THE GREAT IMPOSTER.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF FERDINAND WALDO DEMARA? HE WAS AN IMPOSTER, A PHONY. BY FORGING IDENTIFICATION PAPERS, HE ASSUMED NEW IDENTITIES AS A MARINE OFFICER, A PRISON WARDEN AND EVEN A MEDICAL DOCTOR OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY WHO EVEN PERFORMED SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES. HIS LIFE WAS THE SUBJECT OF TWO MOVIES. ONE MOVIE WAS RELEASED IN 1961 AND THE SECOND IN 2002. OF COURSE, THE MOVIES GLAMORIZED HIS SUCCESSES AND PORTRAYED HIS CHARACTER A FALSE HERO.

HOW ABOUT YOU? ARE YOU A GREAT IMPOSTER? HAVE YOU EVER CLAIMED TO KNOW OR BE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN YOU REALLY ARE? HAVE YOU EXAGGERATED OR MADE CLAIMS THAT WERE MORE POETIC LICENSE THAN TRUTH? ARE YOU HIDING AN ONGOING SIN SO YOU ARE NOT FOUND OUT?

THERE IS AN OLD EXPRESSION…”YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME. BUT, YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.” WE MIGHT ADD A SENTENCE TO THAT OLD SAYING: “YOU CAN’T FOOL GOD ANY OF THE TIME.” WHO ARE YOU REALLY FOOLING?

WE ARE WHO WE ARE. WE CAN’T BE AN IMPOSTER WITH GOD. HE KNOWS ALL YOU AND I DO…EVERYTHING. OUR UNDERSTANDING GOD KNOWS ALL CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS.

IS IT TIME YOU ASKED GOD TO FORGIVE YOU FOR BEING ‘THE GREAT IMPOSTER?’

” I LOOK BUT THERE IS NO ONE–NO ONE AMONG THE GODS TO GIVE COUNSEL, NO ONE TO GIVE ANSWER WHEN I ASK THEM. SEE, THEY ARE ALL FALSE! THEIR DEEDS AMOUNT TO NOTHING. THEIR IMAGES ARE BUT WIND AND CONFUSION.” ISAIAH 41:28-29