“…Some of these people who live fake lives end up paying severe penalties for doing so… like the guy who pretends to be a cop…”

CONTERFIET (as in Fake): This covers a wide variety of personal characteristics; ranging from …fake money, fake body parts (oops), to one’s personality. Too often, we take on a persona that is…simply…not us, but rather… a wannabe. Some of us are just a big FAKE.

Sometimes, it spills over to our home, business, and personal life. This condition surfaces a lot with Celebrities who take on an entirely different personality on the stage or screen, than in real life. In industry…it’s also common. Many leaders take on a facade, so as, not to allow their followers to know the “real” boss. They hide behind this facade to protect their own insecurities. The pressures of Leadership is often a time-bomb for some pending calamity. Be aware!

Then you have some… whose entire life is one big lie. Fakery involves pretending to be someone we are not. We’ve all seen or heard of the guy who was so ashamed to have lost him job… he pretended to go to work every day… fooling his wife and family, his friends, and others in his close network of friends and associates. Of course… this allusion caught up with him after a time… and he suffered accordingly.

Some of these people who live fake lives end up paying severe penalties for doing so… like the guy who pretends to be a cop…and stopping someone, who turned out to be a real cop (but off duty)….thus, “pay-up-time.” But the poor guy who thinks he’s “fooling God,” is the real loser.

We simply cannot “fool God.” God knows all; sees all, and hears all. In fact…He ALLOWS it all to happen. I’m reminded of a friend who filled out a envelop at church, and “acted” as if he had placed some money in it, and placed it in the offering plate. Who did he fool? Sure, maybe the guy sitting next to him, or the guy passing the plate from row to row. But, the one who counts…God Almighty, who is omnipotent tells us through…

Ephesians 1:18-23 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

In conclusion… All of us must realize that God will not be mocked — neither in this life nor in eternity. He is not fooled by our clever deceptions. We will reap what we sow. Therefore, we must obey God. We are told in Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The bottom line… play around with friends, family, and peers all you want in your “make-believe-world,” but “don’t play around with God.” He doesn’t like it.   …Blessings…cjlb… 12/3/15.  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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