How Can You Tell It’s the Real Thing?

One morning my computer screen and phone blew up with messages about my urgent email asking for money while I was on a trip.


After initial confusion, I realized someone had cloned me – wreaking havoc with my life and reputation. Those emails appeared to be from me, with all the markings of legitimacy. But they were false.

Beware of counterfeits.

Caller ID on my landline phone often indicates a friend of mine is calling. Instead, it’s a telemarketer on a “robocall.” Yet again, they appear as one thing, but are in reality something entirely different.

Are you currently confused about the world’s version of God?

Daily we are bombarded with philosophies using just enough Scripture to trick us into thinking they are the next best thing.

I’ve been told that agents who police counterfeit currency learn how to do their job by spending hours studying the real thing. Think how strong we could be against spiritual counterfeits if only we knew God – the Real Thing — more intimately!

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  1 John 4.1

Look out for ‘false prophets’ who want to hack into your heart by making promises that seem too good to be true. At great expense to your soul.

Remember that God’s truth never brings a spirit of confusion or shame, but shines light and power in every situation.

under the mercy, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

This blog is an adaptation from one of my 30 devotions featured in a beautiful new journal “Where Are You God — Learning to Trust When Times are Tough” This is a beautiful 365 day leather flex journal which you can order HERE.

©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouragement at

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  1. Maggie Rowe on July 1, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    so well said in so few words – thank you!

  2. Joleen Steel on July 3, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Testing, testing, testing.

  3. Roxanne Robison on July 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you, Cindy. As chaos reigns all around us, I am reminded by your message that God is still in control, and “shines light and power in every situation.”

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