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Get Real!

Let love be without dissimulation. —Romans 12:9

Dissimulation means “to disguise or conceal under a false appearance.”   It is “putting on an act.”  Award winning actor, Richard Dreyfuss noted acting is, “based entirely on pretense. The clothes you’re wearing are not yours, the words you’re saying are not yours, you pretend that you don’t see the stagehand and you pretend you don’t see the audience—and the audience pretends you’re not actors, that you’re real life.”  It’s all FAKE!  Nothing is real.

Another word would for “dissimulation” is hypocrisy—Pretending to be what you are not. That is what Hollywood actors are paid big bucks to do.

A biblical example of this is Ananias and Sapphira who gave an amount of money to the church under the pretense that it was more than it actually was (Acts 5:1-11).  They were giving the impression that they were more spiritual than they were.  But they didn’t fool God! God ripped off their mask of pretense to show they were not being honest.

You may put on a convincing act and have a lot of people fooled, but God sees our true motives. He knows when you are putting on an act.  Therefore, don’t be a phony—Get real!

How The Devil Disguises His Lies

Why hath Satan hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? (Acts 5:3)

Nothing is more important in your thought life than TRUTH.  Truth is liberating (John 8:32)!  Untruth leads to bondage. The reason so many people are in bondage to fear… anger… depression… bitterness… etc is they are believing Satan’s lies instead of believing what God says is true.

The battleground is your mind and thought life (2 Cor. 10:3-5).  It starts when you entertain wrong thoughts. These false thoughts are Satan’s lies that lead to spiritual bondage.

Satan is shrewd. He disguises his lies so they go undeteDevilcted.  He will suggest a false thought to your mind and deceive you into thinking the thought is your own, and not from Satan.  For example, Ananias and Sapphira got an idea to sell some property and give a portion of the money to the church, but pretend they were giving the entire selling price.  They thought this plan to keep “back part of the price” was their own personal plan (Acts 5:2). But Peter detected this was a strategy of Satan (Acts 5:3). That is one of Satan’s most effective strategy’s—Mask his temptations in the guise of your own thoughts.

You see this strategy again in the case when Satan provoked David to  David to number Israel (1 Chron. 21:1).  David thought this was his own idea when it really came from Satan. If he knew this was Satan’s plan he wouldn’t have done it!

Beware of Satan’s lies.  They will often come to you wearing a “mask”— The mask of yourself!  The only way to detect the devil’s lies is by confronting them with truth.