Counterfeit Power

by Joanna Pierce on November 21, 2018

When I was fourteen, I landed my first job—the kind where you get a paycheck and learn about some guy name FICA who keeps most of your money. I worked at a local retail store and loathed being assigned to the customer service desk. To a teenager, being crated in a box for hours was pure torture.

Shortly after starting, the general manager called a floor meeting. He reported there was a group in the area paying with funny money. We received a quick tutorial for spotting suspicious bills and were armed with a highlighter. But, it wasn’t an ordinary highlighter: for when you drew on a bill and the color changed, you had identified bad currency.

I remember the day a woman came up to the counter, loaded down with merchandise. I scanned her items and retrieved money from her outstretched hand. But, as the bills leafed through my fingers, my eye spotted something unusual. I slowly pulled a bill out of the pile, snapped the lid off my highlighter, and drew a mark. I held my breath as the color changed. I had spotted a counterfeit bill.

You can imagine the look on the woman’s face when I told her we couldn’t accept her tender.

And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved (II Thessalonians 2:6–10, KJV).

In Scripture, Paul warned the church of Thessalonica about the Antichrist. He described how he would come and do the work of Satan: demonstrating signs and miracles, but with counterfeit power. This individual will seem like he has the goods until the One with the true power and authority, Jesus Christ, steps on the scene. Jesus will reveal the real truth, all will come to know it.

In our Christian journey, we must take care to walk in truth and demonstrate true power through Jesus Christ. What we live and believe must be in alignment with the pure, unadulterated Word of God. Scripture warns us to guard our hearts and minds against false doctrine. And, we must have pure motives in what we do—it should all glorify God, not our flesh.

Jesus told His disciples that not everyone will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. They will claim to have prophesied in His name, cast out devils, and completed many wonderful works. But, He will tell them to depart from Him as they only walked in wickedness (Matthew 7:21–23).

Just because we seem to have authority and power doesn’t mean it stems from the right source. If we operate according to our own will, and think we have the power to do a work on our own, when the time comes and the Lord pulls out His highlighter, we’ll find what we have isn’t real or powerful at all. What we’ll have is only counterfeit.

We might be living for the Lord today to the best of our ability. But, it’s always a good idea to stop and do a quick pulse check. How are we operating? Who are we living for? Are we serving self or are we serving the Lord? Is our momentum and success from our own doing or is it from God?

We all need to find a closet of prayer and ask God to eliminate the fake from our lives. We desperately need the Holy Spirit of Promise burning with us. We need the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire! Don’t be caught with the counterfeit today. Let’s operate in the true power of Jesus Christ.