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The Real Deal

2 Corinthians 11:14

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

IMG_0301Have you ever played pretend – maybe you called it make believe or something else. It is when you play act – pretending to be something you are not. Playing pretend can be fun. If you’ve ever acted in a play – you’ve pretended to be something or someone you’re not. Acting can be a hoot.

One of the churches I served has a façade – a false front. What is an A-roof building looks much bigger because it has a square front. It appears to be one type of building – when it is actually a different shaped building.

When dating – men and women often put their best foot forward – trying to win over the affections of the other person. The same thing might happen when we are applying for a job – putting our best foot forward to get a job.

Have you ever been to a masquerade party – a costume party? I remember dressing up as a bum once for a costume party and no one knew could figure out who I was behind the costume and makeup.

Some people – when they are hiding – will put on a disguise to hide their features. At the bank they ask you to remove your hat or sunglasses when you are at the teller so they can get a good look at your face on their cameras.

Hiding who we are can be fun – but it can also be a bad thing. If we could really see people or things for who or what they are instead of what they present themselves to be – we would make wiser decisions. Some folks I’ve counseled over the years have said things like – he/she wasn’t like this when we dated or when we were first married. But once the best foot is no longer needed – some folks tend to revert to their true self.

Let me ask a question. If Satan were to appear with a red suit – pointed tail – horns and a pitchfork – would you have to think twice before rejecting his temptations? If Satan or his demons were always straightforward and evil – most of us would have no problem discerning and recognizing them – and we would have little trouble turning from their tricks. But Satan often comes in disguise – Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Satan attempts to trick us into thinking what we chose is a good thing – we rationalize our choices as good because Satan is hiding behind a façade.

Discernment is a gift – a spiritual gift from the Holy Spirit – and one that should be cultivated in our lives through much time with God. Treasury agents can tell counterfeit money – easily – because they train with the real thing. They can tell when something is not right with the bills they find because they have experiences the real deal! If we expect to grow in recognizing Satan as he masquerades all about us – we need to spend more time with God – the real deal.  Fill your life up with more of God and leave less room for Satan.  The example I have used it a glass filled halfway with water.  In order to get the air out of the rest of the glass is simple – pour more water in!  Pour more of God into our lives and Satan will have no place to dwell.  Learn to know Satan and learn to know God – the real deal!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

April 1, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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