Is it Magic or Deception?

I was watching a program called “Magic’s Biggest Secrets Revealed”. In this “spoiler” show you see how all the greatest, most breath taking tricks are accomplished, everything from making an assistant disappear into thin air, a girl transported from one barrel to another, it seems impossible, there are steel bars there, a fish bowl full of water… and fish appear from underneath a silk cloth, amazing? Deception! While you are being distracted, he is fooling you right in front of your own eyes! The first deceiver, the inventor of deception, was Satan! He transformed himself in the Garden and deceived Eve into taking the forbidden fruit and then convincing Adam to do the same! Then Adam, himself, became a deceiver by denying to God his wrong blaming it on “the woman You gave me!” The deception spread to the son, Cain when he murdered his brother, Able, because of jealousy! Satan tried his tricks on Jesus in the desert, but Jesus answered him with the Word of God! “Turn those stones into bread, you know you can”, he tried to work on Jesus’ ego, but Jesus said “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Satan will come at you, stroking your ego, or the opposite, making you feel abused, the victim, not as good as others, why not just do what I want? Fear is great too: a storm coming, symptoms of every disease, a new strain of flu, the recession (I refuse to participate in that one!) The list goes on! I choose to live, as the children of Israel, in the Land of Goshen, where the plagues of Egypt never touched them! No frogs, bloody water, flies, and the blood of the lamb on the doorpost spared the eldest child! Well, the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus, is on my spiritual door posts, my body, my family, belongings, all that concerns me, I choose, rather than be deceived by the great Magician, to live according to:

Psalm 91 You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe! “That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Evil can’t get close to you; harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.  “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God; “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”


2 Replies to “Is it Magic or Deception?”

  1. Amen! Psalm 91, my life chapter that God gave me; I read it every night before bed. Thanks Pastor Harolene.

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