you hold words on paper up to a mirror you see it in reverse? The mirror reflects things exactly, but we see it backwards. Our natural eyes play tricks on us and deceive us. We need to renew our minds by the word of God so we can regain our true vision! (Proverbs 29:18)

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

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