The Prosperity message, has been going on now for a while. Name it and claim it, Holler for a Dollar, and Just call it forth…
I despise that message. I despise, the distortion it brings to the body of Christ.
When we should be seeking His face, not His hand. I wonder how much God hates it? I should probably not use that word despise, but I do dislike it immensely. Why?
Because when its taught from the pulpit, and it puts off the Salvation message, it totally misses the point, that Christ gave us as a mandate. To seek the lost, and to preach the gospel.
When I hear gospel messages, and it is not derived from Holy King James word, I just shake my head. Because it then becomes the blind leading the blind. I don’t want success if it comes from being disobedient to God, or by twisting something, manipulating it, to work. Thats wrong, thats evil to me.
When the prosperity message takes the focus off of the salvation message, it does not teach someone, to seek God, or to see the error of their ways, or to be humble, repentant. To grow, not only now, but for eternity, it misses the whole point, of what Christ did for us, and can do for us. By the cross. Its kind of flakey.
Success, hmmm, I wonder, if this is why I have not found it? Because I see I am definitely not like those in the body of Christ who are successful.
Well anyway, according to the worlds ways. To those who know me, or to those who might read my writings, they might ask, why should I read her writings? What success does she have?
I don’t know, maybe someone who would see me, or meet me, would not see success.
You might even see someone who is broken. You might not even give me a second thought. You probably could take me or leave me. See, that has happened to me, but I don’t care. I mean I care, but I don’t waste my time, on people, who do not celebrate me, in Christ, but just tolerate me.
Though, I can never compare myself to Him, or what He does, I understand that. To know He was rejected, according to the standard of the world. They saw Christ that way too. In a lot of ways….
FOR HE SHALL GROW UP BEFORE HIM AS A TENDER PLANT, AND AS A ROOT OUT OF A DRY GROUND: HE HATH NO FORM NOR COMELINESS; AND WHEN WE SHALL SEE HIM, THERE IS NO BEAUTY THAT WE SHOULD DESIRE HIM. HE IS DESPISED AND REJECTED OF MEN, A MAN OF SORROWS, AND ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF: AND WE HID AS IT WERE OUR FACES FROM HIM; HE WAS DESPISED, AND WE ESTEEMED HIM NOT. SURELY HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEFS, AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS; YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRICKEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, AND AFFLICTED. BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES; THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. ISAIAH 53:2-5
I love these scriptures, that describe my Lord. Because by His stripes we are healed. As we get to know Him. Body, soul, and spirit.
But before I truly knew Him…. I did not understand.
The thing is, though, I have always strived to use my gifts and callings, to open doors. Searching for success. I have tried to always have a learning spirit, to learn technology, to learn just the basics. I wish I had gotten a better education, I know education can open doors. Doors have not opened for me.
From my music, to my writings now, I have tried to look for the gimmick, to make success mine. That was the wrong perspective by the way….
But I don’t do that now. Because I realized a few years ago, even with my writing, that I have a gift, to express myself, and that gift is meant to draw others to Christ.
Freely, I have been given, freely, I must give.
I never want to abuse my gifts, He has given me. In fact, I want my gifts to bring glory to Him. He gave me the gift of life, and I will use my life, to bring glory to Him.
Its not always easy, there are times, I have to have courage, be bold, step out of my comfort zone, fight the devil, with the word of God, and try to bring Him into it. Sometimes yelling at folks, step away from the fire. But I have found if I am obedient to that, He gives me the courage. How I understand it, sometimes amazes me, but He shows me. From moment to moment.
I try….To explain, who I was before I met Him, to tell others what He did for me, and does for me. Life is a process, of growing, and if you stop growing especially in Christ, you fail to have success.
I don’t care if you have money, or if you even had a gift to make money, if thats your only goal in life, and you put people away, or your own family, and mostly God, you are a failure.
Thats why I don’t peddle the word of God. I don’t ask for donations, or an offering. I don’t try to manipulate you, to give me something, so God can bless you. Some would call that a seed offering. I remember years ago, my mom used to write to a certain ministry. She poured her heart out, and when they wrote back. They said nothing about her need, or even tried to talk to her. They just asked for money. It so turned me off.
God has shown me so much, that if someone just really took the time, to be my friend in Christ, I could show them so much. About God, about His Holy King James truth, to pray for them. To show them….
So their life could be enhanced, blessed. But life is so funny, when it comes to people. They come and go. They seek you, if you have something to give, but then they discard you, when you don’t do it their way, or you see, they are not accountable to God, or others. Or you stop giving to them…
Because it convicts them. Nobody likes others to tell you the truth. They may admire it for a while, but if you tell them the truth, then you are a jerk. For lack of a better word.
I have concluded, at this time in my life. If I want success, I don’t look for it in people, or in money, or what I have, or don’t have. Financially, etc.
What I do look at…. is how much have I grown in Christ? What kind of fruit do I have? Is it Godly, or is it of the world? What do I have to do in obedience to God, to be a better person? What experiences have taught me about people, and yes God?
I so trust God. I so know, who He is. And I don’t try to say that in a bragging way, but in a way, that makes me realize I fear Him, as well as Love Him. His ways, are not our ways. But I trust Him. I know Him.
Its been hard, financially sometimes, but through it, I have seen God provide for me. I never lack. I can’t do great things with money, right now, if I could I would hope I would show and give more, do more etc.
But I have learned, in seeking God therein is the true success.
I won’t compete with people, or follow people. It is a waste of energy.
I am grateful. To each their own. I don’t try to do things my way. But His way, for He is the way the truth and life. John 14:6 I think I learned that the hard way….
I still dream, and hope, and pray the next chapter in my life, God willing will open doors, but I am grateful, for who He is, and I do seek His face not His hand, and it makes a difference for me. I can honestly say, if doors do not open, but I can live a life, in peace, and joy, healthy, in the small things, I can be content. With my family, then I am blessed. But God has to be front and center, in our home, and in my life. I want more of His presence, and love, guidance, with just confidence of who He is, and His Kingdom. I long to be refreshed…..
The above photo, is a door, my husband has been working on. It is in our laundry room. It was warped, it was unpainted, and quite ugly. We thought of just disposing of it. But my husband worked on it so much, applied love, some ingenuity to it, and now its a beautiful door. I tease my hubby and call him the “door healer.” Because he saw the potential in it, and did not give up on it. I see the “cross” on it….
See, I long for that, to know Christ in that way, because He does not give up on me, and I won’t give up on Him. Has nothing to do with money, or people, but because of who He is, that I find life worth living, and being successful in Him.
Just my thoughts today….