I guess reality just wasn’t enough for me as a kid. I was always looking for some trick that made me believe the unbelievable, whether someone on a motorcycle doing backflips or some guy in a beat-up ford pinto jumping 15 buses at 90 mph.
But, most of all, I like magic.
So, I was naturally drawn to this creepy guy in a magic shop. He had a potbelly and a comb-over performing some cheap magic trick for a dozen other kids. He may not have been the John Stamos of the magic world. That doesn’t matter. That guy could make an Ace of Spades float in thin air smoother than Christian Laettner drains 3’s. While watching this guy work his literal magic, I couldn’t help but think that I could do it just as well.
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Of course, a short five minutes later, I was walking (strutting may be the more appropriate term) out of that magic shop, with a receipt in one hand with the box holding the secret to the floating card trick in the other. I was the man! Until I got home and to find no magic at all in the box, just some simple fishing line, and a phony playing card. There wasn’t actual magic in that box after all.
It was all a lie. I was being deceived from the beginning. I believed every bit of it until I found out the truth.
This is also true throughout our lives, and most of the time, day in and day out. The enemy’s lies are deceiving us to throw us off track from our walk with Christ. Satan uses lies for us to believe that we aren’t good enough. He uses lies like, we’re not smart enough. We can never measure up. And the big one, we can never be forgiven for the bad things in our past.
These lies and deceptions shouldn’t come to us as a surprise. Revelation 12:9 describes Satan as the one “who leads the whole world astray”, yet we continue to believe the lies that we are fed…until we find truth.
Because we have a redeemer, a savior, in Jesus, we can see the truth. The truth through all of the deception and lies that are thrown at us. As believers, we have a stronghold in Christ. It has already conquered the lies with truth through having a relationship with Him.
Ephesians 6:11 – “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take our stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Therefore moving forward, we have to remember 3 things:
- Never trust magic shop magicians.
- Satan is out to destroy us, and deception is his favorite tool.
- The greatest way to defeat deception and lies is through the truth that comes in understanding God’s word and knowing His son.