January 22, 2011

God doesn't want us making demands...

"Prosperity comes in letting Christ take us through the trials and becoming more like Him in the process." "Groovyoldlady" made this comment after my previous entry.

Now let me juxtapose her biblically astute sentence against Pastor Osteen's recent Tweet: Osteen writes--"Just follow God, and He will line up the favor and the blessings to help you accomplish your dreams and your destiny."

If Joel is correct then there is no rational explanation for why faithful men and women of God should ever undergo any kind of misfortune or any kind of persecution. It also yields all kinds of contradictory issues of Scripture which clearly warn of the opposite of what Pastor Osteen promises.

Osteen's statement is deeply flawed and gives a false hope to people who truly love the Lord yet don't experience His "favor" as Joel defines it.

It also sets people up to abuse God. In other words, my motive for obeying God, for serving God and following God becomes little more than a ticket to fame and fortune.

Paul writes that creation itself waits in travail for the revealing of God's own; for God's authority to be revealed. But it is clear that, that is not promised in this lifetime, but the life to come.

"Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4

God's love leads us to repentance not to demanding more and more.


Blogger pmaillet said...

"to help you accomplish your dreams and your destiny." ???

I thought being a Christian means I surrender to HIM. HIS will for me, not MY will for me.

And I must add after more than 30 years walking with him, surrendering to HIS will is the wisest thing a person can do.

7:10 PM  

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