The other day as I was working on an upcoming message, I got to thinking about the scripture that says Satan is transformed into an angel of light. Perhaps you are familiar with it?
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2nd Cor. 11:13-15
In this text, the apostle Paul was calling out those who were pretending to be an apostle such as he was, yet who were actually false, deceitful men disguised as ministers of righteousness. I find it very interesting that Paul thought nothing of identifying and calling out those who were deceiving the people. Contrast that with today’s preachers’ and their misapplication of “touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm”. 
As I dug into this further, I began to think of all the tricks and methods the enemy uses against us to hinder our worship of the Lord. Satan is, of course, the master of disguise. He never appears as a sinister little creature dressed in a red suit carrying a pitchfork. Instead, he shows up looking and acting for all the world like your best friend. Sugar-laden platitudes roll off his tongue as he presents his case for why the sin in our lives is really not sin after all.
What we fail to see in his clever ruse however is that he is distracting us by causing our hearts to be turned aside just enough for us to accept things that we should know better than to accept in our lives.
Distraction is the name of the game in spiritual warfare. For example: have you ever considered how much time is spent on social media? It is shocking when you see the numbers! According to broadbandsearch.net, we spend an average of 147 minutes a day on social media.  In an article in Forbes magazine, it was reported that Americans spent more than 1300 hours on social media last year alone. 
Considering that a typical full-time job is 40 hours a week, or 2,000 hours a year, we are spending the equivalent of over half of the hours required of that full-time job surfing the web, using apps or games on our phones and tablets, posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or constantly checking our phones for who knows what reason. How many of us are guilty of wasting so much time?
It’s when you step back and really look at this that it hits you! Especially when you realize that most of us don’t come close to reading our Bibles for 147 minutes a WEEK! Or even in a MONTH!
I don’t know, is it just me, or are we really that distracted? To be 100% transparent with you, I am. Oh sure, I spend a lot of time researching things for sermons and lessons. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the total amount of time I spend online. It’s all pretty sobering, to be honest. And more than a little convicting.
Here’s the bottom line. Anything that consumes our minds so much that Jesus Christ is relegated to some distant corner of our minds is UNGODLY and a SIN. There, I said it. The dreaded “S” word. Maybe in your case it’s not social media. Maybe it’s a person that consumes so much of your time that God is lucky to get a few crumbs of your time. Oh, and let’s not forget that at this time of the year, many people are consumed by politics, with the rantings on MSNBC or FOX news prime weapons of mass distraction.
Funny thing, these weapons of mass distraction. They’re being used against us on a continual basis, yet the master of disguise has packaged them up so nicely that we welcome them with open arms. The false “angel of light” has transformed them into something so desirable, so pleasing to the mind and eyes, that were Adam and Eve here today, they would not hesitate to partake of them.
For Christians, these are dangerous days, and they are about to become much more dangerous. The spirit of anti-Christ is very much alive and well in America and the world. The “spiritual wickedness in high places”  that Paul wrote about has saturated the world’s governments from the top to the bottom. Knowing these things, I believe we could all benefit from a concerted effort to spend more time in God’s word and far less time on social media.
Have a blessed day!
 1st Chronicles 16:22, Psalm 105:15
 Ephesians 6:12