I recently came across an Instagram account very clearly promoted the prosperity gospel. Some of the messages seemed misleading and others were completely false. Here are a few examples of what I saw.
- “I feel a SHIFT in the atmosphere; some things that you have been praying for WILL be answered SOON! Praise God!!!”
- “Before July is over, a major miracle will happen for you… Tell God, ‘Thank you.'”
- “Those things you prayed for are arriving this week in Jesus Name. Amen!”
- “It does not matter what you are going through, the good news is that you are coming out of it today VICTORIOUS in Jesus Name. Amen!”
- “You will fulfill destiny in good health and wealth in Jesus Name. Amen!”
- “An end has come to all forms of struggling in your life. God will give you double blessings for all your troubles in Jesus Name. Amen!”
How would you respond to these messages?
One of the reasons we may fall for this is because we don’t know the true Gospel. Another problem is that we often don’t know how to properly apply or understand biblical promises. What about Jeremiah 29:11? “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Is this a promise for us today? If so, what about Jeremiah 44:11? “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for harm, to cut off all Judah.” Does this apply as well? Is God going to set his face against you for harm?
My goal is not to have you walk away thinking we can’t know or have confidence in what God has revealed to us or promised us. Instead, my goal is that you would be filled with confidence and hope based on the true Gospel and promises that God has for you, rather than holding on to false promises based on things the Bible never says. I pray that you would be encouraged by this episode.
Would you have said it differently? Do you agree or disagree with what I had to say? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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