I was invited to attend a speaker the other night and as I listened intently, seeking God for discernment, I was struck not so much by what I heard, but what I didn’t hear. The title of his message was; DREAMS OF POWER, UNDERSTANDING THE HOW OF MANIFESTATION. This wonderful human being had a long list of credentials including being a Catholic monk, a Reikki master and claims to be ordained into the “so called” Melchizedek priesthood order.
After laying a foundation for his message by clearly showing how incapacitated mankind is to fully know or understand the vastness of the universe we live in, both in the microcosm and the macrocosm, he went on to share his deep convictions and beliefs, based on many of his own personal mystical experiences, of how we can tap into the ebb and flow of the universe to get out of it all that we want and attain to and fulfill our individual and collective destinies. It was a message that, in his words, was one that could only be heard in the heart because we all suffer from intellectual constipation and we need to flush ourselves of prejudices and false teachings through psychological, physiological and spiritual exercises.
He has discovered throughout his own pursuit of spiritual enlightenment that there are 3 rules in the universe that, when understood and applied, we will begin to experience and manifest all that the universal mind has intended for us, from and in, the timeless (eternal), spiritual dimension. The benevolent god of creation is there to grant us our deepest desires as we practice these 3 rules….
1. As you think so you become
2. All will be done unto you as you believe
3. Ask and you shall receive
From my perspective this message differs little from the latest craze sweeping the minds and hearts of developed nations and getting a real foothold in secular and religious circles, likely mostly in the developed, affluent nations of the world, widely regarded as “The Secret“, namely the “law of attraction” (search “the secret” in Google for many more links and reviews).
What I did NOT hear was the sound of my Father’s voice, at least not through the man at the front. I did NOT hear the good news of the Kingdom and most definitely did NOT hear the word of the cross, which is power to them that are being saved and foolishness to them that are perishing (1 Cor.1:18). I did NOT hear that the way of ascension is to descend and that entrance into HIS kingdom is only available to us through a birthing of His Spirit within our spirits. As a result of that birth within we are then empowered by His Spirit to walk in obedience to His will, following the example of Jesus Christ in that He humbled Himself, even to the point of humiliation and death on a cruel cross (Phil. 2:5-8).
The various methods and formulas of gaining health, wealth, success and prosperity, having all your dreams and wishes fulfilled and gaining the power to achieve all your goals through “self” awareness, and/or by exercising the “law of attraction”, and/or learning to co-create your world your way through The Power of Intention, have been around since the garden of Eden. However, they seem to be embraced more and more by many who claim to be Christians and propagate these as “the gospel” or “the way”. It is becoming increasingly difficult to cling to the cross of Christ and the message of The Kingdom when everyone around us, in our schools, universities, businesses, government and society in general, even our “churches” are becoming more “spiritually minded”, but not Chirst centered.
It should not come as a surprise, however, that God is also speaking clearly to His own, those few (and getting fewer it seems, at least in the western nations) who have an ear to hear and eyes to see. He is once again shaking the heavens and the earth and in stark contrast to the message above is drawing his sons to walk the ever narrowing path of righteousness and calling us to declare the good news of the Kingdom to every nation, beginning right within our own homes, families and communities.
The Lord has been speaking to our hearts regarding the way in which the Kingdom of God is to be manifest and HIS will is to be done in our earth, personally as well as at large. He is challenging us as never before to apprehend our destiny as sons of the Living God, through such powerful and profound books as….
- Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claybourne
- Jesus Has Left the Building by Paul Vieira
- Son Placing by Garrison Russell
And such web sites as…
- Kingdom Bible Studies by Preston Eby
- The Pathfinder by Elwin & Margit Roach
- The Gospel of The Kingdom by Bill & Elaine Cook
- The Voice a blog by a host of contributors
These are only a very few resources which will begin to feed you if you are hungry to know Jesus Christ and apprehend with the saints what is your destiny, your calling and your inheritance found only in Him. The hard question is, “are we ready to pay the price”?