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The Christian's Secret

Mar 28, 2008
The book and dvd "The Secret" has become popular with people I work with lately. I viewed the dvd and was disappointed to find out that it really is no secret. I've been hearing this stuff most of my life. Maybe it is because I was raised as a Christian.

Yes, there is certainly truth to it. There are "spiritual" laws in place in the universe, just like there are physical laws such as gravity. I like to call them Laws of Faith. "The Secret" calls them Laws of Attraction. It has to do with positive thinking and belief in something good happening. Norman Vincent Peale wrote extensively on the subject years ago. It was called the Power of Positive Thinking. The opposite also works. I guess you could call it the power of negative thinking.

But what is behind these laws? Why would the universe ordered in such a way? Obviously because the universe was ordered by an infinite, all powerful Being who created everything, and loved His creation enough to put these laws in place.

And are you aware that the Laws of Attraction are just baby steps. There is an even more powerful secret of "the universe?" I call this "The Christian's Secret."

The Secret tells you to throw your wishes to the universe (portrayed as a giant jeanie) who is there to grant our every wish and dream, if we visualize, feel, and believe in them hard enough. One of the big problems I see with this is that it is worshiping the creation (laws that God put in place) rather than the Creator.

The Secret also says that everything that happens is ultimately caused by us, good and bad, even something like a car accident.

I'm sorry, but I don't buy that. I'm not trying to avoid responsibility in my life. Believe me, I've screwed it up plenty in the past and I have paid the consequences. But not everything is my fault. Sometimes life just happens. I can't control all the negatives in my life by thinking them away, or wishing that I had more control.

Thank God I'm a Christian, so I don't need to carry that kind of burden! You see, my secret is that I've given all the control to God. I gave my life to Jesus Christ, literally. I am not living it for myself anymore. I am living it as a servant to Him. And what's amazing is when I do that He takes care of me better than I could ever dream of myself.

So, where do the Laws of Faith come in? It comes in when I give the control of everything in my life to the Lord. And I trust that He loves me so much that He only wants the best for me.

Sure, bad things happen sometimes. We mess up sometimes. And this is a fallen world, with evil, sin and an enemy who wants to rob, kill and destroy us. But I have the faith that God is in control, and because I trust him, he will always make everything work out for the best in the end.

Sometimes, as Christians, we don't get all the blessings the Lord has in store for us, because we fail to ask him. God may be just waiting for us to ask him. For a good study on this subject read "The Prayer of Jabez" by Bruce Wilkinson.

Sure I'd like a new car or new furniture, and I'll ask Him for it, but I'm leaving that up to God to decide. It may not be the best thing for me right now. He knows better than I do. And life is so much more than wanting stuff. Jesus Christ says to seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness (and that means focusing on what you can do for others rather than yourself) and all that other stuff will be added to the blessings you get. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

And yes it does work. If you don't believe me, try it sometime.

Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:7-11:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?

"Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!" (NASB)

Positive thinking and the Laws of Attraction do work and they are a beginning. God put them out there for any of us humans to use because he loves us. But the real Power of the universe only comes when you turn it all over to God, to do with as He wills.

Yeah, it's scary to trust Him, and not know what will happen next. But it can also be an exhilarating wild ride that nothing in the universe can beat. Sometimes His best isn't what I thought it would be, but it always works out for the best in the end.

The Christian's Secret is so powerful, because God wants to be on our side, if we let Him. "And if God is for us, who can be against us?" We just need to get under his umbrella of protection and provision by letting Him have control of our lives. We need to follow and obey His commands, because they are there to help us and guide us on the confusing path of life.

Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10 (NASB)

For further study also check out:

"The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith
"The Prayer of Jabez" and "Secrets of the Vine" by Bruce Wilkinson
"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis
About the Author
If you want to give the Christian's Secret a try, check out this video to get started: http://www.wayofthemaster.com/interviewwithgod.shtml By Dianne Ronnow 2008. All rights reserved.http://mohavepublishing.com This article may be freely copied and distributed, as long as it is not modified and the resource box and hyperlinks accompany the article.
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