I remember the truth spoken quietly, almost as a secret, from my wise grandmother: “Things are not always as they seem.”
The veil lifts to expose reality, not hiding but not at first clear.
What if the world around you, as it is presented, is not as it seems? What are the implications of this realization? How would it alter your perspective? Modify your behavior and your beliefs?
We’re bombarded with thousands of stealthy inputs each day: media, interpersonal relationships, advertisements, emails, texts, books, and many more. I challenge you not to take them at face value.
For there are forces at play — much more deeply-rooted than appearance, and not what they always seem. Nearly every input has an underlying intent, and sometimes those motives are hidden.
My challenge is for you to see the world in terms of good and evil, a raging battle for the part of you made in the very image of God: your eternal soul.
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”~1 Peter 5:8-9
There is a constant battle being fought at this moment for the salvation or condemnation of our individual souls. Our physical world is a spiritual battlefield, and we are all participants.
Realization is the first step in victory. “Things are not always as they seem.”
Earning victory requires a constant awareness, an enduring faith, and an unyielding determination to see beyond the veil of the Father of Lies.
“The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.
The LORD is a warrior;
The LORD is His name.”