Sunday, August 19, 2012

Genuinely Fake

Be so familiar with the truth that when you encounter a lie, it sets off an alarm in your soul.  Falsehood can manifest itself in many different roles and sometimes the perpetrator is the one in the mirror.  Yep, you.  It's funny how you cannot see yourself w/o looking in the mirror or seeing your reflection.  Be sure to look at your reflection (yourself) often.

Let's face it, everyone lies.  Yep I said it.  You, me, she and they.  We all lie at one time or another.  A 2 year old child lies w/o fully understanding that it's wrong.  A child does not have to be trained to be disobedient, that comes naturally.  We are born sinners.  The wicked are estranged from the womb, those who speak lies go astray from birth.  Psalm 58:3   For a better understanding of what this verse means, I suggest you do your research.  Studying God's word is the best way to learn.  When you study His word, you will not be easily deceived.

We are all capable of lying.  Most people do not like to lie but will sometimes lie to avoid conflict (the  peacemaker).  They may be known to withhold the truth by not speaking up or revealing what they know even when it's necessary.  That is a form of lying or faking, ok.

Then there are those who practice lying as a regular way of life.  They are constantly trying to come up with ways to deceive people.  They are fake and appear to be something that they are not.  For some, lying is how they make money, it's their full time job.  Some people lie for power.  False witnesses come to deceive people about God's word.  They want to control people.  This is what I call faking it to make it.

Recently there was a report on the news about the "fake red sole shoes".  You know, the french shoe designer Christian Louboutin?  All of  his shoes have a signature bright red sole.  People were making a profit by selling counterfeit Louboutin's.  They deceived the public who believed that they were getting a great deal for the real thing.  The garment districts are notorious for this.

I used to work at a credit union and me and 2 other women taught a few classes on how to identify counterfeit money, bad checks and fake identification.  I taught the part of the class regarding counterfeit money.  Everyone was surprised to see the depths that people go to get money.  There are so many security features on real paper money that makes it difficult to duplicate.  But if you don't know the real thing, you will accept the counterfeit.  By the time you realize it's a fake, it may be too late and you are left with something that is of no value to you.

 In this life, you will encounter perpetrators whether it be "fake people", "fake money", or "fake things".  They are so good at what they do that it's not always obvious at first.  We must watch the company we keep.  Some people are really good at appearing genuine or real (actors).  When you find out who they really are, you feel betrayed.  Don't ignore your instincts.  That's the red flags and alarms that go off when you are in the presence of something or someone that isn't genuine or real.

If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just and will
forgive us our sins and
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Is it you?  Sometimes we lie to ourselves.  We act differently than how we feel.  Acting, faking, deceiving, lying, call it what you want.  If you struggle with telling the truth talk to God about it.  Ask Him for forgiveness and to help you change your life.  You can avoid it all by Keepin It Real  and trusting God no matter what.

From My Soul To Yours ©

Starla Danielle Espinoza

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  1. Very true my sister, I have to ask myself at times why I am do things that aren't me just to please others. This gives me alot to think about. Thank you for your honest option. For if we did not have those around us to question us at times we would never grow in God's words and path for us.

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  2. Amen R.C. I have to do a double take in the mirror every day because I can easily be the one staning in the need of prayer for not Keepin It Real. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Thank you Starla, for your post.

    Even the word - 'lying', makes me feel unsettled. Lies are such a part of the world we live in, seen as a normal part of daily life. The hidden, secret nature of lies, just makes me more aware of the father of lies, and the great need for Our Lord's truth to be proclaimed in every part of our life, as His light bearers. As with everything, change starts with us.

    1. Yes Anita, I know what you mean. I almost changed the word lie but God told me to call it what it is and not to decieve myself. We need Jesus because we aren't good enough to save ourselves and we never have been. Even if we don't necessary lie, we all do something. Judging, wrong thoughts, wrong motives. The list goes on and on.

  4. Hello,
    I think the best way to not to lie is to remember that God sees and hears all that we say and do. However, if we have not been born again of God's Holy Spirit by believing on Jesus then we will not be convicted or convinced of wrongdoing. We have to have that relationship with the Lord in order for His voice to be real in our lives.

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Thank you for your comment. You are so right. God's conviction of wrongdoing does help us to avoid doing the wrong thing. I think it also helps us to repent and ask for forgiveness when we do something wrong, like lie.

      I always throw myself in the equation when talking about sin because I need Jesus. Maybe I'm not a liar but I am guilty of judging. I cannot afford to minimize sin or believe that even though I'm saved, I will not sin. I try to live a righteous life and I cannot do it w/o God that's for sure.

      If we claim to be without sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

  5. That is so right,
    I thank God that He is so longsuffering and patient with me as I learn His ways through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is only since I have been born again of God's Holy Spirit that I have realized just how sinful my human nature is. Until I started to learn from Him I did not know what was 'good' and what was 'evil', I am on a long learning curve.