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?