I am beginning day 3 of no t.v. or movies unless it’s educational information such as the set of information I am writing about today, or herbs, or scripture. You get the idea. It is also day 3 of writing the five things for which I am grateful which has also been difficult.
There is an issue we introverts have. We sometimes forget about what we like or need. When I was single and would go on a date, I dreaded being asked, ‘what do you like to do?’. It is a fairly innocent and common question. For an introvert it is a horrible question to ask. We have things we enjoy doing, we just have a hard time remembering what they are, or even owning up to them in our; go, go, go society. One of the things I love to do IS watching t.v. and movies, along with reading. There is, however, only so much reading I can do before I fall asleep. There’s only so much housework I can do before I wear myself out. Watching t.v. or movies is a great way to fill in gaps of time. I don’t think I will continue to ‘fast from t.v.’ once my experiment is over. Perhaps I will. It is early days yet… we will see what happens on day 7.
On to the rest of the post…
I purchased this set from, Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s website: https://rabbidaniellapin.com/product/income-abundance-set/
I am ready to focus on abundance again. I say ‘again’ because when I left the Protestant church and became Orthodox, abundance, or prosperity, were the last things I was thinking about even though we had just gone through a ‘Job season’. It seemed as if all we ever heard was sermons on prosperity. I needed assurance. Assurance God still loved us, thought of us, cared about us, etc. I needed to work on myself. We needed help from other Christians and there was no help. There was no community. The teachings I had heard made it clear that those who were going through tough times were afflicted, sinful, being ‘course corrected’ by God. This is of course a gross misinterpretation of Scripture. Job was a righteous man and went through it all. People try to justify their misinterpretation of scripture by declaring Job’s story to be OT (Old Testament) and therefore irrelevant after The Cross. That’s not how Christianity works, kids. Suffering still happens to Christians and guess what, they don’t even have to have ‘done something’ to ‘deserve it’. We live in a fallen world and things happen to everyone.
KJ21that ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven. For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
When a preacher teaches the incorrect version of scripture that bad things only happen to sinners, it does a couple of things; 1. It gives a false sense of security and righteousness to people. This does not prepare them for the bad times to come… and they ARE coming. tough times help us grow as Christians. God sends trials to us to grow us. 2. It turns people who need help, who need their church community, into pariah. No one wants anything to do with you because they think hard times are contagious like a virus. Money is sent to faceless organizations before it goes to church members in need. That is messed up.
Perhaps you can understand now how I just couldn’t hear one more ‘Prosperity sermon’? I wanted to know more about Christian heritage, the saints, the apostles, Christ (of course) bu also about His earthly family and the early Christian church. If you do not know where you come from, you cannot plan for your future. Most Christian pastors, I have seen on t.v. or i n the churches I attended act like orphans. I did too and I brought that mentality with me when I first entered the Orthodox church. It is a difficult mentality (spirit) to shake off. I do believe that the reason for this way of thinking is due to a lack of knowledge about who we truly are in Christ. Money is focused on instead of sanctification. We were adopted into Christianity.
Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,
Romans 11:19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.
Romans 11:23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
Romans 11:24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
While being adopted can be a wonderful thing and it often is, it can also be a source of confusion. Why am I Christian? What does that really mean? Is there more to being a Christian than just making money? Turns out there is… but what is it? Well, my siblings in Christ, that is a topic for another blog post, or rather many blog posts. Today I am writing about being ready to hear again about abundance. It’s not that we are again going through financial difficulties. by God’s grace we are ok in that respect. Not perfect… just employed and not on food stamps.
My desire with this Income Abundance course is to plan for the future. Husband has dreams, I have dreams, dreams cost money and they rarely come to fruition working for other people. We are grateful for his job but we do not wish it to become an anchor preventing our dreams from becoming reality.
I also had a criteria for the course material that it not be part of the Protestant take on prosperity but I still wanted a biblical point of view.
A couple of years ago I had watched some of, Rabbi Lapin’s videos on Youtube and even ordered his book:
and while he does work with many Christian churches, I think his understanding of scripture is closer to the Orthodox understanding of scripture than is the Protestant understanding of scripture. I apologize if it sounds as if I am picking on Protestants but there really is so much misunderstanding and misinterpretation of scripture that happens in Protestantism. Without Holy Tradition (something lacking in Protestant churches), things tend to go off track. Plus, I appreciate Rabbi Lapin’s insights into what is going on in our culture.
I was not ready to listen to his teachings on abundance at that time, but I am now…
My packet of Income Abundance material arrived Saturday (see photo at beginning of this post), which consisted of; two books and several cd’s. I also ordered:
Time to dig out my cd player.
I wish to do more with my life, with my faith, with the knowledge I have acquired over my 53 years on this planet. I also desire to turn it all into a profitable business. There are people who have blogged and vlogged their way into a career. Lord, may it also be so with me.