Counterfeits…. Try To Imitate, Can’t Ever Duplicate

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Christianity, faith, God, Jesus Christ, Uncategorized
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Imagine you get change for a $20 bill from the toll booth.  One of the bills doesn’t seem right—it feels off, it looks skewed and when you look closely at it in the light, low and behold it is not a legitimate $5 bill.  You my friend have been given counterfeit currency.  And just as easily as counterfeit money slips into your hand, the devil loves to slip counterfeit people into your life.  Phony, fake—they try to imitate but fall short of duplicating the real thing.  A few posts ago I talked briefly about spiritual warfare.  Remember the devil has no good in him so he is never going to come honest, plain and straight-foward.  Out of the 3 main roads he uses, DECEPTION, DOUBT AND DIVISION, deception is probably his most common tactic. And he usually comes through 3 main vehicles:  you,  outsiders (i.e. friends, family, coworkers, etc.) and  situations/scenarios.  Counterfeits undoubtedly fall under the category of deception.   I recall  some time last year while  walking to a bus stop that the Lord really went into a long discourse with  me about counterfeits.  It was also around the time, to my excitement, that I really began to hear the Lord for myself.  There is always a purpose or meaning when God speaks.  He doesn’t speak in a vacuum or speak idly like we do sometimes.  And sure enough His wisdom  proved to be quite relevant to a situation that was present back then.  Moving forward, I hadn’t really thought about it again until a couple of weeks or so ago when He  kept putting in my spirit the word counterfeit…counterfeit…counterfeit  over and over again.

Consequently, He brought that discourse from last year right back to my memory and sure enough I am seeing plainly that some folks’ intentions and  hearts are not fully right towards me. In other words, they showed their true colors.  If you are patient, the devil will always show himself.   You just have to ask God to open your eyes, be keen and pay attention. And in true form, God reiterated His point and confirmed what He was saying by repeatedly speaking through His ministers at a church conference all this past weekend about fraudulent people.   It just amazes me how if you ask God He really will bring every darkness to light.  Let me share with you what I have learned from last year and even as I prepared to write this blog….

Counterfeit, when you really think about it, is a concept that has been around since the beginning of time.  Didn’t Satan delude himself into thinking He could rebel against God and rule, reign and be worshipped like God?  Didn’t Lucifer appear to Adam and Eve back in the garden of Eden deceivingly as well-meaning and friendly, with only the intent to bring a curse on them by tricking them into sinning against God?  So you see,  if Satan is brazen enough to rebel against God directly, be clear that he is definitely at work using tactics  and decoys to deceive you; especially if you are living for God.  I say this for myself as I do for you:   Be vigilant!  Be on your guard!

Whether it applies to money, clothes, bags, or people,  there are certain  threads that are common to all counterfeits. Counterfeits operate on 2 main principles:  fraudulence and imitation.  They present themselves as the real thing,  but they are not the real. They want to imitate or portray the genuine article, but essentially they are not and can never be “the real” if they exist in that counterfeit state.  They pretend to be your friend, but they mean you no good.  Want to be you and live your life, but aren’t built to travel your path or carry what you are carrying.  See your glory and want to take it, but don’t know the hardwork, sacrifice and the story of how you got there.  Have you ever come across people like that?

Furthermore, counterfeits ultimately operate for their own personal advancement.   According to Wikepidia, counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the superior value of the imitated product (  Not only that, they tend to have fake logos and brands.  So yes those knockoff bags they sell on the streets of Manhattan take advantage of the good name of Gucci to make a profit.  Those imitation sneakers made in China, make a killing off of the notoriety of Nike–so they use the Nike logo to boost their sales. You child of God, try to live your life worshiping God in spirit and in truth, bearing the mark of the Holy Spirit and carrying the favor of God.  Yet some  counterfeit wants to attach to you to see how they can benefit from your favor and blessings.  Whether it is to boost their own ego,  temper their feelings of insecurities,  promote themselves or just simply tear the “genuine thing” down, counterfeits always have some underlying motivation for their own selfish agenda.

