***Living a Fake Life***



This post is part of the Friday Verse Series. Today, may you be a discerner of the times and seasons, and may you be able to distinguish whether you are living in the truth right now, or if indeed you are living a fake life.

What do we mean when we say "living in the truth"? No, let's start with the phrase "living a fake life." What does it mean to live a fake life?

A fake life is unraveled when God has no place in one's life. Have you ever wondered why
humans are on a critical search for spiritual freedom? Many people are looking for God somehow, only they are looking for God in the wrong places. People are looking for God in objects, trees, mountains, oceans, and other inanimate objects that can't speak. Have you ever said "Good morning," when you know inside that your morning is really NOT good? You are living a fake life when you smile and there is nothing to smile about. You are living a fake life when you use caffeine to cover your pains and sorrows. You are living a fake life when you hang out with friends, and at the end of the day, you do not gain anything substantial from their company. You are living a fake 'make-belief' life when your co-workers feel like you are the best thing since sliced bread and butter, or when they feel you are the 'light' of the party,' yet when you get back home at night you feel you are at a loss, all alone and sunken, with no soul-mate lying next to you at night. In other words, your life is fake when you place priority on the wrong things. People search for a God because they know somewhere within their hearts that there must be something bigger than all of this. After experiencing all these fake things, they come to the realization that those things have a limit as to what can make them happy.

Today I present the truth...the truth that no man is an island, and no man can truly obtain happiness in all truth unless they obtain it from someone or something else. Following that sentence really closely, I say that no man can derive happiness from any other man or thing. Happiness comes from God. The bible records that God is the 'joy of our salvation (Habakuk 2:17),' that He has the ability to turn our 'mourning into dancing (psalm 30:11).' This is why God says, 'cursed is the man who puts his trust in another man (Jeremiah 17:5),' because guess what, if you trust in man who has a lot of flaws, then your life is built on sinking ground. Man is bound to disappoint, but when you trust in God, God never fails. That's why the psalmist joyfully declares that 'some may trust in horses, and some may trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of our God.'

When you place all your trust in God, then your house will be built on a solid foundation. How do I know this? When you trust in a friend to do something for you and they don't do it, disappointment creeps in, and you start to be miserable. But when you know that friends will have flaws, regardless of how close they may be to you, then its easier to forgive them, because you trust in a much higher authority that is bound to work all things together for your good. This, my friends, is living a life of truth...because when you trust in God and say 'Good morning,' then you truly and honestly mean that your morning is good, and you have nothing to hide. When you smile to a co-worker, you are not smiling because they expect that from you, but because your strength comes from your Creator. When you stand in front of people and give a wonderful testimony, you smile because you know that it was not man that brought you out of the miry clay when your feet got stuck in the mud, but it was God who used His mighty right hand to pull you out.

***When you think about the fact that ALL power belongs to God, then your life will no longer be superficial, but you will be transformed from living a fickle life to living in the truth that God loves you, and you were created to make His praise glorious. When you know that 'all things work together for your good,' then your smile will no longer be superficial but real, and when you say, "good morning," you say it in all honesty.***

15 comments:

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

ALL POWER BELONGS TO GOD....
i am about to start my day @12.30 pm...YEAH...peds ER..shift...
thank God i read ur post before starting my shift...

have a blessed weekend..

Bernard said...

This is a very inspirational post. Sometimes there are things going on in our lives that are unpleasant, and we try to fake an outward apperance that doesn't reflect what we feel inside. The joy of the lord is independent of our circumstances. Rather than faking an outward apperarnce. We can accept the joy of the lord to the inside of us. That way our joyful, happy, excited outward appearance will be a direct portrayal of what we have inside, the joy of th lord.

Jaycee said...

@ Mystories...aww, u're in peds ER...that's really sweet. Glad u read it before ur shift...(want to grow up to be like you some day).

