The Magic Show

Please Read 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Are you at war? The Bible says that no one who is at war (or serves as a soldier of Christ) gets entangled with the affairs of this life. What a mission for the soldier of Christ. This world is filled with alluring entanglements. The soldier of God has to really love Jesus to keep himself free from them and available to serve his master.

Our commanding officer is also our best friend. (John 15:12-17) What a different relationship from those who serve human and demonic authorities. Our commander has also went through the fire for us. He laid down his life for us (his friends) so that we may live eternally. It was as if he said, “I would rather die than to live without you.” What a friend! (John 15:14-14) When we reflect on the love Jesus has for us it behooves one to be a good soldier of our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39) Love is eternal. This fleeting world with it's glamor and glitter is not. It's all one big fake magic show that is soon about to end.

THE SHOW

Every day you and I wake up to the magic show. We don't have to turn on our TVs to see it. We're living in it. This world system is ran by Satan the great magician and his fellow magicians the demons. Jesus called Satan the prince of this world. (Revelation 12:9 John 14:30 Ephesians 2:1-3) He possesses and gives human entities power to do false miracles (magic). (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Revelation 13:1-2 12:9) Satan uses every form of falsehood to influence and manipulate human beings 24/7, everyday of the year. People don't realize just how much they are being influenced and are a part of the magic show. The Devil likes it that way. Part of the mission for the true soldier of Christ is not to be a willing participant in Satan's show, but to expose it and help others get out. (Ephesians 5:11 John 8:31-32 John 3:16 1 John 2:17)

Those who truly believe in Jesus are of particular interest to the Devil. (Revelation 12:17) Not only because they are God's ground forces on the earth working against the Devil's kingdom. Not only because they have something he will never have: eternal life. (John 3:16) But the Devil is interested in Christians too because if he can get any of them to become a willing participant in his magic show after they have received an accurate knowledge of the truth, they will suffer a special kind of doom. (Hebrews 10:26-27 Hebrews 6:4-6) The same fate he will eventually suffer. (Revelation 20:10)

THE END

How will the movie end for us individually? Remember, Satan is a trickster. He is not called, “that old serpent,” for nothing. (Revelation 12:9) Has his magic show bewitched us? Have we gotten entangled, even being strangled by the cares and affairs of this life? (Luke 8:14) Remember, it is written that is something a good soldier is not supposed to do. The good news is we can change if this is the case. Yes, we can press the reset button, or change the channel on our lives. We don't have to be an actor/actress in the Devil's show. We can play our part (though small) in God's show, by being in the world, but not being of it, and reflecting the glory of God seen in Jesus Christ.

Please Read 1 John 2:15-17

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