Knock-off jewelry might glitter, twinkle and sparkle like the real thing—that is to the unsophisticated eye. But for someone who knows, a replica is fake—all day long.
Zirconia or diamond?
Trinkets and baubles are not the only perpetrators trying to look authentic. People fake it all the time when they want to portray themselves as having millions in the bank: designer shoes, Italian suits, fancy cars, living in a lakefront condo, but if their checking account could talk: $2.50.
Church members can be guilty of this too when their private lifestyles don’t match what they profess on Sunday mornings: Praise the Lord—hallelujah, thank you Jesus.
A mockup can’t standup!
A double lifestyle, in many cases, can go undetected until attacked by the adversary. Empty hollow “religious” expressions can’t produce the faith that is needed to standup to Satan.
We might be able to fool ourselves and others, but we can never fool the enemy.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? (Acts 19:15)
Knock offs can’t—
- Understand Philippians 4:7:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
- Claim Romans 8:31:
If God be for us, who can be against us?
- Lean on 1 Peter 3:12:
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
- Receive strength from of Philippians 4:13:
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Who would want to be a knock off when they can be the real thing?
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.
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