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You might have heard in the church that the Law of Attraction is "New Age" or "demonic."
It's literally all over the Bible.
Jesus talked about it in Matthew 25: 14-30 which is probably the clearest explanation there is. This is the Parable of the Talents, in which a rich man went on a journey, and entrusted three of his servants with bags of gold, each according to his ability.
One servant got five bags of gold, the other got two bags of gold, and the last one got one bag of gold.
When the rich man returned from his journey, the servant with the five bags of gold had invested and traded, and now had ten bags of gold. The rich man promoted him and invited him to share in his master's happiness.
Likewise, the servant with the two bags of gold had invested and traded, and come back with four bags of gold. The rich man also promoted him and invited him to share in his master's happiness.
But the servant with the one bag of gold said, "Master, I know that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you."
The master then took the one bag of gold from that servant and gave it to the man who had ten bags. Not only that, he called the servant wicked and lazy, and cast him out into the outer darkness.
Jesus then said, "For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."
Wouldn't it be more fair to take from the one who has, and give to the one who does not have?
Living on planet Earth, we'd think that. But Jesus was using this story to illustrate the way the Kingdom of God works, which follows different rules. The Law of Attraction is simply one of them.
The two servants who invested and gained more had the belief that they could invest and gain more. The servant who was afraid and hid the money, had the belief that he would lose the money and therefore the safest option was to hide it in the ground. A lot of us think this way too, but Jesus called this mindset "wicked" and "lazy."
This is extremely common among Christians today.
In addition to believing that they were capable, the first two servants also believed that their master was a just man who would reward them according to what they produced. While the third servant said that he "knew" the master to be "a hard man, reaping where [he] had not sown and gathering where [he] had not scattered seed."
We fall into this trap, too, whenever we believe that God primarily wants to punish us or wants us to suffer.
It's especially hard for those who were raised Christian from childhood, but grew up in abusive or dysfunctional families. Which unfortunately exist.
If that's you, I hope you would understand that God does not take pleasure in making you suffer just to exercise power over you. What kind of God would do that? He already has all the power in the universe in the tip of one finger, and He has nothing to prove to anyone.
Beyond that, He loves you. And if you have not physically felt or experienced this love of God and what it feels like in your being, then I would urge you to take a moment and pray right now, and ask Him to show it to you.
I promise you it will change everything about your life.
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see!"
Ephesians 1: 13-14 talks about how God has provided for you to receive the Divine destiny He has for you:
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory."
The clearest way I can explain this scripture is this: There is a moment in every believer's life when you truly hear and truly receive the message of the Gospel. It's the moment when you first truly believe. The moment when you first stand face-to-face with the Creator, and you see Him, and He sees you. There is a moment when God marks you as his own, with the seal of the Holy Spirit. From then on, not only is your inheritance in the Kingdom of God guaranteed (in the same way that a down payment on a house eventually allows you to own the house), but also, after that, God will never leave your presence, because the Holy Spirit will always be with you.
The Holy Spirit is the sealer of your destiny!!!
He is the voice of God you hear when you pray and your prayers are answered. He is the one who makes sure that you get to the place God has for you, which is a desire He planted in you before you were born. In fact, before your mother and father were conceived, and before the very foundations of the world. You were planned, exactly as you are right now, without changing anything. The desires, hopes, problems, and fears you face right now are your gateway to Christ and then to the fulfillment of everything for which you were actually created. Here's a secret: it is not just to pay bills and die.
There's a bigger purpose for you, and it aligns directly with what your own deepest and truest longings are, as in Psalm 37:4:
"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
So many of us are missing it! So many of us have been taught that God expects us to sacrifice the desires of our heart to obey someone else (a parent, a husband, a boss, or a pastor). Truly, any time God asks for a sacrifice, He always returns to you the thing that was sacrificed or something better. Jesus didn't just die on the cross; He also came back from the dead. We need to understand this in order to receive everything that is promised in the Bible.