The years was 1966. I was 16 years old and living with my parents in our house in the Bosqueville area, just on the edge of Waco. Our family enjoyed watching TV together in the evening and in 1966, one of our favorite shows premiered – Mission Impossible. Many people may know about the movie franchise starring Tom Cruise. But before the movies, it all started as a popular television show.
Why the talk of Mission Impossible? Well, the consistent theme is one of trickery and deception. Through elaborately built, fake locations and deftly crafted disguises, the team offered up alternate realities that led people into responding in certain ways. This is how the Mission Impossible team got results and defeated the “bad guys”.
The tactics these fictional teams used are as old as time, since the garden, actually. Read 2 Corinthians 11 and notice one of the themes – believers being deceived. Verses 14 and 15 say, “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness…” The deceiver often sets things up in our world to cause us to respond in certain ways, leading us to defeat and destruction. Those responses may be in the form of anger, jealousy, fear, bitterness, hatred, etc.
Of course, what we experience here on earth is real but not the true and higher reality, which is God and His kingdom. As 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Since we know that we live in the shadowlands presently, how do we stay vigilant in our battles with deception? This is a serious challenge for us.
THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT LIVES WITHIN US AND THE WEAPONS PROVIDED TO US, WE CAN WALK IN LIGHT INSTEAD OF DARKNESS AND REALITY INSTEAD OF DECEPTION.
These weapons are familiar ones – prayer, time in the Word, worship, godly counsel, stopping certain activities and embracing others. The ultimate key, though, is living in a moment by moment awareness of the trinity’s presence in our lives. That is reality!
Consider watching the movie The Shack. Out of unspeakable tragedy, the main character, Mac, encounters a supernatural reality.
By Penny Allison – Women’s Pastor