“But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents…” Exodus 7:11-12
You must understand that the devil is in the business of creating counterfeits. He always tries to construct a copycat of what God is doing. The reason he creates the lookalike is to steal as many believers who do not have a firm foundation in the word of God. These kinds of Christians are usually after only the miracles and physical benefits they can get from God and not the true desire to know and love God for who He is.
What is of importance to us today is identifying the counterfeits. How do you separate the devil’s fake from God’s original since they will always thrive together? Proverbs 10:22 says “The blessing of the LORD, makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” In other words, God will not give you what will cause you to sorrow in the future. Whereas the devil’s counterfeit will add sorrow to it. The devil’s gifts are designed to take something else from you. For example when they give a child, they will take a mother or maybe a grandmother’s life, when they give wealth, they may take your joy or ability to bear children. The devil will always take something in exchange but thank God, He will not ask for a salary to bless you. The blessing of God is to forever bring joy to your life and that it will do.
Another Characteristic of the devil’s fake is it will never stand the test of time. When face with battles, they crumble. Much like the serpents conjured by Pharaoh’s magicians in today’s text. Through enchantments, the magicians made a counterfeit of what God did with Aaron’s rod but the last sentence of Exodus 7:12 says “but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” God’s original will always outlive the devil’s fake.
PRAYER/CONFESSION: Thank you Jesus for your blessings on my life, the devil will never steal my joy.
FURTHER READING: Exodus 7:9-12, Proverbs 10:22
WORDS OF WISDOM: God’s original will always outlive the devil’s fake.