My apologies for the brief absence, Life has a way of interrupting, but praise God for being in control.
As we continue the False Teaching Series, we are going to touch more about these False Teachers/Prophets and the chain reaction tactic of Confusion, Fear, and Frustration.
Now, the other morning I flipping through the channels and my vision was a bit fuzzy because of a migraine, but I was still coherent enough to understand what was happening. So, I seen this lady and man sitting down and the lady was talking (very fast, I might add) and although she got on some good points and I was really getting into what she was talking about. Then, the boom, the catch, the hoodwink, the crapola, she asked for $300 to increase your faith, seed, etc. I just shook my head and since the lady turned out to have a church building in my city, I looked her up. Ridic yall, another prosperity/word of faith gimmick.
That’s how they do and they are naturally gifted to talk, so they get you by being charismatic, talkative, a cheerleader of sorts and then they lower the boom on you. I don’t have $300 to increase that to $3000, I barely have $3.00. Every Televangelist, except Charles Stanley, always have those feel good doctrines and how you can increase your faith and what not. Faith isn’t something that can be increased or decrease. It’s not apart of a numerological system.
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Romans 10:17 “Faith cometh by hearing; hearing by the word of God.”
Sometimes, we as humans we put our faith in the wrong things, because of the motivation behind it. For most of us, its fear and we fear what we don’t know. It’s a chain reaction where confusion leads to fear, fear to frustration, and if you let it, frustration to sin.
1 Corinthians 14:33 sad that “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
So, when we let the family of confusion, fear, and frustration take over, then the chain reaction put us in a dangerous head space and we start to trust everything and everyone but God. Satan takes advantage of that by having his elite team of False Prophets and False Teachers to tell us what they think we want to hear and while we think they have our best interests at heart, because they claim to be from God, they ask for money for the purposes of uplifting themselves and Satan and leave you in the dust with nothing.
Your life savings is gone, your rent payment is gone, light bill is late or unpaid, because you decided to put your money and your trust into Satan’s willing hands and before you become wise to the deceit, they are gone to the next willing participate.
And it does not have to be financially, it can be your talent, your strength, your heart, your mind, etc. Because, the False Prophet and False Teachers goal is to break you down, so that you have no choice but to depend and trust in them. In TV Tropes it’s called “Break the Cutie”; same rule applies in real life, but with real consequences.
The Chain Reaction tactic isn’t something that is going to go away, you just got to learn to deal. You can start by trusting God in all areas of your life, from the decision to paint your toes to the decision of buying a house. The bible is the best and the top self-help books, here are the scriptural tips:
1) Proverbs 3:5 -6 says “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.”
2) Proverbs 28:26: “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
3) Jeremiah 9:23 “ This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches.”
4) Psalms 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved”
5) 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.”
6) Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
We need to stop handling things by our own merit. We need to trust God in all areas of our lives, because he knows the ending, as well as the beginning of all things. There is nothing wrong with acquiring wealth and there is nothing wrong with being prosperous. However, there is nothing written in the bible that promises that Christians and non-Christians alike, will be rich. Nor does it say anything about automatically being healed and never being sick. If you don’t get that, I suggest you study the book of Job, where he lost his wealth, kids, friends, and his health; the Chain reaction tactic could have easily broken him, but through it all, Job remained righteous and never cursed God for his hardship. That’s why Job said here
Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him. I will surely defend my ways to his face.”
In other words, Even though Job went through the ringer, he never lost his hope or his trust in God and he will glad explain that to God, that he didn’t lose hope.
Ok, next time, we’ll discuss the traits of a False Teacher and Prophet.