In my quiet time this morning, I was listening to songs that motivate me. During that time, I realized that fake it until you make it is a lie. It doesn't empower, it deceives. We could literally put blinders on our issues under this guise and slip into a pitfall - depression, suicide, lovelessness, self pity, devaluing of ourselves. As I was listening to one of the singers, God brought back to mind part of her testimony - that she would go out and minister (through music) to people and come home feeling less than. She was quite literally faking it. Thinking on this, I realized I didn't want that in life. I don't want to fake life.
But, more over, why should I? Nehemiah 8 tells me that the joy of the Lord is my strength. So, why fake joy, happiness? It is already mine. I don't have to search for it. I just need to dwell in it. Ephesians 6 says that I'm to have my feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Thereby, where I walk, peace walks with me. It's part of what I have inside of me that goes where I go. I just need to dwell in it. I Corinthians 13 tells me about the power of love. That it is patient and kind with no envy or pride while rejoicing when the truth comes to pass. So, why then shouldn't you see love when you see me? I never should have to plaster a fake smile on my face so that you think I love you when His love should emanate from my pours. I just need to dwell in it. Matthew 5 tells me to let my light shine before men. But this light is His light so that when others see me, they see Him. I don't have to dim me or want you to dim you. My light should touch your light so that his light enlightens. I just need to dwell in it. Psalms 91 tells me that goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. I don't have to beg for these. They are mine. I just need to dwell in them. Is anyone catching on here? (All of the above reference scriptures are paraphrases, please read them for full context of the Word.)
Faking it, fakes Him. It fakes the works of His Kingdom. It doesn't enlighten. It doesn't protect. It doesn't give love, peace, joy, happiness, light, salt, glory, or anything else that He has already declared is our portion. It deceives thereby enlarging the territory of the enemy. Faking it is his work not His work.
Don't fake it. Dwell in it.
"1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalms 91:1-2, NIV)
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