Perfecting the Art of Deception

I have always thought of Satan as pathetic. Sadly when I really think about who he is and what he is capable of, I fear too many of us give him way less credit than he should get for things of this world. We discount and dismiss anything that could even look like his handiwork when in reality if you really, really think about it, Satan has had thousands upon thousands of years to perfect the art of deception. Do you think that you, at your 20-80 years of age, understand all that he is capable of? Paul states his hope the the church at Corinth that they (and we) would not be outwitted by Satan. He wants us not to be ignorant of his designs however too many of us have stuffed him in a corner either out of fear or blatant self-imposed ignorance. We need to be smart Christians and consider what he is capable of. I often find myself in situations where I ask “Why is this happening to me?” I become selfish and self-absorbed. I ask God to take the situation away from me or to help me through it. When I flip it on it’s head and start thinking in the offensive it opens up an entirely different potential side to what is going on. Perhaps there is a person that I am supposed to help win for Christ and Satan’s design is to knock me down and out before I even have a chance to talk to that person. Or think about larger issues that affect masses of people. Like our food supply. Could it be that he contaminated it to make us all sluggish, obese, and sick so we would be way less effective in our ministries? Realistically when you start to consider how truly gifted Satan is in the simple yet profound art of deception is when you will truly start to become a better ambassador, steward, and warrior for Christ.

“so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:11

Blessing God ~ Joy in the Thorns

God has been putting me through a series of trials and tests. At one point I begged Him to give me respite. I thought, “I can’t do this anymore!” Then he blessed me. He blessed me in a way I would never have guessed. He changed my desire. Instead of changing my circumstances, the thing I kept praying for, he blessed me in the best way possible by redirecting my focus. Can you look at something you are going through right now that you are sad about, hurt by, or just don’t understand and look at it from a different perspective? Will what you are going through matter a year from now? Maybe. Will it matter 10 years from now? It might. Will it matter 100 years from now? Well, that is up to you and your Maker. If it is of this world, then it definitely will not matter 100 years from now. If it is regarding your spiritual life, you better bet it will matter 100 years from now. Change your perspective and rejoice in your trouble.
Joy in the Thorns“Joy in the Thorns”

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
– James 1:2-4

Photography by Jen O’Sullivan

Blessing God Series
Rain from the Lord
Grass in the Field
Parable of the Pearl
Rocks Cry Out
Flourish