How Does One Know What Is True or Counterfeit Religion?

There are lots of counterfeits in the world – so what about professionals – how do they identity counterfeits? For instance – do bank clarks study counterfeit notes in order to identify the real ones? No – they are forced to spend hours, days, months studying the real item, then a counterfeit is instantly recognisable.
Treasure must be searched for and by definition can never be easy to find (or it would not be treasure). So until one searches for, and finds the real thing – it will be impossible to recognise a counterfeit – and you will always say “who can know?”
Is this why the Bible makes a point to tell us that we must study and weigh all things. We must not be idle and expect things to fall in our lap. One thing God hates is laziness we read in the Bible.
What employer would give someone a job who could not be bothered to study, look smart, buy a suit, get to the interview, pass the interview and have a good knowledge of their potential employer? None I imagine. Thankfully there is however such a thing as grace so our mistakes and laziness can be overlooked by God if we love Him and love truth wherever we find it.
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The Story of Jesus Christ

The story of Jesus Christ is one of the most amazing and inspiring stories ever told! In fact it is probably thee most inspiring story ever told. The story of a man, whom many believed was God manifest in the flesh, but who came not as a king and a conqueror but as a servant of the most high God – his father in heaven!

Going against all expectations of the coming Messiah, i.e one that would fight and deliver his people from his enemies, Jesus shocked everyone from his own family, friends and the religious and political authorities, by becoming lower than the humblest of people and served old and young, rich and poor from the beginning of his short ministry to his death. See the story beautifully told below!

Authority

In this life there will always be someone in authority over us. Authority is defined like this. au·thor·i·ty  n. pl. au·thor·i·ties 1. a. The power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge. Law enforcement can pull us over while driving because of their authority. The judge can rule and make judgment through his authority. In God’s authority demons flee, sick get healed, and people get free from chains and shackles in their life.

Did you know we have authority through Jesus? The bible says that we would do greater things than Jesus. Hard to imagine right but in (John 14:12) its right there. So then if we have the authority through Jesus why is it then we battle with so much sickness, lack, and emotional drama. I say emotional drama because one of the biggest battlefields in your life is in your head. That’s why Jesus said in (2 Corinthians 10:5) to take EVERY thought captive or make that thought obedient to Christ.

We do not have to be sick in body. If you have a relationship with your heavenly father and I don’t mean just on weekends and holidays but everyday love relationship than you should know that your father has already set you up to succeed at all you do. Just read (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). You don’t have to accept sickness just as when the mail person comes to your house. You don’t get the package until you signed for it. So don’t sign for that sickness no one said you had to speak it. Life and death are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) we have to remember that the power resides in our mouth. A lot of the time we say oh man I am sick or I feel sick. You just spoke death into your life as Proverbs has said. Instead say I am the blessed of the Lord I am well in body, mind, and spirit. By Jesus stripes I am healed. Maybe you’re dealing with lack of some sort and lack does not always mean financial either but lack in the least. Have you said I don’t have this or that? Have you said how am I going to do it? The bible says in (Philippians 4:13) we can do ALL things in Christ who gives us strength or my favorite (Isaiah 40:31) we have put too much trust in man and not enough in the son of man. We take our eyes off Jesus and begin to sink like Peter did when Jesus told peter to come out on the water to Him. So many times we see our situations so much bigger than our God. When we put God in the right perspective we can know that things will be alright.

Jesus can free us from any bondage, chains, or pitfalls in our lives. His arms are not too short that they cannot reach into the deepest or darkest pit as in (Isaiah 59:1). No drug, alcohol, lust, or any addictions can hold you. We are blood bought. God sent His son to pay a price we could never pay. We don’t have to live in condemnations house anymore. Know that you’re an heir of the highest God and that you are already victorious.

Today speak life. Tell the devil what is and that is he is a defeated foe.  Tell that mountain to move in your life. Let the seeds of faith come alive in your spirit man and speak life, speak truth, and speak it often.  Today know NO WEAPON formed against you will prosper and that every tongue that lies against you will be condemned (Isaiah 54:17). Please read (Psalm 91) let the word of the Lord encourage you today. You were meant for greatness and a greater purpose.

Dear father I ask that you reveal to your people the greatness you have planted inside of each and every one of them. I pray that every person that is calling out to you that you will hear their cry and that you will respond quickly to their needs. Father I ask today that you plant seeds of faith and boldness in their lives and that you begin to quicken to bring alive all that you have in store for them. Father stand them on your mountain let them taste your glory. Father keep and hold your people so that they may never forget the awesome power of your love, peace, and mercy. Today father teach them by your prompting of the holy spirit, Go with them in grace and mercy and let your peace be with them everywhere they go in your matchless name Lord.

Short Christian Readings & Meditations

Short Christian Writings of Refection

To love
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one. Not even an animal. Wrap it carefully with hobbies and luxuries, avoid all entanglements and keep it safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in the casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable”. C.S Lewis The Four Loves

Heaven & Hell – C.S.Lewis
“The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”

Gods presence – letters of C.S.Lewis
It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us: It is the very sign of his presence.

The good host – author unknown
If you are gifted in some way, and the bible says we all have different gifts,

you will find that you can move in spheres where other people can’t. Say you’re a gifted conversationalist – you can talk and entertain like nobody. You’re always the center of attention. You’re so good you can turn the spotlight away from others and onto yourself. Nobody minds you doing this as you’re such great fun. In fact your light is so great that the other people in the room don’t even get noticed. Your choice is to run the whole show and exclude the others from the party, or recognise that some giftings are far more subtle than yours but no less potent. If only they were allowed to come out they would throw a different kind of light on everybody at the table – even you!! But you won’t see their gifts unless you call them out. They’re not going to come out while your ranting and raving. Like a good boss and a bad boss – a good boss knows how to get people working hard by making everyone feel included. Some gifts are only appreciated by having certain gifts. A tone deaf person won’t appreciate the intricacies of beautiful music. They’ll like the overall sound and that’s that. Never assume you can see the whole picture or you may be rudely awakened by the most unlikely person. Gods humour perhaps? The good host is someone who steps back and allows others to take to the floor.

Why Don’t I See You? – by Scott Tousignaut

A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and as always the preacher was standing at the door shaking hands as the congregation departed. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!” My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor.” Pastor questioned, “How come I don’t see you except for Christmas and Easter?” He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”

The Rock – by Julia Townsend
A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might.

Each night the man returned to his cabin sore, and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the Evil Impulse decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.” Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure, these thoughts discouraged and disheartened the “Why kill myself over this?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort and that will be good enough.”

And that he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. “Lord”, he said, “I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately, “My friend, when I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me, with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? “Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewed and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.

Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done. “I, my friend, will now move the rock.”

At times when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him……. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but it is still God who moves them.

The Weight of Prayer – Author unknown

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.”

John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store. Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocerman that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocerman said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list? Louise replied “Yes sir!” “O.K.” he said: “Put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.”

Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed. The eyes of the grocerman and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocerman staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, “I can’t believe it.” The customer smiled and the grocerman started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocerman stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said: “Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.” The grocerman gave her the groceries that he had gathered and placed on the scales and stood in stunned silence.

Louise thanked him and left the store. The customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to John as he said, “It was worth every penny of it.” It was sometime later that John Longhouse discovered the scales were broken, therefore only God knows how much a prayer weighs.