@ B...I loved it when u said "the JOY of the Lord is INDEPENDENT of our circumstances." That just summarizes everything about living a life of truth...(that though ur circumstances may be saying otherwise, your spirit is speaking the words of God and re-inforcing them to shape how you live ur life...'independent'...)

Ms. Ken said...

i just came across ur blog n am luvin it...d msg is down 2 earth.like dis post,hav u once in ur life livd a fake life cos u know it so well, but den how wud i know u know it so well.thanks 4 sharin d Word wit us.keep up d gud work.

JJ said...

Ofcourse you know how i feel about your posts Ms. Jaycee...always an inspiration! Indeed when we place our happiness on the superficial we are living the fake life. God is the only one we should trust and live for and everything else is just to buttress it.

~Mimi~ said...

:) The Joy Of The Lord...

you know when the bible actually talks about the joy of The Lord being our strength... I RECENTLY EXPERIENCED IT IN ITS LITERAL SENSE!

It is this point where...NO MATTER WHAT IS BUGGING YOU, WHO IS TRYING TO STRESS YOU OUT, WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN WORRYING ABOUT BUT YOU'RE NOT, ... you just CANNOT SEEM TO SHAKE THAT JOY AWAY! IT IS JUST THERE, BUBBLING ON YOUR INSIDE...and YOU.ARE.SO.SO.HAPPY. even if it doesnt make sense to anyone, even you!
and let me TELL U, THERE IS SIMPLY NO BETTER FEELING THAN THAT, (except the love and comfort of the Holy Spirit..that's ohhhhhhh another good feeling!) lol... i'm just sharing my joy with you.

NaijaBloke said...

Aunty, I did not get ur email o ... u need to check the address to see if u got the right one.Try and resend it o...


Love the post... Like i was telling someone yesterday that most people in our country live a fake life which is one of our main problem ...

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

I can finally say I am no longer and have not been in while living a fake life. Thanks to His wonderfullness. It is very important to always remind yourself of the what God says about whatever circumstance you face whenever you find yourself wandering.. Hope your week has started up with a real bang.

Jaycee said...

@ ms. Ken...lol, I guess I can say I've been on both sides of the wall before, there have been times I've tried to smile...but it wasn't really coming from within me, it was only shallow...maybe it was because I just didn't understand that God's ways are PERFECT! But now, I am so CONFIDENT that God knows what He is doing that I now smile more genuinely from my inside. It's like other things in my life really don't count, because God's ultimate plans for His children always turn out GOOD (better than any plans we could have formulated ourselves) at the end of the day. When you know this fact, you smile becomes real...

@ JJ, yes He is...

@ MIMI...lolll...I just had to burst out laughing when I read ur comment...(cos thats how I feel right now...I can't even explain WHY or HOW...its just that when JOY radiates from the INSIDE OUT...it comes from your spirit, and there is nothing that your flesh or circumstance can do to ELIMINATE THIS TRUE JOY that God gave you). When its fake you know its fake, but when its true, you just can't HELP IT....geez. And it can only come from God o...no man can give you this type of JOY o("and the JOY of the Lord is our STRENGTH...")

@ Naijabloke...I'll re-send the email again dear...

J'aime la nouveau jour...

@ Life...my week started with more than a bang....yikes!!! (Thanks).

temmy tayo said...

This is a really lovely post. A lot of people live a shallow life devoid of happiness.

NaijaBloke said...

yes it is correct O madam ..can u resend it?

Oracle said...

Love what you're doing here.
You're blog is highly inspirational.
God Bless

pamelastitch said...

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Pls, participate.

pammy


Ps: 600 words is just a page..

Naija Vixen said...

Oh you are back...didnt even let anybody know...lol!!! Hope you guud tho???

Jaycee said...

@ Temmy...yup...true dat!

@ oracle: thank God, ALL the glory and encomium goes to God, from Whom wisdom comes...

@NV...yup...lol. I'm back, but a lil bit still busy to regularly go around blogsville...the tight schedule will soon loosen up sha...Muah!!!! Mucho luv!!!