Today, there are teachings flooding our world, and even the Christian church, which destroy faith in the Word of God. Our great adversary, the Devil and Satan has come down having great wrath because he knows that he has only a short time remaining. And as our Saviour has warned us, the dragon has opened his mouth, and poured out a flood of mystical counterfeits, in his efforts to destroy faith in the unfailing Word of the Living God !
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) the spirits whether they are of God . . . . because many false prophets (those in-spired by another) are gone out into the world . . . !”
I John 4:1-6
One such teaching which has swept the world like a storm, is that promoted by Oprah Winfrey, called “the law of attraction.” And this same teaching is now finding it’s way into many Christian circles through similar beliefs, such as the prosperity gospel.
But how are we as children of God to discern between the Truth, and the lies of the great deceiver ?
In the simplest of terms . . . the difference between “the law of attraction” and all other new age mystical beliefs, and the promises of the Word of the Living God, is this.
Their “faith” is in an idol . . . absolute vanity. The “faith” which they profess, is faith in a “higher power,” which often remains un-named, for obvious reasons. For we are told in the Bible, that the devil does work miracles, but the purpose of his works is always to lead us away from the law and Word of God, and faith in His Only-Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Adoni Yehushua ha Moshiac).
“If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams . . . and giveth thee a sign or a wonder.
And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying . . . .Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; then thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams . . . For the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love he LORD your God (Yehuwah Elohim) with all your heart and all your soul . . .
Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments . . . and obey His Voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him !” Deuteronomy 13:1-4
“And when they shall say unto you . . . Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards hat peep and mutter: I say, should not a people seek unto their God? rather than the living to the dead ? . . . . To the law and to the testimony (of His Spirit): if they speak not according to this Word, it is because their is no Light in them . . . !”
But our faith is in the unfailing, and Life-giving power of the Word of the Living God.
In the simplest of terms . . . the difference between “the law of attraction” and all other new age mystical beliefs, and that of what we know from the promises of God’s Word is this. Their “faith” is in an idol . . . absolute vanity. But our faith is in the unfailing, and Life-giving power of the Word of the Living God.
And we have been given these great assurances but our LORD Himself . . . “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither (in the same way it came down), but watereth the earth, and maketh it to bring forth and blossom (bud) . . . So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but It (He – John 1:1-3) shall accomplish that which I please, and It (He) shall prosper in that whereto I sent It . . . !” Isaiah 55:8-11
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yea (yes, begun), and in Him Amen (finished, completed), unto the glory of God by us !” II Corinthians 1:20 For He is both “the Author and the Finisher of our faith !” Hebrews 12:2
Where so many struggle is that we miss the most important point of this verse . . . “in Him.” For the Bible tells us that “if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation (creature), old things are passed away; Behold, all things are become new !”
II Corinthians 5:17. So this is where every child of God must begin, for He is our Life ! ref: Colossians 3:3 & I John 5:11
So the first question which sounded in my mind was . . . How do I achieve this? how can I be “in Christ ?”
And the answer was so very simple. The same way that every other miracle is realized, through faith in God’s Word. For He says . . . “But of Him (God) are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of (by) God is made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6), and Sanctification (Hebrews 10:10-14 & Acts 26:18), and Redemption !” I Corinthians 1:30-31
And this is where true faith and just belief are made manifest. Belief is saying that one thinks that God is able to do a thing . . . But faith is knowing that in Christ Jesus, it has already been done ! I will share a few examples from God’s Word, relating to Salvation – deliverance, freedom, rescue, forgiveness, pardon, healing and restoration
If I ask the LORD for deliverance from a sin, transgression or iniquity . . . His answer to me to Look and live ! “for He hath made Christ to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him !” II Corinthians 5:21 “Who bore our sins in His Own body upon the tree, so that we being now dead to sin, might live unto righteousness . . . !” I Peter 2:24
For “all we like sheep have gone astray; yea, we have turned every one to his own way . . . and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all !” Isaiah 53:6
Freedom – “Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel . . . be glad with all thy heart . . . For the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy . . . Yea, the King of Israel (Matthew 28:18-19, Mark 16:15-20), even the LORD, is in the midst (heart) of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more . . . !” Zephaniah 3:14-17
