Things Are Not What They Seem


As we peel back the layers on the first half of chapter two (Waking the Dead – John Eldredge) we are presented the parable of The Matrix.

A new reality is unveiled to Neo. He’s known all along that something is off; that what he is seeing in the world is not the whole story. He can sense it with every fiber of his being but can’t explain it.

Morpheus: Le me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain. You feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. There’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is. But it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?

Neo: The Matrix?

Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

This past week was a powerful turning point. We are presented the biblical reality that there is a war of heavenly proportions existing in the spiritual realm and we are a part of it whether we choose to be or not.

And yet we do have a choice.

We can turn away from the reality of spiritual warfare and tell ourselves that we are insignificant and have nothing to offer or a role to play and just go back to doing our best to get through each day by the world’s standards (be a good worker, husband, father, church-goer, etc…)

Or we can answer the call God places on EVERY Christ follower and get in the game on a whole new level (become a prayer warrior, discover our spiritual gifts, find our calling, dig into the heart of God and follow His will for our lives, fight for the spiritual heart of our families and the world around us).

This week we were given a choice, the red pill or blue. We don’t get the luxury of being lukewarm and just dabbling in the spiritual realm. Either we acknowledge the war and stand and be counted or we slink back into the shadows.

It’s not an easy choice!

If you missed last week or to dig deeper for yourself read chapter two up to A Battle Is Under Way and download a copy of week four reflection questions.

Blessings in Christ,



Life is hard, and change is inevitable. Sometimes it is welcomed, and other times it is overwhelming. As a child abuse survivor who has struggled with mental illness such as anxiety, PTSD, ADD, OCD, addictions and mountains of self-worth issues, I now find myself resilient, empowered and filled with gratitude most days. But that doesn't come easy or natural. It takes intentionality. It takes faith. It takes patient endurance. It takes incredible amounts of self-awareness, honesty, humility, and courage to make choices that are the polar opposite of how you feel. It takes vision and determination, hope and healing. I'm glad you stopped by my blog, I hope you found something of use as I transparently share my journey with others, the highs and the lows, the wisdom and the blunders, in the hopes that my mess becomes a message of hope, encouragement, and strength for even one person. .
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1 Response to Things Are Not What They Seem

  1. Bruce Sims says:

    Reblogged this on Call to Witness.


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