How to Discern Between Counterfeits and God’s Truth

Confidence & Development

Confident Woman

Sep 10, 2021

Growing up I had a very warped idea of love. I thought that if I loved someone I was giving them the power to control me and with that control they would hurt me. As much as I wanted to love and be loved, I was so afraid that someone would take advantage of me or crush me by leaving. I didn’t want to give over that power.

This wrong view of love led to very unhealthy relationships, college was probably the worst. What I was craving and even thought I was getting from this relationship was love, but it lacked the very things that God defined as love.

What I was giving was very fear-based and wasn’t love. I eventually settled for superficial ways of demonstrating this false idea of love. I was never fulfilled because I wasn’t getting what I truly desired, I was settling for a replica. Consequently, this counterfeit version of love came with a lot of destruction

Settling for counterfeits is not something that is uncommon for many of us. How many times have we settled for counterfeit versions when what our souls longed for was what only God could offer.

How many times have we settled for captivity when what we really wanted was freedom? How many times have we settled for this world when what we really wanted was God? 

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Genesis 3 says that the serpent was more crafty than any of the other wild animals and the first place that we see a counterfeit is in the fall. Since the beginning the enemy has been offering a replica of God, because that is all that he can offer.

The counterfeit that the enemy offers leads to destruction and death. What we truly desire is to have life and live in the abundance that is only found in God.

The mistake that Adam and Eve made in Genesis 3 is the same mistake that we tend to make. They entertained the thought, and they began to question what God said. The arrogance in the serpent may have looked like confidence to Adam and Eve. So much that they overlooked the fact that he didn’t have the authority to define truth, only God does.

In the beginning we were in relationship with God and something in me genuinely believes that at our core we have this deep yearning to be there again. To get back to our initial place in this world before the chaos.

That comes with doing what Adam and Eve failed to do in the garden, trusting what God says. Trusting that when God defines what is good it is not to take away our freedom but to give us freedom.

Trust that His word is a gift that leads to an abundant life. We have to trust that God isn’t keeping something good from us but protecting us from evil.

Here Are Three Ways to Discern Between The Counterfeit and God’s Truth:

  1. Is it Aligned With Scripture?

 In the garden Adam and Eve entertained the lies of the enemy and doubted God’s truth. In the wilderness Jesus had confidence in God’s word and boldly declared truth when the enemy tried to tempt him. We have to have confidence in God and trust that what He says is good. Knowing what God defines as truth helps us to understand what is good and from God.

Read Matthew 4:1-11

2. Test it by the spirit

The enemy will always try to replicate something of God. Satan doesn’t have the authority to create, he can only imitate. When Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the garden he presented them with an offer that looked very good, but it was destructive. We have to make sure it aligns with the truth of God.

2 Corinthians 11:14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

3. Spend Time With God

The only way to know God is to spend time with Him. As we get closer to God, the more he will reveal himself to us. As God reveals himself to us the more confident we will become in discerning between God vs the counterfeit. 

James 4:8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” 

John 10:10 says that “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

So when discerning whether or not what you are facing is God or the enemy remember this scripture and ask yourself , is this destructive or richly adding to your life? 

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Jada Woods

Jada is an HR professional in Texas. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s degree in Organizational Development. When she is not working, she is mentoring, helping in the local church’s student ministry, or hosting a weekly group for sex trafficking survivors. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family, outdoor activities, games, volunteering, and getting lost in a good book. Jada has a passion for missions and wants everyone to experience God’s love so that they can live a life of true freedom and abundance. You can follow more of Jada’s story on IG @lettertojada

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  1. Candace VanDorn says:

    I just happen to come across this and was reading this and this just open my eyes to many things. Thank you so very much. What a blessing you are. God bless you just a real big eye-opener. I have been wondering what is real and what is counterfeit and your story was so inspiring. Thank you so very much.

  2. Thank you. For years I also have struggled with accepting counterfeits for the real thing. I once had someone say that if I truly had a relationship with God I wouldn’t accept a counterfeit. This really messed me up- he likely was a counterfeit I now know. Our relationship with the Lord is growing and takes time to cultivate and blossom. That definitely doesn’t mean we won’t mistake the tricks as the real deal sometimes. The more we spend time with the Lord in His word is what will allow us to truly hear His voice and know it. I know this now and this article really helped me remember this truth. Our sin doesn’t negate what Christ did on the cross, it just confirms our need for the Savior. Thanks for your insight.

  3. Alejandra says:

    Was looking for something specifically like this because I just went through something that shocked me, and the word counterfeit kept popping up in my mind. Thank you for this! I we’ll be sharing it with me youth girls!