Illusion is a skilled act.
Sleight-of-hand is the moving of one item to hide the action of another. We don’t see the coin move because the hat is already in motion. We’re surprised to discover that things are not what we thought.
Illusion can happen to us financially, also. Pyramid schemes are one way of fooling us into thinking we’ve invested wisely. Sleight-of-hand, funds shifting from one person to another, and our money is gone.
We can easily let spiritual truths get twisted by those with the skill of illusion. We’re convinced we’re experiencing the real thing, only to wake up and discover what we’ve trusted is a hollow lie.
Colossians 2:8 tells us to beware:
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
We have three ways to avoid the spiritual tricksters.
- Read the Bible daily. Learn the nature of God.
- Compare the truth in the Word to the teachings we’re receiving. They must match up to be truth.
- Get involved in a fellowship with sound teachings. Be mentored by trusted saints rooted in the Word.
We risk our spiritual investments if we chase after this “good” thing and after that. Our secure investment is in truth, and we find it in the Word.
When we pursue truth, our Bible is our guidebook of choice.
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