Good day beautiful people
I hope you and your families are well? Anyways recently I’ve noticed that there has been a lot of talk about ‘manifestation’. I believe that manifestation has its roots in the ‘law of attraction’ movement, the act of saying something enough for it to become reality. Yes I do believe that words are powerful in the sense that we can really harm people through what we say, and our kind words have the ability to uplift. (Ephesians 4:29~ Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them). But I personally believe that as a Christian manifestation is something that one should not dabble in (practice). I will now share a few reasons as to why I believe that ‘manifestation’ should not be practiced by believers.
1. Manifestation cuts God out of the equation: This is because instead of one putting their faith in God they end up putting their trust in their own strength. And the Bible tells us not to lean upon our own understanding. We are to depend upon God! It’s not by our power that we accomplish things, it’s through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is God who causes great and mighty things to happen, not our words! So stop trusting in your strength and start trusting in Almighty God, the creator of the heavens and earth.
Proverbs 3:5 ~ Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Zechariah 4:6 ~ So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
2. Manifestation puts unnecessary pressure on individuals (gives false hope): What we must remember is that in life we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes God says yes, no, or wait! And if something is not in God’s will for a persons life it will not come to pass, therefore no matter how much a person repeats something which they desire, it will not come to fruition. Because of this some individuals may feels that it’s due to them not trying hard enough, or think they’re simply not as deserving (good) as others. This can cause severe psychological damage and can lead to depression! The truth is yes we’re not good enough, but Jesus was good for us (faultless and without sin). So if we ask for anything in HIS name, in line with HIS will for our lives, we shall receive (John 14:13-14).
3. Just because you repeatedly say something does not mean that what you’re saying is true or of good report: Our feelings don’t always reflect reality. Just because you say that you’re unloved 100 times does not make you unloved. The truth is God loves you. The Bible says ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son and whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life’ (John 3:16). I know within my heart that even if I say I’m unloved 1000 times it doesn’t changed the fact that my parents love 😀.
4. The practice in itself exudes characteristics of pride: The ‘I achieved such and such through thinking positively and speaking positively’ statement is an expression of pride. One indirectly expresses that they’ve accomplished greatness independent of God (without the help of God). It’s ‘I’ve done, I’ve achieved, I’ve amassed, If it wasn’t for me, Without me’, instead of ‘With God’s strength, Thanks to God, God did etc. God hates pride but loves all people. We must not elevate ourselves to thinking we are equal to God. This is a form of idolatry and the Bible states that we should have no other god (Exodus 20:3). Pride comes before a fall, we have an example of this in the Bible when studying about a man named King Nebuchadnezzar!
Daniel 4: 27-37: “King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.’ “But all these things did happen to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal palace in Babylon. As he looked out across the city, he said, ‘Look at this great city of Babylon! By my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor.’ “While these words were still in his mouth, a voice called down from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar, this message is for you! You are no longer ruler of this kingdom. You will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals, and you will eat grass like a cow. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses.’ “That same hour the judgment was fulfilled, and Nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. He lived this way until his hair was as long as eagles’ feathers and his nails were like birds’ claws. “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’ “When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before. “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”
I hope you could all take away something from today’s topic of discussion! Stay blessed and encouraged and keep shining for Christ. You can do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST.
Love and blessings
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart