“And he laid hold on the dragon, that
old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and
bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon
him, that he should deceive the nations no more,
till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and
after that he must be loosed a little season”
Until Satan is bound and thrown into the
bottomless pit for a thousand years, his deceptive
influences will remain here on earth. Satan is the
father of deception and roams to and fro across the
globe deceiving earth’s populous. Over the past 6,000
years or so he has perfected his lying, his deceitful
ways -- promoting his craftiness with all tenacity.
Many of us can plainly see his blatant attempts at
distracting mankind, leading them into all sorts of
diversions, which ultimately leads them to believe the
devil’s deceptions. But there are many satanic
distractions, which most people, even professing
Christians, would never associate with Satan.
Let’s first get an idea of just what
those three words – distractions, diversions, and
deceptions mean. The three “D’s”:
1.) Distractions: anything, which takes a
person’s attention away from something else.
2.) Diversion: a change in the direction or
path away from what was originally set forth.
Deception: the practice of deliberately
making somebody believe things that are not true, an
act, trick, or contrivance intended to deceive or
Distraction, diversion and deception:
are promoted by the satanic realm for the purpose of
manipulation. Who is being manipulated? You and I are.
As Christians, when we become distracted or diverted
from what God would have us be involved in, it’s then
that the deceptions of the enemy begin to have an
adverse effect on our lives. Imagine the effect those
three D’s named above have on the unsuspecting Christ
“While we look not at the things which
are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for
the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
We can’t see into the realm of the eternal, but
Christians believe there is another dimension where
those who’ve not rejected God’s free gift of salvation
will end-up. There are marvelous unseen things in
heaven awaiting the children of God.
Although it’s probably a real good thing
that we can’t currently see into the realm of the
supernatural, because along with the marvelous things
that await us there’s a realm of extreme evil, which
surrounds us. But thanks to God it’s invisible to
humans. The malevolent realm of the supernatural has
been kept from our sight because of our inability to
contend with pure evil. We have a difficult enough
time avoiding the pitfalls of the enemy as it is.
The worldly distractions with which
we’ve all been overwhelmed in this life are actually
diversions created for a distinct purpose. Nothing we
see or do which brings pleasure into our lives is of
God, unless God is centered in that pleasure. From
birth to death our God should be our center. God,
Himself, is never going to involve us in schemes and
diversions that drag us farther away from following
Him and His Word. All distractions, which eliminate or
supplant God, are satanically created to deceive, and
they are endless.
There are too many satanic distractions,
diversions, and deceptions to mention them all.
Suffice it to say they are all tried and true as far
as creating a wall of separation between us, and our
God. As I’ve stated numerous times in various
commentaries, television is the enemy’s three D’s tool
of choice. If we are staring at a television screen
watching reruns of LA Law, are we not being diverted
away from God?
When our senses are inflamed with
obscene jocularity by watching some perverse TV
comedian are we giving any thought to God? The
Internet with its saturation of instant pornography
must surely follow at a close second behind
television’s huge allure. There are many other
distractions, which can easily be seen for what they
are. Using the common sense God gave us to evaluate
distractions, diversions, and deceptions it isn’t
difficult, but we must be willing.
Diverting us away from God is the
enemy’s goal as he attacks us with his endless lies.
Satan will never cease his deceiving ways, especially
as long as we continually comply with his agenda. Some
people are thoroughly reliant on those three D’s for
their entertainment. It’s not until we finally realize
what Satan is doing and resist him that he will flee
from us. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist
the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Our young children attend public schools
where God is forbidden to enter. How long are we going
to allow our children to be indoctrinated with the
humanistic agenda? I’ll tell you. Long enough to allow
the enemy to divert them away from God, the God who
created them in His likeness. Research shows that 95%
of all Christian students who graduate from a secular
high school leave behind all Christian fellowship by
the time they enter collage. This is a disturbing
statistic and it can be verified by doing a search on
the Barna Research Group website.
For many years the world has been
introducing our young children to every kind of
immoral and degrading wickedness known to man. Large
numbers of very young children are now experimenting
with sex, drugs, and alcohol. The enemy has begun a
series of distractions, diversions, and deceptions
aimed predominately at preschoolers through teens. The
enemy’s tactic is to convince them to not only accept
his deceptions as truth, but to fully embrace all his
doctrines. Abortion, homosexuality, sex out of
wedlock, mind-altering drugs, and the list goes on and
Organized and professional sports can be
just as deceptive when we consider how much time we
devote to them. The distractions and frenzied actions
of crazed fans that we see displayed in the modern
sports stadiums have its roots in the ancient Roman
coliseum where violence and death were condoned. Those
Roman games were staged to entertain the populous.
As the citizens of Rome watched people
being beaten, stabbed, and run through with spears,
they were worked into such a frenzy that they became a
part of the slaughter urging the participants to
either let the defeated participant live or die. What
they were watching was the very public spectacle of
sanctioned murder. Then it occurred to the leaders of
Rome that it would be highly beneficial to Caesar’s
rule to eliminate that new sect of people who were not
bowing to Rome’s god – Christians – and the deceived
masses went wild. I am fully aware of the fact that
many of my brethren feel they couldn’t get by without
sports. Be that as it may, this is an area where Satan
has excelled at his deceptions and he will never stop.
“What do you suggest we do for
entertainment and fun, Ron, that’s exciting and
There is pure joy in serving God, and it
is better than any worldly activity or sport. When we
do we will find our joy and satisfaction complete in
Christ. Each time you watch an individual get baptized
after becoming born-again you’ll be cheering right
along with God and all the whole host of godly angels
as you recognize the joy of the Lord in that event.
That baptism would be far superior to any 100-yard
touchdown or grand slam ever witnessed.
The question the children of God should
be concerned with is how do all these distractions
honor God? When we finally stand before our Christ at
His Bema Seat of judgment, how will we respond to this
question Jesus might pose “I’ve watched you through
the years and I see you’ve memorized the baseball
scores of your favorite teams, but can you quote 5
verses from my word?”
Of course I’ve only scratched the
surface when it comes to all of the successful satanic
distractions, diversions, and deceptions with which
humanity is continually being tempted. This commentary
could go on and on and I’m sure right about now many
of you will think of me as quite legalistic or even a
raving lunatic. If you are still focused on baseball
you probably think I’m way out in left field
somewhere. Let me finish by saying that in heaven
there will not be any of the satanic distractions,
diversions, and deceptions that keep our minds off our
God. And no, you will not miss them.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so
shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be
fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall
give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:3-4).
When we get to heaven we will truly
desire to be a part of God’s kingdom. The desires of
our heart will be fully aligned with our God’s heart.
Some claim the verse above points to our being given
the desires of our heart when we reach heaven –
including sports of any kind. We can’t claim the verse
above pertains to what our desires will be in heaven
because of the verse that precedes it “Trust in the
LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land.”
The context of the entirety of those
verses point to dwelling in the land – on earth.
Therefore, if you believe the desire of your heart is
to crave professional sports after you leave planet
Earth then the desires of your heart are most
assuredly satanic. Nothing of Satan’s will ever enter
heaven again, only the things of God.
God bless you all,
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