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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Perhaps you can blame me for your troubles!


Here’s an email I was forwarded a few weeks ago: 
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Title: The Lord's Prayer for You

The moment you receive this, say “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.” 

God will make it well with you this coming year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed.

God has destined that you will make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year.

For the remainder of 2013, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today, God has confirmed the end of your sufferings sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. 

Send this message on, please don't ignore it. It has never been broken.  As soon as you have sent it to five people, someone you love will quietly surprise you.

Let's pray for one another, there’s no superstition involved here, we are just asking for God’s will to be done here on earth.  GOD BLESS YOU!

God is going to fix two BIG things tonight in your favor and tomorrow will be the best day ever.

If you believe in God, this email will come true. Drop everything and pass it on.
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I didn’t pass it on. 

This email (along with the dozens of others I have received like it) has one gigantic problem:

 It’s all about “You”.  

Try counting how many “you’s” and “your’s” found in the email, not including the first paragraph where the Lord’s prayer is noted, minus its last sentence (...“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.”)

I counted 15.  You may come up with a different number...my attention to detail stinks. 

 The words "God" and “He” (referring to God) appear frequently as well--nine times if I didn't miss any.  Eight of those times God is used in reference to having done or else going to do something for "you". 

Only once is "God" used outside of the context of "you". The author writes in the fourth sentence from the bottom, "...we are just asking for God’s will to be done

"God's will?!"
"Oooh…I don't think so!" 

This email--and teachings like it, are what I call, “Santa-God Fairy Tales”

In "Santa-God Fairy Tales"  people have just enough knowledge of scripture to know that God is capable of doing anything. And, Indeed God does do amazing things!   He  causes things to work together to go well and He gives us victory over our enemies. He diverts us from danger. 

God could make you, at any moment, so rich that Bill Gates' name and yours couldn't even be used in the same sentence. He is the one who knows you through and through. He could zap your first cancer cell before it was ever detected, and He could take away every twinge of pain you experience right this minute.

He does and could do all of this for you and more.  However, just because He does and could, in no way suggests that He should or will. 

We have tried to make God serve us, rather than seeing God as who He is.  God is the...


If we captured even the smallest known particle of an atom, called a "quark" of who God is, we would be struck speechless and trembling, in the knowledge of His greatness versus our nothingness. King 

David describes this feeling well in Psalm 8: 

Lord, our Lord; how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants,
you have established a stronghold against your enemies
      to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens; the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you have set in place,

What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? 


Once we begin to focus on who God is, rather than what we want from Him, we start to acknowledge that we should never presume to know what is best for us.  Would our “wildest dreams” turn into our worst nightmares?   Are our enemies the makings of our own negative heart attitudes? How rightly or wrongly would we handle a financial windfall if one landed in our lap?   And, were we not to experience pain and disease, would we develop compassion, or recognize what strength there is in weakness?  Only God knows the answer to these.

We are not God. And that's a good thing. It's time to turn our focus onto what we can do to honor God, rather than what God can do to honor us. Looking back at the names of God, it's obvious He's all about loving and caring for us. Let's put ourselves to the task of doing the same for Him, laying aside our fairy tales for the real life wonder of it all.

Glory to God in the Highest. 

Peace and Comfort,
Judi


4 comments:

  1. A much needed reminder of how often we allow the word YOU to step in front of HIS love! We constantly are getting in the way of HIS glorious LOVE!! Thanks for this Judi!! A needed wake-up call...love,martha

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  2. I want a Santa-Claus God way too often…remind me of that, will you, friend?

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