Let’s Be Real…

There’s always a counterfeit before the real thing…

The U.S. Department of Treasury spots counterfeit bills by studying true bills.  In measuring the weight, color and size of true bills they are able to easily identify those that are counterfeit.

Similar to the Department of Treasury, we too must create a benchmark to compare and contrast real things from those that are counterfeit.

The one thing that’s real and constant in our lives is Jesus. He is our benchmark. In spending time in prayer and in His word we learn the character and heart of Jesus. We learn the gentility of his spirit and the depth of his character. With this insight, we receive the knowledge and wisdom necessary to make wise decisions in every area of our lives, from business-to-personal relationships.

Armed with this information we are able to enter healthy relationships and forego entering others. We are able to understand when to take steps forward and when to remain still. More importantly, we are able to be real with ourselves while answering questions like:

Do my closest friends reflect the heart and character of Jesus?

Does the behavior of my significant other model that of Christ?

Like counterfeit money, many things (and people) often possess the appearance of great value but very few actually carry that value. Therefore, it is essential that we are able to distinguish what is real from what is counterfeit.

As we prepare to enter into a new climatic season, this a great time to reevaluate, reassess, and prune the various areas of our lives. Spring clean the people and things of your life that consume your time and ask God to reveal what’s real and what’s counterfeit.

Like a counterfeit bill, some of those things may appear to be attractive but in the long run they will add no value to your life because they don’t possess the requisite measurement, weight and size to go where God plans to take you.

Prayer: God remove anything and everything away from life that is not aligned with your word. Check my ways and bring to my attention the things about me that merely appear to be like you but are actually counterfeit and counterproductive. Teach me to be more like you and refine me until everything I attract is a reflection of you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.


  • Courtney W.
    April 7, 2016

    Amen! May God help us all to see the real within us, and around us, and to be diligent about removing the fake. I think comfort with hypocrisy is a huge issue in the church and it is so counter to what God wants from His people. As His representatives on the earth, we should seek His help to adjust our character and thoughts to reflect His image and make sure those around us are on that same path. Great reminder!

  • Roselyn
    April 7, 2016

    Great insight and reminder Erika! As we journey through life we go through seasons. Sometimes when a season ends we fight it out due to fear and try to keep the season ongoing, even when we know it has come to its end. We can’t be wearing winter clothes during summer. A struggle for many including myself letting go and completely surrendering to Christ. He is always willing to help us to realize there is a time and season for everything. The earlier we release the quicker God ushers us into the next stage. Our fear usually lies in the unknown/change and being complacent. Trusting that God always knows what’s ahead and is willing to give us his best, is something we have to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into and experience as we journey with Christ.

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      April 15, 2016

      Amen Rozzy!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      April 18, 2016

      I think we’re all right there with you Rozzy! Trusting God is always a challenge because we never know what he has planned and that is a scary place to be. What helps me push through the uncertainty and fear is remembering his promises.
      “ALL things will work together for my good.”
      “All of His promises are YES & AMEN.”
      “I will fail you not.”

      Of all the people on the planet, I know he will never break a promise and that gives me the courage to trust him…again.

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