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ILLUSIONS – by Wanda B. Campbell

Posted by hashiki on February 10, 2009

Wanda B. Campbell

Wanda B. Campbell

DEVOTIONAL WRITING BY WANDA B. CAMPBELL

An illusion is defined as an erroneous mental representation. In other words, the images Satan plants into our minds are false indications of reality. The enemy skillfully plays with our mind by planting scenes of us in our everyday struggles that end in our ultimate demise. He is a master at transforming the tangible into the intangible. He is described as an angel of light; therefore he has the ability to illuminate our hardships into visions of destruction and devastation.


Although the realities of universal hard times are fed to us daily through media and first hand testimonies, our mind deceptively feed us the ideology that our hardships are unique and isolated. We buy into the illusion that our personal situations are so severe and devastating that God himself can’t deliver us.


When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  John 11:4


A close friend of mine, one who I consider a strong Christian, was recently faced with an illness that would require her to take several weeks off work. On state disability her monthly income would be cut in half. That was her reality. What surprised me was her deposition. Before the ink dried on the disability forms, my spiritual sister had accepted the illusion the enemy had planted in her mind. He took the temporary loss of income and painted a long-term picture of her losing her home and living on the streets.


It’s nothing more than an illusion that causes us to so easily believe our suffering and struggles are only about us and that we are alone. Much like the Prophet Elijah before the show down on Mount Caramel with the prophets of Baal. The purpose of that contest wasn’t to present Elijah as a superhero, but an opportunity for God’s sovereign power to shine. Likewise, the trials we encounter are not designed to destroy us, but are an opportunity for God to be glorified and magnified. 


Why is easier to believe the illusion and not the words God has spoken to us concerning his love and provisions for us?  Perhaps we, followers of Christ, have manufactured our own illusion.


Most of the brothers and sisters with who I associate believe their sufferings are only about them and that they suffer alone. That in itself is an illusion when Christ clearly promised never to leave nor forsake us. Even in the Old Testament, God promised to be with us through the water and through the fire; we would not drown or get burned. Habitually, congregations recite scriptures declaring God’s goodness; however, when under an erroneous mental representation, the notion is sometimes lost.


Just think how many souls would be won, if we didn’t buy into the illusion the enemy paints. What would happen if we really understood that our trials and sufferings are not for us, but a chance for God’s glory to shine?  What if we embraced our pain as the vehicle to strengthen our witness and confession of Christ?


If my friend, who is a single mother, had not accepted the mind games and distorted pictures the enemy sowed, she would have realized her sickness was not the vehicle that would drive her to the nearest homeless shelter, but at a way for others to witness how God loves and cares for His children.


In my Christian Fiction novel, Illusions, First Lady Denise Hightower learns almost too late that although the daggers thrown at her from the enemy, at the hands of her husband, penetrated her heart, she was not the sole target. As with Lazarus, her husband’s sickness was not unto death, but for the glory of God to be revealed. The illusion planted her mind reflected a devastating conclusion, when in reality God orchestrated the circumstance to revive the broken souls fallen among the dead.      

Wanda B. Campbell is the author of the Christian Fiction, Illusions.  I am honored to feature this gifted author here on my blog this week.  You can read more about Wanda here.  You may contact her by email at wbcampbell@prodigy.net.

Illusions is available today, click here.

Illusions by Wanda B. Campbell

Illusions by Wanda B. Campbell

 

 

 

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One Response to “ILLUSIONS – by Wanda B. Campbell”

  1. Wow! Looks like a great book. We all certainly do fall prey to these “illusions.”

    Heidi
    http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com
    http://www.heidimthomas.com

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