“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” - Jeremiah 31:33 (ESV)
The craziest things used to happen when I was working in the garment district. I worked in that area for years, so I became friends with factory owners and people who worked in the area too.
One day, while I was walking down the sidewalk, I noticed one of my friends from a distance. He was walking down the same block holding a brown paper bag with what I assumed to be his lunch.
I ran up to him from behind and grabbed the bag out of his hand to tease him. When he turned around with a shocked and about-to-punch-someone look on his face, I realized that it wasn’t my friend. It was a stranger who looked JUST LIKE HIM!!!!
Embarrassed and ashamed, I quickly gave him back his food, said sorry, and told him I thought he was someone I knew. He smiled and walked off.
A few minutes later, I remembered that my friend told me he had a brother who also worked in the garment district. “That HAS to be his brother,” I thought to myself.
I texted my friend later that day and found out that it was his brother. Oddly, I was comforted knowing that the man whose lunch I attempted to steal wasn’t a complete stranger—although I never met him.
That situation made me think about how we are often deceived by the enemy. Sometimes things look like the real thing, but they aren’t. Sometimes things feel like the real thing, but they aren’t. Sometimes things are even “good” things according to society, but I’ve learned that every good thing isn’t a God thing.
Good is the enemy of great.
God wants to give us great things. But to do so, we often have to give up the good ones. We also have to discern between what’s real and what’s our heart longing for something.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it?” Without God, we can easily be deceived by our hearts.
But with God, our hearts can be supernaturally changed.
With all that’s going on in the world today, we need to be vigilant at all times. Our hearts need to be cleansed by God so that we can discern what’s real from what seems to be real.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” - Jeremiah 31:33
Someone once told me that when you are training to work in a bank, you learn how to differentiate between a counterfeit bill and a real one by studying the real one.
That's what we need to do with the Word of God because the enemy will stop at nothing to separate us from God.
My prayer today is that you will draw closer to God this year than ever before—spending time every day in prayer and devotion. My prayer is that the Word of God will be written all over your heart and that you will study truth so you can recognize the truth.
Because real recognizes real.
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