Word Wizardry – part 2

Candle Magic – The lighting of various colored candles on specific days and/or arranging candles in various patterns and lighting them in a certain order comes straight out of pagan witchcraft….. candle flames have always acted as a point of “focus” for the mind… and when combined with ritual incantation provides a powerful means of “connecting” with the spirit world.

Spells and spell casting – At the very core of creating effective spells is ritual incantation and repetition….. repetition when combined with visualization has always proved to be a particularly effective means of conjuring

Visualization – The focusing of the mind on a specific outcome has always been used in witchcraft, but when combined with ritual incantation and the use of symbols ….. and particularly when practiced by multiple people at the same time (provided they can all remain focused) ….. is highly effective.

Now translate all this to the “church”….. look around your church…. look in your prayer book…. listen to your priests chant…. check out the symbols on his robes and (possibly) on the building or in the prayer book itself (you will be SHOCKED at what you discover)….. and wonder to yourself HOW did all this end up in “church” ?……. if you are a Roman Catholic it wont be hard to see….. if you are an Anglican you are half way there…. and if you are a Methodist you may be heading in that direction too.

But wait…. what about the people on TV…. the world-famous televangelists….
the “name it and claim it” people…. the “word of faith” and “prosperity preachers” …. they are into spell casting too….
and visualization …. plain and simple.

There are still a few churches around that have NOT fallen prey to seducing spirits…. churches that read and understand the Bible…. and teach their congregations accordingly…… but they are not “popular” and probably never will be.

In the next part …. we will look at how we arrived at this state of affairs…. what the future holds….. and what YOU can do about it.

Do not immediately assume that “I” want you to leave your “corrupted” church….
who am I ? …. just another human like you…..

Do not immediately assume that GOD wants you to leave your “corrupted” church either …. because HE might very well want you to stay put right there and do your bit to help the rest of people there.

The two most critical points are:

1. You need to know the TRUTH
2. You need to actually deal with GOD directly…. HE has a plan for your life…. and HE wants friendship with you…… all too many people have a one-way affair with GOD….. as I have said before, the friendship really starts when HE begins communicating with YOU…… far too many people are content to pray without knowing what (if anything) becomes of their prayers and that is not a friendship but a one-way monologue….. if GOD has never communicated directly to YOU and it does not bother you then maybe either

A. God is not really that important in your life
B. You need to get MORE SERIOUS about HIM….. put away your idols…. and SEEK HIM with all your heart…… and do not let up until your two-way communication is established

prosperity

Today we are witnessing the shameless merchandising of the PROSPERITY GOSPEL…  huge affluent churches, aided by televangelism, attract thousands of converts because they preach what the public desperately wants to hear…. that God will prosper and bless them with wealth and health, if only they will observe the “rules” of TITHING and FAITH…..  and it is the rigorous tithing of these same “converts” that keeps the “preacher” in total luxury…. his (or her) numerous mansions, planes and luxury cars is what the “converts” would really want for themselves…. and the “preacher” has told them that they “CAN HAVE IT ALL TOO”….. they just need to continue “TITHING” and exercise MORE FAITH in God.

Let us FACE IT…  virtually EVERYBODY…. WANTS a “materially blessed” life…. wants comfort and ease and freedom from financial constraints and happiness (a guilt-free conscience that I can enjoy all this luxury because it is God’s “gift to me”)…. they listen to this preacher BECAUSE HE HAS WHAT THEY WANT… and furthermore, he is telling them that they can have it too !!!!

But what does the Bible say…..  “It is GOOD for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes” (Psalm 119:71)…. what we want is not usually what is best for us…. only GOD knows what is best for us… are we willing to let HIM decide our fate… instead if trying to “force” Him to give us what we want ?

But can you not see the ERROR in this idea….. turn the pages of history…. read the Bible and look at the world around you….. wherever you look… you will see that BOTH the RICH and the POOR are subject to sickness, pain and death…… wherever you look you will see that the DEVOUT CHRISTIAN as well as the SATAN WORSHIPPER are subject to sickness, pain and death.

EVERYBODY CANNOT become RICH…. anymore than EVERYBODY CANNOT  be POOR….. as long as man has been on the face of the earth, there have been BOTH rich and poor…. BOTH  healthy and sick people…

BELIEVING that GOD wants you to be RICH and HEALTHY is NOT GUARANTEED to make you that way…… BUT EVEN IF IT WORKED FOR YOU…. even if GOD allowed you to get what you want…. IS IT THE BEST THING FOR YOU ???…. what are the RESPONSIBILITIES and CONSEQUENCES of such a “gift” ?

The ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT shows that when Israel prospered and “enjoyed the good life”…. then SIN increased and the people FORGOT their solemn responsibility to GOD and He had to bring judgement upon them…. and do NOT say that “I would not do that if I had the blessings”…. my friend, you are cut from the same cloth…. you are an ordinary human just like them… you have NOTHING to support your idea that  “you would behave differently”.

The experience of 99% of the human race is that life is BOTH “pleasant” as well as “bitter”…. we have the “up’s” and we have the “down’s”…. and when do we need GOD MOST, is it not in the “down’s” ???? … there is your proof !

JOB…. that great servant of the LORD…. went from “riches, comfort and ease” to horrible suffering… and after his trials…. he went back to even MORE riches and comfort.

The underlying fact is that HUMANS are created to bring GLORY TO GOD…. and not simply to indulge themselves is ease, comfort and blessing…..

so what of RICH Christians ?…. they have ADDITIONAL responsibility and that is what makes it so hard for them to please GOD… they get to “like” being rich and their rich pursuits and lifestyle begin to replace their devotion to GOD…. they get to feel that they are somehow “better” than the very poor…. and so they have broken both commandments of God  (Mark 12:29 – 31)  without even thinking that they have done anything “wrong”.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for looking after all my needs today…. truly I am blessed to have you as my guide, friend and provider…. Lord I love you and all I ask is that I may love you more and serve you better… in Jesus name I pray.. Amen.