Updated: Nov 18, 2018
The Lord showed me a vision of two beggars on the street. One had no money and the other had a wallet filled with notes. However, the beggar who had a wallet filled with notes did not know they were counterfeit because he was blind and could not see them. He trusted in what he had been told by others. He thought he was rich, but in reality, he was no richer than the other beggar.
One day, a generous man walked up to them both in order to give them some money. He went to the man who had the notes in his wallet and tried to offer him cash, but he rudely refused and snapped at the man, saying, ‘I don’t need your help, I am already wealthy’. The generous man then turned to the other beggar and offered him the same. This poor beggar gratefully received the money because he knew of his great need.
So I ask, do you see the spiritual lesson?
Those who place their trust in a counterfeit gospel, are in a worse position than those in the world. Even though both are poor, the one who knows he is poor has more chance of receiving the real thing. However, those who are poor but believe they are rich will remain in spiritual poverty and will not even discern it because their pride blinds them.
A man told me once a story of an expert who could detect a counterfeit note very easily. A curious person once remarked to the expert, ‘you must study counterfeit notes a lot because you have such a good eye for detecting them’. The expert simply replied, ‘I never study the counterfeit at all, instead, I study the real thing. That way, when a counterfeit comes along, I will easily discern it’
Let me finish with this scripture. Jesus had this to say about the church of Laodicea.
Revelation 3:15-18. ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.’
-- By Judah Ayling