1. An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
a. A belief, practice, or rite irrationally maintained by ignorance of the laws of nature or by faith in magic or chance.
b. A fearful or abject state of mind resulting from such ignorance or irrationality.
• from deidō, “to dread” and daimōn, “a deity” – properly, religious (superstitious) fear, driven by a confused concept of God – producing “sincere” but very misdirected religion. Indeed, this is the mark of heathenism.
• very fearful of gods, religious, superstitious.
• in a bad sense, superstitious… being devout without the knowledge of the true God.
Dear friends and fellow Christians… those who love God and His Word… please pay attention. ❤️🙏
This is a meme from the Facebook page “Spiritual Inspiration” (https://www.facebook.com/spiritualinspirationministries/):
February 14, 2020
Day 45 of 366
God is saying to you today, “I am going to open doors for you that have been locked for a long time. Suddenly, miracles will happen in your life. Healing and restoration are being released. Your greatest days of productivity and prosperity are on the horizon.”
The Facebook page “Spiritual Inspiration” is full of these types of feel-good,” God said”, name-it-and-claim-it memes (which explains their 6.7+ million followers…), and if you are on any type of social media at all, it’s likely that you’ve seen plenty of these types of memes from all different sorts of pages. They are generally very popular.
We’re sharing this one because it was brought to our attention, and we want to try to briefly explain to why this type of thing is not of God nor is it Scriptural.
The fuller explanation of why things like this are not of God can be found within the pages of our book. We hope those of you who have not yet read our book can find the time to do so, and to read with understanding. ❤
Here are some brief points we would like to make about this meme.
1. First and foremost, God did not say the words of the meme. Yet, these words are being falsely attributed to God by whomever created this meme, and by the many people who share these words, trusting and believing (or, at least hoping…) that these words are actually something that God is currently saying to them.
By doing so, the individual is actually putting these words (“God said…”) on the same level as Scripture! And that violates the sufficiency of Scripture, making the person/s who utter such nonsense or believe in such nonsense (“God said such and thus…”) to be making and believing unbiblical — and perhaps it could be argued, even blasphemous and heretical — claims.
Sufficiency of Scripture
2 Timothy 3:14-17
But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you have learned them. From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.
This is one seemingly “harmless” way that individuals can be trained to accept other voices as being that of God when they are not… and to accept other people at their word when they say “God said such and such…”.
As Christians, we should be able to see how dangerous this trend is!
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2. This proclamation by whoever wrote or shared this meme, is participating in an act of taking God’s name in vain, which is a clear and serious violation of God’s timeless commands. In other words, they are using God’s name as a way to share their own “positive affirmations.”
And unless Scripture is being quoted, interpreted properly, used within context, and properly applied (this process is called “exegesis“)…
…this is not of God.
This meme is a perfect example of these “positive affirmations” not being of God, and we argue that it is, in fact, making a mockery of the true voice of the Spirit of God who, according to and through His Word, leads us, guides us, admonishes us, etc…, and works His will within our lives as we submit to Him.
Note: sometimes “positive affirmations” are giving “positive reinforcement” to that which is evil, immoral, ungodly, and otherwise harmful. So “positive affirmations” aren’t necessarily and always a good thing! But this is something else that will have to be addressed in a separate article.
3. This is a prime example of the “name-it-claim-it”, “feel good gospel” that is not Scriptural, but that is based upon selfishness and witchcraft. And while it may cause some people to “feel good,” (which is perhaps why many people don’t think it’s harmful) it is trying to force or coerce God into doing something that we want or think we need, rather than submitting to His will for our life.
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4. Without even considering Scripture (although one certainly should!), it should be obvious that this is not a “word of God” because this “word” is not being given to a particular person concerning a particular situation… but to every single person who sees and reads the meme, sinner and saint alike! So to say that this is a “word of God” for every single person who reads the meme is foolish and illogical… and not true.
Which leads to the last two points…
5. While the words of this meme may hold true for some of the 6.7 million+ people who follow the above-linked Facebook page, and the many more who read the words of this meme and “claim it” for themselves, it will without a doubt not hold true for others, making this to be a false word… not a word from God!
God’s Word isn’t a “hit or miss” type of thing.
6. For some of the people who read this meme and believed it…
(“claimed it” or “spoke it into existence” or “spoke it to the universe,” etc… For a fuller explanation, see the terms “Decree” and “Manifest” in our Glossary)
… it is most likely that the words of this meme will hold true. And this seemingly “supernatural act of God” will be used by the demonic to lure those individuals away from the properly interpreted Word of God, and into occult practices in various degrees.
In conclusion, we’d like to point out that giving heed to this sort of thing and allowing it to guide you, influence you, etc, is no better than reading your daily horoscope, except it’s being given a “christian” face.
It is superstitious foolishness that some may think is harmless, but we assure you, it is not!
We hope this short article has given you a little bit more understanding as to why it is not harmless and why it is not of God. And if it is not of God, then who do you think it is from…? There is no gray area here! This is a type of “christian” witchcraft that many engage in, as they are being trained to listen to “other voices” rather than God’s voice… to prefer imagined “words of God” over the actual Word of God. Many Christians may not realize the dangers simply because they are ignorant of the dangers. They don’t always understand that what often starts off as seemingly harmless, can quickly escalate into very serious and blatant heresies that lead to eternal destruction.
Don’t use God’s name to share your “positive affirmations.” That is walking on very dangerous ground.
And don’t get sucked into this type of superstitious foolishness. Don’t put your trust — your faith, your hope — in superstition… but in God and in His true Word!
If you continue down a path of superstition, it will only lead you away from God, away from His true Word and the sufficiency of His Word, and into following after other voices, and eventually, into deeper and deeper occult practices.
We hope as Christians that your spiritual inspiration is based upon God’s Word, and not upon the lying, manipulative, misleading words of mankind, regardless of whether they make us “feel good” or not.
“Superstition itself, although a religious kind of attitude, is an attitude divorced from God.”
“But if we were to “trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and in all our ways to acknowledge Him,” there would be no room in our lives for these superstitious customs and ideas.”
(Kurt Koch, “The Devil’s Alphabet,” pg. 105, 106)
“All forms of superstition show that the creature has lost ties with the Creator.”
(Kurt Koch, “Occult ABC,” pg. 241)
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