Beware of False "Twinkles" and "Blinks"!

*  This is an "excerpt" from Adult Coloring Bible Study: Faith Sprinkles- Lesson 5

Focus Verse
 
2 Corinthians 11:13-16 (NKJV) 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.  
 History
 
These verses were written by the apostle Paul to the church of Corinth. Paul was concerned because the church was beginning to welcome false teachers into their midst.   
 
These flashy individuals were trying to lead people away from Jesus.  These fake “apostles” were attempting to deceive the church into following a different “more worldly” message and savior.  Unlike the simple appearance and mannerisms of the apostle Paul, these false teachers had very polished appearances and mannerisms.   
 
Because of their “twinkle” many believers were tempted to stray from the path.  Paul was trying to redirect the church back to the simple- TRUTH.  He was attempting to bring them back to JESUS!!  


 Focus Words
 
Transform - change the outward appearance, transfigure, adapt
 
Light - a source of light, radiance
 
Minister - a servant, waiting-man
 Connection to Us
 
Just as in our verse for today cautions, we too need to be careful! 
 
When new “twinkling” or “flashy” people enter our lives, we need to take the time to look for the SOURCE of the LIGHT!!!  Upon first glance, these exciting new people may seem to represent happiness, excitement, and goodness; but we must understand that not everyone who “sparkles” is an angel of light! 


Consider the verse in the Bible…. 
 
2 Corinthians 11:14 (NKJV) No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 
 
How many times are we “lured” in by a TWINKLE????!!!???  A new potential friendship or romantic relationship may look SO tempting to us at first glance.  We may be drawn in for closer look  …. 
 
THEN IN A BLINK - WE ARE DEAD….. 
 
Satan knows the exact moments to dangle “twinkling temptation” in front of us.  His goal is to fill our eyes with enough glitters of false light and excitement to lead us astray. Satan’s plan is to get us so focused on the glitter of sin that we willingly follow him down a path of destruction.  
 
We have seen from the beginning of time that Satan is a master of deceit.  We must be careful to not be led astray by his fancy, yet deadly twinkles.  
 
To help us connect with this - let’s consider the Fireflies
 
Did you know that there are certain fireflies who use their beautiful twinkles to deceive other fireflies? 
 
Fireflies “talk” to each other using light signals.  They TWINKLE out of necessity.  It is their way to attract other fireflies and eventually mate. 
 
“Fireflies don’t put on those spectacular summer displays just to entertain us.  You’re actually eavesdropping on the firefly singles bar.  
 
Male fireflies cruising for mates flash a species-specific pattern to announce their availability to receptive females.  An interested female will reply, helping the male locate her where she’s perched, often on low vegetation.” 
 
This seems beautiful, doesn’t it??   
 
BUT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 
 
There is MORE to the story….   
 
There is a WARNING in this next part that we MUST HEAR! (imagine the theme of “Jaws” playing in the background as you read this next section) 
 
DUN…. DUN….DUN… DUN… DUN…  DUN…. (that is the music) 
 
Female fireflies sometimes mimic the flashes of other species. 
 
The well-known femme fatales in the genus Photuris use a trick called aggressive mimicry to make meals of other fireflies.  When a male firefly of another genus flashes its light signal, the female Photuris firefly replies with the male’s flash pattern, suggesting she is a receptive mate of his own species.   
 
She continues luring him in, closer and closer, until he’s within her reach.  
 
Then she eats him! 
 
YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   
 
THIS part SURELY WASN’T BEAUTIFUL!!! 
 
What can WE possibly learn from all of this “BUG-related”  bloodshed you ask??!!???  
 
There are TWO obvious lessons: 
 
1. Not everyone who seems to TWINKLE at us has our best interest at heart!!!! 
 
2. Some of them just want to EAT US!!! 
 
How many times are we “lured” in by a TWINKLE????!!!??? A new potential friendship or romantic relationship may look SO tempting to us at first glance.  We may be drawn in for closer look... 
 
THEN IN A BLINK - WE ARE DEAD….. 
 
not literally….. 
 
but spiritually…. 
 
We need to BE AWARE of who is TWINKLING at us! 
 
We need to take the time to look for the SOURCE of the LIGHT!!! 
 
Are you SEEING the connection now????!!!???   
 
Satan can DISGUISE himself as LIGHT!!!! 
 
HE CAN TWINKLE!!! 
 
We live in a “FOREST”, my friends!!! ……  a world full of deadly TWINKLES, BLINKS and WINKS!!!  :) 
 
Be CAREFUL out there!!!!