“Awake, awake . . . put on thy Strength, O Zion . . . put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for your flesh . . . put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem (Zechariah 3:14), the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean (Matthew 10:1, Mark 1:27, Luke 4:36 & 6:18, Acts 5:16 & 8:7) . . . Shake thyself from the dust; arise and sit down (John 8:3-11, Ephesians 2:4-7), O Jerusalem . . . Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the LORD . . . Ye have sold yourselves for nought, but ye shall be redeemed without money . . . with the precious blood of the Lamb !” Isaiah 52:1-3 & ref: I Peter 1:18-19
Forgiveness and Pardon – “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened (raised to newness of Life) together with Him . . . having forgiven you all trespasses !” Colossians 2:11-13, Romans 6:1-6 & Galatians 2:20 For “I, even I Am He that blotteth out (erases) thy transgressions (rebellion apostasies) for Mine Own sake, and I will not remember thy sins !” Isaiah 43:25
“Remember these (promises), O Jacob and Israel (for I have changed your name, your character); for thou art My servant: I have formed thee; thou art My servant . . . O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of Me . . . For I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins (side slips, habitual failures and sinfulness) . . . Return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee !” Isaiah 44:21-22
We must always remember that we are the children of God through faith, just as Abraham. “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for (as) righteousness . . . Know ye therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham ! And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed (children), and heirs according to the Promise !” Galatians 3:6-7, 29, and 3:14
Healing – “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless (praise) the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits . . . For it is He Who forgiveth all thine iniquities (mischief, perversities); and He Who healeth all thy diseases . . . Who redeemeth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s . . . !” Psalm 103:1-5
“O taste and see that the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) is good; Blessed (with His Spirit and Life – John 6:63) is the man that trusteth in Him !” Psalm 34:8 “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhoreth all manner of meat (food); and they draw near unto the gates of death . . . . But then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions . . . . Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonder-filled works unto the children of men. And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing !” Psalm 107:17-22 and ref: John 14:10-14
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us . . . and we beheld His glory (character), the glory as of the Only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace* (G5484 – the divine Influence upon the heart, and It’s reflection as seen in the life), and Truth (Verity) !” John 1:14 “
And they were astonished at His doctrine (teaching), for His Word was with power . . . . and they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying . . . . What a Word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out !” Luke 4:32-36 and ref: Luke 5:12-16
“And when even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils . . . and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick . . . That it might be fulfilled (filled full)which was spoken by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet, saying . . . Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses !” Matthew 8:16-17 and ref: Matthew 8:1-10
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised (beaten repeatedly) for our iniquities . . . the chastisement of (which bought) our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed . . . !” Isaiah 53:4-5
Look up in the original Hebrew the words, “griefs” and “sorrows” in verse 53:4 It is utterly amazing the precious jewels which the LORD has given to each of us in Christ Jesus . . . if we will only take hold of His Word and walk in faith ! “Who His Own self bare our sins in His Own body on the tree (Galatians 3:13-14), so that we being now dead to sins, should live unto righteousness . . . by Whose stripes ye were healed !” I Peter 2:24
Every child of God must always remember, as did Abraham, that the God we love and serve and obey “calleth those things which be not as though they already were !” For the LORD had given Abraham a promise, and His Word cannot return unto Him void.” “For He is not a man that He should lie; nor the son of man, that He should change His mind (repent) . . . Hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good ?”
Numbers 23:19 and ref: Hebrews 6:18 & Titus 1:2
And we are assured that we inherit these promises “through faith and patience.” Hebrews 6:12 So I choose to speak God’s Word, and to trust and follow His will in all things. For I “know in Whom we have believed.” Romans 10:1-14
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing . . . because when ye received the Word of God, which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men (yea, nay or maybe) . . . But as It is in Truth (Verity – John 6:63 & 17:17), the Word of God (Deity), which effectually worketh also in you that believe . . . !” I Thessalonians 2:13
“For without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God (in prayer) must believe that He is (I Am), and that He is a Rewarder of all them that diligently seek Him !” Hebrews 11:6 and ref: Luke 18:1-8 and Genesis 32:24-30
May the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) bless you abundantly through the promise of His unfailing Word, and may He cause you to know the exceeding greatness of His power !
your brother and sister in Christ Jesus (Moshiac Yehushua) !
Eric and Sarah Wilson and family