“Then the Lord spoke to the man in linen clothing and said, “Go between the whirling wheels beneath the cherubim, and take a handful of burning coals and scatter them over the city.” He did this as I watched.” – Ezekiel 10:32 (NLT)
I had a dream that I was trapped in a room full of smoke and I could not escape. Like a scene out of a movie, where a person is waiting to be rescued from a house fire, or being trapped in a smoky room when smoking in public places was allowed.
The phrase ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ basically means that sometimes things aren’t always as they seem to be. The devil uses this as a form of artful deception. If you were standing in a cloud of smoke, it could certainly limit your vision, causing you to grab onto whatever you can find to guide you to safety. Perhaps my dream/vision was pointing out that sometimes the things of this world can appear in shades of gray, luring us into a perceived pleasurable experience, or haven of safety, but deceiving us to reality and the truth.
Have you ever noticed that when you take a photograph, everything that was on the right side is on the left, for example a wedding ring that you know is on your left hand, looks to be on the right. That’s because a photograph is simply a reflection. It doesn’t turn your image around to look exact. The same can be said of when you hold something up in a mirror; specifically written text. When you hold it up the mirror takes it exactly as it is, but to you it’s all backwards. The mirror does not see left and right, it is up to the observer to make it out. In the mirror north, south, east, and west are all the exact same. But we read from left to right, not right to left. Confused yet?
If we aren’t in constant communication with God, and reading the word of God, the devil will use whatever he can to cause you to see the word of God in a different way than it was meant to be. The devil knows scripture! He can also take your life, and make you think horribly about your past or your present, hindering you from being successful. We must be careful to see the smoke rising (the devils lies) and call him out on it, in the name of Jesus. He will flee. Then ask God to give you wisdom and help you understand the truth.
There are many people being led in all sorts of directions today, it can get so confusing when we set our sights on too many things. So many versions of what is right and wrong, and it changes over time to suit our carnal nature. As Christians, God has gifted us with truth, not in our own words, but straight from His word. It doesn’t always make sense to the non-believer, so sometimes we need to try and make it relative, but to completely twist the word around is a sin. (Deuteronomy 4:2) The word of God is an exact replica of who God is, and his promises for us. His word does not change no matter how much we try to turn it around.
The religion Hinduism believes in Karma. “Cause and effect.” Basically you create your own destiny based on your deeds, so if you do something good, then you deserve good. If you do something bad, well you made your bed lie in it. Not that justice isn’t a fair thing, it is and should be had. But what about the people that fail, yet look for forgiveness, and want to change their lives. Can there be a juxtaposition? Is there no hope after one has done wrong? The bible teaches, that God’s grace is freely given. You need not do anything to deserve it, you simply have to ask for it. Jesus took on all of our sins and wrongful deeds, so that we may be freely forgiven. We don’t have to earn God’s love and forgiveness. The word of God is all about love and forgiveness. Religion says – do this, take these steps, and you will be saved. Jesus says:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
Can God change his mind? Sure, but He doesn’t. There is nothing you can do to change the mind of God or change His love for you. The enemy is a liar and a very creative deceitful one, and will cause us to think that God has forgotten us. Look in the mirror, and ask God to show you who you are in Him. Regardless of what the enemy or people try to show you about yourself, God has the final say.
When we see non-believers, who are so successful and never seem to struggle, we as Christians think gosh how unfair is that? This picture doesn’t look right! They go about sinning all they please and never get so much as a hand slap. The enemy is not going to bother with someone who is living the way he wants them to live, and God gives us free-will to do as we please. We get to choose rightful living, or living any old way we please, but there are repercussions. These people are walking right into one of the enemy’s most famous traps, thinking they are free and there are no consequences. But, the truth is that our lives are not our own, and there is an eternity to think about. One with God, or without. That’s why the Christian life isn’t necessarily the easiest, but it’s worth it. Don’t let the devil confuse you.
In Ezekiel the Lord spoke to the man, and told him to take a handful of coals and scatter them in the city. To me the coals represent the word of God. We must keep the message burning. God appeared many times in the bible in a cloud of smoke. I can only imagine that it was because we are unable to see God fully, but we can certainly know his presence. Like a protective covering. Yet, God is never unclear in His words. His word never changes.
Perhaps the lord showed up in a cloud of smoke, to not only show me that I was covered by his divine protection, but to reiterate to me the fact that I need to keep the word moving, before it’s too late.
“Then the Lord will provide shade for Mount Zion
and all who assemble there.
He will provide a canopy of cloud during the day
and smoke and flaming fire at night,
covering the glorious land.” Isaiah 4:5
This is the year of the lord’s restoration. The restoration of his word, his promises for your life, and divine protection from the things of this world. It’s waning worse, not better. But as people of the Lord we know that He holds our tomorrow. For the people that do not know him, we need to spread the good news so that others may know the same hope. If you have turned away from God, and want to turn back there has never been a better time than now. God is waiting with open arms ready to shelter you from the storms you face, and deliver you from clouds of confusion, giving you a pathway to the beautiful life he intended for his children to have. God Bless.