An Alternate Reality

By Kendra Clarke

The world has been and continues to be deceived. A system has been promulgated by Satan, “the father of lies” (John 8:44), which exists to lull us to sleep, to subjugate us and to blind us to this truth. We live in a time where the lies which are propelled go unchecked, because so many are either blinded to this alternate reality or are in denial of its very existence. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Ignorance of this spiritual reality keeps us stuck and focused on chasing after material things, popularity, riches and fame, while being unaware of the proverbial wool that is being pulled over our eyes. In the end, none of these things really matter, as all the luxuries we sweat, live, steal and die for cannot be taken with us.

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (1 Timothy 6:7). Furthermore,

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

Satan’s System of Governance 

The Enemy throws stones and then hides his hands, so that the blame can be placed squarely on God. Satan is in fact the purveyor of this dream world, where he seeks to set up his own system of governance, all while pushing sin and excess where all references to God and Jesus, are being systematically removed from our consciousness. We are discouraged from talking about God or speaking the name of Jesus because there could be a backlash. The exception of course is someone using the Lord’s name in vain, which seems to be acceptable. There are some that don’t like to hear the name Jesus, who is the “Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:14), because they hate everything He represents. The Enemy can do nothing but imitate, counterfeit and pervert what God has already created. He manipulates humankind to do his bidding, instigating sin which causes a separation from the Father. Sin opens the door to Satan and all the consequences of sin.

The Enemy Hates Us

Those who unapologetically sin, do not like being told that they will be held accountable for their actions. Pride tells them that they are in control of their own destiny and that they are the captains of their own ship. The Bible, for some, stirs up such hate and anger. This is because darkness does not like the transparency that the Light has come into the world to show us, to teach us, etc. “Jesus is the light of the world. Whoever follows Him will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). The Enemy hates us, but this has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with God. Satan uses us as puppets in an attempt to get back at God, which He hates more. He wants to make us casualties of war, but we have a choice of who we will serve.

 

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