It annoys me greatly to watch shows on TV and they normally come on in the middle of the night or early morning, and they are always advising the viewers to use a prayer cloth or rock, or even this miracle water. Now, I’m not the smartest girl on the planet, but I do have common sense to know that putting a terry cloth on any part of my body is not going to heal me. I want to say that they got this idea of the prayer cloth from the scriptures in Luke, where the woman had the issue of blood for 12 years and she touched the helm of Jesus’ garment. That is the only logical explanation that I could think of as to how and why this prayer cloth came about. Let’s get real here, according to scripture, it wasn’t the woman touching Jesus garment that healed her, it was her faith in what he could and can do that healed her.
As I grew more on my journey with Christ, I begin to see that nothing is by accident and sometimes, the test and trials are made to strengthen us in God. To show us and everyone else that he is God and our strength, hope, and more importantly faith, should be in him and him alone.
What bother me greatly about these False Teachers is that they attempt to overpower the word of God. It’s like they are telling God that they can teach his word and get the popularity at the same time. It’s not about them and it’s not about us, it is all about Jesus Christ and that’s where it will be when this life is over, forever and ever Amen.
I believe that there were different types of false teaching throughout the centuries, but the one we know about the most in our generation is the prosperity gospel, which is the fakest gospel there is.
Prosperity Gospel is also known as the Word of Faith doctrine that focuses primarily on wealth and health by using God to do whatever the believer wants. Basically, in my opinion, it’s like using God like a genie. That’s wrong on so many levels.
James 4:2-3 “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
In the KJV version James 4:3 says “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”
When we ask amiss or wrongly, you ask with selfish motives that have nothing to do with God, at all. It’s all about you and your wants and your needs, not about anything or anyone else. I don’t really know why gospel is included in the “Prosperity Gospel/Word of Faith” setting, because the definition for gospel means good news.
What is the good news?
The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, that is the good news gospel in full effect.
Now, there is nothing wrong with preaching or teaching about prosperity, but when you teach/peach it, it should be done with the correct motives; meaning, it should be done according to scriptures and not just to make your congregation feel good or to scam them and more importantly, don’t present it like it’s the gospel.
We have to submit ourselves unto God’s will in all areas of our lives, which includes our finances and our health. If you want a quick fix on how to make more money or get more money, then go down to Barnes and Nobles and check out the finance book section or just go get some lotto tickets or take a trip to a casino and hope for the best.
By the Way (BTW), there is nothing wrong with wanting to be wealthy, playing the lotto, or going to the casino for kicks; Vegas is a yearly trip for me, because it’s fun and it’s pretty cheap vacay, and I have participated in my office lotto pot. I’ve even looked up Warren Buffets tips to turn $40 into millions. The trouble comes when you allow the demon of greed to take over and you can’t stop and yes for some it does turn into a dangerous addiction. We cannot allow money or the love of money to rule in our lives, because Jesus said point blank in Matthew 6:24 “You cannot serve both God and mammon” Which in some versions “Mammon” is money or something else that takes over as the god of your life.
One of the Ten Commandments in Exodus is “Thou shall not have no other gods before me.” When we focus on something that takes our attention away from God and his will for our lives, then whatever we are focused on because the god of our lives in that particular moment.
Our needs will always been taken care of because it is written in Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply all your needs according to his Riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
You need funds for something like food, clothing, shoes, etc.; let me tell you something, God knows that. I have a $65,000+ student loan debt that I have and I’m not worried about how that is going to get paid off, but I trust God and I know he has a plan. All he wants us to do is to trust him, because he got the answers to our questions and it’s to help us and not to hurt us. God said in Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
He then continues in vs. 12 “Then you will call on me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
So, we all need to learn to go to God about our financial issues and let him lead and direct our paths. If it includes a 3rd party, trust and believe, it’s not going to be something that is going to turn you away from God. Remember that.
Quick example: My recent trip to California was for a course that I was taken and I was going to be out there a week. I was worried about my finances, but I didn’t trip, I just said, Ok I’ll do some overtime, no big deal. Yeah, it did cross my mind, but I was like, it was ok, God is still in control and I’ll be ok. Just so happen that I check one of my credit card balances to make a payment and I noticed that I had an increase. I was like “sweet beans” and I thank the Lord for his blessings. I remained mindful of my spending (it was my main card to use on the trip) and I knew it was with great responsibility that I was allowed this increase. I’ve requested plenty of times for an increase on this particular card for years and I was always denied and I said, Ok it’s just something that’s not meant for me to have right now. So, God has an appointed time, season, or whatever you want to call it for each part of our lives and our finances are no different.
Jesus also said in Mark 8:36-37:
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lost his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
And that’s all I have to say about that. Seriously, we have more to discuss next lesson.