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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Thursday
    Sep232010

    A Response to the "Name It and Claim It" Trend

    Perhaps you have heard that God wants His best for you. It's true, He does! But how can you be so sure what is best for you? Many of us crave wealth, power, health, and fame (just look at all the reality shows and "American Idol"), and Christians are not immune.

     

    We like to assume that because those things are best in our view, God thinks so too.  But God is not interested in temporal (worldly) things such as health and wealth. In the end, we will all die and be unable to take anything with us. No, God is interested in our character and hearts. 

     

    Consider this: Jesus came to earth through a young, unmarried girl and was born into poverty. His first outfit was a few old rags; his crib was a manger, a feeding trough, full of hay. He remained in poverty His entire life, never even having a place to call home (Luke 9:58 and Matthew 8:20), and died the humiliating death of a criminal although innocent.

     

    This is our King! He willingly set an example for us; The pinnacle of humility and gentleness, although He was the creator of the earth. Self-restraint. Jesus could have easily reigned down fire and brimstone where He saw injustice.

     

    He could have called the thunder and lightening to bow before Him, but he remained “meek and mild” for the vast majority of the Gospel writings. I say it again; this is our king! Wealth is not wrong, and God calls us all to different things, but the "name it and claim it" trend needs to be reconsidered.

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