I saw a commercial on TV earlier about a circus. The lions and tigers and bears, Oh My! Elephants, clowns, trapeze artists and more. That made me think about magicians, which made me think about a brother in law that used to do magic. One time he was showing me some simple tricks. Simple or not, if done well they are neat to see. After he did a few he showed me the “magic” behind them. Very simple for the most part and after he showed me a couple he had me try. As I said the actual tricks were simple and I mastered those, not really mastered but could perform the me tricks. Except, it was obvious how I was doing it. I practiced a little more and was able to do them better but it was still obvious what I was doing. There must be more to it. And, there was which is something I think I’d heard before but had never been told straight out. I asked him and he said that no matter how “hard” the trick looks to be the acts are usually simple and the one thing that made it “magic” was the illusion of the trick and the only way to create that illusion was through distraction. The performer has to do something so the audience doesn’t see the mechanics behind the trick. That can be done with fancy props, a cape, a little smoke or any number of ways. He then added that the best tricks are simple to do and usually involve one hand doing the trick while the other hand distracts people or by saying or doing something that causes them to divert their attention, to the performers face or an assistant. Hmmmm, no magic. I knew that part. But just get them so busy looking elsewhere they don’t realize what is happening.
As I remembered when he taught me those tricks (which I haven’t even tried since) it occurred to me that It was simply manipulation. People donthat all the time, sales people, con artists (basically a type of sales,) politicians, journalists and others that just manipulate people for whatever reason. Sometimes the manipulators work hard to keep the attention focused on other things, their possessions, going to fancy restaurants, entertainment if any kind, they will talk about their possessions and such so you have trouble seeing them through their distractions. Car sales people do it a lot by getting a person focused on one or two of the best features and gloss over or don’t even mention any negatives such as higher price, lower gas mileage, less warranty period or other issues they prefer you not know and by only talking about the pluses, they hope you won’t notice the other issues.
Can you guess who else distracts us to play tricks on us? Not those that may entertain, cost us money or take advantage of us but one who, if we aren’t careful will cost us our souls. I am betting you figured out I mean Satan.
The interesting thing is he will use many different people or things to distract us. Desire for education, a better job, nicer car, nicer house, boyfriend , girlfriend, and many other ways. Anything can be a distraction, anyone can be a distraction. Could be family, friends, coworkers, but for me, the one that seems was used most often to distract me was ME! I got distracted with education and career goals. Telling myself that while I should be going to church, reading the Bible and praying I really needed to study or work. Satan will keep one so focused on whatever it is he is using that one doesn’t realize he is embedding himself deeper into one’s life. I mentioned the other day about how I slowly slipped away from Christ in the past. It doesn’t happen suddenly. Rather slowly in small increments. Why? Because sudden, big changes are things a person is more likely to realize sooner. But the little steps are less noticeable. You are a half step away. Then a step. Then two. Three. Etc. Such a slow process you didn’t even see it happening because your attention was diverted. But enough little steps and you are as far as if you took a huge leap or multiple leaps.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2Corinthians 11:3
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Satan is a deceiver, we all know that, he does things subtly. He doesn’t usually appear to us as a horrible creature, in the form of disasters. He did that to Job when God allowed him to do so, when satan tried to prove that Job would turn on God. But, usually he is sneaky. He distracts us, shows us all the things our human selves want to see, want to have and by promising them draws us into his snare. Pulling us away from God.
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Paul was pretty harsh about some of what he said on how satan manipulates us. He keeps us so busy looking at this or that and then chips away at our relationship with God.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
2 Thessalonians 11:13-17
But, no matter the devices of satan, God can defeat him. We can defeat him and satan has no power over us if we claim the pray in the name of Jesus for insight and understanding, for the ability to see his manipulations and deceptions. That we stand fast in our believe in Christ and our salvation so we do not allow satan into our lives.
Lord, I worship You and glorify Your precious name and your Son Jesus who died for my sins that I may have salvation. I come to You today asking for better discernment of satan’s manipulations of me. That I see his tricks to divert me from my service of You and relationship with Christ. I ask that loved ones be given the discernment as well that they not fall into the devil’s traps. Protect my loved ones from satan and the harm he can cause.
I thank You for my salvation, I pray that not only do You protect my loved ones and myself but that You help them not only avoid satan, but more than that, You draw them closer to You. Help us all be better servants.
In Jesus Name, AMEN
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