Ducks, dogmas, and deception… dah dah dah

Ducks look really calm floating on the surface, however, looking under the water you see their feet are moving industriously, paddling them to where they want to go. Even though their feet are unseen from our vantage point, it does not mean that they do not actually have feet, or that they are not paddling fervently, we just can’t see it.

The relationship between us (flesh) and the spiritual world (spirits) is the same. We seem so calm and laid back when it comes to God’s word. We go to church on Sundays and sometimes during the week, we might even read the Bible and pray a few times in the week too. We go about our daily lives so calmly, like a duck floating on water, but while we are so calm, what does the Bible say about what is happening in the spiritual world?

Throughout the Bible there is a war being waged: God (and his angels) vs. Satan (and his evil spirits). However, we are not always aware of the battle. We (humans) are like the duck, calm and relaxed, unaware of any imminent danger; and the spiritual world is like the duck’s feet, moving and working persistently, God’s spirits working to carry out God’s work, and evil spirits working to stop them – a spiritual battle field.  

Where does this war manifest itself in the physical world? According to Romans 7:21-25, there is a war being waged in our hearts. We try to put God’s word in our minds and write it on our hearts, but Satan is fighting against that, making it as difficult as possible. In Matthew 13 Jesus tells us that it is not just good enough to know the Word, we have to understand it as well, otherwise: “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Mt 13:19), and that is why in Mt 13:12 Jesus said,

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”  

Basically, the word of truth that is received but not understood will be snatched away by Satan, and that person will be left with even less than what they started with. However, if we receive the word of truth, accept it and understand it, it will be planted and rooted in our hearts and minds, and grow into a large tree where birds can perch (Mt 13:31-32).

The unseen spiritual world has always proven to be an area where many people have doubts, yet if we accept the Bible to be God’s word of truth we have to believe and understand everything it tells us. We are told that the devil prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Pt 5:8). We are warned that there will be false prophets and teachers who inwardly are ferocious wolves (Mt 7:15), and that there will be those who masquerade as followers of Christ, but are deceitful teachers (workmen), belonging to Satan who masquerades as an angel of light
(2 Cor 11:13-15).

We have all these warnings and examples, yet we don’t seem to take them too seriously. If these false teachers and false teachings were so easy to spot, if these intruders could easily be recognized, why would we be warned so profusely throughout the Bible to watch out that we are not deceived?…

Have you ever been deceived by anyone or anything?


8 thoughts on “Ducks, dogmas, and deception… dah dah dah

  1. I have been deceived (more often than I care to admit) by miracle working exercise routines, and those supposedly quick-easy-and-‘delicious’ frozen meals.
    This is usually due to the clever product marketing. They use all the right words and phrases, and with every word you are more and more convinced that this is just the thing you need in your life.
    I do not want my church to be “selling” me teachings that sound too good to be true, I want to be receiving teachings that lead to eternal life.

  2. There are so many evils in the world wearing masks of deception. Some of them are really successful in luring vulnerable believers. In fact, some are preaching the Bible, worship God before their people to effect righteousness but in their very private and secluded homes they are abusive, hypocrites just like the Pharisees. Thanks for sharing my friend.

    • It is so sad that people misuse God’s word. However, it is not the ones that are easy to spot that we have to watch out for, its those that come to us in sheeps clothing (looking good, like followers of Christ), but inwardly are ferocious wolves.
      So glad you popped over :) always a pleasure to hear from you!

  3. Great message…how often do we walk along oblivious to the spiritual war around us? The fight really is not our though, for it is not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord of Hosts. We are to lean on Him and He will protect us…that is why He is our shelter, our fortress, and our Rock.

    God bless you and Keep the Faith

    • Hi Luther, we totally have to trust and rely on the Lord, but looking at Eph 6:11-18 I am reminded that we have also been given the Armor of God (the word) so that we are able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one, which implies we will have to ‘battle’ at some point. We have to make sure that we know the truth, and keep our faith!
      Thank you for your comment, and your awesome words of encouragement! :)

  4. Really love the duck analogy that you used! I too have been fooled by those easy exercise routines, because honestly, any good workout is painful and requires hard work. I agree with many of the sentiments that have been said. I think the biggest problem that many have is that they see the Word from another person’s perspective rather than taking time to seek out His Word. I only say this because this is something that I’ve struggled with, but this is an area that God has been working on within my life.

    • That is a really good way of putting it – “they see the Word from another person’s perspective..” – and I agree. We too often just accept the things we are ‘expected’ to (or told to) accept instead of testing everything we hear.
      I love Job 34:3
      “For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food”
      We have to test the words we hear to make sure it is the truth (like we taste food to make sure it is not poisonous/bad for us) – how do we test words? against the Word of God!
      Great comment Jonathan, thanks for sharing!:)

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