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As you probably have figured
out by now, we have entered another birth pang quite period. Not
much is going on that we can see. There is a lot going on that we can
not see however. The spiritual realm doesn't sleep and the battle does
rage on. Today I thought we would do something a bit different.
There's a lot of talk going
on about this so called "Secret..." I thought I would shed
some light on the subject by using the Word of God to make sense of the
Secret. What I've done is listed my scriptural references below, you can
study those at a later date if you chose. I believe what I am sharing
with you today has been inspired by the Lord. I will do my best to tie today's
commentary into biblical Prophecy.
For those who may not know
what the Secret is I will provide you with a brief
synopsis on the video. The video presents a variety of speakers or
presenters who range from motivational people to spiritual/new age
teachers. The basis of the Secret is what they refer to as The Law
of Attraction. You attract to yourself in life what you think
about. Therefore, if you think good thoughts - good things will happen
to you. The video goes on to instruct the viewer that you can have
expensive cars, money, social status and anything and everything one's
heart could desire if you only think it into existence. There premise
is, if my thoughts and attitudes are right, then my actions will follow
and the result will be everything my heart desires. This is the
basic fundamental teaching in the video.
Let's talk about positive thinking
for a minute. It's a good thing to desire to be good and it's a good
thing to want to think good thoughts and to not be a cranky negative
person. Have you ever been around someone whose always is cranky or
negative? We all have. If you have a bad sour attitude I think it
stands to reason you will miss opportunities that the Lord brings your
way. I also think a bad attitude can and will shape your mind in a way
that is not productive. Therefore, having a good attitude is important.
The question becomes, will a positive attitude create in my life
everything I want? According to the secret the answer is yes. According
to scripture the answer is no.
The Bible does teach us that the time will
come when people will not endure sound doctrine. I find it very
interesting, when I discuss the secret with those who have bought into
it, they get very defensive about their position, even though the Bible
is contrary to it. The part of this that causes me great concern, most
of these people I've talked with are professing Christians. That's
scary...I think we've entered into the time when people will cease
wanting to hear the sound doctrine of God's Word.
To say that I have power over my own life is
to deny that God controls my life. Yes we certainly have some
power over our lives, however, the power to create a reality that does
not yet exist is not within my grasp, especially if I have surrendered
my will to the Lord. Let's take a quick look at Job. You know the
When Job was alive he was one of the, if not
the richest and most
righteous man that was alive. He lived his life unto the Lord. He was
surrendered to God. His friends came to him for advise. He was extremely
wealthy and I'm sure he had a positive attitude about life. Job had
everything his heart desired. Job had a large family a great wife,
servants, sheep, he had it all. He had everything to live for and I mean
everything. God blessed Job beyond what I'm sure he could have imagined!
One day Satan goes before the Lord and basically tells God that if Job
lost everything then he would curse God to His face. The Lord decided to
use a mere human to shame Satan by Job's unwillingness to hate God. Can
you imagine having everything and having God's protection around you and
one day all of that is gone in one afternoon. Your entire life literally
goes up in smoke. That's what happened to Job a honest, positive thinking,
positive attitude, righteous - upright man. He loses it all in one day.
Here's my point. Though Job did everything
right and practically nothing wrong he still was subject to God and His
God allowed evil to touch him. Everyone and everything he had, gone in
one afternoon. No matter how positive you think or how good you are, the
sky can fall on all of us at any moment. That is, unless you serve
Yeshua and you have His protection. My point is this, God controls our
lives and our ultimate destiny's, Job proves that to be the case. You
can get it all right, say it all the right words, think all the right
thoughts and still have a bad result. As Christians and followers of
Christ we are not guaranteed anything in this life except one thing, we
will have eternal life and have all of our hearts desires met in Christ
in heaven forever. A life of roses without thorns we are never promised
Next...the Secret video leads us to
believe that the power to create rests solely in our hands. This my
friends is the biggest and oldest lie in the book. Satan went to Eve and
told her this exact thing. Eat of the fruit and you will be like God.
Sound familiar? This video says exactly that. Oh, I know, they've
packaged it real nice, put great effects into it, spent millions on the
production, but still, it's a lie from the Devil himself. Look, if you
think Satan is going to show up in your living room and tell you, "hi
Stef, I'm here to hurt you today," your kidding yourself. The Devil
doesn't usually work that way. What he likes to do is to use things
that we are familiar with and package them in such a way, with just
enough truth, to get us to buy in - hook line and sinker. That's what the
Secret does and it does it really well. You see, there's just enough truth
and showman ship to get your attention and finally to enslave you and
get you rooted in the
big lie. This production has sucked in Christians and non-believers
alike. Think right, act right and get your own nice big gold Roles
Royce. Not once in that video did they instruct us to go before God the
King of the universe and ask that His will be done in our lives and that
He help us to serve Him with our whole hearts. And you know why? Because
that's not what they want. If you do that, you won't spend your money on
their product and worse, you'll be an independent thinker, Satan doesn't
want that at all.
Let's connect the Prophetic dots. The Devil
is beginning to set the stage for his Antichrist to come onto the scene.
What he needs is people to be so deceived, like he is, that they will
actually think they're in control of
their own lives and they don't need God. This type of mentality makes
way for the Devil to control people through false peace, false security,
appeasement and the trappings of the nice things
of materialism. The Secret points the viewer to "self" away from God. I
am my own god. The Devils oldest trick in his book. My advice, run as
fast as you can away from this teaching!
Again, I ask you to rethink the story of Job
and please read the scriptures below and I think you'll see that God is
not a big slot machine in the sky giving us everything we think we want.
God loves us enough to give us what he knows we need. Some of us need a
swift kick you know where, some of us need a hug, some of us need a word
of encouragement and some of us need a trial by fire to wake us up.
Whatever your need is God will supply it. I know this because I've live
long enough to see Him do it in my life.
There have been times when I have gotten it
all right, said it right did it right and the sky still fell on me. No matter
how positive I was and how clear my thoughts, the sky still fell,
unfortunate things happened. There
have been times when I was negative and great things happened for me.
God holds the universe in the palm of His hand, the earth is His foot
stool, I will trust Him, not my own intellect. How can I know my own
heart? Maybe my own heart has deceived me. If I trust in the Lord and
look to Him I can't go wrong, even when I am wrong.
Be nice, strive for peace, learn to love, if
you have the power to do good, then do good for someone today. Pray for
those who need the Lord, pray for your neighbors, pray for those who
have used you, live as unto the Lord
and allow the holy Spirit to guide you through this life. It's God who
decides when it should rain and when the sun should shine.
A final word of wisdom...Whenever someone's
advice or answer for life's difficulties directs you away from Christ,
not towards Him, run away as fast as you can from that advice. It's a
certainty that God is not in it! Read God's Word take it literally and
you will always know the truth - God will never mislead you.
Finally, look to Yeshua (Christ) and in
everything you do - trust in the Lord!
Scriptural Basis For Our Study Today:
Because, in truth, because they have misled my people, saying, "Peace,"
when there is no peace; and because, when the people build a wall, these
prophets smear whitewash on it. Say to those who smear whitewash on it
that it shall fall.
13:1-16 / NRSV)
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"Many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain
of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His
ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go
forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. - Mic 4:2
forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do
not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I
prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy." Psalm 137:5,6
(Peace and love in Yeshua
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to
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them; So a book of remembrance was written
before Him For those who fear the Lord And
who meditate on His name. AMEN! Malachi 3:16
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