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False Reality

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Luke 8:17

There are two types of false realities. The first type has to do with lies that are marketed as truth. Many people know that if you tell a lie long enough to an abundant number of people it can become a reality. For example, Santa Claus is still talked about as an actual person because Hollywood and the advertising industry have persisted in promoting this fictional character as a real person. The second type is a partial truth that is endorsed as the truth. For example, Christians were persecuted and martyred because it was believed they were cannibals since Jesus had invited His disciples to drink His blood and eat His flesh (John 6:54). But as Bible readers know, Jesus was not telling his disciples to physically drink His blood and eat His flesh. This was an analogy that referenced His crucifixion at Calvary.

Advertisers have perfected the art of misinformation and deception. They know how to mislead consumers and entice them to buy products they do not need or support causes they may not even agree with. During this midterm election season, the general public has been inundated with deceptive political ads. Many of the candidates running for public office are touting their fabricated records while at the same time demonizing their opponents and lying about their records. In so doing, they’ve created a false reality that has left the voting public confused and frustrated.

The devil is a master manipulator and fabricator who has been engaged in a misinformation campaign since the beginning of time to keep humanity at enmity with its creator. He knows how to create false realities that confuse the masses and keep them frustrated with their spirituality. In fact, many people do not even attempt to explore and cultivate their spirituality because they do not believe God exists. Others have created their own gods and prioritize worldly pleasure over a relationship with their creator.

The only way to counter the false realities of the demonic realm is with the word of God. God’s word is truth, and it can liberate our minds and open our eyes so we can reject the lies of the enemy. Today’s text is from the parable about light on a stand. In it, Jesus reminds His disciples that light always prevails over darkness and hidden things will always come out into the open.

False realities thrive when people are afraid to challenge their premise or ask for evidence of their truth. If something does not sound legitimate to a person, they should investigate to make sure they are not misled or misinformed. Because we wrestle not against flesh and blood but powers and principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places, we must test all things with the word of God and hold on to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

The Bible may not cover every topic relevant to daily life, but it does provide the formula for dealing with every situation. The primary purpose of the Bible is to help us walk in the light of Christ. It offers instructions for godly living and for abiding in a relationship of loving union with God. Its ultimate goal is to help us get to heaven so we can reign with God forevermore.

False realities are intrinsically harmful to our spirituality. Disciples of Jesus should respond to false realities with God’s truth. They should pray for divine wisdom, knowledge, and understanding so they are not deceived by false realities.

Questions for Personal Reflection

What false reality do you believe is true?

How can you safeguard your heart and mind against false realities?

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please saturate my heart with your truth so I can live in obedience to your will and not be deceived by the enemy. Please give me the wisdom to reject false realities and the power to proclaim the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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