Counterfeits essentially can’t add much value because they have no value. Now in regard to money that is a blanket statement.  In regards to people, I dare not  judge anyone as invaluable. God loves us all and  has  created us for a purpose no matter how “seemingly” insignificant it  may  seem. He may not  love what we do or when we sin against Him,  but we are all precious in His sight.  But when one assumes the posture of a counterfeit, you can’t add much value because you are not being who you are and who God created you to be.  You cannot add value as a particular thing if you are truly not that thing.  Actually it is  to the contrary.  Just as counterfeit money or products devalue genuine currency and the economy overall, counterfeit people only devalue those who are real or legitimate. They usually end up hurting others and being a hindrance in the end.

Counterfeit consumer products have a reputation for being lower quality (sometimes not working at all) and may even include toxic elements (  You see where this is going right?  A  knockoff Prada imitation (you might as well call it Nada) can never measure up to a true Prada couture.   Counterfeits not only  take short cuts and use low grade inferior material to imitate the high quality of the real product, they  will even go to such lengths as to use toxic materials to create a closer  imitation of the real thing.  If I had to guess, I am almost  sure that the closer the counterfeit comes to duplicating  the real thing, the more toxic the material used to get it that way.    The more fake and counterfeit the person, the more  they are filled with such toxic entities as jealousy, dishonesty, envy, pride, ego, fear, hurt and insecurity  just to name a few.   Things that are toxic to them and eventually spills over to negatively affect you.  But this is the difference.  Through the test of time and the wear and tear of regular use, the counterfeit almost always will become dismantled long before the genuine article.  They cannot withstand the pressures and elements of life.  Only those things or people made with the best and highest quality material, things like love, patience, peace, truth, Godlike characteristics will endure and look flawless while doing it.

Lastly, with careful inspection and when held up to the light, every counterfeit will be exposed.  In the light you start to see the flaws, imperfections and the truth of what the counterfeit really is–a fake.  Images aren’t as sharp, the ink may look dull, certain symbols are missing or misaligned when you compare counterfeit bills to real bills.  So what ultimately exposes counterfeits?  How can you recognize one when you see it? Keen spiritual vision and a little bit of light.  Ephesians 5:13 says, “But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them (New Living Translation).  Just let the light of God in you and the truth of the Holy Spirit expose every fraudulent, deceptive counterfeit person in you life.

Well what now?  You may wonder what do you do when you discover a counterfeit in your life?  Although it may be tempting to tell them off, that of course is not the way.  Simply pray for them, love them with the love of Christ and keep it moving. I say simply, but believe me it is not so simple.  It really takes the grace of God to do it.  These people are often broken and hurt in some area of their lives and need deliverance and healing like we all have needed and continue to need at some point.  Yet it doesn’t mean you have to walk intimately with them.  Some people need to be loved from a distance.   There is a popular saying that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  Some people are meant to be in your life only short-term or not at all.  Shift people to the positions where they rightfully belong.  Don’t allow counterfeits to  have the privilege to occupy a space in your life they don’t deserve.

If we are really honest with ourselves, we have all had times where we have acted as the counterfeit.   I will be honest and say I have.  But I choose now as best as I can to walk as the true and genuine article–to be a real disciple and follower of Jesus Christ and not some fake imitation.  So which are you? Are you real or just another counterfeit?  Legitimate people, genuine people, real  people rise…..and yet still I rise

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,


  1. adiscipleindeed says:

    Amen to that! Call it like you see it! 🙂

  2. csralumni says:

    Excellent post Dr T. It definitely can be difficult to discern a person’s intentions, especially when we first meet them, and they’re telling us what we want to hear. Holding things up to the light is great advice.

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  4. Frank says:

    Lie\counterfeit always dresses up in Truth’s clothing, but in the end the Devil always exposes the counterfeit…….yes, your own sins always finds you out. The evil one loves a good laugh and delights in letting your fellow men see you naked and ashamed. Like Adam and Eve we run and hide and cover ourselves with fig leaves. If only you were listening to that Still Small Voice, you would have discovered a long time ago, not travel down that broad road. We would have been naked but covered in truth.

    Write on T

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