Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Master of Scripture-Twisting

One thing Joel Osteen does VERY well is misinterpret Scripture. He does this regularly in his newest book, Become A Better You. Today his e-mailed daily words of inspiration tackled 2 Cor. 4:18.

Today's Scripture

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Every obstacle in your life is subject to change. It doesn’t matter what you may be facing, there is an answer in the unseen. The unseen is the spiritual realm where the promises of God exist. Your faith brings those unseen things into this natural realm. When you are fixed on something, you can’t be moved. There’s a determination that fuels your focus. When you fix your eyes on the unseen—the promises of God—your faith will not be moved by your circumstances and you’ll eventually see those promises come to pass. Make the decision today to fix your eyes and mind on the promises of God. Meditate on His promises until they become more real to you than the air you breath. Declare that His promises will come to pass in your life. Declare that you have His favor. Declare that you are more than a conqueror. Don’t allow fear and doubt to change what you are speaking over your life. As you continue to fix your spiritual eyes on the unseen promises of God, you will see those things come to pass in the natural and you will move forward into the abundant life the Lord has for you!

This passage, of course, has nothing to do with picturing the things we want in this world in preparation for God giving them to us, but has everything to do with fixing our eyes not on the things of this world, but on what is eternal, Jesus Christ and our home in heaven.
2 Cor. 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.



At March 09, 2008 12:07 PM, Blogger wm borch said...

Now that I have an "account" I have to try to remember what I wrote before!
Oh, yes, I agree with you; and I appreciate your valuable insight. Most "Christians" would fail to see it. It's very attractive to posit a new "agey" message for the ancient faith of the Church. It's largely for that reason Christians become disillusioned and troubled when they encounter set-backs, but can talk about God's "blessing" when things accord with THEIR idea of "success". Thanks


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