In the movie "The Matrix" Morpheus wakes Neo up from living in the deception of a computer-generated world and says to him "Welcome to the real world." This movie is not far from the truth of what we experience on a daily basis. Consider this dialogue when Morpheus explains the concept to Neo.
"Morpheus: Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that 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?
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind."
We were created by God for perfection but because sin entered the world, our relationship with God was broken and now there is a battle waging to determine our destiny. We need to remember that we are children of God and avoid being deceived by the lies that surround us and distract us from the one real truth.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
It's time to claim the victory that has already been won for us.