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Author: Abigail Atkins
Recently, I talked about abiding in Christ. God promised to increase the fruit of those that abide in Him. He is the lifeline that we must stay connected to in order to produce love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Bible also says that He will give us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. (Psalms 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”)
Last year, I heard about this thing called the Law of Attraction. It was so interesting to me, this idea that you could use your thoughts to manifest your desires. But, the more I researched it, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that some of these principles line up with some of the Biblical aspects of faith. Some people make reference to the Law of Attraction in a way that states that it is the universe that responds to our thoughts and words. My take on it as a Christian, though, is that God created the universe, and if it is “the universe” responding to our meditations, then it is only doing what God designed it to do. I’m not trying to take away any of the credibility of the Law of Attraction, I am just saying that I believe not necessarily the Law of Attraction, but in the Law of Faith. My heart is convicted in giving credit to the universe for a law that God has set in place. It is not my desire to make the universe an idol of sorts, my faith is in God. I am grateful for having stumbled upon this Law of Attraction, though. Because of it, I have been able to gain a greater understanding of faith and how to put some of these Biblical principles to work in my life.
Over the next several weeks, I’d like to compare some of these tools of the Law of Attraction to the scriptures that the Bible uses to exercise faith. First, we need to understand, what is the Law of Attraction, and what is Faith?
The Law of Attraction uses visualization of your goal as if it were already yours. It also uses positive affirmations to shape the way you think about achieving your goals. It sounds to be very similar to the Bible’s definition of faith.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see.”
I’d like to quote one of my favorite TV and radio personalities, Steve Harvey, “If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”
When I pray, I feel a level of faith, or belief that God will answer my prayers. But, how often do I really take it to the next level and visualize it as if it were already mine, or thank God as if he has already granted my request? This is one area in which the Law of Attraction has taught me to take my faith to the next level and utilize the tools God has given me.
I think of how many years I wasted being unstable, and like a wave tossed by the wind. I would pray for something and grow bitter so quickly. I would get angry with God. I would blame him for my shortcomings. I was depressed. I was hopeless. I was feeding my brain the wrong thoughts. I was developing the wrong attitudes. I believed all of the lies that the devil whispered in my thoughts. For example, I prayed many times for increased income, but I focused my thoughts on the fact that I didn’t have enough money. Then, I got mad at God for not increasing my income. I was never grateful and thankful for the blessings I did have. But, since I began this study, I have been learning to take hold of my thoughts, tearing down those strongholds, and replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have YET, we should focus on what will be. Thank God for what you DO have. And, BELIEVE that he will honor his word, and bless those who seek him.
To wrap things up, I think we should do an exercise today. I want you to first, think of the thing that it is that you want most. Now, take a piece of paper out and write down all the wrong beliefs you have thought about that thing. For example, I want a business, but I don’t have the money. Or, I want to lose weight, but I don’t have time to exercise. How about this one, I wish I could find a good husband, but there just aren’t any good men left… Be truthful, this is just between you, the paper, and God. You may have more than one wrong belief about your goal, write them all down. Once you have written down the lies, take it in your hand and repeat after me. These thoughts are wrong. The truth is that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I will accomplish my goals, and I put the excuses and lies behind me. Now, crumble it up and throw it away! Burn it if you want! Just make a decision to put the lies and excuses behind you. And, from now on, when you picture that thing that you want most, think of it as if it is already yours. Thank God in advance for it. Taking control of long set thought patterns is work, but you must continue to cast the negative thoughts aside and replace them with the belief that the same God that spoke our world into existence cares for you, and the plans that he has for you are good.
I’ve included a PDF download for a worksheet on faith. I urge you to print it out, and get a binder that you can start putting these worksheets into as you follow along week by week. I’ve got several lessons planned, and I’m excited about this new life that we are about to step into together. Remember, “If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.”