Today’s word for April 9, 2011

Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
you covered us over with deep darkness.
Psalm 44:18-19

Despite the profound failure and scandal caused in the past three decades by the hucksters of the theology of prosperity, there are still some traffickers of false doctrines out there that, acting very underhanded but with full freedom, are marketing their empty promises and are playing on the needs and the hope of naive believers. Soon after the mega-scandal and damage to the evangelical movement under which these con men of faith sought shelter was forgotten, controversies reappeared and powerful ministries fell by the collapse of their feet of mud. Greed has replaced humility and self-control, components of the fruit of the Spirit, which every child of God should show. In return for the offerings of the gullible audience of their message, they offer with blatant deception promises of well-being, success, wealth and the happiness allegedly associated with the three previous conditions.

While God has granted financial blessings to some of His children, it does not mean that everyone will get them. The happiness of a Christian, despite the false teachings in this regard, is not dependent on the possessions or the treasures he has managed to accumulate. Remember the warning that our Lord Jesus Christ left: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The wise King Solomon said something similar when he mentioned that there is “a time to keep and a time to throw away.” The happiness of a child of God depends on the relationship he keeps with our heavenly Father and not on the circumstances around him. Let us ask, then, wisdom from above to discern the false messages with which the merchants of false promises bombard us every day. Seek only the will of God and everything else will be added. To God alone be the glory!


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