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Pretending To Be OK!

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The Boxer

The Champ was hit hard with a flourish of jabs from the Contender. A quick 1-2 punch to the body with a solid left uppercut staggered him and he fell backwards into the ropes.

He was saved by the sound of the bell and happily retired to his corner.  He was tended to by his trainer and cut man. When the bell rang again, the Champ came out of his corner, dancing and doing his best not to let the Contender know that he had been hurt. He was pretending that he was OK.

The Card Player

The card player’s cards are not very good. But he can’t let anyone know that. He has to act like he has the best hand in the game. He bets that he does. The other players study his face and do mental math to see if they think he’s lying.

He knows his hand is bad, but by bluffing, he’s pretending he’s OK.

 

The Lost Husband

He looks out the window secretly hoping to find a familiar landmark. He may not know where he’s at, but he’s not lost in his own mind. He feels that he can still get you to your destination, even if it takes him an extra hour. His ‘man-hood’ is at stake. He won’t ask for help, he’s pretending he’s still OK.

You

What is your response when someone walks up to you with a half-hearted, “How ya doing?”images

  • You always say, “Fine, thank you.”
  • Don’t you?
  • You too are pretending you’re OK.

 

Sinners / Backsliders

They especially pretend that they’re OK. It keeps them from admitting they need help; that they are in need of God. To admit that would be to confess they are wrong. They would have to stop sinning.

If you are not living for God and going to church like you should, then you are just pretending you are OK.

Holiness Haters

  1. If you have left the highway of holiness. If you have re-considered all your holiness standards and changed. If you defend your decision to look like the world while still claiming to have the Holy Ghost, then you are just pretending you are OK.
  2. If you have rejected the life of separation from the world. If you now justify looking and dressing like the rest of the world. If you now claim to have more freedom and to be happier than ever before, then you are just pretending you are OK.
  3. If you now make fun of holiness minded men and women and mock the way they dress. If you try to act superior in your new revelation and lifestyle. If you have a need to flaunt your disdain of holiness. Then you are just pretending you are OK.
  4. (No one would even admit to Pretending.)

The hardest thing in the world for some folks is to admit they are wrong.

To admit they’re not OK is to admit they were wrong. They would rather pretend they are OK here on earth and take their chances with God in the Judgment. How insane.

 

Paul said to Timothy:

2 Tim. 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Notice:

  1. We humans are our own problems (oppose themselves)
  2. If God peradventure (there’s a chance He will)
  3. Will give them repentance. (The opportunity to repent is a gift from God)
  4. To the acknowledging of the truth. (Truth about what? The truth about themselves and the error of their ways)

It’s not God’s will that you have to pretend that you are OK. No one has to pretend when they are obedient to all of His Word. It’s those that are trying to cut corners with God that feel a need to pretend. Admit it!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

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  1. Great post Elder….if I may add, the many that continue to sit on a Pentecostal pew, and yet think they are ok. They changed churches, got cross with the man of God, etc.

    Love you posts Brother!

    Buddy

    June 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

  2. What a powerful blog!! I wish people would be honest with themselves and God!! Jesus help us all to be pleasing to Him!!

    Nila Marxer

    June 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  3. You are so right dear Brother. Appreciate you and what you stand for! May God continue to bless you!

    Patsy

    June 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

  4. Thinking we’re OKAY when we’re not …. isn’t that the very reason we need a Preacher and the Word of God???

    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

    Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and KNOWEST NOT that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (emphasis added)

    One Of Them

    June 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm


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